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Tilleke & Gibbins Offices
SUPALAI GRAND TOWER, 26 F
1011 RAMA 3 ROAD, CHONGNONSI, YANNAWA
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Tilleke & Gibbins > The Legal 500 Rankings
Tilleke & Gibbins' customs and international trade practice is noted for advice and representation on customs classifications and valuations, anti-dumping compliance and import/export licensing. The team is jointly led by Michael Ramirez and Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn. The duo provide wide expertise on range of disputes in this area; Teerasitsathaporn works on customs disputes while Ramirez is well-regarded for his Thai customs and international trade market knowledge.
Tilleke & Gibbins serves its clients on all facets of IP from registrations and commercialisation of IP assets to enforcement, including litigation and related regulatory advice. It is commended for providing 'wonderful support on multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting' cases. Co-team head Darani Vachanavuttivong handles the enforcement of IP rights including trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Alan Adcock advises on IP acquisitions, technology transfers, and licensing. He has decades of experience in Thailand and across the ASEAN region. The 'exceptional' Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa is recognised for her experience in brand protection, IP enforcement, and anticounterfeiting matters. The firm is also responsible for regional and global IP portfolio management.
Other key lawyers:
‘Tilleke & Gibbins has provided wonderful support in its multi-jurisdictional anti-counterfeiting efforts. The team was extremely responsive and did not fail to provide creative and innovative solutions.’
‘I have had the opportunity to work with Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa (Pink). She has been an exceptional partner and a huge asset to the broader team. Pink never fails to look several steps ahead, brainstorm creative solutions, and has an extremely high level of expertise in the industry. Pink has been a pleasure to work with and I look forward to working with here further in the future.’
‘Good access to the key persons of the Thai Government. Communication skills are very good. That helps non-Thai clients like us very much.’
‘Partner Ms Wiramnrudee (Pink) and her team does an excellent job.’
‘Tilleke & Gibbins have the following main strengths: quality and pragmatic advocacy – strong and dedicated database on IP portfolio – responsiveness – they adjust to our specific needs with business focus. They have been creative with alternatives when there is a dispute with third party.’
‘I work mostly with Somboon Earterasarun. He has a fast turnaround time and is really client-oriented in his approach.’
Hthai (Thailand) – H&M
Tilleke & Gibbins advises employers on labour management relations, staff restructuring and other staff retention issues. On the non-contentious side co-lead Pimvimol Vipamaneerut aids clients with labour expansion, immigration matters and labour protection. The contentious work is handled by co-lead Chusert Supasitthumrong who works on risk management and employment litigation and has extensive experience of of court actions including in the Supreme Court. The firm is present in the retail, aviation, logistics, electronics sectors.
Thailand > Tax Tier 1Tilleke & Gibbins' practice handles transfer pricing, corporate income tax, international tax and the tax aspects of M&A. Consultant Varapa Aurat, who joined the practice in February 2020, co-heads the team - she assists her domestic and international clients on all aspects of tax compliance and routinely deals with the Thai tax authorities when representing clients on tax audits. Co-head Kobkit Thienpreecha is recognised for his work with US clients on local tax matters. Sriwan Puapondh has retired.
Thailand > TMT Tier 1Tilleke & Gibbins is notable on all aspects of technology work including procurement, development, licensing, transfers and the commercialisation of software applications. Suebsiri Taweepon co-leads the team, and also specialises in contentious and non-contentious IP matters. Athistha Chitranukroh co-leads the team; she is in demand for her expertise in data protection and privacy matters. Associate Nopparat Lalitkomon specialises in technology and digital work, particularly for clients looking to establish themselves in Thailand. David Duncan and Jefferey Blatt departed the firm.
‘Athistha (Nop)takes service-oriented approach as her particular strength, when managing clients. Nop has great flexibility and a strong understanding of clients.’
‘My go-to firm for advice on Thailand’s data protection law. Consistent delivery and work product with clear visibility on turnaround (which is helpful as I am often coordinating counsel across multiple jurisdictions).
‘Steadfast and reliable service and support from Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh and Nopparat Lalitkomon particularly in the area of data protection and technology law.’
Thailand > Corporate and M&A Tier 2
Tilleke & Gibbins is known for its handling of corporate formations, reorganisations and restructuring. The firm has several notable partners including Charunun Sathitsuksomboon and Cynthia M. Pornavalai, who co- lead the team. Sathitsuksomboon works on the complete process of M&A while Pornavalai is notable in the firm's commercial and corporate group for assisting foreign investors on various matters such as portfolio management and business restructuring. Kasma Visitkitjakarn is active on manufacturing and insurance-related corporate and M&A work.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team is very commercial and pro-active, which is particularly helpful in structuring transactions in the context of Thai laws. Also very responsive.’
