Hop has over ten years of practical experience, specialising in large-scale infrastructure projects, international, commercial arbitration and general corporate matters.
Hop practises mainly in Vietnam where he has acted on some of the most significant infrastructure projects including the Nam Con Son Gas project and the Phu My 3 BOT power project. He also negotiated the EPC Contract for Vietnam's first refinery, Dung Quat. Currently he is advising Vietnam's second refinery, Nghi Son Refinery, and Vung Ang II BOT power project on key aspects of the projects ranging from investment and construction to financing issues.
His clients have included British Petroleum, China Light and Power, Mitsubishi, Idemitsu, Kuwait Petroleum International and PetroVietnam. Hop has also advised on transactions outside Vietnam. In 2004, he advised British Petroleum and its Tangguh partners in the US$1.4 billion LNG sales contract to a Korean buyer. In 2003, he represented British Petroleum in the negotiations of a US$600 million investment in a power project in South Korea.
With regard to international commercial arbitration, Hop has advised on many cross border disputes in Vietnam, including international commercial arbitrations in Vietnam and Singapore. He is a fellow of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators and an Arbitrator at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration and the Pacific International Arbitration Centre in Vietnam. He has been appointed as arbitrator in a number of cases before the Vietnam International Arbitration Centre and the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. In 2010, he advised the Vietnamese Government on drafting its law on arbitration. He has published and presented extensively in the area of international, commercial arbitration in Asia.
Hop has been recognised as a leading dispute resolution lawyer in Vietnam by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015-2017.
Hop is also a highly qualified academic and has taught choice of law, foreign investment law and other subjects in law schools in Vietnam, Singapore, Australia and China. He holds law degrees from both Vietnam and Australia and wrote his doctoral thesis at the University of Oxford in the area of international investment law. Hop was admitted to legal practice in Victoria, Australia in 2001 and worked as an associate to Justice Chernov in the Court of Appeal in Victoria for a year.