Insurance

Featured Publication: Insurance and Reinsurance
Contacts
T: +66 2056 5784
T: +66 2056 5784
T: +84 28 3936 2061
T: +66 2056 5784

T: +66 2056 5784
T: +66 2056 5784

Tilleke & Gibbins offers a leading regional practice in insurance and reinsurance law across Southeast Asia. Our team is unique in being led by local and international practitioners with substantial insurance industry experience and credentials. Through our regular representation of many of the world's largest insurers and reinsurers, our achievements in this area have been recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific, which ranks Tilleke & Gibbins as a leading insurance practice in Thailand, and by AsiaLaw Profiles, which ranks our firm’s insurance practice as “outstanding.” Our insurance services include:

Contentious Non-contentious
• Property, casualty, and financial lines coverage disputes
• Reinsurance litigation and arbitration
• Professional indemnity and D&O defense
• Employer, public, product, and environmental liability
• Aviation, marine, construction, and energy disputes
• Subrogated recoveries
• Mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings
• Online distribution, bancassurance, and broking activities
• Market entry and regional operations
• Regulatory compliance
• Policy wording advice and localization
• Underwriting risk assessment

Our cross-disciplinary team includes local lawyers with an intimate knowledge of domestic laws and procedures, and international practitioners with experience working within global insurance companies in Asia and Europe. Aaron Le Marquer, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins' dispute resolution group, represents insurers and reinsurers in complex coverage disputes across all lines of business, and cross border reinsurance disputes, as well as acting as defense counsel in financial lines, product liability, and other casualty claims. Aaron is qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales, and previously served as Assistant General Counsel for AIG Asia-Pacific in Singapore. Our team for non-contentious insurance work is led by Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh, of counsel in our firm’s corporate and commercial group. Prior to joining Tilleke & Gibbins, Athistha was General Counsel at AIG Thailand, where she oversaw all legal and compliance operations.

Our recent achievements include:

  • Defending a multinational insurer in a coverage dispute arising from a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation of a listed mutual fund and subsequent allegations of liability.

  • Representing international reinsurers in a USD 6 million reinsurance arbitration brought by a local Thai cedant in respect of outstanding losses from the 2011 floods in Thailand.

  • Advising a German insurer on aspects of Thai law related to an automotive product liability claim brought against an insured manufacturer in Germany.

  • Representing international reinsurers in respect of USD 150 million coverage litigation arising out of property damage incurred during the 2010 Bangkok civil unrest.

  • Appointed by a Japanese insurer to defend against product liability claims for allegedly defective airbags brought against its insured in Thailand.

  • Acted for numerous insurers and reinsurers in the defense and settlement of property damage and business interruption claims, valued at over USD 700 million, arising from the 2011 floods in Thailand.

  • Represented international reinsurers in respect of the defense and settlement of a USD 184 million coverage dispute arising from an offshore gas pipeline incident.

  • Defended a global insurance broker against allegations of professional negligence in failing to procure adequate insurance coverage for the operations of a large Thai manufacturing conglomerate.

  • Advised a global specialty insurer on the defense and settlement of medical device and clinical trial liability claims.

  • Advised a number of international brokers on establishment, JV arrangements, and licensing of operations in Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

  • Assisted a multinational American-based insurance corporation on its organizational restructuring and asset acquisition project, valued at THB 3 billion, in Thailand.

  • Advised the Thai subsidiary of a global broker on partnership structures with local and overseas business partners and its insurance-related advisory services in a number of Southeast Asian countries. Provided insurance regulatory advice on the client's commercial arrangements for credit facility business transactions with entities in Myanmar and Singapore.

  • Assisted a British insurance broker in setting up its online insurance products website aggregator in Thailand, including advising on business arrangement structures with the top ten leading motor insurers in the Thai market.

  • Advised a Japanese-based insurance company on the rollout of their new insurance products through both online and traditional distribution channels. Provided legal analysis for end-to-end distribution transactions, as well as associated insurance regulations, electronic transaction laws, online business operator laws, computer crime laws, and anti-money laundering regulations.

  • Advised client on structuring a partnership with one of the biggest e-commerce companies in the Southeast Asian region for exclusive distribution of extended -warranty products for online customers in Thailand.

  • Advised one of the largest property and casualty insurers on a facultative reinsurance placement for a USD 870 million hydroelectric energy project involving parties from Thailand and Laos.

  • Assisted an international insurer on data privacy and outsourcing regulatory requirements to establish a regional data center in Southeast Asia.

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Name Position Office

Aaron Le Marquer

T:+66 2056 5784

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Chinachart Vatanasuchart

T:+66 2056 5688

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut

T:+66 2056 5588

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Santhapat Periera

T:+66 2056 5995

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok
Vientiane
Yangon

Thawat Damsa-ard

T:+66 2056 5500

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Athistha (Nop) Chitranukroh

T:+66 2056 5600

E-mail

Of Counsel
Bangkok

Ittirote Klinboon

T:+66 2056 5798

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok

Kien Trung Trinh

T:+84 24 3772 5567

E-mail

Associate
Hanoi

Kitti Thaisomboon

T:+66 2056 5539

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok

Ratchakrit Roonpho

T:+66 2056 5783

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok
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