Stephen is the senior trial lawyer and founder of Le & Tran. With years of extensive experience, Stephen has impressive litigation, arbitration and criminal defence background as well as a wealth of knowledge and deep understanding of how Vietnam’s legal system, courts and authorities operate. He has pursued the philosophy “Fighting for Justice” for his entire illustrious career.
In 2017, Stephen was the Winner of the prestigious “Disputes Star of the Year“ awarded by AsiaLaw Profiles in Hong Kong. He has followed up this achievement by receiving numerous additional accolades, including being endorsed as a preeminent trial lawyer of Vietnam by over 50 global corporations and has been highly ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific, Legal500, Benchmark Litigation, and AsiaLaw Profiles for consecutive years. Large multinational enterprises such as Petronas (Malaysia) endorsed Stephen as the Best Trial Lawyer they have ever worked with in Vietnam.
Overall, he has advised and represented more than 50 global corporations and over 200 individual clients in various legal matters and disputes. In addition, Stephen is also an authoritative voice in the business community, conducting several legal seminars in conjunction with AmCham Vietnam and Le & Tran. At present, he has hosted and was the key speaker at 15 legal seminars and has published approximately 50 legal articles for the AmCham business community.
For his own practice and those of all Le & Tran attorneys, he strongly follows the belief that, “Any well trained lawyer can provide legal advice, but only an all-rounded professional can provide you with the tools you need to successfully reach your goals while complying with all the legal requirements”.
- Litigation & Dispute Resolution
- White-Collar Crimes
- Judgements Enforcement
- Business Law
- Private Client Service
Stephen has over 15 years of experience representing numerous global corporations in over 1,000 legal matters. He has successfully led his team to a number of winning verdicts in high-profile commercial litigation cases worth USD millions in matters ranging from construction, commercial disputes, white-collar crime investigation and defense, labor disputes, and shareholder disputes. His reputation has been forged by the use of skillful tactics and creative solutions and the building of a strong evidencial system as the backbone to break down the claims of opposing parties.
Stephen’s mindset centers around critical thinking and business ethics which form the core of defending his clients’ interests. From there, he builds an undefeatable strategy and the legal grounds to realize a winning verdict. Talk to Stephen and you will see a formidable fighter for your interests and justice.
His many global clients have included Marvell Technology Group, Friesland Campina Vietnam, Petronas Group, Tan Chong Group, Suntory Pepsico Vietnam, Pou Chen Group, Emerson, Schlumbergers, SunCity Group, CoreTronic Group, LeeWay (Caleres), Barcardi, Adecco, Qatar Airways, and Etihad Airways.
- Eng Yew Chan
Chief Executive Officer at Strategic Marine
“I have had the pleasure of working with Mr Stephen Le and his team in 2018 and again in 2019, a lasting impression and what has amazed me is his professionalism and methodical approach to addressing legal issues in Vietnam. I would highly recommend Mr Stephen Le and his firm for areas of Litigation, Mergers and Acquisitions, Contracts as well as areas covering areas of various corporate legal aspects. Certainly a legal counsel of choice and legal firm to assist companies and individuals (particularly foreign corporates) when trying to navigate the Vietnamese legal environment.”;
- Kenneth Tan
Associate at Norton Rose Fullbright
“Stephen and I worked together and that experience impressed upon me Stephen’s responsiveness, tactical acumen and stellar work ethic. He is a trusted and effective lawyer to go to for legal matters.”;
- Gregory Nathan
Co-founder, Grace Skincare Clinic
“I had the pleasure of working with Stephen on several issues over the years and have always found him to be extremely bright, VERY aggressive and always to the point. He responds quickly and is always extremely honest in his opinion, even if you don’t want to hear it. There are not many people who merit the distinction of being labelled as honorable and results oriented but, in my book, he ranks with the best in protecting and caring for his clients no matter what the issue.”;
- Peiyi Tung
Taiwanese lawyer – worked with Stephen while she was with Poyuen Vietnam
“A solid lawyer who always has client’s best interest in mind.”;
- Goh Yong Ang
Former General Director of D.I.E.C Singapore Pte. Ltd
“Mr. Le did successfully assist D.I.E.C Singapore in the matters relating to debt recovery from two Vietnamese companies. Mr. Le usually approached the solutions in innovative ways and worked closedly and full-heartedly with me. It is also worth mention the level of confidence and diligence that Mr. Le demonstrated when working with me were extraordinary”;
- Nicola Connolly
Former Vice Chairwoman of EuroCham and Former General Director of Adecco Vietnam
“Stephen is the best in town”;
- Michel Borelli
Former Managing Director of MullenLowe (Vietnam)
“Stephen and his team provided all the invaluable & precise advice”;
- Penh Huynh
Former Financial Regional (SEA) Director of Bacardi
“Stephen has been very diligently and timely providing legal advice to us in Vietnam and we greatly appreciate his professionalism”;
- Samuel Scoles
Regional Director Asia, International Trade Advisory Services of White & Case Pte. Ltd
“To date, we have had very good interactions with Le & Tran and appreciate the detailed advice on various requested projects”;
- Frederick Huynh Quan Dat
Former CEO of Etihad Airways (Vietnam)
CEO of Quatar Airways (Vietnam)
“Very impressive work that Stephen has provided”.
- Winner of Disputes Star 2017 (AsiaLaw Profiles)
- Highly Ranked in Chambers Asia Pacific (2021 Guide)
- Legal Advisor of ESG Committee (AmCham Vietnam)
- Legal Advisor of Manufacturing Committee (AmCham Vietnam)