Firm Profile > Tilleke & Gibbins > Bangkok, Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins

Thailand > Customs and international trade Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler (Thailand)



Oculus VR


Red Bull GMBH

Siam Kubota

Tao Kae Noi

Thailand > Intellectual property Tier 1

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.  

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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.’


Key clients

ASOS plc

Amazon Studios


Bayer (Monsanto)



Hthai (Thailand) – H&M


Philip Morris


Thailand > Labour and employment Tier 1

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.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler

Dell Computers

Lenovo Computers

Microsoft Thailand


Stanley Works

Syngenta Asia Pacific

United Overseas Bank


Walt Disney (Thailand)

Thailand > Tax Tier 1

Tilleke & 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.

Key clients



General Motors

IKEA Holdings Services S.A.


Kosei Aluminium

Perry Ellis International

Summit Capital Leasing

Weiss Asset Management

Zuellig Group

Thailand > TMT Tier 1

Tilleke & 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.’


Key clients




Facebook Inc.

Fox Broadcasting



NTT Data


Toyota Digital

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.  

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‘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.’


Key clients

Aon Hewitt

Bain Capital Private Equity

FMC Corporation


Hebei Iron and Steel Corporation

Horizon Global Corporation

itelligence AG / NTT Data

Liqui-Box Corporation

Marsh & McLennan Group


Thailand > Dispute resolution Tier 2

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.’


Key clients


Amec Foster Wheeler

Essilor International

General Motors

High Hope Zhongding Corporation


Insultec International

Lonsin Capital

Stanley Works

Stryker 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.  

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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.’

Key clients




Auto & General


Marsh & McLennan Group



Thai Life Assurance Association and the Thai General Insurance Association

Tokio Marine Life

Thailand > Projects and energy Tier 2

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.

Key clients

Amec Foster Wheeler

Bangkok Synthetics

Department of Mineral Fuels


PEA Encom

Petroleum Institute of Thailand

PTT Group Companies (including PTTOR, PTTGC, PTTEP, and various others)

Rojana Power


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.

Key clients

Carlyle Aviation

China Shipping

Fortress Transportation and Infrastructure

Humpuss Group

Japan Transport Engineering Company

Maersk Line

Pacific Air Holdings


Seafarers’ Rights International

Sprite Aviation

Thailand > Banking and finance Tier 3

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.

Key clients

Brown Brothers Harriman

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

China Development Bank



Goldman Sachs

KBZ Group

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Terraform Labs

Visa International

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.

Key clients

Bain Capital Private Equity


Chuwit Farm Co., Ltd.

Clearstream Banking

First State Investments

M&G Prudential

Merian Global Investors

Morgan Stanley

Weiss Asset Management

XTB International

Thailand > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

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.

Key clients


Amec Foster Wheeler

Essilor International

General Motors

High Hope Zhongding Corporation


Insultec International

Lonsin Capital

Stanley Works

Stryker Corporation

Thailand > Real estate and construction Tier 3

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.    

Key clients

Ananda Development Public Company Limited


JC Kevin Development

Kirin Holdings Co. Ltd.

Marriott International

Minor International PLC

Pace Development Corporation Public Company Limited



True Corp

Thailand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 3

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.

Key clients

General Motors

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.

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): 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Anti-corruption Michael Ramirez +66 2056 5794
Anti-corruption John Frangos +66 2056 5790
Banking and finance Santhapat Periera +66 2056 5995
Banking and finance Cynthia Pornavalai +66 2056 5559
Corporate, commercial and M&A Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn +66 2056 5533
Corporate, commercial and M&A Kobkit Thienpreecha +66 2056 5534
Corporate, commercial and M&A Charunun Sathitsuksomboon +66 2056 5541
Dispute resolution and litigation Tiziana Sucharitkul +66 2056 5777
Dispute resolution and litigation Thawat Damsa-ard +66 2056 5500
Employment Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut +66 2056 5588
Employment Chusert Supasitthumrong +66 2056 5793
Energy and infrastructure Cynthia Pornavalai +66 2056 5559
Energy and infrastructure David Duncan +66 2056 5538
Insurance Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh +66 2056 5600
Insurance Ittirote Klinboon +66 2056 5798
Intellectual property Darani Vachanavuttivong +66 2056 5888
Intellectual property Alan Adcock +66 2056 5871
Property Cynthia Pornavalai +66 2056 5559
Property Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn +66 2056 5507
Regulatory affairs Alan Adcock +66 2056 5871
Regulatory affairs Atthachai Homhuan +66 2056 5610
Tax Sriwan Puapondh +66 2056 5700
Tax Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn +66 2056 5533
Technology, media, and telecommunications Jeffrey J Blatt +66 2056 5644
Technology, media, and telecommunications David Duncan +66 2056 5538
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Alan Adcock  photo Mr Alan Adcock Partner and Deputy Director, Intellectual PropertyPractice Areas: Intellectual Property, Commercial Transactions and…
Mr Thawat Damsa-ard  photo Mr Thawat Damsa-ard Partner and Chief LitigatorPractice Areas: Anti-Dumping; Competition and Trade; Compliance and Investigations; Customs;…
Mr Nandana Indananda  photo Mr Nandana Indananda PartnerPractice Areas: Intellectual Property, Technology, Multimedia, and Communications, Dispute Resolution and Litigation,…
Ms Sukontip Jitmongkolthong  photo Ms Sukontip Jitmongkolthong PartnerPractice Areas: Intellectual Property
Mr David Lyman  photo Mr David Lyman Chairman and Chief Values OfficerPractice Areas: Management, Client Relations and Development, Dispute…
Mr Santhapat Periera  photo Mr Santhapat Periera PartnerPractice Areas: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment,…
Ms Cynthia M. Pornavalai  photo Ms Cynthia M. Pornavalai PartnerPractice Areas: Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring, Trade and…
Ms Charunun Sathitsuksomboon  photo Ms Charunun Sathitsuksomboon PartnerPractice Area: Corporate/M&A, Competition and Trade, Consumer Products
Ms Tiziana Sucharitkul  photo Ms Tiziana Sucharitkul Co-Managing Partner and Director of Dispute Resolution DepartmentPractice Areas: Litigation, Arbitration, and…
Mr Chusert Supasitthumrong  photo Mr Chusert Supasitthumrong PartnerPractice Areas: Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Employment, Product Liability and Consumers Claims, White…
Mr Suebsiri Taweepon  photo Mr Suebsiri Taweepon Partner Practice Areas: Intellectual Property, Technology, Multimedia, and Communications, Dispute Resolution and…
Mr Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn  photo Mr Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn Partner Practice Areas: Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Customs Disputes, Complex Civil and…
Mr Kobkit Thienpreecha  photo Mr Kobkit Thienpreecha Partner Practice Areas: Corporate Services, Commercial Transactions and M&A, Capital Market Compliance…
Mrs Darani Vachanavuttivong  photo Mrs Darani Vachanavuttivong Co-Managing Partner and Managing Director of Intellectual Property Department Practice Area: Intellectual…
Ms Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut  photo Ms Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut Partner Practice Areas: Labor and Employment, Private Client Services, Transportation and Logistics,…
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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.