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The insurance department at Baker McKenzie is led by Sorachon Boonsong, who has over 27 years of legal experience. Under his leadership, the 20-lawyer team advises leading industry players on M&A, insurance portfolio transfers, and insurance and reinsurance regulatory compliance. The department has also developed an insurtech practice, which provides advice to insurance companies on new payment systems, data analytics and AI; Sivapong Viriyabusaya is a name to note in this space. Ampika Kumar is regularly sought out for insurance-sector M&A and other corporate transactions, and Sumet Orsirivikorn has expertise in reinsurance arrangements, distribution channels and foreign shareholding restrictions.

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has established itself as one of Thailand's leading insurance practices. Owing to its global network and the international experience of its Bangkok-based lawyers, the team is equipped to handle a range of cross-border work, both contentious and non-contentious. In fact, its industry expertise covers the gamut of commercial, corporate and regulatory work relevant to major insurance-sector participants. In the corporate and regulatory space, a multi-office team including Peter Shelford advised Aetna on its acquisition of Bupa's Thai business, while contentious highlights included Shelford and senior consultant Robert Tang acting for a hotel operator and its insurer in relation to claims arising out of a high-profile incident in Myanmar. In another illustration of its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, the team represented the captive insurer of a fast food chain in a product liability claim arising from an allegation of food poisoning at a branch in South Korea. Litigator Don Rojanapenkul is another key contact for insurance disputes.

Acting for a host of local and international insurers, reinsurers and brokers, Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is home to one of the most active insurance practices in Thailand. Its insurance-sector clients have access to the firm's full-service offering, which includes strong dispute resolution and M&A capabilities. As such, the team's coverage in this sector is extensive; encompassing transactional, contentious and regulatory work. Alan Polivnick, who has extensive knowledge of the aviation and energy industries, is well-versed in claims work and non-contentious regulatory matters; he recently defended a Thai insurance company and its reinsurers in a case brought before the Thai courts concerning damage to the claimant's equipment. Polivnick, who also stands out for his knowledge of precious gems insurance, jointly heads the group alongside dispute resolution specialist Kay Kian Tan, who ‘sees all sides of any dispute’. Another contact on the claims side is Tossaporn Sumpiputtanadacha, who was promoted to partner in May 2018.

Tilleke & Gibbins advises major domestic and multinational insurance companies on a mixture of contentious and non-contentious insurance issues. In particular, the firm's expertise in the shipping, energy and logistics industries provides it with unique insight into insurance matters arising in these sectors. The team acts as Indochina regional counsel for the brokerage, risk management and insurance and reinsurance arms of a multinational company, which the team recently advised on a regional expansion exercise. On the claims side, Ittirote Klinboon represented a European reinsurance company in a business interruption claim. Athistha Chitranukroh was promoted to partner in January 2018 and now heads the insurance practice following Aaron Le Marquer's relocation to London.

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