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Ronachai Krisadaolarn (Ronald Jay Cristal) LLB, JD

Ronachai Krisadaolarn (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 nationality.

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: http://bangkokcoin.multiply.com/.

email: ronachai@bia.co.th

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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 East Asia. He has written: Added Value, a biographical study of 69 leading South East Asian businessmen and women (published Murmeli, 1999); the Myanmar Business Guide, (published by Bangkok International Associates and Asean Focus Group, 1993), A Short History of South-East Asia (5th edition 2009, published by Wiley and Sons) and his most recent book, Added Value - The Life Stories of Indian Business Leaders, was published by Roli Books in 2010. His new book is also on the life stories of Indian entrepreneurs and will be published in 2013.

He is currently resident in Singapore where he is Special Counsel to the British law firm Stephenson Harwood (www.shlegal.com) and Chairman of AFG Venture Group (www.afgventuregroup.com).

He is also Chairman of Bangkok International Associates and travels regularly to Thailand.

email: peter.church@shlegal.com or peter.church@afgventuregroup.com

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Stephen Frost

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, debt restructuring, 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.

email: sfrost@bia.co.th

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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 law.

email: kasama@bia.co.th

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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.

email: withaya@bia.co.th

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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 law.

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Sathien (Dennis) Hemsin

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.

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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.

email: charntis@bia.co.th

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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.

email: teerakarn@bia.co.th

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Pattana Sripakdi, LLB

Pattana 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 civil litigation.

email: sripakdee@bia.co.th

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Woralak Chawangul

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.

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Nilnapa Singha

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.

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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.

email: panut@bia.co.th

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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.

email: noppadon@bia.co.th

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