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Tilleke & Gibbins

Thailand > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Utilising its office network across Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, Tilleke & Gibbins’s broad disputes offering encompasses civil and commercial litigation, as well as alternative dispute resolution. The firm is routinely entrusted by clients with a host of issues from public law and aviation disputes to construction and energy disputes. Joint practice head John Frangos’s strengths lie in contentious aircraft repossessions, fraud and employment matters, to name a few, while fellow practice head Chusert Supasitthumrong is active across all levels of Thai courts, as well as pre-eminent experience in out-of-court disputes. Thawat Damsa-ard focuses on disputes arising from the commercial arena. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

John Frangos; Chusert Supasitthumrong

Other key lawyers:

Thawat Damsa-ard; Noppramart Thammateeradaycho; Piyawat Vitooraporn


‘Piyawat Vitooraporn is an excellent associate, very down to earth and humble. It’s been a pleasure to work with him over the years now.’

‘The team demonstrates professionalism, provides expert advice both from a legal and business perspective and responds promptly.’

‘They have good insight into the Thai legal framework and able to explain to non-Thai lawyers on the local requirements in plain simple terms and provide advice that’s relevant and practical.’

‘Good understanding of local law, and able to communicate such to lawyers outside of Thai jurisdiction.’

‘The team is very professional, very prompt in their responses, very thorough and detailed in their analysis and always provide their advice with a commercial view to ensure the best for us.’

‘John Frangos is a very competent and a solution orientated litigator.’

‘They are meticulous in their research and recommendations. Their pre-trial preparation is very good as they help anticipate many possible scenarios the trial may go and prepare me. They are available to answer my queries even though they are busy on other cases.’

‘They have on several occasions spent mealtimes with me at their own expense and beyond their scope, especially when their job is done and they could have left. This speaks about their personal touch.’

Key clients



Bureau Veritas


Lonsin Capital


Stryker Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Lonsin Capital in a THB 688m cross-border financial dispute in regard to dividend payments.
  • Representing a U.S.-based importer and distributor of personal protective equipment in bringing a lawsuit against a Thai company for its failure to deliver a shipment of nitrile gloves valued at $11.1m.
  • Represented the Thai branch of Bureau Veritas in a case before the IP&IT Court (which featured the first-ever virtual hearing at the IP&IT Court) involving surveyor liability claims brought against our client in relation to a shipment of rice that was found to be spoiled upon arrival at the destination and rejected by the buyer.

Thailand > Intellectual property Tier 1

Darani Vachanavuttivong and Alan Adcock jointly helm Tilleke & Gibbins's IP practice, which is routinely entrusted by clients with a whole host of issues, ranging from trade mark searches and registration to license agreements and due diligence. The firm also fields a strong practice in the areas of IP enforcement, litigation and commercialisation. Somboon Earterasarun is noted by clients for his worldwide trade mark portfolio management, while Suebsiri Taweepon's broad range of experience covers contentious and non-contentious IP, with a notable focus on tech-related matters. Sukontip Jitmongkolthong is regularly trusted by international corporations for her knowledge of the enforcement of valuable IP rights. Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa is well-versed in matters of brand protection, IP enforcement, and anti-counterfeiting matters. Nandana Indananda is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Darani Vachanavuttivong; Alan Adcock

Other key lawyers:

Somboon Earterasarun; Suebsiri Taweepon; Sukontip Jitmongkolthong; Jakkrit Kuanpoth; Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa; Nandana Indananda


‘The team is very knowledgeable and all round in the areas that they advise for us.’

‘Quick to respond and they provide effective advice.’

‘Tilleke & Gibbins has a great network through many countries, with strong knowledge in handling international matters.’

‘The team demonstrates flexibility and customer focus.’

‘Alan Adcock is an exceptional IP and regulatory lawyer who dives deep into getting to know the needs of his clients to ensure a tailored solution is delivered.’

‘High level of expertise and experience in IP and capable of handling global IP portfolios. The team is also responsive.’

‘I really have to say that the IP team in Tilleke is par excellence. They are responsive and very practical in their advice and just very cooperative and willing to work seamlessly for any projects that we do together.’

‘My go-to firm in Thailand. Goes without saying that their legal and analytical skills are very good.’

Key clients




Formula One (F1) Group


Honda Motor


Philip Morris


Tao Kae Noi

Work highlights

  • Defended Alibaba successfully in a complex patent infringement suit related to the liability of e-commerce platforms for indirect IP infringement. Our representation led to a landmark decision from Thailand’s IP&IT Court, finding Alibaba not liable for a third party’s alleged IP infringement on its platforms.
  • Advised and assisted Nuovo Plus Co., Ltd. on its entrance into an agreement with Gotion Singapore Pte. Ltd., a company under the Gotion High-tech group, to form NV Gotion Co., Ltd., including extensive advice on IP licensing and commercialisation.
  • Represented Formula One (F1) Group successfully in a rare cross-class trademark opposition against a potential infringer in Thailand that had filed for registration of a mark that was confusingly similar to our client’s mark and name.

Thailand > Labour and employment Tier 1

On the contentious side of Tilleke & Gibbins's labour and employment practice, the team advises clients on sexual harassment claims, strike management and employment committee cases. Chusert Supasitthumrong helms the contentious team, being one of a few Labour Relations Advisors to the Thai Ministry of Labour, while Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut spearheads the non-contentious practice, which counts a number of leading multinational companies in its client roster. Key undertakings include advising on employee terminations, executive compensation and safety issues. Associate Nuanchun Somboonvinij assists with a range of contentious issues.

Practice head(s):

Chusert Supasitthumrong; Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut

Other key lawyers:


‘They have good insight into the Thai legal framework and are able to explain to non-Thai lawyers on the local requirements in plain simple terms, as well as provide advice that’s relevant and practical.’

