John King

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JD, University of Minnesota Law School

BA, University of Minnesota

John E. King is a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins. He heads the firm’s Cambodia practice, overseeing operations, managing client relationships, and leading an active intellectual property group in Phnom Penh. He is supported by a strong team of local Khmer advisors and the international expertise of our offices across Southeast Asia to provide advice that is tailored to the franchising, life sciences, and technology sectors. He has been recognized as a “Leading Individual” in Cambodia by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018.

John previously led the firm’s Dispute Resolution Department for several years, and he played a central role in building Tilleke & Gibbins’ Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offices, where he served as managing director from 2007 to 2010.

John is a U.S.-licensed attorney. He has experience representing clients in a full range of commercial disputes encompassing both litigation and arbitration matters, and specializes in international contracts, financial transactions, insurance claims, securities law, bankruptcy and restructuring, logistics, construction and real estate, and white-collar crime.

John is a founding member of the Thailand branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) with high distinction (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif) from the University of Minnesota, and he practiced banking and finance law at Leonard, Street & Deinard, a leading U.S. law firm, prior to joining Tilleke & Gibbins.

  • Represented the supplier of an aviation system against a state enterprise in pre-litigation negotiations pertaining to the breach of a supply contract.

  • Represented a Hong Kong construction conglomerate in a contentious business deal with its Thai joint venture partner, which led to civil lawsuits, cross-border arbitration, and a government investigation into the acts of the JV partner and a related state enterprise.

  • Protected our client’s reputation by preparing a claim against an opposing party for defamation and negotiating a successful settlement of the dispute.

  • Collected electronic evidence of defamatory statements against our client’s business. We filed a civil claim against the opposing party and reached a successful out-of-court settlement.

  • Represented a client in a bankruptcy case. Our representation included providing legal advice, preparing and submitting a petition for an absolute receivership order and the debt repayment application, attending various meetings with the official receiver, and attending court hearings.

  • Prosecuted and defended various complex civil and criminal actions related to breach of contract, wrongful acts, undue enrichment, fraud, and attempted fraud on behalf of our client.

  • Defended clients against criminal charges related to work permit issues, including providing legal advice, assisting clients at inquiry meetings with police officials, attending court hearings, and assisting with the immigration process.

  • Represented a multinational resin manufacturer in civil litigation against its joint venture partner who violated a noncompete agreement by operating a resin business that is in direct competition with the joint venture. The total claim for damages is approximately USD 41 million with a motion to eject the defendant from the joint venture.

  • Represented a multinational software design company on four civil and criminal cases against a former director claiming roughly USD 1 million in damages, alleging that the company falsified the incumbent’s resignation. One case has been ruled in favor of the client and three are pending trial. The dispute began when our client received an arbitral award by a Singaporean court against the former director valued at USD 1.3 million for being in violation of his noncompete agreement.

  • Represented a global manufacturer of in-store refrigerators and cooling devices in an arbitration case against its former distributor claiming USD 25 million in damages on the basis of a failed joint venture arrangement it had been negotiating for eight years. The plaintiff’s claim includes lost profits extending ten years into the future as well as damages relating to the eight years of negotiations.

  • Acted on behalf of a consortium of U.K. reinsurers that provided USD 70 million in political risk insurance to a prominent retail shopping center in Thailand. The plaintiff is claiming payment in damages resulting from an arson attack it suffered during the May 2010 political crisis. The key issue in this case revolves around cause of peril.

  • Advised a multinational insurer on coverage issues in a USD 92 million claim resulting from environmental disasters in Thailand in 2011.

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December 12, 2017

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Recognized in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and Myanmar

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has released the 2018 edition of its annual rankings of the leading law firms from 41 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region, in which Tilleke & Gibbins has once...

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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 30, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Among Top Firms in Cambodia in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

In its first survey of the Cambodian legal market, The Legal 500  has awarded Tilleke & Gibbins a Tier 2 ranking, placing it in the top six firms in the country. The editorial...

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November 30, 2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018: Fourteen Tilleke Attorneys Named as “Leading Individuals”

The 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has named 14 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers from across Southeast Asia as “Leading Individuals.” Ten of the firm's lawyers were recognized in...

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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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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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February 17, 2017

Brand Awareness Training in Cambodia and Thailand

Ploynapa Julagasigorn, Sukontip Jitmongkolthong, John King

Cambodia and Thailand are among the largest markets for counterfeit goods in the ASEAN region. To tackle this problem, it is important to raise awareness about the widespread problems and impacts of...

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November 25, 2016

Qualified Investment Projects in Cambodia

John King, Sophea Sin

Over the past decade, investors have shown a considerable amount of interest in Cambodia. Last year, foreign direct investment in Cambodia was estimated at USD 1.8 billion, or 10 percent of GDP,...

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August 18, 2016

PLC Franchising Global Guide 2016-17 – Cambodia Chapter

John King, Sophea Sin

The 2016-17 edition of Franchising Global Guide, published by Practical Law Company, provides a multijurisdictional overview of franchising law and regulations. John King, partner, and Sophea Sin,...

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July 6, 2016

Update: Cambodian Ministry of Commerce Further Extends Deadline for Mandatory Company Re-registration

In our previous update, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) issued Prakas  (regulations) stipulating that all Cambodian companies that were established before January 4, 2016, must re-register using...

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