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Baker McKenzie

Frederick Burke, Nguyen Thanh Vinh and Dao Thanh Hoa are the key practitioners at Baker McKenzie Vietnam. The tax team offers services covering international and local tax planning, tax compliance, controversy and customs. It is also aligned with industry groups in order to provide a better service, particularly in consumer goods and retail, energy mining infrastructure, financial institutions, healthcare, industrials and manufacturing, transportation and TMT. 

Nguyen Thanh Vinh and Dao Thanh Hoa are assisting a client with a general corporate tax matter. They help e-commerce and digital service firms in relation to their local taxes on e-commerce business activities. In addition, they are also helping a client on transactional tax issues, including capital gains tax and tax treaty protection practice. 

Associate Tran Le Uyen left the firm in the last year. In 2019 Thran Thi Thu Van joined the firm as a trainee solicitor.  

Client feedback 

“The company was highly knowledgeable and professional and responsive on both legal and policy issues, and more importantly was able to provide practical procedural advice on how to deal with the tax department.” 

Deloitte

Thomas McClelland leads the tax practice at Deloitte. Other tax partners include Phan Vu Hoang, Dion Thai, Bui Ngoc Tuan, Bui Tuan Minh, Hanh Dinh, Suresh Kumar and An Vo. Its tax service covers international tax, indirect tax, tax dispute and M&A. It is particularly active in M&A transactions various sectors, including agricultural products, consumer goods, real estate, media and insurance.  

In 2018, Dion Thai Phuong helped a technology start-up group on a transactional tax issue. In this case, it provided tax due diligence and structuring advice. Bui Tuan Minh also assisted one South Korea bank with an indirect tax matter. The tax team helped the client by assisting in obtaining a ruling on VAT treatment from the general department of taxation. 

Vu Hoang Tung and Mukherjee Supratik recently joined the firm as a tax senior manager. 

DFDL

Jack Sheehan, Lan Hua and Lieu Phan lead tax practice at DFDL. The team combines both specialised lawyers and accountants to provide tax services across the local market. The practice includes tax advisory, tax compliance and customs advisory. It advises and helps clients on various tax efficiency methods by taking advantage of local and international knowledge and experience. It covers the identification of potential risk, the determination of optimal tax holding structures, and the establishment of robust defences during tax audits and disputes.  

In 2018, the team helped a client on a general corporate tax issue. It advised on the structuring of transactions for an airline in Vietnam. Jack Sheehan and Lieu Phan are also assisting Navigos Group with a tax controversy matter. They represent the client in a court case against the local tax department for its tax reassessments imposed on the client. 

The firm hired Lan Hua as a tax director in 2018.  

KPMG

Warrick Cleine leads the tax department at KPMG. It combines the deals, tax and legal (DTL) business to enhance its tax services. Currently, it has more than 450 practitioners across 10 different service lines. It includes corporate tax, integrated international tax, global mobility services, legal services, diligence, forensic, M&A advisory, strategy, valuations and enterprise. It also has strength in its trade and customs practice, offering customs regulation advice, supply chain strategy and M&A advisory for companies regarding the local and international business environment. In 2018, it helped major clients win in infrastructure, transport/logistics, consumer markets and real estate/construction matters.  

In 2018, Warrick Cleine, Ta Hong Thai and Phan Xuan Qui helped a client dealing with both general corporate tax and tax controversy matters. They assisted the client with capital gains tax filing, tax audit assistance and a tax treaty application. Nguyen Thu Huong and Hoang Thuy Duong also helped a client solving customs issue, providing customs valuation adjustment and the relevant adjustment to import tax and corporate income tax.  

The firm hired four managers, two associate directors and two partners in the last year. 

Vision & Associates

The team at Vision & Associates provides tax services including corporate income tax, capital gains tax, VAT, foreign contractor tax, import-export tax and personal income tax. 

The firm is assisting a client regarding both international and local leasing transactions. In addition, it also helped a client by offering legal service on personal income tax applications to employees’ incomes.