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Asia Business Law Journal names the country’s top law firms. Anindya Pithaloka and Lim Miran report


hings are looking up for Thailand, with the reopening of borders welcoming travellers back. With a fast-developing economy and strong business ties to the region, Thailand is set to regain its position as an attractive destination for foreign tourists and investment.

The country expects to more than double visitor numbers to 25 million in 2023, soaring from 11 million last year, in particular with returning Chinese tourists as the biggest and highest spending group.

However, a rebound in the tourism industry still seems unable to contain a decline in the export and manufacturing sectors. Thailand’s economy unexpectedly contracted in the final quarter of 2022, fuelled by weak demand from key trading partners and the global economic slowdown.

A sudden rise of the Thai baht against the US dollar has also contributed to the decrease in export value, taking a toll on exporters. In response, the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council recently revised its GDP forecast for 2023 to between 2.7% and 3.7%, down from a 3% to 4% forecast in November. The government is now pushing for private and government investment to drive growth, especially with large projects.

Apart from serving as the Southeast Asia hub for foreign direct investment, Thai companies are also looking to expand their operations overseas and to neighbouring countries, particularly Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Outbound investment is driven by the need to gain access to intellectual property (IP), skilled workers, raw materials or natural resources, and new distribution channels.

To steady this path, domestic law firms are stepping up their full-service offerings and capabilities to act on a broad range of matters for international entities looking to enter the Thai market. International law firms maintain a strong presence, leveraging their regional and global networks to handle cross-border matters. Thai law firms now boast an international level of capability and service, employing Thai lawyers who have graduated with dual qualifications overseas.

Amid this dynamic landscape of economic growth and political change, Asia Business Law Journal presents the Thailand Law Firm Awards 2023, recognising the country’s best in the past year.

We identified four law firms proven to be the best of the best, and among them one firm has risen to the top as Law Firm of the Year. We also recognise a new law firm to watch, and have four winners in 24 other categories, each of equal standing.

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Baker McKenzie is one of the biggest law firms in the country, with more than 250 lawyers and 65 partners, led by Thinawat Bukhamana as the office managing partner since 2021. Established in Thailand 45 years ago, the law firm offers full legal services for local and international businesses, equipped with specialised foreign desks to serve clients from Japan, Europe and China.

The law firm recently acted as international counsel to Thai renewable energy company B.Grimm Power in a USD160.5 million project finance loan for Dau Tieng Tay Ninh Energy, a joint venture with Vietnam power company Xuan Cau. Previously, Baker McKenzie advised Univenture BGP, a joint venture between B.Grimm Power and real estate company Univentures, on its USD351.5 million acquisition of Thai power plant operator Eastern Cogeneration. The firm also advised flag carrier Thai Airways’ restructuring and turnaround strategies in its financial and business rehabilitation, following financial difficulties due to the pandemic.

Jantima Gawbansiri, BGrimm Joint Venture Holding

Baker McKenzie’s Bangkok office has supported us in the past few years with its insightful experiences,” says Jantima Gawbansiri, head of legal at conglomerate B.Grimm Joint Venture Holding in Bangkok. “In particular, their qualified lawyers are very pragmatic and well-rounded.”

Supagorn Jittimaporn, vice president of legal and compliance at Thai real estate company Boutique Corporation in Bangkok, nominates Baker McKenzie for its assistance in the recent sale of a serviced apartment complex in Bangkok.

“From the start until the closing, they provided invaluable support and guidance, ensuring a seamless and successful transaction,” says Jittimaporn. “Their expertise in the legal industry is second to none, and we highly commend their professionalism and dedication to their clients.”

Supagorn Jittimaporn, Boutique Corporation

Kudun & Partners was founded in 2015 by corporate lawyer Kudun Sukhumananda from a desire to provide more dynamic, creative and commercially driven legal advice to domestic and international clients. The firm is active in foreign direct investment, capital markets, M&A, joint ventures and dispute resolution.

Although relatively young, the law firm has grown to cover all practice areas and expanded its outreach with a dedicated China practice. The firm recently advised Thai-listed clothes and leather goods manufacturer Thanulux on a major restructuring and investment expansion with a total value of THB8.8 billion (USD258 million). The firm also represented a Singapore arm of NYSE-listed professional services firm Genpact in establishing a new Thailand entity operating and obtaining foreign business certification from the Ministry of Commerce.

“I have worked with Kudun & Partners during the past year and found their work of high quality, responsive and collaborative,” says Kevin Hawkins, a partner at DFDL in Ho Chi Minh City.

