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Thao Tran


Thao is a Vietnam qualified lawyer with more than 10 years of experience.

She advises clients on a wide range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity deals and restructuring, with a focus on complex and cross-border deals. She has extensive experience in the energy, infrastructure, technology and industrial sectors, and has worked on some significant and complex deals in Vietnam. Thao also has a strong background in real estate law, having advised on numerous transactions involving residential, commercial and industrial properties, as well as the development of mixed-use large-scale smart city projects.
Prior to joining the firm in 2021, Thao worked at a leading Vietnamese law firm and the Hanoi office of a Big Four Japanese firm.


Representative matters

Sumitomo Corporation on a USD4.2b next-generation "smart city" in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The arrangers and lenders on a USD160m loan facility in relation to Vietnam’s largest waste-to-energy project at the time, located within Hanoi’s Nam Son Waste Treatment Complex.

Indorama Ventures, a Thai chemical group, on its acquisition of shares in Ngoc Nghia Industry – Service – JSC, a Vietnam-based leading plastic packaging firm through public tender offer.

Sembcorp on its USD160.3m acquisition of a majority interests ranging from 73% to 100% in various subsidiaries of Gelex. The transaction will add 245MW of operational renewable wind, solar and hydropower assets to its current portfolio in Vietnam.



Admitted as a lawyer to the Hanoi Bar association, 2017


Master of Laws - Major in International Business Law, Transnational Law and Business University, Korea (TLBU), 2013

Bachelor of Laws, School of Law, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, 2011

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.