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DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited 'has experienced local and regional lawyers, who understand the clients' needs and are able to take a practical approach to get the ball across the line’. The Asia banking practice has expanded significantly in the last three years and the Bangkok team greatly benefits from the firm's regional presence, which ensures a regular flow of cross-border mandates. In one such deal, a cross-office team advised an Indonesian media company as borrower on a $250m refinancing facility arranged by three multinational financial institutions. Banks as well instruct the practice group in connection with situational advisory work and cross-border financing transactions. In another cross-office collaboration, the team advised Deutsche Bank on its $60m new money rescue financing for Australia's Paladin Energy; a deal which also illustrates the strength of the firm's special situations practice. The 'dedicated and commercially minded’ Timothy Tan heads the department and splits his time between Bangkok and Singapore.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Known for its ability to handle high volumes of M&A globally, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited often plays a role in multi-jurisdictional transactions, and is noted for its ability to manage complex, high-value deals. Healthcare, insurance, transport and construction are particular sector strengths, though the team maintains a varied workload of transactions across numerous industry sectors. In one highlight, a cross-office team advised Aetna on the acquisition of Bupa Thailand; the department also assists companies seeking to enter the Thai market. Of counsel Chadaporn Ruangtoowagoon advised a client in the healthcare sector on the formation of a new entity in Thailand, which included advice on related employment issues. Corporate and real estate expert Dusadee Jittasaiyapan heads the practice group.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Dispute resolution is among DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited’s major focus areas. As such, it fields a sizeable team of litigators including Don Rojanapenkul, who was promoted to partner in May 2018. The group is seeing a higher number of employment and construction disputes, and has also been kept busy with extensive investigations work, where it calls upon the unique expertise of its highly regarded restructuring and special situations practice. Headed by Peter Shelford, the Bangkok team also has strength in insurance litigation, which it brought to bear in representing a hotel operator and its insurers in multiple public liability claims arising out of a high-profile incident in Myanmar. Further, in a case that involved the application of English law, lawyers in the firm's Thai and UK offices worked together to represent an international broadcasting company in a dispute with a Thai company. At the pre-partner level, of counsels Panuwat Rattanawechasit, Komson Suntheeraporn and senior consultant Robert Tang are key contacts. Chatchai Inthasuwan is now senior partner and practice leader of Chandler MHM Limited’s disputes practice.

Next Generation Partners

Komson Suntheeraporn - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

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Dispute resolution: international arbitration
Dispute resolution: international arbitration - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has notable local, regional and international dispute resolution capabilities. Leveraging an expansive office network, the team has developed a reputation for domestic and cross-border disputes, and though it works across a variety of industry sectors, it has maintained particular strengths in construction, infrastructure and insurance-related disputes. 2017 and 2018 saw the team handling a range of ICC and TAI arbitrations. In one case, practice head Peter Shelford, recently promoted partner Don Rojanapenkul and senior consultant Robert Tang acted for an oil and gas company in an ICC arbitration arising out of a gas sales agreement with two Thai companies; complex pricing issues were at the heart of the dispute. Also recommended are of counsels Komson Suntheeraporn and Panuwat Rattanawechasit, who have experience in litigation, domestic and international arbitration and restructuring.

Leading individuals

Peter Shelford - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Next Generation Partners

Robert Tang - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

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Insurance - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has established itself as one of Thailand's leading insurance practices. Owing to its global network and the international experience of its Bangkok-based lawyers, the team is equipped to handle a range of cross-border work, both contentious and non-contentious. In fact, its industry expertise covers the gamut of commercial, corporate and regulatory work relevant to major insurance-sector participants. In the corporate and regulatory space, a multi-office team including Peter Shelford advised Aetna on its acquisition of Bupa's Thai business, while contentious highlights included Shelford and senior consultant Robert Tang acting for a hotel operator and its insurer in relation to claims arising out of a high-profile incident in Myanmar. In another illustration of its multi-jurisdictional capabilities, the team represented the captive insurer of a fast food chain in a product liability claim arising from an allegation of food poisoning at a branch in South Korea. Litigator Don Rojanapenkul is another key contact for insurance disputes.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has sought to expand its employment law capabilities, drawing on the expertise of multi-disciplinary lawyers from the corporate, litigation and regulatory departments to handle a host of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. The team advises on employee transfer issues in connection with its multi-jurisdictional M&A work, and also handles a spread of non-transactional labour law matters for its longstanding client base. For example, it advised a technology company on the review of its employment contracts in Thailand and the region, and assisted a client in the life sciences sector with a revision of its termination, harassment and data privacy policies. Further, Peter Shelford and Don Rojanapenkul have been involved in numerous labour court proceedings, and Chadaporn Ruangtoowagoon has handled a variety of employment advisory work.

