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 1, 2009

Banks Require Customers to Stop Affixing Company Seals on Checks

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Santhapat Periera

Beginning in February 2010, Thai banks will no longer accept company seals, embossed seals, or colored seals on checks. As a result, the binding authority combined with company seal, embossed seal,...

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February 27, 2012

Corporate and Commercial Practice in Thailand Awarded Tier 1 Ranking in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012

Chambers and Partners, a leading publisher of guides on lawyers and law firms, has ranked the Tilleke & Gibbins Corporate and Commercial practice in the top tier in Thailand in its Corporate/M...

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December 6, 2012

Tilleke & Gibbins Tops Asialaw Profiles Rankings for Thailand

Tilleke & Gibbins has the greatest breadth of expertise of any domestic law firm in Thailand, according to a recently released publication. In the Thailand research for Asialaw Profiles 2013,...

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February 18, 2014

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2014 by Chambers Asia-Pacific. The award was announced at Chambers Asia-Pacific’s annual Awards for Excellence ceremony, which was...

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February 18, 2014

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2014: Tilleke & Gibbins’ Insurance Practice in Thailand Receives “Band 1” Ranking

Distinguished industry publication Chambers Asia-Pacific has released its new rankings for 2014, and Tilleke & Gibbins’ insurance practice in Thailand has been placed in “Band 1.” The rankings...

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August 10, 2007

Living Wills Offer Patients a Choice and Are Now Enshrined in Thai Law

Santhapat Periera

Imagine yourself standing silently with your relatives in a hospital's ICU, staring at the still figure of a loved one lying helplessly in bed. At that moment, your greatest wish is for that loved...

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November 16, 2007

Opening of a Bank Account in Thailand by Non-Residents

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, Santhapat Periera

Subject to the conditions prescribed by the Bank of Thailand, non-residents are generally allowed to open and maintain both Thai baht and foreign currency accounts with certain authorized agents in...

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October 23, 2009

Commercial Collateral: A Boost for the Thai Economy

Santhapat Periera

In the near future, businesses in Thailand may be endowed with a new tool which could help enhance their access to financial resources—arguably one of the most important resources to survive and...

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May 11, 2011

The Report: Thailand 2011 – Legal Framework

The Report: Thailand 2011, published by Oxford Business Group, provides an in-depth analysis of various sectors of the Thai economy. In the legal section of the publication, Tilleke & Gibbins...

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December 14, 2011

Thailand Legal Basics: Bankruptcy and Restructuring

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Santhapat Periera

In 1998, Parliament approved the first amendment to the 1940 Bankruptcy Act in 15 years, and further amendments were made in both 1999 and 2000. These amendments reduce the bankruptcy period from ten...

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