Sriwan Puapondh

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F: +66 2056 5678

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Thai, English

Education

LLB, Thammasat University

MBA, Texas A&I University

BBA, Thammasat University

Sriwan Puapondh is an of counsel at Tilleke & Gibbins and, since 1999, has headed the firm’s tax group. She is a highly regarded tax lawyer in Thailand with over 30 years of experience, including with Thailand's Revenue Department (10 years) and with such well-known firms such as General Motors (Thailand) Ltd., SGVN Legal & Tax Consultants Ltd., and Caltex Oil (Thailand) Ltd.

She has extensive experience in international tax planning for cross-border transactions, expatriate tax planning, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.  She is also a frequent speaker at high-level conferences and top universities.

Sriwan is widely regarded as a leading tax practitioner by her clients and independent legal publications, including the past 15 editions of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, and eight editions of Chambers Asia-Pacific.  The Tax Directors Handbook 2011, which named her as one of the top 250 tax lawyers in the world, writes that Sriwan is considered “invaluable in this field.”

  • Advised a global leader in the heavy industries sector on various tax matters related to the supply and installation of a production platform, bridges, and a flare tower in a petroleum concession (total contract price was approximately USD 1,000,000,000).

  • Acted as the exclusive Thai tax advisor to a fully integrated oil and gas corporation on various tax matters, including customs, VAT, and income tax matters and tax planning for the sale and distribution of new petroleum products in Thailand; transfer pricing issues for various sale and service transactions with its parent company; permanent establishment issues related to the sale of goods by its foreign affiliates in Thailand; and the proper structure for capital increase and loan payments to its parent/affiliate.

  • Acted as the exclusive tax advisor for a leading automaker. We advised the client on various tax matters, including tax implications and tax planning for tool sharing and various domestic and cross-border transactions with other company units, tax planning for various business operation and sales promotion plans, transfer pricing issues, and Free Zone implementation. As a result of our advice in these areas, our client was able to realize significant tax savings.

  • Advised a leading international pharmacy-led health and beauty group, which operates more than 3,200 health and beauty retail outlets around the world, on structuring corporate relationships with major department stores in Thailand, transfer pricing issues, and cross-border transactions with other company units abroad.

  • Advised a major bank in the UK, with significant retail and commercial operations in more than 50 countries around the world, on the legal and tax implications of the Long Term Cash Plan, the Private Pension Plan, and the Executive Share Award Scheme for executives who are resident in Thailand. This involved the review of hundreds of documents in relation to these executive plans. We also provide yearly updates on the legal and tax implications of these plans.

  • Acted as the Thai tax advisor to a land-based component of a leading liner shipping company on business structure, tax planning, sale of assets, and transfer pricing issues.

  • Advised one of the world’s top furniture retailers on preferential duty concessions and tax matters related to its franchise business in Thailand and sale transactions between related companies in the group.

  • Advised on a mixed development of an entire island, including land acquisition, development and construction permits, joint venture agreements, financing, customer and supplier contracts, and the legal and tax structure.

  • Represented a multinational supplier and services provider to the petroleum industry in the establishment of their Thailand operations. Our client's goal was to take a regionally flexible approach that would ensure continued growth of the business in the region. We worked closely with our client to develop a strategy allowing for the minimization of tax exposure for the company, while ensuring compliance with applicable employment laws.

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December 12, 2017

Fourteen Tilleke & Gibbins Lawyers Receive Recognition in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 Rankings

Chambers Asia-Pacific  has recognized the following 14 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers and consultants for their impressive legal knowledge and expertise, capabilities, and client-focused services...

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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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November 30, 2017

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018: Fourteen Tilleke Attorneys Named as “Leading Individuals”

The 2018 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific  has named 14 Tilleke & Gibbins lawyers from across Southeast Asia as “Leading Individuals.” Ten of the firm's lawyers were recognized in...

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November 29, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Wins Three Asialaw Firm of the Year Awards

Tilleke & Gibbins has received high accolades for its exceptional regional practice at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards, where it was named Southeast Asia Firm of the Year...

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November 15, 2017

Asialaw Profiles 2018: Tilleke & Gibbins Leads Rankings in Thailand

Regional law firm Tilleke & Gibbins has again distinguished itself as the dominant domestic law firm in Thailand in Asialaw Profiles 2018, a guide to the top domestic and regional firms in the...

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February 1, 2018

International Franchising (Second Edition, Release 6) – Thailand Chapter

Alan Adcock, Sriwan Puapondh

Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins’ active franchising practice have coauthored the Thailand chapter of International Franchising, Second Edition (Release 6), a guide to franchising law and...

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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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January 24, 2017

PLC Doing Business in … Global Guide 2017 – Thailand Chapter

Michael Ramirez, Kasma Visitkitjakarn, Sriwan Puapondh, Darani Vachanavuttivong

The 2017 edition of Doing Business In…, a Q&A-style guide published by Practical Law Company in collaboration with Lex Mundi, presents an overview of recent legal developments affecting doing...

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January 15, 2017

International Franchising (Second Edition, Release 5) – Thailand Chapter

Sriwan Puapondh, Alan Adcock

Sriwan Puapondh, of counsel, and Alan Adcock, partner, of Tilleke & Gibbins have coauthored the Thailand chapter of International Franchising, Second Edition (Release 5, 2016), a guide providing...

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