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Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited
93/1 UNIT 902, 9F GPF WITTHAYU TOWER B
WIRELESS ROAD, PATHUMWAN
BANGKOK 10330
Thailand

Dispute resolution Tier 1

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited has noted specialisms in construction, energy, insurance and commodities disputes, acting for clients such as investment banks, corporations, shipping lines and airlines. With practitioners based across Asia, the firm is able to handle multi-jurisdictional cases. Steven Burkill is leading the team and has extensive experience of Thai, English and US litigation. Kay Kian Tan specialises in international commercial litigation, active in the energy, transport and insurance sectors. Ratthakarn Boonnua has served as lead counsel on cases involving international trade and commercial disputes.

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Key clients

AIG Insurance Public Company Limited

Bangchak Corporation PC Ltd

Bedford Row

Ford Motor Company

Lancaster Resort

Louis Dreyfus Commodities Suisse SA

Poonsub Can Co Ltd

PTT Public Company Ltd

TNBF

Voicevale

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 1

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited's international arbitration practice includes construction, energy, insurance and commodities dispute work. The firm has ten internationally qualified practitioners and twelve Thai qualified practitioners who act in a range of arbitral institutions. Steven Burkill manages international disputes with experience in London and Asia-based arbitrations relating to oil and gas, power and large-scale projects. Kay Kian Tan is recognised for his representation of multinational corporations in international commercial arbitration. His sector specialisms include international trade, transport and insurance. The 'responsive and intelligent' Alan Polivnick is well practiced in transport and insurance disputes work. Belle Chewprecha moved to Allen & Overy (Thailand) Co, Ltd in July 2020.

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Testimonials

Alan Polivnick is clear, responsive, intelligent. I cannot recommend him enough.’

Key clients

Department of Mineral Fuels, Ministry of Energy, Government of Thailand

Louis Dreyfus Commodities

PTT Public Company Limited

Insurance Tier 1

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited's team is cited for being 'partner led'. It acts on a array of insurance matters for insurers, reinsurers and brokers in Thailand and internationally. The firm's expertise covers the energy, oil and gas, transport, aviation and maritime sectors. Alan Polivnick, who co-heads the team, is highlighted for 'his breadth of knowledge of insurance law and regulations'. His practice spans litigation and arbitration. Co-head Kay Kian Tan is a dispute resolution expert and represents international insurers in Thai court claims.

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Testimonials

‘Partner led, value for money, true partnership, extension of in-house legal department.’

‘Alan Polivnick is a true business partner with me and colleagues in legal department.’

‘Alan Polivnick has knowledge of travel and insurance law and regulations in the region and good connections with other APAC law firms.’

Key clients

Agoda/Priceline

AIG Insurance Public Company Limited

AXA XL

Falcon Insurance PCL

Ford Motor Company

Swiss Re

Transport Tier 1

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is active across all sectors of transportation including aviation, maritime, automotive, freight-forwarders and logistic companies. Alan Polivnick co-leads the team and is notable on aviation and logistic in particular, both contentious and non-contentious matters. His clients include insurance companies. Co-lead Kay Kian Tan  specialises in shipping disputes.

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Agoda

AirAsia

ExecuJet

Ford Company Limited

Gulf Air Company

Lancaster Resort Co.

Oman Air

Singapore Airlines

TNBF

Weststar Aviation

Labour and employment Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited provides employment law advice, particularly in the natural resources, energy and transport sectors; both contentious and non-contentious cases. Ratthakarn Boonnua co-leads the team and his experience lies in representation of employers and employees on employment disputes, notably in the maritime and insurance sectors. Alan Polivnick's clients include multinational corporations and Thai companies on a range of employment law issues, including those arising out of the impact of COVID-19.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited acts on the full range of renewable energy matters as well as conventional energy projects in the Thai market. Advice includes assistance on regulatory matters, M&A transactions and construction projects. Christopher Osborne  is co-leading the team alongside Steven Burkill and the duo work on  maintenance contract matters, financial agreements and projects and energy disputes.

Key clients

Department of Mineral Fuels, Ministry of Energy, Government of Thailand

Devon Renewable Energy

Greenovation Power

Korat Wind Energy

Mizuho Bank

PTT Public Company Limited

Super Wind Energy Limited

Wind Energy Development

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited provides corporate and dispute resolution advice to construction clients which includes developers and high-net-worth individuals. Christopher Osborne heads up the team and has particular expertise in the hotel and leisure sectors. He leads the wider team on buy-side and sell-side work and building due diligence. Senior associate Lyle Andrews is active on real estate disputes including through arbitration and mediation. His expertise is enhanced by his chartered surveyor experience.

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Testimonials

‘Very strong construction law and arbitration knowledge. I was made to feel heard, understood and secure through the whole process with WFW.’