‘Good understanding of Thai labour law, and the team is able to provide advice hat is plain and simple yet practical.’

Key clients



China International Capital Corporation (International) Limited


The Jelly Belly Candy Company

Pathology Asia Holdings Pte Ltd


Rightsify Group LLC

Walt Disney (Thailand)


Work highlights

  • Engaged by China International Capital Corporation (International) Limited (CICC) to prepare a comprehensive employment law guide for the Thai market and assist in reviewing CICC’s template offer letter.
  • Advised Rightsify Group LLC on independent contractor and employment issues under Thai laws and regulations, including assistance in preparing a template independent contractor agreement and template employment contract for their use in Thailand.
  • Assisted The Jelly Belly Candy Company with employment-related advice for their Thailand operations, including reviewing and revising the client’s work rules, which are to be distributed and adhered to by their employees.

Thailand > Tax Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins acts for domestic and multinational clients seeking to develop and implement comprehensive tax strategies for market entry and expansion, outbound investments and group restructurings. The team boasts considerable experience across a variety of industries, including consumer products, energy and infrastructure, financial services and technology. Practice leader Auaychai Sukawong joined the practice from KPMG Law Thailand in May 2022 and is noted for his expertise advising on matters concerning investment structuring planning, tax treaty interpretation and BEPS advisory.

Practice head(s):

Auaychai Sukawong

Key clients

AI and Robotics Ventures


Delivery Hero

International Business Machines (IBM)

PTT Oil and Retail

Kosei Aluminium


Summit Capital Leasing

Weiss Asset Management

Work highlights

  • Advised PTT Oil and Retail PCL (PTTOR) regarding its strategic investments projects and initiatives.
  • Assisted a European private equity firm with its €90m acquisition of 100% of shares in a leading supplier of cargo containers and pallets to the global logistics industry.
  • Acted as legal and tax counsel to the shareholders of Prime Packaging in the sale of a 100% stake in the company to BGC Packaging.

Thailand > TMT Tier 1

Counting multinational giants and start-ups among its key roster of clients, Tilleke & Gibbins's diverse range of capabilities extends from AI and blockchain to IT and fintech issues, with additional expertise in handling issues concerning the Data Protection Act. Joint practice head Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh focuses on regulatory compliance matters relating to a host of issues, from data privacy to insurtech, as well as holding an established presence in managing matters arising from high-tech industries. Charuwan Charoonchitsathian leads the telecoms team and advises on mandates concerning AI, robotics and media, while Suebsiri Taweepon co-leads the firm’s technology industry department and is well-regarded for his experience in IP licensing, as well as IP rights regarding NFTs and the metaverse. Another key name to note in the practice is Nopparat Lalitkomon, who focuses on data privacy, cybersecurity, and technology matters.

Practice head(s):

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh; Charuwan Charoonchitsathian; Suebsiri Taweepon

Other key lawyers:


‘They understand the landscape in Thailand and and the advice they provide is pragmatic.’

‘Charuwan Charoonchitsathian goes the extra mile for her clients.’

Key clients


AI and Robotics Ventures


Beryl 8 Plus PCL

Coda Payments

LINE Corporation

Meta Platforms, Inc.


True Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on its collaboration with a leading Thai satellite operator for the deployment of a Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation.
  • Appointed as the local data privacy representative for LINE Corporation and Facebook/META for compliance with regulations under Thailand’s PDPA.
  • Retained to assist Beryl 8 Plus PCL on a series of acquisitions in Thailand (collectively valued at approx. THB 1.8bn) to build a digital transformation ecosystem.

Thailand > Banking and finance Tier 2

Routinely trusted by banks, investment firms and various other financial institutions, Tilleke & Gibbins is particularly experienced in handling acquisition finance, corporate finance and project finance, as well as blockchain, cryptocurrency, and fintech matters. Santhapat Periera spearheads the practice, specialising in asset finance and project finance, while senior associate Niti Muangkote possesses strengths in managing commercial and financing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Santhapat Periera

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Brown Brothers Harriman

Carlyle Aviation

China Development Bank


Goldman Sachs

Greenday Group Company Limited

KBZ Group

Rojana Power Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

TMBThanachart Bank PCL

Work highlights

  • Acted for Rojana Power Co., Ltd. as borrower in refinancing a syndicated loan for power projects in Thailand with a collective capacity of 468 MW, with incoming new debt containing up to THB 8bn in term loan facilities granted by a syndicate of TISCO Bank PCL and The Siam Commercial Bank PCL.
  • Acted as Thai legal counsel to the finance parties in relation to the amendment and restatement of a Senior Facility Agreement and Mezzanine Facility Agreement secured on a UK hotel portfolio, where an approx. £8m cash deposit in a Thai bank account with Deutsche Bank AG needed to be temporarily secured as part of the collateral for both facilities.
  • Acted as Thai legal counsel to aircraft lessors in connection with a sale and leaseback transaction involving four Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a leading budget airline.

Thailand > Capital markets Tier 2

Joining the firm in January 2023 from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Yaowarote Klinboon now leads the Tilleke & Gibbins team, bolstering the practice with her wealth of experience in securities offerings, among others. The team is routinely entrusted by a range of corporations and financial services firms to advise on debt and equity securities, IPO filings, funds and digital assets. Kobkit Thienpreecha acts for investment management funds, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency exchanges on a range of issues, while associate Karinevidch Olivero is active across banking and finance, media, retail, and real estate industries.

Practice head(s):

Yaowarote Klinboon


‘Quick response, attention to detail, and availability are all attributes of the team.’

Key clients

Beryl 8 Plus PCL


FBS Markets Inc.

