Michael K. Lee


Michael Lee is a Partner at Dilinh Legal with over fourteen years of experience in Vietnam. Before Dilinh, Michael worked at the Vietnam offices of top international and regional firms. He has extensive experience in many corporate matters, including real estate, M&A, life sciences, technology, and labor.

The clients Michael has advised include Alcon, Alibaba, BlueScope Steel, Fruit of the Loom, Foster Wheeler, Gap, Gaw Capital, Groupon, Henkel, Hong Kong Land, Indochina Land/Capital, Ipsen, JA Solar, JAS, Johnson & Johnson, Jones & Vining, Kenya Air, Kumho E&C, 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

  • Recognized as a “leading individual” in Vietnam in the area of corporate and M&A. – Legal 500, 2014 through 2018 Editions.
  • 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.
  • Individually ranked “Brand 4” in the field of Corporate and M&A. “According to clients, Michael Lee of Dilinh Legal is ‘very responsive, straight to the point and pragmatic,’ as well as being ‘good at translating the intricacies and complexities of legal issues. He is especially well placed to handle corporate matters in the life sciences, real estate, and manufacturing sectors.” – Chambers Asia 2019.

Asia Law Profiles

  • Recognized as a “Market-Leading Lawyer” in Vietnam the area of Corporate and M&A – Asia Law Profiles, 2017 Edition.
  • Recognized as a “Market-Leading Lawyer” in Vietnam the area of Corporate and M&A – Asia Law Profiles, 2018 Edition.
  • Recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” for Construction, Real Estate, and Corporate and M&A – Asia Law Profiles, 2019 Edition.
  • Recognized as a “Distinguished Practitioner” for Corporate and M&A – Asia Law Profiles, 2020 Edition.


  • Recognized as a “Highly Regarded” in Vietnam in the areas of Project Development, Banking, and M&A – IFLR1000, 2020 Edition.


  • Advised on the Vietnam portion of Nippon Steel’s USD 1.36 billion joint venture with BlueScope Steel.
  • Acted for Merck on the Vietnam aspects of the Merck/Schering-Plough merger valued at USD 41.1 billion.
  • Advised VinaCapital on its USD nine-digit casino resort project in Hoi An, Vietnam.
  • Advised Tencent on its strategic acquisition in VinaGames.
  • Advised Marubeni on its LPG joint venture with PetroVietnam.
  • Advised on the restructuring of Ipsen and Lazada Vietnam.