Kobkit Thienpreecha

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Office

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, University of Minnesota School of Law

LLM, American University, Washington College of Law

LLB, Chulalongkorn University

Kobkit Thienpreecha, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office, has been a leading corporate lawyer with the firm for over a decade. Having been selected as counsel by numerous foreign clients that wish to do business in Thailand—ranging from private entrepreneurs to multinational industrial manufacturers, traders, and service providers from various industries—Kobkit excels at designing the right, legitimate, and practical solution for foreign business start-up structures.

Kobkit also specializes in offering diverse legal support services at the highest standard, including company incorporation, joint ventures, M&A, investment promotion, Foreign Business License, capital markets and IPOs, specific business permits and licenses, immigration, regulatory compliance, and all foreign clients’ affairs. With support from his experienced service team, Kobkit continues to overcome challenges and succeed in landmark cases, which further his reputation, attract referrals, and build his incomparable clientele. Known for delivering sharp and reliable advice, Kobkit’s performance is outstanding and dynamic, as represented by his involvement in IPOs, securities transactions, M&A deals, bids for government projects, joint ventures, shareholders’ disputes, and NGO licenses.

  • Represented the world’s leading car seat maker in critical negotiations with the Board of Investment (BOI) on potential revocation of all benefits and privileges, which could have led to damages of over USD 20,000,000. In addition to our overwhelming victory at the BOI, we successfully obtained several Alien Business Licenses, which will allow the clients’ subsidiaries in Thailand to provide service to affiliates in the region.

  • Represented a leading electronic toll collection system provider as its sole legal counsel since the commencement of its operations in Thailand in 2006. In this capacity, we have assisted our client in bidding for government contracts, obtaining BOI promotion, and all other compliance matters.

  • Selected from several candidate law firms to assist a reputable Thai manufacturer in the IPO process, including preparation, conversion to public company, SEC filing, and SET listing. Several years after the IPO, the company has greatly prospered such that the owner has become one of the ten richest persons in Thailand. We are proud to continue representing this client.

  • Acted as the contributor from Thailand to a global survey and the development of a platform for marketing foreign securities and disclosure requirements, coordinated by a leading law firm in the U.K. We provided extensive analysis, including original and in-depth research on the securities laws of Thailand pertaining to the offering of foreign funds. The survey summary was made available online to subscribers, which consisted of fund managers, securities companies, banks, insurance firms, and other financial institutions from all over the world.

  • Helped a client resume company operations by resolving corporate matters and litigation impeding the commencement of business.

  • Secured an Alien Business License for the world’s leading online booking website, which was a first and landmark achievement in this industry. Despite the fact that the governing authorities normally reserve all tourism operations for Thai nationals, we succeeded in convincing these decision makers of the great value that this business would add to Thailand and its economy. We coordinated and secured the approval of each authority and, ultimately, obtained the Alien Business License for our client.

  • Provided assistance in a full range of corporate matters and foreign business issues for a global healthcare and well-being retailer chain.

  • Represented the world’s leading manufacturer of lingerie and swimsuits by providing advice and assistance for a broad range of corporate and foreign business matters.

  • Represented a renowned Italian luxury fashion brand for its corporate matters in Thailand.

  • Assisted an iconic British luxury brand with foreign investment issues.

  • Helped an Australian fashion brand to restructure its Thai subsidiary company and assisted with a full range of corporate services.

  • Provided consultation on general corporate matters and securities laws and regulations for the world’s leading aircraft and automotive tire manufacturer.

  • Represented a U.S. private equity firm in opening a branch of a foreign securities firm and applying for approval from the Thai Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Helped a Phuket-based hotel to resolve a shareholder dispute.

  • Provided advice on corporate stake holding and disclosure rules to an offshore investment vehicle of the Singaporean government.

  • Assisted the world’s leading LPG gas valve manufacturer in the buyout of its Thai partner and application for Board of Investment privileges.

  • Assisted a Chinese state-owned telecom operator in establishing a wholly owned subsidiary in Thailand for consultation and technical support to mobile phone companies, as well as BOI application.

  • Worked with a leading military and defense subcontractor to restructure its subsidiary company in Thailand and submit a BOI application for a project related to the Royal Thai Navy and Air Force.

