Firm Profile > Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd > Bangkok, Thailand

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd

TMT Tier 1

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd acts for Thai and foreign clients established in or seeking to establish themselves in the digital and technology spheres. The firm offers expertise in relation to a broad array of TMT matters such as data centre outsourcing, data privacy matters and software development. John P. Formichella represents European, American and Japanese clients in relation to their investments in Thailand.

Tax Tier 2

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd's tax practice is active in numerous industries including the automotive, natural resources, mining and life sciences. Sumet Mingmongkolmitr is leading the team and is recognised for his expertise in tax issues relating to foreign investment and offshore tax structuring. He represents high-net-worth individuals and multinational corporations on their tax operations in Thailand.

Practice head(s):

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd is adept in advising on corporate acquisitions and foreign direct investment mandates. This is in addition to advising on mergers and  and post-merger matters. Andreas C. Richter co-heads the team; he is noted for his assistance to the clients of foreign law firms entering the Thai market. Siripen Kulworakulpitak, who co-heads the group alongside Richter, has years of experience advising on commercial transactions.

Key clients

Vroon Offshore Services Pte. Ltd.

Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH

Asia Cement PCL

Muhr & Bender KG – Mubea Group

The firm

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet (BRS) is a full-service independent law firm based in Thailand that operates to international standards of ethics, best practice and business conduct. For more than 40 years, the firm has provided multi-jurisdictional perspectives to a diverse and prestigious global client base, and has advised on corporate and commercial matters, cross-border financial transactions and investment projects in Thailand and the ASEAN region.

Our experience in the automotive, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, transport, mining, chemicals, technology, media, telecommunications, real estate, hospitality, oil and gas, coal, renewables, insurance and pharmaceutical industries gives us the market perspective to understand your needs.

Areas of practice

Corporate and Commercial / M&A: Our Corporate and Commercial / M&A team is at the heart of our practice, servicing international clients and domestic corporations on their investments in and outside of Thailand. We combine rapid decision-making with deep sector knowledge and experience to advise clients through every stage of the business lifecycle, from company establishment and business expansion to exit strategies.

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI): Our FDI team has in-depth experience advising foreign companies on inbound investment matters and expanding operations in Thailand. Manufacturers, service providers, consumer goods companies, merchants and a wide range of other companies place their confidence in our lawyers. We frequently advise foreign investors on all aspects of entering the Thai market, from the planning phase to becoming operational. And we frequently provide turnkey services for the implementation of factory projects.

Real Estate and Construction: Our Real Estate and Construction practice offers a strong, multidisciplinary team focused on helping clients achieve their commercial objectives. From hotel/resort development projects, condominium and residential developments and mixed-use property developments, to industrial acquisitions, construction loans and financing, real estate workouts and restructurings and transactions involving distressed assets, we advise on real estate and construction from every angle.

Dispute Resolution and Litigation: We help our clients resolve legal disputes efficiently, whilst minimizing disruption to their business and reducing costly escalation. Where litigation cannot be avoided, our Dispute Resolution and Litigation lawyers handle matters in the civil, criminal, administrative and specialty courts as well as various arbitration venues. From commercial and employment disputes to bankruptcy and insolvency matters, our highly experienced litigation team develops comprehensive strategies that manage potential risk and maximize the prospect of a successful outcome.

Tax and Customs: Our Tax and Customs practice is well reputed and advises on all aspects of domestic and trans-border taxation. We have a substantial practice in the importation and exportation of products, and our lawyers are experienced in the full range of business tax issues, from customs duty and excise tax to value added tax (VAT), corporate income tax, property and land tax, among other areas such as transfer pricing and Revenue Department audits.

Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT): BRS is counsel to some of the largest international software and telecom companies operating in Thailand today. Our TMT practitioners have previously held senior positions with publicly listed (NASDAQ & NYSE) telecom and engineering companies, and provide practical and commercially-oriented advice on broadcast/telecom licensing and information technology transactions.

Intellectual Property: Ideas are the crux of innovation. Your brand is what makes you unique. We understand how important these are to growing your business, and can help you protect them. Our Intellectual Property (IP) team has wide-ranging experience defending our clients’ IP and enforcing their rights, in Thailand and internationally. We help you maximize the value of your IP assets and optimize strategies to defend them.

Capital Markets: Our Capital Markets team advises international and domestic market leaders on the full spectrum of capital markets transactions in Thailand, from straightforward bilateral facilities to complex syndicated loans. Through our strong relationships with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Stock Exchange of Thailand, our lawyers work with you to navigate requirements, remain in compliance and adapt to change.

Banking and Project Finance: From day-to-day banking issues to major project financings, our Banking and Project Finance team advises clients on a myriad of legal, commercial and project structuring strategies. We regularly work with financial institutions and corporate clients on complex financing structures. And where the need arises on a project, our industry-specific knowledge is at hand to offer a fully integrated legal service.

Energy and Infrastructure: Our Energy and Infrastructure team combines in-depth industry knowledge and a deep-rooted understanding of the legal, commercial, financing and licensing factors to provide innovative advice to owners, financial institutions, developers, operators, contractors and suppliers. Major players in these sectors rely on our team’s industry experience, technical expertise and creative problem solving. We advise on all phases of project development, from planning and financing to implementation and ongoing post-completion legal support.

Regulatory Compliance: BRS provides strategic commercial advice on how to set up, maintain and update controls to ensure full compliance with Thai government rules and regulations. Our corporate governance and regulatory compliance attorneys are counsel to local, US and European multinational corporations, and are regularly engaged to provide direct training on anti-bribery and trade competition law to employers and employees with respect to their Thai operations.

Labour and Employment: We offer a Labour and Employment team that is well versed in the complexities of Thailand’s Labour Protection Act, and the practices of the Ministry of Labour and the Thai Labour Court. With regard to organized labour, our experienced team can negotiate with labour unions and advise on the Labour Relations Act.

Immigration and Foreign Employment: Our immigration lawyers provide fast, reliable and practical legal advice and assist clients across all industries and professions. We assist our corporate clients on visa and work permit requirements with respect to foreign personnel employment arrangements, international personnel transfers and secondments.

Hospitality and Lifestyle: Our work in the hospitality industry involves hotel as well as residential and retail developments, including mixed-use projects and project management, large-scale hotel condominium projects with office, residential and retail components, luxury destination resorts and spas and high-end restaurants, leisure and recreational facilities. We represent hospitality entrepreneurs and businesses of all types and sizes, from investors and high-net-worth individuals to locally owned boutique hotels, leisure facilities and restaurants, to international hotel chains and resorts.

Department Name Email Telephone
Andreas C. Richter
Robert H. Schuler
John P. Formichella
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr John P Formichella  photo Mr John P Formichella John is a Partner and head of the firm’s Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) department.…
Mr Sumet Mingmongkolmitr  photo Mr Sumet Mingmongkolmitr Sumet is a Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Tax and…
 Anuwat Ngamprasertkul  photo Anuwat Ngamprasertkul As Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet,…
Mr Andreas C Richter  photo Mr Andreas C Richter Andreas is a Senior Partner and is counsel to leading international commercial…
Mr Robert H Schuler  photo Mr Robert H Schuler Robert is a Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Real Estate…
Mr Ittinant Suwanjutha  photo Mr Ittinant Suwanjutha Ittinant is a Partner and has been practicing law for more than…
Number of lawyers : 38
American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC)


BRS provides legal advice to a variety of software, media and telecommunications companies in Europe and the United States with respect to their legal and business affairs in Thailand. The firm’s expert TMT lawyers specialize in advising both end-users (including enterprise users) and suppliers of telecommunications, information technology and digital services, and are regularly engaged to advise on and assist with regulatory issues such as cross-border data privacy and protection, telecom licensing frameworks, and corporate structuring for foreign investors in the Thai telecommunication and media sectors.

BRS’s TMT department has established itself as a sector leader in Thailand, and the firm’s partner John P. Formichella is a reference point for domestic and overseas businesses seeking ways of entering Thailand’s digital and emerging technologies space.