Federated Hermes Limited

Liberator Securities Co., Ltd.

Mirae Asset Global Investments

Morgan Stanley

NAGA Markets Europe Ltd.

Nation Group (Thailand) PCL

T.K.S. Technologies PCL

Work highlights

  • Assisted a Thai pipe manufacturer and construction services provider on all legal aspects of its planned IPO and listing on Thailand’s Market for Alternative Investment (MAI).
  • Assisted T.K.S. Technologies PCL with the issuance of 115,000,000 newly issued ordinary shares to Sabuy Technology PCL via a private placement as one of the sources of funds for its acquisition of shares in Advanced Information Technology PCL.
  • Advised Nation Group (Thailand) PCL on the rights issue of 8,135,940,724 new shares and 2,711,980,241 units of the warrants as sweeteners to existing shareholders who subscribe for the rights issue shares.

Thailand > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Spearheaded by Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, Tilleke & Gibbins advises clients on corporate and commercial matters across the automotive, consumer products, manufacturing and technology sectors, to name a few. The team handles energy-related M&A, spinoffs and joint ventures, as well as working with notable public and private companies on a diverse array of matters. Key contact Supasit Boonsanong specialises in cross-border transactions, particularly in the energy sector, while Yaowarote Klinboon, who joined the practice from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in January 2023, possesses strengths in handling M&A work arising post-IPO.

Practice head(s):

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Amarenco Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

ATS Automation Tooling

AQ Estate PCL

Beryl 8 Plus PCL

GPV Group

Green Tech Ventures PCL


Nuovo Plus Co., Ltd.

Valeura Energy


Work highlights

  • Advised Amarenco Asia Pacific on its THB 15bn joint venture with Power System & Solutions for the joint development of ground-and rooftop-mounted solar power plants with a collective capacity of up to 500 MW.
  • Advised Valeura Energy on its complex acquisition of secondary offshore oil and gas assets in the Gulf of Thailand from Mubadala Petroleum.
  • Advised Beryl 8 Plus PCL on a series of acquisitions in Thailand to build a digital transformation ecosystem.

Thailand > Customs and international trade Tier 2

Thailand > Insurance Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins's capabilities include a diverse range of work, from insurance claims and litigation to advising clients on the legal implications of new products. The practice is jointly led by insurtech expert Athistha Chitranukroh, who re-joined the practice in August 2022 following a one-year hiatus, alongside Eric Meyer and Noppramart Thammateeradaycho. Meyer has particular strengths in contentious matters, regularly assisting insurers and reinsurers with damage to infrastructure and a variety of other issues, while Thammateeradaycho is routinely engaged in maritime insurance claims.

Practice head(s):

Athistha Chitranukroh; EricMeyer; Noppramart Thammateeradaycho


‘Tilleke & Gibbins is a well known and highly respected law firm in the industry with in-depth understanding of insurance practices, and regulatory environments.’

‘Athistha Chitranukroh is one of the top lawyers in the industry, very insightful and is an expert in insurance and technology related matters.’

‘We have found them to be very knowledgeable on the various aspects of insurance law, and practical in their advice.’

‘Athistha Chitranukroh has been a pleasure to work with. She is always prompt and responsive, and ensures that her team delivers a solid work product.’

Key clients




Auto & General

Dhipaya Insurance

Marsh PB



Thai General Insurance Association

Thai Life Assurance Association

Work highlights

  • Advised Thai Life Assurance Association and Thai General Insurance Association to advise on the drafting and implementation of two sets of PDPA compliance guidelines for the insurance industry in Thailand.
  • Advised AIG to provide ongoing legal and regulatory advice with respect to its operations and insurance product offerings in Thailand as well as in other emerging jurisdictions across Southeast Asia.
  • Advised AIA Thailand with the Thai legal elements of its launch of a customer-facing mobile application (AIA+) and an agent-facing mobile application (AIA iPoS+) to consolidate standard processes and procedures for the sale and maintenance of insurance policies in Thailand.

Thailand > Projects and energy Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins is well-placed to handle various clean energy and renewables matters, routinely involved in solar, wind energy, biomass and hydroelectric projects. The team also covers a host of infrastructure projects, including those arising from the real estate, transport, telecoms, utilities and social infrastructure sectors. Practice head Supasit Boonsanong is sought out for his expertise in cross-border energy transactions, as well as possessing expertise in drafting and negotiating high-value EPC contracts for a variety of projects. Charuwan Charoonchitsathian demonstrates proficiency in project development and finance, EPC agreements, M&A and business reorganisations. Joseph Tomkiewicz left the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Supasit Boonsanong

Other key lawyers:

Charuwan Charoonchitsathian

Key clients

Alpha Fine Chemicals Limited

Amarenco Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

Global Green Chemicals

Global Power Synergy PCL


Nuovo Plus Co., Ltd. (a JVC of Global Power Synergy PCL)

PTT Tank Terminal Co., Ltd.

Rojana Power Co., Ltd.

Sahacogen (Chonburi) PCL

Valeura Energy, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Represented and advised one of the leading consortium members on the implementation and construction of the Laem Chabang Port Phase 3 Development Project, a mega infrastructure development plan under the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme.
  • Assisting a joint venture between Global Green Chemicals Plc and Kaset Thai International Sugar Corporation Plc on the THB 20 billion construction, development, and operation of the first bioeconomy complex in Thailand.
  • Retained by IRPC PLC to advise on the construction and development of two clean fuel projects (i.e., an Ultra Clean Fuel Diesel Euro V Grade Refinery Project (UCF) and a Hydrogen Manufacturing Unit Project (HMU)), collectively valued at approximately $500m.

