Thailand



asialaw Analysis

Aviation and shipping
Chandler MHM

Chandler MHM is one of Thailand’s largest and most prestigious full-service firms. It excels particularly in the banking and finance, energy, and corporate and M&A areas. It is widely considered by industry insiders to be the go-to market leader for complex, big-ticket energy projects across the financing and development spectrum. The firm recently hired TMT partner and personal data protection specialist Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee from Rajah & Tann Asia. It also welcomed disputes partner Waree Shinsirikul, and at the same time senior partner Chatchai Inthasuwan retired from the firm in early 2021. Shinsirikul joined from his own firm.

Client feedback 

The firm is very helpful and responds in a timely manner. – Banking and finance 

It is very responsive, quick and reliable. – Energy 

The team has in-depth experience and works well to find optimal solutions for the deals.” – Investment funds 

It gives good solutions for any issues that arise. The firm understands not only the legal issues, but also the commercial aspects of issues. The partner attends almost all of the meetings, not like some of the firms, where meetings are usually attended by only juniors.” – Investment funds 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support.” – Real estate 

Responsive, technically competent, commercial, depth and breadth of expertise and consistent high quality of work, strong team. It is good at problem solving and getting deals done. My experience in dealing with the firm is that it has a commercial and constructive approach to working with other parties which saves time and cost.” – Real estate 

Disaporn Saengpetch 

He provides useful advice. 

Jessada Sawatdipong 

Fantastic communicator and very responsive. Great client management skills. 

Tananan Thammakiat 

She is well-experienced lawyer who has very good problem-solving skills and works well to find practical legal advice to clients.” 

I appreciate her knowledge in REIT matters, solutions and advice for issues, and her approachable personality.” 

Pranee Klinratana 

Dedicated, professional and technically competent. The quality of her work is impressive. She has the knowledge and experience in the market to provide pragmatic workable solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for SFS Aviation on the lease of two helicopters from two different lessors.

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Representing a foreign high-tech military aircraft company on entering into defense contracts with the Royal Thai Air Force.  

Acting for a global logistics company, its Thai subsidiary and their insurer in contentious insurance matters related to a shipping accident 

Representing Ireland-based Carlyle Aviation on its claim for $13.87 million in damages as a result of breached aircraft lease agreements on three leased Boeing aircraft.  

Key clients 

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure, Prima Multi Mineral

 
Banking and finance
Chandler MHM

Chandler MHM is one of Thailand’s largest and most prestigious full-service firms. It excels particularly in the banking and finance, energy, and corporate and M&A areas. It is widely considered by industry insiders to be the go-to market leader for complex, big-ticket energy projects across the financing and development spectrum. The firm recently hired TMT partner and personal data protection specialist Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee from Rajah & Tann Asia. It also welcomed disputes partner Waree Shinsirikul, and at the same time senior partner Chatchai Inthasuwan retired from the firm in early 2021. Shinsirikul joined from his own firm.

Client feedback 

The firm is very helpful and responds in a timely manner. – Banking and finance 

It is very responsive, quick and reliable. – Energy 

The team has in-depth experience and works well to find optimal solutions for the deals.” – Investment funds 

It gives good solutions for any issues that arise. The firm understands not only the legal issues, but also the commercial aspects of issues. The partner attends almost all of the meetings, not like some of the firms, where meetings are usually attended by only juniors.” – Investment funds 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support.” – Real estate 

Responsive, technically competent, commercial, depth and breadth of expertise and consistent high quality of work, strong team. It is good at problem solving and getting deals done. My experience in dealing with the firm is that it has a commercial and constructive approach to working with other parties which saves time and cost.” – Real estate 

Disaporn Saengpetch 

He provides useful advice. 

Jessada Sawatdipong 

Fantastic communicator and very responsive. Great client management skills. 

Tananan Thammakiat 

She is well-experienced lawyer who has very good problem-solving skills and works well to find practical legal advice to clients.” 

I appreciate her knowledge in REIT matters, solutions and advice for issues, and her approachable personality.” 

Pranee Klinratana 

Dedicated, professional and technically competent. The quality of her work is impressive. She has the knowledge and experience in the market to provide pragmatic workable solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Bangkok Bank and China Development Bank as lenders on the financing of a fuel oil pipeline spanning five Thai provinces.  

Acted for the lenders in the $186 million financing of Vietnam’s largest single operating solar power plant. The syndicated loan is the first green B loan in Asia and the region to be certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative.  

Represented B Grimm Power Public Company as the sponsor on the non-recourse financing for the development of seven small gas-fired power plants.  

Advised Sumitomo Mitsui Banking on a committed trade finance facility provided to Siam Commercial Bank Public Company to fund a wind farm in Vietnam.  

Represented BCPG Indochina as the borrower on the acquisition financing of two hydropower projects in Lao PDR.  

Key clients 

Export-Import Bank of ThailandThe Siam Commercial Bank, United Overseas Bank Singapore 

 
DFDL

DFDL maintains a strong presence in the Thai market with an extended regional presence that offers its international clients an integrated service in other nearby jurisdictions. It has demonstrated a competitive edge in the banking and financial services, energy, real estate, and technology and telecommunications sectors. The firm has a dedicated energy, mining and infrastructure practice and received numerous regional power and clean energy project mandates last year. Managing director Audray Souche is known for her expertise in energy, mining, and infrastructure projects as well as diverse experience in corporate and M&A, commercial, regulatory, and banking and finance practice areasThe firm enjoys a stellar reputation in the region as a go-to tax firm with particular strengths in the Bangkok office for wealth management and US tax. Tax specialists Jonathan Blaine and Jack Sheehan are notable. The Bangkok team welcomed its regional real estate and construction head Guillaume Massin from its Cambodia office at the beginning of 2021. 

Client feedback 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support. – Corporate and M&A 

It is very proactive and provides very timely and accurate guidance on all options available and also the best option for us at any given point of time considering long term impacts. – Corporate and M&A 

“The lawyers are well-aware of the local laws and advise us considering risks involved. Based on their advice we have successfully negotiated with our clients, as well as our employees.” – Corporate and M&A 

“Precise advice and great response time.” – Energy  

The lawyers were very knowledgeable. – Labour and employment 

It is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic. The advice we receive is always well reasoned and takes into account the commercial realities. – Labour and employment  

Vinay Ahuja 

He is very good in relationship management, very proactive and supportive of the business. 

Crisp communications and good knowledge.” 

Vinay has good communication skills, takes all information from clients, organises it and then comes up with a solution. 

Kraisorn Rueangkul 

He is very responsive and with in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Excellent service. 

He is very responsive and eager to help the client. He is always ready to meet the last-minute demands of clients.” 

Nipaporn Supha-Utchaichan 

I appreciate his ability to understand the queries, concerns and needs of the client as well as the turnaround time. 

 

 

Work highlights 

Representing a consortium of Thai lenders on its facilities granted to Lao power company, Xayaburi for the development and operation of a hydropower project in the Lao PDR.  

Acted for Korea Development Bank on its $20 million loan to a Lao PDR borrower in the financial leasing industry.  

Advising a consortium of Thai lenders on its loan granted to Xe Pian Xe Namnoy Power for the financing and development of the Xe Pian Xe Namnoy hydropower project in Lao PDR.

 
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised Phelps Dodge International Thailand on the $239 million acquisition financing that it received from United Overseas Bank and Kasikornbank for the indirect acquisition of Dong Viet Non-Ferrous Metal and Plastic JSC and Thinh Phat Cables JSC in Vietnam.  

Acted for TPP Healthcare International in requesting a loan from a state-owned bank to finance the construction of the MedPark Hospital.  

Represented Earth Tech Public Company on extending a loan facility to Better World Green Public Company  

Key clients 

Bangkok Bank, Hatton Equities, Kingsford Securities, Mizuho Leasing, Nusasiri Public Company Opes Callan 

 
SCL Nishimura & Asahi

SCL Nishimura & Asahi is an amalgamation of Nishimura & Asahi and domestic law firm Chavalit Law GroupThe new firm marries the Japanese powerhouse’s client base with Chavalit Law’s highly-regarded local expertise. The Thai entity was best known for its dispute resolution, intellectual property and corporate practices, but it does also have quality offerings in banking, capital markets, projects, real estate and tax. Respected managing partner Chavalit Uttasart heads up the hybrid firm alongside seven other partners. 


Work highlights 

Acted for Inodes in the financing of an acquisition of stakes in Thai company Business Online from Keppel Communications.

 
SRPP

SRPP is one of the newest high-end law firms to be established by seasoned partners from other well-regarded law firms such as Weerawong C&P, Norton Rose Fulbright and LinklatersThe core pillars of the firm are banking and finance, corporate and FDI, M&A, and restructuring and insolvency. In particular, the team is known for its sophisticated banking representation, working with domestic and international lenders, borrowers and other clients on domestic and cross-border finance, acquisition finance, project finance, energy, real estate, telecommunications, infrastructure projects and debt restructuring. The firm enjoys alliances with many of the leading international law firms and in the past year, bolstered its offerings with the hiring of four associates. Banking and finance head Passawan Navanithikul, and Corporate and M&A partner Panuwat Chalongkuamdee joined mid-2020 from Weerawong C&P. 

