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THE OFFICES AT CENTRAL WORLD, 26TH FLOOR, 999/9 RAMA 1 ROAD, PATHUMWAN, BANGKOK 10330, THAILAND
Tel:
Work +66 2 646 1888
Fax:
Fax +66 2 646 1919
Email:
Web:
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 team has extensive experience in a range of financing transactions and regulatory compliance. Nithi Soomswasdi recently assisted The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi and various bank customers residing in Thailand with the issuance of numerous series of unsecured Yen-denominated bonds, which were offered to Japanese investors and totalled the equivalent of around $100m; showcasing the team’s regulatory expertise. Indeed, Kanokon Worachanyawong and Chatchavej Chitvarakorn regularly advise clients such as Bank of America (Bangkok), Merrill Lynch Securities (Thailand) and Bank of Singapore on the regulatory framework surrounding structured products and foreign securities offerings. Through its work with the firm’s strong real estate practice, the banking team has developed experience in construction finance transactions, and Linda Osathaworanan and Torsakul Cunvong helped advise Mitsui Fudosan Residential Company on the credit facility and security agreements for the construction of a condominium in several joint ventures with Ananda Development. Suttiphat Khamsirivatchara is another contact in the department.

Leading individuals

Suttiphat Khamsirivatchara - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

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Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)
Corporate and M&A (including capital markets) - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited has been gaining recognition in the corporate and debt capital markets spaces throughout the Thai market, and is growing its team to accommodate its increased workflow in the aviation, real estate and insurance sectors. As an example of the group’s recent focus, Chatchavej Chitvarakorn acted for Bupa Health Insurance (Thailand) on its corporate structuring prior to its sale to Aetna. Another key contact, Bancha Wudhiprecha assisted PTT Global Chemical Public Company with the THB26.3bn restructuring of its petrochemical and refinery portfolio, whereby the client acquired shares in companies owned by its parent company. Additionally, senior consultant William Lehane has been active in the aviation sector and has also taken on a steady stream of high-profile private equity and funds-related work. On the capital markets side, Suttiphat Khamsirivatchara advised Krunqthai Card Public Company with nine debenture issuances in 2016, and has continued acting for the company in 2017. Linda Osathaworanan has experience in a range of corporate transactions, including foreign direct investment (FDI) and corporate finance, and Kulkanist Khamsirivatchara specialises in capital markets work and privatisation.

Leading individuals

Kulkanist Khamsirivatchara - Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited has actively invested in its dispute resolution team, which is now one of the largest departments at the firm. It has built a reputation acting for corporates in insurance, construction, government projects and employment litigation. In one of the group’s standout matters, department co-head Kong Suriyamontol successfully represented NVPSKG Joint Venture in two claims against the Pollution Control Department regarding payment for construction of the Samut Prakarn Wastewater Management Project. Suriyamontol also acted for Green Architecture and Engineering Company as claimant in construction arbitration proceedings. Techatat Udomsiri jointly heads the practice group and is defending the world’s largest fully integrated natural rubber company, Sri Trang Argo-Industry, in civil and criminal proceedings for alleged fraud. Managing partner Phisud Dejakaisaya has extensive experience in banking, investment and commercial litigation and is acting for Thai Takasago Company in the Central Administrative Court in a case concerning the unlawful termination of a construction contract. Rawat Chomsri, Noppramart Thammateeradaycho and Chakrapong Boonchan are other notable contacts in the department.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

The labour and employment practice group at Siam Premier International Law Office Limited handles the full-range of contentious and non-contentious work for corporates in the automotive, manufacturing and hotel and tourism sectors. In labour disputes, the team is instructed by corporates and employees alike, and is involved in high-profile cases. Rawat Chomsri is acting for two companies, Chai Talay Hotel and Erawan Hotel, in Labor Court proceedings that seek to revoke an order of the Social Security Office determining how an employee’s wage should be calculated for the purpose of social security contributions. The team, which includes associate Phatcharapon Sunlakawit, also advises clients such as Fisher & Paykel Appliances (Thailand) and Chevron (Thailand) on various contentious and non-contentious labour and employment issues. It is also providing labour law support to Isuzu Motors (Thailand) and is representing the client in an employment dispute with certain retired former employees.

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

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited has an active real estate and property department that is increasingly active in the hospitality, retail and luxury condominium space, and, working together with the firm’s capital markets department, has developed specialisms in REIT work. Chatchavej Chitvarakorn is advising NYE Estate on the establishment of a joint venture with Minor International Public Company for the development of a mixed-use property in one of the most high-profile areas of Bangkok. In the regulatory compliance space, special counsel Sawat Sangkavisit acted alongside Chitvarakorn to review and amend land ownership registration, mortgages and construction permits for Hong Kong-based Tai Ping Carpets International. Acting for Thai clients outside of Thailand, Kulkanist Khamsirivatchara was instructed by Bangkok Land in relation to the HK$1.88m sale of a building in Hong Kong. The team is also active in the retail sector, and advised Show DC Corp on the land acquisition, financing and contractual issues regarding the development of its $300m retail and entertainment complex in Bangkok.

Leading individuals

Chatchavej Chitvarakorn - 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

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited is ‘a strong firm’ in the restructuring and insolvency space, and has recently been active in the banking, mining and steel manufacturing sectors. Bancha Wudhiprecha jointly heads the department and assisted Tongkah Harbour Public Limited Company with its submission for a THB2.34bn business reorganisation with the Bankruptcy Court, which was accepted and the client is now in the process of debt repayments. Conversely, department co-head Phasunsook Ayanaputra advised three major creditors in the THB2bn rehabilitation process of Panjapol Pulp Public Company and Panjapol Paper Company. Chatchavej Chitvarakorn is another contact in the practice group.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited’s tax department is best known for advising domestic Thai clients on the tax aspects associated with investment structuring and restructuring, M&A and other corporate transactions. Practice head Praphan Phichaiwatkomol advised Thaisri Insurance on its tax options in relation to a corporate restructuring and assisted Satyabutr with the tax incentive requirements of its entire business transfer. Additional clients include Thai Dairy Industry, Amata B.Grimm Power and Tipco Foods Public Company.

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