Thailand > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins services a blend of domestics and multinationals from the hospitality and manufacturing sectors, aiding with land acquisition, licences and permits for property development, as well as representing clients in real estate disputes. Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn leads the team, specialising in real estate development and property management, while Cynthia Pornavalai advises clients within the tourism and hospitality industries on project finance and construction mandates. Senior associate Supranee Arjjit, who joined from DLA Piper in January 2023, handles matters concerning commercial real estate law and property funds.

Practice head(s):

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

Other key lawyers:


‘Excellent technical skills and great negotiators- very good business acumen.’

‘Partner Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn is a savvy, responsive and very well organized lawyer who puts the interest of the client before any dogma or rigid principles. A genuine problem solver who displays a high level of resilience and patience.’

Key clients

Ananda Development PCL

CMA CGM Inland Services (Thailand) Limited



JC Kelvin Development

King Furniture

Marriott International

PTT Tank Terminal

Scania Siam Co., Ltd.

True Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted a European PE firm with its EUR 90 m acquisition of 100% of shares in a leading supplier of cargo containers and pallets to the global logistics industry, and its EUR 70m acquisition of catering business assets from a leading designer and manufacturer of on-board catering equipment for the global aviation industry.
  • Advised a multinational corporation on its THB 1.2 bn acquisition of land, buildings, leasehold rights, lease agreements with merchants, and certain inventory from the State Railway of Thailand.
  • Advised the Thai subsidiary of an automotive company on its entrance into a 10-year Land and Building Lease Agreement for a building that will serve as a show room, delivery center, and service center in Thailand.

Thailand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Led by Cynthia M. PornavalaiJohn Frangos and Thawat Damsa-ardTilleke & Gibbins's restructuring and insolvency practice is well-versed in matters concerning business rehabilitation, distribution of assets amid company closure and managing business renewals. Pornavalai and Damsa-ard’s expertise broadly covers bankruptcy, restructuring and insolvency, with the latter recently achieving success in protecting numerous creditors’ interests in the Thai Airways rehabilitation case.

Practice head(s):

Cynthia M. Pornavalai; John Frangos; Thawat Damsa-ard

Key clients

American Express

Carlyle Aviation

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company

Dnata Catering

Euler Hermes

General Motors Thailand and General Motors Powertrain

Pratt & Whitney

Work highlights

  • Representing an aviation operating and leasing company in the Thai rehabilitation proceedings of an airline that defaulted on three lease agreements, including preparing and submitting a debt repayment application (valued at $10m).
  • Retained to assist a world leader in the aircraft leasing industry in filing an approximately $2m debt repayment claim under the business rehabilitation plan of an airline.

Thailand > Transport Tier 2

Pre-eminent in the aviation sector, Tilleke & Gibbins is routinely entrusted with aircraft transactions and financings by a multitude of clients, including airlines, air cargo firms and insurers, among others. The practice is jointly led by John Frangos, who is regarded for his aviation and dispute capabilities, and Santhapat Periera, who demonstrates strength on the transactional side of aviation-related matters. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho leads the shipping team, advising on ship arrests and collisions, as well as marine casualties, in addition to being involved in maritime insurance disputes.

Practice head(s):

John Frangos; Noppramart Thammateeradaycho; Santhapat Periera


‘Great availability, commercial and practical.’

Key clients


Carlyle Aviation

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company

Euler Hermes

GE Capital Aviation Services

Jeju Air

Pacific Air Holdings

Pratt & Whitney

Sky Leasing

Spafax LLC

China Shipping

Japan Transport Engineering Company

Maersk Line


Seafarers’ Rights International

Work highlights

  • Representing Carlyle Aviation in claiming $10m in damages in connection with breached Aircraft Lease Agreements on three leased Boeing 737-800 aircraft.
  • Acted as Thai legal counsel to aircraft lessors in connection with a sale and leaseback transaction involving four Airbus A320-200 aircraft with a leading budget airline.
  • Advising a world-leading P&I club on a substantial maritime dispute in Thailand involving five ship arrest petitions, collectively valued at THB 200 million, filed against our client’s vessel.

Thailand > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Capable of advising across a full suite of ADR proceedings, Tilleke & Gibbins is especially active in the construction, energy, infrastructure and maritime arenas. John Frangos, Michael Ramirez and Noppramart Thammateeradaycho steer the practice, with the latter possessing notable expertise in the construction, energy, insurance and aviation and shipping industries.

Practice head(s):

John Frangos; Noppramart Thammateeradaycho; Michael Ramirez

Key clients

Insultec International

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented the Thai subsidiary of a multinational real estate development and property management conglomerate in construction-related arbitration before the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI).

Since 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins’ head office has been located in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital and a regional center of commerce. From our offices in Bangkok, we serve the drivers of the regional economy, from regional operating headquarters to manufacturing conglomerates to new entrants in the Southeast Asian market.

Our Bangkok office offers unparalleled legal representation in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property. We are also recognized by independent third parties for excellence in the fields of tax, regulatory affairs, transportation and logistics, technology, and banking and finance.

As a proudly independent regional firm, Tilleke & Gibbins is unique for our dedication to Thailand and Southeast Asia. It’s not just a market, but our home as well. Besides housing one of the best legal libraries in Thailand, our Bangkok office is home to our Museum of Counterfeit Goods, which educates visitors on intellectual property protection and enforcement, and our Textile Collection, which showcases our support for the cultures of the region by bringing together, preserving, and displaying over 2,000 pieces from different regions and ethnic groups in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Our firm: Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 240 lawyers and consultants practicing in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. We provide full-service legal solutions to the top investors and high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia.

Established in Bangkok in 1890, we have since grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm across Southeast Asia due to our commercial focus, local knowledge, and extraordinary service.