Client feedback 

The firm is knowledgeable in terms of legal expertise and experience. It is able to deliver not only the transactional work product but also legal advice and memoranda in a readable and digestible form. – Banking and finance 

The partners are highly experienced. They provide good advice to help mitigate the risks related to the borrower's future credibility and suggested ways to monitor it throughout the entire loan tenor. – Banking and finance 

Team is responsive and able to meet tight timelines. – Corporate and M&A 

It provides quick responses, give good advice and have flexibility on the services. – Corporate and M&A 

As a boutique firm, the senior partner is involved in the deal execution and advises the client. This creates lots of comfort and clients can make decision swiftly with advice from the senior partner. – Corporate and M&A 

Panuwat Chalongkuamdee 

He responds quickly, gives good advice and has flexibility on the services. 

“We appreciate his client relationship management and communications. He advises with clear explanations and thinks beyond just the legal aspects of the deal.” 

Sireedhorn Kittiphumwong 

She has good communications, high accessibility and is an attentive listener. 

Passawan Navanithikul 

Passawan has an amazing depth and breadth of Thai law expertise in banking transactions. She understands commercial considerations and is able to translate legal requirements to meet those commercial considerations. She is extremely esponsive. 

Thosaphol Thurongkinanonth 

He is responsive, able to meet tight timelines and is good at problem solving.

 

Work highlights 

Advised Bangkok Bank on the equity financing for Charoen Pokphand Group for its $10.6 billion acquisition of Tesco’s businesses in Thailand and Malaysia. The was Thailand’s largest M&A transaction ever.  

Represented GPSC Treasure Center Company on the $85.6 million financing is received from Mizuho Bank to fund its internal financial restructuring.  

Acted for Global Power Synergy Public Company on its $55.7 million financing to Global Renewable Power Company to provide shareholder loans to its subsidiaries.  

Key clients 

Ananda Development Public Company

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advised a Hong Kong-based bank as onof the lenders on matters related to the negative pledge undertaking required for the provision of a $193.5 million loan to a major real estate developer for the latter phase of a real estate project in Bangkok.  

Represented borrower Rojana Industrial Park on its $150 million loan agreement with Maybank.  

Acting for a domestic hospitality group operator on the procurement of a $10 million promissory note from Bangkok Bank.

 
Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Northern Bangkok Monorail Company on securing $1.7 billion financing for the development of its BTS mass Transit Pink Line.  

Represented Thai Beverage Public Company as the borrower in receiving six separate term loan facility agreements from Kasikornbank 

Acted for TMB Bank and Tisco Tokyo Leasing as the syndicated lenders in the financing granted to domestic solar rooftop company, Impact Solar for the construction and development of a solar power project. 

Key clients 

ADK Marketing Solutions, Bangkok Bank Public Company, Rabobank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, United Overseas Bank.  

 
ZICO Law

ZICO Law has a strong market reputation for its IP and technology and telecommunications practices. The latter practice continues to represent an impressive range of e-commerce and fintech companies, and is noted for its counsel on FDI and legal compliance on regional initiatives to these clientsThe firm is a member of the ZICO Law network that extends its influence and reach across Southeast Asia. Its regional IP capabilities bolster its reputation as one of the go-to IP firms for global and multinational clients. Partners Threenuch Bunruangthaworn and Archaree Suppakrucha are key contacts.

Client feedback 

The law firm has provided professional service as always in a timely manner and with kind patience. – Labour and employment 

The lawyers are efficient, professional and kind. – Labour and employment 

The firm gives clear and holistic advice. The lawyers understand where we are coming from and meet our requirements from a step ahead. They are conscientious in following up on our needs and getting feedback on their advice. – Labour and employment 

Panwadi Maniwat 

They have been very patient and professional. 

Efficient and professional. 

Archaree Suppakrucha 

She communicates clearly with us and is attentive to our needs when we reach out to her.

 

Work highlights 

Advising a Chinese company as EPC contractor in relation to four Vietnam-based power projects.  

Acted for a Taiwanese bank on its cross-border syndicated $50 million loan to a Thai borrower.  

Representing Advance Opportunities Fund and Advance Opportunities Fund I in relation to their subscription for convertible debentures to be issued by SET-listed Seven Utilities and Power.  

Key clients 

LexooRHB Bank

 
Capital markets
Chandler MHM

Chandler MHM is one of Thailand’s largest and most prestigious full-service firms. It excels particularly in the banking and finance, energy, and corporate and M&A areas. It is widely considered by industry insiders to be the go-to market leader for complex, big-ticket energy projects across the financing and development spectrum. The firm recently hired TMT partner and personal data protection specialist Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee from Rajah & Tann Asia. It also welcomed disputes partner Waree Shinsirikul, and at the same time senior partner Chatchai Inthasuwan retired from the firm in early 2021. Shinsirikul joined from his own firm.

Client feedback 

The firm is very helpful and responds in a timely manner. – Banking and finance 

It is very responsive, quick and reliable. – Energy 

The team has in-depth experience and works well to find optimal solutions for the deals.” – Investment funds 

It gives good solutions for any issues that arise. The firm understands not only the legal issues, but also the commercial aspects of issues. The partner attends almost all of the meetings, not like some of the firms, where meetings are usually attended by only juniors.” – Investment funds 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support.” – Real estate 

Responsive, technically competent, commercial, depth and breadth of expertise and consistent high quality of work, strong team. It is good at problem solving and getting deals done. My experience in dealing with the firm is that it has a commercial and constructive approach to working with other parties which saves time and cost.” – Real estate 

Disaporn Saengpetch 

He provides useful advice. 

Jessada Sawatdipong 

Fantastic communicator and very responsive. Great client management skills. 

Tananan Thammakiat 

She is well-experienced lawyer who has very good problem-solving skills and works well to find practical legal advice to clients.” 

I appreciate her knowledge in REIT matters, solutions and advice for issues, and her approachable personality.” 

Pranee Klinratana 

Dedicated, professional and technically competent. The quality of her work is impressive. She has the knowledge and experience in the market to provide pragmatic workable solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Represented Prospect Development Company in setting up its REIT and listing on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. At the time of publishing, this was the first and only REIT IPO in Thailand of 2021.  

Acted for insurance broker, Roojai Company on its issuance of secured zero-coupon debentures via private placement.

 
DFDL

DFDL maintains a strong presence in the Thai market with an extended regional presence that offers its international clients an integrated service in other nearby jurisdictions. It has demonstrated a competitive edge in the banking and financial services, energy, real estate, and technology and telecommunications sectors. The firm has a dedicated energy, mining and infrastructure practice and received numerous regional power and clean energy project mandates last year. Managing director Audray Souche is known for her expertise in energy, mining, and infrastructure projects as well as diverse experience in corporate and M&A, commercial, regulatory, and banking and finance practice areasThe firm enjoys a stellar reputation in the region as a go-to tax firm with particular strengths in the Bangkok office for wealth management and US tax. Tax specialists Jonathan Blaine and Jack Sheehan are notable. The Bangkok team welcomed its regional real estate and construction head Guillaume Massin from its Cambodia office at the beginning of 2021. 

Client feedback 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support. – Corporate and M&A 

It is very proactive and provides very timely and accurate guidance on all options available and also the best option for us at any given point of time considering long term impacts. – Corporate and M&A 

“The lawyers are well-aware of the local laws and advise us considering risks involved. Based on their advice we have successfully negotiated with our clients, as well as our employees.” – Corporate and M&A 

“Precise advice and great response time.” – Energy  

The lawyers were very knowledgeable. – Labour and employment 

It is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic. The advice we receive is always well reasoned and takes into account the commercial realities. – Labour and employment  

Vinay Ahuja 

He is very good in relationship management, very proactive and supportive of the business. 

Crisp communications and good knowledge.” 

Vinay has good communication skills, takes all information from clients, organises it and then comes up with a solution. 

Kraisorn Rueangkul 

He is very responsive and with in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Excellent service. 

He is very responsive and eager to help the client. He is always ready to meet the last-minute demands of clients.” 

Nipaporn Supha-Utchaichan 

I appreciate his ability to understand the queries, concerns and needs of the client as well as the turnaround time. 

 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Zipmex Asia and its founders on the issuance of $6 million convertible notes and share warrants to Jump Digital Currencies and other investors.

 
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for retail credit company, Saksiam Leasing on its IPO that debuted in the midst of the pandemic. Its first trading day ranked third highest of all time on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.  

Advised Stark Corporation on its offering of shares from a key shareholder worth $104.8 million to increase the proportion of shares held by minority shareholders.  

Represented Nex Point Public Company on its issuance and offering of $76.4 million newly-issued shares by way of private placement to specific investors 

Key clients 

Assetwise Public Company, Earth Tech Environment Company, K&K Superstore Southern Public Company, Kerry Express, NSL Foods Public Company, Siam Rajthanee Public Company 

 
R&T Asia (Thailand)

Rajah & Tann Thailand holds steady as a well-regarded choice across core corporate law firm areas, and its disputes practice, and technology and telecommunications prowess deserve special mention. The firm has a growing core business advising fintech, e-commerce and e-payment players, and it has provided regulatory counsel to Google and Facebook for many years in Thailand. The firm is expanding its Bangkok office, which has nearly 60 lawyers at present, and it is actively recruiting specialists for infrastructure matters. The firm’s managing partner Surasak Vajasit is known for his practice in dispute resolution, capital markets, projects and banking and finance. He is a frequent arbitrator in ICC arbitration proceedings. Deputy managing partner Sui Lin Teoh heads the firm’s M&A and employment practices, while corporate, competition and trade specialist Melissa Uremovic is another respected name and key contact. The firm’s TMT group is led by specialist partner Supawat Srirungruang. 

Client feedback 

Its team provides strong legal expertise, practical advice, and cemented positive financial results for my company. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Pakpoom Suntornvipat 

Professional, friendly, responsive, business-oriented and respectful. 

