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Tilleke & Gibbins

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Kobkit Thienpreecha

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Tilleke & Gibbins

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Corporate & Commercial Department.


Partner. Practice Areas: Corporate Services; Commercial Transactions and M&A; Capital Market Compliance and Advisory.


Kobkit Thienpreecha, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office, has been a leading corporate lawyer with the firm for over a decade. Having been selected as counsel by numerous multinational corporations operating businesses in Thailand in diverse industries—ranging from luxury fashion brands, industrial manufacturers, automotive, retailers, financial services, and alternative energy—Kobkit excels at designing the right, legitimate, and practical solutions for foreign business start-up structures and also transactional support services at the highest standard, including joint ventures, M&A, investment promotion, Foreign Business Licenses, capital markets and securities transactions, trade competition, specific business permits and licenses, immigration, regulatory compliance, and all foreign clients’ affairs. With support from his experienced service team, Kobkit continues to overcome challenges and succeed in landmark cases. Kobkit was recently recognized as Thailand’s leading securities expert, advising the world’s leading private equity firms, investment bankers, commercial banks, and fund managers on Thai capital market regulations. With his extensive knowledge of company law and D&O liability, Kobkit regularly lectures at the Thai Institute of Directors.


Thai and English.


LLB, Chulalongkorn University; LLM, American University, Washington College of Law; LLM, University of Minnesota School of Law.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

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

Within: Capital markets

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

Within: Corporate and M&A

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.

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