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DUENSING KIPPEN to the ICCA’s 21st Bi-Annual Worldwide Arbitration Congress

As Thailand’s leading commercial arbitration firm, DUENSING KIPPEN was invited by the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) to send delegates to its 21st Bi-Annual Worldwide Congress on Commercial Arbitration. Olaf Duensing and Jerrold Kippen were 2 of the 3 delegates representing Thailand at the ICCA’s largest ever Congress seated this time in Singapore. The Congress was attended by over 1,000 of the world’s leading arbitration professionals and academics as well as several state justices and attorney generals and other top officials from over 60 countries. Given the particularly high-level nature of this rare event, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) also sent a delegation of their highest officiating members. Olaf and Jerrold were also honored to accept the CIArb’s President’s invitation to a selected audience High Tea at the United Kingdom’s Ambassador’s residence just prior to the commencement of the Congress.

Olaf Duensing moderates IBAP program with Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak

On 6th April 2012, Olaf Duensing moderated IBAP program with Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak. April’s IBAP meeting with guest speaker Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, one of Thailand’s most brilliant political minds, was most certainly the highlight of last years’ IBAP events. The political insights presented by Dr. Thitinan Pongsudhirak, including his interpretation of the current political situation in Thailand, provided the IBAP members and guests with an eye opening exposure to the current political struggle that everyone living in the Kingdom is subject to. Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak talked about the dim outlook of Thailand’s near political future in his astute interpretation of the current Thai affairs. It was very useful for all attendees to get this realistic viewpoint from a local intellectual.

DUENSING KIPPEN wins major (THB 150 M + / USD 5 M +) ICC Arbitration Proceeding

DUENSING KIPPEN successfully defended a “super-luxury” villa developer on the high-end resort island of Phuket, Thailand in an arbitration proceeding under the auspicious of the International Chamber of Commerce. The amount in controversy was an approximate THB 150 M (approximate USD 5 M). The claimant’s counsel was an international firm consistently ranked as or among the best in Asia and worldwide. The claimant’s recovery was limited to a mere (approximate) 13% of the amount claimed.

DUENSING KIPPEN selected as the successor firm to Tilleke & Gibbins (Phuket)

In a widely reported turn of events, after almost seven years in the Phuket market, the well known Phuket law firm with a focus on property, Tilleke & Gibbins Phuket (T&G), closed down its Phuket office on 29 February 2012. Upon notice and with the consent of the T&G Phuket clients, Duensing Kippen took over professional responsibility for virtually all of T&G Phuket’s client matters and files. DUENSING KIPPEN also took over what was T&G’s Phuket Plaza Del Mar front office, near the entrance to Laguna, for purposes of meeting with clients. John R. Howard, former Joint-Venture Partner and Managing Director of T&G’s Phuket operations, has joined Duensing Kippen in an “Of Counsel” capacity. Said John, “I concluded these arrangements to ‘fill the void’ for the clients left by T&G’s cessation of operations in Phuket. The decision to approach Duensing Kippen involved considerations of integrity for T&G’s Phuket clients and their work. We will be handling almost all T&G Phuket files moving forward, and in a way that will provide a seamless transition and equivalent top-tier professional services. Going forward, I wanted enhanced ‘horse power’ for the continuation of this practice, and Duensing Kippen has a stable of top-notch experienced lawyers, with a particular focus on property, corporate, and tax. Olaf Duensing has eleven years experience in Thailand, nine of which have been in Phuket. Jerrold Kippen has ten years of experience in Thailand including six in Samui and two in Phuket.”

DUENSING KIPPEN now the only firm in Thailand with three Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators is the world-wide recognized arbitration association and arbitrator certification authority. DUENSING KIPPEN is a recognized leader in arbitration practice in South East Asia. Specializing in both domestic and international arbitration DUENSING KIPPEN is now also the only law firm based in Thailand that has three Members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb).

Former Tilleke & Gibbins (Phuket) Partner joins DUENSING KIPPEN

In a widely reported turn of events, after almost seven years in the Phuket market, the well known Phuket law firm with a focus on property, Tilleke & Gibbins Phuket (T&G), closed down its Phuket office on 29 February 2012. Upon notice and with the consent of the T&G Phuket clients, Duensing Kippen took over professional responsibility for virtually all of T&G Phuket’s client matters and files. DUENSING KIPPEN also took over what was T&G’s Phuket Plaza Del Mar front office, near the entrance to Laguna, for purposes of meeting with clients. John R. Howard, former Joint-Venture Partner and Managing Director of T&G’s Phuket operations, has joined Duensing Kippen in an “Of Counsel” capacity. Said John, “I concluded these arrangements to ‘fill the void’ for the clients left by T&G’s cessation of operations in Phuket. The decision to approach Duensing Kippen involved considerations of integrity for T&G’s Phuket clients and their work. We will be handling almost all T&G Phuket files moving forward, and in a way that will provide a seamless transition and equivalent top-tier professional services. Going forward, I wanted enhanced ‘horse power’ for the continuation of this practice, and Duensing Kippen has a stable of top-notch experienced lawyers, with a particular focus on property, corporate, and tax. Olaf Duensing has eleven years experience in Thailand, nine of which have been in Phuket. Jerrold Kippen has ten years of experience in Thailand including six in Samui and two in Phuket.”

DUENSING KIPPEN expands

In the wake of its take over of Tilleke & Gibbins (Phuket) client matters and the former Tilleke & Gibbins (Phuket) Partener, John Howard joining DUENSING KIPPEN; DUENSING KIPPEN has added an additional Client Reception office i.e. the former Tilleke & Gibbins (Phuket) main office and has hired Khun Pathara Thampatpong (LLB.) to best serve its expanding client base. DUENSING KIPPEN is also currently in talks with the elite tax and legal firm throughout the Mekong delta region regarding possible inter-region association and is actively recruiting further top-notch legal and tax professionals for such future further expansion plans.