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22ND FLOOR, MERCURY TOWER, 540 PLOENCHIT ROAD, LUMPINI, PATHUMWAN, BANGKOK 10330, THAILAND
Tel:
Work +66 2 264 8000
Fax:
Fax +66 2 657 2222
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Web:
https://www.weerawongcp.com

Passawan Navanithikul

Tel:
Work +662 264 8000
Email:
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners

Work Department

Banking & Finance, Projects

Position

Partner

Career

Passawan advises Thai and international banks, corporations and other clients in banking, finance and projects throughout the Asia Pacific region. Her practice includes domestic and cross-border acquisition finance, investment facilities and asset-based lending facilities.

Languages

English, Thai

Education

LL.M., International Business Law, American University, Washington College of Law, USA, 1996

LL.B. (Honors), Chulalongkorn University, 1991


Thailand

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners focuses on particularly high-value transactions in the areas of acquisition and project finance. The firm has a well-established roster of Thai corporate clients, many of which it assists with the corporate and financing aspects of their acquisition and investment activities abroad. Passawan Navanithikul, who has a proven track record in large financing transactions, recently advised ThaiBev on the financing aspects of its acquisition, through affiliated company Vietnam Beverage, of Vietnam's Sabeco Brewery. In the project finance space, Nattaporn Pengkul took the lead role in advising a wind power developer and operator on the THB37bn financing for five onshore wind farms; associate Pimkwan Subprasert worked alongside Pengkul on the project. Also of note is the team's lender-side work, where it has developed strong relationships with leading banks in Thailand and throughout the region. Additional contacts include corporate, banking and real estate finance specialist Chinnavat Chinsangaram, who is often involved in multi-lender and multi-jurisdictional real estate projects, and Weerawong Chittmittrapap, who is also recommended.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Noted for its ‘broad knowledge’, ‘diligence’ and ‘commitment’, Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners has established itself as a go-to firm for PPPs in Thailand. The group has seen significant growth in recent years, and it expanded at the associate level in 2017 in response to the high level of demand from its clients, which include public and private sector companies. The Port Authority of Thailand is one of its key clients; the firm has been engaged by it to advise on 14 PPP projects. For the Department of Highways, it has been providing ongoing advice on a major motorway project; the team’s role includes drafting and revising the client's project agreements, negotiating with private entities and assisting on the drafting of bidding documents. Beyond infrastructure projects, the team has also handled numerous energy and telecoms projects in the country. On the lender side, the department has established relationships with some of Thailand’s biggest banks, as well as international financial institutions. The ‘highly influentialWeerawong Chittmittrapap has ‘excellent cooperation, communication and negotiation skills’. Passawan Navanithikul is noted for her ‘effective and prompt responses’ and ‘service-minded approach’. Senior associate Jirapat Thammavaranucupt is also highly recommended. Chinnavat Chinsangaram has a strong real estate finance practice, and Nattaporn Pengkul is a key contact for project finance.

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TMT

Within: TMT

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners’ extensive telecoms-sector experience is underpinned by the firm’s market-leading corporate, litigation and finance practices, ensuring strong workflows in this area. The TMT group also counts media and entertainment companies among its clients and has developed an active fintech practice, where it provides advice to multinational technology companies on Thailand’s regulatory environment. Telecoms service provider Jasmine International is a significant client; in recent work, Passawan Navanithikul assisted it on a THB8.5bn facility granted by The Siam Commercial Bank to be used for refinancing and on-lending to its group companies. In M&A, a team led by senior partner Weerawong Chittmittrapap acted for an investment company in the purchase of 50% of the total shares of a media and TV company. On the contentious side, highlights included Rapinnart Prongsiriwattana’s filing of a successful motion to lift an injunction against assets of a mobile operator, another of the firm’s key clients. The department is co-led by telecoms expert Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt and Samata Masagee, who has an impressive track record in corporate transactions for TMT companies.

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