Freshfields - First ever Vietnamese lawyer elected to international partnership

Update: April, 21/2020 - 08:00

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Freshfields) has elected Vietnam-based counsel Bui Thanh Tien to the firm’s international partnership. Freshfields is a Magic Circle law firm that dates back to 1743, when it started representing the Bank of England (which is still a client of the firm). It has been in Viet Nam since 1994, when the country opened up to international business.

Tien is widely recognised as one of Viet Nam’s leading corporate and finance lawyers. In his almost 20 years at Freshfields, he has acted on some of the most high-profile transactions in Viet Nam, often involving billions of dollars as well as complex and innovative deal structures. As well as advising private equity investors and investment banks on their investments and divestments, Tien has extensive experience serving banking and finance sector clients, representing financial institutions from around the world on a range of matters spanning corporate financing, project and asset financing, and restructuring.

Bui Thanh Tien, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP

“I congratulate Tien on his well-deserved election to the partnership,” said Viet Nam managing partner Tony Foster. “At a time when clients are facing unprecedented challenges, Tien brings a formidable combination of global expertise and in-depth local experience. The firm’s election of a Vietnamese lawyer as a partner underlines the importance of Viet Nam in the world as well as our commitment to Viet Nam. Tien’s move into the top ranks of one of the top law firms in the world demonstrates to younger Vietnamese lawyers that there are no limits on where their skills can take them.”

With the election of Bui Thanh Tien, Freshfields for the first time has two Viet Nam-based partners.

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