 

Work highlights 

Representing Don Muang Tollway on its pending IPO. 

 
SCL Nishimura & Asahi

SCL Nishimura & Asahi is an amalgamation of Nishimura & Asahi and domestic law firm Chavalit Law GroupThe new firm marries the Japanese powerhouse’s client base with Chavalit Law’s highly-regarded local expertise. The Thai entity was best known for its dispute resolution, intellectual property and corporate practices, but it does also have quality offerings in banking, capital markets, projects, real estate and tax. Respected managing partner Chavalit Uttasart heads up the hybrid firm alongside seven other partners. 


Work highlights 

Advised Hong Kong-based private equity firm Farsight Capital in relation to several convertible notes issuances, including those by fleet management platforms Driver Design Studio and DRVR Company and management consultancy Nitro Labs 

 
The Capital Law Office

The Capital Law Office’s capital markets practice continues to win plaudits from the market. The firm opened its doors in 2013 and houses some of the country’s top specialists. Its corporate and M&A offering has steadily expanded over the years and enjoyed a steady flow of M&A work despite the pandemic. The firm represents issuers and underwriters on domestic and cross-border issuance of equity, equity-linked products, debt instruments and derivatives. Its partners are routinely sought out for complex, precedent-setting transactions, such as its recent mandate as issuer’s counsel in Thailand’s largest equity IPO by market capitalisation to date. Partners Chatri TrakulmanenateParadorn Leosakul and Patraporn Milindasuta are key contacts.


Work highlights 

Advised Super Energy Public Company on the issuance of unsecured bonds. This bond was one of the very first issued under new bond regulation announced and implemented by the Thai Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC). 

Acted for Central Retail Corporation in acquiring all the shares in COL Public Company through the latter’s tender offer and delisting.  

Representing domestic F&B company Srinanaporn Marketing on its IPO and listing of shares on the Stock Exchange of Thailand 

Advised U City Public Company on its capital increase through the issuance of ordinary and preferred shares and adjustment of existing warrants. 

Acted for Shrinkflex Thailand on its IPO and the listing of its shares on the Market for Alternative Investment.  

Key clients 

Amarin PrintingBJC Heavy Industries, BTS Group Holdings, DohomeCharoen Pokphand Foods, Prima Marine, Samart Corporation, Sri Trang Agro-Industry, Thai Nippon Rubber Industry, Thai Reinsurance, Thanachart Securities

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advised INDEX International Group on its IPO and listing on Thailand’s Market for Alternative Investments. 

Engaged by a domestic agricultural company on its planned IPO on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). 

Represented a Cambodian public company as its Thai and Cambodian counsel in connection with its secondary listing of shares and securities in the SET. This was the first ever secondary listing application submitted to the SEC and SET in Thailand.

 
Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised PTT Oil and Retail Business Public Company on the $1.8 billion IPO of its shares to domestic institutional and retail investors on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), as well as to international institutional investors under Rule 144A/Regulation S.  

Represented Kerry Express Thailand on the restructuring of its shareholding structure and the THB $280 million IPO of its ordinary shares to domestic and international. 

Acted for medical supplier Sri Trang Gloves Thailand on its $482 million IPO on the SET.  

Key clients 

Asset World, BTS Group Holdings, CPN Retail Growth Leasehold Property Fund, GIC, Jasmine International 

 
Construction
Chandler MHM

Chandler MHM is one of Thailand’s largest and most prestigious full-service firms. It excels particularly in the banking and finance, energy, and corporate and M&A areas. It is widely considered by industry insiders to be the go-to market leader for complex, big-ticket energy projects across the financing and development spectrum. The firm recently hired TMT partner and personal data protection specialist Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee from Rajah & Tann Asia. It also welcomed disputes partner Waree Shinsirikul, and at the same time senior partner Chatchai Inthasuwan retired from the firm in early 2021. Shinsirikul joined from his own firm.

Client feedback 

The firm is very helpful and responds in a timely manner. – Banking and finance 

It is very responsive, quick and reliable. – Energy 

The team has in-depth experience and works well to find optimal solutions for the deals.” – Investment funds 

It gives good solutions for any issues that arise. The firm understands not only the legal issues, but also the commercial aspects of issues. The partner attends almost all of the meetings, not like some of the firms, where meetings are usually attended by only juniors.” – Investment funds 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support.” – Real estate 

Responsive, technically competent, commercial, depth and breadth of expertise and consistent high quality of work, strong team. It is good at problem solving and getting deals done. My experience in dealing with the firm is that it has a commercial and constructive approach to working with other parties which saves time and cost.” – Real estate 

Disaporn Saengpetch 

He provides useful advice. 

Jessada Sawatdipong 

Fantastic communicator and very responsive. Great client management skills. 

Tananan Thammakiat 

She is well-experienced lawyer who has very good problem-solving skills and works well to find practical legal advice to clients.” 

I appreciate her knowledge in REIT matters, solutions and advice for issues, and her approachable personality.” 

Pranee Klinratana 

Dedicated, professional and technically competent. The quality of her work is impressive. She has the knowledge and experience in the market to provide pragmatic workable solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Advising China Harbour Engineering in relation to its bid for the PPP port expansion project in the gulf of Thailand.  

Acting for The Siam Commercial Bank Public Company on its project financing of four biomass power projects in Thailand that are being developed by subsidiaries of Absolute Clean Energy.  

Representing TEPCO Power Grid on its bidding process to be a consultant for the construction of the Lumpini Substation.

 
DFDL

DFDL maintains a strong presence in the Thai market with an extended regional presence that offers its international clients an integrated service in other nearby jurisdictions. It has demonstrated a competitive edge in the banking and financial services, energy, real estate, and technology and telecommunications sectors. The firm has a dedicated energy, mining and infrastructure practice and received numerous regional power and clean energy project mandates last year. Managing director Audray Souche is known for her expertise in energy, mining, and infrastructure projects as well as diverse experience in corporate and M&A, commercial, regulatory, and banking and finance practice areasThe firm enjoys a stellar reputation in the region as a go-to tax firm with particular strengths in the Bangkok office for wealth management and US tax. Tax specialists Jonathan Blaine and Jack Sheehan are notable. The Bangkok team welcomed its regional real estate and construction head Guillaume Massin from its Cambodia office at the beginning of 2021. 

Client feedback 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support. – Corporate and M&A 

It is very proactive and provides very timely and accurate guidance on all options available and also the best option for us at any given point of time considering long term impacts. – Corporate and M&A 

“The lawyers are well-aware of the local laws and advise us considering risks involved. Based on their advice we have successfully negotiated with our clients, as well as our employees.” – Corporate and M&A 

“Precise advice and great response time.” – Energy  

The lawyers were very knowledgeable. – Labour and employment 

It is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic. The advice we receive is always well reasoned and takes into account the commercial realities. – Labour and employment  

Vinay Ahuja 

He is very good in relationship management, very proactive and supportive of the business. 

Crisp communications and good knowledge.” 

Vinay has good communication skills, takes all information from clients, organises it and then comes up with a solution. 

Kraisorn Rueangkul 

He is very responsive and with in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Excellent service. 

He is very responsive and eager to help the client. He is always ready to meet the last-minute demands of clients.” 

Nipaporn Supha-Utchaichan 

I appreciate his ability to understand the queries, concerns and needs of the client as well as the turnaround time. 

 

 

Work highlights 

Advised B Grimm as sponsor and project developer of multi-sites solar rooftop projects in the Philippines for a large-scale food manufacturer.  

Acting for Lao-China Power Investment on all aspects of its transmission lines project that connects the existing EDL Electricity network to the Lao-China Railway. This deal is significant because it is the first standalone investment on BOT basis in transmission infrastructure in the country.  

Key clients 

Abt Associates, IFC, TSBP Sekong Power and Mineral Company

 
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for B Grimm Power Public Company on regulatory issues related to the U-Tapao International Airport and Eastern Airport City Development Project.  

Represented Nathalin Group and CNCC Joint Venture in its successful bid proposal to the Port Authority of Thailand for construction work on the Laem Chabang Port Development Project Phase 3. 

Advised TPP Healthcare International on financing the construction of a large hospital in Bangkok 

Key clients 

Chewathai Public Company, Jiangxi Water and Hydropower Construction, Prime Marine Public Company

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advised an American manufacturer of advanced electronic components on the $7.34 million land acquisition and $133.3 million construction contract for a mega-factory in Thailand. 

Representing a domestic industrials company on procuring land and approvals for new factory facilities in Thailand valued at $13.3 million. 

Acting for a Chinese construction company on various elements of the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail project, the first one in Thailand.  

 
Corporate and M&A
Axis Legal

Axis Legal offers full range of corporate and commercial law services, with particular expertise in the automotive, electrical, industrial and pharmaceutical sectors. Last year, a significant part of the firm’s work was connected to investments and dispositions of Thai entities and assisting clients reorganise their existing Thai operations. There was a heft of Covid-19 related advisory matters as well. The firm consistently works alongside regional and international law firms as a trusted local partner. Co-founder Peter Burke has led many of the firm’s key deals in the past 12 months.

Client feedback 

The Axis team has a vast amount of experience in the Thailand restructuring space, it stays current with regulatory changes and recent court rulings, is quick to respond and provides good commercial advice. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Peter Burke 

Peter Burke has extensive experience in Thailand and is able to draw on these experiences to provide quick and sound solutions. He balances risk with commerciality and practicality, which is vital when dealing with the Thailand legal system. In my areas of focus, including debt restructuring and distressed M&A, and the resulting factors from these assignments such as employment law and structuring advice, Peters knowledge is exceptional.

 

Work highlights 

Advised offshore purchasers on the potential acquisition of a local fintech company.  

Represented a Japanese conglomerate on its acquisition of two local Thai entities. The deal was completed under tight time constraints at the end of last year.  

Acted for an international company in the divestment of its local Thai factory.

 
Chandler MHM

Chandler MHM is one of Thailand’s largest and most prestigious full-service firms. It excels particularly in the banking and finance, energy, and corporate and M&A areas. It is widely considered by industry insiders to be the go-to market leader for complex, big-ticket energy projects across the financing and development spectrum. The firm recently hired TMT partner and personal data protection specialist Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee from Rajah & Tann Asia. It also welcomed disputes partner Waree Shinsirikul, and at the same time senior partner Chatchai Inthasuwan retired from the firm in early 2021. Shinsirikul joined from his own firm.

Client feedback 

The firm is very helpful and responds in a timely manner. – Banking and finance 

It is very responsive, quick and reliable. – Energy 

The team has in-depth experience and works well to find optimal solutions for the deals.” – Investment funds 

It gives good solutions for any issues that arise. The firm understands not only the legal issues, but also the commercial aspects of issues. The partner attends almost all of the meetings, not like some of the firms, where meetings are usually attended by only juniors.” – Investment funds 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support.” – Real estate 

Responsive, technically competent, commercial, depth and breadth of expertise and consistent high quality of work, strong team. It is good at problem solving and getting deals done. My experience in dealing with the firm is that it has a commercial and constructive approach to working with other parties which saves time and cost.” – Real estate 

Disaporn Saengpetch 

He provides useful advice. 

Jessada Sawatdipong 

Fantastic communicator and very responsive. Great client management skills. 

Tananan Thammakiat 

She is well-experienced lawyer who has very good problem-solving skills and works well to find practical legal advice to clients.” 

I appreciate her knowledge in REIT matters, solutions and advice for issues, and her approachable personality.” 

Pranee Klinratana 

Dedicated, professional and technically competent. The quality of her work is impressive. She has the knowledge and experience in the market to provide pragmatic workable solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised listed Thai state-owned telecommunications companies, TOT Public Company and CAT Public Company on their $10 billion amalgamation. This was the first merger of two privatised state-owned enterprises.  

Represented Thai Oil Public Company on the restructuring of its power business, and the disposal and transfer of an entire business. 

Acted for Alibaba on its $61 million acquisition of an e-commerce business from Singapore-based Synagie Corporation. 

Key clients 

Blockfint Company, Hanwah Asset Management

 
DFDL

DFDL maintains a strong presence in the Thai market with an extended regional presence that offers its international clients an integrated service in other nearby jurisdictions. It has demonstrated a competitive edge in the banking and financial services, energy, real estate, and technology and telecommunications sectors. The firm has a dedicated energy, mining and infrastructure practice and received numerous regional power and clean energy project mandates last year. Managing director Audray Souche is known for her expertise in energy, mining, and infrastructure projects as well as diverse experience in corporate and M&A, commercial, regulatory, and banking and finance practice areasThe firm enjoys a stellar reputation in the region as a go-to tax firm with particular strengths in the Bangkok office for wealth management and US tax. Tax specialists Jonathan Blaine and Jack Sheehan are notable. The Bangkok team welcomed its regional real estate and construction head Guillaume Massin from its Cambodia office at the beginning of 2021. 

Client feedback 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support. – Corporate and M&A 

It is very proactive and provides very timely and accurate guidance on all options available and also the best option for us at any given point of time considering long term impacts. – Corporate and M&A 

“The lawyers are well-aware of the local laws and advise us considering risks involved. Based on their advice we have successfully negotiated with our clients, as well as our employees.” – Corporate and M&A 

“Precise advice and great response time.” – Energy  

The lawyers were very knowledgeable. – Labour and employment 

It is very responsive, commercial and pragmatic. The advice we receive is always well reasoned and takes into account the commercial realities. – Labour and employment  

Vinay Ahuja 

He is very good in relationship management, very proactive and supportive of the business. 

Crisp communications and good knowledge.” 

Vinay has good communication skills, takes all information from clients, organises it and then comes up with a solution. 

Kraisorn Rueangkul 

He is very responsive and with in-depth knowledge of the energy sector. Excellent service. 

He is very responsive and eager to help the client. He is always ready to meet the last-minute demands of clients.” 

Nipaporn Supha-Utchaichan 

I appreciate his ability to understand the queries, concerns and needs of the client as well as the turnaround time. 

 

 

Work highlights 

Advised B Grimm Power Public Company on its acquisition of 100% of Cambodian project company, Ray Power Supply.  

Acted for Validus Investment Holdings on its expansion into Thailand by way of a joint venture with its local partner, SCG Distribution Company.  

Represented 3i Infotech on the sale of its software products businesses globally to funds advised by Apax Partners.  

Key clients 

Indorama Ventures Global ServicesOsotspa Public Company, Supreme Treon

 
JTJB International Lawyers

As a full-service law firm, JTJB International Lawyers has an established strength in contentious and non-contentious shipping mattersDespite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team saw increased activity in the corporate and M&A space. The firm boasts a strategic partnership with China-based Tahota Law Firm that demonstrates its commitment to Chinese clients. The firm’s managing director Naiyachon Tathong is recognised for his expertise in construction, dispute resolution, labour and employment and restructuring and insolvency. Partner Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya features in the firm’s corporate and M&A deals.

Client feedback 

It's a young dynamic team who works quickly, clearly and gives genuine comments and advice, allowing us to professionally handle our own business. It has a broad understanding of both commercial and shipping lawmeeting all of our needs. Best of all, it is extremely affordable.” – Corporate and M&A 

They are cost-efficient, responsive and have excellent legal knowledge. – Dispute resolution 

The lawyers are easy to communicate with and fully understand English. They think outside the box. – Labour and employment 

Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya 

His accessibility and quick positive responses allow the company to quickly respond on contracts and documents. 

Aaron always goes above and beyond in helping our firm and our projects. He also explains very well and gives advice that is also practical and implementable. He has high integrity as well. 

“I worked closely with Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and he always went over and beyond to ensure our project goes smoothly and timely.” 

Naiyachon Tathong 

He is extremely responsive, and provides high-quality and practical advice. 

He listens well. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Seahorse Ferries on its acquisition of a maritime vessel from Japan.  

Acted for Thai startupAppMan on its $4.6 million series A funding found. Investors included Siam Alpha Equity, Krungsri FinnovateCasmatt, KTBST Group and POEMS Ventures.  

Key clients 

Green Energy Investment Holding, MKS Manufacturing 

 
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Prima Marine Public Company on its $40 million acquisition of Thaioil Marine from Thai Oil.  

Represented real estate developer Areeya Propertly Public Company in the rare 100% divestiture of Mega 1 and Mega 2 projects during construction.  

Advised Next Point Public Company on its acquisitions of partial equity interests in electric vehicle-related companies, Beli Service Company and Absolute Assembly Company 

Key clients 

Better World Green Public Company, BG Container Glass Public Company, Kingsford Securities, Opes Callan, Stark Corporation

 
Lorenz & Partners

Lorenz & Partners is well versed in providing commercial, corporate and tax advice to its international clients. Uniquely, the firm also offers German tax law advisory. Managing partner Till Morstadt helms the team alongside M&A partners Athitaya Chandthasirichot and Rapeesak Kesasuwan, and tax partner Naowarat Karst.


Work highlights 

Advised Andritz Hydro Germany on its application to be a licensed contractor on the Pha Chuk Hydroelectric Power Plant project.  

Engaged by GreenYellow Solar 1 Thailand to assist in obtaining approval from relevant government authorities to register for project financing.  

Acted for GPI Energy Thailand on its licence application to restructure its business to become whilly foreign-owned.  

Key clients 

Dockweiler Asia, Vamed Health Projects 

 
Prompt Legal Services

Prompt Legal Services is a boutique law firm with particular expertise in tax and M&A. The team recently launched its family business tax structure planning practice. Clients include private companies and public companies operating in various sectors, with many listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The firm is headed by tax partner Promboon Sookatup, and corporate and M&A partners Pawan Lertpayub and Lakkanasiri Kajonpradabkul.


Work highlights 

Advised a local-listed hospital on its structure and tax exposure in relation to its merger with a private company. 

Acted for a domestic real estate operator on its joint venture with a condominium property 

Represented a Thai company on its business transfer with a private group of companies operating in the real estate and finance sectors. 

 
SCL Nishimura & Asahi

SCL Nishimura & Asahi is an amalgamation of Nishimura & Asahi and domestic law firm Chavalit Law GroupThe new firm marries the Japanese powerhouse’s client base with Chavalit Law’s highly-regarded local expertise. The Thai entity was best known for its dispute resolution, intellectual property and corporate practices, but it does also have quality offerings in banking, capital markets, projects, real estate and tax. Respected managing partner Chavalit Uttasart heads up the hybrid firm alongside seven other partners. 


Work highlights 

Represented credit reporting agency CTOS Digital on its acquisition of a 20% stake in Business Online Public Company from Keppel Communications for $14 million.  

Acted for Farsight Capital and Lago Shine Enterprises on their $10 million investment in Driver Design Studio and DRVR Company.  

Advised Thai private equity firm Premier Advisory Group on its proposed $5 million investment in Exzy Company. 

