Paralee joined Baker McKenzie in 2000 and is currently active in the Dispute Resolution and Administrative & Constitutional practice groups, where she has participated in the role of counsel in some of Thailand’s most significant cases. Paralee is also a leading figure in the Debt Restructuring & Insolvency practice group.
Paralee dedicates a large amount of her time to pro bono projects and diversity and inclusion initiatives. As current Chair of the Pro Bono Committee and Head of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Paralee coordinates the office's pro bono initiatives to ensure that the Bangkok office is working to support the neediest of Thai society. She also coordinates with regional and global Baker McKenzie offices to work on firm-wide pro bono projects.
In addition, Paralee serves as a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University.
Representative Legal Matters
Represented one of the world's largest chemical producers in a landmark administrative dispute regarding quality of the environment, natural resources, and public health. After the Supreme Administrative Court affirmed an injunctive order suspending the client’s projects from further construction or development, we successfully represented the client in requesting alteration of the order to allow the client’s projects to continue with construction, installation of machinery and equipment, and to proceed with the test run.
Acted as lead counsel for one of the leading groups of power companies in Thailand in several administrative disputes relating to the client's power plant projects, regarding the revocation of power plant licenses due to various allegations involving environmental assessment reports, and law and regulations on town plans. Our representation included successfully challenging the injunction application, enabling the client to continue the construction of the power plant until the judgment is rendered.
Acted as co-lead counsel for one of the Asia Pacific region’s largest manufacturers of mixed C4, synthetic rubber, and synthetic latex products in a crisis situation following an explosion at the client's factory. The work involved close co-ordination with the Industrial Estate of Thailand (IEAT), the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy (ONEP) and other government entities under the accident investigation and environmental assessment.
Acted as lead counsel for one of Thailand's largest petrochemical companies in an administrative dispute regarding the establishment of an industrial estate. The work included defending the client against an emergency injunction made by an NGO to suspend the project.
Acted as lead counsel for an electricity generating company in administrative proceedings regarding an NGO's request, pursuant to the Official Information Act, for access to information about our client's proposed power plant. The work included filing an appeal to the Office of the Official Information Commission's (OIC) original order, filing a case against the OIC's order which would result in the client's information being disclosed to the NGO, and eventually obtaining an emergency injunction preventing the government entity from disclosing information during the trial.
Debt Restructuring, Business Reorganization, & Insolvency
Assisted the litigator and consultant for Effective Planners Limited in the hostile rehabilitation process for a petrochemical company and its group of companies. This was one of the largest rehabilitation proceedings in Thai history. Her role included providing legal advice on preparation of the rehabilitation plan, advising on the strategy for obtaining approval of the plan and its amendments from creditors and the Bankruptcy Court, and overseeing defensive and offensive actions in implementing the rehabilitation plan.
Acted for a group of major banks in a hostile rehabilitation proceeding and insolvency petition involving a major regional steel mill with debts exceeding USD 1.1 billion. Representation also included proceedings to challenge the rehabilitation petition submitted by the debtor and obtain a Temporary Absolute Receivership Order before a declaration of bankruptcy.
Represented the client acting as a trustee in the bankruptcy of a parent company and ultimate owner of one of the largest steel pipe manufacturers in the world in managing and realizing all assets, strategizing and implementing legal actions covering reorganization law, corporate law, and criminal law while simultaneously tending to commercial and practical aspects for the client to deal with issues in a hostile scenarios in acquiring corporate control involving creditors with varying interests.
Represented two branches of a prominent bank against claims that the client misled and defrauded a gold mining company established in Bangkok under a loan agreement and export contract, and successfully leading the client in the dismissal of the civil claim; In addition to this, the work involved analyzing the risks of debt restructuring both in-court and out of court, negotiating debt restructuring schemes and conditions with the debtor under the reorganization plan of the parent company and dismissing every objection raised by other creditors to the debt repayment application.
Advised a major bank in a wide range of issues to determine the approach and monitor the proceedings to recover funds that executives of the debtor embezzled and kept in accounts based in the foreign jurisdiction of which USD 13 million was successfully collected, trace assets further complicated by the lack of reciprocal enforcement arrangements between the Thai and English courts, navigate through judgments containing cibil and criminal components, and solve complex issues arising from the status of the assets themselves.
- ‘Leading Individual’ in Restructuring & Insolvency, Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2018-2020
- ‘Band 2' Leading Individual in Restructuring/Insolvency, Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2011-2020
- 'Highly Regarded' in Banking and Restructuring and Insolvency, IFLR1000, 2019-2020
- 'External Counsel of the Year', Asian-MENA Counsel, 2013
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Law Society of Thailand
Paralee is the lead Bangkok Partner behind the End Violence Against Children initiative that sees the Bangkok office collaborating with other regional offices and clients to provide legal overviews on child marriage, sexual abuse, child trafficking, child labour, physical violence in homes and schools and corporal punishment.
The Bangkok office has produced the first report detailing the law behind child human trafficking in Thailand. The report, compiled by Paralee and her team, will be used by WorldVision in their attempts to stop this abhorrent practice in Thailand and its neighbours.
- Thailand (2001)
- Columbia University (LLM) (2005)
- Thammasat University (LLB) (2000)
- Speaker, Bracing for COVID-19: Preparing for Legal Impacts, March 2020
- Speaker, Preparing for 2020: Staying on top of the Legal Landscape, January 2020
- Speaker, The Emerging Risk of Class Action and the Effect on Business, May 2019
Firm Committee Memberships
- Chair of Pro Bono Committee
- Head of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee