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 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, 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 19, 2017

ALB M&A Rankings 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Among Top Regional M&A Practices

Tilleke & Gibbins continue to strengthen its profile as one of the most capable mergers and acquisitions practices in Southeast Asia, and was recently recognized in the Asian Legal Business...

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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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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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August 18, 2017

Fifteen Tilleke & Gibbins Attorneys Recognized in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2017

In the 2017 edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a guide to the most preeminent practitioners of law in the Asia-Pacific, 15 lawyers at Tilleke & Gibbins have been recognized for the strength of...

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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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April 29, 2008

Accelerated WTO Implementation – Foreign-Owned Import Companies Now Permitted Multiple Distributors

John King, Kien Trung Trinh

Until very recently, wholly foreign-owned companies that established themselves in Vietnam for the purpose of importing their products from their overseas affiliates were only permitted to market...

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November 16, 2010

An Overview of Vietnam Labor Law

Thomas J. Treutler, Kien Trung Trinh

This article provides a comprehensive introduction to Vietnam labor law, including information on hiring an employee, maintaining the employment relationship, modifying the employment relationship,...

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May 14, 2015

Circular 44 Updates Drug Registration Requirements

Kien Trung Trinh

To ensure harmony in regulations between ASEAN countries as well as tighten the management of drug registration, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued Circular No. 44/2014/TT-BYT dated November 25,...

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May 14, 2015

Foreign Drug Company and Local Distributor Relationships in Vietnamese Public Drug Procurement

Kien Trung Trinh

Vietnam’s Drug Distribution Policy Under its WTO commitments, Vietnam agreed to allow foreign-invested entities (FIEs) to conduct distribution services (i.e., commission agent, wholesale, and retail...

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June 3, 2015

Global Agriculture Law (1st Ed.) – Vietnam Chapter

Kien Trung Trinh, Dung Thi Kim Vu, Linh Duy Mai

Global Agriculture Law (1st Ed.), a guide that presents a Q&A-style overview of agriculture law in 22 jurisdictions around the world, has been published. The Vietnam chapter of the guide, written...

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