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Baker McKenzie Offices
25TH FLOOR, ABDULRAHIM PLACE
990 RAMA IV ROAD
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Banking and finance Tier 1
Baker McKenzie's banking and finance team handles a wide variety of lending work, including project finance, and is also experienced in private banking, bank regulation, and fintech. Thinawat Bukhamana heads up the team, and has recently focused on acquisition finance in relation to publicly listed companies, representing both the banks and the buyers. Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai led several of the team's standout transactions, having recently acted for KASIKORNBANK in the provision of financing for the construction and development of the Samyan Mitrtown misex use project. Sawanee Sethsathira heads the project finance group and has been involved in PPP projects including the sky train and the underground mass transit. Komkrit Kietduriyakul leads the office's structured finance group and is routinely involved in complex debt offerings and derivatives transactions. Waranon Vanichprapa displays a specialism in export credit financing, bank lending and cross border financing. Somika Phagapasvivat is another notable name, working on financing for infrastructure funds and more recently delving into the area of fintech. Kullarat Phongsathaporn is another name to note in the fintech space, where she has particular experience of e-payment matters.
‘The team has real passion to understand what clients really need, and the ability to understand the practice and nature of the industry.’
‘Associate Papon Charoenpao and partner Somika Phagapasvivat have been very active in assisting clients in all matters.’
‘Easy to work with, very professional and clear communicators.’
‘The team is resourceful and understands client’s needs.’
‘They are knowledgeable and give practical solutions.’
The Siam Commercial Bank
Capital markets Tier 1
Baker McKenzie's capital markets practice handles complex financing transactions for headline corporate clients. Kitipong Urapeepatanapong heads the capital markets group, while Komkrit Kietduriyakul leads the derivatives and structured finance team. In addition, the firm has developed a strong venture capital and start-up company practice, which has generated a fair amount of high-quality IPO deals. Funds and infrastructure are other key workflows for the team and Theppachol Kosol is a name to note here. Other key figures in the team include structured finance specialist Benja Supannakul and the 'exceptional' Primyadar Duangrat. Kowit Adireksombat and Viroj Piyawattanametha are also recommended.
‘Baker’s capital market team is very unique, experienced and always provide practical solutions.’
‘Baker McKenzie has the ability to provide a total solution, including tax advice, litigation advice, capital market to clients.’
‘Primyadar Duangrat is the most stand out legal adviser in the industry with exceptional experience and legal knowledge.’
Yoma Strategic Holdings
Siam Commercial Bank
Thai Oil Public
Prime Road Group
Proud Real Estate
Banyan Tree Holdings
One of the strongest corporate teams in Bangkok, Baker McKenzie is regularly involved in the market's largest public and private M&A, corporate restructuring mandates, and securities transactions. Moreover, the firm's international network is a steady generator of high-quality instructions from regional and multinational corporates, which often turn to the team for complex cross-border corporate work. The department is jointly led by by Sorachon Boonsong, who has expertise in FDI, post acquisition integration, and a raft of regulatory issues, and Jakkarin Bantathong, who advises multinational clients on cross-border acquisitions and commercial transactions. Peerapan Tungsuwan co-heads the firm's Japan advisory group and specialises in assisting major Japanese corporations with their expansion in Thailand. Also recommended is Sivapong Viriyabusaya, who has experience of corporate transactions in the insurance, real estate and energy sectors.
Baker McKenzie's practice has strengths in customs matters and the enforcement of WTO rules as well as wider regional trade agreements, acting for government entities, international corporations, and local companies. Pornapa Luengwattanakit has experience of a wide variety of trade, competition, and cross-border commerce issues, while Panya Sittisakonsin has particular expertise in customs and supply chain work. He successfully represented Siam Toyota Manufacturing in civil tax litigation concerning the correct classification of imported goods. Also recommended is Suriyong Tungsuwan, who has experience of custom disputes and regulatory requirements.
Dispute resolution Tier 1
Baker McKenzie's disputes group has a broad range of expertise across a number of key areas, including construction, IP, insurance and financial services, among others. The practice group is jointly headed by Chirachai Okanurak, who has experience in a variety of civil claims, including construction matters, and Kanit Vallayapet, who handles commercial and administrative disputes. Another key figure is managing partner Wynn Pakdeejit, who has developed considerable cross-border experience, having led the firm's Asia Pacific disputes team from 2014 to 2017. Senior associate Pumma Doungrutana is an experienced litigator in the Thai courts, covering insurance, international trade and general commercial disputes.
Baker McKenzie's international arbitration practice has handled disputes in the construction, insurance, and banking and finance sectors in domestic and regional arbitration forums. The team is jointly headed by Chirachai Okanurak, who is well-versed in ICC and UNCITRAL proceedings and Kanit Vallayapet, who has decades of experience in arbitration. Wynn Pakdeejit is experienced in the Thai Arbitration Institute and also has experience in enforcement proceedings, having recently acted to enforce an LCIA award in a Thai court.
Insurance Tier 1
Baker McKenzie is active in the life and non-life insurance industries, advising insurers, reinsurers and financial institutions on regulatory and compliance issues, asset management and insurance portfolios. The team is jointly headed by Sivapong Viriyabusaya, the principal practitioner working on insurtech, regulatory issues and insurance M&A, and Sorachon Boonsong, an 'experienced' practitioner noted for 'understanding how the regulators think'. Ampika Kumar has worked on M&A, corporate restructuring and commercial contracts in the insurance sector, and the 'hard working' Sumet Orsirivikorn is noted for handling reinsurance arrangements with insurance agents and brokers. Senior associate Amnart Pitakgorn works on regulatory matters, insurtech and reinsurance arrangements.
‘Friendly and knowledgeable team and good partner engagement. A great team.’
‘Sorachon Boonsong is experienced and understands how the regulators think.’
‘Extensive knowledge in Thai insurance industry, able to understand our complexity. Have a network with both insurers and the Office Insurance Commission.’
Intellectual property Tier 1
Baker McKenzie is involved in a broad range of trade mark, copyright, and patent-related work, including portfolio management, registrations, commercial transactions and litigation. The team is jointly headed by Say Sujintaya and Dhiraphol Suwanprateep and includes Tanakrit Tangburanakij , who has established a well-known infringement and anti-counterfeiting practice, working with customs officials and other law enforcement agencies, and Nont Horayangura, who has handled a variety of IP litigation in the tech and telecoms space. Rising star senior associate Praewpan Hinchiranan has been recognised for her brand enforcement practice.
‘They have strong business acumen and give solid and practical solutions.’
‘They make the effort to understand our business and how we want solutions to be provided.’
The Body Shop International Limited
British American Tobacco
Brooks Brothers Group
Estee Lauder Cosmetics
Ford Global Technologies
Labour and employment Tier 1
Baker McKenzie advises on contentious and non-contentious labour and employment matters, including compliance, complex business restructuring matters, and employment litigation.'Outstanding' practice head Suriyong Tungsuwan has three decades of experience in labour and employment matters such as executive compensation, employee benefits, labour relations and outsourcing. Pisut Attakamol focuses on employment disputes in the Thai labour courts, and Chaiporn Supvoranid has experience in labour union disputes, corporate compliance work, and fraud investigations. Associate Nam-Ake Lekfuangfu is noted for his work in immigration and gender pay gap issues.
Projects and energy Tier 1
Baker McKenzie is active throughout Southeast Asia, and its Thai projects and energy team has benefitted from the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor, which has generated high-quality work in a range of infrastructure mandates in the energy, power, mining and petrochemicals sectors. In the project development space, practice head Sawanee Sethsathira has particular experience in PPP projects, having been involved in the first sky train project in Thailand. Viroj Piyawattanametha has a record of acting for financial institutions and banks in project finance transactions, and Theerapab Punyasakhon is noted for project finance and project development work. Also recommended is senior associate Napas Na Pombejra, who has experience in energy project finance.
‘The firm has a good reputation in Asia. Especially in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and Thailand with reliable and responsive lawyers.’
The Siam Commercial Bank
Real estate and construction Tier 1
Baker McKenzie is a key firm in Thailand for real estate and construction matters, with expertise in REITs, project development, infrastructure funds and environmental regulations. Practice head Sorachon Boonsong has particular expertise in REITs-related work and is a key contact at the firm for cross-border investment and acquisition deals. Duangkamon Amkaew is also known for her real estate expertise, which includes experience of cross-border property acquisitions and regulatory matters. Also recommended are Wittaya Luengsukcharoen, who specialises in real estate finance, and Sumet Orsirivikorn, handles cross-border M&A in the hotel, property management, and wider real estate sectors.
Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1
Baker McKenzie acts for creditors and debtors in complex and often cross-border restructuring and reorganisation mandates and high-value disputes. The team is jointly led by Chirachai Okanurak and Kanit Vallayapet, both of whom have experience in corporate and debt restructuring work. Another key figure is managing partner Wynn Pakdeejit, who is instructed by major Thai banks in various insolvency and recovery proceedings. Paralee Techajongjintana, who has expertise in financial restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, is also recommended.
‘Baker McKenzie has strong experience which is required for the nature of this practice.’
‘Wynn Pakdeejit and Paralee both provided good solutions for the legal issues.’
