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Based on research conducted by Asia Business Law Journal, the following are the Thailand’s Top 100 Lawyers. Biographies and contact details, where provided, were written by the lawyers themselves and have not been independently verified.

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Alan-AdcockAlan Adcock
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: IP; commercial transactions; M&A; regulatory affairs

Vinay-Ahuja-DFDLVinay Ahuja
DFDL
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, fintech & cryptocurrency, technology, telecommunications, private equity

Nuttaphol-Arammuang-ZICO-LawNuttaphol Arammuang
ZICO Law
Key practice areas: IP, patents, IP dispute & litigation, transactional IP, copyright, media & entertainment

Chinawat-Assavapokee-Kudun-and-PartnersChinawat Assavapokee
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: Tax and corporate restructuring; wealth management and estate tax planning; transfer pricing; indirect tax matters, tax controversies; blockchain and ICO

Suparerk-Auychai-Allen-OverySuparerk Auychai
Allen Overy
Key practice areas: M&A, capital markets, corporate finance and securities, company law, commercial law and projects

Prasantaya Bantadtan, LawPlusPrasantaya Bantadtan
LawPlus
Key practice areas: Banking and finance, commercial transactions, corporate/M&A. foreign direct investment, insolvency & restructuring

Stephen Bennett, Hunton Andrews KurthStephen Bennett
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Tel: +66 2 645 88 11
Email: bennetts@huntonak.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; capital markets; fintech; energy and infrastructure; technology, media and telecommunication

Resident in Thailand since 1994, Stephen is head of the Asia corporate team at Hunton Andrews Kurth. He has more than 25 years of practice experience in Thailand in mergers and acquisitions, fintech, foreign investment, corporate finance and telecommunications.

Before joining Hunton Andrews Kurth, Stephen was a partner of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Stephen has served as counsel for both private and public entities, and has completed some of the largest M&A transactions in Thailand.

In the past 12 months, he has represented the International Finance Corporation on its purchase of shares in PRINC; advised JPMorgan of its derivative warrants programme, including foreign index linked derivative warrants; represented Ares SSG on the sale of a substantial shareholding in Alpha Capital Asset Management to 9 Basil, a Bangkok-based multi-family investment manager led by Schwin Chiaravanont and Kris Panijpan; advised China Literature, China’s largest digital content provider, on its investment in Ookbee U and subsequent copyright joint venture; represented Tate & Lyle on its investment in a local modified starch producer; advised Ares SSG on its debt to equity conversion and restructuring of G Steel and represented Italian-Thai in respect of the elevated high-speed rail link to U-Tapao Airport.

Ira Blumenthal, Blumenthal Richter & SumetIra Blumenthal
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: Corporate, foreign direct investment, real estate & construction, M&A, commercial transactions

Ratthakarn Boonnua, Watson Farley & WilliamsRatthakarn Boonnua
Watson Farley Williams
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, international arbitration, energy, employment, insurance

Sorachon Boonsong, Baker McKenzieSorachon Boonsong
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: M&A; insurance company M&As; power projects, oil, gas and petrochemicals matters

Supoj Boonyavanich, International Legal CounsellorsSupoj Boonyavanich
ILCT Ltd
Key practice areas: General practice, corporate law, foreign business law, promotion of investment practice, M&A

James P Bradley, Hunton Andrews KurthJames P Bradley
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Tel: +66 2 645 88 33
Email: jbradley@huntonak.com
Key practice areas: Energy and infrastructure; real estate; commercial contracts; financing; M&A

Jim is a partner in the firm Hunton Andrews Kurth. He focuses on electric power and commercial real estate projects in Southeast Asia.

He has had involvement with projects throughout Southeast Asia, including significantly in Thailand, the Philippines, and Cambodia, as well as Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. He has assisted sponsors and owners with major complex agreements for development, financing, engineering, procurement and construction, operation and maintenance, including advising on negotiation, administration and compliance issues. He has significant experience with mergers and acquisitions, including effective due diligence review and reporting, and risk allocation. He also has significant experience with commercial agreements for joint venture formation, development, financing, construction and operation for commercial office and hotel assets.

