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Stephen Jaggs is Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd’s managing partner and head of the banking and finance practice. His team recently advised Asian Development Bank on the financing of three connectivity projects in Myanmar, and acted for Citibank in the first securitisation deal in Thailand’s infrastructure sector. Counsel Anchalee Limviriyalers is also recommended.

At Baker McKenzie, the ‘knowledge and service is the best by far’. Thinawat Bukhamana, Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai and Kullapa Stavorn recently acted for True Move H Universal Communications in the financing of licence fees, which involved assisting with the issuance of letters of guarantee totalling $2.7bn. Stavorn, along with Komkrit Kietduriyakul and Benja Suppanakul, also advised Singha Corporation and its subsidiary, Boon Rawd Trading Company, on obtaining a bridge loan deal worth $700m for the acquisition of shares in Vietnam-based Masan Consumer Holdings and Masan Brewery Company. Sawanee Sethsathira is also recommended.

Chandler MHM Limited’s core strength is domestic and cross-border work in the energy sector. Domestically, the practice advised Siam Commercial Bank on the financing of a 60MW wind farm in the north of Thailand. In an example of its cross-border capability, the team has been assisting Bangkok Bank, Siam Commercial Bank and Krung Thai Bank on the $675m refinancing of a major hydro-power substation in Laos. Jessada Sawatdipong and Albert Chandler are names to note.

Clifford Chance (Thailand) Limited acts for lenders in energy and aviation related matters. With regards to the latter, the practice advised DVB Bank Singapore on the refinancing of ten aircraft leased to Korean Airlines. Managing partner and banking department co-head Fergus Evans led the team in this particular work highlight. Joseph Tisuthiwongse is the other co-head of the practice.

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai leads the department at Linklaters, which acts for clients such as Bangkok Bank, BNP Paribas, Krung Thai Bank and RBS. Recent work saw Wanwisar Nakarat advising Siam Commercial Bank on the THB21bn letter of guarantee for True Move H Universal Communications’ payments as part of its licence agreement to upgrade digital infrastructure.

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited is recommended for finance matters involving projects, real estate, energy and technology. Department head Timothy Tan recently advised Country Group Development on the financing in order to build two hotels and a private residence complex in Bangkok. Clients also include Standard Chartered, Deutsche Bank and Carlyle Group.

Hunton & Williams has expertise in project finance, acquisition financing and telecoms financing. Manida Zinmerman and Stephen Bennett jointly lead the practice.

Among recent work highlights, Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd advised Dtac Trinet Company on four credit facility agreements totalling THB70bn to fund the licensing fee needed to upgrade the telecoms infrastructure to 4G. Passawan Navanithikul and Chinnavat Chinsangaram are key contacts.

Led by David Doran and Audray Souche, DFDL’s practice was strengthened through the recruitment of Phattharaporn Phetpong and Paul Volodarsky. The firm recently advised a consortium of Thai lenders on the transfer of shares from CH Karnchang Public Company to its subsidiary.

LS Horizon Limited represent borrowers and lenders in corporate and project finance mandates. Chaipat Kamchadduskorn is the key contact.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s client list includes HSBC, Kasikornbank Public Company and Total Access Communications. Somboon Kitiyansub jointly leads the department alongside the recently promoted Tassanai Kiratisountorn, who has ‘a deep understanding of banks’ businesses and provides good response times’.

Rajah & Tann (Thailand) Limited acts for borrowers in corporate and project finance deals. Surasak Vajasit is the managing partner and Saroj Jongsaritwang is also recommended.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited is noted for project and energy-related finance matters. Sutthiphat Khamsirivatchara is well regarded.

Santhapat Periera and Cynthia Pornavalai head the team at Tilleke & Gibbins, which comprises ‘efficient and service-minded professionals, who are dependable and give reliable advice’. The firm has been advising Goldman Sachs on the financing of an international hospital to be built in Bangkok. Other clients include Brown Brothers Harriman and China Development Bank.

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited focuses on aviation, shipping and energy finance matters. Recent work in the latter sector saw the practice assisting Wind Energy Development with documentation relating to a 60MW wind farm. Christopher Osborne and Alan Polivnick are key contacts.

Axis Consultants (Thailand) Limited predominantly acts for lenders during acquisition financing, refinancings and securitisation. Peter Burke is the name to note.

Bangkok International Associates advises both lenders and borrowers. Stephen Frost is a key contact.

LawPlus Ltd.’s practice is led by Kowit Somwaiya. Clients include JPMorgan Chase, Siam Steel Mill Services and Hong Leong Bank.

At Thanathip & Partners Legal Counsellors Limited, clients include Standard Chartered, Citibank and Tesco Lotus. Arunee Mahathorn heads the practice.

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