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Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientaine and 1 more
Tilleke & Gibbins, Thawat Damsa-ard, Bangkok, THAILAND

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Thawat Damsa-ard

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Tilleke & Gibbins

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Dispute Resolution Department.


Partner and Chief Litigator. Practice Areas: Anti-Dumping; Business Crimes; Customs; Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring; Litigation; Mediation and Arbitration; Products Liability; Taxation; Trade Competition; Transportation.


Thawat Damsa-ard is a partner and the chief litigator in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group. Widely regarded as foreign investors’ attorney of choice for legal conflicts where the outcome directly impacts future operations in Thailand, Thawat litigates fast-moving, high-stakes matters involving product liability, customs, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, white-collar crime, transportation and logistics, and cross-border disputes.

Together with his team of experienced trial lawyers, Thawat prosecutes and defends complex civil and criminal claims and matters of first impression through all stages of litigation, from seeking preliminary injunctions to negotiating settlements to appeals to the Supreme Court of Thailand. Thawat has been recognized as a leading lawyer in each of the past 11 editions of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, in the 2009-2018 editions of Chambers Asia-Pacific, and in other definitive legal publications.

His extensive experience in transnational litigation has made Thawat a sought-after advisor by multinational corporations as well as Thailand’s Legal Execution Department, which recruited the firm to represent the state authority in high-profile extraditions. Thawat is also the firm’s representative to the International Chamber of Commerce’s FraudNet, a global network of law firms that specialize in tackling business crime. Thawat is also a respected mentor to both young and experienced practitioners of law.


Thai and English.


LLB, Thammasat University; BBA, Thammasat University.


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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.

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