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The sizeable team at Baker McKenzie is led by Sorachon Boonsong. The firm was recently involved in the first office building REIT, units of which began trading on the Thai stock exchange in April 2016. Another highlight for the group was acting for the joint venture between Singha Estate and FICO Group on acquiring 26 hotels in Europe, as part of the Mercure brand. REIT specialist Duangkamon Amkaew is also recommended.

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited’s strengths are real estate financing and real estate development in the hospitality and leisure sectors. Clients include Virgin Active, Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts and Metropolis Property Company. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan heads up the practice, and Supranee Arijit is also well regarded.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd has expertise in commercial and residential real estate, hotel and resort development, industrial matters, and mixed-use property projects. Furthermore, the practice is also adept at real estate finance. Robert Schuler, Ittinant Suwanjutha and Ira Blumenthal are key contacts.

Sunpasiri Sunpa-a-sa heads the practice at LS Horizon Limited, which has expertise in mixed-use complexes and developments, REIT formation, property funds and real estate financing. The department has recently been advising on a mixed-use development involving a hotel, retail section and residential units. Khemajit Choomwattana is another key name.

Linklaters represents clients in the retail and hospitality sectors, such as Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and Roxy-Pacific Holdings. The department recently advised TPG Asia VI SF and co-investors on acquiring a 35% stake, valued at $129m, in the online property portal group, Property Guru Pte. Pichitpon Eammongkolchai and Wanwisar Nakarat jointly lead the practice.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited’s team consists of seven fee-earners and specialises in property and asset management, acquisitions and disposal of property, and securitisation-related matters. Chatchavej Chitvarakorn and Apichart Chirabandhu are the key contacts.

The team at Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is ‘quick to reply and the service is excellent’. Steven Burkill and ‘first-class operator’ Christopher Osborne recently acted for 24 investors at the Singapore International Arbitration Court (SIAC) and 35 investors at Thailand Arbitration Institute (TAI) in proceedings against resort developers in Koh Samui.

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd acts for lenders, investment funds and investors, and developers. The team is best known for advising on REITs, hotel and resort projects, office complexes, and housing projects. Clients include HSBC, Ananda Development and Golden Land Property Development. Chusak Suwanpuchai is the key contact.

DFDL’s strengths in real estate are complemented by the firm’s strong energy and infrastructure offering. The group acts for clients in the agriculture, retail and hospitality sectors, among others. David Doran and Angus Mitchell are recommended.

Tilleke & Gibbins recently advised a resort and hotel management company on the sale of land in Phuket, which includes hotel, villas, condominiums and retail units. Practice head Cynthia Pornavalai has ‘excellent knowledge of real estate issues and gives appropriate advice’, and Theerapat Sombatsatapornkul is also recommended.

Bangkok International Associates acts for developers and purchasers. Sathien Hemsin and Stephen Frost are key contacts.

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