Government Relations

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T: +66 2056 5871
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T: +84 24 3772 5633
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T: +66 2056 5995
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For clients across industries, our Government Relations team serves as an advocate, a coalition builder, a negotiator, and an ally.

Our group includes top practitioners in a number of tightly regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, banking and finance, and telecommunications. We help our clients focus their relationship-building efforts on the key government agencies and personnel responsible for their industry. Utilizing targeted strategies, we promote regulatory landscapes that produce tangible business benefits.

Our team has strong relationships with leaders who shape policy and its enforcement, from public servants in diverse roles and at all levels to influential members of society. But we bring more to the table than governmental goodwill; we bring our strengths in identifying common goals and coalition building. We are, at the same time, grassroots campaigners and high-level strategists. We create and maintain advantageous alliances for our clients with governmental agencies, independent organizations, competitors, and/or other interested parties. In collaboration with other stakeholders, we influence government policy.     

We offer the following examples of our government relations activities and capabilities. Tilleke & Gibbins has:

  • Represented a leading producer of smartphones as its "point of contact" with all government authorities, which involved crafting an overall government relations strategy, establishing and cultivating relationships with officials, responding to government investigations, monitoring potential policy and regulatory developments, and seeking legislative and regulatory change on our client’s behalf. We have also structured appropriate and effective solutions to the business and legal challenges faced by our client.

  • Planned and executed a defensive strategy on behalf of a group of global pharmaceutical companies in response to the imposition of compulsory licenses on patented medications by the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Public Health.

  • Conducted Thai Customs Department and Police training for numerous clients across a range of industries including auto parts, fashion, tobacco, spirits, software, and others. We use such events as an opportunity to share international best practices, specific product training, and develop relationships with key Customs officials as well as local officers.

  • Advised a U.S. transportation company on their dealings with the Royal Thai Army during the course of a government procurement contract.

  • Advised a pharmaceutical client on various IP issues, such as product liability, government advocacy on new regulations, compulsory licenses, new laws (Patent Act, Drug Act), and trademark registration.

  • Liaised with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) on behalf of our client, an operator of a social-media website, to ensure compliance with the Computer Crime Act and, as a result, successfully prevented the website from being banned by the MICT.

  • Advised a leader in wireless technology on government authorities related to the telecommunications industry.

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Name Position Office

Alan Adcock

T:+66 2056 5871

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Darani Vachanavuttivong

T:+66 2056 5888

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok
Vientiane
Yangon

David Lyman

T:+66 2056 5597

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Thawat Damsa-ard

T:+66 2056 5500

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Thomas J. Treutler

T:+84 24 3772 5633

E-mail

Partner
Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh City

Tiziana Sucharitkul

T:+66 2056 5777

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

T:+84 28 3936 2061

E-mail

Partner
Ho Chi Minh City

Charoen Kanthawongs

T:+66 2056 5594

E-mail

Of Counsel
Bangkok

Jeffrey J. Blatt

T:+66 2056 5644

E-mail

Of Counsel
Bangkok

Wiramrudee (Pink) Mokkhavesa

T:+66 2056 5873

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok
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January 12, 2018

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Nomination for Thailand Law Firm of the Year

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated as Thailand Law Firm of the Year in the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018. The firm has earned nominations for the award seven times since 2010, and...

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Two Tilleke & Gibbins Team Members Recognized in Who’s Who Legal Data 2018

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The debut edition of Who’s Who Legal Data  has recognized two members of Tilleke & Gibbins’ technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) practice as experts in the...

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Tilleke Promotes Four New Partners in Thailand and Vietnam

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Thomas Treutler to Speak on Foreign Investment Challenges in Vietnam

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On December 7, Thomas J. Treutler, partner and managing director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ Vietnam offices, will speak on the development of IT and digital technology in Vietnam at a workshop on “...

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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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May 14, 2015

Foreign Drug Company and Local Distributor Relationships in Vietnamese Public Drug Procurement

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Vietnam’s Drug Distribution Policy

Under its WTO commitments, Vietnam agreed to allow foreign-invested entities (FIEs) to conduct distribution services (i.e., commission...

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March 26, 2015

Regulatory Impingement of Intellectual Property Rights in Thailand

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There have recently been a number of troubling developments in tobacco and alcohol legislation and regulation in Thailand that encroach upon intellectual property (IP). Other highly regulated...

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January 27, 2015

Investor–State Arbitration in the ASEAN Economic Community

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The free flow of investment is a key component of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Higher levels of investment between ASEAN member states will increase the likelihood of disputes arising...

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Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of the Guide to Doing Business in Thailand. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the legal...

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PLC Doing Business In … Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2015 – Thailand Chapter

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Practical Law Company, in association with Lex Mundi, has published the latest edition of its Q&A guides to doing business worldwide. The Thailand chapter, authored by Tilleke & Gibbins...

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