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JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd
89 AIA CAPITAL CENTER, 20TH FLOOR
ROOM 2003 RATCHADAPHISEK ROAD
DINDAENG, BANGKOK
Thailand

Thailand > Transport Tier 3

Led by managing partner Naiyachon Tathong, the transportation and dispute resolution team at JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd ‘has a wide breadth of expertise’ and advises on Thai transportation matters, notably shipping and maritime disputes. Tathong handles both contentious, such as maritime disputes on charterparty claims, demurrage, bunker and cargo claims, as well as non-contentious mandates. Bunnasomboon (Aaron) Chaiparinya is also a ‘great asset’ to the team.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Naiyachon Tathong and Aaron Chaiparinya are highly valued for their knowledge, efficiency, ability to accommodate various timelines and budgetary constraints and their practical advice. They don’t just regurgitate what the law says or what should be done in an ideal world, but account for both what the legal position is and the practical realities of their clients to suggest an optimum and practical solution.’

‘The JTJB Thailand team has a wide breadth of expertise, ranging from general commercial work and corporate matters, to litigation and employment. Their knowledge is an asset to any entity with operations in Thailand because they can advise on various aspects of a matter. In addition to their expertise, they also seek to understand how their client operates and key considerations, which is reflected in the highly practical advice and services they provide.’

‘The team is relatively young and extremely dynamic, smart and quick thinking. The team leaders follow all steps of the case and truly lead the team forward. In particular, Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya has been a great asset/leaser in all matters and always makes himself readily available.’

Key clients

Asia Green Energy Public Company Limited

Olam international Limited

Ceva Logistic (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

COSCO SHIPPING Lines (Thailand) Co., Ltd

Namyong Terminal Public Company Limited

Seahorse Ferries Co., Ltd.

Asia Biomass Public Company Limited

ST Engineering Electronics Ltd.

Maldives Industrial Fisheries Ltd [MIFCO]

China P&I

PICC Property and Casualty Co. Ltd.

Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.

Milestone Shipping SA

Leo Global Logistics Public Company Limited

Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Wilhelmsen Ships Service AS

Sokcho Marina Inc.

Dhipaya Insurance Public Company Limited

Camo Global BV.

LifeStyles Healthcare Pte

Orchid Container Line (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

ST Engineering Electronics Ltd.

CHINA FIRST HIGHWAY ENGINEERING CO., LTD.

MNC Plaspack Co., Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Asia Green Energy Public Company Limited as the Buyer of coal under the Contract for Supply and Purchase Steam Coal claiming against the seller and the miner on breach of coal shipment in the amount of USD 2.5 million with the ICC Arbitration in Singapore which finally the seller agree to pay USD 2.1 million to AGE.
  • Advised Seahorse Ferries to the marine transportation and logistics project supported by Government of Thailand to connect Eastern Economic Corridor, EEC and Southern Economic Corridor, SEC of Thailand including to acquire vesssel, MV BLUE DOLPHIN2, from the seller in Japan and advised Seahorse Ferries on the vessel management agreement and the term and condition of the passengers and delivery to implement in this project.
  • Advised MIFCO on acquiring the fishery ship, MV. MISSOURI REEFER, from the seller in Thailand in the amount of USD 1 million.

The firm: JTJB International Lawyers Co., Ltd. is part of Joseph Tan Jude Benny LLP (JTJB LLP) an international law firm. The Bangkok office was officially launched in September 2005, by Dato’ Jude Philomen Benny and Danny Chua, our senior partners at JTJB LLP Singapore. Presently the Bangkok office is managed by Naiyachon Tathong, acting as managing partner. While traditionally well-known in commercial litigation with a particular focus on transportation and maritime related disputes, the firm is full-service. Staffed with a highly qualified team of lawyers that operate efficiently in handling a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters, the firm continually looks for ways to create value for clients through the provision of legal services at the highest international standards, supported by their global network.

The firm’s main focus has been, and continues to be, in the areas of maritime law, commercial litigation conveyancing. Today, the firm has expanded to provide a full range of legal services as well as a wide network of offices to support clients’ needs.

Areas of practice
Transportation and maritime: the transportation team, headed by Mr Naiyachon is one of the most experienced transportation and maritime practices in Thailand and is also supported by our team of lawyers who have experienced in the insurance sector.  The team advises and acts for protection and indemnity clubs, ship owners, charterer, logistic and various cargo interests, amongst others.

Dispute resolution and arbitration: the commercial litigation team is one of the firm’s greatest strengths. Built on the same foundations as the transportation team, JTJB’s civil litigation team boasts a selection of lawyers who are respected locally and internationally for their litigation and arbitration expertise.

