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 has substantial experience assisting clients on complex disputes in Thailand and Vietnam, including aviation litigation, anti-corruption investigations and compliance, government investigations, business crime, and cross-border disputes. He leads the firm’s aviation disputes practice and co-leads the firm’s regional anti-corruption practice group.

Having lived and worked in Thailand and Vietnam for almost 10 years, 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 certified as an International Compliance and Ethics Professional by the Compliance Certification Board and 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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September 18, 2017

John Frangos Quoted by Airfinance Journal on Government Aviation Order

John Frangos

A recent order by the ruling military government of Thailand to ground international flights operated by 12 airlines was seen by some as a duplication of an order issued by the Civil Aviation...

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August 31, 2017

John Frangos to Speak at JFCCT/NACC Anti-Corruption Seminar

John Frangos

On September 13, 2017, John Frangos, a consultant in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution department, will join a seminar to on the prevention and suppression of corruption, held by the National...

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July 13, 2017

Asialaw Dispute Resolution Awards 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Firm of the Year in Thailand and Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated as National Firm of the Year in both the Thailand and Vietnam categories at the Asialaw Dispute Resolution Awards 2017. In addition, Chusert Supasitthumrong,...

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July 12, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins and PwC to Host Seminar on Forensic Investigation and Asset Recovery

Thawat Damsa-ard, John Frangos

Asset misappropriation remains far and away the most common type of economic crime faced by companies, accounting for 64% of all reported economic crime in statistics revealed by PwC’s Global...

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May 8, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins to Host 2017 SCG Legal International Meeting in Bangkok

David Lyman, Somboon Earterasarun, Michelle Ray-Jones, Suebsiri Taweepon, Michael Ramirez, John Frangos

Tilleke & Gibbins, the only Thailand member of SCG Legal, a legal network comprised of over 148 independent law firms in 82 countries, will be hosting the 2017 SCG Legal International Meeting...

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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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June 6, 2017

BOI Incentives in Thai Aerospace

John Frangos, Napat Siri-armart

The Thai government has identified the aviation industry as a key driver for the country’s economic growth. To spur investment in aerospace manufacturing, the government, through the Board of...

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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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