He has been practicing in Asia since 2000. He joined Hunton & Williams (which following the combination with Andrews Kurth Kenyon in 2018 became Hunton Andrews Kurth) as an associate in 1994 before moving to Bangkok when the opportunity to do international cross-border work out of that city arose. He has been project counsel to the highly regarded Quezon Power (Philippines), Limited Co since 2001 and worked with the manager on contracts and contract administration for the development, construction, and operation of the San Buenaventura Power Ltd Co 460 MW supercritical plant on Luzon Island, which achieved commercial operation in 2019. Recent work includes the following:

  • Development of a major project in Laos PDR; 77-storey multi-use hotel, residential, and commercial tower project in Bangkok, Thailand, regarding equity and debt positions.
  • 460 MW supercritical coal-fired power plant in Quezon province, the Philippines, regarding development, shared facilities, power purchase, engineering, procurement and construction, and operations and maintenance arrangements.
  • 100 MW and 150 MW power plants in Cambodia, regarding power purchase, concession, engineering, procurement, and construction, and operations arrangements.
  • 63 MW AC solar photovoltaic facility in Lop Buri, Thailand, regarding power purchase, construction and supply contract arrangements, and operation and maintenance contracts.

Thinawat Bukhamana, Baker McKenzieThinawat Bukhamana
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Project and corporate financing; banking and finance regulations; loans; derivatives and financial products

Jayavadh Bunnag, International Legal CounsellorsJayavadh Bunnag
ILCT Ltd
Key practice areas: Banking, finance, investments, natural resources, arbitration

Palawi Bunnag, International Legal CounsellorsPalawi Bunnag
ILCT Ltd
Key practice areas: Corporate M&A, capital markets, financial technology, real estate, commercial and foreign investment

Threenuch Bunruangthaworn, ZICO LawThreenuch Bunruangthaworn
ZICO Law
Key practice areas: Corporate M&A, foreign direct investment, fintech and technologies, employment, banking and finance

Peter D Burke, Axis ConsultantsPeter D Burke
Axis Consultants
Key practice areas: Corporate, M&A, commercial, inward investment, banking

Steven Burkill, Watson Farley & WilliamsSteven Burkill
Watson Farley Williams
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, international arbitration, oil & gas, energy

Kritchawat Chainapasak, Satyapon & PartnersKritchawat Chainapasak
Satyapon & Partners
Key practice areas: IP

Panuwat Chalongkuamdee Somboon Rittichai Panuwat PassawanPanuwat Chalongkuamdee
Somboon Rittichai Panuwat Passawan
Key practice areas: M&A, private equity, project, restructuring/reorganization and FDI & regulatory

Pramual Chancheewa, Pramuanchai Law OfficePramual Chancheewa
Pramuanchai Law Office
Tel: +66 2219 2155 – 60
Email: pmclaw@cscoms.com
Key practice areas: Shipping, marine insurance, non-marine insurance, aviation, dispute resolution
Founder and senior partner and managing director of Pramuanchai Law Office, Pramual’s wide range of expertise includes various commercial laws, marine and non-marine insurance, shipping and aviation claims, including collision and oil pollution claims.

He has played an active role in drafting Thai laws on shipping, maritime, transport and insurance. He has contributed a significant part in drafting many local insurance policies such as fire insurance, inland cargo, carrier’s liability, MTO’s liability insurance and product liability.

Pramual regularly gives lectures at conferences, seminars, academic institutions and prestigious universities in Thailand. His academic work has earned him a professorship in mercantile marine. His professorship was officially announced in the Royal Gazette in 2009.

He is also the author of 14 handbooks and textbooks on marine and non-marine insurance, transport and logistics.

Manoon Changchumni, RouseManoon Changchumni
Rouse
Key practice areas: IP; trademark, patent and design disputes

Pornpan Chayasuntorn, LinklatersPornpan Chayasuntorn
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Capital markets, M&A, restructuring and insolvency

Daniel Chernov, Siam ADRDaniel Chernov
Siam ADR
Tel: +66 2 252 7664
Email: daniel@siamadr.com
Key practice areas: Litigation (civil disputes and white-collar criminal matters), arbitration, mediation, M&A, property & real estate
Daniel Chernov is the managing partner of Siam ADR, a boutique law firm specializing in dispute resolution services – including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Daniel is an American attorney licensed to practice law in Washington DC and an alumnus of Georgetown University Law Center (1986).

Prior to establishing Siam ADR in 2011, Daniel worked for several international law firms in the Asia-Pacific region (Tokyo, Thailand and Vietnam). Over the course of three decades devoted to international legal practice, Daniel developed substantial expertise in resolving international business conflicts in multicultural environments.

Siam ADR employs a small cadre of highly skilled and dedicated professionals providing legal services through its office located in Bangkok’s central business district. Siam ADR’s attorneys practice law in Thai civil courts, and have obtained remarkable results for their clients through favourable judgments and lucrative settlements. Simply stated, the firm has won more than 90% of its cases before Thai civil courts and arbitral tribunals.

Daniel is also an accomplished advocate in international commercial arbitration before the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) and American Arbitration Association (AAA). He has successfully represented prominent multinational corporations before the TAI and AAA, and secured arbitral awards against numerous Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to dispute resolution services, Siam ADR also advises foreign investors in Thailand with respect to international commercial transactions, foreign direct investment, cross-border mergers & acquisitions and real estate transactions.

Siam ADR practices law the old-fashioned way – based on integrity, sound legal analysis and decades of international legal experience.

Education:

  • Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor, 1986)
  • Skidmore College (BA, 1983)

Professional memberships:

  • District of Columbia Bar Association (Washington DC)
  • The Phi Beta Kappa Society
  • The Siam Society

Kallayarat Chinsrivongkul, SCL NishimuraKallayarat Chinsrivongkul
SCL Nishimura
Key practice areas: IP

Weerawong Chittmittrapap, Weerawong, Chinnavat & PartnersWeerawong Chittmittrapap
Weerawong, Chinnavat Partners
Key practice areas: Banking and finance, capital markets, corporate/M&A, projects and public private partnerships, restructuring and insolvency
Chatchavej Chitvarakorn, Siam PremierChatchavej Chitvarakorn
Siam Premier
Key practice areas: Corporate / M&A, insurance, real property & construction, foreign direct investment and projects & energy

Thawat Damsa-ard, Tilleke & GibbinsThawat Damsa-ard
Tilleke Gibbins
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; litigation; bankruptcy and restructuring; insurance

Phisud Dejakaisaya, Siam PremierPhisud Dejakaisaya
Siam Premier
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; commercial; investment; dispute resolution

David Doran, DFDLDavid Doran
DFDL
Key practice areas: Project development; energy, mining and infrastructure; corporate & commercial; M&A

Primyadar Duangrat, Baker McKenziePrimyadar Duangrat
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Capital markets, consumer goods & retail, equity & debt transactions, M&A, restructuring & insolvency

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai, LinklatersPichitpon Eammongkolchai
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Complex cross-border banking and debt restructuring, M&A, capital markets, projects, transactions

Prechaya Ebrahim, LS HorizonPrechaya Ebrahim
LS Horizon
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation, dispute resolution, labour and employment law, debt restructuring and rehabilitation

John Formichella, Blumenthal Richter & SumetJohn Formichella
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: Tech-media-telecoms (TMT), corporate law, regulatory compliance, energy & infrastructure, foreign direct investment

Franck Fougere, Ananda Intellectual PropertyFranck Fougere
Ananda Intellectual Property
Key practice areas: IP litigation, trademark prosecution, copyright protection, IP agreements, licensing & franchising

Stephen Jaggs, Allen & OveryStephen Jaggs
Allen & Overy
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, project finance

Dusadee Jittasaiyapan, DLA PiperDusadee Jittasaiyapan
DLA Piper
Key practice areas: Real estate, construction, commercial transactions, hospitality & leisure

Ian Johnston, KennedysIan Johnston
Kennedys
Tel: +66 2 491 4805, +66 638 505 909
Email: ian.johnston@kennedyslaw.com
Key practice areas: Insurance and reinsurance, construction and engineering, dispute resolution, medical malpractice, international sanctions
Ian is dual-qualified having gained his practising certificate in England and Wales in 2006 and Hong Kong in 2008.

Ian advises on policy coverage for insurers and reinsurers, including on energy, construction, engineering, D&O, professional indemnity, banker’s blanket bonds and business interruption. He has extensive experience in contentious matters relating to construction and insurance and subrogation in all forms of dispute resolution including litigation, arbitration and mediation.

He represents insurers, brokers, construction professionals, developers and contractors in jurisdictions across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East.

