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Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) — Thailand


Allen & Overy - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Global firm with long-standing experience in Thailand and South-East Asia. Significant strength in the telecommunications space, regularly acting for leading Thai mobile operators on licensing issues, concession agreements, transactions and disputes. Offers additional expertise in regulatory issues in the technology space.

Strengths Clients appreciate the firm's in-depth approach, reporting that its team "pays attention to each detail" and is "thorough."

Work highlights Advised Uber Technologies on regulatory issues concerning its proposed entrance into the Thai market, including discussions with the Thai government.

Represented Fox Networks Group in its ongoing USD21 million claim against CTH for unpaid licensing fees.

Notable practitioners

Dumnern Subpaisarn ably assists leading telecommunications providers with regulatory issues, including concession agreements and software licensing. He has extensive experience of handling contentious matters, recently acting for Total Access Communication on an excise tax dispute with CAT Telecom.

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Baker McKenzie - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 1

第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Highly distinguished practice advising across the full spectrum of TMT-related work, with a strong focus on IT and telecommunications issues. Instructed by leading global and Thai clients on data privacy, e-commerce and cloud computing issues, as well as mobile operating agreements and software development. Offers additional expertise in the media and entertainment space.

Strengths Attentiveness and strong communication skills are highlighted as the firm's key strengths. Clients enjoy the team's "succinct pragmatic advice," noting that the lawyers are "very easy to deal with" and can "explain complex issues in layman's terms."

Notable practitioners

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep operates a vibrant TMT practice, especially handling commercial contracts, software licensing and concession agreements in the telecommunications space. He also has knowledge of e-commerce and media-related matters, as well as maintaining a notable IP practice.

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Tilleke & Gibbins - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Outstanding team with an excellent track record in the TMT sector. Predominantly assists multinational companies on transactional and licensing issues involving e-payment, broadcasting and telecommunications. Regularly works with its renowned IP team to offer a full service to clients.

Strengths Clients are quick to praise the team's efficient and flexible service, reporting: "They are very responsive, with a quick turnaround and high quality of work," while they are also "very accommodating."

Further appreciative clients commend the firm's "great support," as well as its "local understanding."

Notable practitioners

Jeffrey Blatt has extensive knowledge of television and film broadcasting matters, cloud computing, telecommunications and data privacy. He also handles TMT-related M&A, as well as cybersecurity issues.

David Duncan assists clients with TMT-related M&A, IT outsourcing and infrastructure deals, alongside a wide range of regulatory issues. Particularly active for international companies, he wins strong acclaim from clients as "a great asset" when instructed on matters in this space.

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Tilleke & Gibbins helps cutting-edge players in the high-technology, media, and telecommunications industries shape and succeed in Thailand and the region.

Our technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) group specializes in defining strategic and business objectives, assisting enterprise clients to define their risk profiles and mitigation strategies, negotiating contracts and joint ventures, managing and mediating disputes, and capitalizing on technology acquisitions and capabilities to create new market opportunities for our clients. We act on behalf of leading multinational content developers and distributors in the broadcast, entertainment, multimedia, satellite, and high-technology industries.

Moreover, our firm’s TMT group and intellectual property group work in tandem to protect innovation and ensure the clearance and licensing of intellectual property as it relates to film, television, radio, and Internet content.

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DLA Piper LLP - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Robust practice assisting international clients with transactional and regulatory matters, advising on such issues as data privacy, cybersecurity, e-commerce and advertising. Often mandated by leading global technology and telecommunications companies, advising on a full range of related corporate, licensing, tax and IP issues, as well as disputes.

Notable practitioners

Dusadee Jittasaiyapan is a key contact for the practice.

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Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well-reputed TMT offering, regularly advising leading international and Thai companies in the telecommunications, e-commerce and broadcasting sectors. Frequently active on cross-border acquisitions and financings, as well as providing extensive regulatory advice. Has additional expertise relating to infrastructure funds.

Strengths Clients admire the team's ability to explain complex issues, describing its practitioners as "really supportive" and able to "translate points into understandable terms, not legal jargon."

Work highlights Assisted True Incube with its investment in Capstream Ventures, which also included a joint venture with the target company, towards the formation of a video game academy and studio in Thailand.

Advised Ingenico Group on its acquisition of Nera Telecommunications' payment solution business.

Notable practitioners

Wilailuk Okanurak often advises leading telecommunications and technology companies on cross-border acquisitions and financings. Clients note that she is "quite hands-on and knows how to deal with counterparties." She was involved in advising Ascend Group on its subscription of 20% shares in Ascend Money, with an optional further 10% acquisition.

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Our team in Bangkok advises some of the largest and most influential players in the telecoms sector on regulatory issues, corporate transactions, capital markets issuances, acquisitions and other banking or financing matters in Thailand and regionally.

Telecoms companies are taking advantage of infrastructure funds as a new source of capital raising, an area where we have extensive expertise. Not only have we acted on behalf of major Thai telecoms operators, but our lawyers have also advised governmental bodies on telecom issues.

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Rajah & Tann (Thailand) Limited - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Notable TMT practice, frequently entrusted by leading global and Thai clients in the technology and telecommunications sectors. Well placed to advise on regulatory issues involving marketing, e-commerce and data privacy, it also handles disputes linked to concession agreements.

Notable practitioners

Supawat Srirungruang, Saroj Jongsaritwang and Melisa Uremovic are key contacts for clients.

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R&T Asia (Thailand)'s TMT practice frequently advises on data protection and data privacy issues, particularly in contentious circumstances, such as in the context of investigations and employment law litigation (e.g. regarding internal and government investigations into issues such as anti-corruption, customs and competition law matters), where it is a core concern for multinational clients. 

