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R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited

Thailand > Customs and international trade Tier 1

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited handles both contentious and non-contentious matters relating to customs and international trade, customs disputes as well as anti-dumping mandates. The practice is led by Melisa Uremovic, who represents clients in customs, anti-dumping and safeguard proceedings, as well as undertaking advisory work in this space. Surasak Vajasit assists multinational clients in customs-related disputes, and Supawat Srirungruang provides advice in litigation proceedings relating to trade agreements.

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‘R&T Asia (Thailand) team is very familiar with the antidumping duty investigation, so they handled the case very efficiently and appropriately.’

‘Their team has one Japanese lawyer Ryota Yoshitaki who has practised in private industry before joining to R&T Asia (Thailand). Therefore, a potential Japanese client may be able to communicate in Japanese if they wish. ‘

Key clients

Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited

Nippon Steel Corporation, JFE Steel Corporation and Kobe Steel Limited

Nippon Steel Corporation

Work highlights

  • Representing Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited in its customs valuation disputes, which have been brought before the Criminal Court and is the subject of WTO proceedings and compliance proceedings brought by the Philippines against Thailand.

Thailand > Dispute resolution Tier 2

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited's recent caseloads include a mix of commercial litigation, tax and customs disputes, as well as administrative proceedings. Managing partner and litigator Surasak Vajasit has years of experience in the Thai market, and Sui Lin Teoh handles insurance and construction disputes. Kittikun Soontarerat and Chotiwit Ngamsuwan are further names to note.

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The firm has the human touch – it understands the concerns of the client and responds to the vulnerabilities with sensitivities. The firm makes you feel that the issues of its clients are its issues.’

The team is a cohesive unit and it stems from management which is inspiring and caring.’

Surasak Vajasit is the inspiration to the team, and his diligence and personal involvement make his team want to do more to support the cause.’

Chotiwit Ngamsuwan is brilliant and tough – he is always well prepared in court and his examination of witnesses is spot-on.’

Key clients

Philip Morris (Thailand) Limited (“PMTL”)

Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Gheco-One Co., Ltd

Glow SPP11 Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing Gheco-One Co., Ltd as the plaintiff to claim against the Revenue Department as the defendant for the revocation of the Defendant’s order and refund of the corporate income tax with different accounting years.
  • Representing the directors of a subsidiary of a cable manufacturer as defendants in a criminal case relating to alleged recording of false minutes of a shareholders’ meeting in a joint venture company in Thailand and alleged causing a government registrar to record false statement.
  • Representing a subsidiary of a cable manufacturer as plaintiff in a civil case relating to a recovery of loan from its joint venture partner in Thailand.

Thailand > Labour and employment Tier 2

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited handles both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, including litigation in the Thai courts, particularly regarding terminations of employment, as well as advising on employment contracts and conducting reviews of HR policies on the non-contentious side. Led by Saroj Jongsaritwang and Piroon Saengpakdee, the practice also includes key contact Sui Lin Teoh, who advises Thai subsidiaries of international companies on the termination of employment of senior executives and on reorganisations.

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Thailand > TMT Tier 2

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited acts for multinationals and Thai conglomerates on PDPA implementation projects, as well as advising on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Supawat Srirungruang heads the practice group and has notable experience in the telecoms space, while Saroj Jongsaritwang handles e-commerce matters. The team counts Charoen Pokphand Group and AP Honda Co Ltd among its key list of clients. Senior associate Yingrak Treesaranuwattana is noted for her expertise in e-payments and e-commerce mandates.

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Key clients

Stock Exchange of Thailand

Charoen Pokphand Group

Grabtaxi (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation – Bangkok Branch

King Power International Ltd.

Thai Bridgestone Co., Ltd.

A.P. Honda Co., Ltd.

Thai Life Insurance Public Company Limited

Thailand > Banking and finance Tier 3

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited's ‘responsive and helpful’ practice advises on loan facilities, securities agreements and commercial lending transactions. Managing partner Surasak Vajasit's client roster includes banks, other financial institutions and publicly traded companies. Piroon Saengpakdee focuses on project development and finance, while Pakpoom Suntornvipat advises clients as borrowers on facility agreements.

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‘The team is responsive and helpful.’

The firm: R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network of firms and offers the highest standards of legal service by bringing together leading law firms and lawyers in nine regional countries. With a team of nearly 50 lawyers in Bangkok, the firm has the capacity to handle the most intricate regional and cross-border transactions and to provide seamless legal counsel across the region, with access to 500 outstanding lawyers across Asia.

Based in Bangkok, R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is well-equipped to work towards giving clients a home advantage wherever they are throughout Asia, using its full-service capabilities and conducting business in ways that only native speakers can. The firm can deliver the most complex advice coherently, ensuring that clients are comfortable in legal and cultural landscapes that may seem unfamiliar.

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is headed by the highly respected Surasak Vajasit, who is noted for his ‘rich experience in restructuring matters, as well as corporate and financing transactions’ and ‘his previous experience as a judge’. He is recommended by clients as a ‘knowledgeable and prompt’ counsel, and is ‘respected by peers for his depth of ability’. Surasak is also regularly called upon to represent multinational clients in complex litigation and to act as an arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

As part of a truly Asian law firm, R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited ensures that its talent, resources and expertise are truly concentrated in the region, and in this part of the world.

Areas of practice: R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited has wide-ranging experience in Thai law matters right across the commercial spectrum, including representing clients in civil, criminal or administrative proceedings; in international and domestic arbitration; and in government investigations and trade, customs and compliance matters. The firm is also highly rated for its expertise in structuring and advising on foreign investment approvals, public and private company mergers and acquisitions, and in general corporate commercial matters for foreign investors in Thailand.

The firm comprises a majority of Thai nationals who are fluent in Thai and English, and hence have the ability to also represent clients in highly regulated industries, such as telecoms, automotive, food and beverage, liquor, tobacco, insurance and manufacturing, and is able to provide full support in large-scale litigation matters, corporate transactions and investigations.

Administrative and constitutional law
Banking and finance
Competition and antitrust
Corporate and commercial
Customs and trade
Data protection
Employment and benefits
Foreign direct investment
Insolvency and restructuring
Insurance and reinsurance
International arbitration
Litigation and dispute resolution
Loan recovery and enforcement
Mergers and acquisitions
Real estate
Regulatory, compliance and investigations
Sui Lin Teoh photo Sui Lin TeohPartner, Commercial Litigation, Employment & Benefits, Insurance & Reinsurance
Melisa Uremovic photo Melisa UremovicPartner, Competition & Antitrust, Customs and Trade
Number of lawyers : 50+
various Chinese dialects
Rajah & Tann Asia Network
Contacts : Sui Lin Teoh, partner (sui.lin.teoh@rajahtann.com)
Contacts : Melisa Uremovic, partner (melisa.u@rajahtann.com)

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