Ian is ranked in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2020. In the publication, a client states: “He never lacks for technical knowledge, providing appropriate advice and he grasps things very well.” Ian is also ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” in Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020.

Ian regularly speaks at industry events and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Chaipat Kamchadduskorn, LS HorizonChaipat Kamchadduskorn
LS Horizon
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, corporate restructuring, business rehabilitation, project finance

Komkrit Kietduriyakul, Baker McKenzieKomkrit Kietduriyakul
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Banking & finance/capital markets; fintech & digital assets; structured finance; derivatives; restructuring

Suntus Kirdsinsap, Weerawong, Chinnavat & PartnersSuntus Kirdsinsap
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: Litigation, restructuring and insolvency

Anuphan Kitnitchiva, Dherakupt InternationalAnuphan Kitnitchiva
Dherakupt International
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial, taxation, M&A and restructuring, capital markets, transfer pricing

Edward Koehler, Hunton Andrews KurthEdward Koehler
Hunton Andrews Kurths
Tel: +66 2 645 88 88
Email: ekoehler@huntonak.com
Key practice areas: Energy and infrastructure, project finance and development, renewable energy and clean power, mergers and acquisitions, public-private partnerships and infrastructure
Managing Partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth’s Asia-Pacific offices and resident in our former Hong Kong and Singapore offices continuously over the past 26 years. Ed currently leads our Asia practices from our Bangkok office. Ed has over 38 years of practice experience in New York and Europe and has led or participated in most of our Asia M&A, project development and finance transactions.

Ed also advises public and private local and international companies and consortia as developers, sponsors, tenderers and borrowers, as well as investment banks, governmental enterprises and other project participants in all multijurisdictional aspects of joint ventures and the development, acquisition and financing of power, water, telecoms and other infrastructure projects and project portfolios and the privatization, deregulation and power marketing of utility systems.

Ed has served as counsel in the development, acquisition and divestiture of over 18,000 MW of generating capacity and the financing of over US$16 billion in capital markets, commercial, project and structured financings in the United States, Europe and throughout Asia with extended stay periods in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Laos, Indonesia and Mongolia. His recent notable deals included an acquisition in a 640 MW offshore wind project in Taiwan in 2020 and the acquisition in the 1.8 GW Paju LNG-fired power facility in South Korea in 2019.

Apiwatt Kongsoowan, Domnern Somgiat & BoonmaApiwatt Kongsoowan
Domnern Somgiat & Boonma
Key practice areas: IP

Dej-Udom Krairit, Dej-Udom & AssociatesDej-Udom Krairit
Dej-Udom & Associates
Key practice areas: IP

Rashane Leerabandhu, DFDLRashane Leerabandhu
DFDL
Key practice areas: Corporate finance, capital markets, M&A, real estate, banking & finance, restructuring & insolvency

Arunee Mahathorn, Thanathip & PartnersArunee Mahathorn
Thanathip & Partners
Key practice areas: M&A, general corporate, banking & finance, commercial contracts, foreign direct investment

Patraporn Milindasuta, The Capital Law OfficePatraporn Milindasuta
The Capital Law Office
Key practice areas: Capital markets, M&A, corporate governance

Sumet Mingmongkolmitr, Blumenthal Richter & SumetSumet Mingmongkolmitr
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: General tax planning, transfer pricing, tax disputes, foreign investment, commercial matters

Kritsana Mingtongkhum, Satyapon & PartnersKritsana Mingtongkhum
Satyapon & Partners
Key practice areas: IP

Phatthrawat Nakaranuruck, SCL NishimuraPhatthrawat Nakaranuruck
SCL Nishimura
Key practice areas: IT & telecommunications; IP

Wanwisar Nakarat, LinklatersWanwisar Nakarat
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Project financing, M&A, debt restructuring

Passawan Navanithikul, Somboon Rittichai Panuwat PassawanPassawan Navanithikul
Somboon Rittichai Panuwat Passawan
Key practice areas: Domestic and cross-border acquisition finance, project finance, investment facilities and asset-based lending facilities

Rutorn Nopakun, Domnern Somgiat & BoonmaRutorn Nopakun
Domnern Somgiat & Boonma
Key practice areas: IP

Hideshi Obara, Nishimura & AsahiHideshi Obara
Nishimura & Asahi
Key practice areas: M&A; joint ventures; cross-border transactions; corporate & commercial; compliance; labour & employment