Tilleke & Gibbins has a history spanning more than a century. Established in 1890 by William Alfred Goone Tilleke, the firm played a key role in the development of the Thai legal system throughout the early 20th century, when the law firm’s partners served the Kingdom of Siam in many capacities, including as advisers to the Ministry of Justice and the Thai royal family.

Fast forward to the 21st century, Tilleke & Gibbins is now a full-service regional law firm with more than 200 lawyers serving international and local businesses beyond Thailand in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. At the helm are two powerful women lawyers, Darani Vachanavuttivong and Tiziana Sucharitkul, as co-managing partners.

In the past six months, the firm beefed up its corporate prowess with the hire of Yaowarote Klinboon, from US firm Hunton Andrews Kurth, to head its capital markets practice as a partner. The firm also welcomed tax lawyer Auaychai Sukawong as partner and head of its regional tax practice, following his eight-year stint at KPMG Thailand. He brings more than 20 years of experience practising tax law with several leading accounting and professional services firms.

Siraprapha Claassen, John Hardy

“Tilleke & Gibbins has consistently demonstrated extraordinary insights and understanding of our business needs, and always provided creative solutions and reliable legal advice in a timely manner,” says Siraprapha (Khim) Claassen, global head of legal at jewellery maker John Hardy in Bangkok.

Matthew Levy, a partner at US law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath in Indianapolis, agrees.

“I have worked with Tilleke & Gibbins for many years and always found them to be thoughtful and responsive,” says Levy. “I recently partnered with them on a multi-jurisdiction M&A deal with a heavy focus on Asia, and found their advice was practical, timely, and they helped keep the transaction on track.”

Matthew Levy, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath

DLA Piper’s Tokyo-based partner, Tony Andriotis, vouches for the law firm’s dispute prowess.

“Tilleke has a great disputes practice, under the leadership of John Frangos,” says Andriotis. “They also have great reach in the entire Southeast Asia region.”

For Svetlana Samoilova, legal business partner (APAC) at ride-hailing service inDrive in New York, working with Tilleke & Gibbins is one of the best experiences, given the presence of inDrive in more than 40 countries.

“I like Tilleke & Gibbins’ proactive approach to clients, which focuses not only on advising on the subject matter of the request but also on providing an extended professional vision,” says Samoilova. “I would say that Tilleke & Gibbins’ counselling provides not only a legal assessment but also a way to see the best possible solution to complex issues. I know that I can fully rely on Tilleke & Gibbins for their opinion and advice.”

Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners (Weerawong C&P) was established in early 2009 and is currently one of Thailand’s largest independent law firms, employing more than 100 legal professionals including partners, lawyers and legal assistants providing services in Thai, English and Chinese languages.

Dedicated to helping Thai and international clients explore the rich business opportunities in Thailand, Southeast Asia and around the world, the firm is recognised for its deal structuring and focus on commercial solutions, providing services in advisory, regulatory, contentious and transactional works. In addition to working closely with local authorities on complex transactions and projects, the law firm regularly works with regulatory bodies in Thailand including the Bank of Thailand (BOT), the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

In the past 12 months, Weerawong C&P advised Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, a substantial minority shareholder in Thai Life Insurance, in relation to Thai Life’s USD937 million IPO on the SET.

The law firm also assisted global asset manager Blackstone in its proposed acquisition of a majority USD14 billion stake in American multinational Emerson Electric’s climate technologies business in several jurisdictions.

“I have been impressed by the professionalism and work ethic of Weerawong C&P,” says Gerard Quek, deputy managing partner at PDLegal in Singapore.

IAS Advisory opened its doors to clients this year, offering expert legal services and a contemporary value-based approach, specialising in the provision of legal innovations and solutions to meet the complex needs of the modern client.

The law firm is named after its founding partners, Ittinant Suwanjutha, Anuwat Ngamprasertkul, and Siripen Kulworakulpitak, internationally recognised lawyers with more than 60 years of combined experience operating in Thailand’s complex regulatory frameworks. They are also the key contact points for domestic and foreign clients in Thailand, and their existing client base includes multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as high net-worth individuals and startups.

Within only a few months, IAS Advisory has seen significant developments in recruitment and awards. The firm has provided data protection and privacy law training, including workshops on adhering and reporting breaches to Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act to clients in all major sectors and industries.

The law firm also advised and assisted a prominent big data and analytics consulting firm based in Thailand with company restructuring and revising shareholders’ agreements.