‘Charunun Sathitsuksomboon is the go-to corporate partner. She has an international outlook and is an excellent cross-border transactions lawyer. She anticipates very well the requirements of foreign clients.’
‘Cynthia Pornavalai has the sector expertise in TMT.’
Bain Capital Private Equity
Hebei Iron and Steel Corporation
Horizon Global Corporation
itelligence AG / NTT Data
Marsh & McLennan Group
Tilleke & Gibbins is active not only in Thailand, but across the region, including in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. Infrastructure, construction and financial services litigation forms part of the team's work which is headed up by Tiziana Sucharitkul. She is the co-managing partner of the firm who has helped drive the growth of the firm in recent years. John Frangos serves as deputy director of the dispute resolution group and also leads the investigations practice. Thawat Damsa-ard is the primary litigator in the team, acting on a wide array of disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘John Frangos is my go-to for regulatory and contentious matters.’
‘John Frangos is very responsive and client-focused, and gives practical advice.’
Amec Foster Wheeler
High Hope Zhongding Corporation
Thailand > Insurance Tier 2
Tilleke & Gibbins assists local and international insurers and reinsurers, brokers and agents as well as employers and employees. Athistha Chitranukroh heads up the team and has a 'strong expertise in insurtech and data privacy compliance'. She is serving a second two-year term as regulatory counsel to the Thai Insurtech Association. Eric Meyer is an 'excellent international lawyer' who works with reinsurers.
Other key lawyers:
‘Athistha (Nop) is the leader in the market and head of the regional insurance team of T&G. Nop understands how the market works and handles difficult issues. Her relationship with the Insurance regulator, Ministry of Finance, as well as insurance associations are very strong.’
‘Athistha Chitranukroh has very strong expertise in Insurtech and data privacy compliance for financial institutions and insurance companies. She also helps under on an M&A matter relation to acquisition on a non-life insurance company and broker in Thailand.’
‘Eric is also an excellent international lawyer that is very complimentary to the insurance dispute team. He makes negotiations with foreign reinsurers become less complex and less-worrisome.’
Auto & General
Marsh & McLennan Group
Thai Life Assurance Association and the Thai General Insurance Association
Tokio Marine Life
Tilleke & Gibbins assists its domestic and global clients on their operations in the Thai and Southeast Asia wider markets. Advice includes financing, licensing and investment hmatters. Joseph Tomkiewicz is co-leading the team and is recognised for his expertise in transactional and litigation matters relating to the energy industry. Supasit Boonsanong is noted for his advice to Thai government authorities on legislative amendments to the country’s petroleum laws while Cynthia M. Pornavalai is recommended for her work on commercial transactions in the energy industry.
Amec Foster Wheeler
Department of Mineral Fuels
Petroleum Institute of Thailand
PTT Group Companies (including PTTOR, PTTGC, PTTEP, and various others)
United Power of Asia Public Company Limited
Thailand > Transport Tier 2
Tilleke & Gibbins acts for the principal stakeholders in the industry including ship-owners, port operators, shipyards, cargo owners, cargo interests and airlines. John Frangos is an expert on aviation and compliance/investigations and is the head of practice alongside Noppramart Thammateeradaycho and Santhapat Periera. The team works on transportation disputes and financing matters. It also advises on regulatory issues arising out of transportation matters, marine insurance and ship finance. Chinachart Vatanasuchart has departed the firm.
Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure
Japan Transport Engineering Company
Pacific Air Holdings
Seafarers’ Rights International
Tilleke & Gibbins has a client base made up of local and foreign banks, investment firms and financial institutions. The team is known for advising on the various use of financial instruments such as loans and property funds. Kobkit Thienpreecha is one of the co-leads of the practice group and acts for domestic and international clients on a range of banking and finance matters. Santhapat Periera also co-leads the team and moves between the firm's Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam offices. Cynthia M. Pornavalai is also noted for advice to clients regarding the effects of COVID-19 in the banking and finance sector.
Thailand > Capital markets Tier 3
Tilleke & Gibbins undertakes a diverse range of capital markets matters including securities regulatory matters, derivatives and financial restructuring. Head of the corporate and commercial group Kobkit Thienpreecha leads the team, providing expertise on investment funds and IPO's for domestic and internationally-based clients. Santhapat Periera, a banking and financing expert, co-leads the team and advises on all forms of financial instruments.
