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Thailand’s Top 100 Lawyers 2023

Based on research conducted by Asia Business Law Journal, the following are 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 Adcock Alan Adcock
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: IP; corporate and commercial; M&A, regulatory affairs
Nuttaphol Arammuang Nuttaphol Arammuang
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: IP; licensing & franchising; litigation; TMT
Suparerk Auychai Suparerk Auychai
Allen & Overy
Key practice areas: M&A; capital markets; corporate finance & securities; company law; commercial law
Stephen Bennett Stephen Bennett
Stephen Bennett
Tel: +66 2 645 88 11
Email:
bennetts@huntonak.com
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; capital markets; fintech, technology media and telecommunication
Resident in Thailand since 1994, Bennett is head of the Asia corporate team at Hunton Andrews Kurth. He has more than 25 years of practice experience in Thailand in M&A, finance, fintech, foreign investment and telecommunications, and has completed some of the largest M&A transactions in Thailand. Before joining Hunton Andrews Kurth, Bennett was a partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

In the last 12 months, he has represented International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) as sole subscriber to US$150 million of green and blue bonds (Thailand’s first blue bond issue) by TMBThanachart Bank; advised IFC with its investment in US$400 million of green and blue bonds by Bank of Ayudhya; advised IFC and DEG as subscribers for $150 million of green bonds to be issued by BGrimm Power; advised IFC on its US$105 million loan to Thai Credit Retail Bank for lending to MSMEs (including women-owned MSMEs); represented China Mobile International as a major shareholder of True Corporation on its merger with Total Access Communication, which is the largest telco merger in Southeast Asia by combined enterprise value; represented JPMorgan Securities on the issue and sale of derivative warrants; and advised TikTok on its new Thai content providers’ monetisation features.

Ira Blumenthal Ira Blumenthal
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: Corporate; foreign direct investment; real estate & construction; M&A; commercial transactions
Ratthakarn Boonnua Ratthakarn Boonnua
Watson Farley & Williams
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; insurance & reinsurance; labour & employment; litigation; power & energy
Sorachon Boonsong Sorachon Boonsong
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: M&A; insurance company M&A; power projects, oil, gas and petrochemicals
Chanakarn Boonyasith Chanakarn Boonyasith
SCL Nishimura & Asahi
Key practice areas: Labour & employment; personal data protection; commercial contracts
Supoj Boonyavanich Supoj Boonyavanich
ILCT
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; joint ventures; M&A; general practice; foreign business law
James Bradley James Bradley
James Bradley
Tel: +66 2 645 88 33
Email:
jbradley@huntonak.com
Key practice areas: Energy and infrastructure; real estate; commercial contracts; financing; M&A

Jim Bradley is a partner in the firm Hunton Andrews Kurth. He focuses on cross-border power projects in multiple countries in Southeast Asia and commercial and hospitality related real estate projects in Thailand. He has supported all aspects of negotiating, due diligence and risk evaluation, advising, and mitigation, and documenting agreements for or relating to development activities, joint ventures, sponsor and equity participation, management, financing, engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC), operation and maintenance (O&M), management services, procurement and supply, dispute resolution, claims enforcement, workouts, divestitures, and acquisitions (M&A). Starting his practice with Hunton & Williams in 1994 in the United States, he has been based in Asia since 2000 with Hunton & Williams and after its 2018 merger with Andrews Kurth Kenyon, Hunton Andrews Kurth.

Recent or ongoing work involves:

  • development and structuring work for a proposed liquified natural gas (LNG) fuelled project in the Philippines including LNG supply and floating storage facilities for a proposed combined cycle generating facility;
  • preparation and negotiation of the full suite of EPC and O&M arrangements and support on the offtake and concession arrangements for the Monsoon Wind Project in Lao PDR; and
  • investments by a major US-based firm in connection with investments in a 77-storey multi-use hotel, residential and commercial tower project in Bangkok, Thailand.

He has been involved for decades with the 500 MW Quezon Power project and more recently the 500 MW San Buenaventura supercritical project, supported the 100 MW Cambodian Energy Limited project and more recent 150 MW Cambodian Energy Limited II project, supported both phases of the 78 MW Natural Energy Development project in Lop Buri, and supported the Theppana wind project and the Bowin project both in Thailand, among many others.

