John Frangos

Partner and Deputy Director, Dispute Resolution
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JD, New York Law School

MIA, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

BA, Stony Brook University

John Frangos is a partner and deputy director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution group. From the firm’s head office in Bangkok, he assists clients on complex disputes in Southeast Asia, including cross-border commercial litigation, regulatory and corporate investigations, white-collar crime and anti-corruption, aviation disputes, bankruptcy and restructuring litigation, and arbitration. He co-leads the firm’s compliance and investigations practice and leads the firm’s aviation practice.

On the basis of his expertise in the aviation industry, coupled with his exceptional client service, John is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” in the area of transport in the 2020 edition of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific

With many years’ experience in Thailand and Vietnam, John brings strong knowledge of local business practices and customs. He also has a deep understanding of the region’s political and economic landscapes, which shape the legal environment that foreign businesses must navigate.

John’s clients include multinational and regional firms in a wide variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, energy, finance, life sciences, logistics, manufacturing, and technology, among others.

John serves as the Thailand chapter head for the New York State Bar Association and a committee leader for the Aerospace Council of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand. He was previously a commissioner on the Anti-Corruption Commission for the International Chamber of Commerce – Thailand. In that capacity he has assisted the Thai government by providing his expertise and comments on its anti-corruption laws. John has also worked with the Vietnamese government to propose amendments to regulations on aircraft registration and repossession.

He writes and presents regularly on legal issues in Thailand and Vietnam.

John is admitted to the New York bar.

  • Advised a global aircraft leasing company on the successful repossession of a Boeing 737 passenger jet from a Thai airline before the Intellectual Property & International Trade Court in Bangkok and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

  • Advised an American beverage company on an internal anti-corruption investigation in Thailand.

  • Advised a global energy services firm on defending an anti-corruption investigation by the Thai government.   

  • Advised an international e-commerce firm on handling multiple Thai criminal investigations related to alleged regulatory violations.

  • Advised an aircraft manufacturer on a joint venture dispute in Thailand.

  • Assisted a global aircraft leasing company on resolving a lease default dispute with a Thai airline.

  • Advised an Asian regional airline on a complex breach of contract claim against its Thai business partner.

  • Counseled a global aircraft leasing company on the successful repossession of a Boeing 767 passenger jet from a Thai airline before the Intellectual Property & International Trade Court in Bangkok and the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand.

  • Advised a global oil and gas consulting firm on an internal anti-corruption investigation related to attempted bid tampering. 

  • Advised a U.S. educational organization on criminal matters related to fraudulent standardized test taking in Thailand.

  • Assisted a multinational vehicle manufacturer on designing and implementing an anti-corruption compliance program in Thailand.

  • Advised an American precious metals company on all aspects of Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), as well as Thai and Vietnamese anti-corruption compliance in its joint venture transactions and general business dealings in Thailand and Vietnam.

  • Advised an international consulting firm on designing and implementing a corporate compliance program across its Southeast Asia operations.

  • Designed and implemented a special intensive anti-corruption training program for the board of directors of a large Thai company.

  • Advised a major American software company on defending numerous employment termination cases in Thailand resulting from a global merger.

  • Represented multiple aircraft and engine leasing companies on significant damage claims against Thai airlines. 

  • Advised a global automobile manufacturer on a significant customs dispute in Thailand.

  • Advised one of the world’s largest oil field service companies on a full range of labor and employment issues under Thai law.

  • Advised a major international food and beverage company on its internal investigation of an employee’s misappropriation of company assets in Thailand.

  • Advised several global auto makers and auto-parts suppliers on product liability claims in Thailand.

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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 10, 2020

John Frangos Quoted in Industry Update about Thai Airways Rehabilitation

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John Frangos, partner and deputy director of Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution department, was quoted extensively in a recent article on the progress of the ongoing business rehabilitation of...

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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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November 5, 2020

John Frangos Quoted on Aviation Sector Challenges in Vietnam Investment Review

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John Frangos, a partner and the head of Tilleke & Gibbins’ regional aviation practice, was quoted in the October 26-November 1 issue of Vietnam Investment Review in an article on foreign...

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November 4, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins to Collaborate with Clyde & Co for Cross-border Insolvency Webinar

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On November 5, 2020, John Frangos and Thawat Damsa-ard, partners in Tilleke & Gibbins’ dispute resolution and insolvency practices in Thailand, will team up with two key practitioners from Clyde...

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October 27, 2020

Thai Airways Insolvency Proceedings – Creditor Repayment Application Deadline

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Thailand’s Official Receiver recently issued an important announcement relevant to all existing or potential creditors of Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (“Thai Airways...

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September 23, 2020

Bankruptcy Court Approves Business Rehabilitation for Thai Airways

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On September 14, 2020, Thailand’s Central Bankruptcy Court approved Thai Airways to enter into a court-supervised business rehabilitation (restructuring). The airline’s creditors will now be able to...

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September 16, 2020

Amendments to Thailand’s Civil Procedure Code to Allow Civil Mediation before Litigation

Recent amendments to Thailand’s Civil Procedure Code (CPC) will allow parties to submit a matter for court-supervised mediation prior to the actual filing of the case. Encouraging mediation prior to...

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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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June 10, 2020

Bankruptcy Court Accepts Thai Airways’ Business Rehabilitation Petition

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On May 26, 2020, Thai Airways International PCL submitted a petition for business rehabilitation, including a list of creditors, to the Central Bankruptcy Court. The court accepted the petition for...

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