Tay Zi Li

ZICO Law Vietnam
d.+84 28 3915 1000f.+84 28 3915 1100


Zi Li is a partner at ZICO Law Vietnam. He is the youngest-made partner at 28 years old and until today, remains the youngest partner in the ZICO Law network. Zi Li joins Zaid Ibrahim & Co, Malaysia in 2011 as a trainee associate upon graduation and was retained under the Debt Capital Markets and Structured Finance department where he has worked on many award-winning deals.

Corporate M&A
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Zi Li regularly advises on a range of cross border corporate and commercial transactions including joint venture projects, shareholders agreements, takeovers and mergers, and foreign investments into Vietnam. One of the notable recent transaction that Zi Li advised on is AAPICO Hitech Public Company Limited’s joint venture on auto body stamping and welding with VinFast Manufacturing and Trading Company, a subsidiary of Vingroup, which is the largest conglomerate in Vietnam.

Corporate Real Estate
Zi Li has advised on some of the largest foreign real estate investments into Vietnam which includes real estate developers, hotel operators and real estate consultancy companies.

China Desk
Being the head of China Desk of ZICO Law Vietnam, Zi Li has signed on to various Chinese clients in Vietnam which includes one of the largest garment manufactures, top five largest real estate developer, one of the largest IT conglomerates in the world.


Zi Li joined Zaid Ibrahim & Co in 2011 as a Trainee Associate and was retained in the Debt Capital Markets & Structured Finance department in 2012. He joined ZICO Law Vietnam in 2018.


  • Advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya (2012)
  • Certificate in Legal Practice (2011)
  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) degree from the University of Reading, United Kingdom (2010)


  • Winner – Client Service Excellence, Real Estate, Asialaw, 2021
  • Rising Star, Real Estate, Asialaw Leading Lawyers, 2021

“He has very clear market knowledge and is certainly a strong communicator.”

“We value Tay Zi Li’s highly commendable track record and experience in the debt capital markets segment. His assistance was instrumental in the success of our various transactions and his hard work and dedication can be seen from his active involvement throughout the execution. Tay Zi Li’s commitment, professionalism, pro-activeness bring a real value add to our company.”

“Zi li is an excellent lawyer who is not only exceptionally knowledgeable in his field of work but also capable of providing a positive work experience and prompt responses during the execution of transactions. He has provided many value added advice which were over and above the standard legal requirements. Zi Li and the team at ZICO has allowed us to seamlessly execute many landmark transactions for leading Malaysian clients.”