We are pleased to announce that Partners Andreas Richter, Ira Blumenthal, John P. Formichella and Ittinant Suwanjutha have been ranked among the top 100 lawyers in Thailand in the 2019 edition of Asia Business Law Journal's A-List, a ranking of the best private practice lawyers based on client feedback, independent research and nominations from in-house counsel and partners at international law firms.
Andreas has played a pivotal role in transforming Blumenthal Richter & Sumet into one of the largest independent law firms in Thailand. Chambers commends Andreas for his expertise in M&A, joint ventures and market entry issues relating to Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia. The Legal 500 has described Andreas as "an outstanding lawyer who attracts a significant number of German clients." Andreas is the former Chairman of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand Law Committee, and for six years served as Vice-Chair for the Asia-Pacific region on the International Board of Directors of INTERLAW, one of the largest global associations of independent law firms. He is serving his fifth term on the Board of Directors of the German-Thai Chamber of Commerce.
Ira's practice focuses on foreign direct investment, property, M&A, joint ventures and corporate matters in Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia, particularly Vietnam, Indonesia and Cambodia. He has represented foreign clients on some of the largest land purchases to date in Thailand and has extensive industry experience in the automotive, chemicals, minerals, hospitality, manufacturing, real estate and technology sectors. Ira is a member of the New York State Bar of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association and has served on the boards of various multinational companies. He is an entrepreneur and a co-founding partner of Blumenthal Richter & Sumet.
John heads the technology, media and telecommunications ("TMT") practice at Blumenthal Richter & Sumet. He is an industry expert and is consistently ranked as a leading lawyer for TMT in Thailand by Chambers and The Legal 500. He has 23 years' of sophisticated technology experience in East and Southeast Asia and advises global media, software and telecommunications companies on their TMT, corporate and commercial affairs in Thailand, as well as various Thai conglomerates on regulatory compliance and transactional matters. John has served as Chairman of the Information and Communications Technology Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand and is the exclusive member for TMT and Corporate Law in Thailand for IR-Global, one of the largest international professional services networks.
Ittinant has been practicing law for more than 20 years and is a key member of the firm's real estate, corporate and commercial and M&A practice groups. His industry experience includes assisting major real estate developers, foreign investors and energy companies with negotiating and structuring sales, M&As, corporate finance transactions, joint ventures, legal due diligence investigations and leasing, development, construction and operations with respect to property in Thailand. He has worked with some of Thailand's most prestigious law firms and is highly regarded amongst his peers in the Thai legal community. A former lecturer at Thammasat University, he is dedicated to helping Thailand's next generation of lawyers adapt to the rapid changes in Thailand's legal and business sectors.
If you would like to view the full A-List of top 100 lawyers in Thailand, please visit the Asia Business Law Journal website.