Kitipong Urapeepatanapong leads the tax practice at Baker McKenzie. Other key practitioners include Panya Sittisakonsin, Pornapa Luengwattanakit, AekTantisattamo and Nopporn Charoenkitraj. It offers services covering due diligence, M&A, customs, tax disputes and litigation and wealth management. Urapeepatanapong leads the family business advisory for sustainable wealth management. In addition, the team has the capability to help clients dealing with tax disputes and litigation issues in the digital economic environment.
The team helped a client on a transactional tax issue relating to the disposal of shares and a bank merger. It covers a complicated cross-border tax planning structure and strategy in three different jurisdictions. It also represented a client solving both tax controversy and customs issues. It provided advice regarding customs tariff classification of the products in dispute.
Suwinai Wattanakorn joined the firm as an associate and associate Suwonnawong Itchasion left the firm in 2018.
“We have confidence to implement the thing which Baker McKenzie advised us on. We also entrust them to represent us on dealing with all matters with related authorities. This tax team has an owner mind set. They have a very good understanding of our needs and acting as though they are the counterparty of the dispute. Having excellence in knowledge, analysis and reporting, especially advising in a practical and proactive way. In conclusion, they are very helpful and I can give them the highest score for our satisfaction.”
“They are very professional, deliver a good quality of work and provide appropriate advice. The speed of work can be improved.”
Stuart Simons, Kancharat Thaidamri and Korneeka Koonachoak are three key practitioners at Deloitte Thailand. They have access to the resources of a large network of member firms in more than 150 jurisdictions. The team has the capability to deliver relevant analysis and practical advice to clients regarding the environment of integrated tax systems. Its practice covers such areas as tax controversy and transactional tax.
Jack Sheehan and Jonathan Blaine lead tax practice at DFDL Thailand. Jack Sheehan specialises in tax, investment structuring, international tax planning and M&A. Jonathan Blaine focuses on tax, investment structuring, international tax planning, compliance & investigations, wealth management. The firm provides valuable and innovative solutions to their clients because of its wide network in Asia.
In 2018, Jonathan Blaine represented Axion Ventures in a general corporate tax matter, which involved a cross-border investments between Thailand, Canada and China.
Benjamas Kullakattimas leads tax practice at KPMG. Other key practitioners include John Andes and Tatiana Bespalova. Its tax services include transactional tax, general corporate tax and tax controversy. In addition, the team also has the capability solving tax issues related to further legislation for an e-commerce tax bill. They are engaging with their clients in various sectors such as tourism and hotel management, manufacturing, retail, telecommunications, services and oil and gas.
The tax team helped a Thai Original Equipment Manufacturer on both tax controversy and general corporate tax issues. Besides, the team also assisted a client with a matter that combined customs and tax controversy practice. In this case, they represented the client solving the customs audit and appeal against the assessment of the Customs Department with the Appeal Committee of the Customs Department.
In the last year, the firm has had several promotions: 6 to associate director, 8 to manager, 12 to assistant manager and 13 to senior associate.
Chinawat Assavapokee and Saravut Krailadsiri lead the tax practice at Kudun & Partners. Currently, the firm is comprised of seven practitioners. The team provides a wide range of tax services such as M&A, international tax planning, customs and wealth management. It also offers services to clients for estate tax planning. Its client base covers both local and foreign clients.
The team recently helped Sea Oil on a tax planning matter. It assisted the client on VAT assessment and also provided tax planning for a VAT refund.
Rajah & Tann Thailand has a strong practice on customs disputes. The firm is comprised of six practitioners. Surasak Vajasit and Visitsak Arunsuratpakdee are two key professionals in the customs and trade litigation areas. Others include Melisa Uremovic, Supawat Srirungruang, Chotiwit Ngamsuwan and Suwapak Jaru-ampornpan. In addition, it also helps both corporate and individual clients on tax planning and privileges under double taxation agreements.
The team is representing Toyota Motor Thailand on a customs dispute matter that related to the tariff classification of car parts imported.
Sriwan Puapondh leads the tax team at Tilleke & Gibbins. She has more than 10 years of experience with Thailand’s revenue department. Another key practitioner is Kasma Visitkitjakarn. Its practice covers indirect tax, tax litigation and disputes and customs duties. It is a market leader in financial, manufacturing, consumer goods, construction and energy. Its clients include Azbil, Boots Retail, the General Motors Group, Summit Capital Leasing and the Zuellig Group.
The team is assisting Toyo Mall with both real estate and indirect tax issues. It provides advice including land and property taxes, VAT, corporate income taxes and structuring for the acquisition of new assets.