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DLA Piper

Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited is well-versed in complex claims work, insurance coverage and regulatory and compliance work in the insurance sector. Litigator and practice head Peter Shelford has deep experience in insurance and reinsurance disputes; he continues to advise Htoo Group and its insurers on public liability claims arising from a fire at Kandawgyi Palace Hotel. Don Rojanapenkul is another key practitioner, specialising in insurance claims in the construction, retail and energy sectors. Senior consultant Robert Tang is experienced in regulatory insurance matters as well as property insurance and liability claims.


‘Excellent knowledge on insurance coverage and an ability to turnaround advice quickly.’

‘Peter Shelford has strong connections with reinsurers.’

‘Goto firm for insurance in Thailand and South East Asia. Stellar team with good depth of resources in associate ranks. Very highly regarded in the industry for both claims and regulatory work.’

‘Peter Shelford  is one of the leading lawyers in Thailand and Asia for insurance. He has a tremendous reputation and is well regarded for his insurance expertise and connections.’

‘Robert Tang has developed a reputation in the market for his commercial and technical advice on claims in Thailand and the region. He is exceptionally responsive. His understanding of the market is second to none and he has great connections.’

Key clients


Allianz C.P. General Insurance Co., Ltd.

Allied World

Deves Insurance

FM Insurance Co

Crawford & Company Adjusters (UK)

Generali Group

Golden Arches Insurance DAC

Tokio Marine

Real estate and construction Tier 1

The team at DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has wide-ranging expertise in cross-border projects, property investment, REITs and real estate disputes, where it regularly acts for landlords, investors and developers. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan leads the team and acted for WeWork in relation to the lease of a building space on Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok for a flexible workspace centre in Thailand. Jittasaiyapan is noted by clients and peers alike for his extensive experience in the real estate sector. Senior associate Supranee Arjjit has knowledge of real estate investments, acquisitions and compliance matters.


‘Very knowledgeable about Thai real estate laws. Services are always of high quality and precise.’

Key clients

Tropicana Corporation Berhad

Siam Riso

Virgin Active Health Clubs

HKR International

Luxury Hope

Minor Hotel Group

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited is regularly involved in bond restructuring work, but has particular expertise in contentious insolvency matters, including investigation, enforcement and litigation. Practice head Timothy Tan is instructed by banks, borrowers and investment funds in debt restructuring mandates, and Don Rojanapenkul handles a range of bankruptcy litigation, including debt recovery claims.

Key clients

Tata Steel UK

Deutsche Bank

SSG Capital

Black Rock

Clearwater Capital Partners

Standard Chartered Bank

Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited's practice has acted on construction, shipping, employment and insurance claims and disputes. The department is jointly headed by Thai litigator and arbitration expert Don Rojanapenkul, who is most active in the banking, insurance, energy and telecoms sectors, and Peter Shelford, who has particular expertise in insurance, reinsurance and construction-related disputes, and successfully represented Blue Lotus Hua-Hin and Blue Lotus Construction in multiple arbitration claims involving several buyers alleging breaches of various agreements. Senior consultant Robert Tang is another contact for reinsurance and non-marine insurance matters. Also recommended are Komson Suntheeraporn and senior associate Ekasit Suttawat, who has experience in construction-related disputes.

Key clients


Allied World Assurance


Diebold Nixdorf

Dhipaya Insurance

GLH Asset Management

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited's Bangkok team has a strong understanding of the enforcement of arbitral awards, and is able to link up with its colleagues in established centres of arbitration such as London, Singapore and Hong Kong to provide seamless service in major international arbitration. The practice group is jointly led by Don  Rojanapenkul and Peter Shelford, the latter of whom has expertise in insurance and reinsurance and construction disputes in the TAI and SIAC. Another name to note includes senior consultant Robert Tang, who focuses on energy and construction-related disputes.

Key clients


Allied World Assurance


Diebold Nixdorf

Dhipaya Insurance

GLH Asset Management Corporation

HKR International (Thailand)

TMT Tier 2

Acting for domestic and international clients, DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited handles a variety of transactional and regulatory TMT mandates, including advice on IT matters, data protection, and e-commerce product development. Also recommended are practice head Dusadee Jittasaiyapan and Don Rojanapenkul, who has been acting in large investment dispute in the telecoms and broadcasting space. Senior associate Pattama Jarupunphol advises a broad client base on regulatory issues related to data protection and privacy.

Key clients

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Arcadis N.V.


Exeltis Pharmaceuticals Holding SL

LINE Plus Corporation

Telstra Corporation

Vodafone Group Services

Transport Tier 2

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited's practice covers the transport sector broadly, with a focus on liability, customs, regulation, financing and project development. Moreover, the firm is regularly involved in litigation and arbitration. The team is headed by Peter Shelford, who has particular experience in shipping and other transport disputes, which intersects with his expertise in construction, insurance and reinsurance. Senior consultant Juree Somprasong joined the firm in June 2018, and has extensive experience in PPP project development and EPC contracts.

