Thailand 2023 – GC Powerlist

Thailand 2023

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Anajak Limphaisan

Director, legal affairs, and company secretary | Tao Kae Noi

Food

Anusara Chokvanitphong

Senior director – legal and compliance | Ek-Chai Distribution (Lotus)

Consumer products

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Arin Krachaiwong

Senior legal advisor | Aapico Hitech

Consumer products

Athicha Vuttiviroj

Country legal head | Novartis

Healthcare

Attachet Phoroi

Vice president, legal affairs and compliance | Berli Jucker

Materials and mining

Baralee Wattanayagorn

Regional legal director, legal and compliance | Dole Food and Beverage Asia

Food

Bhakaphol Phuangthongkham

Legal manager | Thai Fintech

Financials

Brendan Pat

Managing counsel, global data protection officer | Agoda

Information technology

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Cecilia Håkansson

General counsel, head of legal affairs | Ikano Retail, IKEA

Consumer products

Chakkrit Maneewan

Legal leader | Decathlon

Consumer products

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Chalothorn Sodarat

Senior legal and compliance manager, data protection officer | Kredivo

Financials

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Chayanuj Visetsiri

Counsel | Philip Morris Trading (Thailand)

Food

Cheewin Chiangkan

Head of legal compliance strategic initiatives, legal, compliance and risk | Token X

Financials

Chitanong Poomipark

Chief legal officer | Dusit International

Hotels

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Doungdaun Assavalertpalagorn

| TCC Assets Thailand

Industrials and real estate

Dr. Vichya Kreangam

Business development executive | True Corporation

Telecommunication services

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Dr. Vincent Siaw

Executive vice president of legal and international projects | Thoresen Group

Transport and Infrastructrue

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Duangkamol Ingkapattanakul

Head of business laws counselling | Asset World Corp

Industrials and real estate

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Dutdao Suksamran

Senior vice president, office of legal | Global Power Synergy

Energy and utilities

Ittipol Narkbenjaporn

Vice president, corporate and operations, legal division | PTT Exploration and Production (PTTEP)

Energy and utilities

Jackson Pek

Senior vice president and group general counsel | Amadeus IT Group

Information technology

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James Evans

Director of legal and external affairs, Asia | Linfox International Group

Transport and infrastructure

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Jesse Lieberman

Associate general counsel | Minor International

Hotels

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Jirasak Latada

Legal, compliance and data protection officer | Royal Bangkok Sports Club

Hotels

Jitchai Musikabutr

Executive vice president, general counsel and company secretary | Intouch Holdings

Telecommunication services

Julien Navarra

Chief legal counsel, Asia Pacific and India | Virbac

Healthcare

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Food

Kamonthast Chaorujiroj

Senior legal manager | Dusit Thani

Hotels

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Kamonwan Sivaraksa

Executive Vice President- Group Legal & Compliance | Berli Jucker

Materials and mining

Kash Quddus

Asia lead counsel | Black & Veatch

Commercial and professional services

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Kavita Boonpochanasoontorn

General counsel | FWD Insurance

Insurance

Khemajit Choomwattana

EVP Legal | CPN Group

Industrials and real estate

Kidanant Chinnagorn

Vice president, legal department | Nissan

Consumer products

Kittiphat (Ton) Sritepeaim

Legal director | JKN Global Media

Sports and media

Kota Kanai

General manager of legal division | Mitsui & Co. Thailand

Industrials and real estate

Kulchai Chungsathaporn

Vice president, country legal | DKSH Thailand

Transport and infrastructure

Kunal Sachdev

Group head of legal and compliance | Lightnet Group

Information technology

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Maiphrae Kitwiboon

Vice president, legal department | Bangkok Bank

Financials

Maprang Sombatthai

Legal director | LINE Company Thailand

Information technology

Methinat Rittichot

Legal specialist | Opn

Information technology

Naphawan Osiri

General counsel and corporate secretary director | ThaiNamthip

Food

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Narumol   Sungsumrit

Associate General Counsel | Facebook

Information technology

Natchapon Padungkittimal

Senior vice president, corporate legal development, business development -North Asia plus | B.Grimm

