DLA Piper Thailand makes double hire

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Samata Masagee (left) and Waranon Vanichprapa (right)

DLA Piper strengthened its Southeast Asian corporate and finance capability with the appointment Samata Masagee and Waranon Vanichprapa as partners in its Bangkok office.

Masagee joins the firm’s corporate practice from Thai firm Werrawong Chinnavat & Partners, where she was a partner from 2017. She has more than 10 years of experience counselling domestic and international clients on public and private mergers, acquisitions, disposals, restructurings and reorganizations.

Masagee has expertise in cross-border M&A in various industry sectors including energy, technology and telecom, agriculture, food manufacturing and retailing, and financial institutions.

Vanichprapa, who joins DLA Piper’s finance team, was a partner at Baker McKenzie since 2015. He specializes in bank lending including cross-border financing, structured finance, interbank lending, export credit financing, and projects and debt restructuring. He has also worked on various banking and financing regulatory matters including bankruptcy and commercial law issues.

The two additions are the firm’s fourth and fifth partner hires in the region in recent months, following the appointments of Philip Lee, Vincent Seah and David Kuo in Singapore.