Thailand Business and
Krisadaolarn (Ronald Jay Cristal) LLB, JD
(Ronald Jay Cristal). LLB, JD, was born in Brooklyn,
on June 20, 1942 and received his Bachelor of Law
(Cum Laude), and Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude) degrees
from Union University, Albany Law School. He is
admitted to the New York and Guam Bars. From 1969,
he was a US Air Force Judge Advocate at Ubol Royal
Thai Air Force Base, and from 1972-73 he was head
of the US Air Force Foreign Claims Commission stationed
at U-Tapao Royal Thai Naval Air Station. From 1979
to 1988, he was the Managing Director of Leo Trustee
Company Limited and in this capacity, at a royal
audience, personally petitioned H.M. the Queen to
establish a foundation to pay for operations for
the semi blind. From 1985 onwards, he was a lecturer
at Bangkok University in the MBA Program on the
subjects of Business Law and Managerial Decisions,
and Money and Capital Markets.
In 1988, he was appointed
Managing Director of Freehills’ Thailand office,
subsequently renamed Bangkok International Associates,
a position he still holds today. He is a director
of many Thai companies and charitable associations.
He has written many of the previous editions of
the BIA Thailand Legal and Business Guide, as well
as writing articles and giving seminars in Thailand,
Singapore and Australia on numerous areas of Thai
law, including: Land, Buildings & Condominiums;
the Foreign Business Act; Business Promotion Incentives;
Corporate Taxation, Nationality, Negotiable Instruments,
and other subjects. He specializes in corporate
and commercial law, joint ventures, M & A, banking,
taxation, commercial and residential property and
He is internationally
recognized as an expert on Thai coinage and medals.
He was the Editor of the English Language editions
of Coins of Rattanakosin and Medals of Rattanakosin,
Thai Treasury Department, 1982, a set of which was
personally presented to H.M. King Bhumibol. He edited
the English language version of The Centennial of
Thai Banknotes, published by the Bank of Thailand.
He has twice lectured at the Thai National Museum
on Siamese coinage. He attended the official opening
of the Royal Thai Mint in 2003 and exhibited a selection
from his coin collection at the opening ceremony.
To reach the Thailand Coins Collection, click on
the following link:
Professor Peter C.
Church OAM, B.Com, LLB, LLM
Peter C. Church OAM, B.Com, LLB, LLM was born in 1950 in Sydney,
Australia and holds the following degrees: Bachelor of Commerce
(University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney)
and Master of Laws (University of London). He was awarded the Medal of
the Order of Australia by the Australian Government in 1994 for his
services in promoting business between Australia and South East Asia.
He has over 30 years' experience as a lawyer working and living
throughout South East Asia and India. For several years, he was
Regional Managing Partner of Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).
His areas of specialization include foreign investment throughout South
He has written four books:
Added Value - the life stories of leading South East Asia business people (published Murmeli, 1999),
Added Value - The Life Stories of Indian Business Leaders (published by Roli, 2010),
Profiles in Enterprise - Inspiring stories of Indian Business Leaders (published by Roli, 2015)
and A Short History of South-East Asia (published by Wiley, 6th edition 2017).
He has been appointed a Professor at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, Great Lakes Institute of Management in Chennai,
India and Sri Sharada Institute of Indian Management in Delhi, India. He is currently resident in Singapore where he is
Special Counsel to the British law firm Stephenson Harwood
and Chairman of AFG Venture Group
He is also Non Executive Chairman of Bangkok International Associates and travels regularly to Thailand.
Stephen Frost was born in 1952 in Hertfordshire, England. He was educated at the College of Law, London, and qualified as a
solicitor in the UK. He has lived in Thailand for many years. He previously worked with Lovells, Mongkolnavin Law Office and
First Bangkok Law & Practice. He specializes in corporate and commercial law, M & A, joint ventures, banking and
security, commercial and residential property, employment, and telecommunications, IT and e-commerce. He has been involved
in many international takeover transactions in a diverse range of industries, and cross border loan transactions and security.
