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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

With capabilities in both the transactional and regulatory spaces, Tilleke & Gibbins has been growing its presence in the Thai banking market. The department has seen increased activity from Chinese lenders and has found itself involved in the private banking and equity markets, where the team is acting for global investment banks. Joint practice head Santhapat Periera has been particularly active in the manufacturing and projects sectors, and regularly assists bank clients with debt consolidation. He was also involved in a multitude of acquisition finance and refinancing facility arrangements over the reporting period. In the project finance space, practice co-head Cynthia Pornavalai advised the Thai branch of a major Chinese state-owned bank in relation to its THB1.5bn facility agreement with a Thai-Chinese joint venture regarding a solid waste treatment plant in Bangkok. China Development Bank, Goldman Sachs, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Visa International are other notable clients.

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

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins adopts ‘a commercial and client-focused approach’, acting for an enviable corporate client base. It is increasingly active in Thai capital matters contradicting the idea that this is only a specialist IP firm. Indeed, the corporate group also handles general transactional deals, fund formation, regulatory advisory work and commercial licensing arrangements. Kobkit Thienpreecha recently assisted a German-listed electronics company with its acquisition of the Thai merchant portfolio of the banking subsidiary of a US financial group. In addition to the slew of cross-border M&A the team has acted on, Piyanuj Ratprasatporn and David Beckstead have advised on the establishment of foreign joint ventures while Nutavit Sirikan, among others, has been active in the financial regulatory space, including acting for asset managers such as Old Mutual Global Investors on the offering of foreign securities in Thailand. Charunun Sathitsuksomboon is known for ‘going far beyond client expectations’. Cynthia Pornavalai is another key contact.

Leading individuals

Piyanuj Ratprasatporn - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution team is active not only in domestic civil litigation and arbitration, but also regularly appears in specialty courts involving corruption, white-collar crime, labour, customs and tax disputes. Indeed, Chusert Supasitthumrong represented Stanley Works before the Labor Relations Board regarding union employee claims that they were terminated for exercising their right, under the Labor Relations Act, to submit a labour demand. Supasitthumrong and John Frangos have also been involved in several product liability claims in 2016-2017. In the aviation space, Frangos is instructed by various global aircraft leasing companies in relation to aircraft repossession proceedings. Showcasing the department’s customs and criminal law expertise, a large team including Thawat Damsa-ard is acting for a household name tobacco manufacturer in two separate criminal customs claims for which it could be held liable for nearly $2.9bn. Michael Ramirez is a key contact in the firm’s regulatory and anti-corruption team and is instructed by clients such as Western Digital, while Aaron Le Marquer and Ittirote Klinboon have extensive experience in insurance claims and professional negligence.

Leading individuals

Thawat Damsa-ard - Tilleke & Gibbins

Tiziana Sucharitkul - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

Aside from its renowned patent and trade mark practice, Tilleke & Gibbins’ IP group includes specialist practitioners such as pharmacists, a food technician and several regulatory experts. On the contentious side, it handles enforcement, raids, criminal and civil procedures and also provides in-house training to its corporate client base, which includes household name clients in the pharmaceuticals, tech, food and beverage, media and heavy industry sectors. Alan Adcock was recently appointed as president of the Licensing Executives Society and is representing a subsidiary of a multinational pharmaceuticals company in a patent litigation case against a Thai generic manufacturer. Somboon Earterasarun, a newly made partner in 2017, manages the global IP portfolio of Thai Beverage Public Company – one of the largest beverage companies in ASEAN. Darani Vachanavuttivong has expertise in trade marks, patents and copyrights, Nandana Indananda specialises in IP litigation, and Sukontip Jitmongkolthong and Suebsiri Taweepon have experience in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Novartis Pharma, Starbucks Coffee Corporation, Disney and Western Digital are among the department’s notable clients.

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

With a roster of loyal corporate clients, Tilleke & Gibbins has gained a reputation among international operators for providing contentious and non-contentious labour and employment services. The group’s work covers the gamut of corporate employment needs, from the initial rules and regulations, to collective bargaining, to risk management and, if necessary, litigation. Joint department head Pimvimol Vipamaneerut has ‘deep knowledge of Thai employment law and provides practical advice on how the law is applied in real-life situations’; she handles a wide range of advisory and transactional support work and provides employment advice to one of the world’s largest media conglomerates as well as to multiple international law firms. Vipamaneerut has extensive experience in large-scale employee transfers, labour protection, employment agreements and relevant transactional due diligence. Practice co-head Chusert Supasitthumrong specialises in collective bargaining and union negotiations and is representing a global manufacturer client in Central Labor Court concerning claims filed by 291 union-backed employees demanding modification of the client’s performance incentive programme. Additionally, the wider litigation team regularly acts for employers in civil and criminal employee dismissal cases. Hyundai Heavy Industries, Toyota Motor (Thailand), American Express and Honeywell Electronic Materical (Thailand) are among the department’s notable clients.

