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Baker McKenzie is highly regarded in the Thai real estate market, and is known for advising lenders and development companies from the initial acquisition or investment stage, through to the final development. The department acts for a majority of the country’s REITs, and in 2017 assisted with the formation of a particularly large, multi-jurisdictional REIT that will have implications for the Thai REIT market once finalised. Similarly, the team advised City Development Co on the THB4.8bn sale of the Exchange Tower building to Tprime REIT, a newly established REIT listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET). Sorachon Boonsong heads the department and advised NYE Estate on its joint venture with MINOR Group for the THB1.6bn leasehold redevelopment of the Sriboonruang Building and surrounding land, totalling about 9,600sqm. In 2016-2017, the group saw increased activity in the retail sector and Duangkamon Amkaew acted for Boutique Group on the sale of a community mall to a group of Japanese investors. In the residential space, Wittaya Luengsukcharoen advised Proud Residences as the developer of a six-building condominium project in central Bangkok. Additional clients include Pruska Real Estate, Pace Development Group, Singha Estates and Hong Kong Resort Company.

Having been particularly active in the hotel and leisure sector, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited handles real estate finance, development and litigation throughout the ASEAN region. The department regularly acts alongside the firm’s tax, corporate, regulatory and restructuring teams to advise on real estate projects from start to finish. Practice head Dusadee Jittasaiyapan advised Tropicana Corporation Berhad on the acquisition of land in Thailand for the purpose of developing a hotel and resort. He has been instructed by international hotel developers concerning projects throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Russia. The team also acted for Henxing Property (Thailand) on the acquisition of NT Group Property, which owns an apartment building in Sukhumvit. Supranee Arjjit is an active senior associate in the practice group. The team is also experienced in real estate and construction litigation. Dusit International Group, Ek-Chai Distribution System (Tesco Lotus), Virgin Active, Greenland Holding Group of China, and Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts are other key clients.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited has an active real estate and property department that is increasingly active in the hospitality, retail and luxury condominium space, and, working together with the firm’s capital markets department, has developed specialisms in REIT work. Chatchavej Chitvarakorn is advising NYE Estate on the establishment of a joint venture with Minor International Public Company for the development of a mixed-use property in one of the most high-profile areas of Bangkok. In the regulatory compliance space, special counsel Sawat Sangkavisit acted alongside Chitvarakorn to review and amend land ownership registration, mortgages and construction permits for Hong Kong-based Tai Ping Carpets International. Acting for Thai clients outside of Thailand, Kulkanist Khamsirivatchara was instructed by Bangkok Land in relation to the HK$1.88m sale of a building in Hong Kong. The team is also active in the retail sector, and advised Show DC Corp on the land acquisition, financing and contractual issues regarding the development of its $300m retail and entertainment complex in Bangkok.

As one of the largest firms in Bangkok, Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners is able to field large cross-disciplinary teams to handle the gamut of property and real estate matters. In the hospitality sector, Weerawong Chittmittrapap and Panuwat Chalongkuamdee are acting for Dusit Thani and Central Pattana as joint venture partners for the development of a mixed-use project, valued at roughly THB30bn. Chittmittrapap is also advising BDMS Public Company on the THB10.8bn acquisition of land and property assets from Park Nai Lert Hotel; this represents the largest acquisition in Thailand of land and property without actually acquiring the related business. In the hotel sector, the team also handles contract disputes, including construction disputes, and has acted for clients such as Pacific Phuket. Chinnavat Chinsangaram and Chusak Suwanpuchai are additional contacts in the practice group.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd has experience in acting for domestic and international clients in a range of real estate matters, and has particular strength in the hotel and leisure sector. The department is led by Robert Schuler, who has, in the past, acted for clients such as 8 Over 8 Developments and Castlewood Land Holdings. Ira Blumenthal, who has experience in land transactions, and Ittinant Suwanjutha are also key contacts.

Acting for project developers, financiers and contractors, DFDL’s Bangkok-based real estate team focuses on luxury residential projects and M&A in the hotel sector. The department sees a steady stream of work involving Chinese investors and Thai developers and is particularly active in resort developments in Koh Samui, Pattaya and other Gulf-cities and island locations. Paul Volodarsky joined the team in 2016 from Limchareon Legal and now leads the Thai real estate practice. Since joining the firm, Volodarsky has been involved in branded hotel acquisitions and numerous resort developments ranging from $5m to $30m.

LS Horizon Limited’s construction and real estate department, headed by Sunpasiri Sunpa-a-sa, is regularly instructed by fund managers and clients in the hotel and leisure industry. The team is acting for Thai-Yazaki Electric Wire Co on the expediency of expanding its factory operations and the possibility of re-categorising the operation’s building. In 2017, Sunpa-a-sa assisted Ret-Ser Thai International Co with the THB402m sale of land located at Bangkok’s Rama 9-Ramkhamhaeng junction. Hotel and leisure clients include Three Dolphins Co, while the team also works for asset managers such as SCB Asset Management and Krungthai Asset Management.

Acting for banks, property investors and occupying companies, Linklaters is often involved in the financing and capital markets aspects of sizeable real estate projects. In 2016-2017, the team has been active in setting up development joint ventures, property finance and (perhaps most notably) REIT structuring and issuances. Pichitpon Eammongkolchai acted for Hongkong Land in relation to its joint venture with S Residential Company for a £137m luxury condominium development in Thailand. Finance specialist Wanwisar Nakarat and counsel Sutthipong Koohasaneh advised Kasikornbank on the THB7.525bn structuring, issuance and financing of the EMMA REIT, which comprised the Exchange Tower and Mercury Tower in Bangkok. The team also assisted Bangchan General Assembly and Mercedes-Benz Thailand with the construction contracts and other real estate matters in connection with Mercedes-Benz’s Thai vehicle preparation centre.

The property team at Tilleke & Gibbins handles a wide range of property transactions, commercial agreements and developments for investors and developers, alike. The department is led by Cynthia Pornavalai, who has acted for a Hong Kong-based property developer in relation to its Thailand-facing work since around 2012 and recently advised the client in a joint venture with a Thai property developer on the financing and planned development of a 1,702-unit condominium project. The team is also advising a major Thai hospitality developer and operator on a variety of contractual matters surrounding its ongoing development of a golf club and resort city in Thailand. Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn specialises in property acquisition and is another key contact in the department.

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited has three main areas of focus: acting for individual high-net-worth property investors, advising luxury hotel and condominium developments, and handling real estate and property disputes. Christopher Osborne heads the non-contentious side of the practice and recently advised The Cabin Chiang Mai on the THB420m funding and construction of its new premises in Chiang Mai, which is the largest purpose-built rehabilitation centre in Asia. Further, Osborne acted for Zublin (Thailand) in relation to a sale of land and buildings to voestalpine. On the contentious side, Steven Burkill represented 35 investors in consolidated Thai Arbitration Institute recovery proceedings against a developer of resorts in Koh Samui. Lyle Andrews is a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors-qualified senior associate and has experience in contentious and non-contentious work.

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