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Tilleke & Gibbins

SUPALAI GRAND TOWER, 26 F, 1011 RAMA 3 ROAD, CHONGNONSI, YANNAWA, BANGKOK 10120, THAILAND
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Thailand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins' financial services practice is noted for its 'very strong industry knowledge and legal acumen’. It is frequently instructed by leading foreign firms to advise on the Thai aspects of cross-border transactions. In one recent example, the team assisted a London-headquartered multinational firm with a Spanish client's multi-jurisdictional survey concerning the legal and regulatory requirements for offering certain types of financial derivatives and bonds in various markets. The group also handles financing transactions for borrower-side clients. In another cross-border mandate, a team led by Cynthia Pornavalai acted for a manufacturing company in relation to a loan agreement with an Australian bank. Additionally, the team has experience with investment transactions and M&A in the financial services sector, which included advising Taiwan's CTBC Bank on an acquisition of shares in LH Financial Group by way of a private placement. Santhapat Periera has notable experience in banking and finance, debt restructuring and investment transactions in Thailand and across Southeast Asia. Kobkit Thienpreecha is also recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins

Anchored by a largely international client base including major corporate issuers and financial institutions, Tilleke & Gibbins has a notable track record in debt and equity capital markets transactions. For several years, the team has carried a large market share of Thailand's IPO work, though it has also remained active in the debt market. In addition to its transactional work, the practice group also provides regulatory advice on securities concerns such as reporting obligations. Names to note include corporate, commercial and capital markets specialist Kobkit Thienpreecha, banking and finance expert Santhapat Periera and Piyanuj Ratprasatporn, who heads the broader corporate and M&A practice.

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

Tilleke & Gibbins

The 'very efficient and service-minded’ team at Tilleke & Gibbins 'always keeps the clients' needs in mind’. Though its client base spans a range of industry sectors, the team has particular strengths in the luxury goods and automotive sectors. In particular, the firm is a popular choice for international companies and law firms, which instruct the corporate team to handle the Thai aspects of multi-jurisdictional deals. Working alongside a law firm in Taiwan, Cynthia Pornavalai assisted CTBC Bank on the acquisition of a 35.7% shareholding in LH Financial Group. Additional contacts include practice head Piyanuj Ratprasatporn, who is 'refreshingly straightforward and practical in her advice’; Kobkit Thienpreecha, whom clients have marked as a 'go-to guy’; and Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, who is 'exceptionally responsive and level-headed’. At the pre-partner level, Nutavit Sirikan and the 'very fast and reliable’ Kasma Visitkitjakarn are also recommended. Athistha Chitranukroh was promoted to partner in January 2018. David Beckstead has moved to Chandler MHM Limited.

Leading individuals

Piyanuj Ratprasatporn - Tilleke & Gibbins

Next generation lawyers

Kasma Visitkitjakarn - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins

The disputes team at Tilleke & Gibbins is noted for its 'impressive responsiveness' and 'commercial acumen’. Its litigation capabilities are wide-ranging, though particular areas of strength include product liability, employment, IP and aviation disputes. In the aviation sector, Thawat Damsa-ard led a team that represented Air Lease Corporation in administrative court proceedings concerning the repossession of two aircraft. The team is also sought out for its formidable anti-corruption and compliance expertise; contacts include consultant John Frangos, who is advising a multinational transport company on anti-corruption, anti-money laundering and compliance in Thailand. Chusert Supasitthumrong is an expert in employment litigation, and Tiziana Sucharitkul is another of the group's recommended litigators.

Leading individuals

Thawat Damsa-ard - Tilleke & Gibbins

Tiziana Sucharitkul - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins 

Tilleke & Gibbins advises major domestic and multinational insurance companies on a mixture of contentious and non-contentious insurance issues. In particular, the firm's expertise in the shipping, energy and logistics industries provides it with unique insight into insurance matters arising in these sectors. The team acts as Indochina regional counsel for the brokerage, risk management and insurance and reinsurance arms of a multinational company, which the team recently advised on a regional expansion exercise. On the claims side, Ittirote Klinboon represented a European reinsurance company in a business interruption claim. Athistha Chitranukroh was promoted to partner in January 2018 and now heads the insurance practice following Aaron Le Marquer's relocation to London.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

