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

Weerawong, 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.

Practice head(s):

Passawan Navanithikul; Nattaporn Pengkul

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Global Power Synergy

Wind Energy Holdings

Thai Beverage

Ananda Development

HSBC

The Siam Commercial Bank

Oaktree Capital

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.

Practice head(s):

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Credit Suisse

Zen Corporation Group

True Properties

Jasmine International

Bangkok Bank

PPT Global Chemical

GIC Private

Corporate and M&A (including capital markets) Tier 1

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.  

Practice head(s):

Weerawong Chittmittrapap; Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt

Other key lawyers:

Panuwat Chalongkuamdee; Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat

Key clients

PTT Global Chemical

Grab

Planet Energy

TICON Industrial

Thai Union Group PLC

Thai Oil Marine

Plan B Media

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.

Practice head(s):

Phisit Dejchaiyasak

Testimonials

‘They are very professional and competent, with a particular attention to clients’ needs.’

‘Associate Pralakorn Siwawej is very good at coordinating projects involving teams from other jurisdictions in order to provide the client with an in depth analysis.’

Key clients

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Total Access Communication

Ananda Development

PTT

Frasers Property

Hero Experience

T Engineering

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.

Practice head(s):

Weerawong Chittmittrapap; Passawan Navanithikul

Key clients

Department of Highways, Thailand

Northern Bangkok Monorail Company

Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company

Global Power Synergy

Thai Airways

Planet Energy Holdings

Thai Oil

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.

Practice head(s):

Weerawong Chittmittrapap; Phisit Dejchaiyasak

Testimonials

‘Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has very strong knowledge regarding law and regulations.’

‘Always reachable and promptly get ready to find an answer for any matter, particularly Ms. Natthida.’

Key clients

Sahaviriya Steel Industries PLC

Energy Earth PLC

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Jasmine PLC

Bridge View Co. Ltd.

Ladprao Plaza

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.

Practice head(s):

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Great Pacific Properties

Leisure World Property and Loan Fund

Noble Development

Pace Development

Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction

Thai Department of Highways

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.

Practice head(s):

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Total Access Communication

Grab

Plan B Media

TCC Assets

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Phisit Dejchaiyasak

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Radisson Blu Hotel

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 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 Asialaw Profiles as a leading law firm, Weerawong C&P was awarded National Firm of the Year by FinanceAsia in 2019,  by Asian Legal Business in 2016-2019 and by IFLR1000  in 2014, 2015 and 2017. 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 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
M&A Weerawong Chittmittrapap
M&A Chinnavat Chinsangaram
M&A Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat
M&A Panuwat Chalongkuamdee
M&A Samata Masagee
M&A James Lawden
Restructuring and insolvency Chinnavat Chinsangaram
Restructuring and insolvency Suntus Kirdsinsap
Restructuring and insolvency Sakchai Limsiripothong
TMT Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt
TMT Phisit Dejchaiyasak
TMT Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat  photo Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat 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
 Passawan Navanithikul  photo Passawan Navanithikul Partner
 Patcharaporn Pootranon  photo Patcharaporn Pootranon 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 : 120
English
Thai

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.