21 ASIAN LEGAL BUSINESS – JULY 2023 WWW.LEGALBUSINESSONLINE.COM ALB ASIA SUPER 50 DISPUTES LAWYERS 2023 and arbitration, Phisit Dejchaiyasak is the head of Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners’ dispute resolution practice group in Bangkok. His expertise encompasses a wide range of areas, including administrative law, banking and finance, bankruptcy, business reorganisation, class actions, corporate and commercial law, concessions, real estate, securities, telecommunications, trade, tort, taxation, as well as civil and criminal cases. Throughout his career, Phisit has successfully represented numerous clients in high-stakes disputes, delivering positive outcomes for his clients, concerned industries, and state enterprises. He has been involved in complex cases, including large-scale disputes with substantial monetary value. He played a pivotal role in representing a major telecommunications company in a dispute related to a concession agreement for prepaid and roaming services involving approximately 68,700 million baht ($2 billion). Additionally, he provided counsel and representation to a major renewable energy company in arbitration proceedings under the ICC Arbitration Rules, focusing on claims arising from share purchase agreements, agricultural land leases, and permissions to use agricultural land. He advised on the first class action case of Thailand and was able to negotiate an agreement that successfully decreased the risk of the related company. Phisit ‘s approach to clients is centred around providing strategic advice tailored to their interests and business objectives, both in pre-litigation and litigation proceedings. He believes in understanding the big picture of each dispute and formulating a comprehensive plan to work efficiently towards the most favourable outcome for his clients. His dedication to protecting his clients’ interests is evident in his track record of handling precedent-setting cases across various areas of law. Phisit’s ability to analyse complex legal issues enables him to effectively prevent or rectify problems for his clients. By applying strategic litigation, he has safeguarded a client in the internet services sector from creditors, allowing them to maintain control and grow into a major internet company. Rakesh Kirpalani director of dispute resolution and information technology, chief technology officer, Drew & Napier Rakesh Kirpalani is a highly accomplished director of dispute resolution and information technology and chief technology officer at Drew & Napier, where he has made significant contributions to arbitration, litigation, and information technology. With 16 years of legal experience, he has established himself as a trusted advisor in various practice areas, including commercial and corporate litigation, high-tech disputes, corporate restructuring and workouts, employment law, and international arbitration. Throughout his career, Kirpalani has handled major cases that have showcased his exceptional skills and expertise. In a complex litigation matter, he successfully defended MCDP Phoenix and Michael Carbonara against a highstakes claim brought by B High House International involving intricate financial and technological issues in the financial services sector, specifically in the payment processing space. His strategic approach and in-depth understanding of payment processing, including application programming interfaces (APIs) and merchant control panels, played a pivotal role in securing a favourable outcome for his clients. In another noteworthy case, Kirpalani represented Telcoin in a litigation matter concerning issuing digital tokens on the blockchain. The case raised novel legal and technological issues related to smart contracts and the conversion of digital assets. His expertise in blockchain technology and his ability to navigate complex legal questions contributed to dismissal of the plaintiff’s action. He advises clients on risk avoidance, risk management, and dispute resolution concerning technology, data, commercial issues, and employment law. Kirpalani is also involved in bridging the knowledge gap between legal and Kapil Arora Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, India Purvi Asher Mansukhlal Hiralal & Co, India Ajay Bhargava Khaitan & Co, India Vanita Bhargava Khaitan & Co, India Shweta Bharti Hammurabi & Solomon Partners, India Baldev Bhinder Blackstone & Gold, Singapore Huai Yuan Chia Dentons Rodyk & Davidson, Singapore Anna (Wan Kei) Chan Oldham, Li & Nie, Hong Kong Leng Sun Chan, SC Duxton Hill Chambers, Singapore Yee Leong Chong Allen & Gledhill, Singapore Thawat Damsa-Ard Tilleke & Gibbins, Thailand Phisit Dejchaiyasak Weerawong, Chinnavat & Partners, Thailand Dinesh Dhillon Allen & Gledhill, Singapore Romi Emirat Soemadipradja & Taher Law Firm, Indonesia