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 clients’ needs across the region. The firm also extends its reach globally through its membership of the World Law Group.

 

Focusses / specialisms   

The banking team has experience 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.

The firm has quickly established itself as a strong player in restructuring and insolvency with creditor side roles on high profile transactions.

 

Key clients

Key clients include Government Savings Bank, Hitachi Global Life Solutions, Hitachi, JWD Info Logistics Public Company, Leader Solar Energy and Internet Thailand Public Company.

 

Research period review: 32nd edition (2021/2022)

In banking the firm was active on both the lender and borrower side. In a notable financing deal, the firm advised on one of the largest solar power projects in Southeast Asia to date.

In capital markets, the firm continued to be active on notable mandates in the REITs space, having advised the lender side on the first REIT with a buy-back condition listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand.

In M&A the firm was responsible for several confidential acquisition mandates. On the projects front, the firm was active on energy and real estate matters.

In restructuring, the firm had a highlight year with creditor side roles on high-value confidential mandates.

One staffing change saw the banking and finance team recruit counsel Tanai Porasupattana.

 

Deal highlights: 32nd edition (2021/2022) 

B.Grimm Power Public Company non-recourse financing

Due Tieng Tay Ninh Energy $160.5 million green financing

MFC Asset Management Public establish REIT

Thailand Airports High-Speed Rail Project

 

Client Feedback: 32nd edition (2021/2022)    

Capital markets

"They have a good team, a logical approach and good knowledge."

 

Investment funds

"Professional lawyers. Service-minded and responsive. Resolved the problem on the project to the satisfaction of all parties."

"The team are professional, ethical and experts on REITs. Good services."

 

M&A

"Competent, super-reactive and focused. They bridge the gap between East and West very efficiently."

"They gave us prompt and appropriate advice for Thailand law. They are also easy to contact."

"We got their responses quickly. Communication was smooth."

 

Project development

"Provided us with professional work. Well balanced with regard to time spent on the case."

"They are very efficient and clear on what the assignment was. They also advised us on bases that we did not cover. "

"They are very proactive, practical and great communicators. Their industry knowledge is very sound."

"The firm has teams with the breadth of service and depth of experience that allow it to be a one-stop service for all our legal needs."

 

Project finance

"Expertise and local knowledge."

"High level of client service, especially from partners. Extensive experience and expertise in finance matters. Pragmatic and commercial."

"The firm always works hard to accommodate my requests. Their advice is precise and practical and they always try to provide solutions to bridge a gap between the parties to achieve a successful financial close. They also assist me with complementary legal advice on matters where I may need preliminary help – before the deal materialises and they are formally engaged."

"The firm is knowledgeable and has extensive experience in real estate development and financing. They always work hard to come up with ideas and solutions that are acceptable to all parties, while looking after our interests. Their work products are superb and always meet our tight timelines to achieve a financial close."

 

Restructuring and insolvency

"Responsive, very clear advice, also able to offer sound commercial guidance. Communication throughout the process was excellent."

"They are able to give clear and practical advice."

"The team works quickly, meticulously and carefully."

 

David Beckstead

"David is really personable and his work was able to meet our requirements in a certain timeline. His work is efficient and he was easy to communicate with. He was also clear about the fees from the start."

"He and his team were an invaluable asset and helped in solving the numerous legal issues we faced during our project. He managed to propose solutions that protected our interests and addressed our counterparty’s concerns."

"He is a good listener who provides practical advice and is proactive in identifying risks and dealing with them. He marries his legal expertise with very good business sense."

 

Pranee Klinratana

"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 a gap between the parties to achieve a successful financial close. She also assists me with complementary legal advice on matters where I may need preliminary help – before the deal materialises and the firm is formally engaged."

"She has extensive experience and knowledge in real estate development and financing. She and her team always work hard and come up with ideas and solutions that are acceptable to all parties, while looking after our interests. Her work products are superb and always meet our tight timeline to achieve financial close."

"She is a well-respected lawyer in the market and has expertise in handling high-profile and complex deals, including real estate finance. She has vast experience and knowledge of finance matters in Thailand. She is very commercial in her approach and really knows our business and what is important to us. She listens to our views and provides clear advice."

 

Jessada Sawatdipong

"Capable and knowledgeable."

 

Namita Tangphithakphaibun

"Attentive, effective, careful."

"Works with like-minded professionals. Excellent for resolving problems with all parties. Good on time management."

 

Tananan Thammakiat

"She has good professional skills. Careful and diligent."

"She is a REIT expert and able to give advice on legal due diligence."

 

Joseph Tisuthiwongse

"Excellent communicator, bright and commercially aware. "

 

Nuanporn Wechsuwanarux

"Responsive. Listens to clients’ requirements. Comprehensive in providing advice."