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The practice at Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd provides ‘sound advice and good value for money’. It recently assisted Navis Capital with the acquisition of a stake in Nitipon International Group, a deal led by Suparerk Auychai. Among other work highlights, the team has been acting for Central Group in its bid to acquire supermarket group Big C in Vietnam and Thailand. Arkrapol Pichedvanichok and counsel Noparat Kaewsringarm are also recommended.

Providing ‘strong industry experience and knowledge’, Baker McKenzie’s practice spans sectors such as healthcare, insurance, real estate and banking, and also has significant expertise in Japanese inbound and Thai outbound investment. In a landmark deal, Komkrit Kietduriyakul and Theppachol Kosol acted for Bangkok Expressway Public Company and Bangkok Metro Public Company in their $2.2bn amalgamation transaction that formed Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company, one of the largest transportation and logistics service providers in Thailand. Among the group, Sorachon Boonsong is ‘very smart and knowledgeable’.

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd’s ‘well-regarded team provides an excellent service’. It represents major Thai entities in the oil and gas, real estate, financial services, and petrochemical sectors. Recent highlights saw Weerawong Chittmittrapap leading the advice to Berli Jucker regarding its acquisition of a controlling stake in supermarket chain Big C from French-owned Casino Group. In the capital markets space, the firm has handled a number of IPOs recently. Peangpanor Boonklum and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt are also recommended.

The team at Chandler MHM Limited is jointly led by Ratana Poonsombudlert and Niwes Phancharoenworakul. Poonsombudlert led teams that advised SSG Capital management as it acquired CFS Alphavest and subsidiary Alpha Capital Asset Management from GE Capital. Work highlights also included acting for Taiyo Nippon Sanso Corporation during its acquisition of a majority stake in a Thai industrial gas manufacturer. Clients also include Petronas, General Motors and Volvo.

Clifford Chance (Thailand) Limited’s clients include Bank of China, Cobra International and China Mobile. A recent work highlight for the firm was advising Cemex on the $53m sale of two of its cement-producing companies in Thailand and Bangladesh to Siam City Cement. Andrew Matthews is the name to note.

At DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited, Supreedee Nimitkul assisted Measurement Specialities with the $114m acquisition of WEMA Group Holding. Fellow department head Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya is also recommended, and was a key part of the team that advised Federal-Mogul Corporation on acquiring TRW Automotive for $51.8m. The practice also counts Expedia and Ecolab among its client list.

Wilailuk Okanurak leads the team at Linklaters, which has core strengths in the TMT, food and beverage, and real estate sectors. Clients include Bayer, True Corporation, Wind Energy Holding and Ascend Capital. The team recently advised the latter on acquiring a 70% stake in Buzzebees, a Thai e-commerce website.

DFDL’s team ‘balances international expertise with strong market knowledge across South-East Asia’. Recent work includes advising Archetype Group on the acquisition of the Asia Pacific arm of engineering firm Tebodin. Managing partner Martin Desautels led the team during that transaction, while Audray Souche was key in assisting sports store chain Decathlon with expanding its retail footprint in Thailand. Rashane Leerabandhu heads the department.

The lawyers at Hunton & Williams provide ‘excellent industry knowledge and good value for money’. The firm advised Team A Holding on its $200m leveraged buyout of General Cable Group’s assets and shares in the Asia Pacific region, a mandate that involved Chinawat Assavapokee. Practice head Stephen Bennett and Manida Zinmerman are also recommended.

LS Horizon Limited’s capital markets practice is led by Khemajit Choomwattana, who provides ‘prompt, professional advice’. The team recently advised the Ministry of Finance of Lao PDR on the issuance and offering of Thai Baht and US dollar bonds, totalling THB12bn and $182m respectively.

Norton Rose Fulbright’s client base spans the technology, property and energy sectors. Notable recent work includes advising General Electric on the Thai aspects of its acquisition of Alstom’s power and grid interests for $10.6bn. Somboon Kitiyansub heads the department.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited is recommended for leveraged buyouts, corporate restructuring, joint ventures, IPOs and derivatives matters. Chatchavej Chitvarakorn is a key contact.

Tilleke & Gibbins recently advised communications group WPP, and its subsidiary Grey, on merging with advertising agency nudeJEH. Praised as ‘calm under pressure’, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon is recommended along with Cynthia Pornavalai. Clients also include Ford Motors, Kuwait Petroleum and Visa.

The practice at Axis Consultants (Thailand) Limited is led by Peter Burke and is best known for its work with inbound investors. Other experience spans joint ventures, restructuring, shareholder agreements and due diligence.

Bangkok International Associates specialises in cross-border work and inbound investment into Thailand. Particular expertise includes joint ventures, IPOs, corporate reorganisations and refinancings. Stephen Frost is the key contact.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd has clients in the aviation, energy, manufacturing, and insurance sectors. Andreas Richter and Sumet Mingmongkolmitr are recommended.

The ‘professional and responsive’ team at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Jaiyos Advisory Co., Ltd. is recommended for corporate and commercial matters in the manufacturing, logistics and TMT sectors. The firm is also noted for its employment expertise. Pornpun Niyomthai, Poljun Divari and Anthony Visate Loh are the key contacts.

LawPlus Ltd.’s clients include Siam Steel Mill Services and Chevron Corporation. Kowit Somwaiya and Prasantaya Bantadtan jointly lead the practice.

Lorenz & Partners Co., Ltd. acts for German and Austrian investors and manufacturing operations in Thailand. Athitaya Chanthasirichot heads the corporate law practice.

Mayer Brown JSM’s practice handles joint ventures, private equity issues, asset sales and purchases, and spin-offs. Maythawee Sarathai is a key contact.

At Rajah & Tann (Thailand) Limited, Surasak Vajasit is the leading figure and office managing partner. The team acts for clients across the ASEAN region, particularly in the telecoms, tobacco, food and beverage, and energy sectors.

Respondek & Fan Ltd’s core strength is assisting foreign investors in Thailand. The firm acts for Adidas, Lufthansa, Allianza and Bosch, among others. Andreas Respondek is the name to note.

At Thanathip & Partners Legal Counsellors Limited, the key contacts are Thanathip Pichedvanichok, Chawaluck Sivayathorn Araneta and Arunee Mahathorn, the latter of whom was lead partner in advising Inter Far East Energy Corporation on its purchase of Dhara Dhevi Hotel Company, along with the hotel group’s debts.

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited’s strengths lie in the construction and aviation sectors; the firm recently assisted Zublin with the sale of its Thai pipe-jacking operation to aerospace group Voestalpine. In other recent work, Alan Plovinick, who ‘always makes himself available for queries and requests’, has been advising Vietjet Aviation on shareholder agreements in accordance with Thai law. Department head Christopher Osborne is also recommended.

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