Truong Trong Nghia recognized by ALB as one of the Top 15 Litigators in SEA 2024

Partner Truong Trong Nghia, Co-Head of Litigation Practice, has been ranked among Southeast Asia’s Top 15 Litigators for two consecutive years (2023 and 2024) by Asian Legal Business (ALB). He was also recognized as one of the Top 15 Asia litigators in 2022 by ALB. 

In an exclusive interview with ALB in their March 2024 edition, Truong Trong Nghia sheds light on the evolving landscape of litigation in Vietnam, particularly the challenges and opportunities presented by the country’s rapid economic development. 

Read the full interview below: 

In your experience, what are some of the most challenging aspects of being a litigator in Vietnam, and how do you navigate these challenges effectively? 

Vietnam’s shift from a centrally planned economy to a multi-sector market economy over the last 30 years has accelerated economic development fueled by FDI, ODA funded infrastructure projects, the regional or global expansion of Vietnamese companies and the development of a middle class. Investment transactions and follow-on disputes have become increasingly complex with increasing large stakes. More and better trained lawyers in increasingly large teams must be mobilized to handle these matters. This is the challenge of our litigation practice. 

Can you share a particularly memorable case or success story from the past year that highlights the impact of your work as a litigator? 

I am proud of the results we achieved for the client in a recent case involving the disposition of prime public land at an allegedly low value. The land was transferred through a series of transactions until it was transferred free and clear to a company which was then sold to my client for approximately USD 17.5 million. 

The scandal broke and all the officials involved were convicted of serious crimes. We assisted the client in convincing the prosecutors of its innocence. We also convinced the courts that Art. 133 of the Civil Code, protecting innocent purchasers for value of property requiring ownership registration, should also protect innocent purchasers for value of companies whose sole asset consisted of such property. 

Could you shed some light on the role of technology in modern litigation practices, and how do you integrate these advancements into your legal strategies? 

Under the leadership of the Supreme People’s Court, technology continues to have a dramatic impact on litigation practice in Vietnam. 70 judgments have been designated as binding precedents. To date, another 1,366,672 reference judgments have been published on the Court’s internet portal. Litigators and judges need to search this large database for relevant binding or reference authority. Bigger and more experienced legal teams will be required for complex cases! 

What advice would you give to aspiring litigators in Vietnam who are just starting their careers?  

Going forward, there is only one answer for Vietnamese litigators, young and old, training, training and training, using all technological tools available. Why? Because if you don’t find the applicable case, your opponent will.         



About The ALB 15 Southeast Asia Litigators: 

The ALB 15 Southeast Asia Litigators ranking highlights top litigators from seven countries across the region who have demonstrated excellence in their fields. 

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