He has worked on projects in or with participants from Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, the United States, the People’s Republic of China and European industrial centre countries. He has assisted sponsors, owners and managers with complex agreements and interlocking arrangements and their administration through all phases of their projects, has a good working knowledge of historical transactions and transaction issues, and has worked with many local lawyers licensed in many of these jurisdictions.

Thinawat Bukhamana Thinawat Bukhamana
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Project & corporate financing; banking & finance regulations; loans; derivatives & financial products
Palawi Bunnag Palawi Bunnag
ILCT
Key practice areas: Capital markets; joint ventures; M&A; securitisation & structured finance; fintech
Jayavadh Bunnag Jayavadh Bunnag
ILCT
Key practice areas: Banking; finance; investments; natural resources; arbitration
Peter Burke Peter Burke
Axis Consultants
Key practice areas: Corporate; M&A; commercial; inward investment; banking
Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya
Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya
Tel: +66 2 106 8315 ext 103; +66 9 5493 1333
Email:
aaron@jtjb.com
Key practice areas: Corporate and commercial; M&A; visa & work permit

Bunnasomboon Chaiparinya (also known as Aaron) is a partner at JTJB International Lawyers Bangkok. Prior to commencing a career in JTJB, Chaiparinya practised in the corporate department of international law firms in Thailand and Australia. Chaiparinya has substantial experience advising on numerous high-profile M&A in both domestic and international cases. Chaiparinya attended Thammasat University, and upon graduation with second-class honours in law, Chaiparinya successfully pursued two master’s degrees in accounting and business administration from one of the top ranked universities in Australia.

Chaiparinya was also selected by several business organisations (eg, Enterprise Singapore and Asia Business Connect) to provide legal update and knowledge to the entrepreneurs and in-house counsel of the well-known companies in Thailand and Singapore.

Panuwat Chalongkuamdee Panuwat Chalongkuamdee
SRPP
Key practice areas: Aviation; corporate governance; Joint ventures; M&A; power & energy
Pramual Chancheewa Pramual Chancheewa
Pramuanchai Law Office
Key practice areas: Shipping; marine insurance; non-marine insurance; aviation; dispute resolution
Manoon Changchumni Manoon Changchumni
Rouse
Key practice areas: IP; trademark, patent & design disputes
Pornpan Chayasuntorn Pornpan Chayasuntorn
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Capital markets; M&A; restructuring & insolvency
Weerawong Chittmittrapap Weerawong Chittmittrapap
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; corporate & commercial; M&A; projects; restructuring & insolvency
Chatchavej Chitvarakorn Chatchavej Chitvarakorn
Siam Premier International Law Office
Key practice areas: Corporate/M&A; insurance; real estate; litigation & dispute resolution; antitrust and competition
Jason Corbett Jason Corbett
Jason Corbett
Tel: +66 2 107 2007
Email:
jason@silklegal.com
Key practice areas: Cross-border insolvency; restructuring; M&A; commercial; fintech & blockchain
Jason Corbett is the founder and managing partner of Silk Legal, a Bangkok-based law firm specialising in advising clients around the world on a wide array of legal matters including blockchain, fintech, decentralised finance and corporate affairs. With over five years of experience in blockchain regulations, Corbett has offered legal guidance to key players in the blockchain industry, significantly impacting various sectors, such as fintech, e-commerce, gaming, and banking. Additionally, he has collaborated with renowned launchpads, protocols, exchanges, virtual asset service providers (VASPs), decentralised applications (dApps), and digital wealth management platforms.

Corbett is the founder and managing partner of Silk Advisory Asia, a licensed planning and administration firm based in Bangkok, specialising in offering guidance to distressed clients on matters related to restructuring, insolvency and M&A. Throughout his career, Corbett has actively participated in numerous cross-border insolvency cases, extending his expertise to advising a diverse range of creditors, both large and small, across various sectors and jurisdictions. Additionally, he provides legal counsel on corporate matters and exhibits a notable interest in third-party litigation funding. Corbett is also a proud member of the International Insolvency Institute, where he has actively contributed to several international cases.

Furthermore, Corbett is an entrepreneur who has played an integral role in the growth of multiple startups and small-to-medium-sized enterprises across diverse sectors, including banking, finance, e-commerce, blockchain, cryptocurrency and technology. This unique blend of entrepreneurship, coupled with his extensive knowledge of corporate law, blockchain, insolvency, and restructuring, has driven his aspiration to broaden his professional footprint into other regions, namely the Middle East, North America, and Asia Pacific.

Corbett has recently established Silk MENA Management Consultancy, a management consulting and advisory firm that focuses on the technology, blockchain and restructuring sectors.

Thawat Damsa-ard Thawat Damsa-ard
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Competition and trade; compliance and investigations; dispute resolution; litigation; tax
Phisud Dejakaisaya Phisud Dejakaisaya
Siam Premier International Law Office
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; commercial; investment; dispute resolution
Phisit Dejchaiyasak Phisit Dejchaiyasak
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; litigation & arbitration; restructuring & insolvency
David Doran David Doran
DFDL
Key practice areas: Project development; energy, mining and infrastructure; corporate & commercial; M&A
Pichitpon Eammongkolchai Pichitpon Eammongkolchai
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Complex cross-border banking & debt restructuring; M&A; capital markets; projects transactions
John Formichella John Formichella
Formichella & Sritawat
Key practice areas: TMT; corporate law; regulatory compliance; energy & infrastructure; foreign direct investment
Franck Fougere Franck Fougere
Ananda Intellectual Property
Key practice areas: IP; licensing & franchising; litigation; valuation
Benjamin Hirasawa Benjamin Hirasawa
Benjamin Hirasawa
Tel: +66 084 875 3700
Email:
benjamin.hirasawa@bh2i.law
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; M&A; private equity, venture capital & funds; real estate; hospitality & leisure
Benjamin Hirasawa’s regional Asia pacific practice provides commercially sound advice to private equity, hospitality, corporate and real estate clients on all aspects of project development cycles and international business transactions.

Hirasawa led teams nominated for Legal 500 Practice Group of the Year and worked on projects that won three Hotel Investment Conference Asia Pacific “Deal of the Year” awards. He is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants, a consistent Chambers and Legal 500 ranked practitioner in Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar practice sectors, an Acritas Stars – independently rated lawyer and a Global Leader in Who’s Who Hospitality 2021 and 2022.

He is the founder and managing partner of BH2I, which in less than two years after incorporation was a 2021 Rising Law Firm of the Year nominee, and winner of “Best New Firm” at the 2022 Thailand Law Firm Awards and “Best Boutique Transactional Firm” at the 2022 Southeast Asia Law Awards.

Nandana Indananda Nandana Indananda
Lexpertise
Key practice areas: Competition and trade; dispute resolution and litigation; IP; tax
Yothin Intaraprasong Yothin Intaraprasong
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Key practice areas: Compliance; inbound investment; M&A; outbound investment; real estate
Ian Johnston Ian Johnston
Clyde & Co
Key practice areas: Insurance & reinsurance; construction & engineering; dispute resolution; medical malpractice; international sanctions
Chaipat Kamchadduskorn Chaipat Kamchadduskorn
LS Horizon
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; infrastructure; power & energy; project finance; securitisation & structured finance
Pariyapol Kamolsilp Pariyapol Kamolsilp
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; infrastructure; litigation; restructuring & insolvency; construction dispute
Komkrit Kietduriyakul Komkrit Kietduriyakul
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; capital markets; e-commerce, fintech, blockchain & cryptos; infrastructure; restructuring & insolvency
Tassanai Kiratisountorn Tassanai Kiratisountorn
Norton Rose Fulbright
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; bankruptcy & insolvency; infrastructure; power & energy; project finance
Suntus Kirdsinsap Suntus Kirdsinsap
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: Restructuring & insolvency; litigation
Edward Koehler Edward Koehler
Hunton Andrews Kurth
Key practice areas: Energy & infrastructure; project finance; renewable energy; M&A; public-private partnerships
Apiwatt Kongsoowan Apiwatt Kongsoowan
Domnern Somgiat & Boonma
Key practice areas: Intellectual property
Siripen Kulworakulpitak Siripen Kulworakulpitak
IAS Advisory
Key practice areas: Compliance; corporate & commercial; joint ventures; M&A; real estate
Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai Chaveewan Likhitwattanachai
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; financial institutions; industrials, manufacturing & transportation; projects; restructuring & insolvency
Sakchai Limsiripothong Sakchai Limsiripothong
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; litigation & arbitration; restructuring & insolvency
Arunee Mahathorn Arunee Mahathorn
Thanathip & Partners
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; bankruptcy & insolvency; corporate & commercial; inbound investment; restructuring & insolvency
Patraporn Milindasuta Patraporn Milindasuta
The Capital Law Office
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate & commercial; M&A; private equity, venture capital & funds
Sumet Mingmongkolmitr Sumet Mingmongkolmitr
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: General tax planning; transfer pricing; tax disputes; foreign investment; commercial matters
Wanwisar Nakarat Wanwisar Nakarat
Linklaters
Key practice areas: Project financing; M&A; debt restructuring
Passawan Navanithikul Passawan Navanithikul
SRPP
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; joint ventures; M&A; project finance; real estate
Rutorn Nopakun Rutorn Nopakun
Domnern Somgiat & Boonma
Key practice areas: IP
Hideshi Obara Hideshi Obara
SCL Nishimura & Asahi
Key practice areas: Joint ventures; cross-border transactions; corporate &commercial; compliance
Wilailuk Okanurak Wilailuk Okanurak
Linklaters
Key practice areas: M&A and projects; banking; capital markets
Christopher Osborne Christopher Osborne
SCL Nishimura & Asahi
Tel: +66 2 126 9100; +66 2 126 19109
Email:
c.osborne@nishimura.com
Key practice areas: M&A; renewable energy & transition; technology & media; real estate; insolvency
Osborne moved to Thailand in 2001 to support the strong demand for cross-border M&A expertise driven by heightened acquisition activity following the Asian financial crisis. He has more than two decades of experience working alongside Thai corporate lawyers on cross-border M&A and regulatory matters, providing international-level solutions to companies entering the Thai market.

His clients include global companies investing or acquiring assets in Thailand and Thai companies engaging in cross-border transactions, seeking to rely on his experience in identifying issues and solutions across common law and civil law frameworks. He advises international and Thai companies on the development, sale and acquisition of renewable energy projects in Thailand and across Asia, and is often called on in the formation of joint ventures to permit entry into sectors with foreign ownership restrictions.

His M&A practice covers private M&A, advising institutional and activist investors on SEC/SET reporting requirements and acquisition thresholds, and strategic shareholders on synergistic de-layering of listed group structures. His sector expertise for M&A includes manufacturing, TMT, logistics, renewable energy projects and the service sector, for both buy-side and sell-side share and asset sale transaction structures. He has advised overseas law firms on the acquisition of Thai law firms.

His agricultural applied science background and professional experience in the wine sector provide a unique insight into acquisitions in the agriculture and food & beverage sectors and renewable energy projects utilising agricultural feedstocks.

With a focus on renewables (including transition), Osborne’s energy practice has more than one GW’s experience in onshore wind, solar (PV, thermal, ground mount utility-scale, and C&I rooftop), and waste-to-energy projects. His renewable energy experience has a broad reach, from due diligence of early-stage projects, establishment and structuring of SPVs, advising on EPC/O&M, corporate PPAs, equity funding and project finance, to pre- and post-commissioning exits and acquisitions.

Wynn Pakdeejit Wynn Pakdeejit
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; construction; tax & customs; compliance & anti-corruption; insolvency & debt restructuring
Arkrapol Pichedvanichok Arkrapol Pichedvanichok
Chandler MHM
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate & commercial; inbound investment; joint ventures; M&A
Thanathip Pichedvanichok Thanathip Pichedvanichok
Thanathip & Partners
Key practice areas: M&A; corporate finance; capital markets
Doungporn Prasertsomsuk Doungporn Prasertsomsuk
Allen & Overy
Key practice areas: Capital markets
Pisut Rakwong Pisut Rakwong
Pisut & Partners
Tel: +66 86553 6555
Email:
pisut@pisutandpartners.com
Key practice areas: Capital markets; competition & antitrust; construction; corporate and M&A; dispute resolution; regulatory; labour & employment; restructuring & insolvency
Pisut Rakwong, the founder and managing partner. With an impressive range of expertise, Rakwong’s practice areas include dispute resolution, corporate law, insolvency and restructuring, trade competition, labour and employment matters, insurance, administrative cases, and even white-collar criminal affairs. His wealth of experience extends to Thai court proceedings, as well as arbitrations conducted under the prestigious ICC, THAC and TAI rules.

