Asia Counsel joins forces with Kinstellar Southeast Asia

After more than eight highly successful years as a standalone law firm, Asia Counsel is proud to announce an exciting development in the journey of the firm – becoming Kinstellar’s sister law firm in Vietnam.

Kinstellar (www.kinstellar.com) is a fast-growing top quality full-service law firm in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Kinstellar has offices in 11 jurisdictions (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Turkey and Uzbekistan. It is today recognized as one of the very top firms in the jurisdictions where it operates with approximately 300 lawyers and professionals.

This move marks a significant milestone in Asia Counsel’s pursuit of excellence and growth and is part of wider expansion plans in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia. We will combine our strengths and expertise with Kinstellar’s to further build out an even more robust and competitive firm in Vietnam. Together, we will be better positioned to innovate, serve our clients more effectively and navigate the rapidly evolving legal landscape. Our strategy is to continue to develop a first-class family of connected law firms within developing jurisdictions in Southeast Asia where the major international law firms, which concentrate on the major Western financial centres, are not focussed.

As we embark on this exciting new chapter, we are also re-doubling our commitment to delivering exceptional services and maintaining the highest standards.

Leadership

Minh Duong, Managing Partner, has been advising clients in Vietnam for more than 15 years. He is admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia and the High Court of Australia. He has worked on many major M&A, banking and finance matters in Vietnam and is a recognised and highly rated M&A lawyer in Vietnam.

Justin Gisz has more than 25 years of legal experience, more than 16 years of which in Vietnam. Primarily a corporate / M&A lawyer, Justin also has considerable experience in banking and finance, capital markets, energy including renewables and real estate. He advises VC and PE funds, corporates and high net worth individuals on their investment and business activities in Vietnam. Justin is qualified in New South Wales, Australia, and holds a Vietnam Foreign Lawyer’s Practising Certificate.

Phong Nguyen specialises in M&A, capital markets, banking and finance and corporate and commercial law. He has practiced law in Vietnam since 2003 and has extensive experience working at international firms and in advising clients on their investment and acquisition projects in Vietnam.

Rita Pang is a Chinese qualified lawyer and the Director of Business Development, Asia. Rita has more than 12 years of working experience in diverse markets (China, Southeast Asia, as well Central and Eastern Europe). She previously worked for a Chinese law firm focussing on foreign investment, cross-border transactions, corporate structuring, mergers and acquisitions, and outbound investments.

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Jason Mogg, Senior Partner, Kinstellar, comments: “Bringing Asia Counsel into the Kinstellar family marks a significant milestone for our group and for its development plans for Southeast Asia. We are excited to have a firm of the quality of Asia Counsel in our group and about pursuing the next steps in Southeast Asia’’.

Minh Duong, Managing Partner, Asia Counsel, adds: ‘‘As we embark on this exciting new chapter, our commitment to delivering exceptional services and maintaining the highest standards remains unwavering. The shared values and goals of Asia Counsel and Kinstellar Southeast Asia undoubtedly will benefit both us and our existing and future clients. Together, we will be better positioned to innovate, serve our clients more effectively, and navigate the rapidly evolving legal landscape’’.

For any inquiries or further information, please do not hesitate to contact Minh, Justin, Phong or Rita Pang, Director of Business Development, Asia.