Tilleke & Gibbins acts for a range of international corporations across Asia in a variety of disputes including shipping, construction, energy, and infrastructure cases. Noppramart Thammateeradaycho is an established practitioner with years of experience in international arbitration, especially the handling of maritime insurance claims. He is co-leading the group with John Frangos who is active on compliance and aviation investigations while Michael Ramirez, also acting as co-lead, is present on cases involving product liability and employment matters.
Tilleke & Gibbins assists domestic and multinational real estate developers, contractors and sub-contractors. The firm acts for clients across the region on a cross-border basis. Cynthia M. Pornavalai leads the team and advises foreign clients investing into Thailand while Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn is an expert in all facets of property law ranging from property acquisitions and lease agreements.
Tilleke & Gibbins acts for creditors, debtors, and other stakeholders on matters such as submitting debt repayment during business rehabilitation and bankruptcy processes and working on business renewal through reorganisation. Cynthia M. Pornavalai co-leads the team and is noted for her insolvency work while Thawat Damsa-ard is the firm's primary litigator working on bankruptcy matters. Prisna Sungwanna acts for major US companies in the automotive sector.
Tilleke & Gibbins > Firm Profile
Our firm: Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading Southeast Asian regional law firm with over 160 lawyers and consultants practicing in Bangkok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Phnom Penh, Vientiane, and Yangon. Established in 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins has grown into the largest independent law firm in Thailand and a leading international firm in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam due to client focus, regional expertise, and international vision.
The firm represents top investors and high-growth companies that drive economic expansion in Asia in the key areas of commercial transactions and M&A, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property, including world-leading corporate clients in the fields of pharmaceuticals and healthcare, energy and infrastructure, consumer goods and retailing, manufacturing, financial services, information technology, and telecommunications.
Our practice areas
Anti-corruption: advises clients on local anti-corruption laws, the FCPA, and the UK Bribery Act. Designs and implements compliance programs. Conducts due diligence, performs anti-corruption risk assessments, oversees internal corporate investigations, and assists with asset recovery and protection.
Banking and finance: provides assistance to financial institutions, investors, government entities, and businesses on debt and equity markets, regulatory compliance, financial instruments, workouts, and restructurings.
Corporate, commercial and M&A: helps clients structure and implement strategic transactions, and advises investors on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, and other vehicles for equity investment.
Dispute resolution and litigation: offers clients the largest dispute resolution team in Thailand and over 120 years of litigating the most challenging cases in the region.
Employment: a leader in providing strategic employment advice and assistance with labor-management relations, immigration, and labor litigation.
Energy and infrastructure: advises global leaders on oil and gas, renewable energy, project finance, infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, and large-scale projects such as airports, railways, and roads.
Insurance: highly experienced in complex property and casualty coverage disputes, property damage and business interruption claims, cross-border reinsurance disputes, professional indemnity and D&O claims, liability, market entry and regional shared services operations, regulatory compliance, agreements, data privacy and outsourcing, policy wording advice and localisation, and underwriting risk assessment.
Intellectual property: exceptional expertise in IP registration and enforcement, commercialisation, and litigation. Recognised by all major legal directories as a leading IP practice in the region.
Property: handles the full range of work involving real estate, property, and construction. Expertise covers sales, purchases, mortgages, leasing, property due diligence, and property development.
Regulatory affairs: paves the way for life sciences clients to enter and excel in markets throughout Southeast Asia. Assists with research and development, clinical trials, registration, commercialisation, and technology transfer. Team includes pharmacists, agricultural consultants, and other regulatory specialists.
Tax: top-ranked practice advises on 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.
Technology, media, and telecommunications: market-leading team with expertise in technology procurement, development, licensing, transfer, and protection; communication, media, and entertainment; and data privacy and cyber security.
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.
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): 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, including commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, telecommunications and technology, franchising, and intellectual property. 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, and banking and finance.
