Cashless Payments Improve

By |July 15th, 2019|Categories: Banking and Finance, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|Comments Off on Cashless Payments Improve

In the article on Vietnam Investment Review, here, news of Vietnam's increasing independence from cash and gold is welcome. I'll let you read the article, but much of the information contained therein is to boast of the boost in mobile payments and ATM transactions. Mobile payments are cashless payments made using a mobile device, usually a cell phone, rather than the traditional credit card or cash. This means that Vietnamese are taking part in a hundreds of billions of dollars worth of worldwide transactions. This [...]

Vietnam’s Corporate Governance Tested

By |July 11th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Securities and Capital markets, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|Comments Off on Vietnam’s Corporate Governance Tested

Bui Quang Huy is in trouble. The former CEO of tech company Nhat Cuong General Technical Services is wanted by police for smuggling and now money laundering. He apparently invested money earned from the smuggling of electronics across the border into a subsidiary company and used that to hide the fact that he was syphoning funds. The story, here, tells of a corrupt and ambitious gathering of like minds. Eight arrests have been made so far, though the take is in the hundreds of millions [...]

EVFTA Signed in Hanoi

By |July 1st, 2019|Categories: Business News, Dispute Resolution, International Trade|72 Comments

The Europe-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) was signed by representatives of both parties on Sunday in Hanoi. While this is not the final step for execution of the agreement, this is a major milestone and will, more than likely, lead to adoption by the EU. In this article, here, Nicolas Audier discusses the benefits of the EVFTA in much more depth than I possibly could as he has been involved with the negotiations in his role with the EUCHAM here in Vietnam. In this article, [...]

Vinfast Roars to Life

By |June 24th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Corporate and commercial, International Trade, Inward Investment|5 Comments

Last week Vinfast, a subsidiary of Vinagroup, began manufacturing the Vinfast line of automobiles. The line begins with a standard hatchback and a sedan, two vehicles that are priced around 17,000USD. This is cool. For a couple of reasons is this cool. First, car purchases in Vietnam are up 22% year on year since 2018. This means that there are more cars reaching the road even though there are still severe import taxes on foreign made vehicles. If Vinfast delivers a quality vehicle, it is [...]

Tax Authorities On Top of Tech

By |June 12th, 2019|Categories: Banking and Finance, Business News, Taxation, Technology and Media, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|4 Comments

With this article in Vietnam Investment Review, here, the government proves that it is capable of keeping pace with technological advancement in at least one department, that of tax collection. The article examines the fact that Grab, a ride hailing app company, has surpassed Vinasun in tax contributions. It outlines the concerns that were raised initially, primarily the fact that Grab may not be amenable to easy tax collection, one of the arguments raised by the taxi union to fight what has been a major blow [...]

Duc Receives External Counsel Award

By |June 4th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Indochine Counsel News|3 Comments

Indochine Counsel is very happy to announce that our Managing Partner, Dang The Duc, has received the “Commended External Counsels of the Year for Vietnam 2019”. He received the award in Hong Kong on Thursday, May 30, 2019 and was part of the In-House Community celebration that followed. Dang The Duc (you can see his profile and contact information here) has been the managing partner of Indochine Counsel since its founding in 2006. He was one of the founding partners and has received numerous awards [...]

Report from INTA in Boston

By |May 28th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Events-Seminars, General, Indochine Counsel News, Intellectual Property|5 Comments

I spent last week in Boston where I attended, with our managing partner Dang The Duc, the International Trademark Association's (INTA) annual meeting. It was a fast paced round of networking and meeting, with over 11,000 attendees. A very large conference. Crazy, really. It started with a long flight from Vietnam to Japan, where a layover brought us to an even longer flight from Tokyo to Boston. I watched several movies and listened to quite a bit of music, read some, and tried to sleep. [...]

IP In the Spotlight

By |May 14th, 2019|Categories: Legal News|315 Comments

Next week our managing partner and I head to Boston for the International Trademark Association annual meeting. Thousands of lawyers attend this event and make for a hectic five days. In light of our adventures in intellectual property, I thought I'd highlight our attorney who oversees the IP side of our practice. Nguyen Thi Hong Anh With both legal and technical background, she has been in practice as a patent & trademark attorney for over 20 years, dedicated to establishing, protecting and enforcing intellectual property [...]

