Surasak Vajasit

With more than 35 years’ experience in the private and public sectors, Surasak Vajasit represents some of Thailand’s largest financial institutions and publicly traded companies in corporate and financing transactions, as well as multinational clients in complex Thai regulatory matters involving customs and anti-corruption proceedings. Drawing upon his previous experience as a judge in Thailand, Surasak’s practice largely focuses on representation in litigation and dispute resolution proceedings, including arbitrations – local and international, as counsel and arbitrator. Surasak recently successfully represented a large Japanese car manufacturing company in Tax Court proceedings involving alleged underpaid duty of THB10 billion.

Firm Overview:

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network of firms and offers the highest standards of legal service by bringing together leading law firms and lawyers in ten regional countries. With a team of nearly 60 lawyers in Bangkok, the firm has the capacity to handle the most intricate regional and cross-border transactions and to provide seamless legal counsel across the region, with access to more than 600 outstanding lawyers across Asia.

Based in Bangkok, R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is well-equipped to work towards giving clients a home advantage wherever they are throughout Asia, using its full-service capabilities and conducting business in ways that only native speakers can. The firm can deliver the most complex advice coherently, ensuring that clients are comfortable in legal and cultural landscapes that may seem unfamiliar.

R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited is headed by the highly respected Surasak Vajasit, who is noted for his ‘rich experience in restructuring matters, as well as corporate and financing transactions’ and ‘his previous experience as a judge’. He is recommended by clients as a ‘knowledgeable and prompt’ counsel, and is ‘respected by peers for his depth of ability’. Surasak is also regularly called upon to represent multinational clients in complex litigation and to act as an arbitrator in international arbitration proceedings.

As part of a truly Asian law firm, R & T Asia (Thailand) Limited ensures that its talent, resources and expertise are truly concentrated in the region, and in this part of the world.

Mark D’Alelio

Legal Asean was founded and is led by Mark D’Alelio.

Mark D’Alelio has over 14+ years of experience in ASEAN and specializes in general corporate and commercial practices, which includes advising on acquisitions and dispositions, commercial contracts, joint ventures, labor law and local regional compliance requirements, real estate guidance for developers and hospitality providers along with his experience in the energy, power, and project financing sectors. Mark has extensive experience handling cross-border transactions in the ASEAN region, including advising and representing major companies and business groups from Singapore, China, and Thailand with foreign direct investment into Myanmar. Mark is a recognized lawyer for his works in Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Mark is a member of the Bar in New York and Massachusetts.

Firm Overview:

The firm was started by Mark D’Alelio with a focus in providing practical and business related legal services to assist clients in navigating through local regulations and practices in ASEAN, with a particular focus in Thailand, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

The firm’s unique selling proposition is we listen to our clients needs and partner with them in their business by administering compelling legal and practical solutions to meet their requirements.

Put simply, we believe there are many ways in acting as a legal adviser, but we feel strongly, that a bigger firm does not necessarily equate to providing a better service or response. We administer our business by putting our clients at the forefront by providing dedicated support with a singular focus in helping our clients meet the requirements of doing business in ASEAN.

That means we provide more for less to our clients.

Vira Kammee

Vira Kammee is a leading litigator with a broad practice encompassing criminal, civil, administrative, bankruptcy and business re-organisation, corporate, banking & finance, as well as real estate development and construction for various corporate clients. Over more than three decades of practice, he has also advocated on matters such as labour, administrative, intellectual property, civil and criminal laws. He appears frequently in the Court of Justice and the Administrative Court as lead counsel, and he has represented many local and foreign institutions in corporate and commercial dispute resolution matters. In addition to practicing law, Vira Kammee has gained considerable experience in teaching law students and supervising lawyers of the firm.

Vira Kammee combines dispute work with advisory work in relation to very complex real estate transactions. Recent experience includes representing a major public rubber company in relation to a marine insurance claim, with the decision going in favour of our client; a litigation case, dealing with a renowned international warehouse company and another big local warehouse company on administrative cases; acquisition of property litigation; litigation in relation to business reorganisation matters in Thailand, which was ongoing for over a decade; civil dispute relating to breach of contract; tortious claims and criminal actions in relation to corporate misconduct; security fraud in dissolving a joint venture; and countless labour disputes. Over the years, Vira Kammee has been regarded as a leading authority in the litigation process, and he has set precedents for matters in The Supreme Court of Thailand.

With vast experience in his field, Vira Kammee is often invited as a speaker at conferences, both in Thailand and abroad, in the areas of business reorganisation relating to cross-border joint venture transactions; compliance with the Foreign Business Act; as well as real estate and dispute resolution. Vira Kammee’s local expertise has contributed greatly to the legal development in the areas of litigation and real estate matters in Thailand over the last three decades.

