Big Four Japanese firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto has hired a four-lawyer corporate and finance team in Bangkok from Clifford Chance, which announced its exit from Thailand earlier this year.
Project finance partner Joseph Tisuthiwongse leads the team, which also includes M&A associates Siregran Sakuliampaiboon and Teerin Vanikieti, and banking associate Disaporn Saengpetch. Tisuthiwongse, a U.S. lawyer, starts on Jan. 1, while the associates, all qualified Thai lawyers, will start by March 2018.
In May, Tisuthiwongse’s team represented Thai renewable energy producer BCPG Public Co. Ltd. on a $28.5 million investment in a wind farm project in the Philippines.
Tisuthiwongse rejoined Clifford Chance in 2008 from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, where he was a Los Angeles-based associate. He became a partner with the Magic Circle firm in 2014. He started his career with Clifford Chance in 2000.
Clifford Chance decided to wind down its 21-year-old Bangkok office in April as part of an effort to concentrate its Southeast Asian practice in Singapore. Former office head Fergus Evans is now in Singapore, and M&A partner Andrew Matthews remains in Bangkok.
In August 2016, Mori Hamada announced the acquisition of Bangkok-based Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices; the combined Bangkok office was renamed and has been operating as Chandler MHM Ltd. since January 2017. Chandler MHM now has about 55 lawyers in addition to several Mori Hamada lawyers, including partners Satoshi Kawai and Seiji Akimoto.