Apr 05 2017
On January 16, 2017, Vietnam's government issued a decree that allows citizens to game at casinos. Decree No. 03/2017/ND-CP on casino business operations (Decree 03) took effect on March 15, 2017.
Mar 22 2017
As provided in Decree No. 72/2013/ND-CP on management, provision and use of internet services and online information, dated 15 July 2013 (“Decree 72”), one of the policies on development and management of Internet and online information is the assurance that only lawful information in accordance with Vietnamese laws may be transmitted, including cross-border transmission, to Internet users within Vietnam. For implementation of this policy, the Ministry of Information and Communications (the “MIC”) issued Circular No. 38/2016/TT-BTTTT on 26 December 2016 detailing the cross-border provision of public information (“Circular 38”).
Feb 28 2017
The State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) recently released regulations requiring banks and foreign bank branches in Vietnam to maintain a minimum capital adequacy ratio (CAR) of 8 percent from 2020.
Feb 27 2017
On November 14, 2016, Vietnam's Ministry of Finance issued Circular No. 263 prescribing rates and the collection, remittance, management and use of IP fees. This replaced Circular No. 22 dated February 4, 2009, by the MOF. This new standard of fees applies to all IP registrations and it went into effect on January 1, 2017.
Jan 23 2017
On 1 November 2016 the Vietnamese Government issued Decree No. 145/2016/ND-CP (“Decree 145”) amending and supplementing Decree No. 108/2013/ND-CP (“Decree 108”) on sanctions against administrative violations in the securities market. The issuance of Decree 145 which is effective as of 15 December 2016 is considered as a necessary step to ensure that sanctions cover new violations on the market and to ensure the deterrence as well as the prevention of violations.
Jan 09 2017
Vietnam is hoping the combination of a relaxation of foreign investment rules, for, stock exchange growth, a push for state-owned enterprises (SOE) equitisation and a gradual opening of bond markets will help its economy to grow this year. Asialaw spoke to lawyers in the jurisdiction to get a glimpse into the latest changes and expected trends in the capital markets for 2017.
Dec 19 2016
More than 10 years since its implementation, Vietnam has revised and supplemented the regulatory framework for the pharmaceutical industry to reflect the realities of practice and to catch up with state policy. The National Assembly passed Law on Pharmacy No. 105/2016/QH13, dated 6 April 2016 (the “Law on Pharmacy 2016”), which will supersede the Law on Pharmacy No. 34/2005/QH11, dated 14 June 2005 (the Law on Pharmacy 2005) on 1 January 2017. 
Nov 09 2016
Pursuant to Article 49 of the Law on Telecommunications No. 41/2009/QH12, holders of a registered national domain name “.vn” can, in theory, transfer the right to use their domain name, but, this regulation has not been able to proceed in practice due to the lack of specific mechanisms and regulations.
Oct 31 2016
Everyone focuses on IP, but tech issues have, by and large, been tossed by the wayside in Vietnam.
Sep 26 2016
On 1 July 2016, the Vietnamese Government issued Decree No. 86/2016/ND-CP (“Decree 86” or “Decree”) regulating the conditions for securities investment and business. The Decree applies to many agencies and entities involved in the Vietnamese securities market including branches in Vietnam of securities business organizations and foreign organizations to own charter capital of a securities business organization in Vietnam. Besides this, Decree 86 solves the problems on implementation of Decree No. 60/2015/ND-CP by supplementing through a number of new contents related to the main problems such as ownership of foreign investors, establishment and operation of a branch in Vietnam of a foreign securities company.
Aug 31 2016
The value of IP rights used as contribution capital when establishing an enterprise shall be agreed by founding shareholders, members, and, if the value of IP rights as valuated is higher than the actual value at the time of capital contribution, the founding shareholders or members are jointly-responsible for additional contribution of the difference between the valuation and the actual value at the time of finishing the valuation of the IP rights.
Aug 26 2016
Decree No. 15/2015/ND-CP of the Government on public private partnership investment forms (the “PPP”) went into effect on 10 April 2015 (“Decree 15”), Ministries and other competent authorities of Vietnam have been promulgating legal documents guiding and/or detailing Decree 15 so as to fully establish the legal infrastructure for deploying PPP in practice.
Jun 27 2016
"According to local papers and media, food poisoning happens almost everyday, in many different locations, and the result of some investigations shows that, substantially, food poisoning is caused by using substances [that have been] banned"  
May 18 2016
To strengthen safety controls for imported food products, the Ministry of Health (MOH) issued Circular No 52/2015/TT-BYT, dated December 21, 2015, on State inspection protocols to ensure the safety of imported food products, detailing the documents needed for the application dossier and the procedure for granting a certificate for exported food products under the administration of the MOH (Circular 52). Accordingly, all such imported food products are subject to a state inspection for safety, conducted by inspection agencies designated by the MOH.
May 16 2016
On 31 December 2015 the State Bank of Vietnam (“SBV”) promulgated Circular No. 36/2015/TT-NHNN regulating the re-organization of credit institutions, in the form of merger, consolidation and conversion of legal forms of certain types of credit institutions, including only commercial banks and finance companies (“Circular 36”).
Apr 30 2016
There is no specified regulation dealing with patent pool in the Competition Law No. 27/2004/QH11 dated 03 December 2004 (“Competition Law”) and Intellectual Property Law No. 50/2005/QH11 dated 29 November 2005, as amended in 2009 (“IP Law”) of Vietnam. But, in respect of anti-monopoly, IP Law has regulations on compulsory patent license, and the Competition Law prohibits patent pool (horizontal agreements) in certain circumstances.
Mar 30 2016
For years, Việt Nam, as a developing country, has tried to reform its legal framework for investment to make it consistent with a market economy.
Mar 28 2016
On 30 December 2015 the Ministry of Construction issued Circular No. 11/2015/TT-BXD (“Circular 11”) regulating the issuance of real estate broker's practicing certificates; guiding the training on real estate brokerage and operation of real estate trading floors; and regulating the establishment and operation of real estate trading floors.
Feb 29 2016
On December 9, 2015 the State Bank of Vietnam issued Circular No. 26/2015/TT-NHNN guiding on procedures for mortgage and lifting mortgage of houses yet to be built (Circular 26). Apart from regulations on lifting mortgages, Circular 26 provides guidance on the mortgage of houses formed in the future (Future House) and residential housing development projects (Project) only at credit institutions.
Dec 24 2015
This article focuses on resolving disputes over domain names which are identical or confusingly similar to registered trademarks/trade names in Vietnam. According to the current Law on Information Technology and regulations guiding the implementation thereof, such domain name disputes can be resolved in three ways: through negotiation or conciliation; arbitration; or litigation at the competent court.
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