Representative Office in Vietnam: Procedures and Compliances for Setting Up and Dissolution–New Publication from Dezan Shira & Associates

Published: 23 Nov 2021

In this issue of Vietnam Briefing magazine, we look at the process to set up an RO, including establishment procedures and the timeline involved. We then examine the viability of RO operations and the RO dissolution process. In the last article we look at tax obligations involved with dissolving an RO.

Vietnam continues to showcase strong growth patterns despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, leading investors to favorably consider the country as an ideal location for new investment, relocation of operations, or expansion of existing entity. In fact, foreign investors appear undeterred by the current travel restrictions and are planning to set up fresh companies, factories, or warehouses or expand their operations.

In the first half of the year, Vietnam also rose to become the second biggest supplier to the US after China, emerging as a prominent beneficiary of the ongoing US-China trade hostilities. Since Vietnam has been able to contain the pandemic better than most countries, it is no surprise that foreign investors remain keen on doing business in the country.

In this context, it is important to understand the prevailing office types and structures in the country. For foreign businesses looking to enter Vietnam, the representative office (RO) structure is a popular vehicle for investment due to a variety of factors.

This magazine is based on Dezan Shira & Associates’ years of experience in supporting foreign enterprises in Vietnam. For more information and advice on how to plan for market entry or restructuring your investment into Vietnam, please contact us at


About Us:  Dezan Shira & Associates is a specialist foreign direct investment practice that has grown into one of Asia's most versatile, full-service market entry, legal, tax, accounting, HR and operational consultancies for international businesses and corporate investors and with numerous offices throughout Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Europe and North America.  Our publishing subsidiary Asia Briefing, founded in 1999, publishes regionally focused briefings which cover, the ten ASEAN countries, China, Hong Kong SAR, India, Russia, Vietnam - and a focused Belt and Road Initiative briefing as well. Our briefing updates provide intelligence to businesses and foreign investors interested in or operating in these international markets via regulatory updates, analysis and commentary on today's real issues concerning the foreign investor in Asia.

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Yugeeta Aiyapoo

Firm: Dezan Shira & Associates
Country: Singapore

Practice Area: Foreign Direct Investments

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