Thailand - DLA Piper Continues To Boost ASEAN Capability With Double Partner Hire In Bangkok.

Legal News & Analysis - Asia Pacific - Thailand - Corporate/M&A

2 April, 2020


DLA Piper today announces it is strengthening its Southeast Asia team with the addition of partners Samata Masagee and Waranon Vanichprapa in Bangkok, Thailand. These are the firm’s fourth and fifth partner hires in the region in recent months, following the appointments of Philip Lee, Vincent Seah and David Kuo in Singapore.


Samata joins DLA Piper’s Corporate practice from Thai firm Werrawong, Chinnavat & Partners, where she has been a partner since 2017. Samata trained at Baker McKenzie. With over 10 years’ experience, Samata advises domestic and international clients on public and private mergers, acquisitions and disposals as well as restructurings and reorganisations. She has extensive experience in cross-border M&A in various industry sectors including energy; technology and telecommunications; agriculture, food manufacturing and retailing; and financial institutions.


Waranon (Warren) Vanichprapa joins the firm’s Finance practice from Baker McKenzie, where he has been a partner since 2015. Warren focuses on bank lending including cross-border financing, structured finance, interbank lending, export credit financing, and projects and debt restructuring. He has also worked on various banking and financing regulatory matters including bankruptcy and commercial law issues.


Co-Regional Managing Partner in Asia Satpal Gobindpuri, said: “Growing our Corporate and Finance offering in Asia continues to be a key priority for us. We anticipate significant opportunities across Southeast Asia in the coming years and these hires create an even stronger platform from which to service our clients. Samata and Warren have strong relationships in the region and will work closely with our existing team to strategically drive the practice forward.” 



DLA Piper’s Country Managing Partner in Thailand, Peter Shelford, added: “Southeast Asia is a major hub of economic growth and innovation, with Thailand being a key centre for projects and investments. The addition of Samata and Warren to our team is yet another demonstration of our commitment to appointing the best possible talent to meet client needs, and I look forward to working with them.”