Firm Profile > Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners > Bangkok , Thailand
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Offices
22ND FLOOR, MERCURY TOWER, 540 PLOENCHIT ROAD
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners > The Legal 500 Rankings
Banking and finance Tier 1Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners' banking and finance team acts for domestic and international borrowers and banks on acquisition finance and project finance transactions. Passawan Navanithikul has experience of syndicated financing deals and recently acted for Kasemsubsiri Co on the $123m financing for PARQ mixed use real estate project. Also of note, Nattaporn Pengkul took a lead role in the major $4.5bn Global Power Synergy financing for the acquisition of shares in Glow Energy. Senior counsel James Lawden, who has stood out in major financing transactions, is also recommended.
Capital markets Tier 1
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners represents issuers, underwriters, placement agents, investors and corporate trustees in debt and equity deals. In addition, the practice group has experience of derivatives, linked offerings and other complex financial products, and also handles listed funds work. Senior partner Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt heads the team, and recently acted for True Properties in the establishment of the Bualuang Office Leasehold REIT. On the more junior end, senior associate Trinuch Chuenchomlada has experience advising issuers and underwriters on international and domestic equity deals.
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners is highly capable of advising major Thai corporates on corporate governance, commercial matters and M&A. The firm's client base includes lenders and financial advisers as well as target companies and acquirers. The team is jointly led by Weerawong Chittmittrapap, who has expertise in infrastructure projects and M&A, and Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt, who acted for Plan B Media in the $144m sale of 18.6% of its shares VGI Global Media. Another key figure is Panuwat Chalongkuamdee, who is experienced in a range of corporate matters and foreign direct investment, and recently advised PTT Exploration and Production on the agreement for the assignment and transfer of a 22.22% stake in the Bongkot Project from Shell. Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat is also recommended.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners represents clients from pre-litigation through to enforcement. Phisit Dejchaiyasak heads up the dispute resolution team and has a reputation for representing insurance companies and major Thai corporations in domestic and international disputes. Sakchai Limsiripothong has handled commercial and IP disputes in a range of sectors including construction and banking, and Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana successfully represented Total Access Communication in the administrative court proceedings concerning telecoms concessions. Also recommended are Pathorn Towongchuen and Pralakorn Siwawej, who is rated for his 'in-depth analysis'. Warathorn Wongsawangsiri left the team in September 2019 for Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited.
Projects and energy Tier 1
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners advises an enviable government and corporate client base on a variety of transport infrastructure projects including ports, railways, aviation projects and highways. The team is jointly headed by Passawan Navanithikul and Weerawong Chittmittrapap, who acted for the Port Authority of Thailand in the review and analysis of the rights and obligations of the state party under PPP projects for six port projects collectively valued at $1.9bn. Other key contacts include Nattaporn Pengkul, who has advised banks and sponsors on infrastructure and energy matters, and senior associate Jirapat Thammavaranucupt, who is particularly active in Eastern Economic Corridor projects.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners handles insolvency-related litigation, restructuring and cross-border debtor/creditor negotiations. Of recent note, practice co-head Weerawong Chittmittrapap represented Triple T Broadband in connection with its debt reorganisation, while litigator Sakchai Limsiripothong was involved in several cases in the bankruptcy court. Also recommended are practice co-head Phisit Dejchaiyasak and senior counsel Suntus Kirdsinsap, who stands out in the debt restructuring space. Senior associate Natthida Pranutnorapal is a name to note on the more junior end.
Real estate and construction Tier 2
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts for developers, property owners, investors and property funds, in relation to dispute resolution, real estate developments and construction permits and regulatory matters. Senior partner and team head Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt acted for TICON industrial Connection in its investment with JustCo, a co-working office space company, for the acquisition of all shares in two branches of JustCo located in Bangkok. Panuwat Chalongkuamdee is also notable, working on real estate asset acquisition in mixed-use projects.
TMT Tier 2
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has recently acted for major Thai banks in disputes concerning the design and development of software, while on the non-contentious side, the team advises on the regulatory aspects of fintech and e-commerce products, and also has complementary expertise in IP. Key contacts in the practice group include Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt and Samata Masagee, both of whom acted for Grab in its acquisition of Uber's assets and operations in Southeast Asia.
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has experience in many of the primary centres of international arbitration in the Asia Pacific region, including Singapore and Hong Kong. Moreover, the firm's expertise has also seen it involved in proceedings outside the region. Key contacts in the team include Phisit Dejchaiyasak, who heads the arbitration team, and Warathorn Wongsawangsiri, who has handled a variety of disputes at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre and Singapore International Centre. In addition to its arbitration work, the firm also handles the enforcement of arbitral awards.
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners > Firm Profile
The firm: Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd. is one of Thailand’s largest independent law firms, offering a full range of legal services to Thai and international clients. Formerly the Bangkok office of White & Case LLP, which commenced business in Thailand in 1993, Weerawong C&P became an independent Thai law firm in 2009, combining international standards of excellence with local knowledge and expertise.
Consistently recognised in the top tiers of The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000 and ASIAN-MENA Counsel as a leading firm in Thailand, Weerawong C&P received the distinction of National Firm of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2017 at the IFLR Asia Awards and in 2016 and 2017 at the Asian Legal Business Awards. The firm has been recognised for ‘going beyond’ in achieving results for clients by implementing strategies that have not been previously approached.
Areas of practice: Banking and finance: the firm advises Thai and international banks, borrowers and other clients on all aspects of banking and finance in the Asia Pacific region, including structuring, negotiating and documenting transactions that involve bank lending, project finance and acquisition financing, as well as a broad range of domestic regulatory matters.
Capital markets: the firm represents issuers, underwriters, placement agents, security holders, investors, corporate trustees and other participants in a wide variety of debt, equity and derivative offerings in domestic and international markets.
Corporate/M&A: Weerawong C&P represents purchasers, sellers, advisors, lenders and financial intermediaries in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and divestments.
Dispute resolution: the firm provides comprehensive dispute resolution services for domestic and international clients. The team has extensive expertise and experience in all practice areas and industry sectors, with litigators representing clients in both the English and Thai languages.
Restructuring and insolvency: Weerawong C&P is one of the few law firms in Thailand that can provide integrated, multi-disciplinary services in both pre-litigation and litigation, including out-of-court restructurings.
Technology, media and telecommunications: Weerawong C&P advises and represents some of the top telecommunication, media and technology providers in Thailand in multibillion-baht financing; set-up and restructuring; commercial, licensing and regulatory matters; and high-profile, precedent-setting disputes.
Myanmar legal and consulting services: Weerawong C&P has been advising clients on Myanmar-related business since 2010. The firm has represented power companies, banks, hotels, beverage companies, and leading infrastructure and construction groups in a wide range of matters, including the development and implementation of the Dawei sea port, industrial estate, and road and rail link to Thailand. The extent of the firm’s local network in Myanmar enables the firm to present innovative solutions to local authorities as well as international best practices that are often welcomed by local decision-makers.
Real estate, construction and engineering: Weerawong C&P provides services in all aspects of commercial real estate and investment matters, including hotels and resorts, residential and multi-purpose projects and related financing.
Projects and energy: Weerawong C&P advises on mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and capital markets transactions, including infrastructure funds and public private partnerships, in relation to energy, projects and e-funds in Thailand. The firm also advises on corporate and regulatory matters in relation to renewable energy, petroleum and power generation projects, airports, rail transport and ports.
|Projects and banking||Chinnavat Chinsangaram|
|Projects and banking||Passawan Navanithikul|
|Projects and banking||James Lawden|
|Projects and banking||Nattaporn Pengkul|
|Capital markets and securities||Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt|
|Capital markets and securities||Weerawong Chittmittrapap|
|Capital markets and securities||Patcharaporn Pootranon|
|Corporate advisory and governance||Weerawong Chittmittrapap|
|Corporate advisory and governance||Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt|
|Litigation and arbitration||Phisit Dejchaiyasak|
|Litigation and arbitration||Suntus Kirdsinsap|
|Litigation and arbitration||Sakchai Limsiripothong|
|Litigation and arbitration||Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana|
|Litigation and arbitration||Warathorn Wongsawangsiri|
|Litigation and arbitration||Pathorn Towongchuen|
|Myanmar legal and consulting services||Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Chinnavat Chinsangaram|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Suntus Kirdsinsap|
|Restructuring and insolvency||Sakchai Limsiripothong|
|Real estate and construction||Chinnavat Chinsangaram|
|Energy, infrastructure and project finance||Weerawong Chittmittrapap|
|Energy, infrastructure and project finance||Chinnavat Chinsangaram|
|Energy, infrastructure and project finance||Passawan Navanithikul|
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