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ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

ANT Lawyers

Vietnam Law Firm with English Speaking Lawyers

Chủ Nhật, 17 tháng 7, 2016

CONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHING REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN VIETNAM

Decree No. 07/2016 / ND-CP regulating the Commercial Law regarding representative offices and branches of foreign traders in Vietnam that have recently been issued by the Government.


Accordingly, foreign traders can establish their representative offices and branches in Vietnam under Vietnam’s commitments in international treaties to which Vietnam is a member. A foreign trader cannot establish more than one representative office or branch with the same name within a province or city under central authority.
Foreign traders are licensed to establish representative offices when they meet five conditions:
– Foreign traders can establish and register for business in accordance with law of nation and territories participating in international treaties in which Vietnam is a member, or recognized by the law of those nations and territories.
– Foreign traders that have been in operation for at least one year from the date of establishment or registration.
– In case the certificate of business registration or papers with equivalent value of the foreign traders have prescribed the time limit for operation, then the duration must be at least 1 year from the date of submitting record.
– The operation of the representative office must match the commitment of Vietnam in the international treaties in which Vietnam is a member.
– The case where the operation of the representative office is inconsistent with Vietnam’s commitments or foreign traders do not belong to any nations and territories participating in the international treaties in which Vietnam is a member, the establishment of representative offices must be approved by the Minister of specialized management.
The Decree also stipulates the conditions for foreign traders to be granted licenses to establish their branches. Specifically, foreign traders will be licensed for the establishment of branches when they meet 5 conditions:
– Foreign traders can establish and register for business in accordance with law of nation and territories participating in international treaties in which Vietnam is a member, or recognized by the law of those nations and territories.
– Foreign traders that have been in operation for at least five year from the date of establishment or registration.
– In case the certificate of business registration or papers with equivalent value of the foreign traders have prescribed the time limit for operation, then the duration must be at least 1 year from the date of submitting record.
– The operation of the branch office must be consistent with the market-opening commitments of Vietnam in the international treaties in which Vietnam is a member, and in line with the business lines of the foreign trader.
– If the content of the branch operation is inconsistent with Vietnam’s commitments or foreign traders do not belong to any nations and territories participating in the international treaties in which Vietnam is a member, the establishment of branches must be approved by the Minister of specialized management.
The license for the establishment of representative office and branch of foreign traders have a term of 5 years but does not exceed the remaining term of the certificate of business registration or papers of equivalent value of the foreign trader in the case that those papers contain provisions on the term.

WHAT FOREIGN INVESTORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TAXES IN VIETNAM

Foreign investors whom set-up company in Vietnam always face challenges to understand the tax system in Vietnam. The below briefly explains type of taxes in Vietnam for regular enterprises. In special cases, foreign enterprises are suggested to consult with tax lawyers in Vietnam before establishment and during the operation to ensure compliance


Major taxes which enterprises including both local and foreigners are subject to are corporate income tax, import and export taxes, and value added tax, and their employees are subject to personal income tax. Other taxes might be applicable depending on nature of business, such as natural resource tax, special consumption tax, and foreign contractor tax.
Corporate income tax (CIT) is governed under Vietnam Law on Corporate Income Tax. CIT is calculated by multiplying assessable income with the CIT rate. Assessable income is the difference between sales revenue and deductable expenses. In general, CIT tax rate in Vietnam is currently 22% and will be reduced to 20% starting Jan 1st, 2016.
Export and Import tax are governed under Vietnam Law on Export tax and Import tax. Export of finished goods is encouraged and export tax is 0%. Import tax will be as import tax tariff published by the government unless exempted for reasons of import to process for export, import to create fixed assets other other cases as the laws regulated.
Value added tax (VAT) is governed under Vietnam Law on Value added tax, applicable to goods and services sold in Vietnam. VAT is calculated by multiplying taxable price and VAT rate. The most common VAT rate is 10%. The rate level of 5% and 0% are applicable in certain cases.
Personal income tax (PIT) is governed under Vietnam Law on Personal income tax. Tax payers are resident, which taxable income includes income generated both inside and outside of Vietnam; and non non-resident, which taxable income includes income generated from Vietnam, regardless of the place where it is paid or received.

NOTABLE IMPROVEMENTS IN VIETNAM INVESTMENT LAW 2014

Vietnam Investment Law 2014 taking effect from July 1st, 2015, replaces the Investment Law 2005 with notable improvements, especially the provisions on business registration in investment projects which foreign investors making investment in Vietnam or setting up business in Vietnam are welcome.


