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Pushing for ESG Due Diligence in Thailand

In recent years, potential buyers and investors all around the world have begun to place emphasis on conducting Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Due Diligence (“ESG Due Diligence”) on target companies they are looking to invest in or acquire. As a consequence, ESG issues are now fundamental to the investment decision-making process of investors. In practice, ESG Due Diligence may have various elements, including: negative screening (i.e., using an exclusion list or policy to comb through and flag/eliminate companies that have a history of violating international standards or regulations, or which engage in illegal or controversial businesses, such as the manufacturing ...To read the full article, please see the PDF file

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He advises on a wide range of merger-and-acquisition transactions, joint ventures, foreign direct investments, general corporate, international corporate finance, and restructurings. His expertise is advising, structuring and leading complex transactions both within and outside of Thailand. He regularly represents, among others, Japanese, Thai and international investors, international investment banks, international private equity investors, hedge funds and international corporations and financial institutions. His main areas of practice include public and private mergers and acquisitions (takeover rules), legal due diligence, joint ventures, fund raising, listings, block trades, stock exchange and securities exchange related laws, restructuring of shareholdings and general corporate advice. His additional areas of practice also cover banking and finance, renewable energy in Japan and Thailand, exchange control law, labor law, and debt restructurings. Before setting up the Bangkok office of Nishimura & Asahi in 2013, he worked with Linklaters for almost a decade. He is also a registered arbitrator of the Thai Arbitration Institute (TAI) with the areas of expertise in corporate M&A, joint venture, banking and finance, capital markets, debt restructurings and energy.


Apinya’s extensive practice covers a wide array of matters ranging from business set-up, domestic and cross-border transactions to day-to-day business operations, to name a few. Her clientele includes both local and international conglomerates, trading companies, aircraft operators, real estate developers, petroleum and energy companies, financial institutions, securities companies, venture capitalists, and fund managers. Well-read and a holder of law degrees from three different jurisdictions - Thailand, the United States and Japan, Apinya is able to leverage her international experience and cultural insights to effectively and efficiently resolve complex cross-border legal issues and provide tailored legal services and solutions to her clients. In addition to being a practicing lawyer, Apinya is regularly invited to teach business law at various prestigious universities in Thailand, and serves as a counsellor to the Ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives of Thailand for consideration of amendments to the Civil and Commercial Code. Her other notable achievements include being registered as a Barrister-at-Law, Attorney-at-Law, and Notarial Services Attorney in Thailand.

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Based on his experience at Denmark’s national human rights institution, and hands-on practice in Southeast Asia as a commercial lawyer dealing with supply chain legal issues, Jumpei can provide practical advice on human rights due diligence in relation to not only your own operations but also to the entire value chain for your products or services, in accordance with applicable international standards.
Drawing from his time at civil society organizations in both Japan and the U.S, as well as international human rights research at Columbia, Jumpei can support your journey toward respecting the full range of internationally recognized human rights throughout the value chain, and to promoting meaningful engagement with relevant stakeholders.