THANATHIP & PARTNERS

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Other Capabilities

As part of our main practice areas, we have assisted clients in various cross border transactions including Chinese and Japanese deals, and in various aspects of transactions ranging from bidding and auction sale, IPO and international offerings and listings, private equity and asset and investment management, privatisation and government relations and restructuring and insolvency (R&I). We also actively advise clients on a variety of regulatory frameworks including data protection, merger control and fintech and electronic payment as well as those relating to tech and startup companies.

As one of the key foreign investors in Thailand, we have both represented and acted against a number leading Japanese corporates in relation to their business operations and investments in Thailand, which allows us to have sound understanding of their business culture and way of working. Other than typical outbound investment through merger and acquisition, foreign direct investment and business cooperation, we have been given a number of opportunities to work with top Japanese law firms and well known international firms in Japan (e.g. Anderson Mōri & Tomotsune, Yodobayashi & Yamagami, Herbert Smith Freehills and etc.) to assist them and their clients on capital market transactions, cross-border acquisitions and dispositions, joint ventures, fund raising, financing, banking regulations and compliance, and general corporate and commercial.

Notable transactions include:

M&A
  • Advising Central Pattana in its joint venture with MEA Commercial Holdings Pte. Ltd. in CPN Village Co., Ltd., the operator of Central Village

  • Strategic alliance between Tri-En Solution and Toenec Corporation

  • Advising Asvatanakul Family in connection with their exit of more than 30-year joint venture in Thailand with Japanese’s largest pharmaceutical company, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

  • Acquisition by Kanamoto of the remaining equity interest in Siam Kanamoto Company Limited from its joint venture partner

  • Divestiture by Korphaibool Family to Hitachi Chemical Group of approximately 43.9% shares in Hitachi Chemical Storage Battery, a leading manufacturer and distributor of automotive and motorcycle batteries under the “3K” brand

  • Advising OKK Corporation in its joint venture and investment in Pana-Taguchi (Thailand) Co., Ltd., as well as other corporate and foreign direct investment related matters

  • Investment in Kaset Thai, which is an operator of a fully integrated sugar business as well as the business related to by-products from sugar production process, as part of its IPO by Sumitomo Corporation

  • Disposition by GE Capital of its entire interest in Bank of Ayudhya to The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ via a voluntary tender offer, the total value of which is believed to be the then largest M&A transactions concerning Thai companies

  • Disposition by Thailand Equity Fund (which is co-invested by Lombard) of 23.33% interest in S. Pack & Print Public Company Limited to Oji Paper

  • Mergers between BlueScope Steel and Nippon Steel as regards BlueScope Steel’s operation in Thailand and a business spin off

  • Joint Venture between GFPT and Nichirei Foods Inc.

Capital Markets
  • Delisting Tender Offer of Capital Nomura Securities by Nomura Group

  • Block trade by GE Capital of approximately 7.6% interest in Bank of Ayudhya

Financing
  • Advising (in conjunction with Skadden Arps as the lead counsel) Joyson KSS Auto Safety S.A. in connection with its entry into a USD 900,000,000 senior multicurrency term and revolving facility agreement with (i) Deutsche Bank Tokyo Branch, (ii) Mizuho Bank and (iii) China Merchants Bank for financing the global acquisition of Takata

  • Advising BlueScope Steel Thailand on Baht 2.5 billion Term Loan Facility from HSBC, Bangkok Bank, and The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Bangkok Branch

  • Advising GFPT Nichirei on Baht 1.17 billion Credit Facility from Mizuho Corporate Bank, The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Bangkok Branch, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Bangkok Branch and TMB Bank

  • Advising Yamaichi Corporation Group on their debt restructuring, including obtaining new facilities from The Bank of Yokohama and relevant mortgage registrations in Thailand

  • Assisting Mitsubushi UFJ Lease (Singapore) Pte. Ltd in connection with a preparation of a template of the machinery mortgage agreement to be used for its Thailand operation.

Others
  • Advising SBITO in connection with a wide range of its general corporate and commercial, including its fund raising, securities regulations, corporate governance and other regulatory compliance

  • Advising Dentsu Aegis Network on a number of investment, business cooperation, commercial contracts and agreements as well as its regulatory compliance

  • Advising Chugai Ro in connection with licensing requirements for its Thailand operation in connection with the advisory service and supporting service for the group’s customers in Thailand

  • Advising AEON Group on its full audit of regulatory compliance

  • Advising Mitsui & Co., Ltd in connection with Thai laws concerning foreign direct investment