Siripen Kulworakulpitak and Ittinant Suwanjutha of IAS Advisory have been committed to our success and make it a point to clearly communicate trade-offs each step of the way, says Andrew Wang, chief operating officer at peer-to-peer lending platform PeerPower in Bangkok.

Andrew Wang, PeerPower


Established in 1998, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Bangkok office offers dispute resolution and regulatory advice, with international lawyers and partners fluent in Thai and English. The law firm’s dispute resolution expertise spans construction and infrastructure, labour and employment, banking and finance, energy and resources, and insurance, in addition to advising clients in international trade disputes, public international law and investment treaty claims.

The Bangkok office is headed by managing partner Chinnawat Thongpakdee, a litigation and arbitration specialist with more than 30 years’ experience, who is also a former secretary to the director general of the Legal Counsel Department and a former senior state attorney of the Attorney General’s Office of Thailand.

International law firm Watson Farley & Williams established its Bangkok office in 2001. The office head, Steven Burkill, specialises in complex international disputes and Asia-based energy arbitrations.

Providing legal advice in Thai, international and English law, the law firm is recognised for its international arbitration practice in Thailand, having worked across several industry sectors. It also stands out for its expertise in transport, energy and real estate, leveraging the firm’s international network to advise on multi-jurisdictional cases.

With extensive experience representing global clients in complex cross-border and commercial matters, the market-leading dispute resolution team has a strong track record for successfully acting in Thai litigation, and in both Thai and international arbitration.


Chandler MHM was established in January 2017 through the merger of Thailand law firm Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices and Tokyo-headquartered international law firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto. Since then, the law firm has continued to grow and develop its practice, currently employing more than 100 lawyers led by co-managing partners Jessada Sawatdipong and Chisako Takaya.

Offering a variety of practice areas, the firm has established a solid reputation in aviation law. Recent notable deals include advising ICBC Aviation Leasing in relation to debt restructuring and business rehabilitation of its Thai debtor, Thai Airways, and three aircraft leases with a low-cost Vietnamese airline. Involving various jurisdictions, the team managed to conclude the matter within a tight schedule, with parties needing to finalise complex issues in a very limited time.

Another prominent deal was assisting Thailand-based BA Airport Real Estate Investment Trust to invest in airport properties in Thailand.

Since establishing its presence in Thailand more than 23 years ago, Allen & Overy is recognised for its in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Thai business and regulatory environment.

With a first-class team of international and local lawyers, the law firm is one of the very few international outfits in the country providing a one-stop service for domestic and cross-border offerings. Headed by managing partner Suparerk Auychai, the Bangkok office is an integral part of Allen & Overy’s regional network of 12 Asia-Pacific offices.

Recently, Allen & Overy advised the state-owned Export-Import Bank of Thailand in issuing a medium-term note programme and domestic offering of two tranches of green bonds valued at THB5 billion (USD135 million).

The firm also advised Thailand’s private power producer Gulf Energy Development on the establishment of its medium-term note programme and domestic offerings of digital bonds and plain vanilla bonds valued at THB35 billion.

Since opening its Bangkok office in 1998, Linklaters has built a strong reputation for its local knowledge and depth of experience in the Thai legal market. Wanwisar Nakarat, who was appointed managing partner in 2022, leads the firm in providing advice across a range of practice areas including banking and finance, projects and energy infrastructure, M&A, real estate and capital markets.

Recent significant transactions include advising a group of Thai and international commercial banks on the financing of the Hin Kong power project, a two 700MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle project located in Ratchaburi province. The firm also assisted sponsors on the portfolio financing of the Asian Development Bank-financed 62.2MW GreenYellow Rooftop Solar Project in Thailand.


US law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth established its Bangkok office in 1997 and is currently led by managing partner Edward Koehler. Employing local and international lawyers, the law firm offers transactional advice to domestic and international companies for both inbound and outbound investment.

The firm is recognised for representing clients in all types of M&A, divestitures and other foreign direct investment, commercial and institutional lending and regulatory work, project development and privatisation, project and structured finance and securitisations, rehabilitation and restructuring, trade agreements, capital markets and other commercial transactions, and contentious dispute matters.

Notable deals in the past 12 months include assisting the International Finance Corporation in subscribing to USD150 million bonds to be issued by TMB Thanachart, Thailand’s sixth-largest bank. Comprising USD100 million of green bonds and USD50 million of maritime sustainability bonds, or blue bonds, the subscription makes TMB Thanachart the first Thai commercial bank to issue maritime sustainability bonds.

