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Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd assisted Advanced Wireless Networks Company (AWN) with two telecoms licence bids: the 1800MHz licence (won by the client) and the 900MHz licence. The practice also acts for number of other telecoms clients, such as Jasmine Broadband Internet Infrastructure Fund, THAICOM and dtac Trinet. Dumnern Subpaisarn heads the department.

A recent highlight for Baker McKenzie was advising a leading Thai tech start-up on regulatory issues surrounding the payment system for the client’s e-commerce platform. Dhiraphol Suwanprateep heads the department and Say Sujintaya is also recommended.

Tilleke & Gibbins recently advised Apple on consumer protection requirements, and assisted Wikimedia Foundation (hosting Wikipedia, among other sites) with fundraising and tax issues. Other clients include Facebook, Telstra and Cisco. Practice head Jeffrey Blatt, Piyanuj Ratprasatporn and the recently promoted Suebsiri Taweepon are names to note.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd’s practice is ‘professional, very responsive and very efficient’. It undertakes IT services contracts, e-commerce licensing, broadcasting and privacy rights work for telecoms companies. John Formichella is the department head.

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited’s clients include Expedia, Telstra and Oriental City Group Holdings, and the firm has also recently acted for a leading English Premier League football club. The team is jointly led by Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya and Supreedee Nimitkul.

Linklaters’ clients include financial institutions such as Krung Thai Bank and Siam Commercial Bank, and mobile telecoms providers such as True Corporation and Total Access Communications. Wanwisar Nakarat co-heads the practice with Wilailuk Okanurak.

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited’s Alan Polivnick recently advised Uber on insurance, liability and regulatory matters, while Christopher Osborne assisted ICBC with a THB30bn loan facility agreement to True Move H in relation to 3G licensing from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd acts for mobile operators, banks and media entertainment companies. The team represented ITV in two arbitrations against the Office of the Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister in connection with an operating agreement. Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt heads the practice.

Angus Mitchell and Rashane Leerabandhu are key contacts at DFDL, which specialises in advising telecoms companies on restructuring and M&A issues.

LawPlus Ltd. represents international telecoms businesses, and advises on regulatory and investment issues throughout Thailand and South-East Asia. Kowit Somwaiya is the key contact.

Rajah & Tann (Thailand) Limited acts for leading companies in the mobile broadband, technology and electrical appliance manufacturing industries. Supawat Srirungruang and Saroj Jongsaritwang jointly lead the department.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited specialises in drafting supply agreements, structuring license agreements and registering software systems for telecoms service providers and equipment manufacturers. Rawat Chomsri is recommended.

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