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THE OFFICES AT CENTRAL WORLD, 26TH FLOOR, 999/9 RAMA 1 ROAD, PATHUMWAN, BANGKOK 10330, THAILAND
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Work +66 2 646 1888
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Fax +66 2 646 1919
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www.siampremier.com
Bangkok, Vientiane, Yangon

Thailand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited’s banking and finance team is well-equipped to advise borrowers and lenders, and distinguishes itself in the market with its strength in financial regulatory compliance. Recently, the firm has been busy assisting clients with various bond issuances, which included advising a real estate company on the issuance of two series of secured bonds to be offered through private placement. The firm's highly regarded real estate practice is a significant advantage and ensures a regular flow of instructions in real estate finance transactions. Project finance also features among the team's workload, which included Suttiphat Khamsirivatchara advising an investor on refinancing agreements for two renewable energy projects. Khamsirivatchara has vast experience across a range of banking and finance transactions, with particular expertise in structured finance, derivatives and capital markets matters. Nithi Soomswasdi, who jointly heads the practice alongside Khamsirivatchara, brings to the team considerable financial regulatory expertise in addition to an active transactional practice. Torsakul Cunvong and Kanokon Worachanyawong are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Suttiphat Khamsirivatchara - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

At Siam Premier International Law Office Limited, Kulkanist Khamsirivatchara has advised corporate issuers on various note offerings and also acts for companies looking to list on the SET. Khamsirivatchara is especially noted for her capital markets regulatory expertise, which puts her in high demand from listed companies seeking regulatory advice on securities and public company law. The practice group has been particularly busy in the debt space, where it advised key client Krunqthai Card Public Company on seven separate bond issuances in 2017. Conversely, in the equity market, a mixed team of corporate and banking lawyers assisted a client with its proposed IPO and listing on the Market for Alternative Investment (MAI). Capital markets transactions also constitute a significant part of Suttiphat Khamsirivatchara’s practice.

Leading individuals

Kulkanist Khamsirivatchara - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

The corporate and M&A department at Siam Premier International Law Office Limited is the firm's largest, comprising partners and associates with substantial experience in corporate and commercial transactions, FDI, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. It has a proven track record in domestic M&A, and also serves as Thai counsel in multi-jurisdictional transactions. In a recent example, Chatchavej Chitvarakorn and Kanokon Worachanyawong acted as local counsel to a Swedish company on the acquisition of a 49% stake in a Thai med-tech company. The department's regular clients also rely on it for day-to-day corporate and commercial advice; Bancha Wudhiprecha, for example, advises a retail company on corporate matters and various commercial issues such as licensing and permitting. In other ongoing work, Wudhiprecha is acting for a media company in connection with the potential acquisition of a 20% stake in a Thai listed company. Linda Osathaworanan is another leading practitioner in the team and is regularly instructed by domestic and multinational companies.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited's sizeable disputes department was further strengthened by the arrival of a team of lawyers including senior consultant Sumit Masrungson from Chandler MHM Limited. Specialising in contentious employment matters, Masrungson regularly represents companies in the Thai labour courts and in pre-litigation actions. In 2017 and 2018, the dispute resolution team saw an uptick in administrative proceedings and construction litigation, the latter of which is an area of particular expertise. In one highlight, a multi-disciplinary team including litigator Techatat Udomsiri acted for the plaintiff in relation to an administrative law claim concerning a construction contract with a Thai state enterprise. Aviation, real estate and energy are also among the team's sector strengths. In the energy space, Kong Suriyamontol represented PTTEP in a contract dispute concerning a certain natural gas project, which involved court litigation and arbitral proceedings. Suriyamontol also took the lead role in defending a company in the metals and mining sector in large-scale environmental litigation. Additional contacts include senior litigator Noppramart Thammateeradaycho, who has a strong maritime and insurance litigation and arbitration practice.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited’s employment team is instructed by some of Thailand's largest corporates to advise on labour law and employment disputes. Indeed, the firm’s sizeable litigation department is one of its major advantages. Many of the team's litigators have experience representing domestic and international employers and employees in various employment disputes. Of note, Kong Suriyamontol and special counsel Chakrapong Boonchan are representing an individual in an unfair dismissal claim against a former employer; having successfully obtained a substantial award for the termination, the team is now pursuing further damages in the Supreme Court. Additionally, corporate partner Bancha Wudhiprecha has been assisting a cosmetic surgery company with the employment of full- and part-time medical specialists. The department was further strengthened by the arrival of senior consultant Sumit Masrungson from Chandler MHM Limited in January 2018; Masrungson’s expertise spans contentious and non-contentious labour issues. Practice head Rawat Chomsri complements her labour and industrial relations practice with ancillary knowledge of workplace health and safety, while associate Phatcharapon Sunlakawit, who specialises in employment law, has accumulated significant experience in labour disputes.

Next Generation Partners

Phatcharapon Sunlakawit - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

The busy and buoyant real estate practice at Siam Premier International Law Office Limited is led by experienced partner Chatchavej Chitvarakorn. Much of the team's work in recent years has focused on real estate acquisitions and projects in Bangkok's central business district, and Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC)-related land acquisitions. In addition, it has maintained its active market share for hotel and tourism-related real estate developments. A multi-disciplinary team of corporate, M&A and real estate lawyers assisted Japan's Mitsui Fudosan with the due diligence for land acquisition for the development of nine condiminium projects. The team also acts for a number of large Thai companies; for one of the country's largest conglomerates, it advised on potential share acquisitions in two hotels. Senior associate Ajjima Kanokmaneechotikul plays key roles on the department's major transactions, where her background in banking and finance is of benefit. Special counsel Sawat Sangkavisit is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Chatchavej Chitvarakorn - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Next Generation Partners

Ajjima Kanokmaneechotikul - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Utilising the experience of the firm's litigation, corporate and finance lawyers, Siam Premier International Law Office Limited has established a solid restructuring and insolvency practice. Its client base is diverse, spanning creditors, debtors, administrators and liquidators. In 2017 and 2018, corporate partner Linda Osathaworanan and litigator Noppramart Thammateeradaycho acted for a US-based client in filing a bankruptcy case against a Thai company. Elsewhere, Chatchavej Chitvarakorn advised a multinational company on the bankruptcy proceedings of a joint venture partner. The firm also advises on distressed M&A transactions. Bancha Wudhiprecha and Phasunsook Ayanaputra are the practice co-heads.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited's tax group is led by Praphan Phichaiwatkomol, who excels in transactional tax matters. Working alongside the firm's busy M&A department, Phichaiwatkomol advises on the legal and tax considerations for inbound and outbound investments, joint ventures, reorganisations and commercial transactions. Recently, his work has included advising a restaurant chain on the tax aspects of a large restructuring, and assisting a US company with tax issues arising from a sub-licensing contract with a Thai company in relation to the installation of a leisure exhibition in Thailand. Associate Keerada Rungtanakiat is another key figure in the department. Additional clients include Thai Dairy Industry and Tipco Foods Public Company are.

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