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Bui Thanh Tien


Corporate and M&A, Financing and capital markets

He truly protects the client and represents their best interests.

Chambers Asia-Pacific

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About Bui Thanh Tien

Tien has been with our Vietnam office since 2002. He is widely recognised as a top-tier corporate and finance lawyer in Vietnam by various legal publications. 

Tien spends substantial time on helping private equity investors and investment banks on their investments and divestments in Vietnam. As the lead Vietnamese lawyer for Freshfields Vietnam, Tien has advised on some of the most high-profile transactions and the most complex and innovative structures in Vietnam. Tien also has extensive experience in the banking and finance sector. He has represented lenders from all parts of the world in a range of work, including corporate financing, project and asset financings, and restructurings. 

Tien has established a reputation among his clients as an effective and commercially minded lawyer who represents the client’s best interests. Fluent in both Vietnamese and English, Tien is also known as an effective communicator with an ability to present complex legal issues to his clients and the counterparties.

Recent work

  • Advising Mekong Capital on its investment in and divestment of over 50 local companies in Vietnam operating in various industries, including the investment and divestment in MobileWorld, which resulted in a 57x return multiple for the fund over the lifetime of the investment.
  • Acting for Jardines on its investments in various Vietnamese listed and public companies in the industrial and FMCG sectors, including its successful US$1bn acquisition of shares in Vinamilk.
  • Acting for a Vietnamese fast-growing e-commerce company on its fund-raising activity.
  • Advising a Singaporean investment company on its Series C investments in Ho Chi Minh City-headquartered Scommerce Investment Corporation.
  • Acting for a multinational drink and brewing company on the bid for US$5bn stake in Saigon Beer-Alcohol-Beverage Corporation.
  • Advising on the $1.9bn financing of the 1200MW Mong Duong 2 BOT power project in Quang Ninh, Vietnam.
  • Advising on the restructuring of two port projects of more than US$200m each.
  • Advising on the financing of a new airport passenger terminal in Vietnam.
  • Advising a world leading investment bank on its investment in a major Vietnamese entity engaging in regulated businesses.



  • Hanoi Law University, Vietnam
  • University of Arizona, US (LLM degree)

Professional qualifications

  • Admitted to the Ho Chi Minh City Bar Association


  • Member of American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
  • Member of European Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam
  • Member of the Investment Trade Committee of the Vietnam Business Forum


  • Kluwer Law International, 2019 Corporate Acquisitions and Mergers in Vietnam

  • Law Business Research, 2017 Getting The Deal Through – Restructuring & Insolvency Practice (Vietnam chapter)

  • Wolters Kluwer, 2011 International Project Finance and PPPs – a legal guide to key growth markets (Vietnam chapter)