Okanurak, Chirachai

Chirachai Okanurak

Partner
Baker & McKenzie Limited Attorneys at Law

Biography

Chirachai Okanurak is recognized as a leading practitioner in dispute resolution, particularly with regard to the construction industry. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1990, and became a partner in 1994. In the course of his practice with Baker McKenzie — and in his eight years with a previous firm — Mr. Okanurak has accumulated considerable experience in the areas of arbitration, civil claims, construction disputes, insurance, bankruptcy and debt restructuring. He currently serves as head of the Firm’s Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Bangkok.

Practice Focus

Mr. Okanurak routinely assists clients in the construction, finance and infrastructure sectors on a broad range of disputes. He also advises on various legal matters related to breaches of contract, enforcement of assets, defense of insurance claims and responding to events of default.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Acted for two major foreign engineering firms in a UNCITRAL claim resulting from a breach of construction and supply contracts.
  • Represented a Japanese construction company in various arbitration proceedings relating to its activities in Thailand and neighboring countries, including infrastructure, power, office building and joint venture matters.
  • Represented major telecommunications companies in litigation and arbitration matters in Thailand and elsewhere in relation to joint venture and service agreements, as well as shareholder and tax disputes against foreign investors and state enterprises.
  • Acted for a Thai securities company and bondholders in their multi-million THB claim, due to the failure of Thai-listed companies to service debts.
  • Advised three overseas banks on recommended action in the event of default under loan agreements between a major Thai realty company and each bank.
  • Advised international trading companies regarding possible debt recovery from companies in the steel industry, real estate companies, petrochemical companies and refinery companies.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Thai Bar Association
  • Law Society of Thailand

Admissions

  • Thailand (1980)

Education

  • American University (LL.M.) (1985)
  • Chulalongkorn University (LL.B.) (1980)

Languages

  • English
  • Thai