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

Thailand > Capital markets Tier 1

The ‘highly experienced’ team at Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts for issuers, underwriters, security trustees, investors and corporate trustees on a range of domestic and international debt, equity and derivative matters. Led by Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt, who acts for clients on high-value capital markets transactions, the practice has experience in handling securities transactions and represents clients in the issuance of Thai financial instruments. ‘Up and coming partner‘ Trinuch Chuenchomlada advises issuers and underwriters on international and domestic equity and debt capital markets transactions, while Wittaya Kaewkungsadan has over 20 years’ of experience in handling capital market transactions. Patcharaporn Pootranon departed  in December 2020.

Testimonials

‘Highly experienced, market leading team.’

‘Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt and Trinuch Chuenchomlada are the key partners in the practice. Veeranuch is a very experienced and highly technical lawyer. We greatly value her input and advice on all issues. Trinuch is an up and coming partner that provides a complimentary set for the team.’

Key clients

Asset World Public Company Limited

CPN Retail Growth Leasehold Property Fund

True Properties; Origin Property

BTS Group Holdings

Kerry Express

Sri Trang Gloves (Thailand) Public Company Limited

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; BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Inc., Standard Chartered Bank, and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; UBS AG (Hong Kong)

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

Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility (Asian Development Bank)

Jasmine International Public Company Limited

Thailand > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners advises purchasers, sellers, lenders and financial intermediaries in M&A transactions, joint ventures and leveraged buyouts. Weerawong Chittmittrapap has extensive experience in corporate governance, restructuring and M&A matters. He heads up the practice alongside Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt and Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat. Thammavaranucupt advises domestic and multinational clients on a range of corporate governance and transactions, while Chaikajornwat is noted for his expertise in handling M&A and joint ventures.

Testimonials

‘The WCP team has strong and deep knowledge in M&A laws and collaborate well with all relevant parties in the deal.’

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; PTTOR 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

Thailand > Dispute resolution Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners handles pre-litigation and litigation cases before all levels of court. The practice represents clients in disputes across multiple industry sectors, including construction, insurance, energy, employment and intellectual property. The team is led by Phisit Dejchaiyasak, who represents Thai corporations and conglomerates in domestic and cross-border disputes. Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana has experience in handling civil, criminal, bankruptcy and administrative dispute resolution matters, while senior associate Pralakorn Siwawej acts for clients in cross-border disputes and provides strategic planning in the pre-litigation phase. Sakchai Limsiripothong and Pathorn Towongchuen are also key contacts.

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Testimonials

Timely and insightful advice‘.

A leading disputes practice among the Thai law firms. A “go to” team for any Thai court litigation matter.’

In addition to some standout individuals in the team (most notably, the ever incisive senior associate Jedsarit Sahussarungsi), the team as a whole works well together and this shines through in the end product. Always a pleasure working with this team.’

Jedsarit Sahussarungsi is extremely capable, responsive and knowledgeable about Thai court procedures. He gives clear advice which is focused on the client’s objectives.’

Jedsarit Sahussarungsi – Consistently high-quality work; very responsive; delivered superb results in very difficult circumstances.’

Sakchai Limsiripothong and Weerawong Chittmittrapap’s attention to detail is second to none.’

Thailand > Projects and energy Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts for its roster of clients, including government agencies, private entities and financial institutions, on infrastructure, project finance, as well as renewable energy matters. The practice is led by Weerawong Chittmittrapap, who handles some of the largest infrastructure projects in Thailand, such as the construction of airports, mass transit systems and ports. Jirapat Thammavaranucupt also has experience in advising on infrastructure projects and PPP projects.

Testimonials

‘Very professional, dedicated and offer full support when we require on urgent issues. Strong knowledge in subject and well connected.’

Key clients

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

PTT Public Company Limited

Port Authority of Thailand

Department of Highways

Bangkok Mass Transit System Public Company Limited

BTS Group Holding

Northern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited

Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited

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

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

Thailand > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners advises domestic and international clients on restructuring and insolvency matters, as well as acting on cross-border negotiations for creditors and debtors and representing clients in litigation. Practice head Natthida Pranutnorapal has experience in business reorganisations and insolvency matters, and senior partner Weerawong Chittmittrapap is also noted.

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Key clients

Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public Company Limited

Saha Farms Company Limited and Golden Line Company

Business Limited as EY Corporate Advisory Services Company Limited, rehabilitation plan administrator

EY Corporate Advisory Services Company Limited as the plan preparer of Energy Earth Public Company Limited

Triple T Broadband Public Company Limited

Export Import Bank of the United States

Jasmine Public Company Limited

Sahaviriya Plate Mill Public Company Limited

Bridge View Company Limited

Ladprao Plaza Company Limited

Pace Development Corporation Public Company Limited and

Dean & DeLuca Inc.