Leading individuals

Pimvimol Vipamaneerut - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins

The projects and energy team at Tilleke & Gibbins has experience in a variety of infrastructure projects and is particularly active advising on the corporate and tax aspects of project contracts in the conventional and renewable energy sectors. Cynthia Pornavalai assisted a Thai subsidiary of a Japanese energy equipment company in creating standard form contracts for its rooftop EPC business. In the project finance space, Pornavalai advised a Chinese lender on its THB1.5bn facility provided to a Thai-Chinese joint venture to finance a solid waste treatment plant in Bangkok. Santhapat Periera acted for China Development Bank in connection with the provision of a syndicate loan to a Thai port operator for further developments at Laem Chabang Port. Sirwan Puapondh has advised multiple clients on the tax aspects of large project contracts. David Duncan is also recommended.

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

Tilleke & Gibbins

The property team at Tilleke & Gibbins handles a wide range of property transactions, commercial agreements and developments for investors and developers, alike. The department is led by Cynthia Pornavalai, who has acted for a Hong Kong-based property developer in relation to its Thailand-facing work since around 2012 and recently advised the client in a joint venture with a Thai property developer on the financing and planned development of a 1,702-unit condominium project. The team is also advising a major Thai hospitality developer and operator on a variety of contractual matters surrounding its ongoing development of a golf club and resort city in Thailand. Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn specialises in property acquisition and is another key contact in the department.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is highly regarded in the Thai market for its corporate and regulatory work for clients in the hi-tech, media and telecoms sectors. The team’s ‘knowledge of local laws and regulations’ cannot be overstated and it is this expertise that has drawn clients such as Oculus VR, InComm, Apple and Facebook, the last of which the team has advised on a litany of data protection, licensing and other regulatory issues. The team also acts for e-commerce clients such as Lazada, telecoms companies including AT&T and Vodafone, clients involved in cloud computing and various start-ups and mobile app operators. In addition to its formidable regulatory offering, the group often handles acquisitions and joint venture arrangements for technology and media companies. Practice head Jeffrey Blatt, David Duncan, who has considerable expertise in TMT-related corporate transactions and IT infrastructure projects, and Piyanuj Ratprasatporn are key contacts. Other notable clients include Cisco, Isuzu, 24M Technologies and Wikipedia.

Leading individuals

David Duncan - Tilleke & Gibbins

Jeffrey Blatt - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins

‘In all regards’, the tax team at Tilleke & Gibbins is ‘simply excellent’. The department not only supports the firm’s corporate and M&A transactions, but runs an active and diverse tax advisory practice, with experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including manufacturing, consumer goods, energy and financial services. Additionally, the tax group regularly teams up with the firm’s highly rated dispute resolution department to handle complex tax litigation. Sriwan Puapondh heads the tax department and regularly provides tax advice to international clients such as Azbil and Zuellig. The team is increasingly active in the tax aspects of construction and infrastructure projects, and in 2016-2017, Puapondh advised clients such as Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and China Petroleum Pipeline Bureau on construction projects in Thailand. In the banking and finance space, the team provides regulatory tax advice to the Central Bank of Norway regarding synthetic stock lending transactions involving shares in Thai listed companies. Working alongside the disputes resolution department, the tax team is also involved in an extremely high-value customs duty case.

Leading individuals

Sriwan Puapondh - Tilleke & Gibbins

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Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins

In one capacity or another, Tilleke & Gibbins finds itself involved in a variety of matters in the shipping and maritime, aviation and rail sectors. In the shipping and maritime space, Chinachart Vatanasuchart advises Seafarers’ Rights International on Thai cabotage laws and also acts on vessel transactions. Additionally, Michael Ramirez represents foreign law firms and P&I clubs, including Japan P&I Club and China P&I Club, in a variety of maritime disputes. Rail work has been ripe due to the government’s support for transport infrastructure, and David Duncan and Kitti Thaisomboon advised a subsidiary of a Swiss train manufacturer on a tender to the State Railway of Thailand for a heavy rail project. In the aviation sector, John Frangos is instructed by global aircraft leasing companies, and has been involved in multiple aircraft repossessions in 2016-2017. Other key clients include China Shipping (Bangkok) and Maersk Line (Thailand).

Leading individuals

Chinachart Vatanasuchart - Tilleke & Gibbins

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