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DFDL Vietnam Grows its Energy Practice with Lateral Partner Hire

DFDL continues to grow its Energy Mining & Infrastructure practice with the hiring of Kevin Hawkins this month. Kevin, previously a Partner in Zico Law, has joined DFDL in Ho Chi Minh City as Partner. 

Kevin is an accomplished U.S. lawyer who has over two decades of experience, with more than 18 years as a registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam. Primarily, Kevin’s practice focuses on Energy and Infrastructure, having advised investors on a number of projects ranging from Bauxite mining, toll road construction, airport development to more traditional power projects, including coal-fired and hydro projects. In the past 5 years, Kevin’s energy practice has focused mainly on renewable energy projects, advising developers and other integrated parties, such as EPC contractors and project managers, in relation to the development, sale, and acquisition of solar and wind power projects throughout Vietnam.

Further to this, Kevin is recognized in the leading legal directory Chambers & Partners.

Audray Souche, Co-Managing Partner of DFDL says:

“I am delighted to welcome Kevin to the Firm. The combination of the recent attractiveness of the energy sector in Vietnam and of DFDL’s strong historical position in this area has made our energy practice in Vietnam extremely vibrant over the last year or two. We continue to see a strong potential for growth in this sector in Vietnam, and Kevin will help us expand our value proposition to accompany such growth. Kevin’s impressive sector experience will also complement our regional energy practice group and allow the firm to present a unique regional expertise in the field.”

Jerome Buzenet, Partner & Managing Director of DFDL Vietnam, added:

“We are very excited about Kevin joining our team in Vietnam. His practice is firmly aligned with our strong industry focus. Kevin has a long track record of doing deals in the energy and broader infrastructure industry which will create synergies for us. With Vietnam’s vibrant energy sector, Kevin will add renewed credibility to our offering in this space.”