Wilailuk Okanurak, LinklatersWilailuk Okanurak
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A, projects, banking, capital markets

Christopher Osborne, Watson Farley & WilliamsChristopher Osborne
Watson Farley & Williams
Key practice areas: Renewable energy (Greenfield through pre-contentious), mergers and acquisitions, technology & media, insolvency, real estate

Wynn Pakdeejit, Baker McKenzieWynn Pakdeejit
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; construction; tax & customs; compliance & anti-corruption; insolvency & debt restructuring

Pakdee Paknara, The Capital Law OfficePakdee Paknara
The Capital Law Office
Key practice areas: M&A, power and energy projects, real estate and construction, property funds, international trade

Santhapat Periera, Tilleke & GibbinsSanthapat Periera
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; commercial transactions/M&A; bankruptcy and restructuring

Apichart Phankeasorn, Hunton Andrews KurthApichart Phankeasorn
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Key practice areas: Bankruptcy & insolvency, corporate & commercial, dispute resolution, labour & employment, litigation

Thanathip Pichedvanichok, Thanathip & PartnersThanathip Pichedvanichok
Thanathip & Partners
Key practice areas: M&A, corporate finance, capital markets

Viroj Piyawattanametha, Baker McKenzieViroj Piyawattanametha
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, project financing, debt and equity, capital markets

Alan Polivnick, Watson Farley & WilliamsAlan Polivnick
Watson Farley & Williams
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, TMT, corporate M&A, insurance, transport

Pisut Rakwong, Pisut & PartnersPisut Rakwong
Pisut & Partners
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, corporate, insolvency and restructuring, trade competition, labour & employment

Anurag Ramanat, Anurag Ramanat International Legal CounselAnurag Ramanat
Anurag Ramanat International Legal Counsel
Key practice areas: Corporate, intellectual property, litigation & arbitration, real estate

Andreas Richter, Blumenthal Richter & SumetAndreas Richter
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: Corporate, commercial and business law

Suraphon Rittipongchusit, KennedysSuraphon Rittipongchusit
Kennedys
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation and arbitration, insurance, bankruptcy and restructuring

Satyapon-SachdechaSatyapon Sachdecha
Satyapon & Partners
Key practice areas: Trademark prosecution, patent prosecution, IP enforcement, IP litigation, IP strategy

Jessada Sawatdipong, Chandler MHM LimitedJessada Sawatdipon
Chandler MHM Limited
Key practice areas: Banking & finance, project finance, cross-border energy and natural resources, infrastructure and real estate projects

Troy Schooneman, Kudun and PartnersTroy Schooneman
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: M&A; foreign direct investment; real estate, hotel, and tourism; project and corporate financing; private equity

Robert Schuler, Blumenthal Richter & SumetRobert Schuler
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: Real estate and construction, hospitality and lifestyle, project finance, corporate and commercial, foreign direct investment

Sawanee Sethsathira, Baker McKenzieSawanee Sethsathir
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; energy, mining & infrastructure; infrastructure; oil, gas & petrochemicals; power; project finance

Peter Shelford, DLA PiperPeter Shelford
DLA Piper
Key practice areas: Insurance, international arbitration, commercial litigation, construction, shipping

Kowit Somwaiya, LawPlusKowit Somwaiya
LawPlus
Key practice areas: Corporate and M&A, foreign direct investment, intellectual property, IT and telecoms, dispute resolution and litigation

Nithi Soomswasdi, Siam PremierNithi Soomswasdi
Siam Premier
Key practice areas: Banking & Finance; corporate/M&A; insolvency & restructuring

Audray Souche, DFDLAudray Souche
DFDL
Key practice areas: Energy, mining and infrastructure; project development; corporate & commercial; M&A

Jirapong Sriwat, Nishimura & AsahiJirapong Sriwat
Nishimura & Asahi
Tel: +662 168 8224
Email: jirapong.sriwat@jurists.jp
Key practice areas: Banking and finance, corporate M&A, capital markets, project and energy, dispute resolution (arbitration)
As Thailand partner and the founding member of the Bangkok office of Nishimura & Asahi, Jirapong advises on a wide range of banking & finance, corporate M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign direct investments, capital markets, project and energy transactions and debt restructurings. His expertise is advising, structuring and leading complex transactions both within and outside of Thailand.

