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Coudert Brothers long-standing Bangkok team has quit for DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Carey, just six months after the New York firm acquired the Thai practice of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The six-lawyer team specialises in telecoms and is headed by partners Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya and Chatchai Inthasuwan. The hires represent the bulk of the team that had staffed the Coudert office since it launched in 1993. The departures come only months after the firm took on Freshfields’ 11-lawyer Bangkok arm. Former Freshfields partners Stephen Bennett and Surasak Vajasit are left as the US firm’s only remaining Thailand-based partners.

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