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Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd.
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BANGKOK 10500
Thailand

Thailand > Tax Tier 2

The tax and customs practice at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd. acts for clients across multiple industries, including the automotive, life sciences and natural resources, on a spectrum of tax matters. The group is led by Sumet Mingmongkolmitr, who represents high-net-worth individuals and multinational corporations on their tax operations in Thailand, as well as advising on tax-related issues to foreign investment and offshore structures for outbound transactions.

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Thailand > TMT Tier 2

Noted for its expertise in handling data protection and PDPA matters, Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd. is particularly active in the media, engineering, manufacturing and investment services sectors. The practice also advises Thailand’s telecoms operators on their licensing and regulatory requirements. Ittinant Suwanjutha, who represents fintech and digital companies on business structures, operations and licensing, jointly heads up the practice alongside Anuwat Ngamprasertkul who focuses on data protection matters.

Key clients

National Institute of Development Administration

KCK Ltd.

Cars24 Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting the National Institute of Development Administration with complying with the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019).
  • Advising on the restructuring of Kaidee’s subsidiary in Thailand.
  • Advising the Cars24 headquarters in India on the establishment of a subsidiary in Thailand.

Thailand > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd.‘s recent caseloads feature a mix of M&A transactions, joint ventures and corporate structurings. Andreas C. Richter is noted for his expertise in assisting foreign law firms whose clients are entering the Thai market. He jointly leads the team alongside Siripen Kulworakulpitak, who is experienced in commercial transactions.

Key clients

Vroon Offshore Services Pte. Ltd.

Schauinsland-Reisen GmbH

Asia Cement PCL

Muhr & Bender KG – Mubea Group

Thailand > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd. acts for multinational corporations, institutional investors and private equity funds on development projects, particularly in the hospitality and hotel sectors, as well as industrial acquisitions, restructurings and real estate transactions. Practice leader Robert H Schuler has over 20 years’ experience in real estate matters across Southeast Asia, and advises owners, operators and investors in hotel, resort and retail development projects. Ittinant Suwanjutha assists real estate developers on property developments and leasing in Thailand.

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Key clients

Simon Property Group

Amburaya Property (Samui) Co., Ltd. (W Hotel)

Prosperity Development Co., Ltd.

Rhyity Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised Simon Property Group, Inc. on its joint venture with Siam Piwat to form Siam Piwat Simon, in order to develop the Siam Premium Outlets Bangkok, an outlet near Suvarnabhumi Airport that delivers luxury designer brands and restaurants, valued at over THB 4bn.
  • Advised a hotel operator on the sale of its assets which includes a hotel and its other restaurant outlets, valued at THB 1.9bn.
  • Advised a family office based in Europe on an asset split involving the restructuring of a portfolio of real estate operating and non-operating assets, valued at THB 1.5bn.

Thailand > Dispute resolution

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet Ltd.’s litigation and disputes resolution practice is led by Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, who has ‘deep knowledge’ and experience in a broad range of matters, from commercial and employment disputes to bankruptcy and insolvency matters.

The firm: Blumenthal Richter & Sumet assists clients to make confident business decisions. We are commercial and responsive, efficient and pragmatic. In a fast-changing world, we create simplicity for clients in the face of increasing complexity for them to make the right decisions, achieve their strategic priorities and identify new opportunities. We take the time to understand each of our client’s unique needs, and provide a solutions-driven commercial view with real in-depth knowledge of your sectors and markets.

For over 40 years, our licensed Thai, European and U.S. attorneys have worked at our clients’ side, understanding your business while serving as a trusted counterpart who knows the law. Assisting you as a team, we collaborate with our clients to navigate not only the legal issues but the regulatory aspects impacting your business sectors.

Our experience in the automotive, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, transportation, technology, media, telecommunications, energy, chemicals, insurance and healthcare sectors gives us the market perspective to understand your needs and add value for our clients to succeed.

Areas of practice
Corporate and commercial/M&A: Our corporate and commercial / M&A team is at the heart of our practice, advising 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. We also frequently provide turnkey services for the implementation of factory projects.

Real estate and construction: We have a strong, multidisciplinary team that takes a holistic approach to advising clients. Our attorneys are informed of the latest industry developments and provide specialist advice that is succinct and comprehensive. 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 all areas of real estate and construction.

Litigation and dispute resolution: We assist our clients to resolve legal disputes efficiently, whilst minimizing disruption to their business and reducing costly escalation. Where litigation cannot be avoided, our litigation and dispute resolution 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 cross-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, transfer pricing and Revenue Department audits among other areas.

Regulatory compliance and data privacy: 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, European and U.S. multinational corporations, and are regularly engaged to provide training on anti-bribery and trade competition law to employers and employees with respect to their Thai operations.