He has also been recognized as one of Asia’s top 40 outstanding lawyers under the age of 40 by Thomson Reuters (Asian Legal Business) in 2019.

Before setting up the Bangkok office of Nishimura & Asahi in 2013, he worked with Linklaters for more than nine years. Jirapong obtained LLB with honours from Thammasat University in 2004 and obtained LLM in corporate and securities laws with high merits from the London School of Economics in 2009.

He is also a registered arbitrator of the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) with areas of expertise in corporate M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, capital markets, debt restructurings and energy.

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Tilleke & GibbinsTiziana Sucharitkul
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution and litigation, commercial transactions and M&A, government relations

Say Sujintaya, Baker McKenzieSay Sujintaya
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Trademark, patent, digital media & copyright, enforcement, IP commercial

Kudun Sukhumananda, Kudun and PartnersKudun Sukhumananda
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate and M&A including joint ventures; debt securities offerings; foreign direct investment; infrastructure funds, REITs and real estate law

Sunpasiri Sunpa-a-sa, LS HorizonSunpasiri Sunpa-a-sa
LS Horizon
Key practice areas: Corporate commercial, M&A, foreign direct investment, real estate, property development

Apisith John Sutham, Apisith & AllianceApisith John Sutham
Apisith & Alliance
Tel: +66 2650 9850
Email: john@apisithalliance.com
Key practice areas: Trade remedies, M&A, corporate & commercial, capital markets, litigation
Apisith Sutham is the founding and managing partner of Apisith & Alliance, a mid-sized independent commercial law firm in Bangkok. His legal practice and experience are broad based, covering a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial, transactional, finance and international trade laws including trade remedy investigations, international commercial arbitration, cross-border commercial transactions, outbound and inbound foreign investment, capital markets, investment funds and mergers and acquisitions.

He has extensive experience representing Thai and foreign clients in antidumping and safeguards investigations as well as advising industries on trade and investment strategy. He advised Thai and multinational clients on mergers and acquisitions and foreign investment in various industries.

Apisith Sutham has been named as a leading lawyer for Thailand by Chambers Asia-Pacific and asialaw and as an expert in Who’s Who Legal. Through his leadership and guidance, Apisith & Alliance is recognized as asialaw’s highly recommended firm for Corporate/M&A and as recommended firm for energy, real estate, capital markets and dispute resolution for Thailand.

He received his juris doctor degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1991 and an MBA degree from the Solvay Business School, Free University of Brussels, in 1994. He is admitted in New York.

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep, Baker McKenzieDhiraphol Suwanprateep
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: E-commerce, telecommunications law, IP, licensing, franchising

Naiyachon Tathong, JTJB International LawyersNaiyachon Tathong
JTJB International Lawyers
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, transportation & maritime, international arbitration, trade competition, labour

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt, Weerawong, Chinnavat & PartnersVeeranuch Thammavaranucupt
Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: Capital markets; competition law; corporate/M&A; telecommunications, media and technology

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Tilleke & GibbinsKobkit Thienpreecha
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Corporate services; commercial transactions/M&A; anti-corruption

Chinnawat Thongpakdee, Herbert Smith FreehillsChinnawat Thongpakde
Herbert Smith Freehills
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution, commercial litigation, anti-bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, fraud and white-collar crime

Joseph Tisuthiwongse, Chandler MHM LimitedJoseph Tisuthiwongse
Chandler MHM Limited
Key practice areas: Project finance, renewable energy, M&A

Danai Triamchanchuchai, Ananda Intellectual PropertyDanai Triamchanchuchai
Ananda Intellectual Property
Key practice areas: Corporate establishment, real estate transactions, business promotion, intellectual property and trademark law

Peerapan Tungsuwan, Baker McKenziePeerapan Tungsuwan
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Healthcare & life sciences industry practice, M&A, compliance, consumer goods and retail industry practice

Kitipong Urapeepatanapong, Baker McKenzieKitipong Urapeepatanapong
Baker McKenzie
Key practice areas: Financial services; capital markets; M&A; corporate restructuring; private equity; tax; family business governance

Melisa Uremovic, Rajah & TannMelisa Uremovic
Rajah & Tann
Key practice areas: Competition/antitrust; custom and trade

