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OVERVIEW

Our property attorneys and advisors spur sustainable and successful growth in the region.

Tilleke & Gibbins provides efficient, cost-effective, business-oriented representation on property transactions. We work with domestic and multinational companies to develop tailored solutions for regional investment and global growth.

In addition to advice on contractual and conveyancing matters, our team provides a holistic approach to property transactions, advising on joint ventures, licensing and permits, zoning, insurance, tax, and, when necessary, dispute resolution and litigation. We are also one of the most trusted authorities on environmental law in the region, helping clients to ensure that their developments are compliant and sustainable.

We help our clients in all industries, from manufacturing to hospitality, capitalize on opportunities for business success in Southeast Asian markets. Whether it’s helping a new joint venture establish a new factory, securing licenses and permits for a developer to start construction of residential or commercial real estate, or advising investors on land deals, Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to be a catalyst for the smart and sustainable development of Southeast Asia.

Case Studies

Experience

  • Advised a major Japanese construction company in a USD 140,000,000 mixed-use office, condominium and serviced apartment project in Hanoi, including all licensing matters, land title issues, zoning variances, land subdivision, joint venture negotiations, corporate governance, and property management regulations.
  • Represented an American global investment bank in a joint investment with an American private equity firm to provide USD 235 million in equity injection and financing to a Thai property developer, to enable the development and completion of a mixed-use 77-storey luxury skyscraper and a nearby retail building in Bangkok’s central business district.
  • Worked with a leading Hong Kong law firm on the Southeast Asian elements of an acquisition of a chain of over 40 hotels, including extensive holdings in emerging markets such as Cambodia, where our team advised on extensive market entry and localization concerns as part of the client’s due diligence.
  • 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.
  • Retained to represent a hospitality and real estate development company on the development, division, and sale of one of the most valuable stretches of beachfront real estate in Thailand, including the division and sale of several parcels of land to hospitality groups, real estate development companies, and medical and retirement facility operators, as well as the construction and operation of the client’s own properties. Every transaction is tailored to maintain the future integrity of the entire beachfront, and interacts with a complex web of interrelated easements and other obligations on each owner.
  • Assisted a property developer backed by Swedish investors in restructuring their corporate structure for an ambitious multimillion-dollar condominium and villa project in Phuket Province.
  • Advised a key client on its various property joint venture projects with a major property group, including financing agreements, project joint venture agreements, and legal and tax structuring of specific condominium projects.
  • Advising a major Thai hospitality developer and operator on its development of a 100 acres golf club and resort city in Thailand, including shops, restaurants, a hospital, a football field, a stadium, and tourism attractions
  • Represented one of the world’s most recognizable fashion and luxury goods retailers in several commercial real estate disputes in Thailand arising from the disputed termination of a 30-year franchisee relationship. This representation includes negotiation and settlement of lease hold and commercial franchisee contracts with both the outgoing franchisee and the incoming franchisee partner, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most successful commercial retailers.
  • Helped a major U.S. hospitality chain to structure, draft, and negotiate management contracts and conduct due diligence for six hotel, resort, and condominium projects in compliance with Vietnamese law, including  land title, zoning issues, complex brand licensing, and various taxation issues.
  • Acted as counsel to the developer of various condominium projects in Pattaya. Our involvement covered all aspects of the condominium project, including legal structuring of investor groups, financing, land acquisition, and contracts.
  • Represented a client as a joint defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by the owner of adjacent land. The land owner petitioned the court to register a right-of-way across our client’s land to a public road. The trial court rendered judgment in favor of our client and dismissed the land owner’s complaint.
  • Assisted an international investor with all legal aspects of a land deal, including corporate structure, contract negotiation, and transfer of property. The investor secured ownership of over 20 individual plots of prime beachfront property, which allowed for the eventual establishment of a high-end resort project valued at over THB 1,500,000,000.
  • Restructured the complete set of home loan documents for a global financial institution. The documentation set includes the facility agreement, mortgage agreement, and tripartite agreements between the bank, borrowers, and real estate developers.

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