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LawPlus Ltd.

Work +66 2 636 0662
Fax +66 2 636 0663
Bangkok, Yangon

Kowit Somwaiya

Work +66 2636 0662
LawPlus Ltd.

Work Department

Banking, Corporate, M&A, Intellectual Property.


Managing Partner, Senior Partner, Director


  • Managing Partner, Senior Partner, Director, LawPlus Ltd., 2003;
  • Managing Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (Bangkok Office), 2001;
  • Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills (Bangkok Office), 1999;
  • Partner, George & Kowit, 1996;
  • Vice President, Intellectual Property Association of Thailand, 2017-2019;
  • Chair, INTA Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee, 2016-2017;
  • Co-Chair, INTA Global Advisory Council Asia and Pacific, 2016-2017;
  • Chair, the East Asia & Pacific Subcommittee of INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, 2014-2015;
  • Member, INTA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, 2004-2005, 2008-2009 and 2012-2013;
  • Member, INTA Policy Task Force (Anti-Counterfeiting), 2012-2013;
  • Member, INTA Famous & Well-known Marks Committee, 2010-2011;
  • Member, INTA FTA Analysis Committee, 2006-2007;
  • Member, APAA Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, 2016-2018;
  • Co-Chair, APAA Emerging IP Rights Committee, 2013-2015;
  • Director, IPAT, 2009-2016


English, Thai.


Lawyers Council of Thailand, Thai Bar Association, Intellectual Property Association of Thailand, ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, Asian Patent Attorneys Association, International Trademarks Association, International Bar Association.


Certificate of Instructions for Lawyers, Harvard Law School, 1991; LL.M., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1990; LL.B., Thammasat University, 1987; B.A. (English), Ubon Rajbhat University, 1980.


Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)

Within: Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)

LawPlus Ltd. handles a huge variety of corporate transactions and commercial contracts for Thai corporates and well-known multinationals. The team acts for regional corporates, especially from Malaysia and Japan, as well as European clients, and has experience in board of investment (BOI) approvals and foreign business license arrangements. In 2016-2017, the department’s work has ranged from M&A and divestment transactions to corporate restructuring and joint venture arrangements. Kowit Somwaiya, Prasantaya Bantadtan and Khin Htwe Myint are some of the key contacts.

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Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

The disputes resolution and litigation team at LawPlus Ltd. represents Thai and international clients in a wide range of matters such as IP infringement, tax cases, commercial recovery and bankruptcy, product liability and labour disputes. Led by Kowit Somwaiya, the team has recently been involved in a cyber-fraud case against a Thai transportation company, and also represented a household name US consumer goods manufacturer in a piece of patent litigation.

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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

LawPlus Ltd. runs a very active trade mark department, which handles opposition and enforcement actions, application and registration, licensing and renewals for a host of Thai, regional and international clients. In fact, the department’s clients include some of the best-known names in the tech industry. Its lawyers also have experience in copyright and patent applications and prosecution. Prasantaya Bantadtan is a registered patent attorney and specialises in IP, tech and TMT law. Kowit Somwaiya is another key contact.

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