Rakwong’s legal prowess encompasses a broad spectrum of commercial law, with notable focus on civil fraud, white-collar crime, shareholders’ and joint venture disputes, international trade, and employment matters. He is also renowned for his knack for obtaining emergency and interim injunctions, including the formidable freezing orders. Many of Rakwong’s high-profile cases involve multiple jurisdictions, making him a sought-after expert witness in foreign courts, particularly for multi-jurisdictional claims relating to Thailand.

Rakwong has also earned a spot on the THAC Panels of Arbitrators, specifically recognised as an arbitrator panellist for corporate, international trade, IT, shareholders, and joint venture disputes, as well as the general commercial panel.

Before establishing Pisut & Partners, Rakwong served as the litigation partner at Silk Legal, an esteemed international law firm nestled in the bustling streets of Bangkok. His remarkable ability to attract new business was pivotal to the firm’s success. Prior to that, he excelled as the managing partner of Jus Laws & Consult, an independent Bangkok law firm, where he honed his skills in building a robust litigation department and enhancing overall firm management.

Between 2010 and 2015, Rakwong’s legal prowess reached new heights as the chief litigator at Price Sanond Prabhas & Wynne (formerly known as “Deacons”). He masterfully handled major litigation and arbitration cases while providing invaluable legal counsel across various fields for his esteemed domestic and international corporate clientele.

During his tenure at Rapeepat Public Law Office from 2003 to 2010, Rakwong assumed a partnership role and emerged as a formidable force in civil and commercial disputes within the Thai courts, in addition to skilfully handling a myriad of arbitration matters.

Rakwong’s exceptional legal acumen and unparalleled track record have solidified his reputation as a legal dynamo. At Pisut & Partners, he continues to lead the way, ensuring that clients receive unrivalled representation and unparalleled results.

Andreas Richter Andreas Richter
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
Key practice areas: Compliance; corporate & commercial; inbound investment; joint ventures; M&A
Suraphon Rittipongchusit Suraphon Rittipongchusit
Siam Premier International Law Office
Key practice areas: Commercial litigation & arbitration; insurance; bankruptcy & restructuring
Emi Rowse (Igusa) Emi Rowse (Igusa)
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: Anti-corruption & anti-bribery; arbitration & ADR; labour & employment; litigation; white-collar crime
Satyapon Sachdecha Satyapon Sachdecha
Satyapon & Partners
Key practice areas: Trademark prosecution; patent prosecution; IP enforcement; IP litigation; IP strategy
Mayuree Sapsutthiporn Mayuree Sapsutthiporn
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; corporate governance; inbound investment; joint ventures; M&A
Maythawee Sarathai Maythawee Sarathai
Siam Premier International Law Office
Key practice areas: Foreign Investment; M&A; restructuring; financial services
Shohei Sasaki Shohei Sasaki
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
Key practice areas: Corporate and finance; M&A; global investigation, crisis management and compliance; restructuring and insolvency; dispute resolution
Supattra Sathapornnanon Supattra Sathapornnanon
Chandler MHM
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; environment; infrastructure; power & energy; project finance
Charunun Sathitsuksomboon Charunun Sathitsuksomboon
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust; corporate & commercial; inbound investment; joint ventures; M&A
Jessada Sawatdipong Jessada Sawatdipong
Chandler MHM
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; environment; infrastructure; power & energy; project finance
Troy Schooneman Troy Schooneman
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: M&A; foreign direct investment; real estate, hotel & tourism; project & corporate financing; private equity
Sawanee Sethsathira Sawanee Sethsathira
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; energy, mining & infrastructure; infrastructure; oil, gas & petrochemicals; project finance
Kowit Somwaiya Kowit Somwaiya
Kowit Somwaiya
Tel: +66 2636 0662
Email:
kowit.somwaiya@lawplusltd.com
Key practice areas: IP; corporate and commercial; M&A, labour & employment; banking and debt restructuring; TMT; data privacy; litigation and arbitration
Kowit Somwaiya is the founder and managing partner of LawPlus in Thailand and LawPlus Myanmar in Myanmar. He studied law in Thailand and the USA and has been practising for over 30 years. He worked as the managing partner at the Bangkok office of a leading international law firm before he established LawPlus in 2003 and LawPlus Myanmar in 2013.

