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Clyde & Co expands into Thailand

Following the recent appointment of a new Australian managing partner, global law firm Clyde & Co is set to open an office in Bangkok, Thailand.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 22 November 2022 Big Law
Clyde & Co expands into Thailand
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Clyde & Co has unveiled plans to bolster its Asian presence by opening an office in Bangkok, with the appointment of a partner and legal director from fellow BigLaw firm Kennedys.

The news follows the recent appointment of a new managing partner in Australia in late October and the surpassing of $100 million annual revenue in Australia in the same month.

Earlier this year, Lawyers Weekly reported that Australia is now Clyde & Co’s third-most profitable nation in terms of fees generated and that the firm had launched a new cyber risk consulting arm for the Asia-Pacific region.


The new office will “further strengthen Clyde & Co’s foothold in Asia and the expanding ASEAN region”, the firm said in a statement, and help to establish the firm in an increasingly important trading and insurance hub.

The Bangkok office will provide insurance advice to local and international insurers and reinsurers, as well as litigation services on Thai disputes and arbitration services on international and Thai disputes.

Joining that office is partner Ian Johnston, an international arbitration specialist with extensive dispute resolution experience and has worked in Asian markets for over two decades, and legal director Sorawat Wongkaweepairot.

Mr Johnston said that he is “hugely excited” to be joining Clyde & Co.

“We know the firm as a premium brand for insurance not just in Asia but globally, and we hope to be able to take full advantage of the opportunities of this global dimension for our clients,” he said.

Clyde & Co partner and APAC board chair Simon McConnell added: “The Bangkok market is a vital one for our regional and global insurer clients as well as many energy, construction, and transportation clients.

“The team has two decades of experience operating in the Asian market. Joining Clyde & Co as part of our bold growth strategy will enable them to work together with our leading practitioners across ASEAN, for the benefit of their practices and our clients,” he said.

And Clyde & Co chief executive Matthew Kelsall noted that Bangkok is a “key hub” in the region.

“Not only will opening here support the growth of our global insurance practice but provide a platform for growth in our other core sectors, which are central to the fast-growth ASEAN economies,” he proclaimed.

“We are excited about the opportunities this move will provide us with.”

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