Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

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Thai, English


LLM, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

LLB, Thammasat University

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn is a lawyer in the Tilleke & Gibbins corporate services group. He advises clients who wish to establish and operate a business in Thailand (e.g. limited company, representative office, branch office, alien business license and alien business certificate, corporate secretary services, etc.) and who seek advice on immigration and work permit matters.

Chaiwat also specializes in property acquisition (land, building, and condominium unit) in Thailand by advising clients on property laws, conducting property due diligence and title searches, reviewing any requisite agreements, preparing required documents, and representing clients at the land office to register property rights.

  • Assisted a subsidiary of a Korean manufacturing conglomerate in establishing a branch office in Thailand to operate a service business for a project of an international energy company.

  • Assisted a successful Malaysian trading company in establishing a representative office in Thailand to source consumable and non-consumable products, verify the quality of the products, and report to its head office.

  • Assisted a leader in branded lifestyle apparel on all aspects of establishing a Regional Operating Headquarters (ROH) in Thailand, including legal assistance on leasing approximately 1,000 square meters of office space.

  • Registered and documented the replacement of the board of directors of a foundation.

  • Assisted a medical center with company formation in a short period of time to facilitate the timely commencement of business operations.

  • Helped a global pharmaceutical client close a large commercial deal in Thailand and obtain an Alien Business License in a short period of time in order for the client to commence business operations per the client’s schedule.

  • Advised on a mixed development of an entire island, including land acquisition, development and construction permits, joint venture agreements, financing, customer and supplier contracts, and the legal and tax structure.

  • Represented a group of investors in their acquisition of beachfront properties for resort development.

  • Helped a U.S. enterprise that successfully bid for a large IT project to commence and continue operations in Thailand, including securing long-term visas and work permits for a number of IT specialists of various nationalities and providing general legal counsel.

  • Represented a group investing in various high-end villa projects targeting the European market in Hua Hin and Phuket.

  • Assisted a leading Korean cosmetics manufacturer to acquire shares from the Thai majority shareholder in its joint venture company, and eventually restructure and convert it into a wholly owned subsidiary. From reviewing relevant agreements, conducting a full due diligence, and correcting discrepancies found, to post-completion registration, the Tilleke & Gibbins team provided a complete range of services.

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November 4, 2016

Asialaw Profiles 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads All Firms in Rankings in Thailand

Asialaw Profiles 2017, a guide to the leading domestic and regional firms in the Asia Pacific, has awarded top rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins in Thailand. The rankings, which are determined...

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September 28, 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Domestic Law Firm of the Year at TrustLaw Awards

Based on our “effort and enthusiasm in supporting pro bono clients over the last year,” Tilleke & Gibbins has been named the “2015 Domestic Law Firm of the Year” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards....

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March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural edition of the...

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November 12, 2014

Asialaw Profiles 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand Team “Highly Recommended” in Nine Practice Areas

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of the Thai legal market, Asialaw Profiles 2015  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a “Highly Recommended” firm in nine practice areas. The rankings, which are...

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February 18, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The award was announced at Chambers Asia-Pacific’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony, which was...

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February 27, 2017

PLC Agricultural Law Global Guide 2017 – Thailand Chapter

Salil Siriwat, Siradapat Ratanakorn, Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, Michael Ramirez

The Thailand chapter of Practical Law Company’s recently published Agricultural Law Global Guide  was written by lawyers from Tilleke & Gibbins. The guide provides a comparative overview of...

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January 10, 2017

Getting the Deal Through – Real Estate 2017, Thailand Chapter

Theerapat Sombatsatapornkul, David Beckstead, Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

Theerapat Sombatsatapornkul, David Beckstead, and Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, all members of the Tilleke & Gibbins corporate and commercial team, have co-authored the Thailand chapter for the...

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December 6, 2016

Thailand: New Controls to be Introduced for Residential Building Construction Agreements

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

Effective from January 1, 2017, all contracts to construct residential buildings will be subject to contract control under the Consumer Protection Act B.E. 2522 (1979) and the Royal Decree...

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October 14, 2016

Operating a Hotel Business: New Regulations on Using Certain Types of Building

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

Thailand is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. A vast amount of tourists visit the country every year. And almost all of them have at least one thing in common—they need somewhere...

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January 15, 2016

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2016

The Guide to Doing Business in Thailand, published by Tilleke & Gibbins in association with Lex Mundi, provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and business environment for investors...

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