  • Represented a leading semiconductor manufacturer in its corporate dissolution in Thailand.

  • Assisted a leading motor oil producer in divesting its interests in two local companies.

  • Represented Thailand’s largest biogas producer in resolving a shareholder dispute and providing corporate services for affiliated companies.

  • Assisted a worldwide information technology company in selling a stake in its local subsidiary to a Thai partner.

  • Acted on behalf of a diversified manufacturer of engineered products and specialty systems to acquire a plastic bag factory in Thailand and incorporate a wholly owned subsidiary.

  • Assisted in an acquisition and corporate restructuring for one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics, and metals.

  • Helped in the acquisition of beachfront land in Phuket for a Kazakhstan-based property developer.

  • Provided assistance to a logistics company in the establishment of a distribution center in the Eastern Seaboard, as well as a BOI application.

  • Represented a Thai manufacturer of lingerie and swimsuits in its conversion to a public company limited, its IPO, and its listing on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

  • Established a local entity, regional office, representative office, or branch office for the following companies, among others:

    • An engineering, procurement, and construction service company from India (2011)
    • America’s leading business and financial news company (2011)
    • A renowned e-commerce website engaged in global expansion (2011)
    • A Japanese manufacturer of environmental and industrial machinery (2011)
    • The world’s leading waterjet cutting machine manufacturer (2011)
    • A multilevel marketing company selling healthcare and nutritional foods from the United States (2011)
    • The world’s number one mobile and internet supply chain manager (2011)
    • The world’s leading cargo handling machine producer (2010)
    • A U.S. clinical trial services company (2010)
    • A leading agrochemical manufacturer from Denmark (2009)
    • A mobile phone software solution from Singapore (2009)
    • A Singaporean building system integration company (2009)
    • A freight forwarder from Italy (2008)
    • An India-based automotive parts manufacturer (2008)
    • An automotive and household appliance conglomerate (2008)
    • A major software developer (2008)
    • The top online travel booking service company in Japan (2008)
    • A global law firm specializing in customs matters (2007)
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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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August 18, 2016

Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2016: Twelve Tilleke & Gibbins Attorneys Recognized

In this year’s edition of Asialaw Leading Lawyers, a guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading practitioners, 12 lawyers at Tilleke & Gibbins were recognized for their outstanding capabilities. The...

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April 20, 2016

Lex Mundi Webinar: Liberalization of ASEAN Capital Markets

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Vinh Quoc Nguyen

Kobkit Thienpreecha, partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office, and Vinh Quoc Nguyen, senior associate in the firm’s Ho Chi Minh City office, will present at a webinar on “Liberalization of...

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March 16, 2016

Training Course: ASEAN Business and Investment Law

Nandana Indananda, Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Kobkit Thienpreecha

Three Tilleke & Gibbins partners have been invited to lecture at the “ASEAN Business and Investment Law Training Course,” hosted by the Law and Development Research Center, Faculty of Law,...

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November 18, 2015

Asialaw Profiles 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Receives Top Rankings in Four Countries

Asialaw Profiles, a guide to the Asia-Pacific’s leading domestic and regional law firms, has released its annual rankings, and Tilleke & Gibbins has received top rankings in Thailand, Vietnam,...

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July 11, 2017

Thailand: New Obligations for Employers and Employees under Reformed Law on Foreign Workers

Kobkit Thienpreecha

In order to resolve the issue of illegal foreign workers in Thailand, and regulate those who hire them or help to bring them into the country, the government has urgently promulgated a new law,...

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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 20, 2016

Lex Mundi Guide: ASEAN Regulations for Cross-Border Security Offerings

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Vinh Quoc Nguyen

The ASEAN Regulations for Cross-Border Security Offerings guide, published by Lex Mundi, provides an overview of the regulations applicable to cross-border offerings of securities within ASEAN member...

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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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March 9, 2015

Infrastructure Trusts: The New Face of Infrastructure Funds

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Napat Siri-armart

From the time the Royal Thai Armed Forces launched a coup d’état in May 2014 and Thailand’s reinstated military government embarked on an ambitious program to invigorate the country’s economy,...

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