Commercial focus: Your long-term success is our utmost priority, and we take the time to learn about your unique corporate culture, operational needs, and commercial goals, to determine how we can best provide value to your organization. From highly technical experience in specific fields, to a deep understanding of your business, our team is committed to providing high-quality legal advice, tailored to meet your unique needs, to best help you succeed.

Local knowledge: You need a local partner to help you navigate emerging markets that can otherwise present unfamiliar challenges. We bring an international perspective, but we have deep roots in each jurisdiction where we practice. We know the local players in your industry, can identify advantageous private partnerships and areas for government collaboration, and act as your gateway through language and cultural barriers.

Extraordinary service: Our team takes pride in providing extraordinary service that exceeds your expectations. When you work with us, you can expect to have a team of collaborative advisors who provide you with clear, practical advice; who are responsive in all our communications; who represent you with integrity; and who apply an innovative approach in everything we do. With clients as extraordinary as ours, we know that nothing short of extraordinary legal services will suffice.

Our practice areas
Aviation: Tilleke & Gibbins’ cross-disciplinary aviation team serves airlines, aircraft lessors and lessees, insurers, banks, air cargo firms, and other aviation-related companies in Southeast Asia, one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation markets. With our firm’s top-ranked dispute resolution and corporate departments, as well as our multijurisdictional presence, we are well placed to advise clients in aviation matters.

Our practice covers:

    • Aircraft leasing disputes and repossessions
    • Civil aviation regulations
    • Air carrier liability
    • Air carrier insurance claims and disputes
    • Commercial and labor disputes involving the aviation industry
    • Aircraft acquisitions and sales
    • Aircraft leasing and financing

Our understanding of the business and regulatory environments in Southeast Asia, as well as our strong relationships, enables us to provide unparalleled breadth of support to clients in the aviation sector. In addition to representing our clients in corporate, commercial, and financing transactions, we regularly represent our clients before civil aviation departments, courts, and arbitration tribunals.

Banking and finance: Through long-term relationships with domestic and international businesses, financial institutions, investors, and regulators, we consistently deliver insight and results to both borrowers and lenders to facilitate the region’s largest projects, groundbreaking real estate transactions, and most ambitious businesses.

Our banking and finance team is trusted by major local and foreign banks, securities brokers and dealers, equity and investment firms, and other financial institutions to assist with their lending activities, market entry, and day-to-day operations in the region. Through our advice on licensing and establishment, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and joint ventures, and every other aspect of operations, we have helped the region’s leading banking institutions thrive in the emerging markets of Southeast Asia.

We are also proud to be a trusted authority on technological solutions in the industry, with our robust technology industry group working with some of the world’s most innovative companies on fintech, cryptocurrency, blockchain, and cybersecurity matters.

Capital markets: We represent global and regional corporations and funds looking to issue equity instruments and debt securities, and we advise underwriters and issuers on crucial matters of disclosure when they prepare to offer securities to the public or to private investors. Our specialists advise on all types of financial instruments (including loans, securities, mutual funds, property funds, bonds, and derivatives), financial workouts and restructuring, and investment in regional assets and capital markets.

We have advised on the listing and secondary listing of hundreds of companies on markets around the world, and are well-equipped to quickly and confidently advise on navigating the regulatory requirements needed to advance your interests in Southeast Asia and beyond. Our extensive experience guiding clients through capital market regulatory frameworks in Southeast Asia and beyond has enabled clients to achieve the cash flow to support their investment goals. Issuers, underwriters, shareholders, originators, trustees, and depositaries all rely on Tilleke & Gibbins to ensure that investments with a Southeast Asian element are sound and secure.

Competition and trade: Tilleke & Gibbins provides real-world advice on antitrust and competition laws, including merger control and notifications, price-fixing, abuse of dominance, cooperation among competitors, antidumping, and countervailing duties. We understand the realities of business development in Southeast Asia and can help you create effective and compliant action plans for market entry and expansion.

Our regional trade practice is rooted in a deep understanding of the cross-border movement of goods and capital in Southeast Asia, and our dynamic practice represents clients in such diverse fields as life sciences, consumer products, financial services, technology, raw materials, and logistics. We advise on every aspect of trade, including valuations and customs investigations and compliance, origin and exporter verification, movement of hazardous materials, logistics and warehousing, import/export controls, and international treaty frameworks.

Compliance and investigations: Tilleke & Gibbins offers a wide array of specialist legal, regulatory, and practical advice on government and internal investigations, white-collar defense, compliance, and anti-corruption matters, tailored for local jurisdictions. Our multi-jurisdictional team can assist you seamlessly across borders with a deep knowledge of local business practices and cultures.

Our investigation and compliance practice includes:

    • Internal corporate investigations
    • Advising clients on criminal and regulatory investigations
    • Advising clients on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the U.K. Bribery Act
    • Providing insight into local anti-corruption laws, regulatory regimes, and business culture
    • Designing, advising, and implementing compliance programs
    • Anti-corruption due diligence on agents, partners, and M&A targets
    • Anti-corruption risk assessments and audits

Consumer products: The consumer products team at Tilleke & Gibbins will partner with you across all stages of commercializing your product in Southeast Asia.

At the concept and design stage, we help protect your innovation through patent and trademark services, and pave the way for market entry and product launches through market surveys and commercialization services.

At the realization stage, we work with you to secure favorable manufacturing and warehousing deals, enter into joint ventures with trusted local partners, and navigate the regulatory and labelling regimes to ensure that your products are compliant and profitable. When manufacturing is underway, we advise on labor and employment matters on an ongoing basis, and on the vital licensing, distribution, and franchising agreements to get your products to market worldwide.

Corporate/M&A: Tilleke & Gibbins serves both international clients wishing to acquire operations in Asia and domestic clients wishing to invest in businesses abroad.

