Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

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Office

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, Golden Gate University School of Law

LLB, Thammasat University

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon is a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office. A pragmatic counselor, strong negotiator, and meticulous practitioner, Charunun handles a wide range of commercial transactions and related tasks, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, due diligence, foreign direct investment, cross-border transactions, corporate restructuring, and e-commerce. She also advises on the regulatory regimes surrounding same, including corporate, commercial, and trade competition laws.

She is a member of the Thai Bar Association and is a lawyer licensed with the Lawyers Council of Thailand. Charunun writes and presents on the topic of doing business in Thailand.    

  • Advised a leading global Internet brand and an international video game company on website development, Internet services, and the legal implications of same.

  • Provided all legal advice regarding the sale and transfer of a business unit of a leading company in the HVAC sector.

  • Obtained BOI investment promotion for a leading biotechnology company.

  • Assisted the client in setting up a Thai-US Treaty of Amity company to carry out the first number portability project in Thailand. 

  • Assisted a manufacturer of beverage-filling machines to accomplish the first registration of machinery ownership by a foreign entity with no subsidiary in Thailand. In the past, only registered Thai companies or foreign entities with subsidiaries in Thailand were allowed to register such machinery ownership. The machinery was valued at USD 5,260,000. 

  • Assisted an aerospace and defense company in acquiring a minority shareholding interest in three Thai companies engaged in high-tech products and related services (Deal Value: THB 205,000,000).

  • Represented a major U.S. telecommunications and software vendor in negotiations with five Thai mobile telecom operators to deploy mobile number portability (MNP) in Thailand. We successfully negotiated the deal to full deployment, which included a build operate and agreed optional transfer build out, as well as handled the formation of the client’s Thai subsidiary and associated visa/work permits and required Thai bank guarantees. MNP is now up and available in Thailand.

  • 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.

  • Advised a national oil company in regard to transfer pricing, income tax, VAT implications on the transfer of funds overseas to both related and unrelated parties. The team also provides general ongoing advice on tax mitigation strategies resulting from treaties signed by Thailand and new regulations covering taxes for gas companies in the country.

  • Assisted a worldwide distributor of healthcare products, listed on the NASDAQ, in an acquisition and joint venture with a market-dominant Thai distributor of medical and dental equipment.

  • Represented a leading European security and defense company before and after a joint venture and acquisition of 40% shares in Thailand’s leading supplier of high-tech telecommunication products in a deal worth THB 200 million.

  • Worked with a major law firm in China to represent a Chinese state-owned enterprise in a cross-border acquisition of 20-30% shares in a leading Thai company producing paper pulp and bioelectricity, with capital of approximately THB 2.6 billion.

  • Represented a listed Singaporean company in the hospitality industry in their acquisition of a medium-sized hotel in Thailand valued at approximately THB 600 million. Participated in all stages of the acquisition, from initial due diligence up to the transaction close, and provided guidance on all legal matters concerning local regulations surrounding corporate, property, and labor laws.

  • Worked with a Chinese law firm representing a Chinese state-owned enterprise in setting up a joint venture with a major producer and exporter of cassava starch in Thailand.

  • Represented a U.S. manufacturer and distributor of air conditioners in the setup of a joint venture, with a Thai partner, to acquire an air conditioner manufacturing plant. The team assisted the client in all stages of the transaction from legal due diligence to closing. We also advised on necessary procedural steps and permits required before and after the acquisition.

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May 7, 2014

MLI: Tilleke & Gibbins’ Media Practice Ranked Tier 1 in Thailand

The Tilleke & Gibbins media law practice in Thailand has received a “Tier 1” ranking from Media Law International. The ranking reflects the scope of work recently undertaken by Tilleke &...

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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 18, 2014

Chambers Asia-Pacific: Thailand TMT Practice at Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in “Band 1”

The technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) practice group at Tilleke & Gibbins has been ranked at the top of the Thai market by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014. The publication, which ranks...

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November 5, 2013

Legal 500: Tilleke & Gibbins Receives Tier 1 Ranking for TMT Practice in Thailand

In The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014, Tilleke & Gibbins’ technology, media, and telecommunications group in Thailand has been ranked as a Tier 1 practice. The ranking commentary describes our firm...

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March 1, 2013

Tilleke & Gibbins TMT Team Recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2013

The technology, media, and telecommunications practice at Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized as a regional market leader in the latest edition of Chambers Asia-Pacific. Chambers and Partners’...

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March 20, 2013

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2013

Published by Tilleke & Gibbins in association with Lex Mundi, the Guide to Doing Business in Thailand provides a comprehensive overview of the legal environment for investors entering the Thai...

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September 5, 2012

The Report: Thailand 2012 – Legal Framework

The Report: Thailand 2012, published by Oxford Business Group, provides an in-depth analysis of different sectors of the Thai economy. Tilleke & Gibbins contributed the legal section of the...

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July 11, 2012

Guide to Doing Business in Thailand for Japanese Investors

Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Sriwan Puapondh, Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, Ampolphan Sriduangchan, Kobkit Thienpreecha, Titikaan Ungbhakorn

This Japanese-language Guide to Doing Business in Thailand was prepared by Tilleke & Gibbins in collaboration with Nishimura & Asahi, the Lex Mundi member firm for Japan. Written for...

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June 8, 2012

The Corporate Governance Review – Thailand Chapter

Santhapat Periera, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

The Corporate Governance Review has recently published its second edition covering the field of corporate governance law in 32 different jurisdictions. The Thailand chapter was written by Santhapat...

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April 6, 2012

Critical Considerations for Foreign Investors Doing Business in Thailand

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

Increasingly investors are expanding their businesses to developing countries with a view to reducing costs and selling products in new markets. Thailand is among the most attractive destinations for...

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