Nguyen Trung Nam (Tony) FCIArb is a Benchmark Litigation-star lawyer dual-qualified in both Vietnamese and English jurisdictions. He is also a practising arbitration counsel, mediator and arbitrator. He founded EPLegal in 2009, became deputy director of the Vietnam Mediation Center (the first mediation organisation in Vietnam) and co-founded VIArb (the first ADR training institute in Vietnam) in 2020. He is also a VIAC arbitrator and has been a member of the VIAC expert advisory board since 2019.
Tony has spent nineteen years practicing in the projects and energy industry. Prior to co-founding EPLegal in 2010, Tony worked in managerial and legal positions in leading oil & gas operators and contractors in Vietnam such as PTSC, Cuu Long JOC, and PVTrans. Tony has 2 decades of massive transactions experience through various development and financing projects related to drilling campaigns; oil and gas production operations; sales and purchasing and technical services contracts; chartering of vessels/FPSO/FSO; and EPC/EPIC contracts. He acts as leading counsel and works on both contentious and non-contentious matters in energy and infrastructure construction contracts and related dispute settlement, including hydropower plants, thermal power plants, refineries and solar energy installation projects, etc.
Tony is a counsel acting in litigation and ADR dispute cases in Europe, Asia and often represents clients in disputes in Vietnam International Arbitration Center (“VIAC”) and international institutions such as THAC, SIAC, ICC, LCIA, GATT, NUTS. He is the first mediator and Vietnamese fellow member certified by CIArb. In 2017, he was appointed by VIAC to be a member of the Scientific Advisory Council and actively participated in training, research and drafting of VIAC rules and sets of VIAC rules. In 2019, he became one of the arbitrators of VIAC and also be elected as the Chair of Committee of prospective CIArb Branch in Vietnam. In January 2020, he was appointed as Deputy Director of Vietnam Mediation Center (“VMC”). He is also the Managing Director and co-founder of Vietnam Institute for International Arbitration (“VIArb”), the first independent organisation of arbitration and ADR training institute in Vietnam.
Education: University of the West of England, LLM.