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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November 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020

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ALB M&A 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Repeat Honors in Thailand and Vietnam Rankings

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Asialaw Profiles 2021: Tilleke & Gibbins Identified as One of the Best Law Firms in Vietnam

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September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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June 24, 2020

COVID-19 Labor Law FAQ for Employers in Mainland Southeast Asia

Dino Santaniello, Jay Cohen, Kien Trung Trinh, Nada Songsasen, Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Ross Taylor, Saithong Rattana, Sochanmalisphoung Vannavuth

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to shutdowns, lockdowns, and quarantines around the world, forcing companies into drastic cost-cutting measures to offset severely diminished (or zero) revenue due to a...

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April 17, 2020

Vietnam Extends Social Distancing, Provides Relief Measures for COVID-19

Vinh Quoc Nguyen, Kien Trung Trinh

On April 15, 2020, Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed to a proposal to extend the country’s social distancing measures under Directive 16 for at least one more week in risk-categorized...

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April 16, 2020

Government of Vietnam Announces Financial Relief Measures for COVID-19

Kien Trung Trinh

On April 9, 2020, the Government of Vietnam passed Resolution No. 42/NQ-CP on measures to support those who are facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic (“Resolution 42”). Under Resolution 42,...

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April 8, 2020

Draft Circular on Working Hours and Breaks for Seasonal Workers in Vietnam

Kien Trung Trinh, Thomas J. Treutler

Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) is considering a draft circular that would change regulations on working hours, including overtime, and breaks required for seasonal...

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