Next Generation Partners

Dispute resolution: international arbitration in Thailand

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP acts for international corporations and state-owned entities in the entire arbitral process and advises on the enforcement of arbitration awards. Practice head Wynn Pakdeejit assists clients with arbitration claims, notably in the telecoms and transportation sectors. Pisut Attakamol has experience in representing domestic and foreign clients in the ICC and SIAC, while Suksawat Watewai is also noted for his expertise in the telecoms sector.

Practice head(s):

Wynn Pakdeejit

Other key lawyers:

Pisut AttakamolSuksawat Watewai

Key clients

True Move Co., Ltd.

True Corporation PCL

General Motors (Thailand) Ltd.

AXA Insurance Co., Ltd.

Deutsche Bank AG

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is praised as 'one of the leading practices in the region for international arbitration in energy, oil and gas, renewables, power, utilities and infrastructure project disputes’. Noted for its ‘integrated global arbitration capability’, the practice runs international arbitrations for Asian corporations in a range of arbitral institutions. Head of the group Steven Burkill is a ‘key contact’ for London and Asia-based arbitrations involving oil and gas, power and large-scale projects. Kay Kian Tan represents multinational corporations in international commercial arbitrations in the international trade, insurance and transport industries, while Alan Polivnick focuses on cross-border arbitrations in the transport, insurance and reinsurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Steven Burkill

Other key lawyers:

Kay Kian TanAlan Polivnick

Testimonials

‘WFW Thailand provides an outstanding dispute resolution service both in international arbitration in the region and globally but also, for clients having disputes in Thailand, in the Thai courts.’

‘Of particular note is WFW’s integrated global arbitration capability. Many of the disputes are run jointly from Bangkok and London and span India, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Cambodia and Vietnam.’

‘The team seems very experienced in the arbitration space and leads the process with a demeanour that exudes confidence. In the construction space, they have specialists who can “bridge the gap” between industry clients and the legal team.’

‘Steven Burkill has always been the key contact and leads on all cases. Having lived in the region for over 25 years he adds an important understanding of Asian expectations and ways to follow the cases.’

Key clients

Department of Mineral Fuels, Ministry of Energy, Government of Thailand

Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd

The Falcon Insurance Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Kingdom of Thailand and the Ministry of Energy in multi-billion dollar arbitration proceedings relating to decommissioning disputes with oil major concessionaires concerning assets in the Gulf of Thailand.

DLA Piper

The international arbitration team at DLA Piper assists clients with both enforcing and resisting arbitral awards in all the main arbitration centres globally. The practice is led by litigator Don Rojanapenkul, who focuses on arbitrations involving insurance and infrastructure disputes, and includes senior consultant Peter Shelford who has expertise in insurance and reinsurance and construction cases, and counsel Robert Tang who focuses on cross-border energy and construction-related disputes.  Komson Suntheeraporn is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Don Rojanapenkul

Testimonials

The team is effective and efficient. They introduced some innovations in case handling. Billing was reasonable and worth the spending. Working during pandemic is no issue and they are accessible anytime and anywhere.’

Peter Shelford is a foreign lawyer with capability and experience in international arbitration. Komson Suntheeraporn is a Thai lawyer with vase experience in Thai dispute resolution and also some international arbitration. Their combination has put our case in a strong position against our counterpart.’

Key clients

Nacap Asia Pacific (Thailand) Co., Ltd./Koop Holding B.V.

Group Lease Public Company Limited

Harsco Metals (Thailand) Limited

APICO LLP

AIG No

Allied World Assurance Co., Ltd

Chubb

Blue Lotus Hua-Hin (Thailand) Co., Ltd; Blue Lotus Construction Co., Ltd.

Dhipaya Insurance

Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited

With offices in Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, and Singapore, Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited is well-placed to act for clients in international arbitrations across the ASEAN region. The team is noted for its particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure and technology sectors. Chinnawat Thongpakdee heads up the team, which also includes Warathorn Wongsawangsiri, both of whom act for Thai and foreign clients on disputes arising from foreign investments and joint ventures.

Practice head(s):

Chinnawat Thongpakdee

Other key lawyers:

Warathorn Wongsawangsiri

Key clients

Service Holding Company Limited

Kennedys

Kennedys has a wealth of experience in handling high profile international arbitrations, notably across the insurance and hospitality sectors, and acts for a range of clients, including listed companies, corporations, as well as local and international reinsurers. Ian Johnston, who has experience in handling arbitrations across Southeast Asia and in the UK, jointly leads the practice with Suraphon Rittipongchusit, who focuses on insurance, bankruptcy and restructuring-related proceedings, in addition to construction and shareholder disputes.

Key clients

Minor International

MI Squared Co., Ltd

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE, Singapore branch

Minor Food Group

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins is noted for its expertise in international arbitrations across the construction, energy, infrastructure and shipping sectors. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho has considerable experience in international arbitration cases in Singapore, Australia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, and leads the practice alongside John Frangos and Michael Ramirez.

Key clients

Insultec International

Work highlights

  • Represented Insultech in multi-jurisdictional arbitration following a dispute over allegations of defective insulation equipment supplied to the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, Australia.
  • Represented the Thai subsidiary of a multinational real estate development/investment and property management conglomerate in a construction-related arbitration before the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) against a design and construction contractor.
  • Acted for an Indonesian mining services company in the enforcement of a $3.5m international arbitral award against a Thai counter-party in relation to the sale and purchase of coal.

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners handles international arbitrations across the energy, hospitality and food and beverage sectors, and has experience in the TAI, HKIAC, SIAC and UNCITRAL centres. Led by Phisit Dejchaiyasak, the team advises clients on the defence and enforcement of arbitral awards in Thailand. Sakchai Limsiripothong is another key contact in the team and has notable experience in representing clients in ICC arbitration proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Phisit Dejchaiyasak

Other key lawyers:

Sakchai Limsiripothong