Tilleke & Gibbins > Bangkok, Thailand > Firm Profile

Tilleke & Gibbins
SUPALAI GRAND TOWER, 26 F
1011 RAMA 3 ROAD, CHONGNONSI, YANNAWA
BANGKOK 10120
Thailand

Thailand > Customs and international trade Tier 1

The customs and international trade practice at Tilleke & Gibbins represents domestic and international clients in a range of matters, including customs classifications and valuations, anti-dumping compliance and import and export licensing. The team is jointly led by Michael Ramirez, Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn and Kobkit Thienpreecha. Ramirez assists domestic and international clients with customs and excise litigation cases, and Teerasitsathaporn also handles complex customs disputes.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler (Thailand)

Colgate-Palmolive

Daimler

Oculus VR

Pepsi-Cola

Red Bull GMBH

Siam Kubota

Tao Kae Noi

Work highlights

  • Advised an NYSE-listed manufacturing company for major OEMs on rules of origin application and other customs benefits under the India-Thailand FTA and the ASEAN-India FTA.
  • Advised a multinational chemical manufacturing company on anti-dumping, regional value content (RVC) rules, and related customs issues under the China-Thailand FTA.
  • Advised an American energy drink manufacturer on registration of an excise tax mark on canned beverages with the Thai Excise Department in order to streamline the excise tax process when importing products into Thailand.

Thailand > Intellectual property Tier 1

Praised for being ‘immersed in the intricacies of their key client sectors, including life sciences, healthcare, TMT and consumer products’, Tilleke & Gibbins provides ‘first-class advice and support’ to clients on a broad range of IP matters. Practice co-leader Darani Vachanavuttivong is noted for her expertise in the enforcement of IP rights, including trademarks, copyrights and patents, while practice co-leader Alan Adcock’s ‘understanding of IP in Thailand and across the region is second to none’, particularly in the life sciences sector. Nandana Indananda focuses on litigation matters and Somboon Earterasarun handles IP protection work, while Sukontip Jitmongkolthong is praised for her ‘excellent knowledge in the enforcement of IP rights’. Key contacts also include Suebsiri Taweepon and Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa, who has experience in brand protection, IP enforcement and anti-counterfeiting matters.

Testimonials

‘One of the best IP firms in Thailand. Immersed in the intricacies of their key client sectors, including life sciences & healthcare, TMT and consumer products, helping them to provide first-class advice and support.’ 

‘Alan Adcock is a superstar. His understanding of IP in Thailand and across the region is second to none, particularly in the sectors of life sciences and healthcare and consumer products.’ 

‘Sukontip Jitmongkolthong – excellent IP knowledge, efficient strategy planning and great results.’ 

‘Darani Vachanavuttivong is an iconic figure in the Thai IP world with a strong personality and is the go-to person for IP. I have been working with her for decades and the services provided by her and the team are par excellence. Alan Adcock is also our go-to person for IP. He is extremely well known and we have been working with him on quite a few transactional cross-border work. The combination of legal and industry knowledge, as well as the ability to strategise, is a strong talent. Also, I would like to mention Somboon Earterasarun who is an excellent lawyer – very supportive and willing to work with the client to achieve the best result. Again his legal knowledge is very good and his understanding of the regulatory practices in Thailand is very useful.’

The team provided us with a very robust and comforting legal support.

Key clients

3CE

Amazon

Bayer

Coupang

GSK

John Hardy

Lazada

Novartis

Philip Morris

Walmart

Work highlights

  • Representing an American sports footwear and apparel brand in first-of-its-kind trademark litigation attempting to secure protection for a non-traditional mark that is not previously available in Thailand.
  • Handling Coupang’s patent portfolios in Thailand and Vietnam.

