Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC’s ‘excellent practice provides appropriate advice in a very timely fashion’. The team advised an international telecoms company on its negotiation of a deal for the construction of a network of telecoms towers in Myanmar following the issuance of 15-year nationwide telecoms licences from the government of Myanmar. Florence Grangerat has previously worked in the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, and attracts praise as ‘a true professional - dynamic, and with significant Myanmar legal expertise accumulated over the years’. Senior legal consultant Maw Zin is also recommended.
Legal 500, 2015
“With a strong practice throughout Indochina, this Vietnam-based firm has further grown its offering, with the establishment of an office in Yangon in 2012. It advises a host of clients on investments into Myanmar and is appreciated for its entrepreneurial approach to emerging markets: it is "compact, but very professional and willing to work in developing countries." Nicolas Audier is a key partner in the Myanmar practice, dividing time between Hanoi and Yangon. Clients appreciate his local knowledge and dedication, saying they were "impressed not only by his knowledge, but also by his helpfulness in delivering results for us.”
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, 2013
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC shows ‘attention to detail’, and is ‘structured and well organised’ in its advice to banks, corporations, investment funds and multilateral institutions in financial transactions, and variously acts for lenders, borrowers, issuers and guarantors. The team recently advised a consortium of international lenders on the reorganisation of a $600m loan granted to a Vietnamese company on the verge of bankruptcy. Ho Chi Minh City-based Etienne Laumonier is ‘quick and efficient’, and ‘a good sounding board’. The team is led by the ‘hugely pragmatic’ Nicolas Audier, who is an extremely well respected practitioner”.
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC is another firm with experience in IPOs and the equitisation of state-owned enterprises. The team recently advised Goldman Sachs on its $45m subscription in two tranches to convertible bonds in a prominent listed infrastructure company. Respected expert Nicolas Audier is recommended, as are Etienne Laumonier and Le Thuy Lan”.
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC advises corporations and investors on M&A, restructuring and mergers, as well as joint ventures and investments. It is currently advising a leading global player in the industrial packaging sector on the acquisition of a Vietnamese entity as part of an acquisition programme, and advised the same client on various restructuring matters. Founding partner Nicolas Audier, one of Vietnam’s leading lawyers, and Nicolas Picard come highly recommended”».
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC assists clients with litigation strategies and cross-border disputes. Nicolas Audier and the ‘excellent’ Bernadette Fahy are leading a team advising a consortium of lenders following the debt default of Vinashin, the state-owned shipbuilding conglomerate. This case is important politically as well as for the substantial monetary value involved”.
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC is currently advising a global bank as lender on $300m financing of a bauxite mine in northern Vietnam, and on structuring of the security package and the governmental guarantee. Etienne Laumonier and managing partner Nicolas Audier are recommended”.
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC is advising Accor on the development of a network of hotels throughout Vietnam under various global brands. The team advises on related matters such as related corporate, construction and land issues, investment structures, and hotel management agreements. Nicolas Audier, Etienne Laumonier, Nicolas Picard and Bernadette Fahy are recommended”.
“Audier & Partners Vietnam LLC is known for its expertise in advising software and internet companies, and also has experience advising on broadcasting matters. Nicolas Audier is recommended”.
Legal 500, 2013
This firm continues to make an impression on the market and advises a wide range of local and international clients. The team is strong in infrastructure and energy projects, and is also comfortable handling real estate matters. By way of example, the group recently advised a leading multinational client in the hospitality sector on the development of a hotel network in Vietnam. On the project financing side, the team has been assisting a consortium of banks and other commercial lenders with the financing of the Vinh Tan 1 project. Founding partner Nicolas Audier is a well-known presence in the market and is credited with taking the practice from strength to strength. Together with partner Etienne Laumonier he regularly advises on large-scale energy and real estate projects.
Audier& Partners enjoys a solid reputation in the market based on its strong local expertise and experienced team. The group regularly represents local and international companies and investors in a variety of commercial transactions, and has particular skill in corporate restructuring, M&A, joint ventures, equity investments and IPOs. Notable highlights from the last year include advising a company listed in Asia on the acquisition of a strategic shareholding in a port construction company in Vietnam. Other areas of focus have lately centred on the development of supermarkets and shopping malls in Vietnam. According to sources, Nicolas Audier "serves as a useful bridge between the Vietnamese side of transactions and the expectations of an international client." Ho Chi Minh City-based partner Etienne Laumonier earns warm praise for his "attention to detail and efficient approach."