Our advice on data privacy covers the full scope of compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA). From assisting our clients to understand the fundamentals of PDPA compliance, providing a gap analysis (including developing a questionnaire for PDPA compliance and a data inventory list, conducting interviews, holding workshops, implementing software-based data flow analysis and delivering a gap analysis report and recommendations) and providing key PDPA compliance documents, to conducting PDPA training for building staff awareness and mitigating non-compliance risk, we offer the full range of PDPA services.

Technology, media and telecoms (TMT): We provide legal advice to a variety of software, media, and telecommunications companies regarding their legal and business matters in Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand. Our experienced TMT lawyers specialize in advising end-users and suppliers of telecommunications, information technology and digital services. We are known as one of the leading firms in Thailand in this area, a reputation we have developed with decades of experience in the technology sector and the resulting complex regulatory environment.

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 assist you to 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. 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.

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 to assist clients across all industries and professions. We advise 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, F&B operations, 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Andreas C. Richterrichter@brslawyers.com
Robert H. Schulerrobert@brslawyers.com
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Mr Sumet Mingmongkolmitr  photo Mr Sumet Mingmongkolmitr Sumet Mingmongkolmitr is a co-founding member and senior partner of BRS. He…
Mr Anuwat Ngamprasertkul  photo Mr Anuwat Ngamprasertkul As Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet,…
Mr Andreas C Richter  photo Mr Andreas C Richter Andreas Richter is a Senior Partner at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet and…
Mr Robert H Schuler  photo Mr Robert H Schuler Robert Schuler is a Senior Partner and head of the firm’s Real…
Mr Ittinant Suwanjutha  photo Mr Ittinant Suwanjutha Ittinant Suwanjutha is a Partner and Co-Head of the firm’s Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT)…
Number of lawyers : 38
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American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM)
German-Thai Chamber of Commerce (GTCC)

CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL

Our corporate and commercial team is at the center of our practice, advising international clients and local companies 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.

Driven by our clients’ needs, we routinely advise on tax-efficient cross-border and domestic M&A, corporate governance, structuring and negotiating corporate transactions and managing multi-jurisdictional asset/share purchases and sales. We provide comprehensive due diligence and are meticulous in drafting, reviewing and negotiating robust legal agreements. Our international expertise, local depth, efficiency and effectiveness assist us in completing deals and finding solutions to complex cases.

Our corporate and commercial / M&A services include:

  • corporate structuring for foreign direct investment and market entry (including choice of organization and business formation)
  • acquisitions, divestitures, mergers and joint ventures/strategic alliances and partnerships
  • share and asset acquisitions (including tax analysis)
  • private equity and venture capital investments
  • structuring and risk management for alternative investments
  • corporate governance, regulatory compliance, policy advisory services and fully customizable training sessions

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet assists clients to make confident business decisions. We are commercial and responsive, efficient and pragmatic. In a fast-changing world, we create simplicity for clients in the face of increasing complexity for them to make the right decisions, achieve their strategic priorities and identify new opportunities. We take the time to understand each of our client’s unique needs, and provide a solutions-driven commercial view with real in-depth knowledge of your sectors and markets.

For over 40 years, our licensed Thai, European and U.S. attorneys have worked at our clients’ side, understanding your business while serving as a trusted counterpart who knows the law. Assisting you as a team, we collaborate with our clients to navigate not only the legal issues but the regulatory aspects impacting your business sectors.

Our experience in the automotive, real estate, hospitality, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, transportation, technology, media, telecommunications, energy, chemicals, insurance and healthcare sectors gives us the market perspective to understand your needs and add value for our clients to succeed.

BRS is the exclusive Thailand representative of INTERLAW, the preferred law firm network for companies doing business internationally. With over 7,500 first-class lawyers in 150 cities, INTERLAW is recognized by leading independent legal publications as one of a highly select group of elite law firm networks, and provides BRS with access to specialist legal practitioners in every major worldwide jurisdiction.

BRS is also the exclusive Thailand representative of IR Global, the largest international professional services network, for Banking and Finance, Commercial Arbitration, Corporate Law, Foreign Direct Investment, M&A, Project Finance, Real Estate and TMT.

Legal Plus International Arbitration and Corporate Crime Summit: Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Presents on Fraud Investigations

The annual Legal Plus Thailand and SE Asia: 3rd Annual International Arbitration and Corporate Crime Summit was held on Tuesday 5 July 2022, and Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, presented on the topic "Corporate Crime and Anti-Corruption in Thailand - Managing Fraud Investigations" together with Michael Ramirez, Senior Counsel at Tilleke & Gibbins, at their Bangkok office.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul and Students Visit Thailand Arbitration Center

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT), visited the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) with students and interns for education and participation in mock demonstrations of alternative dispute resolution, arbitration and conciliation.

International Tax Review 2022: BRS Nominated for Thailand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year Award

The Tax and Customs practice at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet has been nominated for the Thailand Tax Disputes Firm of the Year Award in the International Tax Review Asia-Pacific Tax Awards 2022. The awards celebrate the top tax, transfer pricing as well as tax disputes teams and practitioners in the region. Also, the awards recognize achievements in tax technology, innovation, policy, compliance and reporting as well as diversity, equity and inclusion.

