Kien Trung Trinh

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Vietnamese, English


BEc, Hanoi Foreign Trade University

LLB, Hanoi Law University

Kien Trung Trinh is a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group in Vietnam. With more than 20 years of experience in advising multinational companies on a wide range of commercial and corporate law, he is regarded as “knowledgeable, practical and responsive” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Kien is also acknowledged as one of Vietnam's preeminent employment law experts by Asialaw Leading Lawyers. He provides sound advice on company work rules, benefit plans, social and health insurance, personal income tax, employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, confidentiality agreements, and terminations and disciplinary actions. Kien has helped various companies secure termination agreements that have prevented outlays of significant sums.

He also takes an active role in the firm’s life sciences practice, where he advises and assists clients with registration of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, foods, and animal products.

  • Advised a number of multinational food companies on registration, advertisement, and label requirements for food products in Vietnam.

  • Advised clients on registration of medical devices in Vietnam.

  • Advised clients on the role of the trade union in the representation of employees’ interests and the obligations of the employer to consult with the trade union.

  • Served as local counsel to a Chinese bank in a USD 60,000,000 loan transaction to finance a portion of an expressway project. We also advised the bank with respect to a USD 6,500,000 loan transaction to finance an automotive assembly company.

  • Advised a Japanese brewery in a strategic share acquisition of a major state-owned brewery.

  • Advised a North American banking institution on a host of Vietnamese banking regulations regarding investment accounts, electronic banking, check clearing and international payment services, ACH transactions, foreign exchange services, and other issues.

  • Advised a global pharmaceutical company on all aspects of doing business in Vietnam, including the formation and operation of a representative office, registration as a foreign pharmaceutical company, property transactions, and employment termination and labor disciplinary procedures.

  • Prepared the application dossier and all additional documentation required to establish a 100% foreign-owned company engaging in the distribution of industrial tools in Vietnam. We also assisted the client with leasing office space.

  • Advised an international technology company on operating a representative office in Vietnam, including advising on the scope of work of a representative office, employment matters, tax matters, and government filing requirements. We prepared Vietnamese and English versions of labor contracts.

  • Assisted a global electronics company with all legal aspects of leasing industrial property, commencing construction, and acquiring a trading license.

  • Advised a leading high-tech company on HR matters, including drafting labor contracts, registering new staff members, preparing documents for employment termination, and registering staff resignations.

  • Advised a multinational pharmaceutical company regarding various corporate consolidation matters, including management, labor, and drug licensing, arising from its worldwide merger with another leading pharmaceutical company. After the integration became effective, we helped the subsidiaries comply with various legal requirements and assisted our client in obtaining the necessary permits.

  • Helped an Italian pharmaceutical company prepare an application dossier and obtain a license to operate in the area of medicinal products.

  • Prepared comprehensive information on employment law in Vietnam for an international law firm.

  • Assisted a global garment manufacturer in obtaining a branch license.

  • Acted as lead counsel in advising two leading Swedish industrial tools manufacturers in establishing wholly foreign-owned enterprises engaging in manufacturing, importing and exporting, and distribution activities in Vietnam as well as post-licensing, labor and employment, and corporate support services.

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January 8, 2018

Tilleke Promotes Four New Partners in Thailand and Vietnam

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh, Kien Trung Trinh, Loc Xuan Le, Vinh Quoc Nguyen

Regional Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins is pleased to announce the promotion of four new members of the firm’s partnership in Thailand and Vietnam, effective January 2018. The new...

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December 12, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018: Vietnam IP Practice Placed in Top Tier

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Intellectual Property practice was ranked in Band 1 in Vietnam in the 2018 edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. This is the 10th consecutive year the firm has achieved this top-...

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 for IP and Labor in Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins stands alone at the top of the field in Intellectual Property (International Firms) in Vietnam, according to the latest rankings from The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. The highly...

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November 29, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Three Asialaw Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has received high accolades for its exceptional regional practice at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards, where it was named Southeast Asia Firm of the Year...

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November 15, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Vietnam has Strong Showing in Asialaw Profiles 2018

In the 2018 edition of Asialaw Profiles, Tilleke & Gibbins was recognized as a leading law firm in Vietnam in seven practice areas, as follows: Outstanding: Intellectual Property; IT, Telco...

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December 20, 2017

Vietnam Pharma Update 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins’ fourth annual Vietnam Pharma Update  provides a compilation of articles on the life sciences sector in Vietnam written by our lawyers, IP executives, and regulatory...

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May 26, 2017

Vietnam’s Labor Code to See Significant Changes

Kien Trung Trinh

Vietnam’s 2012 Labor Code, in effect since May 1, 2013, is being reviewed and revised by the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), the body in charge of labor issues in Vietnam....

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February 27, 2017

PLC Agricultural Law Global Guide 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

Kien Trung Trinh, Hien Thi Thu Vu, Linh Duy Mai

The latest edition of Practical Law Company’s Agricultural Law Global Guide  was recently published, with the Vietnam chapter written by lawyers from Tilleke & Gibbins. The guide’s Q&A...

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February 6, 2017

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins have written the Vietnam chapter of Practical Law Company’s Doing Business in … Global Guide, an essential handbook for businesses looking to expand their...

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January 3, 2017

International Employment Law (Fourth Edition) – Vietnam Chapter

Kien Trung Trinh, Tu Ngoc Trinh

The fourth edition of International Employment Law  (Release 5, 2016) provides an overview of employment law in 43 jurisdictions around the world. The Vietnam chapter of the guide, written by...

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