Covering the gamut of IP services, Tilleke & Gibbins has established itself as a leading firm for IP enforcement, litigation and commercialisation, and is at the forefront of legal developments in IP. As an example, it was the first law firm to register sound marks (for several companies) in Thailand following a ministerial regulation in 2017 which allowed the registration of such marks under the Trademark Act; Kasama Sriwatanakul took a lead role in this work. The team also benefits from close cooperation with the firm's TMT department; this combined expertise allows it to advise clients on copyright protection in Thailand and further afield. In a major victory in 2017, Nandana Indananda and a team successfully represented Honda Access Corp in a case before Thailand’s Central Intellectual Property and International Trade (IP&IT) Court against several Thai companies. Darani Vachanavuttivong is the co-managing partner and managing director of IP; Alan Adcock is the deputy director of the IP and regulatory affairs groups. A leading practitioner for anti-counterfeiting and IP enforcement, Sukontip Jitmongkolthong acts for international companies, specialising in the apparel, automotive and electronics sectors, and also trains government authorities on product identification. Suebsiri Taweepon, who is also well versed in anti-counterfeiting and criminal raid actions, is particularly strong in the technology and software industries.

Leading individuals

Alan Adcock - Tilleke & Gibbins

Darani Vachanavuttivong - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

The 'exceedingly professional’ Tilleke & Gibbins has a broad employment practice that attracts a steady flow of instructions from household name companies across the TMT, consumer goods, transportation and financial services sectors, among others. Moreover, the group has significant dispute resolution capabilities, where it leverages the combined expertise of the employment and litigation departments to handle a range of employment disputes. In the contentious space, the team has been particularly active in employee fraud cases, unfair termination litigation and claims for allegedly unpaid overtime. Immigration is another area of expertise; the department advises multinationals on work permits, visas and permanent residence permits. Further, the firm is adept at handling the employment aspects of multi-jurisdictional corporate transactions and was recently instructed by a foreign law firm to assist with the Thailand employee transfer component of a global asset-for-share transaction. Trial and appellate lawyer Chusert Supasitthumrong acts for some of Thailand's largest employers in complex employment litigation. Also recommended are consultant Eric Meyer, and Pimvimol Vipamaneerut, who specialises in non-contentious employment matters.

Leading individuals

Pimvimol Vipamaneerut - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins

Noted for its 'very short response times', the energy and infrastructure group at Tilleke & Gibbins provides 'appropriate and actionable advice'. Its international client base includes engineering, financial services and renewable energy companies. For a European company, a team led by Santhapat Periera provided advice on the acquisition of an EPC contract from the Thai subsidiary of a multinational group. Energy-sector M&A and litigation also features. The multi-lingual Cynthia Pornavalai is a key member of the team, as is consultant David Duncan, who has notable experience in IT infrastructure projects. David Beckstead has joined Chandler MHM Limited.

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

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins’ practice covers the construction, real estate and hospitality sectors, where its clients include international corporations and financial institutions. Its busy M&A department ensures a steady flow of work; real estate lawyers work alongside corporate colleagues to advise on the property aspects of transactions. In a recent example, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon advised the Thai subsidiary of a Japanese company on the acquisition of a Thai company, which required advice on a factory acquisition, land requirements and industrial approvals. Cynthia Pornavalai heads the department, which also includes Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, who is an expert in property acquisitions.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

The TMT practice at Tilleke & Gibbins covers the gamut of issues that industry participants face, with extensive experience in commercial and regulatory issues, M&A and litigation. The team enjoys longstanding relationships with leading technology and media companies, many of which have global operations. It also benefits from cooperation with the firm's market-leading IP practice. Among its recent busy workload was David Duncan’s advice to a prepaid and payment solutions company on regulatory and contractual issues connected with its prepaid gift card business in Thailand. The TMT team is led by Jeffrey Blatt, who draws on over 35 years of experience advising high-profile clients from Asia and the US. Athistha Chitranukroh is a key contact for technology-related transactions and is recommended. Attorney-at-law Nutavit Sirikan also receives praise. Corporate and commercial expert Piyanuj Ratprasatporn is another contact.

Leading individuals

David Duncan - Tilleke & Gibbins

Jeffrey Blatt - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

The tax group at Tilleke & Gibbins provides 'an excellent level of service’ in tax litigation and non-contentious advisory work. The firm's busy corporate and M&A department relies on the tax team for assistance with the tax aspects of corporate transactions, including energy and infrastructure project development. Recent highlights include advising an architecture firm on certain tax issues connected with a major development planned in Bangkok, and, separately, advising a longstanding client in the manufacturing sector on the tax implications of its contracts with property funds and a state enterprise. Piyanuj Ratprasatporn is noted for her 'very efficient and professional’ approach, and Sriwan Puapondh has 'amazing knowledge and experience of tax matters’. Attorney-at-law Kasma Visitkitjakarn is also recommended. Other clients include financial institutions and companies in the retail, transport and energy sectors.

Leading individuals

Sriwan Puapondh - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins

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.

Leading individuals

Chinachart Vatanasuchart - Tilleke & Gibbins

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