Firm Profile > Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners > Bangkok, Thailand

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners
22ND FLOOR, MERCURY TOWER, 540 PLOENCHIT ROAD
LUMPINI, PATHUMWAN
BANGKOK 10330
Thailand

Banking and finance Tier 1

In the banking and finance group at Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, founding partner Weerawong Chittmittrapap has of late assisted clients on transactions involving infrastructure and transportation projects. He has over a decade of experience in banking and finance law. Banks and corporations make up the team's client base. Former practice head Passawan Navanithikul and Nattaporn Pengkul have left the firm for SRPP.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Global Power Synergy Plc the alternative energy flagship company of PTT Group

Wind Energy Holdings Plc

Thai Beverage Plc

dtac/dtac trinet

Jasmine International Plc

United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB), HSCB Mizuho Bank Ltd., Bank of China, Rabobank, Sumitomo Mitsui Bank

The Siam Commercial Bank Plc, major Thai bank CIMB Bank Plc

BTS Group

U City, Vienna House Germany, Amburaya Hotels & Resorts

Capital markets Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts on a range of debt, equity and derivatives matters in the domestic and international markets for issuers, underwriters, investors and corporate trustees. The firm is active in international securities transactions as well as in the issuance of Thai financial instruments.Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt leads the team. Her broad expertise includes handling major offerings in the APAC region and advising on corporate restructuring and offering of shares under SEC regulations. Senior associate Trinuch Chuenchomlada has assisted on several matters in the real estate and consumer sectors.  

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Asset World Public Company Limited

CPN Retail Growth Leasehold Property Fund

True Properties; Origin Property

BTS Group Holdings

TOA Paint; Do Day Dream; Zen Corporation

GIC Private

Siam Commercial Bank; Credit Suisse; Macquarie Bank; Bangkok Bank; Krungthai Asset Management; Citigroup Global Markets Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, ING Bank N.V., Singapore Branch

PTT Public Company Limited, PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited, Sermsang Power; TPI Polene Power

Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (Asian Development Bank)

Jasmine International Public Company Limited

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has a broad practice, working on corporate governance, leveraged buyouts and joint ventures. The practice group's clients include lenders, sellers and purchasers. The highly experienced Weerawong Chittmittrapap co-leads the team. He is noted for his experience of corporate governance and restructuring matters, alongside M&A work. Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt co-leads the group with Chittmittrapap, and assists domestic and international clients on a range of corporate governance matters and high value M&A transactions.

Key clients

Thai Beverage Pcl; Berli Jucker Pcl; Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcl, F&N Retail Connection

PTT Pcl; PTTEP Pcl; PTT Global Chemical; Global Power Synergy Pcl; Planet Energy; Thai Oil

KKR Asia Ltd.; Key Safety Systems; Rexel Group; TTCL Pcl

Grab Inc.; Taobao (Alibaba Group)

Siam Commercial Bank Pcl; Muangthai Life Insurance Co., Ltd.; Oaktree Capital

Dusit Thani Pcl; TCC Assets (Thailand) Co., Ltd.; Dusit Foods Co., Ltd.; NauticAWT Limited

Thai Alliance Co., Ltd.

Panus Poultry Co., Ltd.

Symphony Communications Pcl; AIS, Jasmine International Pcl; Plan B Media Pcl

Projects and energy Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners advises on oil, gas and renewable energy matters in combination with project finance and infrastructure development. Head of the practice Weerawong Chittmittrapap works on some of the largest infrastructure projects in Thailand including the construction of new airports, ports and mass transit systems. Senior associate Jirapat Thammavaranucupt is also prominent on projects in connection with the Thai government's Eastern Economic Corridor plan.

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Office of the Eastern Economic Corridor of Thailand (EEC), Government of Thailand

PTT Public Company Limited

Port Authority of Thailand (Transportation)

Department of Highways (Transportation)

Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited (Transportation)

Northern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited (Transportation)

Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited (Transportation)

State Enterprise Policy Organization (SEPO), Ministry of Finance, Government of Thailand

Thai Airways Public Company Limited (TG) (Transportation)

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited (CAT)

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited

PTT Exploration and Production Public Company Limited

PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited

Wind Energy Holding Co., Ltd.

Planet Energy Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Thai Oil Public Company Limited; Thaioil Marine Co., Ltd.

TTCL Public Company Limited (TTCL), an international engineering company

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts for owners, developers, Thai property funds as well as institutional investors on matters relating to property acquisitions, developments, and the financing of real estate assets. Panuwat Chalongkuamdee and Passawan Navanithikul have moved to SRPP.

TMT Tier 2

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts for Thai and foreign companies on a range of TMT matters including regulatory and licensing issues, disputes and data protection.  Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt is leading the team and is noted for work with media and e-commerce companies in various transactional and disputes matters while Phisit Dejchaiyasak represents major telecommunications and internet service providers in disputes work.    

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Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Grab

Taobao

Symphony Communications Public Company Limited

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited

Prananporn Co., Ltd.

Total Access Communications Public Company Limited (DTAC)

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS)

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has broad expertise at the TAI, HKIAC, SIAC and UNCITRAL centers, handling both the defence and enforcement of arbitral disputes. Its sector experience includes the automotive, aviation, and construction and engineering areas, in addition to  anti-corruption cases. Phisit Dejchaiyasak leads the team and has experience of acting for Thai conglomerates, including telecoms and insurance clients in disputes. Warathorn Wongsawangsiri has left the practice and joined Herbert Smith Freehills (Thailand) Limited in August 2019.