New Sub-regulations under the Personal Data Protection Act

On 20 June 2022, the Personal Data Protection Committee (“PDPC”) announced 4 new sub-regulations pursuant to the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (“PDPA”) in the Royal Gazette. The PDPA was fully enforced on 1 June 2022 after it was postponed for 3 years to provide more time to all business operators to prepare for compliance.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul to Co-Present on Managing Fraud Investigations at Annual International Arbitration and Corporate Crime Summit

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, will co-present on the topic "Corporate Crime and Anti-Corruption in Thailand - Managing Fraud Investigations" with Michael Ramirez, Senior Counsel at Tilleke & Gibbins, at the Legal Plus Thailand and SE Asia: 3rd Annual International Arbitration and Corporate Crime Summit on Tuesday 5 July 2022.

Thai Hotels Association: Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Presents at Webinar on Personal Data Protection Act

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, was invited to speak at a webinar on "Check Business Compliance with the Personal Data Protection Law", in collaboration with the Thai Hotels Association (THA), on Tuesday 14 June 2022. Anuwat discussed the enforcement of the Personal Data Protection Act on 1 June 2022 and the limitations on hotel businesses using customer data. In particular, he discussed creating customer experiences using customer data, creating brand awareness for direct marketing and limitations on data exports to foreign countries.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul to Speak on Business Readiness for Personal Data Protection Act with Thai Hotels Association

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, will speak at a webinar on "Check Business Compliance with the Personal Data Protection Law" at 10 a.m. - 12 noon on Tuesday 14 June 2022, in collaboration with the Thai Hotels Association (THA). Anuwat will give insights into the Personal Data Protection Act, which was enforced on 1 June 2022. He will discuss the limitations that hotel businesses need to know before using customer data.

Benchmark Litigation 2022: Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Ranked as Litigation Star

The rankings for Benchmark Litigation 2022 have been released, and Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms, has received recognition as a “Litigation Star” which are lawyers who are highly regarded by their peers and possess a strong case record and positive client feedback.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Speaks on PDPA Compliance Readiness for Full Enforcement on 1 June 2022

On 19 May 2022, Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT), was invited to speak at a panel discussion on the topic “Check PDPA Compliance Readiness before Full Enforcement”, as the Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) will be fully enforced on 1 June 2022.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Invited to Webinar on Preparing for PDPA Compliance

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT), will speak at an online panel discussion in a webinar titled “Check PDPA Compliance Readiness before Full Enforcement” at 9.30 a.m. – 12 noon on 19 May 2022. The webinar will cover the following topics:

Robert Schuler Authors Real Estate Article in IR Global Publication on Exploring a Hybrid Future

Exploring a Hybrid Future: Adapting Business Models to Succeed in the New Normal has been published, and Robert H. Schuler, Senior Partner and head of the Real Estate practice at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, contributed the real estate article covering Thailand. The article covers:

University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce: Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Speaks on Computer and Cyber Laws

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, was invited as a visiting lecturer to speak on "Computer and Cyber Laws" at an online seminar on 24 April 2022 as part of a Master's Degree curriculum at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.

NIDA PDPA Seminar (MUM3): Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Invited to Speak on Practical Techniques for PDPA Compliance

Partner Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, presented at the “Making an Ultimate Goal of Data Management (MUM3): Practical Techniques for Complying with the Data Protection Law”, a full two-day seminar on personal data protection law organized by the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), on 17-18 March 2022.

THAC National Mediation Competition 2022: Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Presents Awards

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT), gave certificates and medals to the winning and runner up teams comprising undergraduate law students from several universities nationwide, who received awards in the THAC National Mediation Competition 2022 which is organized by the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC). The competition focused on the roles and responsibilities of the mediator during negotiations, lawyers and legal advisors who conduct negotiations in commercial disputes and other areas such as settlements for both parties to achieve a win-win solution.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul Participates as Panelist at IR Global IP / TMT Virtual Conference

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT), attended the IP / TMT Virtual Conference organized by IR Global, one of the largest professional services networks in the world that provides legal, accountancy and financial advice to companies and individuals. The Conference discussed a number of topics including "Why is AI Important for All Areas of Law?" where Anuwat provided his expertise in the area.

TAI Arbitrator Spotlight: Anuwat Ngamprasertkul

The Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) has produced a TAI Arbitrator Spotlight video introduction of Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner as well as Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet.

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Enlisted to Panel of Arbitrators of Thailand Arbitration Centre

Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, Partner and Head of Litigation and Dispute Resolution as well as Co-Head of Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet, has been enlisted to the Panel of Arbitrators of the Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC) for three years until 2025. Panelists must have outstanding experience and recognition in their field of expertise that is advantageous as an arbitrator.