Santhapat Periera

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Offices

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, Boston University

MCL, University of Miami

LLB, Thammasat University

In his multifaceted practice, Santhapat Periera helps clients—whether they are private, quasi-governmental, or governmental financial institutions, international or domestic businesses, or individual investors—capitalize on business opportunities in Asia. He specializes in structuring loan and financial transactions, establishing banks and other financial institutions, negotiating financing for trade and development projects, debt restructuring and business reorganization, mergers and acquisitions, energy and natural resources, and advising on the regulatory aspects of banking, financing, and investment in Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and the Southeast Asia region.

Although based at Tilleke & Gibbins’ Bangkok office, Santhapat’s role is regional and he oversees the firm’s Vientiane office, which has achieved impressive growth under his leadership, earning him recognition as a leading individual in the Laos jurisdiction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  and IFLR 1000.

With more than 25 years’ experience practicing law in emerging jurisdictions, Santhapat’s practice is grounded in Asia but inspired by his international education and professional experience. He received a global legal education from Thammasat University, the University of Miami, Boston University, and Harvard Law School. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Thailand, Santhapat holds a license to practice in Vietnam in the areas of foreign and international laws. Santhapat represents Tilleke & Gibbins in the worldwide legal organizations of Lex Mundi, and the International Bar Association.

A firm believer that, “foreign investors anywhere would prefer to have stable and predictable government policy,” Santhapat has served as an advisor to several committees and subcommittees of the Thai Parliament. Santhapat advocates for increased investment in Thailand as the firm’s representative to various chambers of commerce, including The Thai Chamber of Commerce and Board of Trade of Thailand.

  • Obtained BOI investment promotion for a leading biotechnology company.

  • Assisted an aerospace and defense company to acquire a minority shareholding interest in three Thai companies engaged in high-tech products and related services. (Deal value: THB 205,000,000.)

  • Provided advice related to cross-border electronic payment transactions to a credit card settlement company.

  • 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.

  • Facilitated client growth and increased capital for business operations by converting the client’s business from a private to a public company and listing its securities on the Market for Alternative Investment (MAI) stock exchange.

  • Assisted a leading international bank on amendment agreements to a Term and Revolving Facilities Agreement and an Intercreditor Agreement with a large power cables supplier and manufacturer.

  • Assisted a leading manufacturer of biodegradable tableware in several agreements surrounding an investment by a Thai asset management company. This included a Memorandum of Understanding, a Convertible Debenture Subscription Agreement, a Share Purchase Agreement, a Shareholders Agreement, and the Terms and Conditions of the Convertible Debentures Agreement. The aggregate value of the funding was THB 450 million.

  • Represented a private equity fund controlled by a subsidiary of one of Asia’s largest banking and finance groups. A Share Subscription and Investment Agreement, an Undertaking Agreement, and a Disclosure Letter were prepared for investment into a major rubber company in Thailand.

  • Acted for a large specialty finance company and a privately owned hedge fund sponsor as First and Second Lien Lenders respectively, in a Financing Agreement and a Loan Agreement involving other group companies and their Thai subsidiaries.

  • Represented a leading European security and defense company before and after a joint venture and acquisition of 40 percent shares in Thailand’s leading supplier of high-tech telecommunication products in a deal worth THB 200 million.

  • Represented a major carbon black producer in Japan, also a shareholder in a related Thai based company, in their interest to acquire a controlling position in the Thai entity.

  • Represented a multinational supplier to the petroleum industry in the establishment of their Thailand operations. In establishing their base of operations in Southeast Asia, we developed a flexible approach to provide for continued growth of the business in the region, and to minimize tax exposure for the company.

  • Advised a global supplier in the heavy industries sector on various matters relating to the supply and installation of a production platform, bridges, and a flare tower in development of a petroleum concession, with a focus on tax matters (total contract price was approximately USD 1 billion).

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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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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

Legal 500 Lauds Tilleke & Gibbins with a Tier 1 Ranking in Laos

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a Tier 1 Leading Firm in Laos—a status only awarded to one other law firm in the country. The Legal 500  editorial remarked...

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November 30, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins in Myanmar Ranked Tier 2 for Corporate and M&A by Legal 500

The Tilleke & Gibbins Myanmar practice has been awarded a Tier 2 ranking for Corporate and M&A work in the country by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, a guide to the preeminent firms in the region...

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December 1, 2017

How to Hire and Fire in Laos: A Guide to Lao Labor Law

The enactment of the Labor Law, 2013 (No. 43/NA) in Laos introduced numerous new provisions that are applicable to Lao and foreign employees, as well as NGOs, international organizations, and...

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September 14, 2017

PLC Energy and Natural Resources (Electricity) Global Guide 2017 – Thailand Chapter

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Santhapat Periera

The electricity regulation segment of Practical Law Company’s Energy and Natural Resources Global Guide  provides a Q&A-style overview of power issues and regulations across 23...

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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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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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March 1, 2017

Intellectual Property in Laos: Registration, Protection, Commercialization

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Laos office is pleased to publish a new guide, Intellectual Property in Laos: Registration, Protection, Commercialization, for business operators who are new to the country....

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