Pralakorn Siwawej

Senior Associate


Contact Details

T: + 66 2 264 8000
F: + 66 2 657 2222
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Pralakorn Siwawej represents clients in domestic and international litigation and arbitration proceedings and provides strategic and pragmatic planning in the pre-litigation phase. His areas of expertise include corporate-commercial, real estate and construction, consumer goods and services, labour and employment, oil and gas, environmental lawsuit, projects, white-collar crime, and administrative disputes. 

Professional Activities

Pralakorn is a guest lecturer at national law schools, including Chulalongkorn University, Thammasat University, Ramkamhaeng University and Khon Kaen University. He is the co-author of articles on arbitration in Thailand in several leading legal publications and a contributing author to ‘Training for Reform’, Doing Business, World Bank Group (2018 - present).

Selected Experience

Commercial Disputes / Litigation

 Advising a world class department store and major corporation in Thailand in relation to complex legal issues and strategies concerning commercial contracts in connection with a mega project of the company.

Representation of Export-Import Bank of the United States, official export credit agency of the Federal Government of the United States and a major creditor of Thai Petrochemical Industry Public Company Limited, in tort claims valued at THB 190 billion (approximately USD5.9 billion) in the largest claim of the Central Bankruptcy Court to date.(2015 - 2016)

Representation of a global leader in water production in a potential legal dispute with a world-renowned automotive company in Thailand.

Assisting Mr. Tony Jaa, one of Thailand’s most loved martial arts athletes and an actor in Hollywood movies, in successfully challenging the injunction to suspend the release of the movie Fast and Furious 7 in Thailand. (2014)

Representation of All Inspire Public Company Limited in a cross-border dispute with a world-famous interior design company. The amount in dispute was THB 391,900,000 (approximately USD12,564,000) and involved various other potential disputes with contractual parties. (2019 -2020)

Representation of Coats GmbH (Germany), the world’s leading industrial thread manufacturer and amajorplayerinthe American textiles crafts market, in a case involving allegations of breach of an exclusive distributorship agreement and tortious acts valued at THB 203 million (approximately USD 6.3million). (2016 - 2018)

Representation of Thai Steel Cable Public Company Limited, a leading automobile parts manufacturing company, in litigation against its supplier for complex inherent defects in automobile parts. (2015-2016)

Representation of a leading financial services company in Thailand, its CEO, directors and executive management in relation to defamation and wrongful act claims filed by the top legal management of the company. (2018-2019)

Representation of two medical doctors as shareholders in successfully resolving a THB 15 million dispute in relation to a major dermatology clinic in Bangkok. The dispute occurred in connection with a shareholder deadlock regarding management control of the business of the clinic, as well as misappropriation, forgery and fraud. (2019-2020)

Insurance

Representation of Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company Limited, a renowned international insurance group and part of the third largest property insurance company in Japan, in a THB 2.154 billion (approximately USD 72 million) litigation claim involving a major automotive company. (2020)

Projects and Energy

Representation of PTT Public Company Limited in litigation regarding engineering, procurement and construction contracts in relation to a natural gas pipeline project in the Administrative Court of Thailand, and in a cross-border insolvency dispute before the National Company Law Tribunal in India valued at more than THB 8.5 billion (2018-2020)

Representation of PTT Public Company Limited in litigation regarding the natural gas price and electricity charges in Thailand between 2012 and 2014. The dispute involved the complex energy market and related energy regulations in Thailand. (2018-2019)   

Representation of PTT Public Company Limited in litigation regarding oil prices and their technical formula in Thailand. The dispute also involved an energy fund expense, global oil price and government policy on the oil price. (2018-2019)  

Assisting Global Power Synergy Public Company Limited in regard to a transactional dispute concerning the acquisition of a power plant of another leading power plant owner in Thailand. (2019)

Intellectual Property

Representation of Mainmark Group Engineering (Australia) in regard to copyright law, trade secrets and confidentiality agreements in a case against former top management of the company at the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court. (2016-2017)

Representation of CP All Public Company Limited, the sole operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores, the largest retail convenience store in Thailand, in copyright and patent cases at the Intellectual Property and International Trade Court. (2018-2019)

Representation of Silesia Flavors (Thailand) Company Limited inthe Intellectual Property and International Trade Court in relation to trade secrets and contract disputesinvolving distributorship and the sale of flavor codes. (2018-2019)

White-Collar Crime / Criminal Cases

Assisting CP All Public Company Limited, the sole operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores, in a claim of fraud committed by its long-term supplier and a well-known song writer in Thailand. (2018)

Labour and Employment

Representation of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited, a highly successful airline company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, in a labour dispute against one of its former top management in the Central Labour Court of Thailand, with an approximate claim of THB 52million. (2019-2020)

Representation of Fitness First (Thailand) Company Limited, an international fitness chain and the largest privately owned health club in Thailand, in a lawsuit to obtain compensation for systematic fraud by an employee at the top-management level. The claim was approximately THB 50 million. (2015-2016)

Representation of RRB Group Private Co., Ltd, the owner of international luxury brand hotels and resorts in a labour dispute re grounds for dismissal filed by one of its high-level employees in the Central Labour Court of Thailand. (2018)

Representation of a leading financial services company in Thailand, its CEO, directors and executive management in defending a labour law claim filed by the top legal management of the company. (2018-2019)

Environment

Representation of a member of a global conglomerate in defending a class action case which involved highly complex legal issues concerning wrongful act and environmental law. The case will set new precedents in Thailand. 

Representation of a Thailand-based company engaged in the manufacture and sale of carbon black, which is supplied to global markets including Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, China, Korea, Taiwan and Australia, in the appeal process in relation to an environmental lawsuit claiming damages suffered from environmental impact from the carbon manufacturing operations.

Arbitration

Representation of a leading construction consortium of Thai and Japanese companies in regard to a construction dispute in connection with power plants in Latkrabang and Bangpoo industrial estates in Thailand. The forum was the Thai Arbitration Institute. The claims were approximately THB 840 million and THB 1,560 million, respectively. (Conducted in English) (2018 - 2020)

Representation of Posco Plantec (Thailand) Company Limited, part of the POSCO Group, a leading company in Korea and worldwide, in resolving a THB 73 million arbitration in relation to the construction of a recycling plant in Thailand. The forum was the Board of Trade of Thailand.(Conducted in English) (2015 - 2016)

Representation of a leading Chinese airline company in defending cases filed by its creditors under several credit and service agreements in the court of Thailand and the Thai Arbitration Institute. The claims were approximately THB 69million. (Conducted in both Thai and English) (2015 - 2016)

Education

LL.M. (Corporate and Securities Law), the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK, 2014

LL.B. (1st Class Honors), Chulalongkorn University, 2011

Notarial Services Attorney, Lawyers Council of Thailand

Lawyer License, First Class, Lawyers Council of Thailand

Citizenship

Thai

Languages

Thai, English

Recent Accolades

Asia Super 50 Disputes Lawyers, Asian Legal Business (2021)

Tier 1 – Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500, 2017-2021, Rising Star (2019-2022)

Firm of the Year – Thailand, Benchmark Litigation Awards, 2020-2021

Firm of the Year – Thailand, International Arbitration, ASIAN MENA Counsel In house Community, 2018

Firm of the Year – Thailand, Asialaw Dispute Resolution Awards, 2015, 2017

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