Pham Thi Thoa

Pham Thi Thoa

Senior Partner

Phone: +84918950066

About Pham Thi Thoa


Before being a co-founder and a manager of Apolat Legal, Attorney Pham Thi Thoa used to hold key positions in many law firms and investment consultancies. At present, in addition to being a Partner of Apolat Legal Law Firm, she is teaching at Ton Duc Thang University and an Asset Manager of the International Asset Management and Liquidation Partnership and Arbitrator of Southern Trade Arbitration Centre (STAC).

Practice Focus

Attorney Pham Thi Thoa has had years of practicing in intellectual property, franchise, bankruptcy procedure, enterprise re-construction, investment in industrial park infrastructure, renewable energy projects and dispute resolution procedure for local and oversea giants such as Taxi Gas SaiGon Petrolimex, PGT Holdings, Vinaco, Novaland, Skymusic, Citigym, DaeYoung, SM Energy, Thang Long Capital, BCG Bang Duong Energy Company…Attorney Pham Thi Thoa also participates in resolving bankruptcy cases as an Asset Manager of the International Asset Management and Liquidation Partnership and resolving the dispute as Arbitrator of Southern Trade Arbitration Centre (STAC).

Notable deals


  • Counselling and representing shareholders of Fund Management JSC in an M&A deal to sell the company’s shares to Korean Company, and drafting MOU, agreements and relevant documents to process the deal.
  • Counselling Southern Regional Party Committee on the restructuring, trading, auction, leasing properties of the company having the capital of VPTU, which is operating the biggest hotel in the province.


  • Counselling and drafting documentation to issue and offer for shares in Energy Company – the investor of the solar power project in Long An and Soc Trang province.

Intellectual property

  • Representing a Vietnamese Company to negotiate, review and finalize the exclusive franchise contract with an Australian Company for operating Gloria Jean’s Coffee shops in Vietnam.
  • Representing a famous singer to sue for music royalties from VNG Joint Stock Company (owner of Zing MP3). 

Investment in industrial park infrastructure

  • Representing Korean investors to seek investment approval and to proceed with the Investment Project on constructing and running a business on infrastructure light industry park in Quang Ngai province. The investment capital of the project is 57 million USD and the acreage of the park is 249.51 Ha.


  • Counselling Korean Company on seeking investment approval and operating the Solar Power Project in Quang Ngai province. The investment capital of the project is around 50 million USD with the capacity is 100Mw and the acreage is 120 Ha.

 Law compliance 

  • Counselling SkyMusic on legal issues in connection with activities of distributing copyright, co-operating with singers, composers, representing singers or composers to collect/spend royalties…
  • Counselling Citigym on legal issues concerning the operation of its gym chain, reviewing agreements, contracts, transactions with customers, partners and employees of Citigym…

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lawasia – Member
  • The Bar Association of Ho Chi Minh City – Member
  • The Bar Federation of Vietnam – Member
  • Business Network International (BNI) of Vietnam – Member
  • Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) – Member


  • University of Economy and Law, National Universities of Ho Chi Minh City – Bachelor of law
  • Academy of Justice – Lawyer training course
  • Ho Chi Minh University of Economic – Accounting and Finance of Enterprise course
  • Intellectual Properties Office of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh University of Law – Advanced course on Intellectual Properties
  • Ministry of Science and Technology – Intellectual Properties Management course
  • PTI Entrepreneur School – Managing Director Course
  • University of Economy and Law, National Universities of Ho Chi Minh City – Master of Law course


Attorney Pham Thi Thoa frequently answers interviews on television channels such as FBNC, VITV, … publications such as Phap Luat, Nguoi Tieu Dung, Thoi Bao Kinh Te Sai Gon, VN Express,… and participates, as a speaker, into seminars, talk shows about career orientation at Ton Duc Thang University, University of Economy and Law, RMIT University…

  • Buying off-the-plan houses: a view from Saigon South Plaza project, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 18 July 2019.
  • Difficulties in royalties and remuneration for singers and musicians: What’s the solution? – posted on The Saigon Times, dated 17 October 2019.
  • The driver is in a weak position when cooperating with a car company, dated 12 September 2019.
  • Applying bankruptcy law to recover debts, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 24 October 2019.
  • Consideration regarding the solar power business plan, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 14 November 2019.
  • From “Domain Speculation” to… “Trademark Speculation”, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 8 February 2020.
  • Who Will Have Exclusive Ownership Of Corona Vaccine?, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 21 February 2020
  • Rule of Law Index 2020 of The World Justice Project (WJP).
  • Living in the age of Covid-19 –enterprises rescue themselves by bankruptcy declaration, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 16 April 2020.
  • Startup funding during Covid-19, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 20 April 2020.
  • How to manage intellectual property in the enterprise?, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 14 May 2020.
  • Undergraduates seeking part-time jobs are deceived – Ponzi scheme continues disguising, posted on The Saigon Times, dated 9 July 2020.


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