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Overview

Thailand’s largest and most highly regarded independent law firm.

Since 1890, Tilleke & Gibbins’ head office has been located in Bangkok, Thailand’s capital and a regional center of commerce. From our offices in Bangkok, we serve the drivers of the regional economy, from regional operating headquarters to manufacturing conglomerates to new entrants in the Southeast Asian market.

Our Bangkok office offers unparalleled legal representation in the areas of commercial transactions and M&A, corporate services, dispute resolution and litigation, and intellectual property. We are also recognized by independent third parties for excellence in the fields of tax, regulatory affairs, transportation and logistics, technology, and banking and finance.

As a proudly independent regional firm, Tilleke & Gibbins is unique for our dedication to Thailand and Southeast Asia. It’s not just a market, but our home as well. Besides housing one of the best legal libraries in Thailand, our Bangkok office is home to our Museum of Counterfeit Goods, which educates visitors on intellectual property protection and enforcement, and our Textile Collection, which showcases our support for the cultures of the region by bringing together, preserving, and displaying over 2,000 pieces from different regions and ethnic groups in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Experience

  • Successfully represented multiple clients in historic damages award judgements in complex IP litigation cases, including securing three judgments which respectively represent the highest-ever damages awards in Thai legal history for patent, industrial design, and trademark infringement cases—in all three instances beating records that were also previously set by Tilleke & Gibbins.
  • Representing a number of international creditors, including aircraft lessors, global banks, and credit card companies, in the landmark restructuring of national flag carrier, Thai Airways.
  • Acted for a global chemical manufacturing giants on the Indochina elements of a vast global acquisition and USD 1.6 billion asset swap with another leader in the sector, including extensive multijurisdictional due diligence, advice on antitrust and competition law, and advising on a number of post-acquisition matters.
  • Represented a major Thai bank in a multimillion dollar arbitration over delays to the construction of a landmark skyscraper project in Thailand.
    Advising many of the world largest technology companies, insurers, banks and financial services operators, and professional services companies on their compliance with Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act, including carrying out compliance gap analysis, formulating implementation plans, and implementing compliance procedures across their Thai and global operations.
  • Retained by Marsh & McLennan Group to assist with all legal matters in mainland Southeast Asia, including market entry, M&As, joint ventures, business collaborations, insurtech offerings, product launches, cross-border insurance, and corporate secretarial services, among others.
  • Represented a multinational supplier to the petroleum industry in the establishment of their Thailand operations. In establishing their base of operations in Southeast Asia, we developed a flexible approach to provide for continued growth of the business in the region, and to minimize tax exposure for the company.
  • Appointed to manage the full global IP portfolio for Sundaram Clayton, a leading supplier of aluminum and magnesium castings to the automotive industry. Notably, the portfolio includes over 2,000 trademarks and more than 400 patents in 98 countries worldwide.
  • Worked with Thai government authorities to assist in the recovery of over USD 100 million of assets dishonestly expatriated from the country in one of the highest-profile fraud cases in Thai legal history.
  • Defended a leading global logistics company in three separate criminal actions brought by the Thai Customs Department with potential fines in excess of USD 15,000,000. After a defense put forth at the prosecutorial review stage, the Public Prosecutor issued non-prosecution orders in favor of our client. These orders have since been confirmed and this case is final.
  • Helped a manufacturer establish a subsidiary for the purpose of relocating its production facility to Thailand in a Board of Investment promoted investment project with a value of more than THB 100,000,000. We reviewed the joint venture agreement and advised on corporate law, relevant regulations, and necessary permits, before conducted a thorough review of the deposit agreement, land purchase and sale agreement, and utilities service agreement, and representing the client in the completion of the project.
  • 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. We also 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, and we continue to advise the client on mobile virtual network operator regulations and the offering of SMS services.
  • Advised the Thai subsidiary of a major Japanese automaker on a number of claims related to allegedly defective airbags. The claimants argued that they were injured after airbags deployed with excessive force when they were involved in accidents while driving the automaker’s vehicles. The claimants claimed damages and demanded that our client initiated recalls of its vehicles in Thailand. Through our representation, all cases were successfully settled for a nominal amount.

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Bangkok Office

Bangkok Office

Supalai Grand Tower, 26th Floor, 1011 Rama 3 Road, Chongnonsi, Yannawa, Bangkok 10120
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