Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Hang Nguyen is a partner with Baker McKenzie and head of the Employment and Labor practice in Vietnam.
Hang’s practice focuses on employment and labor, M&A, Corporate and Compliance matters. Her diverse working experience, broad knowledge in various areas of law, and business management qualifications allow her to provide clients with practical and commercially savvy legal advice, creating effective, strategic and innovative solutions to navigate around the ever-changing legal landscape of Vietnam. As head of the Employment and Labor practice, Hang is in charge of developing and providing strategy for the practice, training and coaching team members and coordinating the global and regional employment practices when related to Vietnam. She is also a member of the Steering Committees for the Firm’s Asia Pacific Employment Practice Group and the Global Immigration and Mobility Group.
Hang received her legal education in both Vietnam and the U.S., obtaining her bachelor’s degree in International Law from the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, completing an LL.M. at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law, and earning an Executive MBA from University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. Hang is one of the few lawyers dually admitted to practice law in New York State and Vietnam. During her 11 – plus years with Baker McKenzie, she has worked in the Vietnam, Spain and UK offices of the Firm.
Hang has been an active AmCham member since 2006. She represented AmCham and broad business community in numerous expert working groups, seminars and conferences, working face-to-face with Vietnamese Government agencies for close to a decade on employment and labor law issues, including the overhaul of the Vietnam Labor Code in 2012 and adoption of various implementation decrees and circulars. In 2013, she was nominated to become the Chair of the AmCham HR/Labor Committee and has held this position since then. In her capacity as Chair, she has revived the committee by organizing extremely successful events and activities for the benefit of AmCham members and administered the AmCham scholarship program. Hang is also the point of contact for the Board of Governors and other Committees when it comes to employment and labor issues. She has been deeply involved in policy discussions on labor and employment issues arising during the negotiation of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, and other issues that affect the business community in Vietnam, frequently acting as an adviser to US Government agencies and industry stakeholders on Vietnam employment and labor law.
Vision for AmCham
If elected as a Governor, my primary goals during the term are to increase the advocacy voice of the Chamber and its members in policies that shape the labor law reform and education and training systems of Vietnam. Employment and labor law, and work force development are crucial and fundamental to every one of our members, regardless of their industries and stages of development. By working with the Vietnamese Government to develop more transparent and sensible labor policies, more effective implementation of the rules of law, improving cost competitiveness, increasing productivity, and providing better programs for workforce development, we will improve the business environment and make Vietnam a more attractive investment destination. This will benefit our members and eventually promote trade and investment between Vietnam and the US.
I will continue identifying and engaging key Vietnamese Government stakeholders in these endeavors, and will have the Chamber participate more actively and effectively in policy discussions with the Vietnamese Government agencies. To this end, I plan to organize more frequent dialogues between the Chamber, its members and the US and Vietnamese Governments, both at the central and local levels.
I will also focus on understanding specific needs and demands of our diverse membership, through tailored events and initiatives that are relevant and effective. Our member demographics have evolved over the years. We have more young and dynamic individual members, and more diverse corporate members ranging from large MNCs to SMEs and start-ups. Thus we should expand our traditional approach to having more creative programs, which will offer better opportunities to all members for networking, information sharing and creating business solutions.
I will also prioritize my efforts in promoting the development, collaboration and cooperation among the Chamber committees. The focus is to create synergies among the Committees to address common issues that our members face and help all committees achieve AmCham’s overall objectives.
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