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Real Estate — Thailand


Baker McKenzie - Real Estate Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Extensive real estate bench with significant local and international capabilities. Especially acts for leading Thai property developers on significant projects, including acquisitions and financings of hotels, office buildings and condominiums. Provides extensive expertise on land law issues, as well as REITs and infrastructure funds.

Strengths The firm's business-minded approach attracts client praise. Interviewees report that its lawyers are "very detailed," adding that "they not only help on legal drafting, but are also commercially savvy."

Further impressed sources admire the firm's breadth, reporting: "They are friendly and flexible with clients, and are capable of providing a full range of services under one firm."

Work highlights Acted for NYE Estate on a THB1.6 billion joint venture with Minor Group, to redevelop the Sriboonruang Building into a mixed-use commercial area.

Advised Pruksa Real Estate on its THB56 billion reorganisation, achieved via a share swap transaction.

Notable practitioners

Sorachon Boonsong presides over many of Thailand's leading real estate transactions, especially concerning hotels, resorts and REITs. Clients consider him to be "very commercial, reasonable and smart," with the ability to "decipher issues and problems." He played a key role in assisting City Development with the THB4.8 billion sale of Exchange Tower to TPRIME REIT.

Wittaya Luengsukcharoen has extensive expertise in handling real estate developments for leading Thai clients, including inbound and outbound projects. He wins client praise as "an experienced real estate lawyer who is practical and flexible." He advised Singha Property Development on three projects – the ESSE Asoke condominium, the ESSE Asoke at Singha Complex and Singha Complex developments – including assistance with land use laws and construction contracts.

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DLA Piper (Thailand) Ltd - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Broad real estate offering covering acquisitions and disposals, planning and land use, and financing, as well as corporate and tax matters. Frequently advises on key hotel and residential developments, as well as real estate and construction litigation on behalf of property developers and hoteliers. It assists both domestic and international clients on projects in Thailand and regionally.

Strengths Satisfied clients describe the firm's service as "professional and efficient," noting that "its legal arguments are particularly impressive."

Additional clients commend the team's proactive approach, reporting that "they are very independent and reliable" in their work.

Work highlights Representing Tropicana in an acquisition of land in Thailand for development of a hotel and resort, including due diligence and preparing all relevant agreements.

Assisted Henxing Property with a 100% share acquisition of NT Group Property, which owns an apartment building in Sukhumvit, Bangkok.

Notable practitioners

Dusadee Jittasaiyapan maintains an accomplished real estate offering, including expertise in acquisitions, leasing deals and construction contracts linked to commercial and industrial projects. He wins strong market respect, with clients describing him as "a very capable and knowledgeable lawyer."

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LS Horizon Limited - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-respected practice recognised for its broad experience in real estate development and property acquisition. Repeatedly acts for prominent hospitality and fund management companies on the provision of hotel management agreements. Also provides expertise on office, shopping centre and residential developments.

Work highlights Acted for Ret-Ser Thai International on the THB402 million sale of land at Rama 9-Ramkhamhaeng Junction in Bangkok.

Advised Thai-Yazaki Electric Wire on regulatory issues linked to its electric wire and cable manufacturing operations, including expansion of its existing facilities.

Notable practitioners

Sunpasiri Sunpa-a-sa is the main point of contact for clients.

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Siam Premier International - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly regarded team advising on key real estate mandates throughout Thailand. Regularly mandated by investors and property developers on acquisitions and leasing agreements, especially concerning hotel, residential and retail developments. Provides extensive advice on land development and zoning issues.

Strengths Clients commend the firm's detail-oriented approach, enthusing: "We are impressed by their dedication and professional service. They are very thorough, always provide valuable advice and are good negotiators."

Impressed market commentators highlight the team's business-oriented approach, noting that its lawyers "understand the key points, are commercial and are keen to get deals done."

Work highlights Advised Show DC Corp on financing, contracts and land acquisition related to its USD300 million development of a retail and entertainment complex in Bangkok.

Acted for Mitsui Fudosan Residential on due diligence for its THB8.4 billion investment in 11 condominium projects in Bangkok, in conjunction with business partner Ananda Development.

Notable practitioners

Chatchavej Chitvarakorn earns strong praise from clients as "a highly competent lawyer with strong negotiation skills, who always gives valuable advice and provides a prompt response." He regularly assists hotel owners and property developers with hospitality projects and land use issues. He advised NYE Estate on its formation of a joint venture towards the development of a THB16 billion mixed-use real estate project in Bangkok.

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Our real estate practice has focused on the land acquisition in Bangkok’s CBD and land acquisition for  infrastructure development in the industrial estates and the EEC.

Our recent work highlights include:

  • Represented Power Line Engineering PLC in the end-to-end acquisition of Soho Building for the value of THB 2.1 billion.
  • Represented Keppel Land in the joint venture with KPN Land PLC for two condominium projects in Bangkok with the value of THB 7 billion.
  • Represented GC Estate Company Limited, a company from PTTGC vision on its expansion, in its potential acquisition of land in industrial estate with the value of THB 7.2 billion.
  • Represented Hilton in the arrangement of premium hotel membership and its potential engagement for hotel management of 6 hotels in prime tourist area including Phuket, Samui, Pattaya.
  • Represented to Mitsui Fudosan Residential since its first investment in Thailand in 2013 through joint ventures with Ananda Development PLC for the construction of 26 condominium projects. The estimated total value for all the projects is more than THB 20 billion.

Our client entrusts us and is confident with our detailed due diligence and strong negotiation and contract drafting. For instance, Minor International PLC who has confronted us as the counter party has now engaged us in several on-going deals this year. Further, we maintain strong relationship with our existing clients such as NYE Estate Co., Ltd.,  PTT Exploration and Production PLC, PTT Global Capital PLC.

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Weerawong C&P - Real Estate Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-established practice, regularly advising prominent Thai real estate developers and financial institutions across a range of mandates. Adept in handling the acquisition and financing of hotel, industrial, retail and mixed-use developments, as well as planning and construction-related regulatory issues. Mandated on local and international matters, including real estate litigation.

Strengths The team garners respect for its strong real estate offering, with clients complimenting its "professionalism, knowledge and quality."

Work highlights Acted for Dusit Thani and Central Pattana on its THB30 billion joint venture project, formed in order to create a mixed-use development in Bangkok's central business district.

Advised Frasers Property Holdings on its THB13.2 billion subscription to Ticon Industrial Connection's newly issued shares, to help the expansion of its real estate portfolio into the industrial space.

Notable practitioners

Chinnavat Chinsangaram has long-standing expertise in financings and acquisitions in the real estate sector, while also handling related disputes. He is often entrusted by leading Thai and international clients, including financial institutions and borrowers.

Khemajit Choomwattana is particularly skilled in advising clients on REITs, as well as capital markets and corporate transactions. Interviewees highlight his "responsiveness and the way he handles clients" as key attributes.

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Blumenthal Richter & Sumet - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Especially active on the acquisition and development of hotel and resort properties. Additional activity on residential, industrial and mixed-use projects, with frequent instructions from developers, investors and property owners. Its scope of advice includes sale and purchase agreements, construction contracts, leasing deals, land due diligence and restructuring.

Notable practitioners

Robert Schuler is a key point of contact for clients.

About the Team (content provided by Blumenthal Richter & Sumet)

Our Real Estate & Construction team, led by senior partner Robert H. Schuler, advises on the legal aspects of all stages of property development; from land acquisition and development to drafting commercial contracts for design, construction, operations & maintenance (including permits, licenses & certifications); from environmental impact assessments to Thai Board of Investment sponsorship.

Robert himself is a sector leader in the Asia-Pacific and has a wealth of experience acting on behalf of clients in both local and regional real estate markets. He advises multi-national corporations, institutional investors, private equity funds, SMEs, and entrepreneurs on a wide range of domestic and commercial transactions, involving real estate assets of all types and classes.

Our land and property lawyers are highly sought after to advise on hotel/resort development projects, condominium and residential developments, industrial acquisitions, mixed-use property developments, construction loans & other real estate financing, real estate workouts & restructurings, and transactions involving distressed assets. In the context of these transactions, we regularly act on behalf of buyers & sellers, owners & operators, developers, lenders, and equity investors.

Our real estate and project finance attorneys work closely together and often jointly counsel clients on how to navigate the region’s complex real estate markets so as to mitigate risk, avoid disputes, and maximize return on investment.

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DFDL - Real Estate Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers extensive assistance to individual and corporate developers, with considerable experience in advising on luxury hotel and residential developments. Handles corporate, tax structuring and land matters associated with real estate projects across Thailand, with offices in Bangkok, Samui and Phuket.

Strengths Clients appreciate the team's communication skills, reporting that its lawyers are "always very responsive."

Work highlights Assisted Ping An Bank on the financing of the Chao Phraya riverside development in Thailand, which was worth USD400 million.

Notable practitioners

Marcus Collins is a main point of contact for the department.

About the Team (content provided by DFDL)

We provide our clients with seamless, integrated, and solutions-oriented services on the full scope of real estate and property projects throughout the region and wider afield, including infrastructure development and construction projects, hospitality, retail, agriculture, and mining.

Our services include:

  • Market entry study, providing legal opinions on local laws and
    procedures;
  • Providing title insurance opinions;
  • Advising on land issues with the government;
  • Conducting legal due diligence on project documentation;
  • Structuring real estate-related transactions and projects;
  • Advising on business or project license requirements and
    procurement;
  • Drafting JV agreements and related legal documentation;
  • Incorporation and registration of companies;
  • Negotiating and drafting concession agreements, EPC and other
    construction contracts, lease agreements, management and
    operator agreements, earn-in agreements, farm-in agreements,
  • PSOs, operation agreements and others;
  • Real estate-based lending, financing and financial structuring;
  • Negotiating tenancy agreements, leases and licenses for
    commercial, industrial and residential real estate developments;
  • Sale and purchase of commercial, industrial and residential real
    estate;
  • Tax and customs optimization; minimizing tax exposures;
  • Securing ownership, lease, titling and registration of land;
  • Front and back-end construction expertise;
  • Regulatory and compliance including licensing and applications; and
  • All other real estate matters.

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Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers a broad service to corporate clients with significant real estate portfolios, notably those in the hotel, retail and food and beverage sectors. Often mandated by domestic and international clients, including property developers, investors and financial institutions, on sophisticated acquisitions, joint ventures, debt financings and REITs.

Strengths Clients express admiration for the team's shrewd approach, describing it as "very professional, creative and proactive" and adding that the lawyers are "helpful and insightful."

Further clients report that the lawyers are "professional and fight for clients' interests," providing work that is "very detail-oriented."

Work highlights

Advised Kasikornbank on the THB7.5 billion financing of the TPRIME REIT, which was established to fund investments in Exchange Tower and Mercury Tower in Bangkok's central business district.

Acted for Hongkong Land on a joint venture between its subsidiary HKL and S Residential, towards the GBP137 million development of the S36 condominium project.

Notable practitioners

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai has notable experience of advising local and international clients on complex real estate M&A and financing deals. He advised Bangchan General Assembly and Mercedes-Benz Thailand on various issues, including construction contracts, in order to establish a THB3 billion vehicle preparation centre for Mercedes-Benz Thailand.

About the Team (content provided by Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd)

Our team has wide-ranging experience in the real estate sector. Our clients, including major property developers, all have substantial real estate interests in Thailand. They rely on Linklaters to advise them on their projects across a multitude of practice areas, from corporate acquisitions and banking and finance to real estate investment trusts.


Using a wide range of innovative and complex structures, Linklaters’ Bangkok real estate lawyers help clients mitigate risks and costs and enhance returns on their transactions.

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Tilleke & Gibbins - Real Estate Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Adept in assisting with investment in the hospitality sector. Entrusted by property developers and investors on condominium developments, manufacturing facilities and land issues. Advises Thai and international clients on a range of matters, including hotel management agreements, due diligence and leasing deals.

