Ms Cynthia M. Pornavalai > Tilleke & Gibbins > Bangkok, Thailand > Lawyer Profile

Tilleke & Gibbins

Work Department

Corporate & Commercial Department


Practice Areas: Banking and Finance, Corporate/M&A, Insolvency, Bankruptcy, and Restructuring, Trade and Competition, Japanese Client Services, Property and Construction


Cynthia M. Pornavalai is a champion of business rights in Thailand. From advising foreign investors on mergers, acquisitions, banking and finance, and investing in Thailand to counseling major players in the Thai property market to helping lenders or debtors through debt restructuring and business reorganization matters, Cynthia’s practice is as varied as the business goals of her successful clients.

Cynthia is fluent in English, Japanese, Filipino, and Thai. Cynthia received in-depth legal training at Kyoto University, completing her LLB, LLM, and Doctor of Laws course. Drawing on her strong Japanese language and legal skills, she has developed a niche practice helping Japanese businesses invest and succeed in Thailand.

Also a prolific author and an in-demand speaker, Cynthia has penned numerous authoritative texts and has spoken in various conferences in Thailand and abroad. She is a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute and a member of the Japanese Securities Dealers Association.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 recognizes Cynthia as a leading lawyer in Thailand in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate.


English, Japanese, Filipino, Thai


International Insolvency Institute
Japanese Securities Dealers Association


Doctor of Laws course, Kyoto University
LLM, Kyoto University
LLB, Kyoto University
BA, University of the Philippines

Lawyer Rankings

Thailand > Projects and energy

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.

Thailand > Banking and finance

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.

Thailand > Corporate and M&A

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.