Siam Premier is an independent Thai law firm established in 1990 by Phisud Dejakaisaya and Surakiart Sathirathai. Currently, the firm has 17 partners, 80 lawyers and 60 staff members led by managing partner Chatchavej Chitvarakorn, advising foreign and local clients on the full spectrum of domestic and cross-border transactions, major projects, regulatory matters and disputes.

Siam Premier offers counsel and advice to corporate management, board members and other stakeholders regarding various legal and regulatory requirements, as well as conducting internal investigations, ensuring that companies are effectively managing third-party risks, and advising clients on international compliance issues. In addition, the law firm assists clients in developing and implementing effective compliance policies and procedures tailored to the specific risks and needs of individual companies.

Warot Advisory Services is helmed by managing partner Warot Wanakankowit, who has extensive experience in taxation, corporate and commercial, foreign business law, labour and employment, and M&A transactions.

Recently, the law firm represented Expara Thailand, a leading venture capital provider in the country, with investment in target companies, including conducting legal due diligence and negotiating shareholders’ agreements.

Formichella & Sritawat was founded in 2018 in Bangkok by partners John Formichella and Numlapyos Sritawat. Formichella is an expert in Thailand’s technology, media and telecoms sector with more than 25 years’ experience, while Sritawat is a seasoned practitioner in litigation and dispute resolution across various industries.

Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act, which became fully enforceable in June 2022, has substantially increased demand for advice on data privacy and cybersecurity. In this regard, the law firm has assisted clients in drafting all forms of necessary documents and providing training to service providers to handle sensitive data in compliance with a higher regulatory standard.

Regional law firm DFDL entered Bangkok in 2005, after being established in Vientiane in 1994 by founding partner David Doran. With more than 25 years’ experience as a legal adviser in the Mekong region, Doran is now based in Bangkok. His expertise is in the energy sector, having represented both developers and lenders for major power projects in the region, with a focus on hydropower projects.

One of the law firm’s headline deals last year was representing Matahio Energy to conduct a red-flag due diligence exercise, contract review and advice with respect to Thai law in relation to a competitive tender for the acquisition of shares in several Thai oil and gas companies.

DFDL also assisted a Chinese company engaged in the waste management business, Shanghai SUS Environment, to participate in a tender for a waste-to-energy project in Phuket together with Thai company EA Waste Management, through the formation of a project company.

ILCT, formerly known as International Legal Counsellors Thailand, is a full-service law firm with more than 55 years of history. With 10 resident partners and nearly 100 lawyers, paralegals, consultants, specialists and staff, ILCT is led by managing director and senior partner Jayavadh Bunnag.

Due to rapid development of the Thai financial industry in recent years, the law firm has been busy advising local and international clients regarding current and upcoming regulations and fintech-related laws, as well as assisting them to obtain relevant licences for digital asset businesses. ILCT also provides legal assistance and consultancy on artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, crowdfunding, cryptocurrencies, cybersecurity, data privacy, financial services regulations, smart contracts, and novel technology developments.

Boutique law firm Silk Legal was founded in 2015, with dedicated practice areas in corporate and commercial, restructuring and insolvency, and regulatory matters. Led by founder and managing partner Jason Corbett, the law firm has handled more than 180 blockchain technology projects in recent years and is seeking more involvement in crypto-related projects.

With knowledge of fintech and an understanding of Thailand’s regulations on technological innovations, the firm provides legal assistance to overcome complexities surrounding compliance, licensing and various other blockchain, cryptocurrency and fintech matters.

The firm has also assisted fintech companies seeking to enter the Thai market, compiling and submitting documents to regulators, performing know-your-customer and due diligence reports, and licensing to meet the requirements of Thai regulatory bodies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Bank of Thailand.

  • DFDL

Global law firm DLA Piper established a presence in Bangkok in 2004, providing integrated legal solutions to clients across a broad range of practice areas. Led by managing partners Timothy Tan and Waranon Vanichprapa, DLA Piper is well-equipped to assist clients with their most complex legal challenges, including those related to insurance and reinsurance matters.

One recent headline deal was advising Société Générale in a joint venture between its operational leasing and fleet management subsidiary, ALD, and financing company Bangkok Mitsubishi HC Capital, extending its reach to large international customers and local Thai companies.

  • R&T ASIA

KPMG launched end-to-end legal services arm KPMG Law in Thailand in early 2020 alongside its established audit, tax and advisory assistance. Two years later, KPMG announced its merger with regional firm ZICO Law to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia under KPMG Law.

