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Kay Kian specialises in the energy, maritime and insurance sectors, where he advises corporates and multi-nationals on international commercial arbitration and litigation.

He is a barrister and is admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales and an advocate and solicitor in Singapore. He has worked in London and Singapore and has been based in WFW’s Bangkok office since 2001.

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Thailand > Insurance

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited acts for Thai and international insurers, reinsurers and brokers on a broad range of insurance matters, notably in the energy, aviation and maritime sectors. Practice co-lead Alan Polivnick advises on insurance claims and represents insurers and reinsurers in litigations and arbitrations, as well as handling non-contentious and regulatory matters. Kay Kian Tan, who jointly heads up the practice alongside Polivnick, is noted for his expertise in dispute resolution and represents international insurers in Thai court claims, including the civil and administrative courts.

Thailand > Real estate and construction

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited advises developers and high-net-worth individuals on a range of real estate and development matters, including industrial properties and residential estates. Christopher Osborne is noted for his expertise in the hotel and leisure sectors and leads the wider team on building due diligence for energy projects and construction developments. Kay Kian Tan represents clients in hotels and hospitality, and construction disputes, while senior associate Lyle Andrews utilises his chartered surveyor expertise to advise on construction contracts.

Thailand > Transport

Noted for its aviation and maritime expertise, Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited acts for domestic and international clients, including automotive, freight-forwarders and logistics companies on cross-border matters, disputes, commercial contracts, regulatory and compliance issues. The Bangkok aircraft finance practice is part of the firm’s global aircraft finance network and deals with restructuring mandates and the renegotiation of leases. The practice group is led by Alan Polivnick, who has experience in handling contentious and non-contentious matters in the aviation and logistics sectors. Kay Kian Tan is another key contact and specialises in shipping disputes, as well as dry shipping contentious matters.

Thailand > Dispute resolution

Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is well-placed to handle multi-jurisdictional disputes and acts for a range of clients, including investment banks, corporations, shipping lines and aviation entities. It is also noted for its specialisms in the construction, energy, insurance and commodities sectors. Practice head Steven Burkill has experience in representing clients in the Thai, English and US courts. Kay Kian Tan focuses on commercial litigation. Praised for his ‘strong analytical‘ skills, Ratthakarn Boonnua has experience in international trade and commercial disputes.

Thailand > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

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Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited is praised as ‘one of the leading practices in the region for international arbitration in energy, oil and gas, renewables, power, utilities and infrastructure project disputes’. Noted for its ‘integrated global arbitration capability’, the practice runs international arbitrations for Asian corporations in a range of arbitral institutions. Head of the group Steven Burkill is a ‘key contact’ for London and Asia-based arbitrations involving oil and gas, power and large-scale projects. Kay Kian Tan represents multinational corporations in international commercial arbitrations in the international trade, insurance and transport industries, while Alan Polivnick focuses on cross-border arbitrations in the transport, insurance and reinsurance sectors.