He also spent one year outside law, working in the the Business Development Division of Central Group, the largest retailing
group in Thailand.
He has written and lectured in Thailand and overseas on many aspects of Thai law, including: doing business in Thailand,
foreign business ownership, foreign property ownership, international loan transactions, joint ventures, cross border
lending and security, tax on M & A transactions, unfair contract terms, property, employment, retailing, reorganization
proceedings, and telecommunications, IT and e-commerce. He is a director of the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand,
Chairman of the Legal and Taxation sub-committee, a member of the Property and Infrastructure and Events sub-committees,
and also a member of the European-Asian Business Centre Advocacy Committee. He writes regularly for the BCCT website and
magazine and for Asia Watch magazine published by CCH. He writes the Thailand pages for a periodical magazine on
employment law in the ASEAN countries produced by a major foreign law firm, and edits the Thailand legal pages for an
international information website. He wrote the Thailand section in two
encyclopaedias: Employment Law Asia and Financial Reporting Asia Pacific, and the Thailand chapter in
books on: telecommunications, equity markets, defamation, competition and mergers, enforcing foreign judgments,
international commercial litigation, companies and partnerships, wills and probate, and limitation periods in
contracts. He has been editor of the Thailand Business and Legal Guide published on the BIA website since 2003.
He lectures at meetings of Asia Business Forum and Dataconsult Thailand, and also to
final year law undergraduates at Chulalongkorn University.
He joined Bangkok International Associates in 2003.
Kasama Jirananda, LLB
Kasama Jirananda, LLB. was born in
1957 in Bangkok. She received her Bachelor of Law
degree from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1985 and
a Graduate Diploma in Business Law from Thammasat
University in 1989. She commenced her career with
Tilleke & Gibbins, where she remained for many years.
She is a founding member of Bangkok International
Associates and specializes in corporate and commercial
law, joint ventures, taxation, labor law and immigration
Withaya Kijjavijitr, LLB
Withaya Kijjavijitr, LLB was born in
Bangkok in 1964. He received his Bachelor of Law
degree from Ramkhamhaeng University and an Advanced
Certificate in Computing & Information Processing
from Alexander College in Perth, Australia. He was
employed by Kanematsu Corporation, before joining
Bangkok International Associates. He specializes
in corporate law and commercial law and litigation.
Damrong Manosak, LLB
Damrong Manosak, LLB was born in Chiang
Mai in 1968. He obtained a diploma from Silom Commercial
School and a Bachelor of Law degree from Bangkok
University. He worked with Advance Adjusting Associates
from 1986-1991. He then joined Bangkok International
Associates. He specializes in corporate and commercial
Sathien (Dennis) Hemsin LLB, BA
Sathien (Dennis) Hemsin was born in
1978 in Bangkok. He received his Bachelor of Commerce
degree from the University of New South Wales in
1999 and his Bachelor of Law degree from the University
of Sydney in 2002. He is admitted as a solicitor
in the state of New South Wales, Australia and is
a member of the New South Wales Law Society. He
previously worked for Baker and McKenzie in Bangkok
in mergers and acquisitions, and real estate. He
also recently completed his 2nd Bachelor of Law
degree from Chulalongkorn University in 2010. He
has been involved in various acquisitions of hotels,
resorts, condominiums, office buildings, and property
funds in Thailand, and many hotel and residential
development projects. He has written various articles
on property law in Thailand and is a member of the
Franco-Thai Chamber of Commerce. He is fluent in
French, Thai and English. He specializes in corporate
and commercial law, joint ventures, investment law,
real estate, land development, hotel/resort and
condominium law, and property funds.
He joined Bangkok
International Associates in 2007.
