Weerawat Distapinyo

Attorney-at-Law
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T: +66 2056 5508
F: +66 2056 5678

Practices

Office

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, Queen Mary University

LLB, Thammasat University

Weerawat Distapinyo helps clients enter and excel in the Thailand market. An attorney-at-law with extensive experience in business start-ups, Weerawat collaborates with the Board of Investment (BOI) and the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) to obtain promotional privileges and approval to commence industrial activities. Weerawat also helps clients secure factory licenses, machinery registration, licenses related to hazardous substances, school licenses, and other required government approvals. In connection with these corporate services, Weerawat also resolves issues related to the import and export of goods and tax.

In addition to his corporate practice, Weerawat assists with the establishment of nonprofit entities, including trade associations, Thai foundations, and foreign NGOs. He also represents select individuals in Thai adoptions and nationality procedures.

Weerawat graduated with a law degree from Thammasat University and obtained a master’s degree in taxation from Queen Mary University. He is a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand and the Thai Bar Association.

  • Secured BOI promotional privileges for a leading global distributor to commence operations in Thailand.

  • Advised a client on the applicable laws and procedures for importing fresh fruit into the Kingdom.

  • Liaised with Thai Customs, on behalf of our client, to resolve a charge of a false declaration related to the import of a hazardous substance. We also advised our client on the applicable import laws.

  • Advised a client on the current and proposed laws on surrogacy; our guidance also included information on the current state of and societal considerations pertaining to surrogacy in Thailand.

  • Registered and documented the replacement of the board of directors of a foundation.

  • Represented an international steel producer in combating unfairly priced imports from certain other countries. We assisted in petitioning for an investigation, so as to ultimately assess antidumping duties.  If approved, the measures will result in increased profitability.

  • Represented a multinational corporation in preparing appeal documentation to be submitted to the Thai Customs Department concerning customs tariff codes and rates declared for various types of imported chemical products.

  • Advised a national oil company in regard to transfer pricing, income tax, VAT implications on the transfer of funds overseas to both related and unrelated parties. The team also provides general ongoing advice on tax mitigation strategies resulting from treaties signed by Thailand and new regulations covering taxes for gas companies in the country.

  • Served as tax advisor for a global supplier of automotive parts and electrical power management systems. Our team advised on customs, VAT, income tax, tax planning, restructuring and integration of companies within the group, transfer pricing, dividend, settlement payments, etc.

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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...

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March 10, 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Nominations for Tax Firm of the Year in Myanmar and Thailand in Asia Tax Awards 2017

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated for the International Tax Review’s Asia Tax Awards 2017 in two categories: Myanmar National Tax Firm of the Year Thailand National Tax Firm of the Year...

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January 13, 2017

Chambers Ranks Tilleke Tax Practice at Top of Thai Market

Tilleke & Gibbins’ tax practice group in Thailand has been recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific  with a “Band 1” ranking. In the guide, the group was praised for its international tax...

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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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February 10, 2016

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Tax Team in Thailand Ranked in Top Band by Chambers

For the fourth consecutive year, Chambers Asia-Pacific  has awarded a “Band 1” ranking to Tilleke & Gibbins’ tax practice in Thailand. The rankings are based on factors such as client...

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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 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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September 29, 2015

The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media, and Internet Laws and Regulations 2016 – Thailand Chapter

Weerawat Distapinyo

The ninth edition of The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Telecoms, Media & Internet Laws & Regulations  provides international practitioners and in-house counsel with...

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April 7, 2015

Positively Private: Thailand’s Infrastructure Strategic Plan for 2015–2019

Weerawat Distapinyo

When the Thai government enacted the Private Investments in State Undertakings Act B.E. 2556 (2013) (PISUA)—a new law regulating public-private partnerships (PPPs) that was designed to streamline and...

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