Thailand Business Report 2018

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Rajah & Tann takes pride in team of ‘lawyers who know Asia’

International law firm helps clients navigate Thailand’s intricate business and cultural environments by handling cross-border challenges, structuring foreign investments and looking for opportunities in the country

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 August, 2018, 6:09pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 14 August, 2018, 1:26pm

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One of the region’s first international law firms, Rajah & Tann Asia has grown its office in Thailand from 15 lawyers in 2013 to nearly 60 today. Fluent in Thai and English, the team helps clients navigate Thailand’s intricate business and cultural environments, while handling cross-border challenges, including structuring foreign investments for investors looking for opportunities in the country. Through its extensive network across the region, it also provides clients exclusive access to more than 600 “lawyers who know Asia” – the firm’s promise beyond a slogan.

The team’s combined strength and personalised approach make up a full service firm that has the breadth and depth of expertise to provide advice to local and international clients across the commercial spectrum.

“Whether it is representing clients in the Thai court, in international arbitrations or in government investigations and compliance proceedings, Rajah & Tann ensures that we deliver only high-quality service,” says managing partner Surasak Vajasit. “The fee is always secondary to us. Clients seek us not only for legal services; some have found their joint-venture partners through our assistance, and that is one of the most rewarding achievements for us.”

Today, the firm’s clientele is seeing growth in e-commerce and e-payment segments, among other financial technologies and disruptive innovations. “These new sectors are interesting for us because they cross many traditional law firm practice groups, meaning that you cannot just be one type of lawyer, you have to be able to cover multiple areas because the issues are diverse and distinct,” says partner Melisa Uremovic.

Combined with a fertile market, these make it the best time for Asia to grow, according to Surasak.

“We look forward to forming deeper relationships with firms in the United States, Europe and Asia, as well as more public-private partnerships amid Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor project, which envisions the nation quickly increasing its level of international competitiveness,” he says.