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.

Cannabis Legislation Sets Stage for Budding New Industry in Thailand

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Last year, Thailand made headlines after becoming the first Southeast Asian country to legalise cannabis for medical use and research. And more recently, after amending the 1979 Narcotics Act, the newly elected Thai government declared that developing a medical cannabis industry was a top policy objective.

Regional Powerhouse

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

Backed by a strong baht and loaded with cash, Thai companies have ramped up acquisitions overseas, with neighbouring countries in the ASEAN region offering some of the most attractive targets. And while developing economies such as Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia offer exciting opportunities, those come with challenges as well, lawyers say.

HSF strengthens disputes practice in Bangkok with Weerawong partner

BY Aparna Sai |

Herbert Smith Freehills has hired disputes lawyer Warathorn Wongsawangsiri as a partner in the firm’s Bangkok office from local heavyweight Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners.