Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn

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Thai, English

Education

LLM, Ramkhamhaeng University

LLB, Thammasat University

Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn is a partner in the dispute resolution group at Tilleke & Gibbins. Known for his attention to detail and ability to distill complex facts into persuasive argument, Kasamesunt has a particularly strong background in resolving customs disputes, as well as extensive experience trying cases before Thailand's Administrative Court. He specializes in complex litigation involving civil disputes, criminal charges, property, transportation and logistics, product liability, and cross-border issues. He is adept at winning both inside and outside of the courtroom, having extensive experience in negotiation and arbitration.

Regarded by his peers as a leading lawyer, Kasamesunt currently serves as a director of the Draft Law Screening Committee at the Lawyers Council of Thailand a committee responsible for reviewing all draft laws before they are passed by the legislature. Kasamesunt is also a member of the Thai Bar Association and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and he has completed the Barrister-at-Law requirements of the Institute of Legal Education, Thai Bar Association.

  • Acted on behalf of several multinational corporations in high-profile criminal customs disputes involving the assessment and calculation of customs duties and penalties. In addition to our representation in active customs investigations and inquiries, our customs experts regularly counsel clients in a variety of compliance and operational matters related to the import and export of goods and services in Thailand.

  • Represented an industry leader in edible coatings. Our client purchased products from a supplier, the quality of which was certified by a third party. Although the third party was dismissed from the case by a lower court, we successfully convinced the Supreme Court to amend the judgment below and hold the third party liable for failing to examine the product.

  • Defended a leading global logistics company in three separate criminal actions brought by the Thai Customs Department with potential fines in excess of USD 15,000,000. After a defense put forth at the prosecutorial review stage, the Public Prosecutor issued non-prosecution orders in favor of our client. These orders have since been confirmed and this case is final.

  • Obtained court approval of bankruptcy claims in  amounts of over THB 75,000,000 (company 1), THB 75,000,000 (company 2), and THB 150,000,000 (company 3). Our representation included submitting the application for debt repayment, providing supplemental explanations and evidence, and proving our clients’ right to the sums.

  • Secured payment on an arbitration award by filing a petition to enforce same and negotiating a prompt and favorable resolution at the first hearing.

  • Represented a client as a joint defendant in a civil lawsuit filed by the owner of adjacent land. The land owner petitioned the court to register a right-of-way across our client’s land to a public road. The trial court rendered judgment in favor of our client and dismissed the land owner’s complaint.

  • Represented a client in a criminal matter regarding forgery. We presented our client’s position and related facts to various governmental authorities. At the end of the government’s investigation, the public prosecutor declined to prosecute our client.

  • Prosecuted a dispute involving breach of contract and property rights. We secured judgment in favor of our client and a permanent injunction against future trespass.

  • Represented a group investing in various high-end villa projects targeting the European market in Hua Hin and Phuket.

  • Prosecuted a criminal claim, along with the public prosecutor, against a group of persons who unlawfully extracted funds from foreign business persons.

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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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September 28, 2016

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Named Law Firm of the Year in Thailand

Placing our firm at the top of the legal market, Tilleke & Gibbins has received the “National Law Firm of the Year – Thailand” award at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016,...

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July 25, 2016

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated in Three Categories

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for the following three awards in the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016: National Law Firm of the Year – Vietnam National Law Firm of the...

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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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July 20, 2015

Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated in Five Categories

The nominees of the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015 have been announced, and Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for awards in the following five categories:...

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January 6, 2017

Foreign Directors and the Criminal Court Summons Process: Bound by Duty

Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn, Michael Ramirez

The criminal summons process can affect a company director for a number of reasons and at virtually any time. For example, a director may be summoned as a witness, as a representative for an accused...

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January 15, 2016

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2016

The Guide to Doing Business in Thailand, published by Tilleke & Gibbins in association with Lex Mundi, provides a comprehensive overview of the legal and business environment for investors...

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November 27, 2015

Constitutionality of Criminal Customs Claims: Challenges in Absence of a Permanent Constitution

Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn, Michael Ramirez

Since 1932, Thailand has had 17 constitutions. During periods of non-elected regime change, usually following military coups, constitutions have been abrogated with interim charters put in place...

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May 15, 2015

Class Actions Arrive in Thailand: Will the Law of Unintended Consequences Prevail?

Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn

In December of this year, amendments to the Civil Procedure Code allowing for class-action lawsuits will come into force. If the effects on the legal systems of other jurisdictions are good...

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April 3, 2015

Effects of a Land and Buildings Tax on Condo Owners

Kasamesunt Teerasitsathaporn

As has been widely reported, the Finance Ministry has proposed a new property tax on land and building owners. However, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has decided to delay the new tax, citing...

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