|Anti-corruption||Michael Ramirezfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5794|
|Anti-corruption||John Frangosemail@example.com||+66 2056 5790|
|Banking and finance||Santhapat Perierafirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5995|
|Banking and finance||Cynthia Pornavalaiemail@example.com||+66 2056 5559|
|Corporate, commercial and M&A||Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatpornfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5533|
|Corporate, commercial and M&A||Kobkit Thienpreechaemail@example.com||+66 2056 5534|
|Corporate, commercial and M&A||Charunun Sathitsuksomboonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5541|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||Tiziana Sucharitkulemail@example.com||+66 2056 5777|
|Dispute resolution and litigation||Thawat Damsafirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5500|
|Employment||Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerutemail@example.com||+66 2056 5588|
|Employment||Chusert Supasitthumrongfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5793|
|Energy and infrastructure||Cynthia Pornavalaiemail@example.com||+66 2056 5559|
|Energy and infrastructure||David Duncanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5538|
|Insurance||Athistha (Nop) Chitranukrohemail@example.com||+66 2056 5600|
|Insurance||Ittirote Klinboonfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5798|
|Intellectual property||Darani Vachanavuttivongemail@example.com||+66 2056 5888|
|Intellectual property||Alan Adcockfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5871|
|Property||Cynthia Pornavalaiemail@example.com||+66 2056 5559|
|Property||Chaiwat Keratisuthisathornfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5507|
|Regulatory affairs||Alan Adcockemail@example.com||+66 2056 5871|
|Regulatory affairs||Atthachai Homhuanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5610|
|Tax||Sriwan Puapondhemail@example.com||+66 2056 5700|
|Tax||Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatpornfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5533|
|Technology, media, and telecommunications||Jeffrey J Blattemail@example.com||+66 2056 5644|
|Technology, media, and telecommunications||David Duncanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+66 2056 5538|
|Mr Alan Adcock||Partner and Deputy Director, Intellectual PropertyPractice Areas: Intellectual Property, Commercial Transactions and…||View Profile|
|Mr Thawat Damsa-ard||Partner and Chief LitigatorPractice Areas: Anti-Dumping; Competition and Trade; Compliance and Investigations; Customs;…||View Profile|
|Mr Nandana Indananda||PartnerPractice Areas: Intellectual Property, Technology, Multimedia, and Communications, Dispute Resolution and Litigation,…||View Profile|
|Ms Sukontip Jitmongkolthong||PartnerPractice Areas: Intellectual Property||View Profile|
|Mr David Lyman||Chairman and Chief Values OfficerPractice Areas: Management, Client Relations and Development, Dispute…||View Profile|
|Mr Santhapat Periera||PartnerPractice Areas: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment,…||View Profile|
|Ms Cynthia M. Pornavalai||PartnerPractice Areas: Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring, Trade and…||View Profile|
|Ms Charunun Sathitsuksomboon||PartnerPractice Area: Corporate/M&A, Competition and Trade, Consumer Products||View Profile|
|Ms Tiziana Sucharitkul||Co-Managing Partner and Director of Dispute Resolution DepartmentPractice Areas: Litigation, Arbitration, and…||View Profile|
|Mr Chusert Supasitthumrong||PartnerPractice Areas: Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Employment, Product Liability and Consumers Claims, White…||View Profile|
|Mr Suebsiri Taweepon||Partner Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Technology, Multimedia, and Communications, Dispute Resolution and…||View Profile|
|Mr Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn||Partner Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Customs Disputes, Complex Civil and…||View Profile|
|Mr Kobkit Thienpreecha||Partner Practice Areas: Corporate Services, Commercial Transactions and M&A, Capital Market Compliance…||View Profile|
|Mrs Darani Vachanavuttivong||Co-Managing Partner and Managing Director of Intellectual Property Department Practice Area: Intellectual…||View Profile|
|Ms Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut||Partner Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Private Client Services, Transportation and Logistics,…||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 170 at this office : 104
LanguagesBahasa Indonesia Bahasa Malaysia Burmese Chinese (Putonghua) Dutch English Filipino French German Italian Japanese Khmer Korean Lao Thai Vietnamese Spanish
MembershipsLex Mundi Multilaw SCG Legal Transatlantic Law International
David Lyman Receives Royal Decoration from HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua of Thailand5th July 2021 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.
Legal Developments21st September 2021 Tilleke & Gibbins is pleased to announce that it has further strengthened its capabilities with the hire of Derrick Khoo as a partner in the regional Corporate/M&A team, where his cross-border transactional experience in handling complex legal matters amidst challenging legal and regulatory environments will facilitate the firm’s clients to achieve their business objectives in the ASEAN region.
22nd October 2020 The Myanmar Customs Department (MCD) organized another Intellectual Property Awareness and Product Identification Workshop at its Customs Training School in Yangon on August 6, 2020, for its frontline customs officers. Such workshops are held numerous times every year, serving as a platform for foreign brand owners and their local representatives to educate and update the enforcement officers on methods for differentiating their genuine products from counterfeits and imitations when inspecting suspicious shipments at ports of entry into the country. The training sessions are also useful in encouraging collaborative discourse between the private and public sectors to improve the efficiency of their joint intellectual property rights enforcement efforts.
5th October 2020 Recent amendments to Thailand’s Civil Procedure Code (CPC) will allow parties to submit a matter for court-supervised mediation prior to the actual filing of the case. Encouraging mediation prior to filing a complaint is intended to save time and resources that would otherwise be expended on a trial.