In Thailand, ZICO Law started in 2006 as a full-service law firm, advising private and public companies, government agencies, international companies and high net-worth individuals, locally and internationally.

In employment matters, KPMG Law is sought after by local and multinational companies for a wide spectrum of employment matters, including mergers or reorganisation exercises, reviewing internal human resource policies, or advising on incentive schemes, recruitments and terminations, dismissals and discrimination, disciplinary issues, union issues or general compliance with employment laws.

Being a member of Rajah & Tann Asia’s regional network gives R&T Asia the advantage of seamless access to the collaboration and knowledge of more than 800 lawyers qualified to practise across 10 countries in Southeast Asia and beyond.

Led by managing partner Surasak Vajasit, a former judge recognised as a legal heavyweight in Thailand, R&T Asia provides services for various practice groups, and has handled both non-contentious and contentious matters for a broad spectrum of clients.

The law firm’s employment team regularly advises multinational companies and Thai conglomerates on the retrenchment of executives and staff, disciplinary proceedings and terminations for misconduct, entry into mutual separation arrangements, and unfair dismissal proceedings commenced by employees in the Labour Court.

The team also provides assistance in all areas of employment disputes and matters involving the revocation of orders of the Ministry of Labour, Labour Protection Officer and Labour Relations Committee. In addition, the lawyers also have special expertise in investigations to help address serious employment issues.

SCL Nishimura & Asahi was created in 2019 from a merger between Japanese law firm Nishimura & Asahi and SCL Law Group, a local law firm led by Chavalit Uttasart, to create a full-service law firm. The firm responds to the diverse legal needs of its Japanese and Thai clients, not only inbound and outbound transactions between both countries, but also multilateral transactions between Thailand and Vietnam, and other Asian countries.

In May 2022, the firm welcomed Punjaporn Kosolkitiwong as a partner and head of its dispute resolution department. With almost 40 years’ experience in litigation, she headed the litigation department at Thai law firm Dej-Udom & Associates in Bangkok prior to joining SCL Nishimura & Asahi.

The law firm has a strong labour and employment practice, which is an important factor to consider when advising foreign investment. As employment laws and regulations differ from country to country, it is important for investors to be aware of local regulations. SCL Nishimura & Asahi often provide advice on labour and employment matters to help their clients navigate these regulations and ensure compliance.

  • BH2I

BH2I is a corporate, real estate and hospitality legal and consultancy firm founded by its managing partner, Benjamin Hirasawa, with decades of experience in the corporate and real estate sectors of Thailand, Singapore and Myanmar. With offices in Bangkok and Singapore, the law firm employs top-tier lawyers providing legal and consultancy services to leading global, regional and national clients on international business transactions.

Among their headline deals in the past year was advising a US-listed hotel operating company in connection with the dissolution of a joint venture agreement with three listed Thai companies, and disposition of a waterfront luxury hotel in Bangkok. The firm also advised a Thai company on all aspects of construction and development of a mixed-use project with a leading international management company.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet was established more than 40 years ago, and has since expanded to become one of the most respected law firms in Thailand. The firm provides a wide range of legal services and is well-known for its commercial and responsive approach to the practice of law.

Thailand’s property sector has been a lucrative business, but a number of pitfalls and restrictions on foreign ownership make it necessary for international companies to carefully navigate the market. The law firm’s real estate and construction practice offers a strong, multidisciplinary team focused on assisting clients to achieve their commercial objectives.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet’s real estate and construction lawyers advise multinational corporations, institutional investors, private equity funds and entrepreneurs on a wide range of transactions involving various types and classes of real estate assets.

Domnern Somgiat & Boonma was founded in 1947 by Ina Wilhelmina Jorgenson. Domnern, a graduate of Harvard Law School, assumed leadership after Jorgenson’s retirement in 1981, and a few years later the law firm was named after the remaining partners, former registrar of trademarks Somgiat Sitthisiri and Columbia Law School graduate Boonma Tejavanija.

The firm handles 12.5% of all trademark applications in Thailand and 35% of patent applications filed in Thailand by foreign applicants. Seeing IP as interdisciplinary, the firm has gathered diverse expertise comprising more than 130 litigators, legal consultants, trademark attorneys, patent attorneys and specialised technicians across scientific fields to serve clients worldwide from various industries including pharmaceuticals, fashion, food and beverage, information technology, automotive, electronics and more.

