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Cynthia Pornavalai
Tilleke & Gibbins, Thailand


Cynthia M. Pornavalai is a champion of business rights in Thailand. From advising multinational energy companies on laws and regulations related to conventional and unconventional energy projects, to counseling major investors seeking to develop natural resources in the region, to helping industry leaders consolidate assets through mergers and acquisitions, Cynthia's practice is as varied as the business goals of her successful clients.

As a multidisciplinary legal practitioner within the energy industry, Cynthia is able to apply her considerable experience in banking and finance, commercial transactions and M&A, property, anti-corruption, and bankruptcy and restructuring to meet the diverse and complex business needs of her clients.

Cynthia is fluent in English, Japanese, Filipino, and Thai. Cynthia received in-depth legal training at Kyoto University, completing her LLB, LLM, and Doctor of Laws course. Drawing on her strong Japanese language and legal skills, she has developed a niche practice helping Japanese businesses invest and succeed in Thailand.

Also a prolific author and an in-demand speaker, Cynthia has penned numerous authoritative texts and has spoken in various conferences in Thailand and abroad. She is a Founding Member of the International Insolvency Institute and a member of the Japanese Securities Dealers Association. Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 recognizes Cynthia as a leading lawyer in Thailand in the areas of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate.


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