 
SRPP

SRPP is one of the newest high-end law firms to be established by seasoned partners from other well-regarded law firms such as Weerawong C&P, Norton Rose Fulbright and LinklatersThe core pillars of the firm are banking and finance, corporate and FDI, M&A, and restructuring and insolvency. In particular, the team is known for its sophisticated banking representation, working with domestic and international lenders, borrowers and other clients on domestic and cross-border finance, acquisition finance, project finance, energy, real estate, telecommunications, infrastructure projects and debt restructuring. The firm enjoys alliances with many of the leading international law firms and in the past year, bolstered its offerings with the hiring of four associates. Banking and finance head Passawan Navanithikul, and Corporate and M&A partner Panuwat Chalongkuamdee joined mid-2020 from Weerawong C&P. 

Client feedback 

The firm is knowledgeable in terms of legal expertise and experience. It is able to deliver not only the transactional work product but also legal advice and memoranda in a readable and digestible form. – Banking and finance 

The partners are highly experienced. They provide good advice to help mitigate the risks related to the borrower's future credibility and suggested ways to monitor it throughout the entire loan tenor. – Banking and finance 

Team is responsive and able to meet tight timelines. – Corporate and M&A 

It provides quick responses, give good advice and have flexibility on the services. – Corporate and M&A 

As a boutique firm, the senior partner is involved in the deal execution and advises the client. This creates lots of comfort and clients can make decision swiftly with advice from the senior partner. – Corporate and M&A 

Panuwat Chalongkuamdee 

He responds quickly, gives good advice and has flexibility on the services. 

“We appreciate his client relationship management and communications. He advises with clear explanations and thinks beyond just the legal aspects of the deal.” 

Sireedhorn Kittiphumwong 

She has good communications, high accessibility and is an attentive listener. 

Passawan Navanithikul 

Passawan has an amazing depth and breadth of Thai law expertise in banking transactions. She understands commercial considerations and is able to translate legal requirements to meet those commercial considerations. She is extremely esponsive. 

Thosaphol Thurongkinanonth 

He is responsive, able to meet tight timelines and is good at problem solving.

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Global Power Synergy Public Company on its joint venture with PTT Public Company to conduct a new energy business.  

Advised GMM Grammy Public Company of the $73.3 million sale of its media content business to The One Enterprise.  

Represented BCPG Public Company on the 100% share acquisition of Nam San 3B, which has hydropower projects in Laos PDR.  

Key clients 

BTS Group Holdings, Dusit Thani Properties Company, Eternity Power Public Company, Rabbit Internet, VGI Public Company 

 
The Capital Law Office

The Capital Law Office’s capital markets practice continues to win plaudits from the market. The firm opened its doors in 2013 and houses some of the country’s top specialists. Its corporate and M&A offering has steadily expanded over the years and enjoyed a steady flow of M&A work despite the pandemic. The firm represents issuers and underwriters on domestic and cross-border issuance of equity, equity-linked products, debt instruments and derivatives. Its partners are routinely sought out for complex, precedent-setting transactions, such as its recent mandate as issuer’s counsel in Thailand’s largest equity IPO by market capitalisation to date. Partners Chatri TrakulmanenateParadorn Leosakul and Patraporn Milindasuta are key contacts.


Work highlights 

Advised the Government Savings Bank on its $50 million investment and 49% share acquisition in Fast Money Company, a hire-purchase business. 

Represented Mizhuho Asia Partners, KKP Securities and other investors on their 100% share acquisition in ISS Facility Services Company for $113 million 

Acted for the shareholders of Microfiber Industries on the sale of their shares through a bidding process to Hong Kong-based Linksman International for nearly $52 million.  

Key clients 

9 Basil, B Grimm & Co, Bangkok Airways, CIMB Securities, Continental Steel, One Asset Management Company, Thai Plaspac Public Company, Tipco Asphalt Public Company.

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

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.  

Acted for Liqui-box Corporation on the Southeast Asian elements of its $585 million acquisition of DS Smith’s plastics division.  

Represented General Motors on the sale of two manufacturing plants in Rayong, Thailand, to Great Wall Motors of China for $143 million.  

Key clients 

AI and Robotics Ventures, BIMobjectKPS Capital Partners, Oils R Us

 
Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Berli Jucker Public Company on its $10 billion bid for the acquisition of Tesco Lotus. 

Advised GRP1, a subsidiary of Global Power Synergy Public Company, on its acquisition of 90% of the total shares in Sheng Yang Energy from Tatung Forever Energy. 

Represented CP All Public Company on its master franchise agreement with 7-Eleven to develop and operate 7-Eleven stories across Cambodia and Laos.  

 Key clients 

Dusit Thani, Grab, KKR Asia, Panus Poultry, Symphony Communications, Siam Commercial Bank, Thai Alliance, Thai Beverage 

 
ZICO Law

ZICO Law has a strong market reputation for its IP and technology and telecommunications practices. The latter practice continues to represent an impressive range of e-commerce and fintech companies, and is noted for its counsel on FDI and legal compliance on regional initiatives to these clientsThe firm is a member of the ZICO Law network that extends its influence and reach across Southeast Asia. Its regional IP capabilities bolster its reputation as one of the go-to IP firms for global and multinational clients. Partners Threenuch Bunruangthaworn and Archaree Suppakrucha are key contacts.

Client feedback 

The law firm has provided professional service as always in a timely manner and with kind patience. – Labour and employment 

The lawyers are efficient, professional and kind. – Labour and employment 

The firm gives clear and holistic advice. The lawyers understand where we are coming from and meet our requirements from a step ahead. They are conscientious in following up on our needs and getting feedback on their advice. – Labour and employment 

Panwadi Maniwat 

They have been very patient and professional. 

Efficient and professional. 

Archaree Suppakrucha 

She communicates clearly with us and is attentive to our needs when we reach out to her.

 

Work highlights 

Advising a private-equity firm in conducting due diligence on NEDEC Thailand in relation to a proposed acquisition of shares in the target. 

Acted for a Japanese private investor on its $1 million investment in Global Village International School.  

Representing a Japanese auto interiors manufacturer to fulfill the conditions precedent to the closing in regard to the indirect disposition of its shares and its group companies’ shares. 

 
Dispute resolution
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet has a strong reputation in the market for its tax and technology practices. Recently, its dispute resolution practice has been on an upswing under the leadership of Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, who joined the firm in 2020 from PwC. Other key partners include corporate specialist Andreas Richter and tax expert Sumet Mingmongkolmitr.

Client feedback 

A tenacious and can-do attitude to all issues that I and my business have faced. Nothing is insurmountable even when I have been managing my businesses remotely from the UK.– Construction 

The firm that I engaged was dedicated and paid close attention to my case. The lawyer was very competent.– Dispute resolution 

 

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul 

I appreciated his dedication, advice and the building up of our relationship.” 

Robert Schuler 

Robert understands me as a person and how I work. I'm not the easiest of individuals to work with but he not only advises mebut he also guides me knowing the way I think and execute. The only suggestion for improvement is if he could maybe clone himself.

 

Work highlights 

Represented an international manufacturer of sealing inserts in a labour dispute with a former employee over the withholding tax of compensation paid. The Blumenthal team successfully convinced the court that there was a legal obligation of its client to deduct the withholding tax.  

Acted for a real estate company in filing a civil case against a project developer over its refusal to return money and damages the client is entitled to.  

Advised an international bank of the repayment of a multi-million baht debt against a Thai public company 

 
JTJB International Lawyers

As a full-service law firm, JTJB International Lawyers has an established strength in contentious and non-contentious shipping mattersDespite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team saw increased activity in the corporate and M&A space. The firm boasts a strategic partnership with China-based Tahota Law Firm that demonstrates its commitment to Chinese clients. The firm’s managing director Naiyachon Tathong is recognised for his expertise in construction, dispute resolution, labour and employment and restructuring and insolvency. Partner Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya features in the firm’s corporate and M&A deals.

Client feedback 

It's a young dynamic team who works quickly, clearly and gives genuine comments and advice, allowing us to professionally handle our own business. It has a broad understanding of both commercial and shipping lawmeeting all of our needs. Best of all, it is extremely affordable.” – Corporate and M&A 

They are cost-efficient, responsive and have excellent legal knowledge. – Dispute resolution 

The lawyers are easy to communicate with and fully understand English. They think outside the box. – Labour and employment 

Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya 

His accessibility and quick positive responses allow the company to quickly respond on contracts and documents. 

Aaron always goes above and beyond in helping our firm and our projects. He also explains very well and gives advice that is also practical and implementable. He has high integrity as well. 

“I worked closely with Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and he always went over and beyond to ensure our project goes smoothly and timely.” 

Naiyachon Tathong 

He is extremely responsive, and provides high-quality and practical advice. 

He listens well. 

 

Work highlights 

Representing Asia Green Energy Public Company in an ICC arbitration claim relating to a shipping dispute for the supply and purchase of steam coal.  

Acting for Olam International against Bureau Veritas Thailand in the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court. The client is alleging that Bureau Veritas was negligent and had failed to professionally inspect and issue the certificate of weight, quality and packing of specific rice cargo. 

Engaged by a group of co-owners of the Baan Mai Khao Condominum to file a class action claim against the developer of their building. They are seeking compensation of damages from a major building defect.  

Key clients 

AP Public Company, Bank of China, Cosco Shipping Line, PICC Property and Casualty, Raimon Land Public Company 

 
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Successfully defended Advanced Info Service in an arbitration proceeding with CAT Telecom related to a telecom equipment dispute 

Representing PV manufacturer Jetion Solar in an EPC dispute over the outstanding construction fees of several solar power plants construction.  

