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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

The corporate department at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd has an active M&A practice and is perhaps best known for advising foreign companies acquiring, establishing and investing in operations in Thailand. It also handles a range of non-transactional corporate and commercial issues for its clients, which are active in various sectors including automotive, real estate and TMT. John Formichella is a name to note in the TMT space, having established a strong track record in technology-sector transactions. Andreas Richter, who heads the practice, is instructed by foreign law firms and multinational corporations in relation to regional investment projects and other corporate deals. In one recent matter, Richter and Stefan Riedl advised a German company on certain post-acquisition issues, which included the entire business transfer of the acquired company. Corporate and commercial partner Ruengrit Pooprasert advises on cross-border M&A, FDI, employment and competition law. Senior associate Siripen Kulworakulpitak is another key member of the team.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 3

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

The experienced real estate team at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd acts for multinational corporations, institutional investors, private equity funds and entrepreneurs. Practice head Robert Schuler brings over 20 years of experience in the region's real estate and real estate finance markets. He has developed particular expertise in the hospitality, leisure, recreation and tourism sub-sectors. He works alongside Ittinant Suwanjutha, who handles property finance deals and corporate and M&A. Among the department's recent work was its representation of a US retail property developer in the establishment of a joint venture with a Thai company for the development of outlet malls in several provinces in Thailand. Elsewhere, the team advised an investment firm and real estate company on the development of two hotels in popular tourist regions in the country. The firm is a member of global firm network Interlaw, and Schuler is the exclusive member, for real estate and project finance in Thailand, of professional services network IR Global.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

Noted for its 'excellent response times’, the TMT group at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd is highly sought after by leading international firms and industry-leading companies. In particular, 'well-informed and practical’ department head John Formichella is regularly instructed by international companies looking to enter Thailand's digital and emerging technologies market. His regulatory expertise takes in complex and quickly developing areas such as data privacy, cloud services, e-commerce and geo-hosting services. The team is also equipped to advise on software development projects, systems integrations and data centre outsourcing. Through an instruction from the German office of a leading global firm, Formichella advised a company on Thai telecoms laws related to telematics technology, working alongside senior associates Isarapa Leeratanasiri and Naytiwut Jamallsawat. The same team advised a Singapore-based company on obtaining a telecoms license from the NBTC.

Leading individuals

John Formichella - Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

Customs law is a significant area of focus at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd, particularly for senior partner Sumet Mingmongkolmitr, who heads the tax and customs practice. Mingmongkolmitr is noted for his knowledge of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), especially the provisions concerning valuations for customs purposes. Acting for European investors, the firm also has experience in FDI, where the tax team provides advice on all related taxation issues. Apart from investors, the group regularly advises importers and exporters, including those engaged in the automotive, energy and mining sectors. In recent work, Mingmongkolmitr, senior associate Isarapa Leeratanasiri and associate Werinorn Manphan advised a logistics company on tax planning and licensing in relation to its delivery service business, and also represented an automotive company in discussions with the Thai Customs Department regarding incorrect import tariff declarations. Senior associate Promboon Sookatup left for Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners.

Leading individuals

Sumet Mingmongkolmitr - Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

Next Generation Partners

Isarapa Leeratanasiri - Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

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