05:03, October 02 141 0

2017-10-02 05:03:09
Kennedys hires DLA Piper partners for Bangkok launch

Kennedys is opening its sixth Asia Pacific office in Thailand following the hire of DLA Piper’s insurance litigation partner Suraphon Rittipongchusit in Bangkok.

Rittipongchusit will lead Kennedys’ new Bangkok office. He is supported by a second partner, Supreedee Nimitkul, and senior associate, Tassanu Chutikanon. Both Nimitkul and Chutikanon also previously practised at DLA Piper’s Bangkok office.

The firm has also relocated Ian Johnston from its Singapore office to the new South East Asia base.

Rittipongchusit is an insurance and commercial litigation practitioner and has advised on some of the most high-profile disputes in Thailand, including the 2010 riots and 2011 floods.

Nimitkul is a corporate partner and has advised on a number of key business reorganisations, debt restructurings, project financings, joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions.

The initial focus of Kennedys’ Bangkok office will be insurance/reinsurance, dispute resolution and corporate work.

According to the firm, Thailand is a major insurance market in South-East Asia, with a significant domestic market in many lines of business for which Kennedys provides services, most notably property, energy, casualty and financial lines.

“The decision to enter Bangkok is a classic example of responding to client demand. With little international insurance law expertise available in Thailand, there was a real need for what we can offer and that has been reflected in the exceptionally positive response we have had from clients,” said Nick Thomas, senior partner at Kennedys.

“We continue to expand our global footprint in recognition of how the insurance market is developing. There are more opportunities out there for Kennedys and I have every intention of making sure we take them,” he added.

Kennedys has been steadily growing its presence in Asia Pacific. Most recently, it opened a second Australian office in Melbourne. In January 2015, Kennedys entered into a co-operation agreement with Chinese firm AnJie, and in May the same year, it established a joint law venture with Singaporean firm Legal Solutions LLC. It now has six offices in the region.