Apisith John Sutham

Counsel


Contact Details

T: + 66 2 264 8000
F: + 66 2 657 2222
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Apisith John Sutham is Counsel and head of the international trade practice group. John has extensive experience representing foreign and domestic clients in WTO/international trade and trade remedies investigations, including antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard investigations. He also has experience advising clients on customs matters, trade policy, trade compliance, cross-border regulatory requirements, and trade and investment. John also advises clients on trade and investment strategy and policy, including free trade agreements. His legal practice also covers a wide spectrum of corporate, commercial transactional, finance, international commercial arbitration, cross-border transactions, outbound and inbound foreign investment and mergers and acquisitions. 

Recent Experience

Represented Deestone Group, the largest domestic tire producers and exporters in Thailand, in the U.S. Antidumping investigation on Imports of Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks (PVLT) from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Supporting the White & Case trade team based in Washington, D.C., Weerawong C&P was able to secure the lowest all other rate for Thailand (17.08%), by far the lowest among the four subject Asian countries, thereby giving Deestone the competitive advantage vis-à-vis its competitors in Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the highly competitive U.S. tire market in May 2021. Value of imported PVLT from the 4 subject countries: USD 4 billion.

Represented UACJ, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA), and Valeo in Thailand Safeguards Investigation on Imports of Aluminum Foils. This safeguard investigation was a high-profile trade dispute involving aluminum foil imports which are widely used in key industries such as air-conditioning (Thailand is the world no.1 exporter) and packaging industries. As Japan and China are top exporting countries of aluminum products, our clients, UACJ and CNIA, both had significant stakes in the outcome. Weerawong C&P successfully contributed to the final successful outcome in the termination of the investigation in August 2020. Value of imports in Thailand in 2019: USD 300 million.

 
Represented KG Dongbu Group and Baosteel Group in the Thai antidumping investigations on imports of Tinplate (TP) & Tin Free Steel (TFS) from China and Korea. China Iron and Steel Association (CISA). Weerawong C&P was able to successfully obtain a low anti-dumping duty rate for KG Dongbu in the TFS case and zero percent rate in the TP case, as well as for our Chinese client, Baosteel in October 2021.

 
Represented Deestone Group, the largest domestic tire producers and exporters in Thailand, in the U.S. Antidumping investigation on Imports of Passenger Vehicles and Light Trucks (PVLT) from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Supporting the White & Case trade team based in Washington, D.C., Weerawong C&P was able to secure the lowest all other rate for Thailand (17.08%), by far the lowest among the four subject Asian countries, thereby giving Deestone the competitive advantage vis-à-vis its competitors in Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam in the highly competitive U.S. tire market in May 2021. USD 4 billion (value of imported PVLT from the 4 subject countries)

Represented UACJ, China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA), and Valeo in Thailand Safeguards Investigation on Imports of Aluminum Foils. This safeguard investigation was a high-profile trade dispute involving aluminum foil imports which are widely used in key industries such as air-conditioning (Thailand is the world no.1 exporter) and packaging industries. As Japan and China are top exporting countries of aluminum products, our clients, UACJ and CNIA, both had significant stakes in the outcome. Weerawong C&P successfully contributed to the final successful outcome in the termination of the investigation in August 2020. USD 300 million (value of imports in Thailand in 2019)

Education

MBA, General Management, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Free University of Brussels, Belgium, 1994

J.D., School of Law, Fordham University, USA, 1991

B.A. Economics, St. John's University, USA, 1987

Bar Admissions

New York State Bar Association, 1991

United States Court of International Trade

Citizenship

Thai

Languages

Thai, English

Recent Accolades

Litigation Star, Trade and Customs, Benchmark Litigation, 2020-2023

Distinguished Practitioner, International Trade, Asialaw, 2022-2023

Notable Practitioner, Corporate-M&A, Asialaw, 2021

Recommended Lawyer, Trade & Customs, Who’s Who Legal, 2020-2023

Thailand’s Top 100 Lawyers, Asia Business Law Journal, 2020-2023

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