Kobkit Thienpreecha, a partner and director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group, has been a leading corporate lawyer with the firm for over a decade. Having been selected as counsel by numerous foreign clients that wish to do business in Thailand—ranging from private entrepreneurs to multinational industrial manufacturers, traders, and service providers from various industries—Kobkit excels at designing targeted, legitimate, and practical solutions for foreign business start-up structures.
Kobkit also specializes in offering diverse legal support services at the highest standard, including company incorporation, joint ventures, M&A, investment promotion, Foreign Business License, capital markets and IPOs, specific business permits and licenses, immigration, regulatory compliance, and all foreign clients’ affairs. With support from his experienced service team, Kobkit continues to overcome challenges and succeed in landmark cases, which further his reputation, attract referrals, and build his incomparable clientele.
Kobkit has received remarkable recognitions by several publishers. He was ranked as a “Recognized Practitioner” in Corporate/M&A practice in the 2019 edition of Chambers, while the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2019 rankings note that clients speak of Kobkit as a “go-to-guy” for corporate and M&A work, and elsewhere in the guide he is identified as a “capital markets specialist.” Kobkit was also ranked as “leading lawyer” in Asialaw Profiles 2019, and as one of the top 100 lawyers in Thailand by Asia Business Law Journal.
Known for delivering sharp and reliable advice, Kobkit’s performance is outstanding and dynamic, as represented by his involvement in IPOs, securities transactions, M&A deals, bids for government projects, joint ventures, shareholders’ disputes, and NGO licenses.
Advised Destination Group Asia, an integrated destination management company operating 33 offices in 11 major countries in Asia, on its acquisition by dnata, which as one of the world’s largest air services providers is based in Dubai as part of the Emirates Group.
Assisted Bottega Veneta, an Italian luxury goods and high fashion brand, with a transaction to buy back two stores in Bangkok from its Thai franchisee, Central Group, which is a USD 9.7 billion Thai retail conglomerate. The acquisition involved setting up a joint venture company to operate Bottega Veneta duty-paid stores in Bangkok.
Assisted AICA Asia Pacific Holding Pte Ltd, a leading manufacturer of high-performance and quality adhesives and surfacing solutions in the Asia Pacific region, as well as the Singapore-based overseas arm of Japanese listed AICA Kogyo, in acquiring a 60% stake in Thai Chemical Corporation Limited, a joint venture between Srifuengfung and Mitsubishi Corporation that manufactures plasticizers and adhesives in Thailand. The deal was worth over THB 670 million (about USD 22.2 million).
Provided regulatory advice on various cross-border transactions with Thai investors to First State Investments, a global asset management firm with more than USD 143.8 billion under management.
Provided regulatory advice on cross-border approaches made to Thai investors, including certain marketing activities, to Merian Global Investors (formerly Old Mutual Global Investors), a global asset management firm with more than USD 44.8 billion under management.
Worked with Simmons & Simmons LLP to advise a major international bank in writing and implementing a set of internal cross-border guidelines for its investment bank business, thus assisting the business in understanding the various licensing and other requirements for offering or providing certain financial products and services to clients in Thailand on a cross-border basis. The scope of guidelines covers a broad range of global banking products, global markets, securities and derivatives, and other services.
Advised Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A., a Spain-authorized bank, in a multi-jurisdictional survey on the legal and regulatory requirements for the offering of certain types of financial derivatives, foreign exchange services, and bonds to the client’s targeted counterparties.
Represented Visa International, one of the world’s leading payment brands and one of the largest payment systems worldwide, on a range of matters, including corporate and regulatory compliance with Thailand’s Payment System Act.
Led the Tilleke & Gibbins team—working in coordination with the German lead counsel (Osborne & Clarke)—in advising Wirecard AG, a German listed electronic payment processing company, on all aspects of the Thailand portion of their purchase of Citibank’s merchant-acquiring business in 11 markets in the Asia Pacific region.
Provided complete legal and tax analysis—including preliminary due diligence and compliance checks, amalgamation, company formation, transfer of license, company secretarial services, and tax advice—to DNV GL Group, the world’s largest classification society, in line with its strategic global reorganization plan.
Provided full professional legal support for incorporation, foreign ownership licenses, architectural licenses, tax advice, and contract reviews to Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, one of the largest architectural firms in the world, in establishing a subsidiary in Thailand to lead the design of the largest private-sector development in Thailand to date.
Assisted Booking.com, one of the world’s leading online hotel booking websites, in setting up wholly-owned subsidiaries in Thailand by securing a foreign business license (the first ever issued for that type of business) and investment promotion privileges from the Board of Investment.
LLM, University of Minnesota School of Law
LLM, American University, Washington College of Law
LLB, Chulalongkorn University
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