Varapa Aurat

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T: +66 2056 5508
F: +66 2056 5678

Practices

Office

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, Chulalongkorn University

LLB, Thammasat University

Varapa Aurat is a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial department and head of the firm's tax practice. Specializing in a full range of tax advisory and compliance services, she regularly advises both domestic and multinational companies operating in various industries on corporate tax, personal tax, international tax, transfer pricing, tax due diligence, M&As, and process improvement, among other things. She also assists clients in dealing with the Thai tax authorities during tax audits, tax refund requests, and in seeking elimination of double taxation under the DTA Mutual Agreement Procedure.

Prior to joining the firm, Varapa was a tax manager at a global accounting firm, where she gained extensive experience assisting clients with corporate tax matters and represented clients in dealings with the Thai Revenue Department. She graduated with an LL.B. from Thammasat University and an LL.M. in Business Law from Chulalongkorn University, and is fluent in Thai and English.

  • Assisted a client in performing a full scope tax due diligence on a target company in Thailand as part of an M&A project. Through the due diligence, we found that the target was exposed to several high-risk tax issues—information which was then used by the client to negotiate favorable acquisition methods and cost.

  • Represented a multinational engineering and construction service provider through a DTA Mutual Agreement Procedure between the Revenue Department of Thailand and the tax authorities of another country. Based on our representation, the client was able to eliminate double taxation on an income of over USD 50 million.

  • Performed a tax health checkup for a leading manufacturer of industrial aluminum products, which allowed the client to improve and align the workflow process among numerous internal departments and close gaps that exposed the client to significant tax risks.

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November 13, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Firm of the Year in Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020, held on November 12, 2020. Notably, this award marks the fifth consecutive year that Tilleke &...

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November 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated in three firm-wide categories in the Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020. The awards, which are organized each year by Euromoney to recognize firms...

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October 29, 2020

AMCHAM Thailand Recognizes Tilleke & Gibbins at 2020 CSR Excellence Awards

On Tuesday, October 27, Tilleke & Gibbins was singled out for an award for exceptional corporate social responsibility (CSR) work during the past 12 months at the 2020 CSR Excellence Awards, held...

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October 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins among Southeast Asia’s Top Corporate Firms in IFLR1000 2021 Rankings

In the recently released IFLR1000  2021 rankings of the world’s best corporate and financial law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins was honored with a record 15 firm-wide rankings across all...

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September 21, 2020

ALB M&A 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Repeat Honors in Thailand and Vietnam Rankings

The Asian Legal Business  (ALB ) 2020 M&A rankings were recently released, and Tilleke & Gibbins has again been recognized for its consistently strong M&A practice across the...

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September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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September 1, 2020

Thailand Officially Promulgates and Clarifies Previously Announced Tax Relief Measures

Varapa Aurat, Kobkit Thienpreecha

The Thai government’s various COVID-19-related tax relief measures—most of which were approved by the cabinet in March of this year—have been formally promulgated and clarified in a series of royal...

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August 21, 2020

Thailand Officially Promulgates and Clarifies Previously Announced Tax Relief Measures

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Varapa Aurat

The Thai government’s various COVID-19-related tax relief measures—most of which were approved by the cabinet in March of this year—have now been formally promulgated and clarified in a series of...

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July 17, 2020

Practical Law: Digital Business in Thailand 2020

Lawyers from Tilleke & Gibbins have contributed to the new online edition of Digital Business in Thailand: Overview, a Q&A-style guide from Thomson Reuters Practical Law that provides...

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July 3, 2020

Thailand Moves to Apply VAT to Foreign Digital Services

Natthanit Mallikamal, Varapa Aurat

The rise of global digital economies has introduced uncertainties and exposed many loopholes in our existing tax system, with the most significant issues being the difficulties in collecting tax from...

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