Kien Trung Trinh

Senior Attorney-at-Law
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Vietnamese, English


BEc, Hanoi Foreign Trade University

LLB, Hanoi Law University

Kien Trung Trinh is a licensed attorney in Vietnam and a senior associate in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group. With nearly 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 specializes in employment law and in drafting labor contracts. He provides sound advice on company work rules, benefit plans, social and health insurance, personal income tax, employment contracts, collective bargaining agreements, confidentiality agreements, employee registration, 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 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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September 28, 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Domestic Law Firm of the Year at TrustLaw Awards

Based on our “effort and enthusiasm in supporting pro bono clients over the last year,” Tilleke & Gibbins has been named the “2015 Domestic Law Firm of the Year” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards....

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March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural edition of the...

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November 12, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized as a “Highly Recommended” Firm in Vietnam by Asialaw Profiles 2015

Asialaw Profiles 2015  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a “Highly Recommended” firm in Vietnam in multiple practice areas. The rankings were determined through two main avenues: (i) feedback...

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August 2, 2011

Asian Legal Business Ranks Tilleke & Gibbins as a Top Employment Practice in Vietnam

Asian Legal Business has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a leading Employment Law Firm in Vietnam in the magazine’s inaugural Asia Employment Law Firm rankings feature. The rankings are a result of...

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September 15, 2016

PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Global Guide 2016/17 – Vietnam Chapter

Kien Trung Trinh, Annika Svanberg

Employment and Employee Benefits 2016/17, published by Practical Law Company, provides an overview of employment and employee benefits in 32 jurisdictions worldwide. The Vietnam chapter of the guide...

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August 26, 2016

Vietnam’s New Pharmaceutical Law

Chuyen Hong Huu Le, Kien Trung Trinh

The National Assembly of Vietnam adopted a new Law on Pharmacy on June 4, 2016. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2017, replacing the current version which was passed in 2005. In an effort...

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January 20, 2016

PLC Employment and Employee Benefits Global Guide 2015/16 – Vietnam Chapter

Annika Svanberg, Kien Trung Trinh

Employment and Employee Benefits, published by Practical Law Company, provides a high-level overview of employment and employee benefits law in 30 jurisdictions worldwide. The Vietnam chapter of the...

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September 9, 2015

International Employment Law (Third Edition) – Vietnam Chapter

Kien Trung Trinh, Annika Svanberg, Tu Ngoc Trinh

Kien Trung Trinh, senior attorney-at-law, Annika Svanberg, registered foreign attorney, and Tu Ngoc Trinh, attorney-at-law, in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam corporate and commercial group, have...

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July 20, 2015

How to Hire and Fire (5th Edition) – Vietnam Chapter

Michael K. Lee, Kien Trung Trinh, Annika Svanberg

Lawyers at Tilleke & Gibbins have contributed the Vietnam chapter to the latest edition of How to Hire and Fire, a guide that provides an overview of the rules and regulations governing...

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