Michael K. Lee


Michael is a Partner at Dilinh Legal with over a decade of experience in Vietnam. Prior to Dilinh Legal, Michael worked at the Vietnam offices of Tilleke & Gibbins and MBJSM. Michael has extensive experience on a wide range of corporate matters, including real estate, M&A, life science, technology, anticorruption and labor. For the last several years, Michael has been identified as a leading lawyer in Vietnam in the areas of Corporate and M&A by both Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500.

The clients he has advised include Alcon, BludeScope Steel, Fruit of the Loom, Foster Wheeler, Gap, Gaw Capital, Groupon, Hong Kong Land, Indochina Land/Capital, Ipsen, JA Solar, JAS, Johnson & Johnson, Jones & Vining, Kenya Air, Kumho E&C, La Perla, Levi’s, Marriott, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Microsoft, Nielsen, Rocket Internet, Sapa Group, Servier, Taisei Construction, Tencent, VinaCapital, Werner and Yggdrasil.


  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California at Los Angeles
  • LL.M., International Business, Washington College of Law, American University
  • J.D., McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific


  • State Bar of California
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer – Vietnam


Legal 500

  • Recognised as a “leading individual” in Vietnam in the area of corporate and M&A. – Legal 500, 2017 Edition
  • In relation to Vietnam Corporate and M&A, “Michael Lee has ‘a very good understanding of how to circumnavigate the logjams and challenges posed by the legislative environment in Vietnam’.” – Legal 500, 2017 Edition quoting a client.
  • In relation to Labor and Employment “Michael Lee… recommended for contentious and non-contentious work.” – Legal 500, 2017 Edition
  • In relation to Real Estate and Construction “Michael Lee…[is] well regarded.” – Legal 500, 2017 Edition

Chambers Asia

  • In relation to Vietnam Corporate and M&A, “Practice co-head Michael Lee is singled out by interviewees as “a great partner” who “responds on time, gives very sound advice and handles the matters very well.” – Chambers Asia 2017.
  • In relation to Real Estate, “Notable Practitioner: Michael Lee leads the real estate practice and is a key contact for clients.” – Chambers Asia 2017

Asia Law Profiles

  • Recognized as a “Market Leading Lawyer” in Vietnam the area of Corporate and M&A. – Asia Law Profiles, 2017 Edition


  • Incorporated a Vietnamese subsidiary for Groupon to engage in advertisement services.
  • Incorporated the Vietnam operational entities of Rocket Internet’s Lazada and Zalora business.
  • Regulatory and corporate counsel to Alcon, Bayer, Ferring, Ipsen, J&J, MSD and Servier.
  • Performed comprehensive due diligence and advised on Vietnam aspects for Nippon Steel’s acquisition of BlueScope Steel businesses as part of a USD 1.36 billion joint venture.
  • Acted for Merck on the Vietnam aspects of the global Merck/Schering-Plough merger valued at USD 41.1 billion.
  • Advised La Perla Living International on several resort/residence projects in Central Vietnam, including the Bai Tram Resort.