‘Responsive to clients and have a deep knowledge.’
Credit Suisse AG
Bangkok Commercial Asset Management
Bank of China (Thai)
Pacific Alliance Operating Fund LP
All Season Property
Tax Tier 1
Baker McKenzie advises on foreign tax credit rules, transfer pricing provisions, structuring estates and tax disputes. Kitipong Urapeepatanapong acts for multinational corporates and large domestic companies in tax planning mandates, and Pornapa Luengwattanakit has expertise in tax and customs in a variety of sectors in the Thai market. Panya Sittisakonsin handles investment structuring and corporate tax planning, and also has experience in tax disputes. Also recommended is Aek Tantisattamo, who is a contact for outbound investment matters and transfer pricing.
TMT Tier 1
Baker McKenzie provides comprehensive service in licensing deals, regulatory compliance matters and disputes in the TMT sector. Practice head Dhiraphol Suwanprateep advises on commercial contracts, data privacy and regulatory frameworks for key technology and telecoms clients, while Pattaraphan Paiboon advises on a range of compliance matters, including cloud computing and IT security. On the more junior end, senior associate Kritiyanee Buranatrevedhya has experience in data privacy, analytics, and blockchain transactions, and associate Siranya Rhuvattana is also recommended.
Transport Tier 3
Baker McKenzie is especially active in government transport projects, where it advises lenders, financial institutions, sponsors and government agencies. The team is jointly headed by Suriyong Tungsuwan and Sawanee Sethsathira. Also recommended is Viroj Piyawattanametha, who acted alongside Theerapab Punyasakhon for Gulf Energy Development as the bidder in relation to the concession for the Laem Chabong Port Phase 3 project. The 'knowledgeable' Permsak Krairiksh is the firm's go-to contact for all aviation transactions, including aircraft financing and operating leases.
‘They have good knowledge on transport practice, in particular, the aviation law. They can provide very good legal and commercial advice. Their negotiation is very professional.’
‘Permsak Krairiksh is very good lawyer, knowledgeable and his explanations are very clear. He provides a good service to us.’
The Siam Commercial Bank
Krung Thai Bank
General Motors (Thailand)
Bangkok Expressway and Metro
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When It Comes to People
We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. Baker McKenzie also is a signatory to the UN Global Compact, a voluntary global initiative in which we have committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.
Diversity and Inclusion
Baker McKenzie was founded on the idea of diversity. From our earliest days, we have strived to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the Firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:
- All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
- This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
- Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.
While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:
Ethnic & Cultural Diversity
Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.
We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.
Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.
We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:
Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.
Colombia: Private Client
Published: January 2020
Authors: Rodrigo Castillo Cottin Ana Maria Lopez Alejandra Becerra Hanspeter Misteli
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United States: Private Equity
Published: January 2020
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This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Private Equity laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
Philippines: Pharmaceutical Advertising
Published: November 2019
Authors: Maria Christia J. Macasaet-Acaban Michael Macapagal Lara Camille Lee
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Thailand: Pharmaceutical Advertising
Published: November 2019
Authors: Peerapan Tungsuwan
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Pharmaceutical Advertising laws and regulations that may occur in Thailand.
Saudi Arabia: International Arbitration
Published: December 2019
Authors: George Sayen Abdulrahman Alajlan Anton Mikel Sana Sheikh
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to International Arbitration laws and regulations that may occur in Saudi Arabia.
United Kingdom: Product Liability
Published: July 2019
Authors: John Leadley Kate Corby Laura Pattison
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Product Liability laws and regulations that may occur in United Kingdom.
Colombia: Employee Incentives
Published: February 2020
Authors: Evelyn Romero Maria Cecilia Reyes Alejandra Becerra Daniel Botero
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Employee Incentives laws and regulations that may occur in Colombia.
United States: Technology
Published: August 2019
Authors: Samuel Kramer
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Technology laws and regulations that may occur in United States.
Philippines: Competition Litigation
Published: August 2019
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This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Competition Litigation laws and regulations that may occur in Philippines.
Turkey: Competition Litigation
Published: August 2019
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This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Competition Litigation laws and regulations that may occur in Turkey.
United Kingdom: Bribery & Corruption
Published: August 2019
Authors: Joanna Ludlam
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Bribery & Corruption laws and regulations that may occur in United Kingdom.
Published: August 2019
Authors: Alex Hartmann Aleisa Crepin
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Construction laws and regulations that may occur in Australia.
Argentina: Employment & Labour Law
Published: August 2019
Authors: Carlos Dodds Juan Manuel Sanchez
This country-specific Q&A provides an overview to Employment & Labour Law laws and regulations that may occur in Argentina.
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