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Charuwan Charoonchitsathian

Counsel

Biography

Charuwan Charoonchitsathian is a counsel in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group, where she advises multinational clients on a wide range of legal matters related to their commercial operations in Thailand. She is particularly well regarded for her expertise in telecommunications, fintech, project finance, data protection, business reorganization, corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions, and cross-border transactions with a focus on clients involved in the media, technology, telecommunication and energy sectors.

Charuwan has over a decade of experience advising clients in Thailand, and has previously held senior positions at some of Bangkok’s largest and most well-respected international firms. She holds master’s degrees from prestigious universities in Australia and the UK, is a barrister-at-law certified by the Thai Bar Association, and is a lawyer licensed with the Lawyers Council of Thailand.

Experience

  • Advised the fintech arm of one of Southeast Asia’s 10 unicorn companies on the client’s day-to-day business operations in Thailand assisted with the launch of various new products. Advice has included developing a comprehensive handbook on Thai regulations related to cybersecurity, digital marketing, Thailand’s new PDPA, loans and lending, e-payment systems, and various other topics, as well as advising on nano-finance, personal loans, sale and purchase, regulatory and license issues, and KYC and AML/CFT laws.
  • Advised a global retail giant on regulatory queries and concerns regarding their store value credit systems (which is one of the largest e-wallet pools in Thailand), including consultations with the Bank of Thailand regarding structuring the client’s store value model, advice on requirements under payment systems laws in Thailand, and a number of proposed schemes relating to commercialization of its store value pool.
  • Advised a multinational insurance company headquartered in the Netherlands on the launch and operation of its Insurtech products in Thailand.
  • Advised numerous financial institutions, technology companies, telecommunication companies, and fintech companies on planning and adjusting their data protection policies and business strategies to ensure conformity and compliance with Thailand’s PDPA.
  • Provided tax planning advice for the Singaporean entity of a leading information and communications technology company ahead of a proposed business collaboration with a subsidiary of one of Thailand’s largest mobile phone operators.
  • Advised a major Thai bank on the local regulatory framework applicable to the proposed launch of an online lending platform through its mobile application.
  • Engaged to assist the operator of a blockchain platform that provides loans to customers worldwide in applying for a pico-finance license from the Bank of Thailand.
  • Retained to advise a world-leading tech company on the launch of new products in the Thai market. Advice has included regulatory requirements for a feature that allows users to purchase e-tokens to give to content creators who can then exchange the e-tokens for real money.
  • Acting for an artificial intelligence and robotic technology startup company to advise on a full range of legal matters related to the development of new technologies, including advice on non-disclosure agreements, JV agreements, joint development agreements, IP licensing agreements, and tax issues for shareholder agreements.
  • Retained by a major technology and telecommunications company to advise on a full range of matters in Thailand applicable to the provision of over-the-top (OTT) services. Advice has included regularly advise on OTT regulations, content restrictions, data privacy, licensing agreements, collaboration agreements, production agreements, and tax matters, among others.
  • Assisted a Thai renewable energy company in connection with its investment in solar business in Myanmar.
  • Assisted a client in obtaining all required project licenses, and structuring and executing all required agreements, for a 45 MW wind farm project valued at over THB 1 billion (USD 32 million).
  • Assisted a Thai power plant with submission of its bidding proposal under the SPP Hybrid Firm Program for a 27 MW biomass power plant project.
  • Advised a small power producer (SPP) gas-fired power plant project in Thailand on development of a gas turbine contractual service agreement.
  • Assisted a SET-listed bank on conducting legal due diligence on two very small power producer (VSPP) solar power plants in Chantaburi province and Saraburi province in Thailand.
  • Conducted legal due diligence on a 9.9 MW biomass project in Kanchanaburi province, Thailand, for a commercial bank.
  • Assisted a cogeneration power company with development of the long-term service agreement for a gas turbine generator for a small power producer (SPP) gas-fired power plant project in Thailand.
  • Conducted legal due diligence for a major Thai bank, as the lender, on a small power producer (SPP) project for development of a 122.26 MW combined-cycle cogeneration power plant in Anthong province, Thailand.
  • Advised a SET-listed electricity distribution company in connection with its proposed investment in a rooftop solar company.
  • Advised a publicly listed Thai printing company in connection with its acquisition of the printing business of one of Thailand’s largest media companies.
ABOUT Charuwan

Location

Languages

    Thai

    English

Education

    LLM, University of Nottingham

    LLM, University of Queensland

    LLB, Thammasat University

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