Thailand > Labour and employment Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins acts for domestic and multinational employers on a broad range of non-contentious matters, and it frequently leverages the expertise of the firm’s dispute resolution and litigation team to handle contentious labour and employment matters, such as the enforcement of restrictive covenants related to competition and trade secrets, and terminations of employment claims. Chusert Supasitthumrong heads up the contentious side of the practice and represents employers in disputes, from labour strikes to layoffs and contested for-cause terminations. Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut leads the non-contentious employment practice and focuses on labour protection, termination of employment and labour unions.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler

Dell Computers

Lenovo Computers

Microsoft Thailand

Mitsubishi

Stanley Works

Syngenta Asia Pacific

United Overseas Bank

UPS

Walt Disney (Thailand)

Work highlights

  • Assisted the Thai subsidiary of a multinational hotel group in the reduction of staff at its luxury resort in Phuket in response to the loss of business caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Assisted a French-based multinational corporation and owner of several world-renowned luxury fashion brands with labor and employment issues relating to the Thai government’s decision to impose a partial lockdown in Bangkok to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Advised a Chinese multinational technology and e-commerce company on a number of critical employment law issues in Thailand.

Thailand > Tax Tier 1

Tilleke & Gibbins’ interdisciplinary tax team advises domestic and international clients on a range of matters, including corporate, customs and excise, and international tax, as well as tax disputes. Kobkit Thienpreecha heads up the practice group and is noted for his work in acting for US clients on local tax matters. Tax consultant Varapa Aurat departed in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

AI and Robotics Ventures

AnexTour

Delivery Hero

Gemalto

Kellogg’s

Kosei Aluminium

PCCW

Summit Capital Leasing

Weiss Asset Management

Zuellig Group

Work highlights

  • Advised a Thai electricity operator on Thai and Myanmar tax in connection with an EPC contract for an electricity and power pipeline construction project in Myanmar.
  • Advised a tech company on the tax implications of the proposed launch of various innovative tech-space offerings in the local market.
  • Advised the Thai subsidiary of a European multinational online food-delivery service on the classification and tax implications of payments to delivery drivers.

Thailand > TMT Tier 1

The ‘well-versed’ team at Tilleke & Gibbins acts for multinational content developers and distributors, digital business operators, technology manufacturers and telecoms providers, and particularly excels in the technology sector, handling cybersecurity and data protection, fintech, IT infrastructure and OTT media matters. Praised for being ‘outstanding in her field’, practice co-leader Athistha Chitranukroh has ‘deep knowledge of PDPA’, while Suebsiri Taweepon is noted for his expertise in handling contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Senior associate Nopparat Lalitkomon focuses on technology, data privacy, cybersecurity and digital work, and counsel Charuwan Charoonchitsathian is active in the telecoms and fintech space.

Testimonials

‘The team is well-versed in the relevant laws and provides high quality advice. They are responsive and good to work with.’

‘Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh is outstanding in her field and is always approachable and helpful.’

‘The team excels in their expertise, and can give accurate and precise advice.’

‘Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh has deep knowledge of PDPA. Although this is new to Thailand, she can advise and answer questions clearly.’

‘The team is great. They clearly know this area and are able to benchmark what other companies are doing.’

‘Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh is a key member of T&G’s TMT practice and my go-to lawyer for anything TMT and data-related in Thailand.’

Key clients

Agoda

Alipay

AI and Robotics Ventures

Delivery Hero

Facebook Inc.

Grab

Line

NTT Data

PCCW

True Corporation

Toyota Digital

Work highlights

  • Retained by AI and Robotics Ventures (ARV) to advise on joint ventures, M&As, business collaborations, regulatory regimes applicable to innovative AI and robotics offerings, IP protection and commercialisation, and tax considerations and planning.
  • Advised a diversified entertainment company on its proposed launch of a subscription video on demand (SVOD) platform in Thailand.
  • Advised one of the world’s largest e-commerce and technology companies on local requirements for direct marketing in Thailand and the planned launch of a comprehensive demand-side platform (DSP) for Thai vendors interested in advertising their products.

