Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

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F: +66 2056 5678

Practices

Office

Languages

Thai, English

Education

LLM, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

LLB, Thammasat University

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn is a counsel in the Tilleke & Gibbins corporate and commercial group. He specializes in real estate matters (acquisitions, sales, leases, etc.) in Thailand and advises clients on property laws, legal and land due diligence, title searches and transfers, requisite agreements, preparing required documents, and representing clients at the land office to register property rights. Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020  recognizes Chaiwat as a recommended property acquisition expert.

Chaiwat is also heavily involved with M&A matters, for which he regularly leads legal due diligence exercises ahead of major commercial transactions. In addition, he advises clients on establishing and operating a business in Thailand (e.g., limited company, representative office, branch office, foreign business license and foreign business certificate, corporate secretary services, etc.) and on immigration and work permit matters.

He regularly contributes his legal expertise to investment and real estate research projects conducted by the World Bank. 

Chaiwat graduated with a law degree from Thammasat University and obtained a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University. He is a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand and the Thai Bar Association. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Australian-Thai Chambers of Commerce.

  • Assisted a subsidiary of a Korean manufacturing conglomerate in establishing a branch office in Thailand to operate a service business for a project of an international energy company.

  • Assisted a successful Malaysian trading company in establishing a representative office in Thailand to source consumable and non-consumable products, verify the quality of the products, and report to its head office.

  • Assisted a leader in branded lifestyle apparel on all aspects of establishing a Regional Operating Headquarters (ROH) in Thailand, including legal assistance on leasing approximately 1,000 square meters of office space.

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

  • Assisted a medical center with company formation in a short period of time to facilitate the timely commencement of business operations.

  • Helped a global pharmaceutical client close a large commercial deal in Thailand and obtain an Alien Business License in a short period of time in order for the client to commence business operations per the client’s schedule.

  • 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 group of investors in their acquisition of beachfront properties for resort development.

  • Helped a U.S. enterprise that successfully bid for a large IT project to commence and continue operations in Thailand, including securing long-term visas and work permits for a number of IT specialists of various nationalities and providing general legal counsel.

  • Represented a group investing in various high-end villa projects targeting the European market in Hua Hin and Phuket.

  • Assisted a leading Korean cosmetics manufacturer to acquire shares from the Thai majority shareholder in its joint venture company, and eventually restructure and convert it into a wholly owned subsidiary. From reviewing relevant agreements, conducting a full due diligence, and correcting discrepancies found, to post-completion registration, the Tilleke & Gibbins team provided a complete range of services.

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November 13, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Named Thailand Firm of the Year in Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been named Thailand Firm of the Year at the Who’s Who Legal Awards 2020, held on November 12, 2020. Notably, this award marks the fifth consecutive year that Tilleke &...

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November 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Nominated for Three Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated in three firm-wide categories in the Women in Business Law Awards Asia-Pacific 2020. The awards, which are organized each year by Euromoney to recognize firms...

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October 29, 2020

AMCHAM Thailand Recognizes Tilleke & Gibbins at 2020 CSR Excellence Awards

On Tuesday, October 27, Tilleke & Gibbins was singled out for an award for exceptional corporate social responsibility (CSR) work during the past 12 months at the 2020 CSR Excellence Awards, held...

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October 6, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins among Southeast Asia’s Top Corporate Firms in IFLR1000 2021 Rankings

In the recently released IFLR1000  2021 rankings of the world’s best corporate and financial law firms, Tilleke & Gibbins was honored with a record 15 firm-wide rankings across all...

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September 21, 2020

ALB M&A 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Earns Repeat Honors in Thailand and Vietnam Rankings

The Asian Legal Business  (ALB ) 2020 M&A rankings were recently released, and Tilleke & Gibbins has again been recognized for its consistently strong M&A practice across the...

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November 4, 2020

Thailand Prepares to Delist Additional Business Types Restricted by the Foreign Business Act

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

On November 2, 2020, it was widely reported by Thai media that Thailand’s Department of Business Development (DBD) has drafted ministerial regulations that would remove telecommunications, treasury...

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September 16, 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

As the global COVID-19 situation develops, Tilleke & Gibbins is dedicated to ensuring that our clients remain up to date on the most important legal developments in Southeast Asia as they happen...

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September 1, 2020

Thailand Issues Additional Payment Extensions and Assurances Regarding 2020 Land and Building Tax

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

Several Thai government agencies have acted in concert to provide many taxpayers with an additional extension to the deadline for paying the 2020 land and building tax (LBT), and to clarify...

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June 25, 2020

Practical Law: Agricultural Law in Thailand 2020

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, Chanchai Jhongsathit, Michael Ramirez, Salil Siriwat, Siradapat Ratanakorn, Varapa Aurat

Practical Law has published an updated online version of Agricultural Law in Thailand, a Q&A-style guide that provides detailed overviews of the law affecting agribusiness in the country. The...

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June 15, 2020

Thailand Provides Detailed Criteria for Land Use Classification for Tax Purposes

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn, Chanchai Jhongsathit

Two new notifications pertaining to the Land and Building Tax Act B.E. 2562 (2019) were published in the Government Gazette on May 29, 2020, detailing the criteria for classifying property...

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