Transport in Thailand

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited's practice covers the aviation, automotive and maritime sectors, where it acts for a range of clients including airlines, ship owners and logistics company. Practice co-head Alan Polivnick has experience in contentious and non-contentious matters in the aviation and logistics sectors, and recently provided Thai employment law advice to Oman Air in relation to its Thai operations. Co-head Kay Kian Tan handles transport disputes, especially those concerning dry shipping.

Practice head(s):

Alan Polivnick; Kay Kian Tan

Testimonials

‘Great reach into the region, not just Thailand.’

‘Alan Polivnick is very approachable and responsive.’

‘Alan Polivnick stands out for his accessibility and knowledge.’

Key clients

Gulf Air Company BSC

Oman Air

TNBF

DLA Piper

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited's practice covers the transport sector broadly, with a focus on liability, customs, regulation, financing and project development. Moreover, the firm is regularly involved in litigation and arbitration. The team is headed by Peter Shelford, who has particular experience in shipping and other transport disputes, which intersects with his expertise in construction, insurance and reinsurance. Senior consultant Juree Somprasong joined the firm in June 2018, and has extensive experience in PPP project development and EPC contracts.

Practice head(s):

Peter Shelford

Other key lawyers:

Juree Somprasong

Key clients

Kerry Logistics Network

AECOM Technology Corporation

Dhipaya Insurance

Allied World Assurance

Pramuanchai Law Office Co, Ltd

Pramuanchai Law Office Co, Ltd's transport practice covers shipping, aviation and insurance-related matters. In particular, the firm is regularly involved in shipbuilding disputes, dry and wet shipping and oil pollution claims, while in the aviation space, is advises airlines and insurers are advised on cargo claims. Senior partner and managing director Pramual Chancheewa is an expert in maritime and shipping claims including those involving cargo, personal injury and oil pollution. Thanakrit Srirasa is noted for contentious transport work.

Practice head(s):

Pramual Chancheewa

Other key lawyers:

Thanakrit Srirasa

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins acts for ship owners, port operators, airlines, banks and air cargo firms in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters including aviation disputes, shipping matters and marine insurance. Chinachart Vatanasuchart and Pimvimol Vipamaneerut jointly lead the shipping team, which is regularly instructed by shipbuilders and charterparties. John Frangos, newly promoted deputy director of the firm's dispute resolution practice, also heads the firm's aviation practice, where he advises on disputes, civil aviation regulation, and leasing and financing in the aviation sector.

Practice head(s):

Chinachart Vatanasuchart; John Frangos; Pimvimol Vipamaneerut

Key clients

Japan Transport Engineering Company

MISC Berhad

Maersk Line (Thailand)

Scania Siam Co

Seafarers’ Rights International

Work highlights

  • Advised Plane Business Limited (PBL), a UK aircraft leasing and asset management company, on the repossession of an Airbus A321-211 aircraft with a value of over $8m.
  • Advised Sprite Aviation on its leases of three Boeing 737-800 aircraft to NokScoot—a leading Thai budget airline—after they were redelivered by Air China.
  • Representing RSA, a UK based marine insurer, in the defence of various cargo liability claims.

Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd

Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd specialises in the financing aspects of rail, infrastructure and aviation projects. Managing partner Stephen Jaggs has been prominent on infrastructure and transport deals, where he acts for a number of major Thai banks. Project financing expert Sarah Wilson has a wealth of experience in infrastructure finance in Thailand and abroad, and Suparerk Auychai provides advice on M&A and capital markets transactions in the transport sector. Also recommended is associate Panuwat Chaistaporn.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jaggs; Sarah Wilson; Suparerk Auychai

Other key lawyers:

Panuwat Chaistaporn

Key clients

Harng Central Department Store (Central Group)

Bangkok Bank

Kasikornbank

Krungthai Bank

Work highlights

  • Acted as Thai counsel representing Bangkok Bank Company, Kasikornbank, and Krungthai Bank in relation to the  repeat THB-denominated debenture transaction of Thai Airways International.

Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie is especially active in government transport projects, where it advises lenders, financial institutions, sponsors and government agencies. The team is jointly headed by Suriyong Tungsuwan and Sawanee Sethsathira. Also recommended is Viroj Piyawattanametha, who acted alongside Theerapab Punyasakhon for Gulf Energy Development as the bidder in relation to the concession for the Laem Chabong Port Phase 3 project. The 'knowledgeable' Permsak  Krairiksh is the firm's go-to contact for all aviation transactions, including aircraft financing and operating leases.

Practice head(s):

Suriyong Tungsuwan; Sawanee Sethsathira

Other key lawyers:

Permsak Krairiksh; Viroj Piyawattanametha; Theerapab Punyasakhon

Testimonials

‘They have good knowledge on transport practice, in particular, the aviation law. They can provide very good legal and commercial advice. Their negotiation is very professional.’

‘Permsak Krairiksh is very good lawyer, knowledgeable and his explanations are very clear. He provides a good service to us.’

Key clients

Bangkok Bank

The Siam Commercial Bank

Krung Thai Bank

ADB

General Motors (Thailand)

Bangkok Expressway and Metro

Work highlights

  • Coordinating a global enforcement campaign in nearly 30 countries for Hyundai MOBIS.

JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd

JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd acts for shipowners and insurance logistics companies across in the shipping and maritime sector. Jointly headed by Naiyachon Tathong and Kosol Suriyaporn, the team advises on both dry and wet shipping matters. The duo recently represented the heir of Mr. Samnao Noisakul, who was involved in a helicopter accident in July 2018, in an insurance matter against Dhipaya Insurance and AIA Insurance

Practice head(s):

Naiyachon Tathong; Kosol Suriyaporn

Key clients

LEO Global Logistics

Mr. Samnao Noisakul’s family

Pac Orient

Asia Logistics

Unilever Thai Trading

Asia Green Energy

Olam international

Acutech