Private Sector Thriving

By |May 6th, 2019|Categories: Banking and Finance, Business News, Corporate and commercial|Comments Off on Private Sector Thriving

Thanks to Dr. Matthias Duhn on LinkedIn, for sharing the link to the interview with the Minster of Planning and Investment. The original interview ran in Vietnam Investment Review, here, and is a reassuring assessment of the private sector economy. One of the highlights of the article, and I'll let you read it for yourself, is that the private sector is one of the larger elements contributing to GDP in Vietnam. It is also a major element of investment capital contributed to the investment economy [...]

Happy Five Day Weekend

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: Employment, General|2 Comments

Happy Reunification Day. Happy May Day. And Happy bridge holiday, which is today, which makes for a five day weekend, something unheard of in the United States. Forty-four years ago tomorrow tanks rolled down the streets of Saigon and the north and the south were reunited after decades of division under the French and then the Americans. Since then there have been hard times, and good times, and better times. Things are looking up for Vietnam and the long road of war and occupation has [...]

Ministry Proposes CIT Cut for SMEs

By |April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Business News, Corporate and commercial, Inward Investment, Legal News|Comments Off on Ministry Proposes CIT Cut for SMEs

According to Vietnam News, here, the Ministry of Finance has proposed a change in the current corporate income tax structure for small and medium sized businesses with an even greater exception for what it considers micro businesses. The cut would be from the regular 20% which is paid by all enterprises to 15-17% depending on the size of the business. (I'll let you read the full article for particulars.) This comes as an effort to encourage SMEs and startups in the country with a goal [...]

IC’s Media Law Ranked Tier 1 by MLI

By |April 15th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Indochine Counsel News, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|Comments Off on IC’s Media Law Ranked Tier 1 by MLI

Indochine Counsel is pleased to announce the recent release of the Media Law International annual rankings. In the rankings, Indochine Counsel is ranked as a Tier 1 Law Firm for Media Law. This marks the apogee of efforts to improve the provision of media law services at Indochine Counsel and the culmination of the IT & T sector under Partners Nguyen Hong Anh and Dang The Duc. Media Law International (MLI) is an independent publishing business that produces a flagship annual guide, and a bi-monthly [...]

Shop & Go Gone Bust

By |April 8th, 2019|Categories: Business News, Business plans, Competitive research, Contract Law, General, Inward Investment|1,021 Comments

In a story reported by VN Express here, Shop & Go, a chain of nearly a hundred convenience stores in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi was sold to Vingroup for $1. Shop & Go was a Singaporean enterprise that was one of the first in the convenience store space in Vietnam. Unfortunately, Shop & Go was not profitable, building up debts around ten million dollars before agreeing to sell to Vingroup for the nominal fee. Vingroup intends to rebrand Shop & Go with its [...]

What’s the Law of Vietnam

By |April 1st, 2019|Categories: constitutional|289 Comments

I am going to take a step back this week and speak basics. I was asked by a young lawyer what the difference between law in the West and Vietnam is. So I figured if a lawyer has that question, there might be others as well. The law of Vietnam is a civil law system built on top of ancient imperial systems that were borrowed largely from China. This means that there is a bit of a hodgepodge of law. Regardless, the law in Vietnam [...]

Back in Vietnam

By |March 25th, 2019|Categories: Contract Law, Corporate and commercial, Property and Construction|1,212 Comments

I've been back in Vietnam now for a few weeks and I'm getting settled in. Previously I was writing from the USA. Now I'm back in the country and ready to take on new challenges and new tasks. There are a few things that I've noticed that are worth mentioning in a passing way, I'll not take up numerous blog posts in this manner, but felt it worth doing once. Nitrous Oxide is legal and available for use for a couple dollars a hit at [...]

OTT Internet Services at Risk in Vietnam

By |March 18th, 2019|Categories: Technology and Media, TMT-Technology, Media, Telecom|85 Comments

This week we have a guest post from Mr. Bui Viet Duc, legal assistant at Indochine Counsel. He's spent some time researching this issue and has prepared the following memo for release. Guidance on TV over-the-top (OTT) services under the new draft decree Decree No. 06/2016/ND-CP on management, supply and utilization of radio and television services in Vietnam, dated 18 January 2016 (“Decree 06”), is one of the policies ensuring that many types of Internet service may be transmitted, including cross-border transmissions, to internet users [...]

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