13 Mar 2023

Rajah & Tann bolsters regional International Arbitration practice with appointment of new partner in Bangkok

Rajah & Tann has appointed Dr Vanina Sucharitkul, a distinguished international arbitration specialist, to join its regional International Arbitration practice as a partner, which came into effect on 1 March 2023.

Dr Vanina Sucharitkul brings a wealth of experience to the firm, having been admitted to the California Bar and holding degrees from top institutions in the US and Paris, including a Juris Doctor from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco and a Docteur en Droit on Investor-State Dispute Settlement from the University of Paris Panthéon-Assas. Being of mixed Thai and French heritage and a citizen of France, Thailand and the US, Dr Vanina has a unique cross-cultural perspective on international disputes. Her experience working at international law firms in San Francisco, Bangkok, Paris and Hong Kong has also equipped her with expertise that goes beyond geographical boundaries. As a result, Dr Vanina is well-placed to advise on issues that arise both within and outside of the region. She is also fluent in English, Thai, and French.

A leading practitioner in international arbitration, Dr Vanina was previously a member of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) for Thailand for nine years. She currently chairs the Thailand Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has served as Director of ArbitralWomen for two terms. In addition, Dr Vanina regularly sits as arbitrator under the auspices of a number of arbitral institutions including the ICC, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Asian International Arbitration Centre (AIAC), Shenzhen Court of International Arbitration (SCIA), and the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI).

Initially based in Bangkok, Dr Vanina will be working closely with the Singapore office with a view to eventually relocate to Singapore.

“We are excited to welcome Dr Vanina Sucharitkul to our team,” said Kelvin Poon, Senior Counsel, Head of the International Arbitration practice at Rajah & Tann Singapore. “Her extensive experience and expertise in international arbitration will add a new dimension to our practice and enhance our ability to serve our clients’ needs globally.

“Dr Vanina’s appointment comes at a time when the firm is looking to grow our international arbitration practice. We are confident that her experience will help achieve our goals.”

Rajah & Tann’s International Arbitration Practice is an award-winning practice that is amongst the largest and most successful in the world. Since 2008, Rajah & Tann has been recognised as one of the top 100 arbitration practices in the world according to the Global Arbitration Review 100.

As part of the largest Asian headquartered legal network, the team works closely with arbitration specialists across the Rajah & Tann Asia network to seamlessly support multi-jurisdictional arbitration matters in the region, delivering world-class advice and counsel through a powerful combination of its extensive connections across the continent.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – https://www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capability to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. The network’s geographical reach also includes Singapore-based regional desks focusing on Brunei, Japan and South Asia. With over 800 fee earners, all working together towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage.