Salary, health and fair employment practices

Dear Marijn, I’m Italian and two months ago I opened a wood oven pizza place in HCMC where I currently employ five locals. They are all doing an amazing job, and they even started singing Italian opera when baking pizzas. My ‘pizzaioli’ work long hours six days a week, but I pay them well and

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Is marriage a legal prerequisite to cohabitation?

Dear Marijn, My name is Simon and until very recently I was enjoying Ho Chi Minh City life as a single foreign language teacher. Things have changed since I met this wonderful Vietnamese girl. I think she could be the love of my life! But now that I want her to come live with me

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Protecting intellectual property rights in Vietnam

Dear Hadrien and Marijn, every now and then I stop by Saigon Square to shop for clothes and knickknacks and what strikes me most every time I go there is the huge amount (and the amazing quality) of the counterfeit goods that are on offer. But where does the Vietnamese law stand in this regard?

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Options for setting up a factory in Vietnam

Dear Hadrien and Marijn, My name is Julia and I am a fashion designer from Spain. I often travel to Vietnam to get inspiration for my new creations and recently realized that I want to take my visits to another level. I am now thinking of opening a small factory in Ho Chi Minh City

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Does Vietnam recognise a Vegas wedding?

Is a wedding in Vegas only legal in Vegas? Dear Hadrien and Marijn,  My boyfriend and I just got back from our Tet holiday in the US. We visited Las Vegas and one night we had so much fun winning at the casino that we went to the Little White Chapel and got married – even Elvis

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The double talk on double taxation

Oi’s legal experts help explain the double-talk on double taxation… Dear Hadrien and Marijn, I am an Australian married to a Vietnamese woman. We both live in Thailand where we met each other and where we have worked for separate companies over the last four years. My wife is a ‘resident’ here, which means she has

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Can foreigners buy homes in Vietnam?

Oi’s legal columnists Hadrien Wolff and Marijn Sprokkereef explain what the new real estate law means for foreigners… Dear Hadrien and Marijn,  I’m an expat who’s been living here for the last seven years. My wife is Vietnamese-American, born in Vietnam but moved to the US at the age of five. As we find our life

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Money & Marriage

A combination you can’t disparage Dear hadrien and Marijn, I’ve heard there’s a new law on marriage and family in Vietnam. I’m Australian and plan to marry my Vietnamese girlfriend next year. I already own a house in Australia and I want to make sure that my two sons from my first marriage will be

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