The new Vietnam Investment Law in 2014 has brought up the concept of “business investments” to replace the previous two concepts as “direct investment” and “indirect investment”.
Under the Investment Law 2005, prohibited investment sectors are generally and broadly defined i.e. detrimental to defense and security, national interests which are vague concepts subject to arbitrary explanation of the Vietnam State authorities. The prohibited business activities in the new regulations are listed down specifically.  This change has been considered as a huge development which confirm that the foreign investors have the right to conduct investment in Vietnam in the segments not prohibited by law.  The new law specifies 267 conditional investment areas which clearly define the restrictions in one document instead of referring to various laws.  This shall also avoid different interpretations of the legal enforcement and application of the laws in Vietnam.
According to the Vietnam Investment Law 2005, regardless of the proportion of foreign invested capital, all projects involving foreign ownership are subject to investment certificate. Under the new law, only the projects of foreign investors or enterprises with foreign investment capital contributed 51% of charter capital or more must apply for new registration certificate for the project investment of foreign investment. This is a big step to attract and encourage investment for foreign investors investing in Vietnam through reducing the amount of administrative formalities which foreign investors had to go through.
ANT Lawyers will be available to assist the clients when required dealing with the incorporation and post-licensing in Vietnam.
For advice or service request, please contact us via email ant@antlawyers.vn, or call +84 8 3520 2779.  To learn more about us, please visit www.antlawyers.vn.  
ANT Lawyers is a Vietnam law firm with international standards, recognized by IFLR1000 on Financial and Corporate practice.  We are an exclusive Vietnam member of Prae Legal, the global law firm network covering more than 150 jurisdictions.  The firm provides a range of legal services as following to multinational and domestic clients.
This publication is designed to provide updated information of legal matters, and does not constitute professional advice.

HOW PATENT ATTORNEY IN VIETNAM COULD HELP?

At ANT Lawyers, we provide Patent attorneys in Vietnamwith specialized qualifications necessary for representing clients in obtaining patents and acting in all matters and procedures relating to patent law and practice in Vietnam.


The inventors may obtain a patent in Vietnam without the assistance of a patent lawyer if they wish. However, this is almost full of risks. Ignoring the complexity of filing the registration application, the primary concern is whether an inexperienced inventor can write an application which satisfies rules as the requirement of Vietnam Intellectual Property law.
It can be said that Vietnam intellectual property law and procedure on patent registration are complex. That’s why valuable legal rights can easily be lost if the patent application and prosecution of that application are not handled carefully and precisely by one skilled in such matters. Companies that file lots of patent applications use patent attorneys for a reason that you almost certainly will get a better patent if it is done by a patent attorney.
If the inventor does not work with a patent attorney, some of dangers may occur in registering patent in Vietnam as following:
  • Failure in providing enough file for patent registration;
  • Making inaccurate statement such as incorrect description;
  • Wasting time because the documents is not valid;
  • Loss of patent right because of other patents;
  • Loss of capability on exploiting economic from patent right;
With the above – mentioned risks, patent registration in Vietnam with the assistance of the patent attorney seem to be an effective way to ensure the client’s right.  The patent attorney in Vietnam may help clients obtain patent quickly. The inventor also save time to focus on their core specialization if they use patent filing service.
The patent attorney assist clients as following:
  • Advise about the procedure for registration prior submitting application;
  • Compile all forms related to patent registration procedure;
  • Prepare for registration dossier and conduct the registration;
  • Subscribe to the application already filed and report to clients on the status of the application;
  • Inform, advise and handle mission or refusal of Patent Agency;
  • Get Patent and hand over to clients after receiving patent from patent Agency;
  • Consult clients about the use of the invention, rights and obligations related to invention after successful registration.
All things become easy, convenient and safe if you get the assistance from a patent attorney in patent registration.