Acting for Advanced Wireless Network Company in an administrative case by the Office of The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications to revoke a first and second administrative orders. 

Key clients 

Big Camera, Globlex Securities, LG Electronics, Mimo Tech, Volvo Group

 
LS Horizon

LS Horizon is an ‘Outstanding firm for dispute resolution, as peers and clients in the market attest toIts partners wield strong reputations for high profile commercial litigations. Partners Wanchai YiamsamathaLersak Kancvalskul and Thanaluck Sunananta are the main partners for disputes work. Last year, disputes partner Prechaya Ebrahim retired but remains at the firm as an of counsel.


Work highlights 

Defending the Stock Exchange of Thailand in a high-profile Central Administrative Court case in relation to an injunction motion regarding the client’s delisting order.  

Representing Central Pattana and one of its employees as plaintiffs against Trade Competition Commission orders in the Central Administrative Court. The outcome of this case will set a precedent for trade competition practices. 

Acting for CIMB Thai Bank Public Company in a contentious matter against KFC Processing & Marketing to recover its facilities and enforce its securities. This is an exemplary matter as business security falls under a relatively new law in Thailand.

 
R&T Asia (Thailand)

Rajah & Tann Thailand holds steady as a well-regarded choice across core corporate law firm areas, and its disputes practice, and technology and telecommunications prowess deserve special mention. The firm has a growing core business advising fintech, e-commerce and e-payment players, and it has provided regulatory counsel to Google and Facebook for many years in Thailand. The firm is expanding its Bangkok office, which has nearly 60 lawyers at present, and it is actively recruiting specialists for infrastructure matters. The firm’s managing partner Surasak Vajasit is known for his practice in dispute resolution, capital markets, projects and banking and finance. He is a frequent arbitrator in ICC arbitration proceedings. Deputy managing partner Sui Lin Teoh heads the firm’s M&A and employment practices, while corporate, competition and trade specialist Melissa Uremovic is another respected name and key contact. The firm’s TMT group is led by specialist partner Supawat Srirungruang. 

Client feedback 

Its team provides strong legal expertise, practical advice, and cemented positive financial results for my company. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Pakpoom Suntornvipat 

Professional, friendly, responsive, business-oriented and respectful. 

 

Work highlights 

Representing Philip Morris Thailand in a dispute that involves questions both of Thai customs law and of Thailand’s implementation of the WTO customs valuation agreement. 

Acting for the Thai and Japanese management of Honda Automobile Thailand as defendants in a civil proceeding.  

Representing plaintiff Gheco-One in the Supreme Court against the revenue department for the revocation of its order and refund of corporate income tax to the client. The outcome of the case will be the important to set precedent on whether profit arising from foreign currency conversion, during the construction of a project, is considered as taxable income. 

Key clients 

Glow SPP 11

 
SCL Nishimura & Asahi

SCL Nishimura & Asahi is an amalgamation of Nishimura & Asahi and domestic law firm Chavalit Law GroupThe new firm marries the Japanese powerhouse’s client base with Chavalit Law’s highly-regarded local expertise. The Thai entity was best known for its dispute resolution, intellectual property and corporate practices, but it does also have quality offerings in banking, capital markets, projects, real estate and tax. Respected managing partner Chavalit Uttasart heads up the hybrid firm alongside seven other partners. 


Work highlights 

Representing Nok Airlines on the many disputes related to its business rehabilitation.  

Acting for Thai Kaseihin in litigation initiated by the Revenue Department of Thailand, relating to claims for payment of VAT and corporate income taxes for the years between 2012 and 2015. These claims were based on a counterfeit tax invoice issued illegally by the sellers of goods TKC purchased during the years in question.  

Acting for underwriter Hardy and eight other reinsurers in claiming outstanding premiums against a Thai insurance company.  

Key clients 

Jamco Corporation, Montri Storage Property Fund, PROS, Thai Transactional Bank 

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Representing a global logistics company, its Thai subsidiary, and its insurer in several disputes related to a wind farm project in Thailand. 

Acting for an international lens manufacturer in a high-value global fraud case involving a former employee of the client’s Thai operations 

Representing Insultec International in an arbitration with a Thai contractor to secure payment for contribution to the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, Australia. 

Key clients 

Lonsin Capital, Stryker Corporation  

 
Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Representing a state-owned oil and gas company in disputes related to an explosion that occurred on one of the client’s major gas transmission lines in October 2020.  

Defended a communications company in an Administrative Court case where a civil law complaint was filed by CAT Public Company against Global Crossing Services and the client, claiming the defendants were in breach of an agreement regarding the use of conduits.  

Representing a leading  domestic integrated EPC company in two cases against two of the largest power plant companies at the Thai Arbitration Institute, Office of Judiciary 

 
Energy
Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Represented Global Power Synergy Public Company in the acquisition of 100% of the shares in NPS Stargroup, World X Change Asia, PP Solarand TerraForm Global Operating Thailand, from the respective shareholders of each target. 

Key clients 

Global Power Synergy Public Company, PTT Exploration and Production, Planet Energy Holdings, Thai Oil, Wind Energy Holdings 

 
Infrastructure
R&T Asia (Thailand)

Rajah & Tann Thailand holds steady as a well-regarded choice across core corporate law firm areas, and its disputes practice, and technology and telecommunications prowess deserve special mention. The firm has a growing core business advising fintech, e-commerce and e-payment players, and it has provided regulatory counsel to Google and Facebook for many years in Thailand. The firm is expanding its Bangkok office, which has nearly 60 lawyers at present, and it is actively recruiting specialists for infrastructure matters. The firm’s managing partner Surasak Vajasit is known for his practice in dispute resolution, capital markets, projects and banking and finance. He is a frequent arbitrator in ICC arbitration proceedings. Deputy managing partner Sui Lin Teoh heads the firm’s M&A and employment practices, while corporate, competition and trade specialist Melissa Uremovic is another respected name and key contact. The firm’s TMT group is led by specialist partner Supawat Srirungruang. 

Client feedback 

Its team provides strong legal expertise, practical advice, and cemented positive financial results for my company. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Pakpoom Suntornvipat 

Professional, friendly, responsive, business-oriented and respectful. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for the State Railway of Thailand on its high speed railway agreement signed with a consortium of Chinese state-owned enterprises to form part of the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail project.

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advising one of the leading consortium members in the bidding for the Map Ta Phut Industrial Port Phase 3 Development Project 

Represented an American manufacturer of electronic components in drafting and negotiating a $245 million power supply agreement to provide power to the client’s factory in Pathum Thani province.  

Acting for an electronic toll collection system provide in relation to the operation and maintenance of an electronic toll collection system for the Bang Pa-In – Nakhon Ratchasima Intercity Motorway Project. 

Key clients 

KPS Capital Partners, Rojana Energy 

 
Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised the Government of Thailand, Office of the Eastern Economic Corridor in relation to undertaking the PPP project for the High-Speed Rail Link for three Bangkok airportsDon Mueang, Suvarnabhumi and U-Tapao. 

Represented Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company on the renewal of the concession contract for the Green Line Mass Transit Line, as well as the related PPP regulations 

Engaged by BTS Group Holding in preparation for the bidding, valued at $4.4 billion, of the Mass Rapid Transit Authority’s Orange Line.  

Key clients 

Department of Highways, Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company, Northern Bangkok Monorail, Port Authority of Thailand

 
Insurance
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advised a multinational insurance company on its exclusive $754 million bancassurance agreement with a Thai bank.  

Acted for a giant financial services provider on its proposed acquisition. 

Advising a Chinese client on credit insurance relating to a 4G and 5G network infrastructure project in Thailand. 

Key clients 

AIG, Marsh & McLennan Group

 
Intellectual property
Domnern Somgiat & Boonma

Domnern Somgiat Boonma is a top-tier IP specialist firm with a long-standing and established presence in the Thai market. The firm is the country’s leading trademark and patent filer, and it has been instrumental in shaping the country’s IP jurisprudence through its contentious work in the courts. The five-partner strong firm is helmed by IP enforcement specialist Rutorn Nopakun.


Work highlights 

Advised a leading German auto company on its opposition to a trademark registration application filed by a Chinese vehicle manufacturer. After several rounds of back and forth through various specialist boards and courts, the case is pending appeal at the specialised court of appeals.

 
Satyapon & Partners

Founded in 1995, Satyapon and Partners is respected IP law firm, offering services across the full spectrum of IP matters. The firm was elevated to the Outstanding tier this yearEponymous founder and managing partner Satyapon Sachdecha is prominent name in the IP space. He is flanked by head of trademark and litigation Kritsana Mingtongkhum, and head of patent and design, Kritchawat Chainapasak. The three lead a team of patent attorneys and litigators that bring in-house technical expertise. In addition to Thailand, the firm also handles prosecution and manages portfolios for various multinational and local clients in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Last year, the firm welcomed two senior patent specialists from Tilleke & Gibbins and Domnern Somgiat & Boonma.

Client feedback 

They are responsive, strategic and very diligent. – Intellectual property 

Satyapon Sachdecha 

He is very sharp, emphatic, smart and attentive.

 

Work highlights 

Defending Panasonic against three patent invalidation actions initiated by Thai manufacturer, distributor and importer Zeberg. The court has upheld two of the three patents, with a decision on the third pending.  

Acted for multiple luxury sunglasses brands in a massive trademark enforcement raid worth over $10 million.  

Achieved a victory for Japanese department store Takashimaya against the Department for IP on the registration of its trademark. The litigation went up to the specialised court of appeals to achieve registration and the DIP did not appeal to the Supreme Court.  