Key clients

Kerry Logistics Network

AECOM Technology Corporation

Dhipaya Insurance

Allied World Assurance

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited has strengths across the Asia-Pacific region, where it acts for borrowers, lenders and alternative capital providers. Practice head Timothy Tan focuses on the range of banking and finance services, and recently advised Deutsche Bank on a $115m notes offering by Paladin Energy Group; this multi-jurisdictional matter brought in lawyers from the Bangkok and Singapore offices.

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

DBS Bank

Pierfront Capital Fund Management

Coöperatieve Rabobank

Capital Square Partners

PT MNC Investama group

QuEST Global

Barito Pacific

Indonesia Power

Corporate and M&A (including capital markets) Tier 3

DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited is routinely involved in cross-border transactions for major corporate clients, with with strong recent showings in the real estate, hospitality and healthcare sectors. Department head Dusadee Jittasaiyapan has extensive experience of complex M&A, and recently advised General Electric on the sale of its gas engine business to Austrian gas cogeneration company Jenbacher. Also recommended are counsel Chadaporn Ruangtoowagoon, an expert in inbound investment transactions, and senior associate Patthanawach Nuntawowart, who is experienced in a variety of corporate work including joint ventures and commercial agreements and post-M&A business structuring.

Key clients

Aetna Inc.

Laureate Education

Kerry Logistics Network

M. Water Company


General Electric Inc.


Eaton Corporation

Labour and employment Tier 3

The team at DLA Piper (Thailand) Limited specialises in cross-border employment matters, investigations, data privacy issues and disputes. Disputes specialist Peter Shelford co-heads the department alongside Dusadee Jittasaiyapan, who assisted Virgin Active Health Clubs with the drafting and revision of its employment services contracts, and also advises the client on work rules requirements in Thailand. Counsel Komson Suntheeraporn represents clients in labour court proceedings, and senior associate Pattama Jarupunphol has advised on issues ranging from immigration, to employee transfers and working conditions.

Key clients


Bayer AG

General MIlls

Etihad Aviation Group

Virgin Active Health Clubs

HCL Technologies


The firm: DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers in the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, positioning it to help companies with their legal needs around the world.

DLA Piper strives to be the leading global business law firm by providing quality and value to clients every day. The firm achieves this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help clients succeed, and by delivering consistently across its full-service platform.

Areas of practice: Clients range from multinational, Global 1000 and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as all levels of government and public sector bodies. The firm is a trusted advisor to clients across Asia Pacific, those looking to expand their operations overseas, and international clients looking to enter the Asia Pacific market.

DLA Piper advises clients across a full range of services and sectors, with particular expertise in the following industries: banking and financial services; energy; government; healthcare; hospitality and leisure; insurance; life sciences; media, sports and entertainment; mining; real estate; technology; telecommunications; and transport.

DLA Piper was created in 2005 by the merger of Dibb Lupton Alsop, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by aggressive growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and further recent growth across the Americas, including Canada and Mexico, in Africa, the Nordic region, as well as further integration with DLA Piper New Zealand. The strategy was simple – to create a truly global firm capable of taking care of the most important legal needs of clients wherever they do business.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking Timothy Tan
Capital markets Timothy Tan
Construction Dusadee Jittasaiyapan
Construction Peter Shelford
Corporate/M&A Dusadee Jittasaiyapan
Dispute resolution Peter Shelford
Dispute resolution Don Rojanapenkul
Employment Pattama Jarupunphol
Employment Komson Suntheeraporn
Insurance Peter Shelford
Intellectual property Pattama Jarupunphol
International arbitration Peter Shelford
International arbitration Don Rojanapenkul
Investment funds Timothy Tan
Investment funds Dhanipa Hongspanij
Projects and energy Timothy Tan
Projects and energy Dusadee Jittasaiyapan
Private equity and venture capital Timothy Tan
Private equity and venture capital Dhanipa Hongspanij
Real estate Dusadee Jittasaiyapan
Regulatory Pattama Jarupunphol
Regulatory Peter Shelford
Photo Name Position Profile
 Supranee Arjjit photo Supranee Arjjit
Mr Mohammed Rakinul Hakim  photo Mr Mohammed Rakinul Hakim
Mr Dusadee Jittasaiyapan  photo Mr Dusadee Jittasaiyapan
Mr Peter Shelford photo Mr Peter Shelford
 Komson Suntheeraporn photo Komson Suntheeraporn
 Robert Tang photo Robert Tang
Number of lawyers : 4,200
at this office : 40+
Mandarin Chinese

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