Founding & Managing Director
Telephone: +66 (0) 8 1890 1968
Douglas is a dual national (Thai and American) and has worked in Thailand for over 20 years. He previously worked as a lawyer in California for 13 years. This unique background helps Douglas in assisting foreign clients navigate Thailand’s sometimes opaque legal terrain on both transactional matters and in disputes.
Douglas has handled scores of mergers and acquisitions in Thailand. Douglas has drafted and negotiated the terms of transactional documents and agreements over his 20 years Thailand. He routinely supervises drafted due diligence reviews He has also arbitrated contractual disputes in the U.S. and Asia. Douglas understands the consequences of not getting the deal done right.
Douglas has a recognized strong anti-corruption practice that includes substantial on the ground experience in Thailand with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Mancill handled supervised scores of internal compliance investigations, often acting a local counsel for international firms, such as Clifford Chance, Norton Rose and Jones Day, and is also often engaged directly by U.S., European and Japanese multinationals companies.
His practice also emphasizes debt and corporate restructuring matters. Douglas handled several high-profile restructuring matters in Thailand after the 1997 financial crisis. He, for example, represented ITOCHU in the Siam Strip Mill/G-Steel restructuring matter. In the U.S., he handled numerous Chapter 11 matters, including adversary proceedings arising in Chapter matters. He has consulted on and authored pieces on Chapter 15 proceedings.
Douglas holds leadership positions in committees and taskforces of the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand (AMCHAM) and the American Bar Association (ABA). He has spoken in New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seoul and Hong Kong at events organized by, among others, the ABA, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), LawAsia, the British Chamber of Commerce in Thailand, the American Conference Institute, the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, AMCHAM, CAL-Asia, the Japanese Institute of International Business Law and the Japanese Ministry of Justice.
He has also published articles on U.S. and Thai law. Most recently, Douglas wrote the Thai chapter of the ABA’s publication, International Joint Ventures: A Guide for U.S. Lawyers.
Douglas was a Senior Consultant at DLA Piper, a global international law firm. Before that, Douglas was a partner at PriceSanond (formerly known as Price, Sanond, Prabhas & Wynne), from 1998 until 2018 and he was a partner from 1992 until 1998 in the US law firm of Graham & James (now Squire Patton Boggs), which was then affiliated with PriceSanond and Deacons. He was an associate at Graham & James from 1986 until 1991.
Douglas graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, and received a received bachelor’s degree with honors (top 10%), in Economics and Philosophy, two separate majors, from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Douglas is qualified in California.
NOTABLE MATTERS IN THAILAND
- IBM in the sale of its PC business in Thailand to Lenovo.
- Valvoline in a buy-out of its local Thai party’s shareholding in Valvoline (Thailand) Limited.
- Bain Capital in its acquisition of a majority stake in a Thai public company.
- Japanese companies such as ITOCHU and Matsushita (Panasonic) in local transactions and debt restructuring matters, including, among others, ITOCHU’ acquisition of Dole’s operations in Asia (acquisition of Dole’s businesses in Thailand).
- ICC arbitration concerning the Yadhana pipeline between Thailand and Myanmar.
- A Japanese trading firm in its efforts to recover over USD100 million from a major Thai steel mill in bankruptcy reorganization.
- Advising several large Japanese corporations in the corporate restructuring of their local Thai subsidiaries.
- Shell in its acquisition of a local company that had approximately 50 branches through-out Thailand.