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

Tilleke & Gibbins

Work Department

Corporate and Commercial Department


Practice Areas: Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Energy and Natural Resources, Environment, Aviation, 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, mergers and acquisitions, 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.

A firm believer that, “foreign investors anywhere would prefer to have stable and predictable government policy,” Santhapat has served as an advisor to several committees and subcommittees of the Thai Parliament. Santhapat 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, English


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

Lawyer Rankings

Laos > Leading firms

(Leading individuals)

Santhapat PerieraTilleke & Gibbins (Laos)

Thailand > Transport

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.

Thailand > Capital markets

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.