Insurance

Tilleke & Gibbins offers a leading regional practice in insurance and reinsurance law across Southeast Asia. Our team is unique in being led by local and international practitioners with substantial insurance industry experience and credentials. Through our regular representation of many of the world's largest insurers and reinsurers, our achievements in this area have been recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific, which ranks Tilleke & Gibbins as a leading insurance practice in Thailand, and by AsiaLaw Profiles, which ranks our firm’s insurance practice as “outstanding.” Our insurance services include:

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• Property, casualty, and financial lines coverage disputes
• Reinsurance litigation and arbitration
• Professional indemnity and D&O defense
• Employer, public, product, and environmental liability
• Aviation, marine, construction, and energy disputes
• Subrogated recoveries
• Mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings
• Online distribution, bancassurance, and broking activities
• Market entry and regional operations
• Regulatory compliance
• Policy wording advice and localization
• Underwriting risk assessment

Our cross-disciplinary team includes local lawyers with an intimate knowledge of domestic laws and procedures, and international practitioners with experience working within global insurance companies in Asia and Europe. Our regional team is led by Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh, a partner based in our Bangkok office. Prior to joining Tilleke & Gibbins, Athistha was General Counsel at AIG Thailand, and prior to that was a Regional Counsel at AIG Asia Pacific, based in Singapore.

Our recent achievements include:

  • Defending a multinational insurer in a coverage dispute arising from a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of a listed mutual fund and subsequent allegations of liability.

  • Representing international reinsurers in a USD 6 million reinsurance arbitration brought by a local Thai cedant in respect of outstanding losses from the 2011 floods in Thailand.

  • Advising a German insurer on aspects of Thai law related to an automotive product liability claim brought against an insured manufacturer in Germany.

  • Representing international reinsurers in respect of USD 150 million coverage litigation arising out of property damage incurred during the 2010 Bangkok civil unrest.

  • Appointed by a Japanese insurer to defend against product liability claims for allegedly defective airbags brought against its insured in Thailand.

  • Acted for numerous insurers and reinsurers in the defense and settlement of property damage and business interruption claims, valued at over USD 700 million, arising from the 2011 floods in Thailand.

  • Represented international reinsurers in respect of the defense and settlement of a USD 184 million coverage dispute arising from an offshore gas pipeline incident.

  • Defended a global insurance broker against allegations of professional negligence in failing to procure adequate insurance coverage for the operations of a large Thai manufacturing conglomerate.

  • Advised a global specialty insurer on the defense and settlement of medical device and clinical trial liability claims.

  • Advised a number of international brokers on establishment, JV arrangements, and licensing of operations in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Assisted a multinational American-based insurance corporation on its organizational restructuring and asset acquisition project, valued at THB 3 billion, in Thailand.

  • Advised the Thai subsidiary of a global broker on partnership structures with local and overseas business partners and its insurance-related advisory services in a number of Southeast Asian countries. Provided insurance regulatory advice on the client's commercial arrangements for credit facility business transactions with entities in Myanmar and Singapore.

  • Assisted a British insurance broker in setting up its online insurance products website aggregator in Thailand, including advising on business arrangement structures with the top ten leading motor insurers in the Thai market.

  • Advised a Japanese-based insurance company on the rollout of their new insurance products through both online and traditional distribution channels. Provided legal analysis for end-to-end distribution transactions, as well as associated insurance regulations, electronic transaction laws, online business operator laws, computer crime laws, and anti-money laundering regulations.

  • Advised client on structuring a partnership with one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the Southeast Asian region for exclusive distribution of extended -warranty products for online customers in Thailand.

  • Advised one of the largest property and casualty insurers on a facultative reinsurance placement for a USD 870 million hydroelectric energy project involving parties from Thailand and Laos.

  • Assisted an international insurer on data privacy and outsourcing regulatory requirements to establish a regional data center in Southeast Asia.

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Dutsadee Dutsadeepanich

T:+66 2056 5810

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Associate
Bangkok

Ukrit Petpichetchian

T:+66 2056 5786

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Associate
Bangkok

Jidapa Srisummacheep

T:+66 2056 5792

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Associate
Bangkok

Nuanchun Somboonvinij

T:+66 2056 5800

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Associate
Bangkok

Thammapas Chanpanich

T:+66 2056 5561

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Associate
Bangkok

Kitti Thaisomboon

T:+66 2056 5539

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Associate
Bangkok

Sarawut Khongman

T:+66 2056 5803

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Associate
Bangkok

Eric M. Meyer

T:+66 2056 5797

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Consultant
Bangkok

David Mol

T:+855 23 964 210

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Consultant
Phnom Penh

Sappaya Surakitjakorn

T:+66 2056 5535

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Consultant
Bangkok
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September 17, 2019

21 Tilleke & Gibbins Professionals Ranked in Asialaw Profiles 2020

An impressive 21 Tilleke & Gibbins practitioners are listed in the 2020 edition of Asialaw Profiles , a highly regarded guide to leading law firms and legal practitioners in the...

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September 18, 2014

Aaron Le Marquer and Michael Turnbull to Participate in Discussion on Dispute Resolution at Lex Mundi/Steptoe & Johnson LLP Conference

Aaron Le Marquer, Consultant, and Michael Turnbull, Of Counsel, in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Dispute Resolution and Litigation group, will participate as a panelist and a moderator, respectively, in...

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October 18, 2016

Aaron Le Marquer Discusses Insurance Regulatory Environment with EAIC Today

EAIC Today  and Intelligent Insurer  have published an article featuring an interview about the evolving regulatory environment in Thailand with Aaron Le Marquer, a...

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May 17, 2016

Aaron Le Marquer Named in Who’s Who Legal Insurance & Reinsurance 2016

The 13th edition of Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance  has named Aaron Le Marquer, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins who leads the firm’s regional insurance practice, as...

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May 23, 2018

Aaron Le Marquer Recognized as a Leading Insurance Practitioner by Who's Who Legal

Aaron Le Marquer, partner and deputy director of Tilleke & Gibbins' dispute resolution group, has been named as one of...

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January 3, 2019

Myanmar Opens Insurance Industry to Foreign Companies

Yuwadee Thean-ngarm, Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh

On January 2, 2019, Myanmar's Ministry of Planning and Finance issued an announcement inviting local and foreign insurers to submit their Expressions of Interest (EOIs) and/or Requests for...

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August 10, 2016

Vietnam: Key Changes to Reinsurance Business

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

On July 1, 2016, the Vietnam government enacted with immediate effect Decree No. 73/2016/ND-CP guiding the Law on Insurance Business 2000, as amended in 2010 (Decree 73). Decree 73 replaces Decree...

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May 25, 2020

Amended Law on Insurance in Laos

Saithong Rattana, Sappaya Surakitjakorn, Dino Santaniello

The newly amended Law on Insurance was published in the Electronic Official Gazette on March 30, 2020, and has been in effect since April 15. Existing insurers are allowed...

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April 16, 2009

Bangkok Report – The Songkran (Thai New Year) Skirmish of 2009

David Lyman

This open letter from David Lyman to the clients of Tilleke & Gibbins addresses the events that unfolded in April 2009, when political demonstrations—sometimes violent—took place in Bangkok...

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September 26, 2008

Business Method Patents for Life Insurance

Since ideas, concepts, processes, or solutions to design new life insurance products are patentable business methods in other countries, it is therefore surprising that life insurance companies in...

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