David Beckstead

Consultant
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Office

Languages

English, Japanese, French

Education

LLM, McGill University

BCL/LLB, McGill University

LLB, Kobe University

David Beckstead is a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group. With an emphasis on asset-based finance and project finance, David’s practice is focused on representing both lenders and borrowers in cross-border lending in the oil and gas, mining, telecommunications, and manufacturing sectors. David has also advised on numerous complex commercial transactions such as cross-border M&As, loan portfolio acquisitions, and joint ventures.

Through his professional experience in multiple Asian jurisdictions, David is adept at utilizing both traditional and unconventional legal tools to protect his clients’ interests. He actively promotes investment and trade in Thailand, including through his role as a Board Member of the Thai-Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CANCHAM).

David obtained a law degree at Kobe University in Japan. He completed a joint common law and civil law degree at McGill University in Canada, where he also received his master’s degree. Having studied law and lived in Japan for more than five years, David is able to write and speak fluently in Japanese. He is also fluent in French. David is a licensed attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Advised a major international commercial bank on the extension of a dual tranche secured oil import and working capital refinancing facility valued at USD 28 million. Devised a security package which included both movable and immovable pledges, warehouse receipts, and security assignments, to optimize protection of the client’s investment.

  • Advised an international commodity trading firm in the sale of its loan portfolio to local buyers and distributors worth USD 21 million. Worked closely with the client’s project counsel to structure a sale and purchase agreement, an umbrella transfer agreement, and other transfer documents.

  • Provided advice to a coal mining company on the content and form of a pre-mining agreement required to be concluded with governmental authorities prior to issuance of a mining license. Working closely with local counsel, the content of the pre-mining agreement was negotiated and agreed to with the relevant government authority.

  • Represented an international lending institution on its acquisition of a loan portfolio consisting of loans made to borrowers operating in the mining, petroleum, and manufacturing sectors. Conducted due diligence on relevant transaction documents while highlighting relevant pitfalls in loan structures.

  • Advised a foreign investment bank on the extension of a buyer credit facility worth USD 23 million to a local telecommunications service provider. Drafted relevant security documents, including pledge and assignment agreements, and advised on regulatory matters related to importing and exporting telecommunications equipment.

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November 4, 2016

Asialaw Profiles 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads All Firms in Rankings in Thailand

Asialaw Profiles 2017, a guide to the leading domestic and regional firms in the Asia Pacific, has awarded top rankings to Tilleke & Gibbins in Thailand. The rankings, which are determined...

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June 21, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Firms in Thailand in IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins has been placed among the top firms in the legal market in IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2016. This year’s edition of the guide ranked Tilleke & Gibbins in “Tier 2”...

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September 28, 2015

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Domestic Law Firm of the Year at TrustLaw Awards

Based on our “effort and enthusiasm in supporting pro bono clients over the last year,” Tilleke & Gibbins has been named the “2015 Domestic Law Firm of the Year” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards....

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June 19, 2015

IFLR 1000 Energy and Infrastructure 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked as a Top Firm in Thailand

Placing our firm among the top practices in the Thai market, IFLR 1000  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins in “Tier 2” for our energy and infrastructure work in Thailand. The rankings are based on...

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March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural edition of the...

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May 5, 2017

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2017

As part of its membership in Lex Mundi, Tilleke & Gibbins has published an updated edition of its Guide to Doing Business in Thailand for 2017.This guide offers a broad introduction to all of the...

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April 28, 2017

Seven Things to Look for in Your Private Power Purchase Agreement

David Beckstead

As the costs of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels decrease, new business opportunities are emerging. In addition to the traditional model of independent power producers establishing large-scale power...

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March 8, 2017

Thailand: New SEC Notifications Provide Clarity on Investor Categories and Regulatory Requirements for Investment Advisory Services

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, David Beckstead, Nutavit Sirikan

Since the beginning of this year, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been actively reforming its regulations in response to the changing landscape and development of the country’s...

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February 14, 2017

Foreign Direct Investment Guide: A View from the Inside – Thailand Chapter

Santhapat Periera, David Beckstead

Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins have written the Thailand chapter of The Global Legal Post’s Foreign Direct Investment: A View from the Inside, a guide to investment opportunities and decision-...

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January 10, 2017

Getting the Deal Through – Real Estate 2017, Thailand Chapter

Theerapat Sombatsatapornkul, David Beckstead, Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

Theerapat Sombatsatapornkul, David Beckstead, and Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, all members of the Tilleke & Gibbins corporate and commercial team, have co-authored the Thailand chapter for the...

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