Thailand > Capital markets Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins acts for local, regional and international clients on a range of capital markets transactions, including securities regulatory matters, derivatives and financial restructurings. Director of the firm’s corporate and commercial group, Kobkit Thienpreecha, co-leads the team and is noted for his expertise in investment funds and IPO’s. Banking and finance specialist Santhapat Periera acts for investment funds, asset management companies, and financial institutions, and advises on all forms of financial instruments.

Testimonials

‘The team has been able to provide sound and practical advice on cross-border issues.’

Tilleke & Gibbins have been a sound and reliable counsel for us on Thailand-related regulatory matters. Their advice is generally well-reasoned and informed and they articulate the risks and reasons for their advice.’

Key clients

Bain Capital Private Equity

BlackRock

Chuwit Farm Co., Ltd.

First State Investments

INDEX International Group PCL

M&G Prudential

Merian Global Investors

Morgan Stanley

Weiss Asset Management

XTB International

Work highlights

  • Assisted INDEX International group PCL with a range of matters related to the proposed listing and IPO on the Thailand’s Market for Alternative Investments (MAI).
  • Acting as Thai and Cambodian legal counsel to a client on its secondary/dual listing of shares and securities on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).
  • Retained to advise an asset manager on a range of complex regulatory matters related to securities and derivatives trading in the Thai capital markets.

Thailand > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins is praised for its ‘strong presence and experience in the M&A field, both domestically and regionally’. The team acts for clients across various industries, including the automotive, energy, life sciences, insurance and technology sectors. Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Athistha Chitranukroh and Kobkit Thienpreecha jointly head up the practice group. Sathitsuksomboon is ‘experienced and responsive in M&A transactions’, and Chitranukroh is particularly experienced in acting for clients in the insurance and technology sectors.

Testimonials

‘Very solutions-oriented team. Able to replicate investment structures in the context of Thai corporate laws, which are a minefield to navigate.’

‘Charunun Sathitsuksomboon is experienced and responsive in M&A transactions.’

‘Tilleke & Gibbins is strong in M&A practice. It has for decades demonstrated its strong presence and experience in this field both for domestic M&A as well as in the Southeast Asia region, including in Indonesia. The firm has partners and associates of excellence and in-depth experience in the M&A field in various industries.’

Key clients

AI and Robotics Ventures

Aon Hewitt

BIMObject

GM Motors Thailand

Grab

Liqui-Box Corporation

Marsh & McLennan Group

NTT Data

Oils ‘R Us

Volvo Group

Work highlights

  • Advised Volvo Group on the Thai elements of its global strategic alliance with Isuzu Motors within their commercial vehicles divisions, which included Isuzu Motor’s JPY 243bn acquisition of Volvo Group’s UD Trucks.
  • Assisted General Motors with the $143.4m sale of two manufacturing plants in Rayong, Thailand, to Great Wall Motors of China, following the winding down of much of General Motors’ operations in Thailand.
  • Acted for Oils ‘R Us, a lubricant trading company in Thailand and the local authorised distributor of ExxonMobil’s lubricant products, as seller in the THB 250m acquisition of the client’s business assets by Brenntag.

Thailand > Dispute resolution Tier 2

With ‘deep connections in Thailand’, the dispute resolution and litigation team at Tilleke & Gibbins is well-placed to advise on disputes in the country and across the region, as it also frequently collaborates with the firm’s Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam offices. The practice acts for clients across the construction and infrastructure, aviation and financial services sectors. Co-managing partner Tiziana Sucharitkul handles commercial disputes, while deputy director of the dispute resolution group John Frangos also leads the aviation, compliance and investigations practices. Chief litigator Thawat Damsa-ard and Michael Ramirez are praised as ‘strong advocates’.

Testimonials

‘An excellent firm with deep connections in Thailand and the region, and able to deliver commercial solutions that reflect the realities on the ground.’

‘Well-positioned to deal with domestic litigation in Thailand, and a well reputed firm that delivers high quality advice and support.’

