Dispute Resolution in Thailand

Going to court can be a lengthy and expensive process. Dispute Resolution allows parties to reach an agreed settlement quickly and cost effectively.

Watson Farley & Williams has a well-established international dispute resolution practice. Its lawyers advise on domestic and cross-border arbitration matters, as well as litigation, including power and energy disputes, and transport mandates.

Watson Farley & Williams

Providing integrated expertise across 19 offices worldwide, Watson Farley & Williams specialises in the energy, transport and infrastructure sectors. Its 650+ lawyers work in teams to provide practical, commercially focussed advice on corporate, finance, disputes, real estate, tax and employment matters.

The firm's shipping practice has a strong reputation for ship financing and leasing work, in addition to debt restructuring and insolvency mandates. Partner George Macheras leads the group, which is lauded for its enforcement of ship mortgages and sanction-related advice.

Other highlights include a stellar dispute resolution department. Construction and energy disputes head Rebecca Williams is a 'fighter that clients want in their corner', while Rob Fidoe handles ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under various rules. The team also includes international trade specialists Ratthakarn Boonnua and Kay Kian Tan. The department also covers high-stakes arbitration for investment banks and insurance claims. The firm is noted for its dedication to client care and investing in its attorneys.

Chandler MHM Limited

Despite being a relatively new alternative, mediation has slowly been gaining ground in Thailand as the benefits of resolving disputes through mediation are widely acknowledged. The mediation system operates independently from the courts and provides a framework for dispute resolution.

In addition, many commercial cases are referred for mediation before being decided by the court. The process is usually faster, cheaper and less hostile than conventional litigation.

In addition, the firm's practice in energy and natural resources draws on a coordinated team of Thai and US lawyers with a strong reputation for advising project owners, sponsors and lenders on a full range of issues. Practice leader Waree Shinsirikul is a noted expert in bankruptcy and rehabilitation proceedings, litigation matters and contentious construction cases. Partner Komson Suntheeraporn handles labour and employment matters, whilst Nathee Silacharoen advises on international trade disputes and domestic and cross-border arbitration cases. The team is rounded out by senior associate Akyn Suttawatanadech who handles real estate-related claims and insurance matters.

Siam Premier International Law Office Limited

Founded in 1990, Siam Premier International Law Office Limited is an independent Thai full service law firm with international capabilities. It advises local and international clients on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions and disputes in Thailand. The firm's practice areas include litigation and dispute resolution, banking, finance and capital markets, insolvency and restructuring, and intellectual property. It also provides legal advisory services on insurance, mining, real property and construction, taxation, projects and energy, and private client matters.

The'strong and experienced' team is jointly led by Kong Suriyamontol, who handles both contentious and non-contentious matters for domestic and international clients, Techatat Udomsiri and Sumit Masrungson. Udomsiri's experience covers major contracts and trade matters, while Masrungson handles employment disputes.

The firm recently advised a UK-headquartered global health insurance company on its THB 17.5 billion 100% share acquisition of a life insurance subsidiary of a SET-listed bank. It also acted for an oil and gas company on its project investments, and assisted a telecommunications group with the sale of its assets.

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited

The team at R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited advises on a range of corporate legal matters in Thailand, from M&A to corporate restructuring. The group regularly handles cross-border transactions and is well placed to leverage its regional network when advising on global deals.

The firm has a solid customs and trade practice led by managing partner and former judge Surasak Vajasit, who advises on a wide range of regulatory issues involving import and export control measures. He has notable experience in representing multinational entities in customs valuation disputes and has handled complex WTO and compliance proceedings.

The practice is also well placed to handle contentious matters, including assisting with investigations by Thai authorities and defending clients in tax litigation. The team is active on high-value inbound and outbound transactions, advising on mergers and acquisitions of both private and public companies. Key clients include Primo World, Leo Global Logistics and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions.

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