Representative Office in Vietnam: Procedures and Compliances for Setting Up and Dissolution – Latest Issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine

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The latest issue of Vietnam Briefing Magazine, titled “Representative Office in Vietnam: Procedures and Compliances for Setting Up and Dissolution”, is out now and currently available to subscribers as a complimentary download in the Asia Briefing Publication Store.

In this issue:Vietnam RO

  • How to Set Up an RO
  • Dissolving an RO
  • Securing Against Tax Incompliance

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.

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.

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

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Vietnam Briefing is produced by Dezan Shira & Associates. The firm assists foreign investors throughout Asia from offices across the world, including in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Readers may write to for more support on doing business in Vietnam.