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Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration
Regional international arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie

At Baker & McKenzie, Singapore-based Leng Sun Chan SC was appointed chair of the firm’s global international arbitration practice in July 2015. Also in Singapore, Nandakumar Ponniya has expertise in construction disputes pertaining to the energy and infrastructure sector. Yoshiaki Muto leads the Tokyo team, which includes individuals with experience of commercial arbitration proceedings involving institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre and Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, among others. The firm also has significant international arbitration experience in Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney, as well as considerable resources in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Thailand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, the ‘knowledge and service is the best by far’. Thinawat Bukhamana, Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai and Kullapa Stavorn recently acted for True Move H Universal Communications in the financing of licence fees, which involved assisting with the issuance of letters of guarantee totalling $2.7bn. Stavorn, along with Komkrit Kietduriyakul and Benja Suppanakul, also advised Singha Corporation and its subsidiary, Boon Rawd Trading Company, on obtaining a bridge loan deal worth $700m for the acquisition of shares in Vietnam-based Masan Consumer Holdings and Masan Brewery Company. Sawanee Sethsathira is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Benja Supannakul - Baker McKenzie

Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai - Baker McKenzie

Komkrit Kietduriyakul - Baker McKenzie

Sawanee Sethsathira - Baker McKenzie

Thinawat Bukhamana - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)
Corporate and M&A (including capital markets) - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Providing ‘strong industry experience and knowledge’, Baker McKenzie’s practice spans sectors such as healthcare, insurance, real estate and banking, and also has significant expertise in Japanese inbound and Thai outbound investment. In a landmark deal, Komkrit Kietduriyakul and Theppachol Kosol acted for Bangkok Expressway Public Company and Bangkok Metro Public Company in their $2.2bn amalgamation transaction that formed Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company, one of the largest transportation and logistics service providers in Thailand. Among the group, Sorachon Boonsong is ‘very smart and knowledgeable’.

Leading individuals

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong - Baker McKenzie

Peerapan Tungsuwan - Baker McKenzie

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides a ‘first-class service’, representing clients in construction, insurance, banking and technology disputes. The department recently acted for the Boonrawd group of companies in a case concerning the terms of advertising alcoholic beverages. Key contacts include Kanit Vallayapet, Chirachai Okanurak, Wynn Pakdeejit and Chaiporn Supvoranid.

Leading individuals

Chirachai Okanurak - Baker McKenzie

Kanit Vallayapet - Baker McKenzie

Wynn Pakdeejit - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is particularly strong in the automotive sector, acting for leading US, Japanese and German manufacturers, and recently assisting such companies with crackdowns against counterfeiters and intellectual property matters regarding automotive parts. Other clients span the pharmaceutical, retail and energy sectors. Say Sujintaya jointly leads the practice with Dhiraphol Suwanprateep.

Leading individuals

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep - Baker McKenzie

Say Sujintaya - Baker McKenzie

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has been involved in a number of projects in Thailand, including acting for Electricity Generating Company as sponsor in the development and financing of two gas-fired power plants totalling nearly $450m, matters led by Vit Vatanayothin. Department head Sawanee Sethsathira, Waranon Vanichprapa, who joined from Hunton & Williams, and Kullapa Stavorn are all recommended for their ‘prompt and careful advice, and negotiation skills’.

Leading individuals

Sawanee Sethsathira - Baker McKenzie

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The sizeable team at Baker McKenzie is led by Sorachon Boonsong. The firm was recently involved in the first office building REIT, units of which began trading on the Thai stock exchange in April 2016. Another highlight for the group was acting for the joint venture between Singha Estate and FICO Group on acquiring 26 hotels in Europe, as part of the Mercure brand. REIT specialist Duangkamon Amkaew is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Sorachon Boonsong - Baker McKenzie

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is experienced in handling offshore and onshore fundraising structures, divestment of distressed businesses, debt restructuring, and protection of creditor rights. The department acts for Bangkok Commercial Asset Management Company, Bank of China and Credit Suisse, among others. In a recent work highlight, it assisted a client in the aviation industry with the repossession of an aircraft following a breach of contract and subsequent bankruptcy proceedings. Wynn Pakdeejit and Kitipong Urapeepatanapong head up the practice.

Leading individuals

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong - Baker McKenzie

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

A recent highlight for Baker McKenzie was advising a leading Thai tech start-up on regulatory issues surrounding the payment system for the client’s e-commerce platform. Dhiraphol Suwanprateep heads the department and Say Sujintaya is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Panya Sittisakonsin and Wynn Pakdeejit are leading the team representing Isuzu Motors Company (Thailand) in a case relating to customs duty reduction privileges under the ASEAN Industrial Cooperation Scheme. Kitipong Urapeepatanapong is another key figure

Leading individuals

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong - Baker McKenzie

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Thailand: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: international arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts for Honda Group, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Deutsche Bank and PTT Group, among others. The head of the Asia Pacific dispute resolution group, Wynn Pakdeejit, is recommended alongside Chirachai Okanurak and Kanit Vallayapet.

