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Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited

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Christopher Osborne

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Watson Farley & Williams LLP

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Corporate Group, Bangkok.


Chris is a partner in the Corporate Group with focuses on cross-border M&A, joint ventures, and regulatory compliance. He has been based in Thailand since 2001 and dealing extensively in mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures involving companies from Europe, Asia, Australia and USA. He has advised financial institutions and industry participants on business acquisitions, corporate governance, compliance with listing rules, and restructuring. Chris has experience across a broad range of sectors including telecommunications, energy and real estate. Recent notable cases include advising Indelor on the sale of its lens manufacturing operations to Vision-Ease and Cooper Standard Automotive on its joint venture with Nishikawa for the manufacture of automotive seals.


Trained Finlaysons, Adelaide 1997. Barrister and solicitor, the Supreme Court of South Australia (1997); team practitioner, the Supreme Court of New South Wales 1999; Mallesons Stephen Jacques, Sydney; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Bangkok 2001; Watson, Farley & Williams 2011 onwards, partner 2012.


English (native), German (conversational).


Law Society of New South Wales.


Roseworthy Agricultural College (1998 B.App. Sc (Oen)); University of Adelaide (1996 LLB).


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited focuses on aviation, shipping and energy finance matters. Recent work in the latter sector saw the practice assisting Wind Energy Development with documentation relating to a 60MW wind farm. Christopher Osborne and Alan Polivnick are key contacts.

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Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)

Within: Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited’s strengths lie in the construction and aviation sectors; the firm recently assisted Zublin with the sale of its Thai pipe-jacking operation to aerospace group Voestalpine. In other recent work, Alan Plovinick, who ‘always makes himself available for queries and requests’, has been advising Vietjet Aviation on shareholder agreements in accordance with Thai law. Department head Christopher Osborne is also recommended.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited has a strong renewables practice with recent work involving solar, wind and hydro-electric projects. A particular highlight was advising Watabak Wind Company on a $150m 60MW wind farm development. Christopher Osborne is recommended.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

The team at Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is ‘quick to reply and the service is excellent’. Steven Burkill and ‘first-class operatorChristopher Osborne recently acted for 24 investors at the Singapore International Arbitration Court (SIAC) and 35 investors at Thailand Arbitration Institute (TAI) in proceedings against resort developers in Koh Samui.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

At Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited, clients include Suretank and Conceria Cadore. Regarding the latter, the firm advised the Italian leather goods manufacturer in bankruptcy proceedings against ACT Leather Thailand. Christopher Osborne heads the practice.

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Within: TMT

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited’s Alan Polivnick recently advised Uber on insurance, liability and regulatory matters, while Christopher Osborne assisted ICBC with a THB30bn loan facility agreement to True Move H in relation to 3G licensing from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

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