With international legal experts throughout Southeast Asia, we are able to assemble a team for each matter that is tailored to the exact needs of each client. Our clients also tap into our worldwide network of associated law firms to assist with cross-border transactions, and benefit from our unique ability to negotiate and draft strong contracts in English, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and various other languages.

We also specialize in the mechanics of starting and operating a business in Southeast Asia, including registration, licenses and permits, company secretarial services, tax matters, employment, immigration, regulatory affairs, and property.

Dispute resolution and litigation: Tilleke & Gibbins is a stalwart advocate for companies facing disputes in Southeast Asia, as well as those seeking to mitigate risks from their Southeast Asian operations. From high-value commercial litigation to complex intellectual property rights management, we secure results for our clients before trial and appellate judges, arbitrators, and government adjudicators, and at negotiation tables across every area of legal practice.

We treat our clients as the most valuable members of our litigation teams, partnering you with the most appropriate litigators, specialized practitioners, and international dispute tacticians to give you the best possible support in difficult situations. We collaborate with each client to develop a strategy that matches your particular goals and budget, and staff our litigation teams with multilingual attorneys to ensure fluent, effective client communication.

Our size and experience allow us to handle an active caseload covering the full spectrum of civil and criminal matters, as well as alternative dispute resolution proceedings including arbitration, mediation, and conciliation. Whatever the problem, our team of dispute resolution practitioners stands ready to protect your interests.

Employment: Tilleke & Gibbins’ first goal is to help employers formulate long-term, yet flexible, strategies on conditions of employment, labor-management relations, and other critical employment issues. When conflict cannot be avoided, we assist our clients with employment claims in court. We combine the strength of our dispute resolution and litigation team with the expertise of our employment attorneys to offer the following services:

    • Strategic employment advice. Conditions of employment, work rules and regulations, employment agreements, benefit plans, executive compensation, labor protection, workers’ compensation, social security, provident funds, and safety issues.
    • Commercial transactions. Issues related to labor expansion, contraction, and integration due to mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring.
    • Labor-management relations. Conflicts in the workplace, strike management and control, lockouts, and labor demands.
    • Immigration. Work permits, visas, and permanent residence permits.
    • Employment and labor litigation. Enforcement of restrictive covenants related to competition and trade secrets, termination of employment claims, and sexual harassment claims.

Energy: We partner with national and multinational clients to ensure appropriate financing, licensing, success of major project investments, and proper labor and employment practices while also assisting with risk management and protection of technological innovation.

We act for clients across the energy mix in Southeast Asia. We support the activities of national and international operators in the petroleum industry, such as offshore drilling, rig decommissioning, oil and gas exploration, upstream and downstream operations, petrochemicals, transportation, and more. In clean energy technologies and renewables, we represent leading companies and exciting new players in solar and wind energy, as well as important hydroelectric projects in the region. We are also experienced in guiding generation and transmission projects past regulatory hurdles. Our expert legal advice on contracts and licensing, project finance, infrastructure development, joint ventures, and public-private partnerships enables our clients to power the ongoing development of our region.

Insurance: Tilleke & Gibbins offers a leading regional practice in insurance and reinsurance law across Southeast Asia. Our team is unique in being led by local practitioners with international industry experience and credentials gained through years of experience in-house at some of the world’s largest insurers. Our regular representation of many world-leading insurers and reinsurers, and our achievements while working with them, has led to regular recognition by world-leading legal industry directories such as Chambers Asia-PacificThe Legal 500, and Asialaw Profiles.

Our insurance services include:

    • Property, casualty, and financial lines coverage disputes
    • Reinsurance litigation and arbitration
    • Professional indemnity, and directors and officers defense
    • Employers, public, product, and environmental liability
    • Aviation, marine, construction, and energy disputes
    • Mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings
    • Online distribution, bancassurance, and broking activities
    • Market entry and regional operations
    • Regulatory compliance
    • Policy wording advice and localization

Intellectual property: We help creators strategically position, protect, and profit from intellectual assets in diverse markets worldwide. Our success on our clients’ behalf has led to global recognition as a leading intellectual property practice by such surveys as Asialaw Profiles, Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Managing Intellectual Property, Practical Law Company, World Trademark Review, Asia IP, Asian Legal Business, and others.

We are versatile practitioners—well-educated in the overlapping fields of science, technology, and the law by top universities and real-world practice in one of the toughest IP regions in the world. Our IP group includes lawyers and patent agents with backgrounds in chemistry, biology, computer science, food science, materials science, and physics; support personnel including investigators and government/police liaisons; and technical specialists in various scientific fields, on an as-needed basis.

Life sciences: The Tilleke & Gibbins life sciences team combines experienced commercial attorneys, patent experts with technical degrees, and licensed pharmacists with industry experience to offer a full range of services to companies operating in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food and beverages, biotechnology, medical devices, veterinary products, consumer products, and other life sciences sectors. We regularly assist with:

    • Regulatory affairs. Registration and prosecution of pharmaceuticals, biotech products, food and food supplements, narcotic and psychotropic substances, medical devices, cosmetics, hazardous substances, and animal and crop health products with national food and drug agencies and agricultural regulators.
    • Corporate and transactional matters. Advising on corporate establishment, cross-border and multi-jurisdictional transactions, labor and employment, due diligence, compliance investigations, IP valuation and licensing, assignments and acquisitions, franchising, distributorship, technology transfer, and tax and customs issues.
    • IP registration. Strategic portfolio management of patents, trademarks, trade secrets, copyright, and geographical indications, including IP search, registration, freedom-to-operate opinions, recordal, and prosecution.
    • IP enforcement and litigation. Advising on pre-litigation and arbitration, IP litigation and strategy, validity challenges and invalidations, product liability, consumer complaints and recalls, and monitoring for infringing products in the market or under the application process.