Satyapon & Partners is an IP law firm that was founded in 1995 by IP veteran Satyapon Sachdecha. In recent years, the firm has developed into one of Thailand’s leading legal service providers, offering services in all areas of IP law including patent applications and prosecution, trademarks and designs, licensing, franchising and more.

The law firm is one of the most actively involved in enforcement of IP rights, handling numerous police raids and customs seizures annually – mostly concerning trademark infringements – while also conducting investigations, sending cease-and-desist letters, participating in negotiations and meditations, and assisting clients in publicity releases, warning advertisements and all other IP-related matters.

In recent years, the firm has continued to expand its presence in the region, managing regional portfolios for local and international clients in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam.

Ananda Intellectual Property is supported by high-calibre talent and collaborators, which includes IP agents and contacts in more than 100 countries with strong local, regional and international expertise, to provide services tailored to each client’s needs. The law firm’s practice also includes IP strategy, portfolio management, IP investigation, IP litigation, IP valuation and contracts, which enables clients to benefit from a full range of IP services.

This year, the law firm promoted its head of trademark department, Kritchakorn Nimwenai, and head of patent department, Patthawarat Jungjinjaroen, to partners. As the firm continues to grow, it has expanded its team, hiring another senior lawyer, senior patent specialist and four new junior members in the past two years.

Ananda Intellectual Property’s clients include local and international companies in various fields of industry, including: Bytedance, Huawei, Oppo, Panasonic, L’Oreal, Suzuki, Honda, Great Wall Motors and Geely. Currently, the law firm handles around 2,000 invention patents, design patents and utility model applications. In 2022, the firm filed 229 patent applications and handled IP portfolios of several Thai-listed companies.

London-headquartered IP service firm Rouse & Co entered Thailand in 2000, handling all aspects of IP and contributing to Bangkok’s growth as the patent hub for Southeast Asia.

Led by principal and country manager, Manoon Changchumni, the Thai office team has a strong track record in patent drafting, prosecution and litigation, trademarks and other intellectual property protection and enforcement. The law firm also has technical specialists with a background in relevant sectors such as chemistry, life sciences, material sciences and mechanical engineering.

JTJB International Lawyers had a good start to 2023, merging with boutique Bangkok commercial law firm AWP & Alliance to create a combined entity of five partners and more than 30 staff under the JTJB banner. The firm is part of Singaporean law firm JTJB, which since inception in 2005 has grown significantly under the leadership of managing partner Naiyachon Tathong and partner Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya.

The law firm’s expertise in shipping, maritime and transportation is recognised not only in Thailand but across Southeast Asia, providing advice to protection and indemnity clubs, shipowners, charterers, terminal owners, logistics companies, and almost all other cargo interests. JTJB International Lawyers also handles disputes with domestic courts and international arbitration centres regarding the charter party and contract of affreightment matters.

Pramuanchai Law Office is spearheaded by founder, senior partner and managing director Pramual Chancheewa, a widely recognised Thai lawyer with a range of expertise in commercial law, marine and non-marine insurance, shipping, and aviation claims, including collision and oil pollution claims. He has also played an active role in drafting Thai laws on shipping, maritime, transport and insurance. The law firm offers a boutique transportation practice and is well-regarded for its expertise in shipping claims, representing domestic and international clients in cases in Thailand and neighbouring jurisdictions. The firm is also active in the practice areas of aviation, including cases relating to airport collisions and passenger claims, and property damage cases.

Law Alliance was founded in 2002 by a team of tax specialists led by Piphob Veraphong, one of the best recognised tax lawyers in Thailand. Its main areas of practice are tax advice and planning, tax-based transactional and contract, restructure, tax-driven M&A and corporate structure, upstream oil and gas tax regime, and tax audit and dispute.

With one partner, two directors and one associate, the law firm has also undertaken strategic advisory work in tax audits and court disputes involving unprecedented tax issues, which require not only providing legal know-how, but also intellectual context in various industries.

The judging process

The winners of Asia Business Law Journal’s Thailand Law Firm Awards 2023 were selected based on the votes, references and qualitative information received from in-house counsel and other legal professionals in Thailand and around the world.

A voting form was posted on our website, inviting thousands of in-house counsel, lawyers at international law firms and other Thailand-focused professionals to vote. At the same time, Thailand law firms were asked to make submissions in support of their candidacy for the awards. These submissions, combined with research by Asia Business Law Journal’s editorial team, played a supporting role in the judging process.

All Thai law firms were automatically eligible for inclusion in the awards process. As always, there were no fees or any other requirements for entry.


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