The Return of SOEs Equitization – Is It Time To Invest?

Date(s) - 29/10/2014
8:00 am - 10:30 am

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The Return of SOE Equitization

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After a setback over the last few years, equitization is back on the top agenda of the Government of Vietnam in 2014 with the goal to equitize around 432 state-owned enterprises by the end of 2015. The list includes prime State assets, such as Vietnam Airlines, MobiFone, Airports Corporation of Vietnam, Vinatex and other State corporations in construction, infrastructure, transport or agriculture. To achieve this objective, various regulations have been issued recently to simplify and provide for more clarity and transparency to the equitization process.

As investors in Vietnam’s future, foreign players have started asking questions about what this process means for them. Will there be opportunities for strategic investors in this process? What are the rules of the game and what are the practical issues they will face? This seminar is designed to address these questions. With Partner Bill Magennis who has been involved in the equitization process in Vietnam since the very beginning, the Allens team will give foreign investors insights into the present opportunities from a legal perspective and discuss options that they may have in this exciting development in Vietnam.


8:30 am Registration and Refreshments
9:00 am Welcome & Introduction
9:05 am Presentation
10:30 am Q&A
10:45 am Event ends


Members: VND 480,000 | Non-members: VND 630,000


Bill MagennisBill Magennis
Bill Magennis is the managing partner of Allens’ Hanoi office. He has lived and worked as lawyer in Hanoi since 1993. He has advised on many of the leading projects in Vietnam, the most recent being the US$9 billion Nghi Son refinery. Currently he is working on Vietnam’s largest M&A transaction and several large scale petroleum and power plant investments.
In 1999 he and Hop Dang toured Vietnam courtesy IFC and Ausaid giving seminars to state enterprises and officials on the first of the decrees that enabled equitization. He acted for Bao Viet on the first and to this day the only major equitization successfully involving a strategic foreign investor.
Bill is a representative of the foreign investors on the members’ council of Holcim (Vietnam) and a keen supporter of the Vietnam rowing team.

Linh BuiLinh Bui
Linh Bui is a Partner in Allens’ Ho Chi Minh City office. She has 10 years of experience in advising on foreign investment in Vietnam. Linh specialises in M&A, corporate law and banking & finance, and has extensive experience in anti-trust matters. She advises major international investors in Vietnam, operating across a wide spectrum of industries, including the food & beverage, financial services, oil & gas and power sectors.
Linh graduated from the Moscow State University with honours and speaks fluent Vietnamese, English and Russian.


Chi HaChi Ha
Chi Ha is an Associate in Allens’ Ho Chi Minh City office. Her areas of practice include corporate M&A, capital markets, project financing and structured products. Prior to returning to Vietnam, Chi worked in a top tier law firm in Melbourne for four years. Her past experience includes advising on all income tax aspects of the AU$14.6 billion merger in the wealth management industry in Australia.
In Vietnam, Chi has worked on a number of major projects including the US$9 billion Nghi Son refinery and is currently advising on several transactions in leading companies in Vietnam in the manufacturing sector and upstream oil and gas sector.
Chi graduated from the University of Melbourne with honours in accounting and law and is admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia in 2009.


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