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Tilleke & Gibbins helps global leaders and other pioneers in the energy and infrastructure sectors excel in the growing markets of Southeast Asia. We partner with national and multinational clients to ensure appropriate financing, licensing, and ongoing support of major project investments, while assisting with risk management and protection of technological innovation. We also represent the banks and international financial institutions that fund such projects and the contractors that build them.

Our lawyers possess the in-depth knowledge and global perspective necessary to facilitate the movement of capital across borders and the development of projects from planning through execution. We are well positioned to offer expert legal advice on project finance, infrastructure development, joint ventures, contracts, and public-private partnerships. In the energy sector, we act for national and international operators in the petroleum industry, as well as companies focused on new energy technologies and renewables, such as solar power. Our infrastructure experience encompasses large-scale projects including airports, roads, and railways, and we have particular expertise in energy construction. In addition, we have handled a number of technology-centric infrastructure projects.

Our energy and infrastructure practitioners are supported by multidisciplinary teams including experts in finance, commercial transactions and M&A, intellectual property, government relations, anti-corruption, tax, employment, and dispute resolution and litigation.

Our law firm has:

  • Represented a government-owned petroleum company based in the Middle East in the public tender of offshore blocks for oil and gas exploration, including drafting and negotiating Exploration and Production Sharing Agreements.

  • Represented a multinational supplier to the petroleum industry in the establishment of their Thailand operations. In establishing their base of operations in Southeast Asia, we developed a flexible approach to provide for continued growth of the business in the region, and to minimize tax exposure for the company.

  • Advised one of the largest biogas EPC contractors in Thailand on its fuel projects. The client develops, designs, finances, implements, and operates biogas projects, and we act as counsel on the full range of legal matters.

  • Assisted a construction company specializing in wind and photovoltaic power stations to set up their operations in Thailand. Our team advised on BOI approval, including forms of legal entities for the project; relevant tax benefits and ramifications; import duties; customs; employment; licenses for construction and property ownership; government policy; availability of financial facilities; and competition.

  • Advised an engineering, construction, and petrochemical company in its pursuit of a renewable energy opportunity in Thailand. We assisted with land acquisition, contracting, permitting, environmental regulatory matters, financing, and construction contracting.

  • Assisted multinational oil and gas traders with assessing exposure to environmental regulations.

  • Advised a Spanish-German supplier of railstock with respect to government procurement and contracting regulations, and in the development of a tendering and negotiation strategy.

  • Advised a global supplier in the heavy industries sector on various matters relating to the supply and installation of a production platform, bridges, and a flare tower in development of a petroleum concession, with a focus on tax matters (total contract price was approximately USD 1 billion).

  • Assisted an international consultancy providing project management, building surveying, and cost management services for construction and engineering projects in property, regeneration, transport, and industry to establish its regional operations in Southeast Asia.

  • Advised a fully integrated oil and gas conglomerate on various tax matters, arising from the sale and distribution of petroleum products in Thailand, with a focus on tax and corporate restructuring.

  • Assisted a major U.S. oil company in obtaining a license for a 100% foreign-owned enterprise in LPG production in Vietnam.

  • Advised a Hong Kong-based construction company in respect of its work on one of Thailand’s new rail lines.

  • Assisted a major U.S. oil company in negotiations and contracts for a four-party joint venture oil refinery in Vietnam.

  • Represented a major Japanese oil and gas/energy and infrastructure company in joint venture negotiations and licensing of a Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage facility project in Vietnam.

  • Advised a fully integrated oil and gas conglomerate on advertising and marketing activities in Vietnam.

  • Represented a US-based defense contractor in respect of its operations in Thailand to produce carbon nanofiber drones.

  • Represented a module builder in Project Zawtika, a natural gas extraction project off the coast of Myanmar (Burma), in its construction of processing platforms and living quarters. These modules were built at a Thai shipyard and are now in use in the field.

  • Assisted a client in developing a telecommunications tower business in Thailand.

  • Advised, assisted, and acted as legal counsel to a leading defense contractor in connection with its expansion stage in Thailand and the region.

  • Represented an American company in tendering for a project to develop Thailand’s new air traffic control system.

  • Assisted a consortium of banks with carrying out due diligence on one of Thailand’s state enterprises, requesting proposals for financing the deployment of its 3G network.

  • Represented a U.S. defense company in negotiating a contract to develop and deploy radar equipment for use by the Royal Thai Air Force.

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Cynthia M. Pornavalai

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Partner
Bangkok

Santhapat Periera

T:+66 2056 5995

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Partner
Bangkok
Vientiane
Yangon

Thomas J. Treutler

T:+84 24 3772 5633

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Partner
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City

Dat Hoang Truong

T:+84 28 3936 2070

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Of Counsel
Ho Chi Minh City

Saithong Rattana

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Associate
Vientiane

David Duncan

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Consultant
Bangkok

David Beckstead

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Consultant
Bangkok
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July 31, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three TrustLaw Pro Bono Awards

In recognition of Tilleke & Gibbins’ pro bono practice, our firm has been nominated for the following awards at the 2017 TrustLaw Awards:

May 23, 2017

Who’s Who Legal Recognizes Tilleke & Gibbins with 2017 Country Award for Thailand

Tiziana Sucharitkul, Darani Vachanavuttivong

Tilleke & Gibbins has won the 2017 Who’s Who Legal Country Award for Thailand at a ceremony that took place at Plaisterers’ Hall in London on May 15. This is the second year that the Thailand...

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April 12, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Named ALB Employer of Choice 2017

For the fifth year in a row, Tilleke & Gibbins has been named “Employer of Choice” in Thailand in a survey conducted by Asian Legal Business.

The rankings were determined...

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April 12, 2017

ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Nominations in Four Categories

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for two national categories and two regional categories in the Asian Legal Business  Southeast Asia Law Awards 2017. This year’s winners will...

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February 1, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Top Contender for Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for the Thailand Law Firm of the Year Award 2017 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The firm has been nominated for the award six times since 2010, and was...

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September 14, 2017

PLC Energy and Natural Resources (Electricity) Global Guide 2017 – Thailand Chapter

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Santhapat Periera

The electricity regulation segment of Practical Law Company’s Energy and Natural Resources Global Guide  provides a Q&A-style overview of power issues and regulations across...

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September 14, 2017

PLC Energy and Natural Resources (Electricity) Global Guide 2017 – Vietnam Chapter

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

The PLC Energy and Natural Resources Global Guide 2017  provides a comparative high-level overview of energy laws and regulations in multiple jurisdictions around the world,...

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August 31, 2017

Thailand Legal Basics

Thailand Legal Basics, a valuable primer for foreign investors, explores all aspects of living and doing business in Thailand. Written by Tilleke & Gibbins, the book begins with an...

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August 4, 2017

Engineering, Procurement, and Construction: Considerations for Foreign Companies Working on Projects in Thailand

David Beckstead, Passanan Suwannoi

The pace of Thailand’s infrastructure development has continued to grow in the past few years, bringing numerous opportunities for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firms based...

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June 30, 2017

Thailand: Amendments to the Petroleum Act and Petroleum Income Tax Act

David Beckstead

On June 17, 2017, the Petroleum Act (No. 7) B.E. 2560 and the Petroleum Income Tax Act (No. 7) B.E. 2560 were both enacted, amending their predecessor laws. The amendments to both statutes entered...

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