Property: Tilleke & Gibbins provides efficient, cost-effective, business-oriented representation on property transactions. We work with domestic and multinational companies to develop tailored solutions for regional investment and global growth.

In addition to advice on contractual and conveyancing matters, our team provides a holistic approach to property transactions, advising on joint ventures, licensing and permits, zoning, insurance, tax, and, when necessary, dispute resolution and litigation. We are also one of the most trusted authorities on environmental law in the region, helping clients to ensure that their developments are compliant and sustainable.

We help clients in all industries, from manufacturing to hospitality, capitalize on opportunities for business success in Southeast Asian markets. Whether it’s helping a new joint venture establish a new factory, securing licenses and permits for a developer to start construction of residential or commercial real estate, or advising investors on land deals, Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to be a catalyst for the smart and sustainable development of Southeast Asia.

Regulatory affairs: Our dynamic regulatory affairs group is built on decades of practice in the region and is committed to keeping pace with discovery and innovation. Our client teams are led by experienced attorneys and specialized practitioners and include, as appropriate to the client and its industry, pharmacists, agricultural consultants, and other regulatory specialists. We guide our clients through the layers of formal and informal rules, policies, and procedures, and help our clients forge constructive relationships with regulatory authorities.

We assist with the registration and prosecution of pharmaceuticals, biotechnology products, food and food supplements, narcotic and psychotropic substances, medical devices, cosmetics, hazardous substances, and animal and crop health products with national food and drug agencies and agricultural regulators.

Our practice spans the following disciplines:

    • Clinical trials and consumer testing
    • Registration with public health authorities
    • FDA import, export, and manufacturing licenses
    • Crop care registration with agricultural regulatory authorities
    • Animal, aquatic, and hazardous substance registration
    • Import, export, and manufacturing licenses
    • Holding licenses
    • Regulatory compliance and maintenance
    • Labeling and advertising clearance
    • Intellectual property

Tax: Tilleke & Gibbins is consistently recognized as a top tax practice across Southeast Asia. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific credits the practice, headquartered in Thailand, with “excellent levels of service,” “prompt response times,” and “clear and well-structured advice.”

We dedicate our thorough understanding of the region’s tax regimes to helping clients achieve their business objectives, while also maximizing tax benefits and minimizing tax liabilities. We advise on an array of tax matters, including customs duties, excise tax, specific business tax, transfer pricing, petroleum income tax, corporate income tax, property and land tax, tax planning, double taxation treaties, personal income tax, stamp duties, signboard tax, and value added tax (VAT).

Market leaders in diverse sectors—including financial, manufacturing, consumer goods, construction, and energy—seek our advice in tax matters that span the spectrum of business activities. Our strategic approach to tax advice protects your commercial interests in the region and ensures that your business in Southeast Asia remains tax-efficient, well structured, and sustainable.

Technology: Our experts handle key issues and developments shaping the technology sector today, including emerging and swiftly evolving areas such as privacy and data protection, IT infrastructure, embedded technologies, the Internet of Things, data centers, fintech, insurtech, regtech, digital currency, ICOs, crowdfunding, and more.

Our firm represents leading multinational technology manufacturers, content developers and distributors, digital business operators, telecommunications providers, and other leading companies in cutting edge industries. We help our clients to strategically position, protect, and profit from their valuable intellectual property in diverse markets worldwide, and ensure the clearance and licensing of intellectual property as it relates to film, television, radio, and internet content.

Please browse the case studies on our website to read about how we have helped various clients over the years.

Head office
Thailand (Bangkok): since 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins’ head office has been located in Bangkok, Thailand’s center of commerce, serving the drivers of the regional economy, from regional operating headquarters to manufacturing conglomerates to new entrants in the Southeast Asian market. The Bangkok office offers unparalleled legal representation in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property. We are also recognized by independent third parties for excellence in the fields of tax, regulatory affairs, transportation and logistics, technology, multimedia, and communications, and banking and finance.

Other offices
Cambodia (Phnom Penh): built on a strong local foundation, the Cambodia practice offers a team of dedicated Khmer advisors who draw on the international expertise of the Bangkok office to provide advice on intellectual property, licensing, and regulatory issues. Among a range of industries, the team in Phnom Penh also specializes in sectors including franchising, life sciences, and high technology.

Indonesia (Jakarta): the Jakarta office, which operates as a dedicated intellectual property agency, brings Tilleke & Gibbins’ high standards of quality and client care to the Indonesian market. Leading multinational clients depend on our Indonesia team to protect their patents, trademarks, copyright, and other IP rights. Our team of qualified intellectual property consultants assists clients with patent, utility model, design, and trademark applications and registrations, renewals, searches, responses to office actions, oppositions, cancellations, recordal of license agreements, due diligence, watch services, copyright recordation, and a wide range of other services to help you manage your portfolio of intellectual assets.

Laos (Vientiane): the Vientiane practice provides legal advice for foreign investors in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic. With particular expertise in intellectual property law, our team has assisted hundreds of multinational corporations with trademark and patent registration and enforcement in Laos. Building on our expertise in IP law, the team in Laos is also well positioned to work with local associates to advise clients on a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, from company formation to projects and infrastructure to labor and employment issues.

Myanmar (Yangon): the Tilleke & Gibbins team in Yangon assists new market entrants to navigate this unfamiliar jurisdiction. As the Myanmar government pushes forward with establishing new legal frameworks governing how investors can operate businesses, our team provides the practical, on-the-ground experience necessary to meet business objectives in the country. Backed by the expertise of the Bangkok office, our Myanmar office has particular strength in the area of intellectual property, protecting and defending the building blocks of domestic and international businesses.

Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City): Tilleke & Gibbins has been practicing law in Vietnam since becoming the first foreign law firm to be granted a license to establish a representative office in Vietnam in 1992. With two office locations in the hubs of both the Northern and Southern parts of the country, Tilleke & Gibbins helps businesses capitalize on Vietnam’s abundant trade and investment opportunities.  The Vietnam teams play a part in this true emerging market, by providing a full array of legal services spanning virtually all industries and practice areas. The Vietnam offices have been recognized by top legal publications and directories in the areas of trademarks and patents, construction and real estate, corporate and M&A, banking and finance, dispute resolution, employment, and technology.

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition and Trade, Compliance and Investigations Michael Ramirez michael.r@tilleke.com +66 2056 5794
Aviation, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation John Frangos john.fr@tilleke.com +66 2056 5790
Aviation, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Santhapat Periera santhapat.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5995
Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Property Cynthia Pornavalai cynthia.p@tilleke.com +66 2056 5559
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Consumers Product, Competition and Trade, Corporate/M&A, Tax Kobkit Thienpreecha kobkit.t@tilleke.com +66 2056 5534
Consumers Product, Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa wiramrudee.m@tilleke.com +66 2056 5873
Corporate/M&A, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon charunun.s@tilleke.com +66 2056 5541
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Tiziana Sucharitkul tiziana.s@tilleke.com +66 2056 5777
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Thawat Damsa-ard thawat.d@tilleke.com +66 2056 5500
Employment Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut june.v@tilleke.com +66 2056 5588
Employment Chusert Supasitthumrong chusert.s@tilleke.com +66 2056 5793
Insurance Eric M. Meyer eric.m@tilleke.com +66 2056 5797
Insurance Noppramart Thammateeradaycho noppramart.t@tilleke.com +66 2653 5790
Intellectual Property Darani Vachanavuttivong darani.v@tilleke.com +66 2056 5888
Life Sciences, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Affairs Alan Adcock alan.a@tilleke.com +66 2056 5871
Property Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn chaiwat.k@tilleke.com +66 2056 5507
Life Sciences, Regulatory affairs Atthachai Homhuan atthachai.h@tilleke.com +66 2056 5610
Energy Supasit Boonsanong supasit.b@tilleke.com +66 2056 5660
Technology Suebsiri Taweepon suebsiri.t@tilleke.com +66 2056 5877
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Alan Adcock photo Mr Alan Adcock Partner Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Commercial Transactions and M&A, Life Sciences, Regulatory…
Supasit Boonsanong photo Mr Supasit Boonsanong Partner and Head of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Energy Practice Practice Areas: Energy,…
Charuwan Charoonchitsathian  photo Charuwan Charoonchitsathian Partner
Athistha (Nop)  Chitranukroh photo Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh Partner and Director, Corporate and Commercial
Thawat Damsa-ard photo Mr Thawat Damsa-ard Partner and Chief Litigator Practice Areas: Competition and Trade; Compliance and Investigations;…
Somboon Earterasarun photo Mr Somboon Earterasarun Partner Practice Areas: Consumer Products, Intellectual Property
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Sukontip Jitmongkolthong photo Ms Sukontip Jitmongkolthong Partner Practice Areas: Intellectual Property
Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn photo Mr Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn Partner and Head of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Property Practice Practice Areas: Corporate/M&A,…
Yaowarote Klinboon photo Ms Yaowarote Klinboon Partner
Nopparat Lalitkomon photo Mr Nopparat Lalitkomon Partner Practice Areas: Technology, Banking and Finance, Competition and Trade, Corporate/M&A, Employment
David Lyman photo Mr David Lyman Chairman and Chief Values Officer Practice Areas: Management, Client Relations and Development,…
Eric M. Meyer photo Mr Eric M. Meyer Consultant Practice Areas: Consumer Products, Insurance, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and…
Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa photo Ms Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa Partner Practice Areas: Consumer Products, Intellectual Property,
Niti Muangkote photo Niti Muangkote Counsel
Santhapat Periera photo Mr Santhapat Periera Partner Practice Areas: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources,…
Cynthia M. Pornavalai photo Ms Cynthia M. Pornavalai Counsel Practice Areas: Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring, Trade…
Michael Ramirez photo Mr Michael Ramirez Counsel Practice Areas: Competition and Trade, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and…
Charunun Sathitsuksomboon photo Ms Charunun Sathitsuksomboon Partner Practice Area: Corporate/M&A, Competition and Trade, Consumer Products
Tiziana Sucharitkul photo Ms Tiziana Sucharitkul Managing Partner Practice Areas: Litigation, Arbitration, and Dispute Resolution; Commercial Law
Auaychai Sukawong photo Auaychai Sukawong Partner
Prisna Sungwanna photo Ms Prisna Sungwanna Partner Practice Areas: Aviation, Energy, Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employment, Property
Chusert Supasitthumrong photo Mr Chusert Supasitthumrong Partner Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Employment, Product Liability and Consumers Claims,…
Suebsiri Taweepon photo Mr Suebsiri Taweepon Partner Practice Areas: Intellectual Property; Technology, Multimedia, and Communications; Dispute Resolution and…
Noppramart Thammateeradaycho photo Ms Noppramart Thammateeradaycho Partner Practice Areas: Insurance, Technology, Competition and Trade, Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Kobkit Thienpreecha photo Mr Kobkit Thienpreecha Partner Practice Areas: Corporate Services, Commercial Transactions and M&A, Capital Market Compliance…
Darani Vachanavuttivong photo Mrs Darani Vachanavuttivong Managing Partner and Managing Director of Intellectual Property Department Practice Area: Intellectual…
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