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About Us

About Us
Kudun and Partners is a modern and dynamic practice led by some of South East Asia’s most accomplished lawyers. We were founded in 2015 from a desire to provide more commercially minded and creative legal advice to our clients, and to be proactive, hands-on partners in every deal we’re involved in.

Why us?
Clients value our responsiveness and distinctly commercial attitude, as well as our passion for developing forward-thinking, innovative strategies and solutions that respond to their unique business objectives. We combine hands-on experience with a collaborative approach to get outstanding results for the clients we work with. We help domestic and international clients extract the very best out of one of South-East Asia's most exciting economies, building creative legal solutions that conquer hurdles and optimise outcomes. We understand the difficulties in navigating a business involving multiple levels of law.

Our team
Our highly experienced team of Thai and international lawyers comprised of 11 partners with over 40 associates, act as trusted advisors to a range of government entities, financial institutions and private equity funds, as well as leading Thai and international private and public corporations, on transactions in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia, covering the full spectrum of industry sectors. Most of our lawyers have previously worked at large international firms. We provide practical and commercially sound legal, business and regulatory advice in each of the following core practice areas:

Our Core Practice Expertise and Industry Prowess
Core Practice Area
• Banking and Finance
• Corporate and Commercial
• Debt and Equity Capital Markets
• Foreign Direct Investment
• Infrastructure Funds and REITs
• Employment and Benefits
• Litigation and Dispute Resolution
• Mergers & Acquisitions
• Real Estate
• Tax and Restructuring

In-depth Industry Capabilities
• Construction and Engineering
• Consumer goods
• Entertainment
• Financial Services
• Food & Beverages
• Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals
• Oil & Gas
• Manufacturing
• Renewable Energy
• Retail
• Technology, Media and Telecoms
• Tourism
• Transport and Logistics
• Utilities

Our Chinese and International Practice
We are also the first independent law firm in Thailand to establish a dedicated China Practice consisting of native speakers, led by Mayuree Sapsutthiporn (mayuree.s@kap.co.th) to serve the unique needs of Chinese corporations and individuals on both inbound and outbound investment transactions in Thailand and throughout Southeast Asia. Apart from our China Practice, we have also established our new International Practice, led by our Troy Shooneman (troy.s@kap.co.th) with extensive experience spanning more than 25 years in Asia in advising a broad spectrum of Thai and international public and private companies, private equity funds and government agencies, on domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, joint ventures, project and corporate financing, real estate developments, energy projects, and general corporate matters.

Their Awards and Rankings
Their achievements are reflected in the many recognitions we have received since our inception over 4 years ago.
Firm-wide
• Honorable Mention as Thailand’s Most Responsive Domestic Law Firms of the Year by In-House Community Firms of the Year 2019
• Shortlisted as “Thailand Law Firm of the Year” and “Rising Law Firm of the Year” by The Legal 500’s Southeast Asia Awards 2020
• Recommended Firm for Year 2020 by IFLR1000
• “They have strong know-how and are collaborative” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

Capital Markets
• Thailand Firm of the Year 2019 in Capital Markets by In-House Community Counsel
• Notable law firm in Capital Markets by IFLR1000 2019
• Recognized Practitioner in Capital markets in the Asia Pacific Guide, Chambers Asia Pacific 2019
• “We really like how they work across teams and practice areas to provide holistic solutions in a single co-ordinated manner.” by Chambers Asia Pacific 2020

Corporate and M&A
• Shortlisted as “Corporate and M&A Team of the Year” by The Legal 500’s Southeast Asia Awards 2020
• Notable law firm in M&A by IFLR1000 2019 - 2020
• Honorable Mention for Corporate and M&A by In-House Community Firms of the Year 2019
• Recognized Practitioner in Corporate/M&A by Chambers Global 2020
• “Has experience in cross-border M&A involving deal participants in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Jointly headed by Kudun Sukhumananda and Kom Vachiravarakarn, the team regularly advises clients in the power and energy and TMT sectors on domestic and cross-border M&A, business restructuring, and foreign investment deals. Another name to note is Chinawat Assavapokee, who specialises in corporate restructuring.” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Dispute Resolution
• Thailand Law Firm of the Year 2020 in Dispute Resolution by Who’s Who Legal
• Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year by Corporate LiveWire Innovation & Excellence Awards 2020
• Dispute Resolution Law Firm of the Year by Global Law Experts Awards 2020
• “Instructed by domestic Thai and international companies in the public and private sectors, with particular expertise in disputes in the energy and TMT industries. Practice co-head Somboon Sangrungjang acts for corporate clients in administrative and commercial litigation, including consumer protection claims and insurance-related disputes. Senior litigation partner Pariyapol Kamolsilp, who also co-heads the team, has particular experience representing creditors in rehabilitation cases involving publicly listed companies. Also recommended is Niruch Winiyakul, who has experience in union disputes and international trade.” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Tax
• Thailand Firm of the Year 2019 in Taxation by In-House Community Counsel
• Notable firm in Tax by Asia Law 2020
• “An emerging tax practice which covers wealth management, tax optimisation, and cross-border transactions including M&A, capital markets transactions, and corporate restructuring. Jointly headed by Chinawat Assavapokee and Saravut Krailadsiri (the latter of whom joined from Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP in July 2018) the team has particular expertise in the renewable energy, manufacturing, and fintech sectors. Assavapokee has two decades of experience in international tax planning and customs work, and Krailadsiri is noted for his expertise in oil and gas taxation, and tax issues related to e-commerce.” by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Clients value our responsiveness and distinctly commercial attitude, as well as our passion for developing forward-thinking, innovative strategies and solutions that respond to their unique business objectives.
If you’re interested in developing a long-term relationship with a team of dynamic and passionate lawyers who are genuinely interested in understanding your business and in helping you achieve outstanding results, we’d love to talk to you. For more information, please contact any of our team below or visit us at www.kudunandpartner.com

Rep/Contact Info

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Kudun Sukhumanand
Partner
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Soon Aun (Ben) Cheok
Head of Business Development
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Ekachai Chotpitayasunon
Partner - Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A
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Pariyapol Kamolsilp
Partner - Dispute Resolution and Restructuring & Insolvency
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Saravut Krailadsiri
Partner - Tax and Corporate Restructuring
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Somboon Sangrungjang
Partner - Dispute Resolution including Arbitration
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Troy Schooneman
Partner and Head of International Business - Corporate and M&A and Foreign Direct Investments
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Kom Vachiravarakarn
Partner - Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A
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Niruch Winiyakul
Partner - Dispute Resolution including Arbitration
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Kongkoch Yongsavasdikul
Partner - Capital Markets and Corporate and M&A