Corporate, mergers and acquisitions: the corporate practice group led by Mr Aaron and Mr Kosol consists of experienced legal practitioners dedicated to assisting clients to help sustain and grow their businesses. The firm believes in establishing a close, long-term working relationship of trust with clients, providing them with high quality and commercially sound legal solutions. The firm specializes in mergers and acquisitions, transfer of business, legal due diligence including related tax matter. The team has experience in advising both local and multinational companies in investment law, foreign business licenses, BOI, cross-border and joint ventures. The team also advises listed companies on the Stock Exchange of Thailand with related corporate and SEC regulation issues.

Labour and employment: Mr Naiyachon has significant experience in labour and employment law matters and frequently represents clients in the labour court of Thailand. Mr Naiyachon has advised on the labour structure for a multinational company and represented major companies as lead counsel in labour disputes. Apart from labour disputes, Mr Aaron also specializes in immigration and work permit issues.

Real estate: the best team handling real estate and property projects in Thailand. The team is comprised of experienced and dedicated professionals having over ten years of experience in real estate matters. The firm specializes in tax issues and environmental  issues relating to real estate projects.

Energy and infrastructure projects: Mr Aaron is the key person to provide advice to the solar project and biofuel project in Thailand. The firm also advised on many infrastructure projects in Thailand for multinational companies and Chinese companies in Thailand.

Insolvency and restructuring: the team has experience in business restructuring for many clients in the bankruptcy court. The firm can provide a wide range of services in business restructuring and bankruptcy matters, including companies with complex corporate structures.

Antitrust and trade competition: Mr Naiyachon comes highly recommended in trade competition matters, having advised the largest international trading company in Thailand. Mr Naiyachon also has experience in advising within the Thai automotive industry, the multinational trading company and multinational computer and electronics company.

Technology: Mr Aaron is a key person to advise on technology and digital asset issues including blockchain transactions and Initial Coin Offering (ICO). Mr Aaron also has experience in advising startup companies in Thailand.

Tax and customs: Mr Kosol has more than 25 years’ substantial experience in supervising and handling foreign and Thai clients on a broad range and in all aspects of Thai taxation law, including tax planning for corporate and personal tax structures. His expertise also extends to advising on customs issues and customs disputes concerning the transaction value, customs tariff, smuggling and restricted goods.

Intellectual property: Mr Kosol is the key person dealing with intellectual property work including locally and international trademark , copyright and patent registration. The team handles all aspects of contentious work covering the entire spectrum of intellectual property rights enforcement. These include civil and criminal proceedings relating to trademark, copyright and patent infringement as well as applying for the necessary injunctions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Transportation and Maritime / Dispute resolution and arbitration / Labour and employment / Antitrust and trade competition Naiyachon Tathongnaiyachon@jtjb.com+66 2 116 1747
Corporate M&A/ Energy & Infrastructure/ Technology / Insolvency and restructuring / Labour and employment Bunnasomboon (Aaron) Chaiparinyaaaron@jtjb.com+66 2 116 1747
Corporate/ Tax and customs / Real estate / Intellectual property Kosol Suriyapornkosol@jtjb.com+66 2 116 1747
Number of lawyers : 81
at this office : 12
English
Thai

In addition to Singapore, JTJB has its own network of offices in a number of key cities around the world – Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok, Yangon, Taipei, Piraeus, Los Angeles, Hamburg, Munich and Incheon. Our network, comprising over 48 lawyers, is a ‘firm of firms’ that can provide assistance and expertise to any problem faced by a client across jurisdictions.

To further enhance our cross-border capabilities, we are also a member of two leading international networks of independent law firms (ADVOC and shiparrested.com) whose members are selected for their ability and experience with commercial and shipping work in their respective jurisdictions.

Kuala Lumpur/ Rahayu Partnership

Rahayu Partnership was established in 2009, in the heart of the business-driven capital that is Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Their clientele spans across Greater Asia, Europe and Far East.

The act of Winning drives Rahayu Partnership’s team of leading partners and talented multi-specialist associates. They strongly bank on their solutions that are innovative, unconventional, conservative, when necessary, but always with the client’s goals and interests in mind.

Jakarta/ Hadromi and Partners

Hadromi & Partners was established in 1999 in the midst of the Southeast Asian financial crisis.

They have grown into an established law firm located in the central business district of Jakarta, offering a full range of legal services covering among others corporate, investment, finance and banking, shipping, litigation and specialist legal services to domestic and international clients.

