Mr Santhapat Periera > Tilleke & Gibbins > Bangkok, Thailand > Lawyer Profile

Tilleke & Gibbins
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Work Department

Corporate & Commercial Department.


Partner. Practice Areas: Banking and Finance; Capital Markets; M&A; Energy and Natural Resources; Environment; International Trade; Restructuring and Insolvency.


In his multifaceted practice, Santhapat Periera helps clients—whether they are private, quasi-governmental, or governmental financial institutions, international or domestic businesses, or individual investors—capitalize on business opportunities in Asia. He specializes in structuring loan and financial transactions, establishing banks and other financial institutions, negotiating financing for trade and development projects, debt restructuring and business reorganization, M&As, energy and natural resources, and advising on the regulatory aspects of banking, financing, and investment in Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Southeast Asia region.

Although based at Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office, Santhapat’s role is regional and he oversees the firm’s Vientiane office, which has achieved impressive growth under his leadership, earning him recognition as a leading individual in the Laos jurisdiction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and IFLR 1000.

With more than 25 years’ experience practicing law in emerging jurisdictions, Santhapat’s practice is grounded in Asia but inspired by his international education and professional experience. He received a global legal education from Thammasat University, the University of Miami, Boston University, and Harvard Law School. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Thailand, Santhapat holds a license to practice in Vietnam in the areas of foreign and international laws. Santhapat represents Tilleke & Gibbins in the worldwide legal organizations of Lex Mundi, and the International Bar Association.

Santhapat has served as an advisor to several committees and subcommittees of the Thai Parliament. He advocates for increased investment in Thailand as the firm’s representative to various chambers of commerce, including The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand.


Thai and English.


LLM, Boston University; MCL, University of Miami; LLB, Thammasat University.

Lawyer Rankings

Laos > Leading firms

(Leading individuals)

Santhapat PerieraTilleke & Gibbins (Laos)

Leveraging the firm-wide expertise in media, technology, and infrastructure, Tilleke & Gibbins (Laos) handles cross-border corporate and investment transactions, financing arrangements, and project development matters, and also advises on market entry regulations, IP and data protection, and a variety of commercial deals. The practice group also has strengths in the financial services sector, where it has advised multinational investment banks and lenders, and was recently involved in a standout matter in the insurance industry. Dino Santaniello heads the firm’s Lao office, and speaks fluent English, Lao, Thai, and French, making him well-suited to doing business in Lao PDR. Another contact for Lao-facing work is Santhapat Periera, who divides time between the firm’s Vientiane and Bangkok offices, and maintains a broad corporate and commercial practice. Also of note, the Vientiane team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Somphou Keomounmany, a corporate and commercial lawyer with over 20 years of experience as a legal adviser in Lao PDR.

Thailand > Capital markets

Tilleke & Gibbins handles debt and equity capital markets transactions and also has a strong regulatory practice, which advises the firm’s corporate client base on reporting obligations and related issues governed by the SEC. The team is jointly led by Santhapat Periera, who is regularly involved in SET filings and has been involved in Thai IPOs, and Kobkit Thienpreecha, who is able to provide transactional and regulatory advice on cross-border securities offerings.

Thailand > Banking and finance

Tilleke & Gibbins‘ banking and finance practice has long-standing relationships with domestic and international financial institutions and investors, which it provides with a litany of regulatory advice, including being involved in the development fintech products. Key figures in the practice group include Santhapat Periera, who specialises in structured loan and other bank lending transactions, and Cynthia M. Pornavalai, who is instructed by investors and conventional lenders. Corporate and commercial partner Kobkit Thienpreecha is also active in the banking space.