Industrials and real estate

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Nathiya Vivatthananusorn

Senior Southeast Asia legal manager | Omise

Information technology

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Nattaporn Pengkul

Legal director | BTS Group Holdings

Financials

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Nattharit U-Dee

Head of legal | Wind Energy Holding

Energy and utilities

Nichayada Ragkhitwetsagul

Director, legal | Siam Makro

Consumer products

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Nutte Manotaparnun

Legal and compliance manager | B. Braun Thailand

Healthcare

Nuttpasint Chet-udomlap

Chief executive officer | Wind Energy Holding

Energy and utilities

Orarat Boonruksasri

General counsel | 2C2P

Financials

Pacharaboon Purnaveja

Country legal counsel | TVLK Services (Traveloka)

Information technology

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Pajaree Thongvanit

Head of legal | CIMB Thai Bank

Financials

Pakawat Phitakchutidet

Legal compliance lead | Shopee Thailand

Information technology

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Paphichaya Ratanagraisri

Group legal manager | RMA Group

Industrials and real estate

Passorn Tumrongsiskul

Assistant vice president of group compliance and company secretariat | Thai Beverage

Food

Pathanit Mungkornpanich

Head of legal, director | BNP Paribas

Financials

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Peangpanor Boonklum

Senior executive vice president and general counsel | PTT

Energy and utilities

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Peerapat Foithong, Ph.D.

Co-department head, legal department | Kasikornbank

Financials

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Peradach Patanachan

Senior executive vice president, corporate legal and North Asia plus | B.Grimm Power

Energy and utilities

Pharika Thitiphak

Head of legal and compliance | Rabbit Care

Insurance

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Pichakorn Thammapibaljit

Head of legal and licensing operations – SAS Thailand | SAS Software

Information technology

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Pichaya Penkitti

Vice president, legal | United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Financials

Piyasak Bhumichitra

Chief legal officer | BG Container Glass

Materials and mining

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Pokkes Wongkittiruk

VP Legal | Kasikornbank

Financials

Pongphon Prasartmongkhon

Vice president legal | Gulf Energy Development

Energy and utilities

Pongsak Pittayathada

Head of legal and compliance | Boehringer Ingleheim

Healthcare

Pongsit Chaichutpornsuk

Senior executive vice president | Krung Thai Bank

Financials

Pothchong Phetnoy

Chief legal and compliance officer | Purple Ventures

Financials

Preecha Piriyapanyaporn

Vice president, legal and compliance, company secretary | Major Development

Industrials and real estate

Rapeepong Limwongthong

Company secretary and head of legal, compliance and tax | Thai Union Group

Food

Rattakrai Limsiritrakul

Head of investment and international transaction | SCG Legal Counsel

Industrials and real estate

Renuka Sharma

Managing director | BayWa r.e.

Industrials and real estate

Ritima Jirasuradate

Executive director, head, compliance, secretary | Principal Capital

Healthcare

Rongrak Phanapavudhikul

Executive vice president, head of legal affairs division and company secretary | The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Financials

Ruayruen Pornvatanavichai

Legal manager | Boutique Corporation

Industrials and real estate

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Rugeradh Tungsupakul

Head of Legal | Lazada Thailand

Information technology

Ryan Hopkins

Head of legal APAC | BayWa r.e.

Energy and utilities

Sahachai Wibuloutai

General counsel, Mekong | PwC Thailand

Commercial and professional services

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Santipap Charasphaew

Head of legal and compliance | Bitazza

Information technology

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Sarot Sratong

Head of legal, Southeast Asia and Japan | CNH Industrial Group

Industrials and real estate

Sayam Siwarapornskul

Chief legal officer | BTS Group Holdings

Transport and infrastructure

Simone Genovese

Regional head of legal and compliance | Allianz Partners

Insurance

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Siraorn Leelakasamelerk

Head of legal and compliance | Central JD Fintech

Information technology

Sirasa Supawasin

Director, legal | Precious Shipping

Transport and infrastructure

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Siricha Kiatrabil (Fair)

Head of legal | Ninja Van Thailand

Transport and infrastructure

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Siriporn Chaiyasuta

Vice president, Asia Strategy | Chevron Asia Pacific

Energy and utilities

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Sittiporn Thanyarattana

Senior legal expert | SCBX

Financials

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SK Agrawal

President, corporate general counsel, program director of global ERP and digital transformation | Indorama Ventures

Materials and mining

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Sobchoke Griyoonsen

Head of Legal | The Mall Group

Consumer products

Stephen Chojnacki

Chief commercial officer and general counsel | Minor International

Hotels

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Stewart Raeside

Associate general counsel, company secretary | Agoda

Hotels

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Suchart Khaengnam

Head of legal | LG Electronics Thailand

Consumer products

Supachai Aussavadegool

Senior legal counsel | Schneider Electric Thailand

Industrials and real estate

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Supagorn Jittimaporn

Vice president – legal and compliance | Boutique Corporation

Industrials and real estate

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Supapohn Jendryssek

Head of legal – Asia | Travelier (formerly Bookaway Group)

Information technology

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Suthatip Sridetprasart

Head of legal, risk and compliance | Purple Ventures

Information technology

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Suvannee Kam

Head of legal | TMBThanachart Bank

Financials

Tarit Charoenpot

Head of legal | Central Restaurants Group

Hotels

Thanutr Isrankura

General counsel | Shell Thailand

Energy and utilities

Theerathiphisa Tawichpasoot (Preem)

Executive vice president – group legal | Gulf Energy Development

Energy and utilities

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Theeravorn Prayoonhong (Tune)

Legal manager | PepsiCo Services Asia

Food

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Thitiwat Wisarath

Chief legal compliance and risk officer | Gulf Binance

Financials

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Tipsiri Leosakul

General counsel | ExxonMobil

Energy and utilities

Tom M C Thomas

General counsel | Agoda

Information technology

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Traiporn Leelakul

First vice president, legal | Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

Financials

Ubolmas Sathiensopon

Head of legal and compliance | Green Yellow Thailand

Energy and utilities

Veerachai Chuenchompoonut

Executive director, country head of legal & secretariat | United Overseas Bank (UOB)

Financials

Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee

Legal director | True Corporation

Telecommunication services

Wallaya Kaewrungruang

Chief legal and compliance officer | SCBX

Financials

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Waranchai Jensiriwanich

Company secretary and legal director | Carabao Group

Food

Wit Maschamadol

Senior vice president and general counsel | Thai Group Holdings

Financials

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Wiyada Srinaganand

General counsel | 3M Thailand

Industrials and real estate

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Wutthipong Heng Songwisit

Vice president, business and investment legal department | PTT Oil and Retail Business

Energy and utilities

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The Legal 500 is utterly delighted to present to you our first ever Thailand-exclusive GC Powerlist, an endeavour which was long overdue considering the immense legal talent present in the Thailand in-house legal ecosystem.

Having researched the Southeast Asia Powerlist for many years, our team has known of the capabilities and huge personalities of the GCs in Thailand, and when we received the go-ahead to begin working on this edition we were more than confident that we could produce a list of GCs that would rival any other country in the region. With the help of our supporting law firms and the newly-minted Thai Corporate Counsel Association (spearheaded by the tireless dedication of Sahachai Wibuloutai), we were able to do this. 

 

As well as compiling the best in-house lawyers for a given jurisdiction, the other key aspect of our GC Powerlist editions which sets them apart is the effort that we go to in interviewing the included GCs to ask them about their challenges, strengths and opportunities, and their predictions for the future. In this way, we can highlight the achievements of the general counsel in our pages, give them a chance to share their opinions on the profession at large and, in combination with other Powerlist editions, gauge the mood of the in-house community around the world to identify common pain-points.  

 

The GCs we speak to rarely disappoint, and as you will see by reading the interviews within, the Thai GC Powerlist is no exception. Consider Dr. Vincent Siaw of Thoresen Group’s thoughts on the future of the GC role in Thailand, which were interesting to say the least: 

‘The general counsel of the future will be working remotely, deploying digital tools to support legal operations management, using data analytics to conclude transactions, and focus more on legal strategy and client experience. Teams will be smaller with an optimal maximum size of four to six personnel, working in separate teams in two opposite time zones to double the response time. All cases will be administrated by an AI system over the next five years that will continue to learn and eventually take over and become the company’s perpetual general counsel after ten years.’ 

 

The potentially transformative effects of AI was an issue that many commented on. This is in stark contrast to the many previous years our research team has worked on GC Powerlists, when a majority of the GCs we spoke to were somewhat skeptical of the effects of technology. Sahachai Wibuloutai of PwC Mekong had this to say: 

 

‘The rise of generative artificial intelligence and large language models has the potential to completely revolutionise how we, as lawyers, do legal work. If the AI could review, summarise, draft, and analyse contracts in a matter of seconds, it would unleash productivity for legal teams which has never been seen before.’ 