Taiwan/ JTJB-Taipei

JTJB-TAIPEI is a group of lawyers with international experience. Their lawyers advise local companies, multinational corporations and international clients on the various issues they encounter and their impact in Taiwan and represent and defend the rights and interests of clients at all levels of the courts in Taiwan. JTJB-TAIPEI prides itself on providing pragmatic and innovative solutions to meet the needs of its clients.

Thailand / JTJB International Lawyers Co Ltd

JTJB International Lawyers located in Bangkok Thailand, is a full-service law firm specializing in various legal practices especially shipping and maritime, dispute resolution, corporate and M&A, project development, tax, and customs. Client satisfaction is at the heart of everything that they do.

Yangon/ JTJB Myanmar Co Ltd

JTJB Myanmar Company Limited has assisted clients in MIC applications and approvals, company incorporation, joint venture negotiations, applications for permits and licenses for businesses, land, import of food, food additives and drugs, application for work permit/stay permit of foreign staff. The company has assisted clients from diverse business sectors such as energy, engineering and construction, real estate development, hotel industry, food and beverage, transportation and telecommunication in their venture into Myanmar.

Piraeus/ P. N Karydakis & Partners Law Offices

P. N. Karydakis & Partners is a highly respected Greek law firm located in Piraeus. While a large part of its practice is related to the shipping industry, dealing with most of its aspects, the Firm has successfully developed a wide variety of legal services in other fields as well.

Los Angeles / McKasson and Klein

McKasson & Klein LLP‘s practice encompasses business transactions and litigation. Their attorneys have substantial experience regarding commercial disputes, sophisticated business agreements, employment, maritime, international arbitration and intellectual property. Their ethos is to meet their clients’ goals – whatever and wherever those challenges may be.

Hamburg & Munich / Endemann.Schmidt

ENDEMANN.SCHMIDT was founded in 2014. They are a full-service commercial law firm offering legal as well as strategic advice to their clients. They have a strong focus on transactions, all corporate and commercial matters, labour law as well as healthcare and maritime matters.

Incheon/ K&P Lawfirm

K & P Lawfirm focuses on advising midsize companies, SMEs, civil and criminal cases, and solving foreign law issues. Their commitment to extensive research and discussion enables them provide clients with swift and efficient settlements to their problems.

Mr Bunnasomboon (Aaron), Partner

Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya (or Aaron), a partner of JTJB International Lawyers Co., Ltd., Bangkok, provides an overview on how the firm is adapting to match clients’ requirements.

What do you see as the main points that differentiate JTJB International from your competitors?

As a medium sized law firm with over 15 years of experience and a network in over 10 Countries, we are confident in our advice and service. We are able to have the benefit of not only a wide variety of over 100 highly trained professions in multiple practices; but also, still able to focus and give significant attention to each and every one of our clients. This increased attention gives a more affable and personal feel to our approach to work, putting each of our clients at ease and maintaining client satisfaction at the heart of everything that we do.

Our main differentiation from other firms is the level of care and realization of unreasonable legal fees. Our large worldwide network with our other partners allows us to offer an accurate and rapid service to exceed our clients’ expectations with suitable and effective client fee structures.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

The main practices we anticipate in the next 12 months are corporate, M&A and foreign investment. As Thailand’s political situation stabilizes, the current government is promoting infrastructure development in order to encourage investment into Thailand’s economy. As a result, this would increase the demand for corporate and M&A services.

Foreign investment is also an area we anticipate exponential growth. Thailand’s drive to become a major player in the rapidly growing worldwide industry of sustainability and clean, renewable energy is leading to new initiatives encouraging skilled international workers in STEM fields to promote innovation and become a driving force in sustainable energy. The new ‘Smart-Visa’ initiative is one such example of this, offering a number of incentives for skilled workers seeking employment in the field of sustainability. Foreigners are also being encouraged to set up and operate in Thailand, contributing to Thai economy with various benefits and tax incentives available to them for doing so. These incentives and benefits available to foreigners will result in expansion of our foreign investment department as more and more individuals and companies seek assistance from law firms to work and conduct business within Thailand.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our firm has been expanding our professional network and client base exponentially, particularly in the fields of foreign investment, mergers & acquisitions and corporate law as rapidly growing areas within Thailand. By expanding alongside these fields, we are able to keep up with growing trends and changes in legislation, ensuring we provide the best and most relevant service to our clients and ensure our clients have complete faith in us as a law firm representing them.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology has played a huge part in the interaction and services we are able to provide to our clients. The most substantial change this has been able to bring is the development in long distance communication with our various partner firms and clients both within and outside the borders of Thailand. In addition to this, governmental authorities have been developing and implementing online submission systems, not only providing an easier and more streamlined service for our clients but also reducing paper consumption and overall cost reduction.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