Sources praise the team's combination of local and foreign lawyers, who regularly advise on domestic and international banking and capital markets transactions. Notable work from the past year includes advising a consortium of lenders in relation to an unpaid loan. Sources say: "This firm delivers an excellent service which is both responsive and comprehensive. When we need advice, the lawyers are very thorough and really go into detail." Founding and managing partner Nicolas Audier is a highly respected and long-standing figure in the Vietnamese legal sphere. He earns praise from sources for his "precision and very good understanding of the market."
Chambers and Partners 2013
“Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C.’s niche lies in advising companies on development projects and supporting leisure industry clients. It continues to assist Accor with establishing a hotel network, advising on everything from construction to hotel management. Nicolas Audier, Bernadette Fahy, Etienne Laumonier and Nicolas Picard are recommended.”
“ Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C. is efficient and very knowledgeable about the Vietnamese legal market’, and is adept at establishing new corporate entities or expanding operations. It continues to assist Groupe Casino with establishing a distribution network and Accor with a new hotel chain, and several clients on greenfield investment projects to build factories. It is also advising Goldman Sachs on subscribing to a bond issuance by an infrastructure company, and advised several clients on the sale or purchase of strategic shareholdings. Nicolas Audier is ‘very good and knowledgeable’. Nicolas Picard and Etienne Laumonier are also recommended.”
Legal 500, 2012
“Bernadette Fahy leads the disputes practice for the firm and maintains her reputation as a premier practitioner for arbitration. In the last year she acted for a project management company regarding a construction management contract dispute concerning a luxury hotel”.
Chambers and Partners 2011-2012
Market sources warmly endorse Bernadette Fahy for her ability to “craft impressive strategies.” Other key disputes resolution contacts for the firm include Tran Trong Binh in Hanoi and Le Thuy Lan in Ho Chi Minh City.
Advising local and international clients, comprising banks, corporations, investment funds and multilateral financial institutions, the team offers strength acting on the lender, borrower, issuer or guarantor side, as well as in derivative matters and capital market transactions.
Chambers Asia 2009-2010
“Nicolas Audier has worked in Vietnam for over 14 years and is valued by clients for his ability to interpret the law ‘from the book as well as from his experience’.”
“The key attraction of the firm remains the ‘incredibly experienced and tremendously well-connected’ Nicolas Audier, whose long service in the country gives him a superior understanding of the challenges faced by foreign investors”.
“Clients value the team’s total understanding of the complexities of doing business in Vietnam.” Nicolas Audier is ‘great to have on your side’ on complex deals, according to clients”.
Chambers Asia 2008-2009
“Audier, meanwhile, 'has a remarkable understanding of Vietnam and its administrative and political structures’, and is judged to be 'at the top end of quality’. The 'dedicated’ Bernadette Fahy and fellow associate Le Thuy Lan are both highly regarded.”
“Managing partner Nicolas Audier is of the highest quality and 'has a remarkable understanding of Vietnam’. Bernadette Fahy is meanwhile appreciated for her 'dedication’.”
“Nicolas Audier is 'of the highest quality’ and has 'a remarkable understanding of Vietnam’. Clients also particularly appreciate Bernadette Fahy.”
“Clients identify Nicolas Audier and Bernadette Fahy as 'top quality’ lawyers who provide 'good customer service’.”
“Nicolas Audier is ably supported by a number of other respected lawyers, most notably Bernadette Fahy.”
Chambers Asia 2008-2009
Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C. is regarded as ‘very good and responsive’.
Nicolas Audier is ‘trustworthy, knowledgeable and experienced’, and has ‘a remarkable understanding of Vietnam’.
New firm Audier & Partners Vietnam L.L.C.’s substantial dispute resolution practice is led by the ‘very good’ Nicolas Audier and Bernadette Fahy. Nicolas Audier, Bernadette Fahy and Nicolas Picard are recommended
Legal 500, 2008-2009
“When you ask Nicolas Audier to do something on a tight timescale, he always delivers”
“Nicolas Audier knows Vietnam and knows the law - there’s very little grandstanding when he’s involved, just a practical and deal-oriented service.”
Chambers Asia 2006-2007