He has been ranked and recommended by many global legal profession publications.

Recently the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020-2023 recommended him for corporate, M&A and IP. The Asia IP 2023 named him as one of the 2023 IP Experts in Thailand. The Asia Business Law Journal selected him as one of the A-List Lawyers in Thailand for 2023.

Under his leadership, LawPlus has been ranked and recognised as:

  • “Tier 1 Law Firm” by the Media Law International, 2021-2023
  • “Leading IP Firm in Thailand for Its Expertise in Patent” by the Iam Patent 1000, 2021-2022
  • “Top-Ranked Corporate and M&A and Intellectual Property Firm in Thailand” by the Legal Media 360 2022
  • One of the “Top 10 Patent Firms in Thailand” by the Patent Lawyer Magazine Law Firm Rankings 2023, CTC Legal Media
  • One of the “Top 10 Trademark Firms in Thailand” by the Patent Lawyer Magazine Law Firm Rankings 2023, CTC Legal Media

Kowit used to serve in leadership positions with three IP professional associations:

  • The Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (IPAT): Director 2009-2016, Vice President 2017-2019
  • The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA): Emerging IP Rights Committee Co-Chair 2013-2015, Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2016-2020
  • The International Trademark Association (INTA): Nominating Committee 2022-2023, Data Protection Committee 2022-2023, Digital Transformation Advisory Board 2020-2021, Board of Directors 2018-2020, Asia-Pacific Global Advisory Council Co-Chair 2016-2017, Harmonisation of Trademark Law and Practice Committee Chair 2016-2017, East Asia & Pacific Anti-Counterfeiting Sub-Committee Chair 2014-2015
Audray Souche Audray Souche
DFDL
Key practice areas: Energy, mining & infrastructure; project development; corporate & commercial; M&A
Jirapong Sriwat Jirapong Sriwat
SCL Nishimura & Asahi
Tel: +66 2 168 8224
Email:
j.sriwat@nishimura.com
Key practice areas: Capital markets; joint ventures; M&A; power & energy; private equity, venture capital & funds
Jirapong Sriwat has been recognised as one of Asia’s top 40 outstanding lawyers under the age of 40 by Thomson Reuters (Asian Legal Business) and one of Thailand’s top 100 lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal, based on independent research and nominations from in-house counsel and international firms.

He advises on a wide range of M&A transactions, joint ventures, foreign direct investments, general corporate, international corporate finance and restructurings. His expertise is advising, structuring and leading complex transactions both within and outside of Thailand. He regularly represents, among others, Japanese, Thai and international investors, international investment banks, international private equity investors, hedge funds and international corporations and financial institutions.

His main areas of practice include public and private M&As (takeover rules), legal due diligence, joint ventures, fundraising, listings, block trades, stock exchange and securities exchange-related laws, restructuring of shareholdings and general corporate advice. His additional areas of practice also cover banking and finance, renewable energy in Japan and Thailand, exchange control law, labour law, and debt restructurings. Before setting up the Bangkok office of Nishimura & Asahi in 2013, he worked with Linklaters for nine years.

Sriwat 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 admitted as an arbitrator of the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) and Thailand Arbitration Centre (THAC) with areas of expertise in corporate M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, capital markets, debt restructurings and energy.

Tiziana Sucharitkul Tiziana Sucharitkul
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution & litigation; commercial transactions; M&A; government relations
Say Sujintaya Say Sujintaya
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Trademark; patent; digital media & copyright; enforcement; IP commercial
Kudun Sukhumananda Kudun Sukhumananda
Kudun and Partners
Key practice areas: Capital markets; corporate & commercial; data protection; M&A; power & energy
Apisith John Sutham Apisith John Sutham
Weerawong Chinnavat & Partners
Key practice areas: International trade; trade remedies; customs; trade compliance; trade regulatory (including digital trade)
Wayu Suthisarnsuntorn Wayu Suthisarnsuntorn
Wayu Suthisarnsuntorn
Tel: +66 817517753
Email:
wayu@pisutandpartners.com
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; foreign direct investment regulations; M&A; antitrust; labour & employment
Suthisarnsuntorn is a senior partner and the head of corporate and commercial practice of Pisut & Partners.

