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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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Bangkok

Santhapat Periera

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Bangkok
Vientiane
Yangon

Thomas J. Treutler

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Partner
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City

Saithong Rattana

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Vientiane

David Duncan

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Bangkok

David Beckstead

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Bangkok
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December 12, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has released the 2018 edition of its annual rankings of the leading law firms from 41 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region, in which Tilleke & Gibbins...

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked in Tier 1 in IP, Labor and Employment, Tax, and TMT in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office has been ranked in “Tier 1” for Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Tax, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications in the 2018 edition of The...

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November 30, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Among Top Firms in Cambodia in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

In its first survey of the Cambodian legal market, The Legal 500  has awarded Tilleke & Gibbins a Tier 2 ranking, placing it in the top six firms in the country.

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November 30, 2017

Legal 500 Lauds Tilleke & Gibbins with a Tier 1 Ranking in Laos

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a Tier 1 Leading Firm in Laos—a status only awarded to one other law firm in the country.

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November 29, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Three Asialaw Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has received high accolades for its exceptional regional practice at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards, where it was named Southeast Asia Firm of the...

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May 11, 2011

The Report: Thailand 2011 – Legal Framework

The Report: Thailand 2011, published by Oxford Business Group, provides an in-depth analysis of various sectors of the Thai economy. In the legal section of the publication, Tilleke...

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May 3, 2011

Viewpoint – The Political Scene in Thailand: Pre-Election Observations

David Lyman

In response to regular queries received from our multinational clients, David Lyman, Chairman & Chief Values Officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, has been providing periodic updates on the...

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April 28, 2011

Coping with Expanded Environmental Regulation

David Duncan, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

Last year, around the same time as Thailand’s “Red Shirt” crisis, another crisis was under way. Of course, we are referring to Map Ta Phut, a thoroughly industrialized municipality which became...

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March 11, 2011

PLC Cross-border Doing Business in … Handbook 2011 – Thailand Chapter

Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Siriwan Phentalay, Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

This chapter provides an overview of the legal system and key laws for foreign companies doing business in Thailand. Presented in a question-and-answer format, the chapter examines the rules...

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June 9, 2010

Planning a Renewable Energy Plant

David Duncan

Renewable energy is a major focus of Thailand’s energy policy. The Ministry of Energy has announced a plan which aims to increase the proportion of renewable energy in total consumption to 20.3%...

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