Suthatip Sridetprasart of Purple Ventures (Robinhood) concurred:  

AI-powered tools can automate repetitive legal tasks, such as legal research and contract review. This allows me to address more complex legal issue at hand, and the team can focus on higher-level work and become more productive.  Cloud computing is another breakthrough. Legal work could be done remotely during lockdowns; cloud computing allowed my team and I to access necessary data and collaborate with other team members from anywhere in the world.  To me, time is the most valuable asset in life. Utilising AI has helped my team and I to be more productive and effective. When time is of the essence, things can get stressful, but this addition has enhanced my way of working. For many NDAs or other standard contracts, AI will be a great assistant tool for my team.’ 

 

This is just a small snapshot of the illuminating and educational interviews we conducted in this edition, and I welcome you to read more. 

 

Thank you to all the in-house lawyers who spoke to us as part of our research into this first ever Thailand edition of the GC Powerlist, and congratulations to all of those who made the final cut. Thank you also to the Thai-CCA for partnering with us on this project; I am certain that this new institution will prove to be a valuable and effective resource for all Thailand-based corporate counsel for many years. Finally, thank you to our law firm partners: Chandler MHM, Herbert Smith Freehills, Kudun & Partners and Tilleke & Gibbins, and to the support we received from Robert Walters for the launch event. 

 Joe Boswell 
Global Editor: The Legal 500 Powerlist Series 
The Legal 500

GC Powerlist Thailand 2023

The Legal 500’s inaugural GC Powerlist: Thailand took place on 22nd June 2023, and proved to be a huge success; a fitting end to the months and years our research team has spent building relationships with the in-house community in Thailand which is undoubtedly one of the best in the region. 

In association with long-term Legal 500 partners Chandler MHM, Herbert Smith Freehills, Kudun & Partners, Tilleke & Gibbins and Robert Walters, the event welcomed over 140 people to the beautiful Sindhorn Kempinski Hotel in Central Bangkok and we were also pleased to play a part in the joint launch of the new Thai Corporate Counsel Association. 

We were delighted to invite some unbelievably qualified keynote speakers to the stage next, among the most well-respected in-house lawyers in the country and wider region. First up was the legendary Khun Peangpanor Boonklum of PTT, a legend in the worldwide in-house legal community and perhaps one of the most highly regardeda GCs in the whole of Asia. She spoke about the burning issues faced by general counsel and urged those in the audience to have the confidence to speak up and stay true to their core principles when communicating with business partners.  

Next was Khun Siriporn Chaiyasuta of Chevronperhaps the most influential Thai GC given the trailblazing role she played by taking a senior in-house legal role with Chevron many years ago, long before it was common for talented Thai lawyers to take the in-house route. Khun Siriporn spoke about some of the challenges she faced in breaking these barriers, and how rewarding it has been to see the Thai in-house legal community grow and prosper since.   

As well as The Legal 500 GC Powerlist, the event also marked the launch of the brand-new Thai Corporate Counsel Association (Thai CCA for short), an institution by Thai corporate counsel, for corporate counsel. One of the key personalities pushing this initiative forward, Khun Sahachai (Jack) Wiboulotai of PwC, then took the stage now to say a few words about the organization, its goals and concept. 

We then moved on to the main event, as successful candidates we invited on stage in turn to collect their award certificate from Khun Siriporn Chaiyasuta; you can see some of these being presented below.   

Heartfelt congratulations from The Legal 500 to everyone who made it on the list this year for their fantastic achievement and thank you to everyone involved for making this such a successful and pleasant evening for all our guests. Thank you especially to our wonderful keynote speakers Siriporn Chaiyasuta, Peangpanor Boonklum and Jack Wiboulotai and to our event partners Chandler MHM, Herbert Smith Freehills, Kudun & Partners, Tilleke & Gibbins and Robert Walters. 

We hope to make the Thailand GC Powerlist an annual event, so we look forward to putting on another wonderful evening celebrating the best GCs in Thailand in 2024. Our Thailand GC Summit will also be taking place later this year, so watch this space!