Grey areas in the spotlight – a legal morning with Hogan Lovells

Date(s) - 24/10/2013
8:30 am - 11:30 am

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Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon


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Presentation: Update on Compliance, Christian Schaefer
Presentation: Further strengthening of IP enforcement mechanism, Nga Nguyen
Presentation: PPP – Are we there yet, Stanley Boots
Presentation: Update on Investment Regulations, Phong Nguyen

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Grey areas in the spotlight

Event Description

Hogan Lovells’ lawyers in Vietnam invite you to a morning session filled with practical legal updates for businesses operating in Vietnam, ready to turn on the spotlight on new developments and legal updates.

The presentations will include update sessions on compliance, IP rights and enforcement, infrastructure and PPP projects and general investment regulations.

Session 1: “Update on Compliance” (Christian Schaefer, Consultant)

The presentation will focus on recent changes in the area of operational compliance, including Vietnam’s new e-commerce and internet regulations, foreign exchange regulations and employment.

Session 2: “Good news for IP owners: Further strengthening of IP enforcement mechanisms and their possible impact on IPR awareness in Vietnam” (Nga Nguyen, Senior Associate)

The presentation will provide an overview of recent legislative developments in the handling of administrative violations with a focus on IPR infringement and examine the possible impact these  developments may have on strengthening IPR enforcement as well as further raising IPR awareness in Vietnam.

Session 3: “Update on the legal framework for infrastructure projects” (Stanley Boots, Of Counsel)

Significant legal change is under way affecting Vietnam infrastructure projects.  The Hogan Lovells team has been deeply involved in advising the Government and donor community in consolidating newly developed PPP principles into Decree 108.  We will speak to the changes that are underway and present our outlook on infrastructure in Vietnam in 2014.

Session 4: “Update on Investment Regulations” (Phong Nguyen, Senior Associate)

Vietnam is striving to improve its business environment to maintain its investment attractiveness. Several of Vietnam’s major business laws are under review. You may have heard plenty of news about recent legal and policy changes in Vietnam’s banking and finance sector. What about the general corporate and investment regulations? We will address the amendments that your business needs to pay attention to and future developments.


8:30 am Breakfast Refreshment
9:00 am Welcome and introduction
9:00 am “Update on Compliance” (Christian Schaefer)
9:35 am “Update on IP Enforcement” (Nga Nguyen)
10:10 am “Update on the legal framework for infrastructure projects” (Stanley Boots)
10:45 am “Update on Investment Regulations” (Phong Nguyen)
11:15 am Q&A
11:30 am Event ends


Members: 450,000 VND | Non-members: 550,000 VND


Christian Schaefer

Christian Schaefer

Christian is a consultant heading Hogan Lovells’ corporate and commercial practice in Vietnam. Christian has more than ten years’ experience advising on corporate and commercial transactions, M&A, real estate and construction, and banking and finance. Having worked in Vietnam for eight years, Christian has assisted a large number of clients in their ventures in Vietnam.


Nga Nguyen 1Nga Nguyen
Senior Associate

Nga is a senior associate with Hogan Lovells’ IP practice in Vietnam. Nga has 20 years of experience in advising international companies on all aspects of intellectual property matters in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. As a Vietnam-qualified lawyer and licensed IP Agent, Nga has been handling hundreds of IP infringement cases and regularly acts for numerous well-known brands


Stanley BootsStanley Boots
Of Counsel

Stanley is an of counsel with Hogan Lovells and leads the firm’s finance and infrastructure practice in Vietnam. He offers broad experience advising on PPP, infrastructure, public procurement and energy projects in Vietnam and across the region. Stanley eads a dedicated team of infrastructure lawyers in Hanoi who share the greatest depth of experience in PPP in Vietnam. He also advises on cross-regional energy and infrastructure projects, including traditional thermal power projects and renewable power projects in the wind, hydropower and geothermal areas.


Phong NguyenPhong Nguyen

Senior Associate

Phong is a Vietnam-qualified lawyer with more than nine years’ experience with a focus on foreign companies doing business in the country and foreign-invested enterprises in Vietnam.  Phong has worked on a broad range of corporate and commercial legal matters, including incorporation/establishment, direct and indirect investments, real estate transactions, taxation, labour and employment issues, international contracts, and litigation. He also represents our clients in negotiations with their partners and discussions with the relevant State authorities.