Career History:

Vira Kammee is a founding partner of SCL Law Group. Prior to the group’s establishment, he was a partner and member of the Litigation & Arbitration Department at International Legal Counsellors Thailand Ltd. (ILCT) (Russin&Vecchi).

Education:

• 1988: Certificate, International and Comparative Law Centre, The Southwest legal Foundation, Dallas, Texas, USA
• 1980: Barrister-at-Law, Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association
• 1979: LLB, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
• 1973: Diploma in Economics, Putney College, London, England, UK

Admissions:

• Thai Bar Association

Publications:

US-China Law Review, subject: REAL ESTATE AND TRANSACTIONS INVOLVING FOREIGN INVESTORS CARRYING OUT REAL ESTATE AND RELATED BUSINESSES IN THAILAND.

Memberships & Associations:

• Lawyers Council of Thailand
• LAWASIA
• Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK
• The Southwestern Legal Foundation
• The American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
• The British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
• Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Sopon Punyaratabandhu

Morison CKS provides audit, accounting, and business advisory services. Our clients are mainly subsidiaries of multinationals in various industries including automotive, foods, IT, retails and services.

Our strength is in high-level advice given to owners and/or top management concerning business acquisition in Thailand, joint venture with local partners, and tax planning on the sale of business.

Education/Training:

M.S. in Accounting, Thammasat University
B.B.A. (Honour) in Accounting, Thammasat University
Corporate Governance for Capital Market Intermediaries (CGI),
Class No.5/2015,The Thai Institute of Directors Association
Fellow Member, The Thai Institute of Directors Association
Role of the Compensation Committee, Class No.2/2007
The Thai Institute of Directors Association
Director Certification Program (DCP), Class No.17/2002
The Thai Institute of Directors Association
Certified Public Accountant

Work Experience:

Asia Plus Group Holdings Public Company Limited
2013 – Present      Chairman of the Risk Management Committee
2010 – Present      Member of the Nomination Committee
2003 – Present      Member of the Remuneration Committee
1999 – Present      Independent Director, Member of the Audit Committee
2016 – Present      Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Position In Non-Listed Companies:

2008 – 2015 Director, Center of Intellectual Property Management
2000 – Apr 201 President & Director, Thai Venture Capital Association
1999 – Present President, Vnet Capital Group

Chinnavat Chinsangaram

Chinnavat Chinsangaram’s principal areas of practice include banking and finance, corporate, real estate, debt restructuring, mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investments, and aviation and maritime law.

He has represented Thai and international clients in numerous acquisitions involving the negotiation and preparation of contracts in diverse commercial contexts both domestically and internationally.

Chinnavat represents banks, financial institutions, and borrowers in major financing and refinancing transactions and advises corporations on service agreements and credit facility matters in project financing transactions.

Before joining Weerawong, Chinnavat & Peangpanor, Chinnavat was a partner of White & Case (Thailand) Limited.

Firm Overview:

Formerly the Bangkok office of White & Case LLP, which first commenced business in Thailand in 1993, WC&P is an independent Thai law firm established on January 1, 2009. We are one of Thailand’s largest independent law firms, with a team of 16 partners and more than 80 lawyers.

Dedicated to helping our Thai and international clients explore the rich business opportunities in Thailand, ASEAN and around the world, we provide sensible, solutions-based advice.

In Myanmar, we have represented clients and worked with government officials since 2010. Our network of local professionals enables us to participate in the rapid evolution of this dynamic business environment and provide innovative solutions for investors from around the world.

We are known for our ability to structure complex transactions, our practical problem-solving skills and our focus on getting the deal done. Our clients include major Thai conglomerates, as well as many of the world’s largest and most influential corporations and financial institutions. We also represent governments and state-owned enterprises, international agencies and a wide variety of investors and commercial enterprises.

We offer advice on a full range of legal issues, including banking and finance, capital markets, corporate commercial, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, arbitration, dispute resolution, private and public debt restructuring, energy, infrastructure and project finance, real estate, licensing and permitting, in-court rehabilitation, bankruptcy and tax. Services are provided in Thai and English.

Our lawyers are known for their service-minded attitude and their unwavering dedication to serving the interests of our clients with a sense of commitment and enthusiasm.

Chatchai Na Chiang Mai

Chatchai Na Chiang Mai is a Thai lawyer specializing in Thailand and International Law. Expert in Litigation regarding International Trade, Wills and Probate, Divorce and other complex Civil and Criminal litigation. Thirty years of experience with international clients and Thai law.

Legal Qualifications:

  • Attorney at Law, Thailand

Education:

  • Bachelor of Law, Thammasat University

Legal Experience & Accomplishments:

Chatchai is a licensed Thai attorney and litigator with over 30 years of experience since receiving an LLB from Thammasat University. He has successfully tried thousands of cases in the Thai courts as well as the court of international trade and intellectual property. Chatchai specializes in personal injury, civil litigation, criminal and administrative law.