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Kowit Somwaiya
Languages
    • Thai
    • English
Professional Qualification
    • Thai Lawyer License
    • Registered Patent Attorney
    • Notarial Services Attorney
Professional Membership
    • Lawyers Council of Thailand and Thai Bar Association
    • Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (Director 2009-2016, Vice President 2017-2019)
    • ASEAN Intellectual Property Association
    • Asian Patent Attorneys Association (Co-Chair of Emerging IP Rights Committee 2013-2015, Member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2016-2018)
    • International Trademark Association (Chair of East Asia & Pacific Sub-Committee of Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2014-2015, Chair of Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee 2016-2017, Co-Chair of Global Advisory Council-Asia & Pacific 2016-2017, Member of Global Advisory Council-Asia Pacific 2018-2019, Member of the Board of Directors 2018-2020)
    • International Bar Association
Education
    • Certificate of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School, USA
    • LL.M., University of Illinois, USA
    • LL.B., Thammasat University, Thailand
    • BA (Education), Ubon Ratchathani Rajbhat University
Kowit Somwaiya
Managing Partner
Biography

Kowit holds an LL.M. from the University of Illinois, an LL.B. from Thammasat University and a BA (Education) from Ubon Ratchathani Rajbhat University.  He worked with Domnern Somgiat & Boonma for seven and a half years, with Chandler & Thong-ek Law Offices for four and a half years, and for four years as a partner of George & Kowit.  Before founding LawPlus Ltd. in 2003, he was the Managing Partner of the Bangkok Office of a leading UK law firm (Herbert Smith Freehills).  Kowit has over 30 years’ experiences in laws on banking, corporate, foreign direct investment, merger and acquisition, intellectual property, IT, telecoms, dispute resolution and litigation.

Kowit is a registered patent attorney and trademark attorney.  He is a member of the Lawyers Council of Thailand, the Thai Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Association of Thailand (Director 2009-2016, Vice President 2017-2019), the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association, the Asian Patent Attorneys Association (Co-Chair of the Emerging IP Rights Committee 2013-2015 and Member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee 2016-2018).

He was a member of the INTA Anti-Counterfeiting East Asia & Pacific Subcommittee (2004-2005, 2008-2009 and 2012-2013), the INTA FTA Analysis Committee (2006-2007), the INTA Famous & Well-Known Marks Committee (2010-2011).  He also served INTA as Chair of the INTA East Asia & Pacific Sub-Committee of Anti-Counterfeiting Committee (2014-2015), Chair of the INTA Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practice Committee (2016-2017), Co-Chair of the INTA Global Advisory Council-Asia & Pacific (2016-2017).  Currently he is a member of the INTA Global Advisory Council-Asia Pacific (2018-2019) and member of the INTA Board of Directors (2018-2020).

Kowit was identified as a leading lawyer for banking and finance transactions by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 from 2003 to 2017, as an on-point, precise advice to a global clientele by WTR 1000, 2013, as a knowledgeable and decisive partner by the Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2012, as a hardworking and commercial by the Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2011, as a intelligent lawyer, who engages with his clients by the Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2010.  The PLC Which Lawyers? Yearbook 2008 recommended him for corporate and M&A transactions.  He was “highly recommended” for corporate/M&A by the PLC Cross-border Merger and Acquisitions Handbook 2007.  The AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2009 listed him as a leading lawyer for M&A.  The IP Profiles 2006 and 2007 picked him as a well-known IP practitioner.  The AsiaLaw Profiles 2006 and 2007 named Kowit as having notable expertise on banking, intellectual property, M&A, restructuring, insolvency and bankruptcy.  The AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2005 named Kowit as a leading lawyer for banking, general corporate practice, corporate governance, restructuring and insolvency.  He was highly recommended company and corporate transaction practitioner by the 2003/2004 Global Counsel 3000 and named as an “IP Star” by the World IP Survey 2017 of the Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars 2017.  The 2017 Asia IP Experts named Kowit as a leading lawyer for Trademarks and IT & Telecoms and the WIPR Leader 2018 also listed him as a “leading lawyer” for patent prosecution.  He was listed as one of Thailand’s Top 100 Lawyers by the Thailand A-List, Asia Business Journal 2018.