Chandler MHM

Thailand

IFLR1000 Reviews

Financial and corporate

Active in the Thai market since 1974, Bangkok headquartered full-service firm Chandler MHM has market-leading banking and finance and project development practices. Membership of the MHM network allows the firm to cater to client’s needs across the region.

The banking team has experience in advising local and international clients as borrowers and lenders across a range of financing mandates. The firm has built up its capital markets practice, particularly in the REITs space, and often acts for clients such as issuers, fund managers, underwriters and trustees. Membership of the MHM network provides the firm with an edge in the M&A space and the firm often acts for Japanese clients. The projects team regularly acts for sponsors and lenders in renewable projects across the region.

Key clients include China Harbour Engineering, China Railway Signal and Communication (CRSC) International, Nissan Motor, Siam Chemicals, CIMB Thai Bank, Krung Thai Bank, and Export-Import Bank of China.

During the research period the banking team primarily worked on project financing mandates, acting for both lenders and borrowers. The capital markets team was notably active in the REITs space, an award-winning deal saw the firm advising a chemical company in leasing assets to a REIT. The M&A team often acted for buyers on acquisitions across a variety of sectors and also advised on several corporate restructurings. On the projects side, an eye-catching deal saw the firm advising a contractor on a port expansion project.

Recent staffing changes saw the departure of senior counsel Albert Chandler who retired from practice. Additionally, senior partner in the corporate and the energy and natural resources practice Ratana Poonsombudlert left the firm. The corporate team also saw the loss of partner Satoshi Kawai, who returned to Mori Hamada & Matsumoto Tokyo. Coming in, Arkrapol Pichedvanichok joined the corporate team as a senior partner from Allen & Overy.

 

Deal highlights

AAPICO / Sojitz joint venture

BCPG Indochina $222 million acquisition of Nam San 3A and Nam San 3B hydro power projects

Food Factors Company acquisition of Santa Fe Steak

Laem Chabang Phase 3 Expansion PPP

Nissan Motor corporate restructuring

NTT Data $23 million acquisition of Locus Telecommunication

 

Client feedback

Banking

“Chandler MHM has a very experienced banking and project finance team. They have been in the market for a very long time and have a lot of expertise. I have known lawyers at the firm for many years. They have a stable and reliable team. I know them and they know me. We have a good working relationship. I feel they understand my business and are nice to work with. I have a lot of trust in them.”

“CMHM is knowledgeable and has extensive experiences in real estate development and financing. They always work hard and come up with ideas and solutions that are acceptable to the parties, while looking after our interest. Their work product is satisfactory with high standard, and always meet our tight timeline to achieve financial close.”

“CMHM always work hard to accommodate my request and provide their service to my satisfaction. Their advice is precise and practical and they always try to provide solutions to bridge a gap between the parties to achieve successful financial close. They also assist me with complementary legal advice for matters with which I may need preliminary advice from them before the deal materializes and they are formally engaged.”

 

M&A

“Precise guideline and opinion with reasonable fee.”

“Expertise with regards to the topic, better than much larger firms. Also quite responsive timewise.”

“Always provide support with a positive attitude.”

“Always provide support with positive attitude and are able to consult in various fields.”

 

Private equity

“Responsive, commercial and useful advice.”

 

Nuanporn Wechsuwanarux

“Nuanporn Wechsuwanarux is responsive, commercial and provides useful advice.”

“Excellent knowledge on the subject matter, value for money, and good responsiveness.

 

Panupan Udomsuvannakul

“Mr Panupan Udomsuvannakul always shows positive support and shows proficiency in both English and Japanese.”

“He is proficient in both English and Japanese, has a positive attitude in providing services, and is able to catch up on issues.”

 

Pranat Laohapairoj

“He easily gets to the point and is good at providing assistance.”

 

Pranee Klinratana

“Her extensive experiences and knowledge in real estate development and financing are noticeable. She and her team always work hard and come up with ideas and solutions that are acceptable to the parties, while looking after our interest. Her work product is satisfactory with high standard, and always meet our tight timeline to achieve financial close.”

“She always accommodates my requests and provides services to my satisfaction. Her advice is precise and practical and she always tries to provide solutions to bridge the gap between the parties to achieve successful financial close. She also assists me with complementary legal advice for matters which I may need preliminary advice from her before the deal materializes and the firm is formally engaged.”

 

Supattra Sathapornnanon

“Khun Supattra is a joy to work with. We have a good working relationship. I have found her to be very responsive and caring. I can rely on her advice as she has a lot of expertise.”

 

Tananan Thammakiat

“Problem solving and thinking out of the box.”