Thailand > Banking and finance Tier 2

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners acts for local commercial banks and international banks on matters including acquisition financing, and energy and infrastructure project financing. Weerawong Chittmittrapap, who handles the financing aspects of infrastructure projects, jointly leads the practice with Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat and Jirapat Thammavaranucupt following the departures of former practice head Passawan Navanithikul and Nattaporn Pengkul to SRPP. Chaikajornwat counts major corporations, banks, real estate and investment companies as his clients which he advises on financing matters, while Thammavaranucupt focuses on the financial aspects of infrastructure and public private partnership projects.

Key clients

Rabobank (Singapore)

ADK Marketing Solutions INC

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

United Overseas Bank Limited (Singapore)

Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited

Thai Beverage Public Company Limited

Northern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited

Eastern Bangkok Monorail Company Limited

Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited

U-Tapao International Aviation Company Limited

Bank of America

Handelsbanken

Thailand > TMT Tier 2

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners advises e-commerce, media and telecoms sector clients on transactional, regulatory, data protection, licensing and corporate matters, as well as handling contentious work in the TMT sector. Senior partner Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt leads the practice and handles domestic and cross-border telecoms transactions. Phisit Dejchaiyasak handles disputes.

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Key clients

Grab

Go-Jek Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Taobao

VGI Global Media

Plan B Media

Hero Experience (Marvel)

Symphony Communications Public Company Limited

CAT Telecom Public Company Limited

Prananporn Co., Ltd.

Total Access Communications Public Company Limited (DTAC) and dtac TriNet Co., Ltd.

Advanced Info Service Public Company Limited (AIS)

Jasmine International Public Company Limited

GMM Grammy Public Company Limited

Thailand > Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 3

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners handles international arbitrations across the energy, hospitality and food and beverage sectors, and has experience in the TAI, HKIAC, SIAC and UNCITRAL centres. Led by Phisit Dejchaiyasak, the team advises clients on the defence and enforcement of arbitral awards in Thailand. Sakchai Limsiripothong is another key contact in the team and has notable experience in representing clients in ICC arbitration proceedings.

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Thailand > Real estate and construction Tier 3

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners represents developers, owners, institutional investors and property funds on matters relating to property acquisitions, developments, constructions and financing of real estate assets. The practice is led by Sunyaluck Chaikajornwat, who has experience in advising real estate clients on domestic and cross-border M&A and finance work in Southeast Asia, while of counsel Chusak Suwanpuchai has experience in land and construction matters.

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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 2019-2021,  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 antitrust 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
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
Capital Markets Wittaya Kaewkungsadan
Capital Markets Trinuch Chuenchomlada
Number of lawyers : 100
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Partner Perspectives – Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners

The Legal 500 sits down with Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt, Senior Partner of Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, following the firm’s recognition at The Legal 500’s inaugural Southeast Asia Awards 2020/21.

Congratulations on being shortlisted for The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2020/21 in the following categories:

  • Law Firm of the Year – Thailand
  • Banking and Finance Team of the Year
  • Capital Markets Team of the Year
  • Projects and Energy Team of the Year

Perhaps you can give us your thoughts on being recognised in this way, in what is The Legal 500’s inaugural awards for the region.

We are honored and delighted that our practice groups have been recognized by The Legal 500. We are grateful for our clients who entrust us as legal advisors in their strategic transactions, and our talented lawyers who are focused on providing solution-based advice in order to achieve our clients’ objectives.

We will continue to deliver our best quality legal services for our clients.

Being recognised in multiple regional categories really highlights the strength and depth of the firm’s services. How important is it to have the right team around you?

The strength and depth of our services are based on our firm culture of shared goals and values – our teams are collegial, have a passion for excellence and ultra-high levels of commitment. This enables our teams to work together to provide solutions in complex transactions.

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

Weerawong C&P provides signature services and strategic advice as a trusted advisor to our clients. We excel because we combine in-depth understanding of a client’s business, commercial awareness and legal knowledge to achieve successful outcomes.

We act in partnership with clients to successfully 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.

We also have a strong platform that enables us to provide comprehensive legal services in order to meet all our clients’ needs. This year we expanded our legal services in relation to competition law and international trade.

We have a number of talented partners and associates who are well trained both in terms of providing solutions and having excellent negotiation skills to provide win-win solutions for all parties involved.

This recognition signifies years of hard work. What is the most valuable lesson you can share with young, aspiring lawyers?

Set goals, be focused and determined, and you will meet them. Investing time and energy in building a solid understanding of the law and focusing on logical, strategic, and big-picture thinking are the keys to becoming a successful lawyer.

We provide ongoing training for our lawyers so that they learn from the real life experiences and practices of our senior partners and partners, with a strong commitment to the successful completion of the transactions of our clients.