Our employment team specialises in a wide range of employment matters across all industry sectors. We provide regular advice and updates on changes that affect the day-to-day operations of companies in Vietnam and work closely with overseas clients looking to invest in Vietnam by keeping them well-informed of the latest guidelines and changes to the employment regulatory framework in Vietnam.

A sampling of our highlight matters in this area includes:

  • Providing detailed analysis and responses with respect to Vietnamese laws for the planning and implementation of an offshore ESOP plan, for a company headquartered in the UK to grant awards in respect of shares (which are traded in the London Stock Exchange) to employees-based Vietnam.
  • Advising a client with hundreds of global team members on various comprehensive employment matters, including the retrenchment strategy and retrenchment advice in relation to senior executives and other key personnel of the subsidiaries and representative office of the client in Vietnam.
  • Acting for a global manufacturer of solenoids and solenoid-controlled valves with respect to its restructuring of employment as a result of its change of technology structure. Such retrenchment was disputed by more than 50 employees, and we have worked closely with each employee to reach mutual termination.
  • Acting for the seller in relation to a multi-jurisdictional, global M&A asset sale and purchase transaction, in relation to which it was necessary for the employment of numerous employees of a Vietnam-domiciled subsidiary of the seller group to be terminated as a condition subsequent to completion. 
  • Routinely advising various clients across industry sectors on the regulations relating to the requirements on equity among employees by race/ethnicity, gender, age, or any other protected characteristic.
  • Advising the Vietnam office of a global insurance company with detailed Vietnam law advice in relation to an employment structure in which a manager is arranged to work for two companies which are affiliates of the group, in accordance with the laws of Vietnam.
  • Advising a major multinational advertising client on the disciplinary action and potential dismissal of a director in the agency in Vietnam, including reviewing terms and conditions of employment, internal labour rules and global employment policies.
  • Advising a client in the banking industry on a highly sensitive matter to defend legal proceedings initiated by a former employee in relation to a labour dispute.
  • Conducting comprehensive anti-corruption and anti-bribery training for the entire Vietnam management team of a global postal services company.
  • Advising a global clothing manufacturer in relation to employment options as they expand their workforce in Vietnam.