18 December, 2012


Herbert Smith Freehills announced today that Chinnawat Thongpakdee has joined its Asia dispute resolution practice as a partner.  


Chinnawat, a Thai national, has over 28 years of experience in dispute resolution, including litigation, regulatory matters and international arbitration. Based in Bangkok, Chinnawat will advise local, regional and international corporates who become involved in Thai disputes, and on international arbitrations arising from activities in Thailand or involving Thai parties. He will work closely with Herbert Smith Freehills' dispute specialists across the region, in particular with Surapol Srangsomwong in Thailand, Maurice Burke and Alastair Henderson in Singapore and Charles Ball in Indonesia. 


Following the merger in October this year, Herbert Smith Freehills is now the largest fully-integrated firm in the Asia-Pacific region and one of the world's top ten law firms.


Prior to joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Chinnawat was a partner with a leading Thai and international law firm. He was also a Secretary to the Director-General of the Legal Counsel Department and a former Senior State Attorney, in the Attorney General's Office. 


Gavin Lewis, head of  Asia disputes, commented:


"I am delighted to welcome Chinnawat to the practice.  With his arrival we offer our clients a team with unparalleled experience in disputes in Thailand and neighbouring countries. His international experience and outlook support our position as the leading international disputes practice in Thailand and Southeast Asia." 


Maurice Burke, head of dispute resolution in Southeast Asia, added:


"We are seeing a significant upswing in litigation, international arbitration and other disputes work throughout Southeast Asia. Chinnawat is a senior disputes specialist with a well-established market reputation who will assist the team to target these opportunities, particularly in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam."   


For further information, please contact:


Wendy Kam, Herbert Smith Freehills
[email protected]




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