Charntis Nilphoe, LLB
Charntis Nilphoe was born in 1971 in
Bangkok. He received his Bachelor of Law degree
from Ramkhamhaeng University in 1995 and was admitted
as a lawyer in 1997. He previously worked as an
in-house lawyer at Singer (Thailand) Public Company
Limited for many years. He specializes in labour
law, and general civil and criminal litigation.
He joined Bangkok
International Associates in 2008.
Teerakarn Noichiaum, LLB
Teerakarn Noichiaum was born in 1978
in Bangkok. He received his Bachelor of Law degree
from Ramkhamhaeng University. He previously worked
for the Tax Research Center and Baker Tilly Tax
in Bangkok. He has written various articles on taxation.
He specializes in general contract drafting, banking
and finance including derivatives, and taxation.
He joined Bangkok
International Associates in 2008.
Pattana Sripakdi, LLB
Sripakdi, LLB was born in 1978 in Bangkok . He received
his Bachelor of Law degree from Ramkhamhaeng University
in 2001. He then joined Bangkok International Associates.
He specializes in corporate and commercial law and
Woralak Chawangul was
born in 1955 in Trang. She received a Bachelor of
Science degree in Business Administration from Ramkhamhaeng
University. She joined Bangkok International Associates
in 1982. She was appointed office manager in 1990.
Nilnapa Singha was born in
1967 in Lampang. She graduated with a degree in
Mass Communications majoring in Journalism from
Chiang Mai University in 1988 and obtained a Master
of Business Administration degree from Ramkhamhaeng
University in 1999. From 1995-2002, she was Assistant
to the Industrial Complex General Manager, Italian-Thai
Development Public Company Limited. In 2003 she
was appointed Project Document Controller for the
Construction of the Passenger Terminal Complex at
Suvarnabhumi Airport. She joined Bangkok International
Associates in 2006 as a paralegal.
Nuchara Suksangbun was born in 1966
in Bangkok and obtained her Bachelor of Law degree from Ramkhamhaeng
University in 2006. She qualified as a lawyer in 2010. She qualified
as a notary public in 2011. Her practice is in Commercial and corporate
law and taxation. She joined BIA in 2003.
Panut Tripiboonsuk, LLB, LLM
Panut Tripiboonsuk was born in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand in 2009. He was admitted to the Thai Bar in 2011. In 2014,
he received his Master of Law degree from the University of Canberra, Australia. He obtained his Thai attorney's license from Thai Lawyers? Council and also holds a Certificate
in Advanced Intellectual Property Law and Litigation from the Thai Bar Association. He specialises in corporate and commercial law, litigation, intellectual property and contracts.
He joined Bangkok International Associates in 2014.
Noppadon Pholherm, LLB, LLM, LLM
Noppadon Pholherm was born in 1987. He received his Bachelor of Law degree from Mae Fah Luang University in Thailand in 2009.
He was admitted to the Thai Bar in 2011 and obtained his lawyer license in the same year. After that, he completed his first
LLM in International Commercial Law in 2012 from the University of Aberdeen, and a second LLM in Oil and Gas law (including a
dissertation in Petroleum Taxation) in 2013 also from the University of Aberdeen. He specializes in contracts, corporate and
commercial law, petroleum and gas law (including licencing applications), taxation and general litigation. He is also a part
time lecturer in taxation (including petroleum and gas taxation) at Bangkok University and Mae Fah Luang University.
He joined Bangkok International Associates in 2015.
Sunisa Sawatesoonthorn BA, LLM, LLM
Sunisa Sawatesoonthorn was born in 1988. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in law, majoring
in commercial and business law, from Thammasat University in 2011. After that, she obtained
her first LLM in international trade and commercial law from Durham University in 2015, and
in 2016, obtained her second LLM in Intellectual property law from Queen Mary College, University
of London (this included a dissertation in software patents and TRIPs-plus provisions in bilateral
trade agreements for essential medicines in developing counties). She specialises in corporate and
commercial law, contracts and intellectual property law.
She joined Bangkok International Associates in 2017.