Work highlights Assisted Kenedix Asia with its acquisition of 20% interest in AIRA Property, paving the way towards their formation of a REIT in Thailand.

Notable practitioners

Department head Cynthia Pornavalai regularly assists leading Thai real estate companies on a range of matters, including hotel, manufacturing and residential developments. She has considerable prowess in relation to M&A and finance deals in the Thai market.

About the Team (content provided by Tilleke & Gibbins)

Tilleke & Gibbins provides efficient, cost-effective, business-oriented representation on real estate transactions in Thailand. We work with domestic and multinational companies to develop tailored solutions for regional investment and global growth.

Our integrated approach, combining issues of banking and finance, commercial transactions (especially joint ventures), insurance, tax, and when necessary, dispute resolution and litigation, has earned us the trust of sophisticated investors and developers in Thailand. As seasoned practitioners, we specialize in solutions that synthesize relevant business issues and our clients’ goals.

We regularly handle a full range of work involving real estate, property, and construction in Thailand. The property expertise of our Thailand office covers sales, purchases, mortgages, leasing, property due diligence, and property development, among other areas.

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Band 1

Sorachon Boonsong

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Sorachon Boonsong presides over many of Thailand's leading real estate transactions, especially concerning hotels, resorts and REITs. Clients consider him to be "very commercial, reasonable and smart," with the ability to "decipher issues and problems." He played a key role in assisting City Development with the THB4.8 billion sale of Exchange Tower to TPRIME REIT.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Dusadee Jittasaiyapan

DLA Piper (Thailand) Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Dusadee Jittasaiyapan maintains an accomplished real estate offering, including expertise in acquisitions, leasing deals and construction contracts linked to commercial and industrial projects. He wins strong market respect, with clients describing him as "a very capable and knowledgeable lawyer."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Chinnavat Chinsangaram

Weerawong C&P

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chinnavat Chinsangaram has long-standing expertise in financings and acquisitions in the real estate sector, while also handling related disputes. He is often entrusted by leading Thai and international clients, including financial institutions and borrowers.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

The Capital Law Office

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Pakdee Paknara of The Capital Law Office maintains his long-held reputation among market sources as a real estate specialist. He is especially noted by commentators for his expertise in property funds.

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Band 3

Chatchavej Chitvarakorn

Siam Premier International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Chatchavej Chitvarakorn earns strong praise from clients as "a highly competent lawyer with strong negotiation skills, who always gives valuable advice and provides a prompt response." He regularly assists hotel owners and property developers with hospitality projects and land use issues. He advised NYE Estate on its formation of a joint venture towards the development of a THB16 billion mixed-use real estate project in Bangkok.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Khemajit Choomwattana

Weerawong C&P

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Khemajit Choomwattana is particularly skilled in advising clients on REITs, as well as capital markets and corporate transactions. Interviewees highlight his "responsiveness and the way he handles clients" as key attributes.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai

Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Pichitpon Eammongkolchai has notable experience of advising local and international clients on complex real estate M&A and financing deals. He advised Bangchan General Assembly and Mercedes-Benz Thailand on various issues, including construction contracts, in order to establish a THB3 billion vehicle preparation centre for Mercedes-Benz Thailand.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Wittaya Luengsukcharoen

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Wittaya Luengsukcharoen has extensive expertise in handling real estate developments for leading Thai clients, including inbound and outbound projects. He wins client praise as "an experienced real estate lawyer who is practical and flexible." He advised Singha Property Development on three projects – the ESSE Asoke condominium, the ESSE Asoke at Singha Complex and Singha Complex developments – including assistance with land use laws and construction contracts.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Cynthia Pornavalai

Tilleke & Gibbins

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Department head Cynthia Pornavalai regularly assists leading Thai real estate companies on a range of matters, including hotel, manufacturing and residential developments. She has considerable prowess in relation to M&A and finance deals in the Thai market.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

South Asia Law

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Anurag Ramanat of South Asia Law is a well-respected real estate practitioner in the Thai market, with market commentators noting his vibrant recent practice in this space. He particularly handles deals in the hospitality sector, including for international clients.

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