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DLA Piper
47/F UNIT 4707, EMPIRE TOWER
SOUTH SATHORN ROAD
BANGKOK 10120
Thailand

Insurance Tier 1

DLA Piper acts for the major insurers in Thailand and Southeast Asia, advising on M&A-related insurance,  regulatory matters and insurance claims. The 'technically superb' Peter Shelford is one of three co-chairs; he is prominent in the Thai insurance market, representing insurers and reinsurers. Heng Loong Cheong and John Goulios lead the firm's Hong Kong and Singapore offices and co-chair the Asia practice alongside Shelford. Senior consultant Robert Tang advises insurers on the regulatory aspects of their businesses, acting for clients in Thailand and Central Asia.  

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Testimonials

‘Market leading team. Go to firm for complex high stakes insurance claims and regulatory matters. See them frequently on the high profile claims. Deeply knowledgeable and very responsive. A very strong team.’

‘Strong technical knowledge on insurance matter. Ability to turnover matter within agreed time frame.’

‘Peter Shelford is one of the leading insurance lawyers in Thailand. He has great connections and truly understands the market. Technically superb. Super responsive too.’

‘Robert Tang stands out for his ability to understand the most complex issues and come up with novel solutions. He is a great strategist.’

Key clients

Aetna Inc.

ACE Life Assurance Public Co., Ltd.

AIG

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

Allied World

AON

Chubb / Chubb Samaggi Thailand

Deves Insurance PCL

Crawford & Company Adjusters (UK) Limited

Generali Group

Golden Arches Insurance DAC

IAG Limited.

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.

QBE Insurance (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Sumitomo Life Insurance Company

Sompo Japan Insurance (Thailand) Co.

Tokio Marine

XL Catlin Insurance

Real estate and construction Tier 1

DLA Piper advises on commercial developments, property investments, REITs as well as construction and real estate disputes. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan leads the team and advises on the full spectrum of real estate transactions for clients in the retail, hotel, industrial and energy sectors. Senior associate Supranee Arjjit acts for Thai and international clients on project developments.

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Key clients

AEG

Bualuang Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Burberry (Thailand)

Delsk Business (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Ek-Chai Distribution System Co., Ltd. /Tesco Stores in Thailand

Eastern Water Resources Development and Management Public Company Limited

JD Sports Fashion Plc

Tesco PLC

Minor Hotel Group Limited

Virgin Active Health Clubs

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

DLA Piper advises financial institutions and multinational corporations on financing and debt restructuring transactions, including bankruptcy issues in Thailand and across Southeast Asia. Team co-head Timothy Tan undertakes work for global banks, investment funds and corporate borrowers on a range of transactions while co-head Waranon Vanichprapa, provides his expertise on restructuring transactions and bankruptcy issues. Samata Masagee works with her clients on cross-border M&A as well as restructurings and reorganisations.  

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Key clients

Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Branch

Tata Steel UK

Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Fund

SSG Capital

BlackRock

Clearwater Capital Partners

Christopher Kennedy and Matthew Wright of RHSW (Cayman) Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

DLA Piper's dispute resolution practice is prominent in Asia and around the world in multi-party disputes work. This includes insurance claims, real estate litigation and employment disputes. Don Rojanapenkul is experienced in court proceedings and mediations in Thailand while Peter Shelford has a well established practice dealing with insurance, reinsurance and construction matters. Counsel Komson Suntheeraporn handles contentious employment and banking litigation. Senior associate Ekasit Suttawat is active in the Thai market, advising clients in relation to investigation and corporate fraud, as well as construction disputes.

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Testimonials

‘Great in-depth team. Many lawyers have specialist knowledge of commercial litigation. Excellent trial advocates and strategists. Very client focused. Strong appellate court team. Able to navigate through commercial courts, specialist courts such as administrative court and appeals.’

‘Don Rojanapenkul is highly experienced, technically brilliant and a strong advocate who always has our side. He has a strong emphasis on matching the strategy with our objectives. Highly recommended for high stakes and complex cases.’

‘Ekkachat Sirivichai has impressed me with his tenacity and commitment to achieving wins for us. Has shown great understanding of complex matters. Has wide knowledge of different industry sectors.’

 

Key clients

AIG

Allied World Assurance Co., Ltd.

Blue Lotus Hua-Hin (Thailand) Co., Ltd; Blue Lotus Construction Co., Ltd.

Chubb

Diebold Nixdorf

Dhipaya Insurance

GLH Asset Management Corporation

Harsco Metals (Thailand) Co., Ltd. / Harsco Corporation

HKR International (Thailand) Limited

Nacap Asia Pacific (Thailand) Co., Ltd./Koop Holding B.V.

Dispute resolution: international arbitration Tier 2

DLA Piper's practice has experience of enforcing and defending arbitral awards in all the main centers of arbitration globally.  Don Rojanapenkul has a focus on arbitrations involving infrastructure and insurance disputes while managing partner, Peter Shelford has a specialism in insurance and reinsurance cases and also handles anti-corruption cases. Senior Consultant Robert Tang handles a variety of disputes in Southeast Asia including high value arbitrations. His focus is on cross-border energy and construction disputes.  

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‘Stellar team. A real force due to their deep experience of multiple industry sectors and arbitration institute rules. Great strategists and always client focused. Handy on enforcement action.’

‘Peter Shelford is highly regarded. He is very commercial and always has ideas to bring parties together when needed. Also very user friendly and responsive. A strong advocate.’

‘Robert Tang is technically strong and very responsive. He has a great ability to explain complex matters to a tribunal in an understandable way. Good eye for details. Fantastic strategist.’

 

Key clients

AIG

Allied World Assurance Co., Ltd.