‘Thawat Damsa-ard and Michael Ramirez are both highly responsive, articulate, and strong advocates. They are a first port of call for any work in region and lead a fantastic team.’

Key clients

AIG

Airbus

American Express

Disney

Essilor International

Euler Hermes

General Motors

Goodyear

Nokia Corporation

Saab

Work highlights

  • Represented Lonsin Capital in a THB 688m cross-border dispute over the legality of dividend payments paid to Lonsin Capital and other bondholders from a Thai publicly listed real estate developer.
  • Represented Stryker Corporation in a complex contractual dispute valued at THB 46.65m pertaining to the termination of an agreement with a Thai distributor.

Thailand > Insurance Tier 2

The insurance practice at Tilleke & Gibbins acts for domestic and international insurers and reinsurers in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, from insurance claims and disputes to insurtech implementations, an area in which the practice is particularly noted for its expertise. The team is led by Athistha Chitranukroh, who is praised for having ‘deep knowledge of the insurance industry’ and has experience in handling insurtech matters. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho and Eric Meyer are also key contacts and assist insurers and reinsurers in disputes.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Ms. Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh is the lead partner and has been very responsive, with deep knowledge of the insurance industry. She also acts as the focal point for our contact with local parties, including the regulator.’

Noppramart Thammateeradaycho is probably the leading local Thai lawyer in the insurance field and the point of contact for T&G advice for other jurisdictions in which they have a presence such as Myanmar. While there are lawyers doing insurance work at other, mainly international, firms in Thailand, none of them are qualified to advise on local law with the same level of expertise as Nop.

Key clients

AEGON

AIA

AIG

Auto General

Dhipaya Insurance

Marsh & McLennan Group

MSIG

Prudential

Thai Life Assurance Association and the Thai General Insurance Association

Tokio Marine Life

Work highlights

  • Provided global insurance companies with PDPA Readiness & Gap Analysis Programs to prepare clients for compliance with Thailand’s new PDPA.
  • Acting as the preferred Indochina regional counsel for the broking and risk management (Marsh) and risk and reinsurance intermediary (Guy Carpenter) arms of the Marsh & McLennan Group, advising on a full range of legal matters in Southeast Asia.
  • Retained to advise AIG Group in Thailand on a full range of contentious and non-contentious matters related to their business operations in Thailand.

Thailand > Projects and energy Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins advises international and domestic clients on financing, licensing and investment matters in renewable energy and infrastructure projects. Joseph Tomkiewicz, who is noted for his expertise in transactional and litigation work with leading oil and gas companies, jointly heads up the team alongside Supasit Boonsanong, who advises Thai government authorities on legislative amendments to the country’s petroleum laws. Cynthia M. Pornavalai is a key contact in the team and handles commercial transactions in the energy sector.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Tanadee Pantumkomon has given very professional helpful advice.

Supasit Boonsanong has worked for us a very long time and fully understands our business with all legal and contractual issues.

Key clients

Wood Plc/Amec Foster Wheeler

Honeywell

KPS Capital Partners

PEA Encom

Petroleum Institute of Thailand

PTT Group Companies

Rojana Energy

Sahacogen

Thai Ministry of Energy, Department of Mineral Fuels

United Power of Asia Public Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Represented a consortium member in bidding for the Map Ta Phut Industrial Port Phase 3 Development Project, part of the first mega infrastructure development project in the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme in Thailand.
  • Advised an asset management firm in a project to build, own, and operate a desalination project, as part of a public-private procurement project in southern Thailand.
  • Engaged to advise a major Chinese construction company on various elements of the Bangkok–Nong Khai high-speed railway project, the first high-speed rail line in Thailand.