Thứ Sáu, 8 tháng 7, 2016

OBLIGATIONS OF COSMETICS MANUFACTURERS AND IMPORTER IN VIETNAM

The cosmetics manufacturers and importers who are responsible for putting cosmetic on the market have the obligations as the following:

  • Be responsible for all contents declared in the cosmetic product proclamation report, for the safety, the efficiency, and the quality of the product; and guarantee that the circulated products satisfy all requirements of the ASEAN Cosmetic Treaty and the Appendix of Vietnam law;
  • Follow, discover, and confiscate immediately the unqualified cosmetic, as well as implement the confiscation announcement from the state authority office and inform to the state authority office about the confiscation; punctually deal with the consumer’s complaints of the cosmetic’s quality and compensate for consumer’s loss in accordance with the regulation; refund to the buyer the produced cost in the maintenance, transportation, and circulation process;
  • Report to the Medicine Management department – the Health Ministry within 07 days since the date receiving the first feedback from this side-effect in case finding side-effects which are serious and could damage the consumer’s life because of the cosmetic product’s quality;
  • File the Product Information File (PIF) in at least 03 years since the latest manufacture lot is put on the market and presented to the checking and inspecting functional office when requested;
  • Obey the Vietnamese Regulation and Law on the intellectual ownership. When having the conclusion of the state competent offices on the intellectual-ownership law-breaking label and industrial design, the organizations, the individuals must stop manufacturing, trading, and importing in order to conduct of changing the label and the industrial design as provided, and be responsible for refunding and resolving all damages (if any).
Besides, Vietnam law also provides that the organizations which manufacture the cosmetic must deploy to apply and satisfy principles, the “cosmetic good manufacturing practice” standard of the Asian Southeast Association Nations (CGMP-ASEAN).
Last but not least, the organizations, the individuals must conduct requirements of state competent offices about checking and inspecting the cosmetic quality, confiscating the violated cosmetics, and be entitle to complaints about the conclusion and the law-breaking judgment form in accordance with the law regulation on the complaint and the denouncement.
For advise or service request, please contact us via email ant@antlawyers.vn, or call +84 8 3520 2779(HCMC Office), +84 4 39388751 (Hanoi Office).  To learn more about us, please visit www.antlawyers.vn 

ADDING FOREIGN SUBJECTS TO OWN RESIDENT HOUSES IN VIETNAM

The Draft Law on House (amended) has currently taken lots of attentions of not only investors but residents. One of the significant amendments is provision on house ownership of foreign organizations, individuals.


According to Articles 161, 162, 163 of Draft Law, there are 3 cases that the foreigners may own resident houses in Vietnam as following:
  1. Foreign organizations, individuals invest the construct resident houses according to projects for sale, lease, hire-purchase sale.
  2. Foreign owned enterprises, branches, representative offices of the enterprises without business in real estate, foreign investment funds and branches of foreign banks permitted to operate in Vietnam are entitled to buy, donate, inherit the commercial houses in projects of resident housesdevelopment, new urban areas, tourism real estate.
  3. Foreign individuals who are allowed to enter Vietnam, not belong to incentive rights, diplomatic or consular immunity.
However, subjects at section 2 and 3 are eligible to own houses in maximum term of 70 years, from the issuance date and can extend according to laws at that moment. They are not allowed to buy and own social houses, just buy and own commercial houses. They are also eligible to own unlimited number of commercial houses in commercial resident house development projects, new urban area or tourism real estate. These new provisions will become important points for real estate market in Vietnam. Especially, the foreign individuals are allowed to enter Vietnam, entitled to buy and own resident houses in Vietnam. It’s expected to make a big change in real estate in Vietnam when the new Law on House (amended) is adopted. ANT Lawyers,your lawyers in Vietnam.

LEGALIZE BIRTH CERTIFICATE IN VIETNAM

Legalize birth certificate is the authentication of signature and stamp on the birth certificate issued by the foreign country or organization in order for that document to be recognized and used in Vietnam.

In principle, the Vietnam State authorities only accept considering birth certificate that has been legalized, unless the law of Vietnam and international treaties in which Vietnam has signed or participated has other provisions.
In the trend of integration and development, Vietnam has expanded exchanges with all countries in the world. Therefore, the demand for legalize birth certificate is inevitable. ANT Lawyers is honored to provide the service to legalize birth certificate, evaluating the legitimacy of the birth certificate and on behalf of institutions and individuals to perform the procedure at the state agencies with the most reasonable cost.
The process to legalize birth certificate includes:
Step 1: Receipt of birth certificate record from client and conduct the document translation;
Step 2: Get the judicial stamp for the translation of birth certificate
Step 3: Get legalized stamp for the birth certificate
Step 4: Get the stamps of embassies, consulates for birth certificate
Step 5: Return the legalized birth certificate record to customer