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.
Alan Polivnick; Kay Kian Tan
‘Great reach into the region, not just Thailand.’
‘Alan Polivnick is very approachable and responsive.’
‘Alan Polivnick stands out for his accessibility and knowledge.’
Gulf Air Company BSC
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.
Other key lawyers:
Kerry Logistics Network
AECOM Technology Corporation
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.
Other key lawyers:
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.
Chinachart Vatanasuchart; John Frangos; Pimvimol Vipamaneerut
Japan Transport Engineering Company
Maersk Line (Thailand)
Scania Siam Co
Seafarers’ Rights International
- 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.
Stephen Jaggs; Sarah Wilson; Suparerk Auychai
Other key lawyers:
Harng Central Department Store (Central Group)
- 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 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.
Suriyong Tungsuwan; Sawanee Sethsathira
‘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.’
The Siam Commercial Bank
Krung Thai Bank
General Motors (Thailand)
Bangkok Expressway and Metro
- Coordinating a global enforcement campaign in nearly 30 countries for Hyundai MOBIS.
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
Naiyachon Tathong; Kosol Suriyaporn
LEO Global Logistics
Mr. Samnao Noisakul’s family
Unilever Thai Trading
Asia Green Energy