Herbert Smith Freehills hires partner in Thailand; six make counsel in Asia

Pariyapol Kamolsilp will join the law firm on May 2 in Bangkok, while six lawyers, based in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, have been promoted to counsel.

Law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has appointed Pariyapol Kamolsilp as a partner in Bangkok. Kamolsilp (pictured) will join the firm on May 2, according to a company announcement. 

In Thailand, HSF is led by managing partner Warathorn Wongsawangsiri. The practice handles large litigation, class actions and arbitration matters for Thai, regional and international clients.

Kamolsilp has over 16 years of experience in domestic and international arbitration, with expertise in construction disputes and insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He began his legal career in 2007, focussing on commercial disputes, including securities matters and M&A.

"Thailand's economy is growing and Bangkok is also a business hub for Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam investment, so client demand for our services is rising," said Wongsawangsiri in the announcement. "Pariyapol's skills will help us meet that demand, particularly in construction, energy, consumer goods and TMT disputes."
Asia managing partner Graeme Preston added: "Bangkok is essential to the growth of our Southeast Asia business, as it attracts investors across sectors and is a hub for onward investment." 

Six promotions 
HSF has also promoted six of their team to counsel in Asia as part of a global promotion of 34 new counsel at the law firm, according to another company announcement. 

The six lawyers are: capital markets lawyer Maisie Ko, who is based in Hong Kong; commercial litigation laywer Saornnarin Kongkasem in Bangkok; Chee Hian Kwah, a specialist in financial services regulation at HSF’s network partner Prolegis in Singapore; Junyeon Park, who is a corporate crime and investigations lawyer based in Tokyo; Hong Kong-based Marcus Wong, who works in debt capital markets; and Yida Xu, also based in Hong Kong, who works in energy. 

They will all be promoted from May 1 and the move follows the promotion of six HSF lawyers in Asia to partners, also from the beginning of May. 

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