Successfully represented Menarini Asia-Pacific on obtaining four separate trademark approvals against the Trademark Board.Ultimately the Supreme Court awarded the client the trademarks, overturning the decisions of lower courts with the finding that all the marks were inherently distinctive.  

Key clients 

Aston Martin, NFL Properties, Pernod Ricard, Twitter, Uber, World Wildlife Fund, Yamaha Motors 

 
SCL Nishimura & Asahi

SCL Nishimura & Asahi is an amalgamation of Nishimura & Asahi and domestic law firm Chavalit Law GroupThe new firm marries the Japanese powerhouse’s client base with Chavalit Law’s highly-regarded local expertise. The Thai entity was best known for its dispute resolution, intellectual property and corporate practices, but it does also have quality offerings in banking, capital markets, projects, real estate and tax. Respected managing partner Chavalit Uttasart heads up the hybrid firm alongside seven other partners. 


Work highlights 

Representing a Japanese electronics MNC on its pre-filing trademark searches and advice on multiple trademark applications.  

Acting for a well-known Thai musical band and concern organiser in an enforcement relating to the band’s name rights.

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Engaged by a Japanese conglomerate for an ultimately successful raid action against a Thai infringer of its client’s agricultural automotive products. 

Representing an automobile manufacturer in a high-stakes IP litigation against a trademark infringer in Thailand.  

Carried out a large counterfeit merchandise sweep project for a Japan-based food manufacturer.   

Key clients 

AmorePacific, Amazon, Bayer (Monsanto), GAP, Grab Taxi Holdings, GSK, Huawei Technologies, Lazada, Novartis, Philip Morris, Sundaram ClaytonThaiBev, Walmart 

 
ZICO Law

ZICO Law has a strong market reputation for its IP and technology and telecommunications practices. The latter practice continues to represent an impressive range of e-commerce and fintech companies, and is noted for its counsel on FDI and legal compliance on regional initiatives to these clientsThe firm is a member of the ZICO Law network that extends its influence and reach across Southeast Asia. Its regional IP capabilities bolster its reputation as one of the go-to IP firms for global and multinational clients. Partners Threenuch Bunruangthaworn and Archaree Suppakrucha are key contacts.

Client feedback 

The law firm has provided professional service as always in a timely manner and with kind patience. – Labour and employment 

The lawyers are efficient, professional and kind. – Labour and employment 

The firm gives clear and holistic advice. The lawyers understand where we are coming from and meet our requirements from a step ahead. They are conscientious in following up on our needs and getting feedback on their advice. – Labour and employment 

Panwadi Maniwat 

They have been very patient and professional. 

Efficient and professional. 

Archaree Suppakrucha 

She communicates clearly with us and is attentive to our needs when we reach out to her.

 

Work highlights 

Advising cameo.com on all its trademark matters and in an online copyright infringement matter.  

Representing a domestic beer company on filing an opposition against various trademark applications in China.  

Engaged by the Thai subsidiary of a swiss electric vehicle maker for a new patent design application.  

Key clients 

Chubb 

 
Labour and employment
JTJB International Lawyers

As a full-service law firm, JTJB International Lawyers has an established strength in contentious and non-contentious shipping mattersDespite the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team saw increased activity in the corporate and M&A space. The firm boasts a strategic partnership with China-based Tahota Law Firm that demonstrates its commitment to Chinese clients. The firm’s managing director Naiyachon Tathong is recognised for his expertise in construction, dispute resolution, labour and employment and restructuring and insolvency. Partner Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya features in the firm’s corporate and M&A deals.

Client feedback 

It's a young dynamic team who works quickly, clearly and gives genuine comments and advice, allowing us to professionally handle our own business. It has a broad understanding of both commercial and shipping lawmeeting all of our needs. Best of all, it is extremely affordable.” – Corporate and M&A 

They are cost-efficient, responsive and have excellent legal knowledge. – Dispute resolution 

The lawyers are easy to communicate with and fully understand English. They think outside the box. – Labour and employment 

Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya 

His accessibility and quick positive responses allow the company to quickly respond on contracts and documents. 

Aaron always goes above and beyond in helping our firm and our projects. He also explains very well and gives advice that is also practical and implementable. He has high integrity as well. 

“I worked closely with Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya and he always went over and beyond to ensure our project goes smoothly and timely.” 

Naiyachon Tathong 

He is extremely responsive, and provides high-quality and practical advice. 

He listens well. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised CEVA Logistics on the exit agreements of 300 of its staff with True Distribution & Sales after the end of their shared logistics services agreement. 

Represented Cine Equipment in filing a criminal and labour claim against a former sales manager.  

Key clients 

PPM Management, Raimon Land Public Company

 
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Represented a premium Thai hotel investment company on the investigation relating to the disciplinary offense committed by one of its top executives. 

Representing the chairman and directors of a domestic transportation and logistics company relating to a dispute over a share purchase agreement valued at nearly $2.5 million. 

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advising Walt Disney Thailand on a complex domestic employment matter related to the termination of a mid-level employee for poor performance. 

Defended a global provider of financial services technology against a terminated Thai employee, who was responsible for selling the client’s product in the country. The plaintiff was suing for unfair termination.

 
ZICO Law

ZICO Law has a strong market reputation for its IP and technology and telecommunications practices. The latter practice continues to represent an impressive range of e-commerce and fintech companies, and is noted for its counsel on FDI and legal compliance on regional initiatives to these clientsThe firm is a member of the ZICO Law network that extends its influence and reach across Southeast Asia. Its regional IP capabilities bolster its reputation as one of the go-to IP firms for global and multinational clients. Partners Threenuch Bunruangthaworn and Archaree Suppakrucha are key contacts.

Client feedback 

The law firm has provided professional service as always in a timely manner and with kind patience. – Labour and employment 

The lawyers are efficient, professional and kind. – Labour and employment 

The firm gives clear and holistic advice. The lawyers understand where we are coming from and meet our requirements from a step ahead. They are conscientious in following up on our needs and getting feedback on their advice. – Labour and employment 

Panwadi Maniwat 

They have been very patient and professional. 

Efficient and professional. 

Archaree Suppakrucha 

She communicates clearly with us and is attentive to our needs when we reach out to her.

 

Work highlights 

Advising a global auto manufacturer solutions provider on the termination of a regional senior sales manager based in Thailand.  

Assisting solar project developer on Thai labour laws in relation to the termination of an employee during pregnancy due to sub-standard performance employee.  

Advising a leading Germany-headquartered auto maker on feasibility and other obligations connected to the implementation of the two- employment contracts model for employment assignment.

 
Real estate
Chandler MHM

Chandler MHM is one of Thailand’s largest and most prestigious full-service firms. It excels particularly in the banking and finance, energy, and corporate and M&A areas. It is widely considered by industry insiders to be the go-to market leader for complex, big-ticket energy projects across the financing and development spectrum. The firm recently hired TMT partner and personal data protection specialist Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee from Rajah & Tann Asia. It also welcomed disputes partner Waree Shinsirikul, and at the same time senior partner Chatchai Inthasuwan retired from the firm in early 2021. Shinsirikul joined from his own firm.

Client feedback 

The firm is very helpful and responds in a timely manner. – Banking and finance 

It is very responsive, quick and reliable. – Energy 

The team has in-depth experience and works well to find optimal solutions for the deals.” – Investment funds 

It gives good solutions for any issues that arise. The firm understands not only the legal issues, but also the commercial aspects of issues. The partner attends almost all of the meetings, not like some of the firms, where meetings are usually attended by only juniors.” – Investment funds 

The firm has professionalism in REIT knowledge. The staff is available to help and support.” – Real estate 

Responsive, technically competent, commercial, depth and breadth of expertise and consistent high quality of work, strong team. It is good at problem solving and getting deals done. My experience in dealing with the firm is that it has a commercial and constructive approach to working with other parties which saves time and cost.” – Real estate 

Disaporn Saengpetch 

He provides useful advice. 

Jessada Sawatdipong 

Fantastic communicator and very responsive. Great client management skills. 

Tananan Thammakiat 

She is well-experienced lawyer who has very good problem-solving skills and works well to find practical legal advice to clients.” 

I appreciate her knowledge in REIT matters, solutions and advice for issues, and her approachable personality.” 

Pranee Klinratana 

Dedicated, professional and technically competent. The quality of her work is impressive. She has the knowledge and experience in the market to provide pragmatic workable solutions. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Gland Office Leasehold Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) on the divestment of all its assets to the CPN Retail Growth Leasehold REIT. This was the first ever divestment transaction between two REITs.  

Acted for the SCCP REIT Company on its investment in assets in Japan. This deal marked the first Thai structure to invest in a Japanese asset.  

Key clients 

Bhiraj Office Leasehold REIT, Hemaraj Leasehold REIT, RMI Company

 
Restructuring and insolvency
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Representing 87 savings and credit cooperatives with $1.3 billion of claims against Thai Airways during the airline’s rehabilitation proceedings. 

Acted for an asset manager on its opposition to the rehabilitation petition of Smart Traffic Company.  

Key clients 

Asia Wealth Securities, MM Logistics, Prime Street, THB Securities, Volvo Group 

 
LS Horizon

LS Horizon is an ‘Outstanding firm for dispute resolution, as peers and clients in the market attest toIts partners wield strong reputations for high profile commercial litigations. Partners Wanchai YiamsamathaLersak Kancvalskul and Thanaluck Sunananta are the main partners for disputes work. Last year, disputes partner Prechaya Ebrahim retired but remains at the firm as an of counsel.


