About The Firm
Navinlaw was set up in April 2012 by a group of lawyers led by Suwit Suwan . The group used to be part of a larger and more established firm, namely, the Mongkolnavin Law Office. The group left Mongkolnavin on good terms to set up its own practice with a focus on advising foreign clients doing business in Thailand. At present, over 70 % of Navinlaw’s clients are foreign private companies and multinational corporations. Japanese companies top the list of its foreign clients, followed by the US, Singapore, Hong Kong and EU companies.
Being small and relatively new, Navinlaw has carved a niche for itself as an independent provider of legal services. Lawyers at Navinlaw are committed to providing practical and reliable advice to clients who value individual attention, cost-effectiveness and simplicity. The Firm intends to expand its business mainly through organic growth. On a case-by-case basis, the firm occasionally retains freelance lawyers who are highly skilled and specialists in various fields to help the firm fulfill clients’ assignments.
Navinlaw offers boutique services in corporate and commercial matters, employment and labor relations, joint ventures, merger and acquisition, international trade and cross-border transactions, civil and white-collar crime litigation. The firm is strategically located in Nontaburi which is the satellite city of Bangkok with close proximity to the new Government Office Complex, including the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce.
Suwit Suwan started his private practice in 1972 with the firm of Mongkolnavin Law Office. At Mongkolnavin Law Office, he was mentored by Professor Dr. Ukrit Mongkolnavin, the President and the Founder of that firm, for over three decades. In return, he helped his mentor’s firm pioneer and expand the firm’s international legal practice. He and his junior colleagues left the firm of Monkolnavin on good terms when its President and Founder signaled his retirement from active legal practice.
During the last 40 years, Suwit has been involved in many professional and academic activities. He served as an associate counsel to the Thai Parliament during 1984 – 1989. He was an active member of the Thai National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce during 1983 – 1986. From 1986 to 1989, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Law Society of Thailand and concurrently served as the Director of the Society’s Professional Training Institute. He served as the Secretary to the Thai National Committee of the ASEAN Law Association during the period 1987 – 1990. He was also an At-large Council Member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association from 1996 – 1999.
While at the Mongkolnavin Law Office, he became interested in a wide spectrum of business law and international business transactions. In the 1980s, he was active in the ASEAN Law forum. He contributed articles and served as a panelist in many conferences organized by the ASEAN Law Association, the topics covered ranging from international commercial arbitration, enforcement of foreign judgments, harmonization of ASEAN corporation laws to franchise and license. He served as a contributing editor on Thailand Section for the Euromoney’s “GT Guide to World Equity Markets” from 1987 to 1997. Suwit is an alumnus of the 1975 Academy of the American and International Law (Southwestern Legal Foundation, Dallas/Texas).
Suwit was recognized by the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, 2006 Edition (in Trade & Customs) and by the Asia Law & Practice’s Guide to Asia – Pacific’s Leading Lawyers 2009 (Merger & Acquisition).
- LL.B. Chulalongkorn University
- Barrister-at-Law, Thailand
- LL.M. (US & International Business Law), Suffolk University Law School, Boston.
- LL.B. (1st Class Honors, Gold Medalist) Chiang Mai University Law School
- Barrister-at-Law, Thailand
- LL.M. In Business Law, University of Southern California (Gould) School of Law
William J. Klausner, born New York City, New York, in 1929; admitted to practice in Connecticut, U.S.A., in 1953 (not admitted to practice in Thailand). Education: Yale University (B.A., 1950; J.D., 1953, M.A., 1955; Phi Beta Kappa). Mr. Klausner has been a permanent resident of Thailand since 1957.
In Thailand, he joined the Asia Foundation in 1956 and retired from the Foundation in 1976 . Thereafter, he became a consultant to the Ford Foundation, Thailand office, and concurrently served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Foundation in Thailand for many years. He is also the former President of the Jim Thompson Foundation.
Mr. Klausner is an adjunct professor of political science, Chulalongkorn University and a Fellow of the Institute of Security and International Studies, Faculty of Political Science (ISIS).