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Chatchai Inthasuwan

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DLA Piper LLP (US)

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Litigation & Regulatory


Chatchai Inthasuwan has extensive experience in providing advice on all kinds of corporate, commercial, international arbitration, banking and finance, insurance, telecommunications, construction and labour matters. His experience also includes dispute resolution in connection with commercial, construction, shareholding, labour, IT, IP or telecom. His litigation experience includes both civil and criminal matters. He has acted for major Thai and international companies, as well as Thai state enterprises, including a Thai telecom state-enterprise.


English and Thai.


Thai Bar Association.


Auckland Language Centre, New Zealand; Auckland University, New Zealand; Ramkhamhaeng University, Thailand.

Asia Pacific: Regional international arbitration

Regional international arbitration

Within: Regional international arbitration

At DLA Piper, Hong Kong-based shipping specialist Ernest Yang successfully represented Pacific Crest in a claim against the builders and sellers for non-delivery of two platform supply vessels. In another highlight Yang, whose expertise also encompasses disputes related to joint ventures, and offshore projects, successfully acted for General Nice Resources (Hong Kong) in an arbitration arising from the sale and purchase of iron ore fines contracts. Office managing partner Kevin Chan and Ashley Bell are also names to note in Hong Kong. The firm underwent some changes in 2017, with insurance specialist John Goulios now leading the arbitration practice in Singapore and the firm’s former head of arbitration in Asia, Yu-Jin Tay, departing for Mayer Brown JSM. Goulios is assisted by counsel Matthew Shaw, who focuses on disputes arising in Indonesia and the wider ASEAN region. The firm also has arbitration expertise in Seoul, where Daniel Lee advised on a number of construction disputes for Korean contractors, and in Thailand, where Chatchai Inthasuwan is the main contact.

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Restructuring and insolvency

Within: Restructuring and insolvency

With specialists in finance, corporate matters and litigation, and a regional network with which the team regularly works, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has particular expertise in distressed debt purchases, domestic and cross-border creditor-debtor cases and bankruptcy. In one particularly topical matter, Timothy Tan and Chatchai Inthasuwan are acting for Tata Steel UK as a creditor in the court-driven rehabilitation proceedings of Sahaviriya Steel Industries involving debts totalling over $1.4bn; this represents the largest debt restructuring in Thailand since 1997. Working alongside the firm’s Hong Kong and Singapore teams, Tan is helping to advise the joint liquidators of the $1.3bn Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund regarding the fund’s assets across Asia and Australia. The team is also advising a “white knight” investor on the debt restructuring and recapitalisation of Royal Chemie Group spanning six jurisdictions. Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya has experience in internal restructurings linked to potential bankruptcies. Suraphon Rittipongchusit and Supreedee Nimitkul left the firm.

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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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