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The firm: Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners Ltd., one of Thailand’s largest independent law firms, offers a full range of legal services. Formerly the Bangkok office of White & Case LLP, which commenced business in Thailand in 1993, Weerawong C&P became an independent law firm in 2009, combining international standards with local knowledge and expertise.

Consistently recognised in the top tiers of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000 and Asialaw Profiles as a leading law firm, Weerawong C&P was awarded National Firm of the Year by FinanceAsia in 2019-2020,  by Asian Legal Business in 2016-2019 and by IFLR1000  in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020. The firm is known 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 transactions in the Asia Pacific region, including 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: the firm represents purchasers, sellers, advisors, lenders and financial intermediaries in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, leveraged buyouts and divestments. The firm also advises on competition and anti-trust matters.

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.

International trade: the firm represents foreign and domestic clients in WTO/International trade and trade remedies investigations, including antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations. The firm also advises clients on trade and investment strategy and policy, including free trade agreements and trade compliance.

Restructuring and insolvency: the firm 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: the firm 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: the firm 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. 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: the firm 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:  the firm 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Projects and banking Weerawong Chittmittrapap
Projects and banking James Lawden
Projects Banphot Kittikinglert
Projects and banking Jirapat Thammavaranucupt
Capital markets and securities Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt
Capital markets and securities Weerawong Chittmittrapap
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 Pathorn Towongchuen
Myanmar legal and consulting services Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat
M&A Weerawong Chittmittrapap
M&A Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat
M&A James Lawden
M&A Vipavee Kaosala
Competition and anti-trust Chumpicha Vivitasevi
Restructuring and insolvency Suntus Kirdsinsap
Restructuring and insolvency Natthida Pranutnorapal
Restructuring and insolvency Sakchai Limsiripothong
TMT Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt
TMT Phisit Dejchaiyasak
TMT Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana
Energy, infrastructure and project finance Weerawong Chittmittrapap
International trade Apisith John Sutham
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat  photo Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat Senior Partner
 Weerawong Chittmittrapap  photo Weerawong Chittmittrapap Senior Partner
 Phisit Dejchaiyasak  photo Phisit Dejchaiyasak Partner
 Banphot Kittikinglert  photo Banphot Kittikinglert Partner
 Sakchai Limsiripothong  photo Sakchai Limsiripothong Partner
 Natthida Pranutnorapal photo Natthida Pranutnorapal Partner
 Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana  photo Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana Partner
 Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt  photo Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt Senior Partner
 Pathorn Towongchuen  photo Pathorn Towongchuen Partner
Number of lawyers : 100
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Chinese

Phisit Dejchaiyasak

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

As the leader of the firm’s litigation practice, I have been honoured to work with a team that has successfully resolved many cases, including high value disputes which have had a positive impact for our clients, industries and state enterprises. We have also represented private and public sector clients on precedent-setting cases in many areas of law.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

I provide strategic advice based on the client’s interests and business goals in order to achieve the best results in pre-litigation and litigation proceedings.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

One of the lessons I have learned, and would advise my younger self to do, is to focus on the big picture. Being able to focus on the big picture of any dispute is the key to making a plan and working efficiently toward the most beneficial result for the client. Having this perspective also allows you to work smarter and adjust the strategy if necessary.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

We, as strategic lawyers, consider and analyze all of the issues in order to prevent or correct problems for clients. For example, for an internet services company, we planned and implemented strategic litigation in order to protect the company from creditors. As a result, the client maintained control of the business, which grew to be a major internet company.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Due to the economic disruptions this year, we have been assisting clients in connection with commercial disputes and business rehabilitation. We also see an increase in class actions, as well as white collar crime.

Weerawong Chittmittrapap

What has been your greatest achievement, in a professional and personal capability?

Leading the firm in progressive growth from a team of 4 lawyers to a strength of 110 lawyers who advise clients in major domestic and cross-border matters has been the fulfillment of my dream. We have achieved the position of a leading law firm in Thailand by identifying shared goals and shared values and following the right strategies.

What do you do differently from your peers in the industry?

I provide strategic advice and signature services as a trusted advisor to my clients. As a firm, we excel because we have in-depth knowledge and understanding of a client’s business, and therefore provide commercial and solution-oriented advice. We step into the shoes of the client to see things from their perspective.

We try hard to build the success of the team, rather than individual successes.

We also have a strong firm culture – a pro-collegial atmosphere amongst service-minded and trustworthy team players who have enthusiasm, a passion for excellence, and ultra-high levels of commitment.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Love what you do. Set goals, be focused and determined, and you will meet them.

Embrace technology.

Be yourself.

Can you give me a practical example of how you helped a client add value to the business?

This is the basis of our practice, so we strive to add value in all transactions. We act in partnership with clients to successfully and strategically navigate the life cycle of a business, from establishing a company, to solving disputes, to completing some of the most significant transactions in Southeast Asia.

Within your sector, what do you think will be the biggest challenge for clients over the next 12 months?

Economic disruptions will probably be severe in many industries in the coming year, so we will be assisting clients in continuing to do business despite economic challenges.

In Thailand, the new rules on anti-trust compliance that have recently come into force might present another challenge, and we are advising clients on their potential impact on their businesses.