Thailand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Tilleke & Gibbins advises creditors, debtors and other stakeholders on a range of matters, from submitting debt repayment applications during business rehabilitation and bankruptcy processes to the distribution of assets as a result of company closure, as well as reorganisations. Cynthia M. Pornavalai, who heads up the team with litigator Thawat Damsa-ard and Prisna Sungwanna, acts for clients on bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

American Express

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company

Dnata Catering

Euler Hermes

General Motors Thailand and General Motors Powertrain

Work highlights

  • Assisted General Motors with several matters related to its decision to wind down much of their operations in Thailand, including the reduction of $425m in registered capital.
  • Advising an American multinational financial services corporation on several matters related to Thai Airways’ insolvency and business rehabilitation petition, including assisting with the preparation and submission of a debt repayment application that was granted by the official receiver.
  • Acting for a petrochemicals manufacturer to handle the Thailand portion of its global share restructuring project, which included the transfer of its subsidiary business in Thailand.

Thailand > Transport Tier 2

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

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AerCap

Carlyle Aviation

China Shipping

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company

Japan Transport Engineering Company

Maersk Line

Pacific Air Holdings

Scania

Seafarers’ Rights International

Sprite Aviation

Work highlights

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

Thailand > Banking and finance Tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins advises local and foreign banks, investment firms and financial institutions on a range of banking and finance matters including asset finance, corporate lending and loan projects. Santhapat Periera, who assists Thai Banks in the regional expansion into jurisdictions including Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, jointly heads up the practice with Kobkit Thienpreecha and Cynthia M. Pornavalai who is noted for handling property and real estate financing transactions.

Key clients

Brown Brothers Harriman

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

China Development Bank

Fabrient

Grab

Goldman Sachs

KBZ Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Terraform Labs

Visa International

Work highlights

  • Advised a state-owned Thai banking institution on its THB 40bn COVID-related personal loan program.
  • Advised a Hong Kong-based banking and financial services company on matters related to the provision of a HKD 1.5bn facility agreement for a real estate project in Bangkok.
  • Advised an international bank on amendments and waivers made to a senior facilities agreement and security documents for a £25m loan.

Thailand > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Tilleke & Gibbins is noted for its expertise in international arbitrations across the construction, energy, infrastructure and shipping sectors. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho has considerable experience in international arbitration cases in Singapore, Australia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, and leads the practice alongside John Frangos and Michael Ramirez.

Key clients

Insultec International

Work highlights

  • Represented Insultech in multi-jurisdictional arbitration following a dispute over allegations of defective insulation equipment supplied to the Ichthys LNG project in Darwin, Australia.
  • Represented the Thai subsidiary of a multinational real estate development/investment and property management conglomerate in a construction-related arbitration before the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) against a design and construction contractor.
  • Acted for an Indonesian mining services company in the enforcement of a $3.5m international arbitral award against a Thai counter-party in relation to the sale and purchase of coal.

Thailand > Real estate and construction Tier 3

The cross-practice property team at Tilleke & Gibbins acts for domestic and multinational clients, particularly in the manufacturing and hospitality industry sectors, on real estate development matters. Cynthia M. Pornavalai, who advises investment firms, developers and manufacturers on real estate transactions, heads up with practice alongside Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, who is noted for his expertise in property acquisitions, lease agreements and development agreements.

Key clients

Ananda Development PCL

CMA CGM Depot Services (Thailand) Limited

Gensler

JC Kelvin Development

Marriott International

Precious Dragon Technology (Thai) Limited

Scania Siam Co., Ltd.

True Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised an American manufacturer of advanced electronic components on its THB 220.3m land acquisition, and THB 4bn construction contract for a mega-factory in Thailand.
  • Assisted a Thailand-based manufacturer in its THB 400m acquisition of two plots of land in Pathum Thani, Thailand.
  • Represented a Thai information and communications technology (ICT) provider in a critical environmental and public health dispute at the local administrative court in relation to the construction of a high performance submarine internet cable.