Following his graduation from Thammasat University (LLB) in 2006 and Chulalongkorn University (LLM Business Law, International Programme) in 2007, Suthisarnsuntorn started practising law in late 2007 at a boutique commercial law firm in Bangkok. He subsequently joined the then Bangkok office of Deacons in mid-2009 and, through hard work and dedication, he eventually made partner in 2016 at the age of just 31. Suthisarnsuntorn joined Pisut & Partners in 2019 to once again team up with Pisut Rakwong, his former colleague at Deacons who created the new firm in 2016. Since then, Suthisarnsuntorn became a key member of the firm, leading the team and guiding clients through numerous transactions and complicated legal landscape in Thailand.

Over the years, Suthisarnsuntorn has accumulated substantial experience advising multinational and local companies on a wide variety of corporate and commercial issues including foreign direct investment regulations, investment promotion schemes, legal due diligence, M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructuring, hospitality and real estate development, zoning regulations, industrial regulations (factories, warehouses, chemical control, etc), import and export restrictions, labour and employment, cross-border transactions, commercial contracts, project finances, exchange control regulations, government licensing, consumer protection, trade competition (antitrust), anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, corporate governance, data protection, and other regulatory matters. He also from time to time assists clients in their internal compliance investigations and audits by working closely with foreign counsel of the clients as well as their internal legal and compliance departments.

Apart from being included in Asia Business Law Journal’s latest list of Thailand’s top 100 lawyers, Suthisarnsuntorn was also recently recognised by Asian Legal Business of Thomson Reuters as one of Thailand Rising Stars based on demonstrated great potential in the industry and high praise from his clients.

His latest publications and speaking events include:

  • Thailand chapter of “The Foreign Investment Regulation Review (11th Edition)”, 2023
  • Thailand chapter of “Getting the Deal Through: Labour & Employment”, 2023
  • Thailand chapter of “Merger Control Comparative Guide”, 2022
  • Thailand chapter of “Corporate Governance Comparative Guide”, 2022
  • “10 things you might not know about foreign direct investment regulations in Thailand”, 2023
  • “Trade Competition Law in Thailand – Is This The Great Awakening?”, 2023
Ittinant Suwanjutha Ittinant Suwanjutha
IAS Advisory
Key practice areas: Corporate & commercial; joint ventures; M&A; project finance; real estate
Dhiraphol Suwanprateep Dhiraphol Suwanprateep
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: E-commerce; telecommunications law; IP; licensing; franchising
Tanakrit Tangburanakij Tanakrit Tangburanakij
Lexel
Key practice areas: TMT; transactional IP, digital media & entertainment; patent life cycle; healthcare & life sciences; sustainability
Naiyachon Tathong Naiyachon Tathong
JTJB International Lawyers
Key practice areas: Arbitration & ADR; competition & antitrust; labour & employment; litigation; shipping
Paralee Techajongjintana Paralee Techajongjintana
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Consumer goods & retail; dispute resolution; financial institutions; restructuring & insolvency
Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt
TTT and Partners
Key practice areas: Capital markets; competition law; corporate/M&A; TMT
Kobkit Thienpreecha Kobkit Thienpreecha
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Banking and finance; capital markets; competition and trade; compliance and investigation; corporate and M&A
Chinnawat Thongpakdee Chinnawat Thongpakdee
Herbert Smith Freehills
Key practice areas: Dispute resolution; commercial litigation; international arbitration; anti-bribery, anti-corruption & anti-money laundering; fraud & white-collar crime
Thanyaluck Thongrompo Thanyaluck Thongrompo
Thanyaluck Thongrompo
Tel: +66 2 838 1750 ext 1997
Email:
thanyaluck.t@kap.co.th
Key practice areas: Corporate and M&A; real estate; employment; IP
Thongrompo is the head of permits and licensing practice at Kudun and Partners. She has over 20 years of experience in dealing with a vast array of legal issues from both local and international clients. Her expertise includes establishing and registering legal entities, advising on M&A conducting legal due diligence, and dealing with licences, permits and contracts related to Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (“IEAT”) incentives, Board of Investment (“BOI”) incentives, tax exemptions, personal data protection, IP and banking services.

