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Baker McKenzie has considerable experience in proceedings at the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI), though its lawyers are also well-versed in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) rules. Its sizeable team is equipped to handle a broad range of disputes, and it has a particularly strong track record in representing companies in the construction, transport and telecoms sectors. Moreover, it's multinational lawyers also have experience with the enforcement of arbitral awards in the Thai courts. US-qualified Timothy Breier represents international companies in disputes ranging from construction to compliance to restructuring, and Pisut Attakamol, who acts for large local and international companies, has played a lead role in many of the department's recent cases. The practice group is jointly headed by Wynn Pakdeejit, Kanit Vallayapet and Chirachai Okanurak.

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited ‘provides an outstanding level of service in international arbitration in the region and globally’. Of the team’s 20 dispute resolution lawyers, seven are internationally qualified and 13 are qualified in Thailand. This mixture of qualifications, combined with the team’s access to an international office network, allows it to provide comprehensive Thai and international law advice, and enables the team to handle proceedings in all of the major arbitration institutes in the region and further afield. The department’s clients are as diverse as its team, including companies based in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Moreover, the practice group has made moves to expand its Chinese client base, and is seeing an increase in China-based companies turning to the firm for assistance in China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) proceedings. Kay Kian Tan ‘always provides clear and practical advice’ and is particularly recommended for international trade disputes; he also has expertise in insurance, energy and transport disputes. The highly regarded Steven Burkill heads the department, which includes Ratthakarn Boonnua and Tossaporn Sumpiputtanadacha, the latter of whom made partner in 2018. Associate Belle Chewprecha ‘has an outstanding work ethic and excellent client care skills’.

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has notable local, regional and international dispute resolution capabilities. Leveraging an expansive office network, the team has developed a reputation for domestic and cross-border disputes, and though it works across a variety of industry sectors, it has maintained particular strengths in construction, infrastructure and insurance-related disputes. 2017 and 2018 saw the team handling a range of ICC and TAI arbitrations. In one case, practice head Peter Shelford, recently promoted partner Don Rojanapenkul and senior consultant Robert Tang acted for an oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a gas sales agreement with two Thai companies; complex pricing issues were at the heart of the dispute. Also recommended are of counsels Komson Suntheeraporn and Panuwat Rattanawechasit, who have experience in litigation, domestic and international arbitration and restructuring.

Forming a core part of the firm’s Southeast Asia disputes practice, Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited's Bangkok-based disputes team has vast experience in arbitration and is often involved in matters with parallel proceedings in other jurisdictions. Of late, the team has been involved in a number of complex disputes before the TAI and in Hong Kong-seated United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) arbitrations. Recognised by clients as ‘very level-headed and extremely bright’, practice head Chinnawat Thongpakdee ‘has a deep and accurate knowledge of laws and arbitral processes’; he and a team including of counsel Emi Rowse represented a leading Japanese industrial and power boiler construction company in arbitral proceedings related to an incident in Thailand. Elsewhere, a multi-office team of Bangkok-, London- and Hong Kong-based lawyers represented a satellite telecoms provider as respondent in arbitral proceedings concerning a dispute over a satellite sharing agreement. Dutsadee Dutsadeepanich, Amornwit Phesprasert and Andrew Hay are recommended associates in the department.

Respondek & Fan Ltd has carved out a niche in acting for German and European investors doing business in Asia. Here, the firm’s association with law firms in Japan, Vietnam, China and South Korea allows it to provide seamless support across the region. Andreas Respondek, who is qualified in the US and Germany, is a chartered arbitrator and heads the practice. Respondek has been appointed co-arbitrator in numerous ICC proceedings involving companies from the pharmaceutical, transport and food and beverage sectors. He has also been representing a client in the enforcement of an SIAC award in Thailand. Moreover, the practice head has experience in Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) and Swiss Rules (SCAI) arbitration.

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners is by any measure a go-to firm for domestic litigation, and also maintains a busy international arbitration practice. With particular experience in Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland, the team regularly works with leading international firms to represent Thai and multinational clients. In addition, it has a solid track record in the enforcement of foreign arbitral awards in Thailand; in recent work, the team assisted a Macau-based company with the enforcement of an SIAC award. Warathorn Wongsawangsiri is one of the key names to note for international arbitration; he is currently representing several clients before the SIAC and HKIAC. The wider dispute resolution team is led by Phisit Dejchaiyasak.

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