‘Lyall and Chris were very direct and knowledgeable in the details and issues we were working through. They both add value to everything we worked on with their friendly and very understanding attitude, but above all else their guidance on matters at hand saved me a future world of hurt.’

 

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Airbnb Singapore Private Limited

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited's practice advises on insolvency procedures, debt restructuring, and corporate reorganisations. The team is led by Christopher Osborne who has experience advising foreign creditors in Thai insolvency proceedings in the Bankruptcy Court. He also works with Thai companies on the commencement of rehabilitation debt restructuring proceedings in the Bankruptcy Court. Key sector focuses for the firm are energy and transport.  

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AirAsia Group (IHQ) Ltd

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited serves a regional and international client base made up of corporations, financial institutions and banks. The practice advises on inbound and outbound M&A work including post-closure integrations and cross-border joint ventures. Christopher Osborne heads up the corporate team and has an additional focus on regulatory and compliance issues, especially for clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. Alan Polivnick acts for international airlines, insurers and reinsurers on their operations in Thailand. Associate Kulkanya Vorawanichar is noted for her advice on shareholder arrangements and business rehabilitation.

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Agoda Company Pte Ltd.

AirAsia Group (IHQ) Ltd

Airbnb Singapore Private Limited

Emirates Airlines Limited

Flash Partners Limited

Ingenico (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Otava holdings

Priceline.com LLC

Singapore Airlines

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd.

TMT Tier 3

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited  assists telecommunications, film production and technology companies on regulatory matters and commercial agreements. Alongside advisory experience the firm also handles litigation and arbitration. Christopher Osborne undertakes contentious and non-contentious TMT work, representing major clients in the field. Alan Polivnick is active in Thailand and the wider region, providing commercial and regulatory advice to TMT clients.  

Testimonials

‘Alan Polivinick’s knowledge of travel and insurance law and regulations in the region and his connections with other APAC law firms.’

‘Partner led, value for money, true partnership, extension of in-house legal department.’

‘Responsive, client-friendly clear advice. Better than some more expensive competitors.

‘Alan Polivnick. True business partner with me and colleagues in the legal department and our internal product colleagues.’

‘This is a team with some genuine TMT and data protection expertise in Thailand.’

‘Chris Osborne manages a very effective team and although his profile may not say so, he has a good understanding of the TMT sector in Thailand. We are happy to work with them for any Thai law support.’

 

Key clients

Agoda Company Pte Ltd.

AirAsia Group (IHQ) Ltd

Airbnb Singapore Private Limited

Emirates Airline Limited

Flash Partners Limited

Ingenico (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Priceline.com LLC

PTT Public Company Ltd

Singapore Airlines

Tata Telecommunications

Banking and finance Tier 4

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited acts for international banks, private equity firms and multinational corporations. The firm's expertise is in financing energy and transport projects with an added specialism in film finance. Christopher Osborne, who has some two decades of experience in the Thai legal market, heads up the practice. He  advises on renewable energy projects such as wind farms.

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Greenovation Power

Guardforce Thailand

Korat Wind Energy

Mizuho Bank

Weststar Aviation Services Sdn Bhd

Wind Energy Development

Dedicated to client care, industry focus and investment in our people
We are an international law firm advising on complex transactions and disputes through local knowledge and an integrated international network.  We have a strong sector focus, combining our technical excellence with deep industry knowledge across energy, transport and real estate.

Our business exists to help our clients achieve their goals, partnering with them to meet the challenges they face today and will face tomorrow.

Our values rest on developing deep and long-lasting relationships externally and internally through respect, sharing, communication and integrity.

We strive for excellence in all that we do and view investment in our people as key to achieving our business goals and values.

Our teams are integrated across legal disciplines and offices delivering consistently high levels of service locally and in combination across borders.

History: Sector focus has been at the heart of our strategy since we opened for business in 1982.  Having started life as an asset finance boutique focusing on the maritime and aviation industries, our Transport focus quickly expanded to other supply-chain led industries, most notably, Renewable and Conventional Energy and Real Estate and associate infrastructure across these industries.

Through our offices around the world, we provide a full suite of services within our core sectors enabling us to deliver exceptional value to our clients.

Facts

  • Founded 1982
  • 170+ Partners
  • 550+ Lawyers
  • 17 Offices
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ratthakarn Boonnua photo Ratthakarn Boonnua Ratthakarn has served as lead trial lawyer in high profile multi-jurisdictional cases…
 Steven Burkill photo Steven Burkill Steven specialises in complex international disputes, in particular, London and Asia-based arbitrations…
 Kay Kian Tan photo Kay Kian Tan Kay Kian specialises in the energy, maritime and insurance sectors, where he…
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