Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

Partner and Director, Corporate & Commercial
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T: +66 2653 5533
F: +66 2653 5678

Practices

Office

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, American University, Washington College of Law

LLB, Thammasat University

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn advises domestic and international clients on investing and conducting business in Thailand. Lui is a specialist in compliance and legal requirements in relation to corporate and commercial operations and foreign investment. She advises on investment regulations, ownership structure, necessary and applicable licenses, establishing legal entities (e.g., companies, partnerships, representative offices, branch offices, regional offices, ROHs, IHQs, and ITCs), commercial contracts (e.g., distributorship agreements, purchase and sale agreements, loan agreement, and franchise agreements), licenses and permits (e.g., alien business licenses, import-export licenses, and factory licenses), and immigration and work permit matters.

As the lead advisor to a number of top multinational corporations in Thailand, Lui provides spot-on, timely, and practical counsel. For her excellent client service, she has earned the respect of her corporate and individual clients, as well as numerous accolades such as being named a leading individual in the area of Corporate/M&A by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific every year since 2002.

She is an active member of many professional and business associations, including serving as a director of the Board of Directors of Multilaw, a member of the Recruitment and Appraisal Committee of Multilaw, a Board member of the Thai-Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Thai Institute of Directors. A proponent of foreign investment in the Kingdom, Lui says, “although there have always existed certain laws and regulations to limit foreign ownership in specific activities, the Thai government has generally taken a positive approach toward foreign direct investment."

  • Assisted a U.S. client to structure its subsidiary in order to engage in shrimp and seafood processing in Thailand. Helped the client obtain various licenses from government agencies such as the Department of Internal Trade, Department of Fisheries, Department of Industrial Works, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others.

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

  • Assisted a U.S.-based construction company to expand its business to other jurisdictions in Southeast Asia. Advised on corporate and tax planning to support the company’s global organization structure.

  • Represented a Chinese medical equipment manufacturing company in lengthy negotiations and entering into a JV agreement with a local distributor. With our assistance, the parties successfully registered a JV company with the agreed shareholding structure, capital investment, and management control. In addition, we helped the parties draft a security agreement to fund the JV company and draft a loan of machinery agreement to set the terms and conditions with hospitals and healthcare centers that would loan medical equipment manufactured by our client.

  • Assisted a French client to acquire shares in a local lingerie company which holds land and manufacturing facilities. We planned and restructured ownership and activities of the company including preparing applications to obtain approvals from various government agencies.

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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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December 11, 2013

Asialaw Profiles 2014: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked as a Highly Recommended Firm in Thailand

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Sriwan Puapondh, Jeffrey J. Blatt, Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn, Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Thawat Damsa-ard

Tilleke & Gibbins is a leading law firm in Thailand according to the latest rankings published by Asialaw Profiles 2014. Our firm was described as “highly recommended” in seven practice areas...

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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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November 18, 2015

Asialaw Profiles 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Receives Top Rankings in Four Countries

Asialaw Profiles, a guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading domestic and regional law firms, has released its annual rankings, and Tilleke & Gibbins has received top rankings in Thailand, Vietnam,...

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April 30, 2010

Chambers & Partners Recognizes Firm in Corporate and M&A: Mid-Market

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

On April 30, 2010, Chambers & Partners recognized Tilleke & Gibbins’ expertise in Corporate and M&A: Mid-Market with a Tier 1 ranking in Thailand in Chambers Asia 2010. Chambers &...

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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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September 15, 2015

e-Filing of Audited Financial Statements Becomes Compulsory in 2016

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

On September 4, Thailand’s Department of Business Development (DBD) implemented the “DBD e-filing” system, which is used to file audited financial statements online. The DBD e-filing system entirely...

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January 26, 2007

Implications of Foreign Business Act Amendments

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

On January 9, 2007, the incumbent Cabinet appointed by the Council for National Security approved a bill to amend the Foreign Business Act 1999. The most significant issue was an amendment of the...

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November 24, 2010

Legal Developments of Board Meetings

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn, Kobkit Thienpreecha

Before September 10, 2008, private companies in Thailand had a fair amount of flexibility in holding meetings of the Board of Directors. On that date, however, Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC)...

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January 4, 2012

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2012

This guide provides a detailed overview of doing business in Thailand. Topics covered in the guide include investment, import and export regulations, exchange controls, tax, requirements for...

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