Transport in Thailand

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited

Noted for its aviation and maritime expertise, Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited acts for domestic and international clients, including automotive, freight-forwarders and logistics companies on cross-border matters, disputes, commercial contracts, regulatory and compliance issues. The Bangkok aircraft finance practice is part of the firm’s global aircraft finance network and deals with restructuring mandates and the renegotiation of leases. The practice group is led by Alan Polivnick, who has experience in handling contentious and non-contentious matters in the aviation and logistics sectors. Kay Kian Tan is another key contact and specialises in shipping disputes, as well as dry shipping contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Alan Polivnick

Other key lawyers:

Kay Kian Tan

Testimonials

‘The team provides timely advice that is practical and focused on solutions.’

‘Alan Polivnick understands the Thai environment very well and gives advice that helps the Client find a timely solution.’

 

Key clients

AirAsia Group (IHQ) Ltd

Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Corporation

ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Co KS

Genesis Aircraft Services Limited

Groupe ADP

KEOS Aviation UK Limited

Precious Shipping Public Co Ltd

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP advises domestic and international clients, including airlines, developers, contractors, major suppliers and automotive manufacturers on a broad range of transportation matters. Practice co-leader Sawanee Sethsathira is noted for her expertise in handling PPP and infrastructure projects, throughout the project's life cycle, and working with the Thai government on these matters. Suriyong Tungsuwan jointly leads the practice alongside Sethsathira, and Viroj Piyawattanametha advises Thai companies on aspects of the PPP Act, in relation to potential joint investments with Thai government agencies. Permsak Krairiksh is experienced in aircraft leasing and finance matters, while Chavapol Akkaravoranun focuses on infrastructure projects.

Key clients

Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Co., Ltd.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper handles project development matters, as well as financing and commercial agreements for clients in the aviation, shipping, road and rail industry sectors. Experienced litigator and arbitrator Peter Shelford represents clients in shipping disputes, while Waranon Vanichprapa and Samata Masagee remain key contacts in the team.

Practice head(s):

Peter Shelford

Tilleke & Gibbins

Tilleke & Gibbins’ cross-disciplinary aviation team acts for airlines, aircrafts, leasing companies, financiers and insurers on aircraft transactions, disputes and financing matters. Aviation expert John Frangos leads the practice alongside Santhapat Periera, who assists aviation industry clients and financiers in acquisitions, structuring, financing and lease arrangements in Thailand and across the Asia Pacific region. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho leads the shipping team and is noted for her expertise in handling transportation disputes and maritime insurance claims.

Other key lawyers:

Chinachart Vatanasuchart

Key clients

AerCap

Carlyle Aviation

China Shipping

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company

Japan Transport Engineering Company

Maersk Line

Pacific Air Holdings

Scania

Seafarers’ Rights International

Sprite Aviation

Work highlights

  • Retained to represent a designer and manufacturer of high-tech military aircraft in entering into defence contracts with the Royal Thai Airforce.
  • Represented Carlyle Aviation, an aviation operating and leasing company, in claiming several million USD in damages as a result of breached aircraft lease agreements on three leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  • Representing a number of international creditors to protect their interests during the restructuring of Thailand’s national flag carrier, Thai Airways.

Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd

Praised for its ‘local law expertise’, the practice at Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd handles aircraft leasing and finance matters, and is well-placed to advise on project financing, development and construction, M&A and litigation mandates, in relation to airports. Practice co-leader Stephen Jaggs advises on project financing across the airports, rail, roads, ports and infrastructure sectors, while practice co-leader Sarah Wilson is also noted for her expertise in project finance transactions across ASEAN and the wider Asia Pacific region. Associate and ‘aviation enthusiastPanuwat Chaistaporn is another key contact.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Jaggs; Sarah Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Panuwat Chaistaporn

Testimonials

‘The A&O Bangkok team has assisted us in aviation related matters. They have excellent local law expertise. What sets them apart from other local law firms is the expeditious turn around on requests for assistance, and the commercial sense based on local industry knowledge that they add to their advise.’

‘Panuwat Chaistaporn is an aviation enthusiast and brings that enthusiasm in all matters that he works on.’

JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd

Led by managing partner Naiyachon Tathong, the transportation and dispute resolution team at JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd ‘has a wide breadth of expertise’ and advises on Thai transportation matters, notably shipping and maritime disputes. Tathong handles both contentious, such as maritime disputes on charterparty claims, demurrage, bunker and cargo claims, as well as non-contentious mandates. Bunnasomboon (Aaron) Chaiparinya is also a ‘great asset’ to the team.

Practice head(s):

Naiyachon Tathong

Testimonials

‘Naiyachon Tathong and Aaron Chaiparinya are highly valued for their knowledge, efficiency, ability to accommodate various timelines and budgetary constraints and their practical advice. They don’t just regurgitate what the law says or what should be done in an ideal world, but account for both what the legal position is and the practical realities of their clients to suggest an optimum and practical solution.’

‘The JTJB Thailand team has a wide breadth of expertise, ranging from general commercial work and corporate matters, to litigation and employment. Their knowledge is an asset to any entity with operations in Thailand because they can advise on various aspects of a matter. In addition to their expertise, they also seek to understand how their client operates and key considerations, which is reflected in the highly practical advice and services they provide.’

‘The team is relatively young and extremely dynamic, smart and quick thinking. The team leaders follow all steps of the case and truly lead the team forward. In particular, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya has been a great asset/leaser in all matters and always makes himself readily available.’

Key clients

Asia Green Energy Public Company Limited

Olam international Limited

Ceva Logistic (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Thailand) Co., Ltd

Namyong Terminal Public Company Limited

Seahorse Ferries Co., Ltd.

Asia Biomass Public Company Limited

ST Engineering Electronics Ltd.

Maldives Industrial Fisheries Ltd [MIFCO]

China P&I

PICC Property and Casualty Co. Ltd.

Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Milestone Shipping SA

Leo Global Logistics Public Company Limited

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS

Sokcho Marina Inc.

Dhipaya Insurance Public Company Limited

Camo Global BV.

LifeStyles Healthcare Pte

Orchid Container Line (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

ST Engineering Electronics Ltd.

CHINA FIRST HIGHWAY ENGINEERING CO., LTD.

MNC Plaspack Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Asia Green Energy Public Company Limited as the Buyer of coal under the Contract for Supply and Purchase Steam Coal claiming against the seller and the miner on breach of coal shipment in the amount of USD 2.5 million with the ICC Arbitration in Singapore which finally the seller agree to pay USD 2.1 million to AGE.
  • Advised Seahorse Ferries to the marine transportation and logistics project supported by Government of Thailand to connect Eastern Economic Corridor, EEC and Southern Economic Corridor, SEC of Thailand including to acquire vesssel, MV BLUE DOLPHIN2, from the seller in Japan and advised Seahorse Ferries on the vessel management agreement and the term and condition of the passengers and delivery to implement in this project.
  • Advised MIFCO on acquiring the fishery ship, MV. MISSOURI REEFER, from the seller in Thailand in the amount of USD 1 million.