As a firm specializing in corporate affairs and foreign investment, we take pride in assisting clients to not only launch their business within Thailand, but also help that client develop it by providing continual support and advice. With each and every client we support, we not only give them the advice and assistance to start up a business in Thailand, but also utilize our vast professional network also assist the client in simultaneously expanding their connections to get the most out of establishing their companies in Thailand.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We believe that essential criterion of any business, especially a law firm is stability and strategic direction. Clients need the assurance of stability as they are placing a great deal of trust in us as a company to represent them and provide sound advice. Our clients also expect strategic direction to reinforce their trust in us to keep up to date with changing legislation giving them the assurance that the advice provided and action taken is the most relevant; ensuring that our clients’ concerns are addressed and their expectations are exceeded.

In the next 3 years’ we aim to expand into a ‘one-stop’ service for all our future clients’ needs and requirements. We see ourselves as a next generation law firm beyond the typical legal services, creating opportunities to network and develop.

Kosol Suriyaporn, Partner

What do you see as the main points that differentiate JTJB International Lawyers Co., Ltd. from your competitors?

With over 15 years of experience with a network in over 10 countries of our JTJB network and over 100 countries in Ecovis International network, we are confident in our advice and service that we can assist our client regarding legal services in Thailand and assist our clients for doing business abroad through our two above networks.  Furthermore, our tax experience can help the clients to comply with the correct method and help them to save more tax under the Revenue law. Our two worldwide networks with our other partners allow us to offer an accurate and rapid service to exceed our clients’ expectations and help our clients to grow their businesses more efficiently.

Which practices do you see growing in the next 12 months? What are the drivers behind that?

During the Covid-19 circle, it effects to the expansion of the investment in Thailand. The main practices we anticipate in the next 12 months are corporate, M&A, foreign investment and tax services. We think that the situation of Covid-19 will be stable in the next year and as the current government is promoting infrastructure development in order to encourage investment into Thailand’s economy. As a result, this would increase the demand for corporate, M&A, foreign investment and tax services.

Due to the Personal Data Protection Act shall be fully enforced in the middle of next year, the demand for legal advice relating to this Act including the preparation of the required documents will continue to grow in the first half of next year.

What’s the main change you’ve made in the firm that will benefit clients?

Our firm has been expanding our professional network and client base exponentially, particularly in the fields of foreign investment, mergers & acquisitions, corporate law and tax services as rapidly growing areas within Thailand. By expanding alongside these fields, we are able to keep up with growing trends and changes in legislation, ensuring we provide the best and most relevant service to our clients and ensure our clients have complete faith in us as a law firm representing them.

Is technology changing the way you interact with your clients, and the services you can provide them?

Technology has been a driving force for our legal service. It has significantly changed the way we interact with our clients. The most substantial change, especially during the Covid-19 circle, this has been able to bring is the development in long-distance communication with our various partner firms and clients both within and outside Thailand.  We are also seeking technology innovations in reducing administrative work and boosting our legal productivity further.

Can you give us a practical example of how you have helped a client to add value to their business?

As a firm specializing in corporate affairs, foreign investment and tax services, we consider and analyze all of the issues in order to prevent or correct problems for clients. We will inform our client from time to time of the new issued law which may affect or related to their business.  We take pride in assisting clients to not only launch their business within Thailand, but also help that client develop it by providing continual support and advice. With each and every client we support, we not only give them the advice and assistance to start up a business in Thailand but also utilize our vast professional network also assist the client in simultaneously expanding their connections to get the most out of establishing their companies in Thailand.

Are clients looking for stability and strategic direction from their law firms – where do you see the firm in three years’ time?

We believe that the essential criterion of any business, especially a law firm, is stability and strategic direction. Clients need the assurance of stability as they are placing a great deal of trust in us as a company to represent them and provide sound advice. Our clients also expect strategic direction to reinforce their trust in us to keep up to date with changing legislation giving them the assurance that the advice provided and action taken is the most relevant; ensuring that our clients’ concerns are addressed and their expectations are exceeded. We commit ourselves to build our lawyers to be the best efficient lawyers to continue legal support for clients.

In the next 3 years, we aim to expand into a ‘one-stop’ service for all our future clients’ needs and requirements. We see ourselves as a next-generation law firm beyond the typical legal services, creating opportunities to network and develop.

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