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Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is widely recognised as a leader in the global shipping industry. Its Bangkok-based team forms part of the firm’s wider maritime practice, and is thus well-equipped to handle multi-jurisdictional mandates. In an illustration of its dual expertise in shipping and energy matters, a team led by Christopher Osborne advised a marine energy transport company on certain regulatory licensing issues. The team also stands out in the aviation industry, where Alan Polivnick is a name to note; he is regularly sought out by aviation-sector clients for assistance in leasing deals, contentious and non-contentious employment issues and corporate transactions. The firm also has a top-tier insurance practice, which opens it up to niche insurance-related disputes in the transportation sector. In one example, Ratthakarn Boonnua is representing a leading automobile company in a long-running lawsuit concerning contingent business interruption (CBI) insurance. Additional contacts include dispute resolution expert Kay Kian Tan, who has a strong track record in shipping disputes.

Under the leadership of Peter Shelford, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has developed a busy shipping practice, which is underpinned by its strength in the insurance sector. Among its clients are prominent shipping, logistics and insurance companies, including a number of major P&I Clubs. The department sits within the broader litigation and regulatory group and thus has a bent towards contentious matters, though non-contentious work – including commercial and regulatory advisory work – is also a feature of the practice. The team is staffed by lawyers with broad expertise in commercial shipping, trade and insurance, and benefits from the firm's extensive office network, which provides it access to the firm's shipping and insurance experts in London, China and the US. In one recent highlight, Shelford, of counsel Panuwat Rattanawechasit and associate Terdkiat Rujirawanakorn acted for the insurers in a matter involving a collision between two cargo vessels.

Spearheaded by founder and managing partner Pramual Chancheewa, Pramuanchai Law Office Co, Ltd runs a diverse shipping practice that advises on wet and dry shipping, insurance and customs matters. The firm is highly regarded in the shipping sector, owing to the reputation of its founding partner; in addition to his legal practice, Chancheewa is recognised for his work in academia and also for his role in drafting various national laws relating to insurance and transport. Its extensive dry shipping practice sees the team advising clients on vessel sale and purchase transactions and shipbuilding disputes. Conversely, in the wet shipping space, the practice group has experience in collisions, casualties and oil pollution cases. The firm has also expanded its aviation practice, where it often works alongside international firms to advise airlines on cargo, passenger and casualty claims. Thanakrit Srirasa has a broad litigation practice, and Nisporn Putrakool is a key contact for insurance-related matters.

Tilleke & Gibbins has a varied transport practice that spans rail, road, shipping, logistics and aviation. The aviation department is led by consultant John Frangos, who acts in complex disputes in Thailand and Vietnam. In recent work, Frangos and Thawat Damsa-ard acted for a US-based aircraft leasing company in relation to an administrative court case involving the repossession of two aircraft from a Thai airline; this matter tested the ability of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) to deregister aircraft without a court order. Further, Frangos and Damsa-ard are advising an airline on a high-profile collision at an airport, which caused extensive damage to the client’s aircraft. In the non-contentious space, corporate and M&A partner Charunun Sathitsuksomboon advised a Singaporean client on the acquisition of a Thai logistics company, which required advice on transport licensing and shipping requirements. Also recommended is transport and logistics expert Chinachart Vatanasuchart, who is highly experienced in international trade and customs, insurance and employment law.

JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd's strength in shipping and maritime law is born out of its historical focus on the transport sector, where it combines industry expertise with a strong litigation practice to handle a host of shipping-related disputes. Managing director Naiyachon Tathong and senior associate Pornnarong Iamkitsamrith successfully defended an insurance company against a claim for damages, in which the insurance company considered the relevant vessel 'unseaworthy' according to the insurance policy; the case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which dismissed the case. In addition to its insurance-sector clients, the team also acts for charterers, ship-owners, shipyards and logistics companies. On the non-contentious side, the team assists its clients with ship financing and commercial and logistics agreements.

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