Blue Lotus Hua-Hin (Thailand) Co., Ltd; Blue Lotus Construction Co., Ltd.

Chubb

Diebold Nixdorf

Dhipaya Insurance

GLH Asset Management Corporation

Harsco Metals (Thailand) Co., Ltd. / Harsco Corporation

HKR International (Thailand) Limited

Nacap Asia Pacific (Thailand) Co., Ltd./Koop Holding B.V.

TMT Tier 2

DLA Piper's TMT practice has impressive cross-border reach and combines full corporate/M&A and finance services with specific sector expertise in area such as PDPA-related projects. Don Rojanapenkul is a litigation specialist who assists technology and telecoms clients with a range of matters. Samata Masagee, who joined the firm in April 2020, combines corporate and TMT expertise - recent work includes advising on the launches of new telecom and OTT products. She is well versed on the regulations relating to the technology and telecoms sectors. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan is active in various sectors including life sciences,  insurance and automotive industries.  

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Key clients

Yokogawa Electric Corporation

Arcadis N.V.

Commvault

Exeltis Pharmaceuticals Holding SL

LINE Plus Corporation.

Telstra Corporation Limited.

Vodafone Group Services Limited.

Indonesian listed media company

Transport Tier 2

DLA Piper assists its clients in the aviation, shipping, road and rail sectors on matters such as project development, financing and commercial agreements. Peter Shelford is an expert on litigation and international arbitration especially in respect of shipping disputes. The firm has boosted its offering, particularly regarding financing matters, with the hire of Waranon Vanichprapa  and Samata Masagee from Baker McKenzie and Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners respectively.

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Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane S.p.A.

AECOM Technology Corporation

Banking and finance Tier 3

DLA Piper handles banking and finance mandates for high-profile clients in Thailand and the wider APAC region. Timothy Tan and Waranon Vanichprapa are jointly leading the team. Tan is active on acquisition finance, leveraged buyouts and finance while Vanichprapa, who joined in April 2020 from Baker McKenzie, works on inter-bank lending, export credit financing, projects and debt restructuring.

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Testimonials

‘DLA Piper’s Bangkok-based Banking and finance team, led by Timothy Tan, is a top choice for lender’s counsel. DLA’s international lawyers work seamlessly with their local Thai partners.’

‘Timothy Tan’s star continues to rise as a Southeast Asian finance partner. For a cross-border finance partner in Bangkok, there is no better option. And having worked both with and opposite him on deals elsewhere in SE Asia, including Indonesia, I can confirm his regional expertise as well.

‘Very responsive and good knowledge. As a foreigner, it greatly helps to have pro-active help to intermediate with Thai counter-party.’

‘Dhanipa Hongspanij was helpful and responsive.’

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 Tier 3

DLA Piper has extensive experience of advising on domestic and cross-border corporate/M&A and finance matters across Southeast Asia. Team co-head Samata Masagee acts for clients on cross-border M&A transactions while Waranon Vanichprap, who joined the firm from Baker McKenzie in April 2020, assists clients on financing and debt restructuring transactions. Co-head Dusadee Jittasaiyapan advises real estate and leisure sector clients on a range of acquisitions and is active across multiple industries including automotive, insurance, real estate and manufacturing positions.  

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Key clients

Tesco PLC

LivaNova PLC.

Aetna Inc.

Laureate Education

Kerry Logistics Network Limited

M. Water Company Limited

WeWork

Eaton Corporation

Beauty Honour (Thai) Co., Ltd.

Federal Mogul.

John Menzies PLC.

PCS Security and Facility Services Limited

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.

Labour and employment Tier 3

DLA Piper possesses a 'strong team with good technical knowledge' which works on the labour aspects of corporate transactions, acts on regulatory investigation and immigration issues. Managing partner Peter Shelford acts for multinational clients on employment disputes. His area of focus is advising insurance clients on employment matters. Komson Suntheeraporn handles the non-contentious and disputes sides of employment which includes acting in labour court proceedings as well as labour and employment advisory work. Dusadee Jittasaiyapan  advises clients on employee transfer matters as well as employee terminations, including at management level.  

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Testimonials

‘Komson Suntheeraporn has developed a great reputation for his ability to handle large scale employment disputes and high value executive claims. Known him as a trial lawyer before he specialised in employment over the past few years. Use his trials to great effect in the labour courts. Good strategist and focuses on client objectives.’

‘The team has the ability to handle both employment regulatory and litigation matters. Strong team with good technical knowledge.’

Global Co-Chairs: Roger Meltzer and Andrew Darwin
Co-Chief Executive Officers: Simon Levine and Cameron Jay Rains
Number of partners: 1,500
Number of lawyers: 5,000
Languages: The firm speaks over 60 languages
Offices: Lawyers located in more than 60 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.

Please see https://www.dlapiper.com for further information about the firm.

Photo Name Position Profile
 Supranee Arjjit photo Supranee Arjjit
Mr Dusadee Jittasaiyapan  photo Mr Dusadee Jittasaiyapan
Mr Peter Shelford photo Mr Peter Shelford
Mr Komson Suntheeraporn photo Mr Komson Suntheeraporn
Mr Ekasit Suttawat  photo Mr Ekasit Suttawat
Mr Robert Tang photo Mr Robert Tang

At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn’t just about visible differences, it’s the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it’s crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. As a global business law firm, with a diverse client base, we know that our clients expect our people to represent the communities in which we work and value our ability to advise them on both local and global cultures and markets. We believe that our approach to diversity and inclusion enables us to attract the best talent, build the most effective teams and deliver the highest level of client service.

For more information on our specific D&I initiatives please see www.dlapiper.com