Phawana is the senior counsel of the firm. She began her career as a lawyer in 1981. With more than 30 years of working experience in Thailand, she has gained extensive experience in corporate law including contract drafting, corporate secretarial works, mortgage and registration, merger and acquisition, contract negotiations as well as corporate governance and regulatory compliance. Her experience throughout her tenure as the general counsel of Bank of Ayudhya PLC. for 12 years and Ge Capital Thailand for 11 years provided her with substantial knowledge in the banking and financial services industry.

Languages

    • Thai
    • English

Education and Admission

    • LL.M Harvard Law School (Full Scholarship), Massachusettes, USA, 1984
    • LL.B, Chulalongkorn University, 1981

Professional Qualification

    • Member of the Thai barrister at Law, The Thai Bar Association

Professional Affiliation

    • Directors Certification Program – Institute of Directors, Thailand

Achievements

    • Moot Court Judge, Harvard Law School Competition, 1984
    • Faculty of Law and Triam Udom Suksa Basketball Team
    • Editor – Chulalongkorn Law Journal, 1981
    • Assistant Editor – Chulalongkorn Law Journal, 1980
    • Panel Judge – SCB Sustainable Development University Competition

Publications, Presentations, and Articles

    • Alternative Development, United Nations Office on Crimes and Drugs, Vienna 2017
    • Rule of Law and Development (Rold 3-2019), Thai Institute of Justice

Professional Experience

    • General Counsel, First Executive Vice President, Bank Of Ayudhya Public Company Limited (2007 – 2019)
    • Member of the Senior Management Team serving on the Executive Management Committee, Vice Chairperson of the Compliance Regulatory Board, member of the Human Resources Committee and Chairperson of Fraud Committee, Bank of Ayudhya PLC.
    • Director, Executive Director, Secretary to the Board of Directors, Mae Fah Luang Foundation Under Royal Patronage Of H.M. The King (2002 – Present)
    • General Counsel – Legal and Compliance, GE Capital Thailand Limited (1996 – 2007)
    • White & Case (Thailand) (1994 – 1995)
    • CE Family Corporation (1987 – 1996)
    • Ukrit Mongkolnavin Law Office (1981 – 1987)

 

Practice Description

GE Capital (Thailand)

    • Led a team of 240 lawyers in providing legal consultation, contract drafting, corporate secretarial works, mortgage and registration, merger & acquisition, contract negotiations, corporate governance and regulatory compliance.
    • Designed and implemented compliance regime and culture in GE Capital Thailand and its subsidiary such as GE Capital Auto Lease Co., Ltd. Provided annual training and reacknowledgement of Code of Conduct and Integrity – the Spirit & Letter commitment adherence to the same standard as GE Capital Corporation worldwide.
    • Led GE Capital (Thailand) in the due diligence and eventual winner of the bid for auto hire purchase and commercial portfolio sale by Financial Restructuring Authority of Thailand, in partnership with Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers.
    • Led legal due diligence and eventual negotiations and acquisition of Asia Finance Public Company for GE Commercial
    • Obtained regulatory approval for the establishment of GE Money Retail Bank, a conversion from Asia Finance Public Company Limited
    • Led legal due diligence and eventual acquisition of 25% stake in Bank of Ayudhya PLC. by GE Capital Corporation including obtaining regulatory approval from Ministry of Finance and Bank of Thailand.

Bank of Ayudhya PLC.

    • Resposible for all legal and compliance matters reporting directly to the President & CEO and to the General Counsel, GE Capital Corporation. Extended responsibility to cover GE Capital Indonesia’s Legal and Compliance Team.
    • Introduced and established robust compliance and ombusperson program in Bank of Ayudhya PLC.
    • Obtained regulatory approval for the establishment of GE Money Retail Bank, a conversion from Asia Finance Public Company Limited.
    • Led legal due diligence and eventual acquisition of 25% stake in Bank of Ayudhya PLC. by GE Capital Corporation including obtaining regulatory approval from Ministry of Finance and Bank of Thailand.
    • Introduced and established robust compliance and ombusperson program in Bank of Ayudhya PLC.
    • Representing Bank of Ayudhya PLC., led legal due diligence and eventual acquisition of credit card and personal loan portfolio of AIA (Thailand) Co., Ltd., Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, Ngern Tid Lor (previously Srisawad Co., Ltd.) etc.
    • Negotiated and managed contract for the establishment of a joint venture for consumer loan and auto hire purchase in Lao PDR.
    • Led due diligence and eventual acquisition of 100% of shares of Hatthar Kasikar, a leading finance company in Cambodia.
    • Negotiated and represented Bank of Ayudhya Plc. in the acquisition and tender offer for 76.8% of the shares of the Bank, obtained regulatory approval from Ministry of Finance and Bank of Thailand.
    • Led yearly CSR activity for check dam building in Doi Tung, Chiangrai for 9 consecutive years.