Chavalit Uttasart, SCL NishimuraChavalit Uttasart
SCL Nishimura
Key practice areas: IP; IT law; e-commerce; telecommunications; corporate law

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tilleke & GibbinsDarani Vachanavuttivong
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: IP; government relations; regulatory affairs

Surasak Vajasit, Rajah & TannSurasak Vajasit
Rajah & Tann
Tel: +66 2656 1991
Email: surasak.v@rajahtann.com
Key practice areas: International arbitration; restructuring & insolvency, banking & finance; regulatory
With more than 35 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, Surasak Vajasit represents some of Thailand’s largest financial institutions and publicly traded companies in corporate and financing transactions, as well as multinational clients in complex Thai regulatory matters involving customs and anti-corruption proceedings. Drawing upon his previous experience as a judge in Thailand, Surasak’s practice largely focuses on representation in litigation and dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitrations – local and international – as counsel and arbitrator. Surasak recently successfully represented a large Japanese car manufacturing company in Tax Court proceedings involving alleged underpaid duty of THB10 billion (US$329 million).

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is headed by the highly respected Surasak, who is noted for his rich experience in restructuring matters, as well as corporate and financing transactions and his previous experience as a judge. He is recommended by clients as a knowledgeable and prompt counsel, and is respected by peers for his depth of ability. Surasak is also regularly called on to represent multinational clients in complex litigation and to act as an arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network of firms and offers the highest standards of legal service by bringing together leading law firms and lawyers in 10 regional countries. With a team of 60 lawyers in Bangkok, the firm has the capacity to handle the most intricate regional and cross-border transactions and to provide seamless legal counsel across the region, with access to more than 600 outstanding lawyers across Asia.

Based in Bangkok, R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is well-equipped to work towards giving clients a home advantage wherever they are throughout Asia, using its full-service capabilities and conducting business in ways that only native speakers can. The firm can deliver the most complex advice coherently, ensuring that clients are comfortable in legal and cultural landscapes that may seem unfamiliar.

As part of a truly Asian law firm, R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited ensures that its talent, resources and expertise are truly concentrated in the region, and in this part of the world.

Piphob Veraphong, LawAlliancePiphob Veraphong
LawAlliance
Key practice areas: Taxation

Warot Wanakankowit, Warot Business ConsultantWarot Wanakankowit
Warot Business Consultant
Tel: +66 08 1802 5698
Email: warot@warotbusinessconsultant.com
Key practice areas: M&A, corporate & commercial transactions, foreign direct investment, taxation, labour & employment
Warot Wanakankowit is a founding partner at Warot Business Consultant and Wingman & Partners. He has substantial experience with taxation, corporate and commercial transactions, foreign direct investment and foreign business law, labour and employment and merger and acquisition transactions. Warot has also taken director roles in various companies in order to help set up operations and manage those companies.

Warot Business Consultant has worked with several corporations for commercial transactions and joint venture matters and assisted multinational companies in setting up business in Thailand either by establishing wholly owned subsidiaries or partnering with Thai companies.

Further, Wingman & Partners, is one of the best-known and active law firms in the startups scene in Thailand. It has actively helped and represented both VCs and startups in Thailand for a few years.

Warot’s recent cases include representation of a reputable construction company in negotiating the restructuring of the group of companies in Thailand, and representation of one of the fastest-growing manufacturers of electronic equipment in negotiating the shareholders agreement with a major retailer in Thailand for the fundraising.

Warot has been invited to be a speaker at many startup events such as the Techsauce Global Summit and Thailand Startup Week.

Prior to founding his own firm, Warot worked at Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor, one of the leading law firms in Thailand. Before that, he worked at KPMG Phoomchai Tax as well as with PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal and Tax Consultants in Thailand. Warot obtained an LLB degree from Thammasat University and an LLM degree from King’s College University in the UK.

Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn, ZICO LawTitirat Wattanachewanopakor
ZICO Law
Key practice areas: Registration & prosecution, anti-counterfeiting & IP investigation, mediation & alternative, dispute resolution, transactional IP, government relations

Warathorn Wongsawangsiri, Herbert Smith FreehillsWarathorn Wongsawangsiri
Herbert Smith Freehills
Key practice areas: International arbitration and commercial litigation; restructuring, turnaround and insolvency; construction and engineering dispute; energy & infrastructure disputes; technology, media & telecommunications disputes
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