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Watson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited
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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 > Dispute resolution: international arbitration

(Leading individuals)

Kay Kian TanWatson Farley & Williams (Thailand) Limited

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.

Thailand > Dispute resolution

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.

Thailand > Insurance

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.

Thailand > Transport

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.