Krissen PillayCounsel

    Krissen Pillay


    Corporate & Commercial

    Mergers & Acquisitions

    Private Equity

    Krissen Pillay is a counsel at the Ho Chi Minh City office. He focuses on mergers & acquisitions, corporate and commercial matters, and private equity.

    Krissen is a South African qualified lawyer and registered with the Legal Practice Council of South Africa and a registered foreign lawyer in Vietnam. Krissen has worked on M&A transactions across various sectors, including cross-border transactions.


    University of Cape Town, Certificate: Basics of Financial Management (2018)

    University of Cape Town, LL.B. (2006) (Dean’s Merit List)

    Bar Membership

    Legal Practice Council, South Africa

    Registered Foreign Lawyer in Vietnam

    Notable Deals

    • Advised VPBank in the sale of 49% stake in FE Credit to Japan’s Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (US$1,4 billion);
    • Advised Swire Beverage Holdings (Hong Kong) as Vietnamese local counsel in its acquisition of Coca Cola Beverages in Vietnam and Cambodia (US$1 billion);
    • Advised Phuong Chau Hospital Group on the acquisition by CVC Capital Partners of 60% stake in the Group;
    • Advised on the acquisition by DA’realty of the Ambassador Hotel (in excess of ZAR200 million) in Cape Town, South Africa to be developed into luxury apartments (ZAR1 billion);
    • Advised on the restructuring of South African gaming and leisure group;
    • Advised on attempted take-over (hostile) of large listed company on Johannesburg Stock Exchange (ZAR5 billion); and
    • Advised on the structuring and implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment transactions (similar to local ownership) for listed European chemical company and Nasdaq listed technology company.
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