Thailand > Legal Market Overview

Vietnam > Insurance

Tilleke & Gibbins has a regional insurance and reinsurance law practice, which is led out of the Bangkok office by Athistha Chitranukroh. The main contact in Vietnam is Vinh Quoc Nguyen, who is based in Ho Chi Minh City. The firm advises insurance companies on the development of new insurance products, insurance coverage disputes, professional indemnity, insurance authorisation and licensing, M&A and restructurings, among various other matters.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AIG

Marsh & McLennan Group

Work highlights

  • Advising the Marsh & McLennan Group on a full range of legal matters in Southeast Asia.
  • Advising a Chineses electronics company on regulatory compliance and licensing concerns of its planned smart phone extended warranty services in Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Advised a French insurance company, on distributing insurance and reinsurance contracts in relation to weather index-based insurance, a new product in Vietnam.

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 190 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Competition and Trade, Compliance and Investigations Michael Ramirezmichael.r@tilleke.com+66 2056 5794
Aviation, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation John Frangosjohn.fr@tilleke.com+66 2056 5790
Aviation, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Santhapat Perierasanthapat.p@tilleke.com+66 2056 5995
Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Property Cynthia Pornavalaicynthia.p@tilleke.com+66 2056 5559
Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Consumers Product, Competition and Trade, Corporate/M&A, Tax Kobkit Thienpreechakobkit.t@tilleke.com+66 2056 5534
Consumers Product, Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesawiramrudee.m@tilleke.com+66 2056 5873
Corporate/M&A, Charunun Sathitsuksombooncharunun.s@tilleke.com+66 2056 5541
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Tiziana Sucharitkultiziana.s@tilleke.com+66 2056 5777
Dispute Resolution and Litigation Thawat Damsa-ardthawat.d@tilleke.com+66 2056 5500
Employment Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerutjune.v@tilleke.com+66 2056 5588
Employment Chusert Supasitthumrongchusert.s@tilleke.com+66 2056 5793
Insurance Eric M. Meyereric.m@tilleke.com+66 2056 5797
Insurance Noppramart Thammateeradaychonoppramart.t@tilleke.com+66 2653 5790
Intellectual Property Darani Vachanavuttivongdarani.v@tilleke.com+66 2056 5888
Life Sciences, Intellectual Property, Regulatory Affairs Alan Adcockalan.a@tilleke.com+66 2056 5871
Property Chaiwat Keratisuthisathornchaiwat.k@tilleke.com+66 2056 5507
Life Sciences, Regulatory affairs Atthachai Homhuanatthachai.h@tilleke.com+66 2056 5610
Energy Joseph Tomkiewiczjoseph.t@tilleke.com+66 2056 5505
Energy Supasit Boonsanongsupasit.b@tilleke.com+66 2056 5660
Technology Suebsiri Taweeponsuebsiri.t@tilleke.com+66 2056 5877
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Alan Adcock photoMr Alan AdcockPartner and Deputy Director, Intellectual PropertyPractice Areas: Intellectual Property, Commercial Transactions and…
Supasit Boonsanong photoMr Supasit BoonsanongPartner and Co-Chair of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Energy PracticePractice Areas: Energy, Banking…
Thawat Damsa-ard photoMr Thawat Damsa-ardPartner and Chief LitigatorPractice Areas: Anti-Dumping; Competition and Trade; Compliance and Investigations; Customs;…
John Frangos photoMr John FrangosPartner and Deputy Director, Dispute Resolution and LitigationPractice Areas: Aviation, Compliance and…
Nandana Indananda photoMr Nandana IndanandaPartnerPractice Areas: Intellectual Property, Technology, Multimedia, and Communications, Dispute Resolution and Litigation,…
Sukontip Jitmongkolthong photoMs Sukontip JitmongkolthongPartnerPractice Areas: Intellectual Property
Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn photoMr Chaiwat KeratisuthisathornPartner and Head of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Property PracticePractice Areas: Corporate/M&A, Property
Nopparat Lalitkomon photoMr Nopparat LalitkomonSenior AssociatePractice Areas: Technology, Banking and Finance, Competition and Trade, Corporate/M&A, Employment