Work highlights 

Acting for Lucky Resources & Logistics in its rehabilitation by drafting the rehabilitation plan that was subsequently approved by the creditors and the Central Bankruptcy Court.

 
R&T Asia (Thailand)

Rajah & Tann Thailand holds steady as a well-regarded choice across core corporate law firm areas, and its disputes practice, and technology and telecommunications prowess deserve special mention. The firm has a growing core business advising fintech, e-commerce and e-payment players, and it has provided regulatory counsel to Google and Facebook for many years in Thailand. The firm is expanding its Bangkok office, which has nearly 60 lawyers at present, and it is actively recruiting specialists for infrastructure matters. The firm’s managing partner Surasak Vajasit is known for his practice in dispute resolution, capital markets, projects and banking and finance. He is a frequent arbitrator in ICC arbitration proceedings. Deputy managing partner Sui Lin Teoh heads the firm’s M&A and employment practices, while corporate, competition and trade specialist Melissa Uremovic is another respected name and key contact. The firm’s TMT group is led by specialist partner Supawat Srirungruang. 

Client feedback 

Its team provides strong legal expertise, practical advice, and cemented positive financial results for my company. – Restructuring and insolvency 

Pakpoom Suntornvipat 

Professional, friendly, responsive, business-oriented and respectful. 

 

Work highlights 

Advising Krung Thai Bank and Government Savings Bank as a creditors in the business reorganisation of Thai Airways. 

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Assisted an international online travel agency in performing employment due diligence and advising on a range of employment law issues in connection with the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the global tourism industry. 

Representing the Thai subsidiary of a multinational consumer goods company before the Supreme Court in a complex non-competition dispute relating to the actions of a former employee who joined a direct competitor.  

Engaged by an MNC on the sensitive termination of a high-level executive at its Thai operations.

Advising General Motors with several matters related to the winding down of much of their operations in Thailand. 

Acting for an American multinational credit card company as creditor in several matters related to Thai Airways’ rehabilitation case.  

Engaged by one of the world’s largest petrochemicals manufacturers to handle the Thailand portion of their global share restructuring project, which included the transfer of its subsidiary business in Thailand.

Weerawong C&P

One of the leading Thai firms, Weerawong C&P maintains its impressive lock on the top echelons of our rankings across all categories. In particular, it stands alone and unchallenged in the ‘Outstanding’ tiers for capital markets, and restructuring and insolvency. Senior partners Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are known for their expertise in capital markets, and corporate and M&A, while its well-regarded disputes team features Phisit Dejchaiyasak and Sakchai Limsiripothong

Client feedback 

The team excelled at resources commitment and there was support throughout the deal execution. They also provided support post-completion. There was strong coordination from the team for our deal. – Corporate and M&A 

The lawyers are attentive and responsive to the client's needs. They provide practical and strategic advice and solutionsThe whole teamincluding the partner, is fully engaged and pays attention to the case, not only junior lawyers. – Restructuring and insolvency  

Akaraporn Kulvijit 

He is attentive and responsive to the client's needs. He provides practical and strategic advice, and problem-solving solutions. 

Peerapat Kumpayorm 

He is extremely professional, offering strong support and dedication to the deal throughout the deal execution and post-completion. He is very detailed in providing legal advice and responsesalways explaining things in a very detailed manner. 

 

Work highlights 

Working with Sahaviriya Steel Industries on its $1.9 billion rehabilitation and business reorganisation as demanded by its major creditors in the UK and Thailand.  

Key clients 

Bridge View Company, Export Import Bank of the United States, Jasmine Public Company, Ladprao Plaza Company, Pace Development, Saha Farms, Triple T Broadband.

 
Tax
Kudun and Partners

Kudun and Partners is an energetic and young full-service firm that has grown exponentially in the past few years, pulling talent from other major competitors and being hailed as a firm to keep an eye on by peers. Last year, senior counsel Phawana Niemloy joined the firm from Krungsri Bank where he was its general counsel. The firm has established a dedicated China practice staffed with native Chinese speakers and it is now part of the legal network, World Services Group as the Thailand representative.  Partner and key contact Kudun Sukhumananda has vast expertise in capital markets, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, real estate, infrastructure funds and energy.

Client feedback 

It understood client's needs well and delivered fast responses. The lawyers are experienced and reliable, and offer an excellent quality of service for both legal and market knowledge. – Banking and finance 

The team is active, energetic and highly responsive. It is coming up really fast and getting great recognition in the market as a one-stop service provider. – Capital markets 

Kudun and Partners is detailed in its works and is very attentive to our requests. The lawyers displayed good professionalism and had good time management. We really appreciate the firm’s hard work. – Corporate and M&A 

The team is very responsive. I appreciate the relationship support from the partner, who is able to quickly understand the commercial aspect of the transaction and support accordingly. – Corporate and M&A 

It is our go-to team in our expansion into the energy business, particularly to Vietnam. We like that it is flexible and highly responsive to our needs and it works as a team across different practice areas including tax. It always provides innovative solutions to our problems. It is very commercial and strategic, and always brings a lot of valuable advice to the table. Its in-depth expertise in the energy space is remarkable as it works with leading power companies and we trusted the firm to protect our interest. – Energy 

The lawyers have an excellent understanding of international investment fund requirements that is on par with the best international law firms – Investment funds 

It is professional and excellent in problem solving. – Privacy and data protection 

The firm is the most trusted legal advisor to my company and it always provides professional legal opinions. – Private equity 

I appreciate its industry knowledge and familiarity with our internal requirements. The lawyers all have good work attitude and are very professional. – Real estate 

It is great with negotiation support and overall deal coordination. – Real estate 

Chai Lertvittayachaikul 

He is responsive, has a very good command of English and has excellent commercial acumen. 

Chai is an outstanding lawyer. His knowledge and experience in handling renewable energy transactions is impressive. He is friendly and eager to facilitate our team at any given time. 

He is very smart and always comes up with appropriate recommendations and solutions that are very useful to the deal. 

Peerasanti Somritutai 

He understands how important the work is as we can feel he makes us a priority. He has provided excellent service and is proven to be very competent in Corporate M&A. He is the lawyer that really smart lawyers call for advice. I highly recommend him to any person who needs the assistance of a highly qualified and competent lawyer in this area. 

“He has very good communication skills and is responsible. He is very detail-oriented and often provides constructive advice even out of scope. 

“Great negotiation skills and offers support during the negotiation.” 

Thitawan Thanasombatpaisarn 

She is very knowledgeable in equity-related capital markets transactions. She is very approachable and proactive in listening. I would credit her as a person who is good at mediating conflicts and a leader of this practice area. 

Niruch Winiyakul 

Professional, responsible and great at solving problems.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised S Hotels and Resorts Public Company on tax elements of its major group restructuring.  

Acting for travel tech platform TTC Global on tax planning and tax restructuring related to the development and cross-border acquisition of software. 

Representing Phelps Dodge International Thailand on its application to obtain operational and tax benefits from the government under specific criteria 

Key clients 

Elite Kraft Paper, IT City Public Company, Prime Marine, Pro Pet Thailand

 
Lorenz & Partners

Lorenz & Partners is well versed in providing commercial, corporate and tax advice to its international clients. Uniquely, the firm also offers German tax law advisory. Managing partner Till Morstadt helms the team alongside M&A partners Athitaya Chandthasirichot and Rapeesak Kesasuwan, and tax partner Naowarat Karst.


Work highlights 

Advising Hafele Thailand on the new transfer pricing requirements and assisting with the preparation of local files for documentation.  

Representing a domestic steel producer on a VAT refund claims dispute at the appeal stage.

 
Prompt Legal Services

Prompt Legal Services is a boutique law firm with particular expertise in tax and M&A. The team recently launched its family business tax structure planning practice. Clients include private companies and public companies operating in various sectors, with many listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The firm is headed by tax partner Promboon Sookatup, and corporate and M&A partners Pawan Lertpayub and Lakkanasiri Kajonpradabkul.


Work highlights 

Representing a Japanese industrials company on its appeal against the revenue department’s decision on various tax liabilities.  

Acted for a domestic real estate company in investigations performed by the local tax authorities. 

Advised a financial sector client on special business tax and VAT associated with a redemption agreement.

 
Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is an all-round, dominant force in the Thai legal market and its pre-eminence continues to spider out across Southeast Asia, further cementing its position as a top regional firm. The firm is leader in the aviation, IP, insurance, tax, and technology and telecommunications spaces for this part of the worldCo-managing partners Tiziana Sucharitkul and Darani Vachanavuttivong are known for their expertise in dispute resolution and intellectual property, respectively. Last year there were several notable moves, including the joining of corporate consultants Teelada RujirawanichtepVarapa Aurat and Natthanit Mallikamal. The first two lateralled from Thanathip & Partners and Price Sanond, respectively. Further additions include counsel Suruswadee Jiamsuwan from the Thailand Court of Justice and disputes specialist Pongpalin Chantrapirom from Siam Commercial Bank.

Client feedback 

They are professional and knowledgeable. – Technology and telecommunications 

John Frangos 

He is professional, and great at project management and communications.

 

Work highlights 

Advising a Thai government agency on multi-jurisdictional tax advice on a cross-border EPC contract for a major infrastructure project.  

Providing Thai tax advice to one of the world’s largest technology companies.  

Retained by Ai and Robotics Ventures to advise on tax implications of various projects and project agreements with local and foreign operators across a range of industries.  

Advised a British multinational hospitality company on stamp duty implications and requirements for several agreements related to their hotel management business in Thailand.