Santhapat Periera

Partner
Download vCard
T: +66 2056 5995
F: +66 2056 5678

Practices

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).

Date Titlesort icon
January 18, 2018

ALB Insights: Santhapat Periera Quoted on Investment Boom in Laos

Santhapat Periera, Dino Santaniello

ALB Insights has published an article on the legal market in Laos, quoting extensively from Santhapat Periera, a partner in Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group. The article covers a...

Read more

September 19, 2017

ALB M&A Rankings 2017: Tilleke & Gibbins Among Top Regional M&A Practices

Tilleke & Gibbins continue to strengthen its profile as one of the most capable mergers and acquisitions practices in Southeast Asia, and was recently recognized in the Asian Legal Business...

Read more

March 16, 2015

ALB Power List 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins Ranked Among Top Law Firms in Asia

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of Asia’s legal market, Asian Legal Business  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins among the top ten “domestic” law firms in Asia in the inaugural edition of the...

Read more

April 21, 2016

Asia Tax Awards 2016: Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated as Tax Firm of the Year in Asia, Myanmar, and Thailand

The nominations for the International Tax Review’s Asia Tax Awards have been announced, and Tilleke & Gibbins has been shortlisted in three categories: Asia Tax Firm of the Year. This is a...

Read more

November 12, 2014

Asialaw Profiles 2015: Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand Team “Highly Recommended” in Nine Practice Areas

Placing our firm at the pinnacle of the Thai legal market, Asialaw Profiles 2015  has ranked Tilleke & Gibbins as a “Highly Recommended” firm in nine practice areas. The rankings, which are...

Read more

  •   
  • Page :
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Date Titlesort icon
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...

Read more

February 14, 2017

Foreign Direct Investment Guide: A View from the Inside – Thailand Chapter

Santhapat Periera, David Beckstead

Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins have written the Thailand chapter of The Global Legal Post’s Foreign Direct Investment: A View from the Inside, a guide to investment opportunities and decision-...

Read more

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...

Read more

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....

Read more

January 4, 2012

Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in Thailand 2012

This guide provides a detailed overview of doing business in Thailand. Topics covered in the guide include investment, import and export regulations, exchange controls, tax, requirements for...

Read more

  •   
  • Page :
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5