Tilleke & Gibbins

Thailand

Analysis

Overview

Tilleke & Gibbins is a dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spread out across Southeast Asia as it becomes a top regional firm. The firm is a leader in aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications law in the region. Co-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively.

Client feedback

“Knowledgeable in this specific area.” – Investment funds

“Tilleke & Gibbins played a significant role in the advice on how to handle this purchase, they displayed extremely quick and versatility responses at all times through the negotiation process.” – Real estate

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

“He is a positive and highly understands the customer needs, great depth of knowledge and versatility.”

Supasit Boonsanong

“He has broad legal knowledge and provides good service.”

Tax

Work highlights

Assisted a Thai purveyor of oil and gas on tax matters in relation to a contract involving a number of international elements.

Advised International Business Machines Corporation on the Thai elements of the global spin-off of its Managed Infrastructure Services business to form a new company called Kyndryl, including extensive advice on the tax implications of the proposed transaction.

Labour and employment

Labour and employment

Work highlights

Advised Chinese multinational technology and e-commerce company Alibaba on a number of critical employment law issues in Thailand.

Assisted Oracle, an American multinational computer technology corporation, by reviewing and updating their existing policies and work rules in Thailand.

Intellectual property

Work highlights

Represented an American sports footwear and apparel brand in a first-of-its-kind trademark litigation attempting to secure protection for a non-traditional mark not previously available in Thailand.

Represented a world-leading manufacturer and distributor of health and nutritional supplements in a civil suit against a Thai company that owns a Thai-registered trademark and has been marketing and selling a product that is confusingly similar to one of the client’s best-selling products.

Dispute resolution

Work highlights

Represented the Thai branch of Bureau Veritas, a leading international testing and certification agency, in the first-ever virtual hearing at the Thai Intellectual Property & International Trade Court.

Represented Stryker Corporation, a Fortune 500 medical technologies firm based in the US, in a complex contract dispute with a Thai distributor of their products.

Restructuring and insolvency

Work highlights

Assisted a multinational packaging company in reviewing, revising, and supporting the Thai elements of a regional corporate restructuring plan.

Advised an American multinational financial services corporation on several matters related to Thai Airways’ insolvency and business rehabilitation.

Advised Euler Hermes on several matters relating to Thai Airways’ business rehabilitation.

Corporate and M&A

Work highlights

Advised Volvo Group on the Thai features of its global strategic alliance with Isuzu Motors, which included Isuzu’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Volvo’s UD trucks division.

Advised Francisco Partners, a leading American private equity firm that specializes in partnering with technology businesses, on the Thai elements of its $1.45 billion acquisition of CDK Global.

Represented REA Group, an Australian listed global digital advertising company specializing in digital real estate platforms, in the Thai elements of the $150 million divestment of its property portal businesses in Thailand to unicorn PropertyGuru Group.

Capital markets

Work highlights

Advising Vinythai, a Thai-listed manufacturer and distributor of plastic and chemical products, on the delisting of its shares from the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

Advising Mirae Asset Global Investments on the regulatory framework in respect of the passporting of various exchange-traded funds from Hong Kong to Thailand under the Mutual Recognition of Funds scheme between Hong Kong and Thailand.

Aviation and shipping

Work highlights

Represented an aviation operating and leasing company based in Ireland in claiming several million dollars in damages as a result of breached aircraft lease agreements on three leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Represented the Thai branch of Bureau Veritas, a leading international testing and certification agency, in the first-ever virtual hearing at the Thai Intellectual Property & International Trade Court.