Thongrompo also advises international clients on the foreign ownership structures and restrictions, corporate and commercial matters, employment, visas and work permits, legal aspects of incorporation and dissolution, real estate ownership and possession, reviewing and drafting commercial agreements; and drafting wills and inheritance. She applies her extensive knowledge in advising clients across a variety of sectors, including automotive, telecommunications, petrochemicals, chemical products, pharmaceutical products, agriculture, food and beverage, steelworks and electronics.

Beyond her legal acumen, Thongrompo also possesses extensive mediation experience, particularly in the automotive industry. She has successfully mediated disputes involving diverse issues such as mileage tampering, buybacks, non-standard repairs and compensation claims. Her exceptional ability to foster constructive dialogue and achieve equitable resolutions underscores her proficiency in navigating complex conflicts, consistently upholding the principles of fairness and client satisfaction.

Education Qualifications

  • LLM in International Corporate & Commercial Law (Merit), The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London, UK
  • LLM in International Law, Thammasat University, Thailand
  • LLB in Laws, Thammasat University, Thailand

Professional Qualifications

  • Barrister-at-Law, the Thai Bar Association
  • Lawyer Licence, Lawyer Council of Thailand
  • Notarial Services Attorney, Lawyer Council of Thailand
  • Panel of Arbitrators, Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC)
Joseph Tisuthiwongse Joseph Tisuthiwongse
Chandler MHM
Key practice areas: Banking & finance; M&A; power & energy; project finance; restructuring & insolvency
Suriyong Tungsuwan Suriyong Tungsuwan
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Corporate and commercial; M&A; real estate and property development; labour & employment; executive transfers
Peerapan Tungsuwan Peerapan Tungsuwan
Baker Mckenzie
Key practice areas: Compliance; corporate & commercial; M&A; healthcare & life sciences; sustainability
Melisa Uremovic Melisa Uremovic
Rajah & Tann
Key practice areas: Competition & antitrust; customs & trade
Chavalit Uttasart Chavalit Uttasart
SCL Nishimura & Asahi
Key practice areas: labour & employment; personal data protection; commercial contracts
Darani Vachanavuttivong Darani Vachanavuttivong
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: IP; government relations; regulatory affairs
Surasak Vajasit Surasak Vajasit
Rajah & Tann
Key practice areas: International arbitration; restructuring & insolvency; banking & finance; regulatory
Waranon Vanichprapa Waranon Vanichprapa
DLA Piper
Key practice areas: Financial services; restructuring; finance
Piphob Veraphong Piphob Veraphong
LawAlliance
Key practice areas: Taxation
Pimvimol Vipamaneerut Pimvimol Vipamaneerut
Tilleke & Gibbins
Key practice areas: Employment; transportation & logistics
Warot Wanakankowit Warot Wanakankowit
Warot Wanakankowit
Tel: +66 8 1802 5698
Email:
warot@warotbusinessconsultant.com
Key practice areas: M&A; corporate and commercial transactions; foreign direct investment; tax; labour & employment
Warot Wanakankowit is a founding partner at Warot Advisory Services and Wingman Business Consultants. 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. Wanakankowit has also taken director roles in various companies in order to help set up operations and manage those companies.

Warot Advisory Services 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.

On the other hand, Wingman Business Consultants is one of the best-known law firms in the startup scene in Thailand. It has actively helped and represented both VCs and startups in Thailand for a few years.

Wanakankowit’s recent cases include representation of the most well know company in warehousing business in Thailand in negotiating the built to suit lease agreement with a company in automotive business and representation of group companies operating convenient store business in restructuring the company in preparation for IPO.

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

Prior to founding his own firm, Wanakankowit worked at Weerawing, Chinnvat and Partners (formerly 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. Wanakankowit obtained an LLB degree from Thammasat University, and an LLM degree from King’s College University, in the UK.

Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn Titirat Wattanachewanopakorn
ILCT
Key practice areas: IP
Warathorn Wongsawangsiri Warathorn Wongsawangsiri
Herbert Smith Freehills
Key practice areas: International arbitration; commercial litigation; restructuring, turnaround and insolvency; construction, engineering and infrastructure disputes; anti-corruption, anti-bribery and compliance
Wanchai Yiamsamatha Wanchai Yiamsamatha
LS Horizon
Key practice areas: Administrative and constitutional law, anti-corruption & anti-bribery, compliance, litigation, public law
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