Hai-Dang Nguyen leads the Financial Services team in Australia.

    With more than 20 years of widespread experience and expertise, Hai-Dang is a leading adviser and is widely recognised as an astute negotiator on banking and finance transactions, funds management, structured investments, fintech and financial services regulation. He is well known for his client commitment and commercial approach to problem solving.

    Hai-Dang’s practice covers structured investments and all types of financing transactions with a particular focus on property finance and investment, project finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, structured finance and general corporate lending. He also advises on interest rate and currency hedging, equity swaps, financial restructuring and financial regulation.

    Hai Dang’s clients come from a wide range of industries, including banking, financial services, commercial real estate and hospitality, energy, mining, construction, automotive, recruitment services, food, agribusiness, education, telecommunications and entertainment.

    Hai-Dang has significant experience of the business cultures in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries. He has advised major Vietnamese companies on commercial contracts with foreign counterparties and their outbound investments.

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    Banking and Finance | Structured Investments

    • Advising on the structuring for inbound and outbound investments.
    • Acting on project and acquisition financing of power and other infrastructure assets, including thermal and renewable energy power plants, toll roads and ports.
    • Acting on acquisition and leveraged financings, including the financing for the takeover of a listed REIT and the structured financing for acquisition of units in a foreign listed REIT.
    • Acting for listed and unlisted real estate investment funds and real estate fund managers on the financing of commercial and hospitality property acquisitions.
    • Acting for developers, investors and lenders on financings for commercial property developments.
    • Acting for and advising originators and other participants in securitisation programs, including acting for a global captive finance company for its first and cutting-edge securitisation of commercial and regulated auto-receivables in Australia.
    • Acting on structured financings including margin loans, receivables financings, supply chain financings, vendor financings, equipment financings and principal and agency financing arrangements.
    • Acting on equity bridge financings for private equity funds.
    • Acting on trade finance transactions, including documentation of standard terms and conditions for trade finance products.
    • Advising on cash management arrangements such as cash pooling.
    • Acting on interest rate and currency hedging, equity swaps and other derivative transactions.
    • Acting for borrowers and lenders on financial restructuring transactions.
    • Acting for borrowers and lenders on general corporate finance transactions.
    • Advising on consumer credit, payment systems, custody banking, anti-money laundering and other financial regulations, including providing global custody (17f-5) opinions and expert opinions on banking and financial regulations in Vietnam and other Asian jurisdictions for money laundering cases.

    Financial Services

    • Advising on the establishment, operation and distribution of investment funds and other collective investment vehicles (both on-shore and off-shore) across a range of assets classes and structures. These include real estate investment trusts (REITs), exchange traded funds (ETFs) and structured products.
    • Advising on interest rate and currency hedging, equity swaps and other derivative transactions.
    • Advising on regulatory issues relating to financial products, financial markets and the provision of financial services.
    • Advising on product disclosure statements, offer documents and other financial product disclosure obligations.
    • Advising on licensing and conduct obligations under Australian financial services laws.
    • Advising on contractual arrangements with fund service providers, including custodians, trustees, administrators and investment managers.
    • Advising on foreign investment, consumer credit, responsible lending, privacy and AML/CTF laws.

    Education

    • University of New South Wales, LL.B., 1999
    • University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Commerce, 1999

    Admissions

    • Supreme Court of New South Wales, 2001
    • High Court of Australia, 2001

    Languages

    • English
    • Vietnamese
    • Winner, Banking and Finance Partner of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2020.
    • Finalist, Financial Services Partner of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2020.
    • Finalist, Partner of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2020.

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