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

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Covering the gamut of property matters, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited is a well-known name in the Thai real estate market and is regularly instructed by some of its leading participants. The firm's full-service offering is of benefit for clients seeking a one-stop-shop to cover the full life cycle of their real estate projects. In recent trends, it has seen an increased appetite for joint ventures between Thai and international developers. Other work spans real estate acquisitions, finance and property and construction litigation. Among practice head Dusadee Jittasaiyapan’s recent workload was his advice to Virgin Active on its development of high-end fitness clubs at various shopping malls and office buildings in Thailand. Jittasaiyapan worked alongside senior associate Supranee Arjjit on the project. The pair also worked as part of a multi-disciplinary real estate and litigation team to assist East Water Group with various land and construction matters connected with its projects, including potential disputes arising out of its supply and design agreements with contractors.

Leading individuals

Dusadee Jittasaiyapan - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Next Generation Partners

Supranee Arjjit - DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

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Restructuring and insolvency
Restructuring and insolvency - ranked: tier 1

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

The 'excellent’ restructuring and insolvency practice at DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited continues to experience strong demand from clients thanks to its strategic investment in this area in Asia since 2014. Its broad expertise in special situations sees it receiving instructions in bank workouts, bond restructuring and rescue financing. Equally significant are the firm's dispute resolution capabilities, which allow it to handle investigations, litigation and asset recovery proceedings in domestic and cross-border cases. From Hong Kong, Mark Fairbairn heads the overall restructuring practice in Asia and is recommended. Timothy Tan heads the Bangkok-based team, which includes litigator Don Rojanapenkul. Tan is acting as part of a cross-office team to advise an Indian company as the creditor in the debt rehabilitation proceedings of a Thai company. He is also taking the lead role in representing a proposed 'white knight' on the debt restructuring and recapitalisation of Royal Chemie Group.

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TMT - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

The multi-disciplinary TMT team at DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited acts for local and international technology and telecoms companies. It draws on the expertise of IP lawyers at the firm to provide a well-rounded service, advising on marketing, distribution, licensing, data protection and privacy, among other areas. A team that included senior associate Pattama Jarupunphol advised a multinational telecoms conglomerate on various legal issues concerning Inter-Operator Tariff roaming in Thailand. The firm's impressive dispute resolution capabilities are another distinguishing feature. In a recent case, Peter Shelford acted for a broadcasting company in high-value litigation against a Thai company. Don Rojanapenkul is an additional contact for contentious matters. Other clients include Telstra, Commvault and LINE Plus Corporation. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan took over as practice head following the passing away of Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya.

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Transport - ranked: tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited

Under the leadership of Peter Shelford, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has developed a busy shipping practice, which is underpinned by its strength in the insurance sector. Among its clients are prominent shipping, logistics and insurance companies, including a number of major P&I Clubs. The department sits within the broader litigation and regulatory group and thus has a bent towards contentious matters, though non-contentious work – including commercial and regulatory advisory work – is also a feature of the practice. The team is staffed by lawyers with broad expertise in commercial shipping, trade and insurance, and benefits from the firm's extensive office network, which provides it access to the firm's shipping and insurance experts in London, China and the US. In one recent highlight, Shelford, of counsel Panuwat Rattanawechasit and associate Terdkiat Rujirawanakorn acted for the insurers in a matter involving a collision between two cargo vessels.

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  • Sentencing guidelines for corporate manslaughter

    In February 2010 the Sentencing Guidelines Council (the SGC) issued definitive guidelines to courts on imposing appropriate sentences for corporate manslaughter and health and safety offences causing death. The SGC states that fines imposed on companies found guilty of corporate manslaughter should not fall below £500,000, while fines in respect of health and safety offences that are a significant cause of death should be at least £100,000. Crucially, the SGC declined to provide for a fixed link between the imposed fine and the turnover or profitability of the offending company.

    - DLA Piper UK LLP

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