David Lyman photoMr David LymanChairman and Chief Values OfficerPractice Areas: Management, Client Relations and Development, Dispute…
Eric M. Meyer photoMr Eric M. MeyerConsultantPractice Areas: Consumer Products, Insurance, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation,…
Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa photoMs Wiramrudee (Pink) MokkhavesaPartnerPractice Areas: Consumer Products, Intellectual Property,
Santhapat Periera photoMr Santhapat PerieraPartnerPractice Areas: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment,…
Cynthia M. Pornavalai photoMs Cynthia M. PornavalaiPartnerPractice Areas: Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring, Trade and…
Michael Ramirez photoMr Michael RamirezCounselPractice Areas: Competition and Trade, Compliance and Investigations, Dispute Resolution and Litigation,…
Charunun Sathitsuksomboon photoMs Charunun SathitsuksomboonPartnerPractice Area: Corporate/M&A, Competition and Trade, Consumer Products
Tiziana Sucharitkul photoMs Tiziana SucharitkulCo-Managing Partner and Director of Dispute Resolution DepartmentPractice Areas: Litigation, Arbitration, and…
Prisna Sungwanna photoMs Prisna SungwannaPartnerPractice Areas: Aviation, Energy, Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employment, Property
Chusert Supasitthumrong photoMr Chusert SupasitthumrongPartnerPractice Areas: Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Employment, Product Liability and Consumers Claims, White…
Suebsiri Taweepon photoMr Suebsiri TaweeponPartner Practice Areas: Intellectual Property; Technology, Multimedia, and Communications; Dispute Resolution and…
Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn photoMr Kasamesunt TeerasitsathapornPartner Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Customs Disputes, Complex Civil and…
Noppramart Thammateeradaycho photoMs Noppramart ThammateeradaychoCounselPractice Areas: Insurance, Technology, Competition and Trade, Dispute Resolution and Litigation
Kobkit Thienpreecha photoMr Kobkit ThienpreechaPartner Practice Areas: Corporate Services, Commercial Transactions and M&A, Capital Market Compliance…
Joseph Tomkiewicz photoMr Joseph TomkiewiczPartner and Co-Chair of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Energy PracticePractice Areas: Energy, Corporate/M&A
Darani Vachanavuttivong photoMrs Darani VachanavuttivongCo-Managing Partner and Managing Director of Intellectual Property Department Practice Area: Intellectual…
Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut photoMs Pimvimol (June) VipamaneerutPartner Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Private Client Services, Transportation and Logistics,…
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Tilleke & Gibbins Strengthens Vietnam Corporate Team with New Partner Hire

Tilleke & Gibbins is pleased to announce that it has bolstered the capabilities of its Corporate & Commercial team in Vietnam with the hire of Tram Ngoc Bich Nguyen as a partner.

Auaychai Sukawong Joins Tilleke & Gibbins to Lead Regional Tax Team

Tilleke & Gibbins is pleased to announce the addition of tax law heavyweights Auaychai Sukawong and Chanattorn Thunyaluck to the firm’s tax practice. Auaychai joins the firm as a partner and head of the firm’s regional tax practice, and Chanattorn joins as a senior associate in the firm’s Bangkok office.

David Lyman Awarded Member of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn

We are pleased to announce that David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer at Tilleke & Gibbins, was officially appointed as a Member (5th Class) of the Most Admirable Order of Direkgunabhorn during a ceremony at Buakeaw Hall in the Ministry of Foreign of Affairs on December 15, 2021.

David Lyman Receives Royal Decoration from HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua of Thailand

On June 21, 2021, Thailand’s Government Gazette announced that His Majesty the King of Thailand has conferred a royal decoration on David Lyman, Chairman and Chief Values Officer of regional Southeast Asian law firm Tilleke & Gibbins, for his lifelong dedication to the improvement of the Thai nation and its relations with the United States.