Leading individuals

Wynn Pakdeejit - Baker McKenzie

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Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration
Regional international arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Baker & McKenzie

At Baker & McKenzie, Singapore-based Leng Sun Chan SC was appointed chair of the firm’s global international arbitration practice in July 2015. Also in Singapore, Nandakumar Ponniya has expertise in construction disputes pertaining to the energy and infrastructure sector. Yoshiaki Muto leads the Tokyo team, which includes individuals with experience of commercial arbitration proceedings involving institutions such as the International Chamber of Commerce, Singapore International Arbitration Centre and Japan Commercial Arbitration Association, among others. The firm also has significant international arbitration experience in Taipei, Ho Chi Minh City and Sydney, as well as considerable resources in Hong Kong and mainland China.

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Thailand

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, the ‘knowledge and service is the best by far’. Thinawat Bukhamana, Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai and Kullapa Stavorn recently acted for True Move H Universal Communications in the financing of licence fees, which involved assisting with the issuance of letters of guarantee totalling $2.7bn. Stavorn, along with Komkrit Kietduriyakul and Benja Suppanakul, also advised Singha Corporation and its subsidiary, Boon Rawd Trading Company, on obtaining a bridge loan deal worth $700m for the acquisition of shares in Vietnam-based Masan Consumer Holdings and Masan Brewery Company. Sawanee Sethsathira is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Benja Supannakul - Baker McKenzie

Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai - Baker McKenzie

Komkrit Kietduriyakul - Baker McKenzie

Sawanee Sethsathira - Baker McKenzie

Thinawat Bukhamana - Baker McKenzie

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Corporate and M&A (including capital markets)
Corporate and M&A (including capital markets) - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Providing ‘strong industry experience and knowledge’, Baker McKenzie’s practice spans sectors such as healthcare, insurance, real estate and banking, and also has significant expertise in Japanese inbound and Thai outbound investment. In a landmark deal, Komkrit Kietduriyakul and Theppachol Kosol acted for Bangkok Expressway Public Company and Bangkok Metro Public Company in their $2.2bn amalgamation transaction that formed Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company, one of the largest transportation and logistics service providers in Thailand. Among the group, Sorachon Boonsong is ‘very smart and knowledgeable’.

Leading individuals

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong - Baker McKenzie

Peerapan Tungsuwan - Baker McKenzie

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie provides a ‘first-class service’, representing clients in construction, insurance, banking and technology disputes. The department recently acted for the Boonrawd group of companies in a case concerning the terms of advertising alcoholic beverages. Key contacts include Kanit Vallayapet, Chirachai Okanurak, Wynn Pakdeejit and Chaiporn Supvoranid.

Leading individuals

Chirachai Okanurak - Baker McKenzie

Kanit Vallayapet - Baker McKenzie

Wynn Pakdeejit - Baker McKenzie

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is particularly strong in the automotive sector, acting for leading US, Japanese and German manufacturers, and recently assisting such companies with crackdowns against counterfeiters and intellectual property matters regarding automotive parts. Other clients span the pharmaceutical, retail and energy sectors. Say Sujintaya jointly leads the practice with Dhiraphol Suwanprateep.

Leading individuals

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep - Baker McKenzie

Say Sujintaya - Baker McKenzie

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie has been involved in a number of projects in Thailand, including acting for Electricity Generating Company as sponsor in the development and financing of two gas-fired power plants totalling nearly $450m, matters led by Vit Vatanayothin. Department head Sawanee Sethsathira, Waranon Vanichprapa, who joined from Hunton & Williams, and Kullapa Stavorn are all recommended for their ‘prompt and careful advice, and negotiation skills’.

Leading individuals

Sawanee Sethsathira - Baker McKenzie

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

The sizeable team at Baker McKenzie is led by Sorachon Boonsong. The firm was recently involved in the first office building REIT, units of which began trading on the Thai stock exchange in April 2016. Another highlight for the group was acting for the joint venture between Singha Estate and FICO Group on acquiring 26 hotels in Europe, as part of the Mercure brand. REIT specialist Duangkamon Amkaew is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Sorachon Boonsong - Baker McKenzie

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is experienced in handling offshore and onshore fundraising structures, divestment of distressed businesses, debt restructuring, and protection of creditor rights. The department acts for Bangkok Commercial Asset Management Company, Bank of China and Credit Suisse, among others. In a recent work highlight, it assisted a client in the aviation industry with the repossession of an aircraft following a breach of contract and subsequent bankruptcy proceedings. Wynn Pakdeejit and Kitipong Urapeepatanapong head up the practice.

Leading individuals

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong - Baker McKenzie

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

A recent highlight for Baker McKenzie was advising a leading Thai tech start-up on regulatory issues surrounding the payment system for the client’s e-commerce platform. Dhiraphol Suwanprateep heads the department and Say Sujintaya is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep - Baker McKenzie

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

At Baker McKenzie, Panya Sittisakonsin and Wynn Pakdeejit are leading the team representing Isuzu Motors Company (Thailand) in a case relating to customs duty reduction privileges under the ASEAN Industrial Cooperation Scheme. Kitipong Urapeepatanapong is another key figure

Leading individuals

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong - Baker McKenzie

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Thailand: Dispute resolution

Dispute resolution: international arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie acts for Honda Group, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Deutsche Bank and PTT Group, among others. The head of the Asia Pacific dispute resolution group, Wynn Pakdeejit, is recommended alongside Chirachai Okanurak and Kanit Vallayapet.

Leading individuals

Wynn Pakdeejit - Baker McKenzie

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