Legal and accounting network Alliott expands APAC presence

BY Aparna Sai |

Alliott Global Alliance, an international association of law and accounting firms, has increased its presence to 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, following the addition of law firm members in Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Chandler, CC advise on Vietnam’s first certified green loan

BY Aparna Sai |

Thailand’s Chandler MHM has advised Phu Yen TTP Joint Stock Company (Phu Yen JSC) on a $186 million loan to develop and operate a 257MW solar power plant in Hoa Hoi, Phu Yen Province, Vietnam, with Clifford Chance representing the lenders.

A&O advises on the Kingdom of Thailand’s first sustainability bond

BY Aparna Sai |

Magic Circle firm Allen & Overy has advised Bangkok Bank, Bank of Ayudhya and Standard Chartered on the Kingdom of Thailand’s 30-billion-baht ($965 million) dual-tranche sustainability bond issuance.

Virtual Moves

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

With traditional ways of working turned upside down by the global coronavirus pandemic, and meetings largely being moved online, Thailand’s government has issued an emergency decree outlining electronic meeting regulations. While the response so far has been positive, there are a few areas where businesses are awaiting further clarity. 

ALB Conversations: Jessada Sawatdipong, Chandler MHM

BY Aparna Sai |

Jessada Sawatdipong, joint managing partner of Thailand’s Chandler MHM, talks about running a firm with lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures, keeping up with the expectations of clients, and why it’s important to be an employer of choice.  

Former Clyde APAC hospitality head sets up firm in SG, Thailand

BY Aparna Sai |

Benjamin Hirasawa, a former head of the Asia-Pacific hospitality practice at Clyde & Co., has launched a boutique firm with offices in Singapore and Bangkok.

White & Case, HHP, Hiswara feature in $2.3 bln Indonesia-Thailand bank deal

BY Aparna Sai |

White & Case has advised Thailand’s Bangkok Bank on its $2.3 billion acquisition of an 89 percent stake in Indonesia’s PT Bank Permata from Standard Chartered Bank and PT Astra International.

Privacy First

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

In May 2019, Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) officially became law. Echoing General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) somewhat, the PDPA regulates personal data collection, storage and dissemination. But while further regulatory developments are required to ensure the law can be fully implemented, businesses should be seeking out legal help to ensure they are compliant now — and not dragging their heels — say lawyers.

DLA adds partners from Weerawong, Bakers in Bangkok

BY Aparna Sai |

Anglo-American firm DLA Piper has strengthened its Bangkok office with the hire of Waranon Vanichprapa and Samata Masagee as partners from Baker McKenzie and Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, respectively.

Links, Freshies, A&O act on Tesco’s $10.6 bln sale of Thai, Malaysian businesses

BY Aparna Sai |

Linklaters has advised Charoen Pokphand Group on its purchase of British retailer Tesco’s businesses in Thailand and Malaysia for $10.6 billion. Tesco was counselled by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Allen & Overy.

KPMG expands legal offering to Thailand

BY Aparna Sai |

Big Four professional services firm KPMG has launched a legal offering in Thailand, as the firm continues to grow its legal presence in Asia.

Capital Law, Shearman, A&O act on Thailand’s largest IPO to date

BY Aparna Sai |

Shearman & Sterling and Bangkok-based The Capital Law Office have advised Thailand’s Central Retail Corporation (CRC) on its 78.1 billion baht ($2.6 billion) initial public offering, with Allen & Overy advising the joint managers.