The practice draws on the strength of our regional presence, our wide-ranging experience with local, regional and international clients, and in particular the highly ranked TMT practice in our Singapore head office. We have leveraged off this core expertise in our head office to develop work for market leaders such as Google and Facebook.  

Our team has represented telecoms companies such as Telenor, for many years in Thailand, focusing on a number of regulatory areas. We also represent DTAC in relation to various concession-related disputes and other TMT aspects of their business. 

We have identified data protection and data privacy as a key area of concern and have committed substantial resources to monitoring developments in this area.  Our partners, Supawat Srirungruang and Saroj Jongsaritwang, frequently speak on data protection topics as well. 


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Blumenthal Richter & Sumet - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Established TMT department with significant expertise relating to IT and telecommunications matters. Provides expert assistance with IT contracts and system integration, software development, cloud and data privacy matters, acting for clients in the engineering, manufacturing and media sectors.

Strengths Clients are impressed by the firm's detailed approach and local knowledge, appreciating its "speed of response, thorough examination of issues and wealth of connections in Thailand."

Work highlights Assisted an online insurance broker with regulatory issues linked to its online platforms, especially regarding personal data protection.

Advised a Singaporean telecommunications operator on the licensing issues involved in connecting Myanmar and Thailand through terrestrial and submarine cables.

Notable practitioners

John Formichella regularly advises software and telecommunications companies, including on technology-related transactions. Described by clients as "a pleasure to work with," he recently assisted a multinational industrial company with the integration of a digital IT system with over 5,000 end users.

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Our TMT department, led by partner John Formichella, has established itself as a sector leader in Thailand, and John himself is a reference point for domestic and overseas businesses seeking ways of entering Thailand’s digital and emerging technologies space. We are regularly engaged to assist with regulatory issues such as cross-border data privacy and protection, telecom licensing frameworks, and corporate structuring for foreign investors in the Thai telecoms sector.

Our TMT lawyers are uniquely qualified to provide advice having worked in senior positions with publicly-listed (NASDAQ and NYSE) telecommunications and engineering companies and are well-versed in drafting and negotiating definitive agreements with senior executives and TMT experts on behalf of large business enterprises.

Our attorneys are frequently sought out for advice in non-commercial settings regarding telecommunications law. We were recently called upon to advise on telecoms issues within free trade agreement negotiations between the US and Thailand, and provided testimony to members of the US Senate on fact-finding missions in Thailand. We have provided written surveys of telecoms and broadcasting law in Thailand to various publications for dissemination within professional journals, and serve a variety of roles related to TMT issues for different chambers of commerce in Thailand.

Current clients come from such diverse industries as heavy manufacturing, IT, telecoms, engineering, and investment services.

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Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid practice advising major Thai corporates and banks on a wide range of matters, including M&A, e-commerce, online gaming and telecoms regulatory issues. Particularly well placed to advise technology start-ups, including in relation to venture capital, and it also handles disputes in the telecommunications sector.

Work highlights Advised Line Biz Plus, a subsidiary of Line Corporation, on the formation of a joint venture with Bangkok Smartcard System towards the introduction of an e-payment card.

Acted for T2P Company on investments into the company by 500 TukTuks, US Capital Venture and Benchachida Holding Company for the purpose of business expansion.

Notable practitioners

Stephen Bennett and Manida Zinmerman are the main points of contact for clients.

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Weerawong C&P - Technology, Media, Telecoms (TMT) Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Frequently represents leading telecommunications and media companies on a range of mandates, including financings, acquisitions, disputes and regulatory issues. Well positioned to advise on e-commerce, broadcasting and cloud mandates, while its contentious practice includes telecommunications concession cases and insolvency proceedings.

Work highlights Acted for Taobao China on its USD1 billion acquisition of interest in the Lazada Group to aid the client's entry into Thailand's e-commerce space.

Advised Jasmine International on its THB6 billion loan from Siam Commercial Bank towards the expansion of its broadband operations.

Notable practitioners

Veeranuch Thammavaranucupt and Phisit Dejchaiyasak are key points of contact.

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Band 1

Dumnern Subpaisarn

Allen & Overy

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Dumnern Subpaisarn ably assists leading telecommunications providers with regulatory issues, including concession agreements and software licensing. He has extensive experience of handling contentious matters, recently acting for Total Access Communication on an excise tax dispute with CAT Telecom.

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Band 1

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep

Baker McKenzie

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Dhiraphol Suwanprateep operates a vibrant TMT practice, especially handling commercial contracts, software licensing and concession agreements in the telecommunications space. He also has knowledge of e-commerce and media-related matters, as well as maintaining a notable IP practice.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Tilleke & Gibbins

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jeffrey Blatt has extensive knowledge of television and film broadcasting matters, cloud computing, telecommunications and data privacy. He also handles TMT-related M&A, as well as cybersecurity issues.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Tilleke & Gibbins

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

David Duncan assists clients with TMT-related M&A, IT outsourcing and infrastructure deals, alongside a wide range of regulatory issues. Particularly active for international companies, he wins strong acclaim from clients as "a great asset" when instructed on matters in this space.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

John Formichella regularly advises software and telecommunications companies, including on technology-related transactions. Described by clients as "a pleasure to work with," he recently assisted a multinational industrial company with the integration of a digital IT system with over 5,000 end users.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Wilailuk Okanurak

Linklaters (Thailand) Ltd

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Wilailuk Okanurak often advises leading telecommunications and technology companies on cross-border acquisitions and financings. Clients note that she is "quite hands-on and knows how to deal with counterparties." She was involved in advising Ascend Group on its subscription of 20% shares in Ascend Money, with an optional further 10% acquisition.

^ See whole ranking table