Legal statements

GBS is a limited liability company registered in Vietnam under number 0309452548. Its registered office and principal place of business is at 212/22 Ngo Tat To Str., Ward 22, Binh Thanh Dist., HCMC, Vietnam. GBS is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. The SRA’s Rules can be found in its Code of Conduct.
In relation to those GBS practices which are corporate bodies, whether limited liability partnerships incorporated in Vietnam or other corporate bodies, we use the word “partner”, on this website and generally, to refer to a member of the limited liability partnership or a shareowner or director of the other corporate body or in either case an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications. Confirmation as to the member/share owner/director status of a partner practising through a corporate body can be provided on request.

For laws and regulations in addition to those on this page relating to particular GBS offices and/or the lawyers working there, inclusive of Vietnam, Japan, HongKong (China), Poland and Singapore.

GBS is committed to the highest ethical and professional standards. These apply to all our people, regardless of role, and to all our offices. GBS people are required to act professionally and in compliance with relevant laws, regulations and Bar rules. These ethical and professional standards include:

  • acting with integrity, professionalism and fairness
  • acting in the best interests of each client, including providing a proper standard of service to our clients
  • upholding the rule of law and the proper administration of justice
  • behaving in a way that maintains the trust the public has in the provision of legal services
  • maintaining our independence
  • The Firm has internal policies intended to help its people comply with these standards and with relevant laws and regulations.

GBS has a zero tolerance policy towards bribery and corruption. We are committed to:

  • conducting business in a manner that complies with applicable laws and is consistent with the highest ethical standards including, among other things, standards intended to prevent bribery and corruption, and
  • using our best endeavours to ensure that those who perform services for and on behalf of GBS – including employees, contractors, foreign counsel and agents – are aware of and share our commitment to conducting business ethically.
  • The Firm is subject to the Vietnam Regulations and US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in respect of its activities throughout the world and has adopted an Anti-Corruption Policy, which has been endorsed by its senior management. The policy is based on an assessment by GBS of the external and internal bribery risks that face us, and reflects fundamental standards that GBS expects those who perform services for us and on our behalf to abide by when acting on our behalf.
  • GBS will not use third parties or intermediaries to engage on its behalf in unethical practices that would be prohibited under any applicable laws if undertaken by GBS. GBS expects that all third parties and intermediaries that it engages will conduct themselves accordingly when acting on behalf or for the benefit of GBS. GBS is committed to transparency on its ethical standards and anti-bribery initiatives and has established procedures that are described in our Anti-Corruption Policy to encourage employees to report instances or allegations of policy violations. In addition, the Firm has signed up to the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative and the UN Global Compact.

GBS takes data privacy seriously. We have a global policy, that we follow worldwide, which is based on EU data protection principles. For more information see our privacy statement.

Our anti-money laundering (AML) policies are generally based on the highest standards that are required in the jurisdictions where we operate, and apply in relation to all of our business in all of our offices all over the world. The Firm conducts client due diligence enquiries on each new client and persons connected with them and conducts ongoing monitoring of existing clients. These enquiries are based on the FATF Recommendations, and the Third Money Laundering Directive, although if additional information is required by the local rules of any country where we are being asked to work, that information will also be obtained. Where necessary for these purposes, we seek relevant information from third party data suppliers. Where individuals have supplied personal data for this purpose we will only use it for that purpose and will keep it only as long as the relevant AML and data protection legislation requires.
The Firm also has internal procedures to ensure that any suspicions of money laundering are reported to the appropriate authorities where there is an obligation to do so. Lawyers and other relevant staff are provided with training on these issues.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights which were unanimously endorsed by the Human Rights Council in 2011 state that all business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights. As a firm we have agreed to support and respect internationally recognized human rights, both as part of our commitment to the UN Global Compact and consistent with the UN Guiding Principles.

GBS is committed to providing its clients with commercially focused legal advice of the highest quality. Any client who is unhappy about the advice and assistance that it receives from the Firm, including any concerns about a bill, is entitled to complain. A copy of the Firm’s complaints procedure can be obtained from the Firm’s Managing Partner. In addition, there are laws and regulations on this subject in some jurisdictions: see our Location-specific laws and regulations pages above for more information.

All GBS entities worldwide have professional indemnity insurance cover which is in excess of any local compulsory requirements. Further details can be obtained from the Firm’s Managing Partner

The materials contained on this website are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or other professional advice. Neither GBS nor any other GBS entity accepts any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information published on this site.

The materials published on this website are unless otherwise stated the copyright works of GBS or another GBS entity. You may make copies of materials published which are of interest to you for your own personal use and you may provide occasional copies of individual publications (in paper or electronic form) to others for information purposes only provided that you do so free of charge. When you do make copies for yourself or others, the content of the published material and the copyright notices must remain intact, your communication of the content must not be misleading or inaccurate and a copy of this notice must accompany any copies of the materials which you provide to others. You may not republish any content or material available on our website on any other public website or alerter service without our prior written consent. You may not create a link to any part of our website, without our prior written consent, which can be requested by contacting Website Feedback. No other use of the materials published on this website is permitted without the express prior written consent of GBS or another GBS entity

The information materials and opinions contained on this website are for general information purposes only, are not intended to constitute legal or other professional advice, and should not be relied on or treated as a substitute for specific advice relevant to particular circumstances. Neither GBS nor any other GBS entity accepts any responsibility for any loss which may arise from reliance on information or materials published on this website. If you wish to find out more about the information in the materials published, please contact a GBS partner.
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