Lam Nguyen Hoang Thao

HCMC Office

  • Vietnamese
  • English

Prior to pursuing a law degree, and for nearly 12 years, Thao worked in the Energy Sector with Schlumberger, one of the world’s largest upstream oil and gas service companies, as a petroleum engineer.

Thao completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Law and Practical Legal Training in Australia.

Thao has both Vietnamese and Australian citizenship. She returned to Vietnam in 2022. She joined RUSSIN & VECCHI in 2023 and specializes in Energy Matters.

Selected Publications

  • The key factors to take into account for switch to LNG
  • Vietnam’s advantages offering fertile ground for further US investments
  • Depleted Oil and Gas Reservoirs for Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) In Vietnam: A Legal Perspective
  • Considerations for Vietnam to Convert Coal-Fired Plants to LNG Power Plants
  • Navigating the Energy M&A Landscape in Vietnam: A Summary, published by VIR

Practice Areas

  • Energy
  • Corporate and commercial


  • Charles Darwin University (Bachelor of Law, 2022)
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Bachelor of Petrochemical Engineering, 2004)

Bar Admission

  • Supreme Court of Western Australia (expected: 2024)

Significant Cases

Author’s Insights


Green Project Development In Ho Chi Minh City – Resolution 98/2023/QH15: Opportunities and Challenges

February 22nd, 2024

Resolution 98/2023/QH15 introduces pilot policies to invest in green projects, including hi-tech and clean energy in Ho Chi Minh City. It outlines conditions and incentives for strategic investors (defined in the Resolution). Investor selection conditions Under Resolution 98/2023/QH15, the HCM City People’s Committee has the authority to offer green projects for investment.  Eligible projects will […]

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