Team Leader, MyanmarSanthapat Periera

30 years of experience in labor and employment law.

Other Areas of Practice:

  • Commercial Transactions and M&A
  • Banking and Finance
  • Bankruptcy and Restructuring
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Insurance

 Professional  Experience:

  • Partner, Commercial Department – Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok, Thailand): 2002-present
  • Managing Director, Vietnam – Tilleke & Gibbins (Hanoi, Vietnam): 1999-2007
  • Group Director, Commercial Department – Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok, Thailand): 1998-2002
  • Attorney and Head of the Banking and Finance Group – Tilleke & Gibbins (Bangkok, Thailand): 1990-1998
  • Secondee Associate, Banking and Institutional Investing Group – Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (New York, U.S.A.): 1989-1990


  • Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School (Massachusetts, U.S.A.): 2000
  • L.L.M. in International Banking Law Studies, Boston University (Massachusetts, U.S.A.): 1989
  • M.C.L., University of Miami (Florida, U.S.A.): 1988
  • Diploma, University of Florida (Florida, U.S.A.): 1987
  • L.L.B., Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand): 1985

Languages: English, Thai

Professional Memberships:

  • Thai Bar Association
  • Lawyers Council of Thailand (formerly The Law Society of Thailand)
  • ASEAN Law Association of Thailand
  • The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Thai)
  • Board of Directors, Danish-Thai Chamber of Commerce 


  •  The Thailand chapter of Foreign Direct Investment: A View from the Inside, published by The Global Legal Post in February 2017
  • The Thailand chapter of Energy and Natural Resources (Electricity) 2016/2017, published by Practical Law Company in June 2016


Founded over 120 years ago, our affiliate 150-lawyer team in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar is one of the oldest firms in Thailand and one of the leading firms in Southeast Asia, representing top investors and high-profile companies expanding into the region. The firm has a reputation for excellence across all critical areas of business law practice and as a result of the firm’s commitment to meeting clients’ long-term objectives, its regional expertise, and international experience, it has become one of the most highly regarded independent law firms, not only in Thailand but region-wide. 

Labor and Employment Practice:

The team provides a broad range of labor and employment advice in the constantly evolving business conditions and labor sentiment in the developing economies in which they operate. Services include all aspects of establishing and running companies as well as all labor and related aspects of transactions including M&A and restructuring and employee disputes, settlements, policies and practices and negotiations as well as immigration and matters dealing with criminal issues. The firm’s focus on helping companies create a positive work environment often helps businesses avoid prohibitive recruitment and litigation costs as well as attracting the best talent in the industry.  

The Plus - Business Law Capacity:

The team is equipped to provide comprehensive business law services to companies operating anywhere within the region including in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The firm has a well-established reputation for providing insightful and business-oriented solutions in all areas of business law.

A representative client list includes clients from industry sectors including: banking, retailing, manufacturing, oil and gas, finance, technology, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automotive, food and beverages among many others.  

Key Facts:

  • Location: Yangon, Myanmar
  • Size: 2 Partners, 7 Associates 
  • Business Law Practice Areas: Labor & Employment; Commercial Transactions and M&A; Corporate Services; Technology, Media, and Telecommunications; Anti-Corruption; Antitrust and Competition; Banking and Finance; Bankruptcy and Restructuring; Dispute Resolution and Litigation; Energy; Family Law and Private Clients; Government Relations; Insurance; Intellectual Property; Property; Regulatory Affairs; Tax; Transportation; Logistics.
  • Languages: English, Thai, French, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Malay, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese


  • Recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (Commercial Transactions and M&A)
  • Recommended in Trademarks by Asia IP
  • Recommended by Managing Intellectual Property