John Frangos

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JD, New York Law School

MIA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

BA, Stony Brook University

John Frangos is a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group. He assists clients on complex disputes in Thailand and Vietnam, including aviation litigation, investigations and compliance, business crime, and cross-border disputes. He leads the firm’s aviation disputes practice and co-leads the firm’s anti-corruption practice group.

With over 10 years of experience in Thailand and Vietnam, John brings strong knowledge of local business practices and customs. He also has a deep understanding of the region’s political and economic landscapes which shape the legal environment that foreign investors must navigate.

John serves on the Corporate Responsibility and Anti-Corruption Commission for the International Chamber of Commerce – Thailand. In that capacity he has assisted the Thai government by providing his expertise and comments on draft anti-corruption laws. He is also on the Executive Committee of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Thailand branch. He writes and presents regularly on legal issues in Thailand and Vietnam.

John is admitted to practice law in New York. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

  • Advised a global aircraft leasing company on the successful repossession of a Boeing 737 passenger jet from a Thai airline before the Intellectual Property & International Trade Court in Bangkok and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

  • Assisted a global aircraft leasing company on resolving a lease default dispute with a Thai airline.

  • Advised an Asian regional airline on a complex breach of contract claim against its Thai business partner.

  • Counseled a global aircraft leasing company on the successful repossession of a Boeing 767 passenger jet from a Thai airline before the Intellectual Property & International Trade Court in Bangkok and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

  • Advised an American beverage company on an internal anti-corruption investigation in Thailand.

  • Advised an American precious metals company on all aspects of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as Thai and Vietnamese anti-corruption compliance in its joint venture transactions and general business dealings in Thailand and Vietnam.

  • Advised an international consulting firm on designing and implementing a corporate compliance program across its Southeast Asia operations.

  • Designed and implemented a special intensive anti-corruption training program for the board of directors of a large Thai company.

  • Advised a major American software company on defending numerous employment termination cases in Thailand resulting from a global merger.

  • Advised a global automobile manufacturer on a significant customs dispute in Thailand.

  • Advised one of the world’s largest oil field service companies on a full range of labor and employment issues under Thai law.

  • Advised an international e-commerce firm on handling multiple Thai criminal investigations related to alleged regulatory violations.

  • Advised a major international food and beverage company on its internal investigation of an employee’s misappropriation of company assets in Thailand.

  • Advised several global auto makers and auto-parts suppliers on product liability claims in Thailand.

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January 19, 2018

John Frangos to Present on Aircraft Repossession at Korean Aviation Investors’ Masterclass

John Frangos

John Frangos, a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group, will be speaking on the topic of “Aircraft Repossession Case Study: Understand Jurisdictional Risks to Protect Your...

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December 19, 2017

Airfinance Journal: John Frangos Quoted on Foreign Ownership of Thai Airlines

John Frangos

The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has recently tightened its enforcement of rules regarding foreign ownership of local airlines, requiring all air-operator-certificate-holding entities to...

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December 12, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Top Rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 in Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has been recognized with Band 1 rankings for its Intellectual Property, Insurance, and Technology, Media, and Telecommunications (TMT) practices in Thailand in the 2018 edition...

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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 Legal...

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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 Year...

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November 9, 2017

The Asia Pacific Investigations Review 2018 – Vietnam Chapter

John Frangos

Vietnam continues to see a trend of increasing foreign direct investment. In 2016, foreign investment inflows reached US$15.8 billion—a record level. This figure represents a 9 percent increase from...

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October 2, 2017

Thailand: New Official Guidelines on Anti-Corruption Compliance

John Frangos

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), Thailand’s anti-corruption agency, has issued a new resource document called “Guidelines on Appropriate Internal Control Measures for Juristic Persons...

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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 overview of...

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August 21, 2017

Conducting Successful Corporate Internal Investigations in Southeast Asia

John Frangos

Employees, managers, and the companies they work for sometimes do bad things.   Employees might embezzle money or sell trade secrets to competitors. Executives may authorize a bribe to win...

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August 18, 2017

Aircraft Repossession in Thailand

John Frangos, Nuanchun Somboonvinij

For aircraft leasing companies, having to repossess an aircraft from an airline that misses its rental payments is usually an option of last resort. The repossession process in Thailand can be time-...

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