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John P. Formichella is a US trained attorney and a leading expert in the Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT) sector in East and Southeast Asia. He has 23 years’ sophisticated technology transaction experience (5 in Taiwan, 18 in Thailand), covering technology development and licensing projects, data privacy issues, infrastructure and business process outsourcings, systems integrations, ERP implementations, cloud computing and web hosting arrangements, data center and co-location agreements, and telecommunications procurements.
John represents some of the largest software and telecommunications companies in the US, Europe and Japan with regard to their affairs in Thailand. His jurisdiction experience covers Thailand, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Laos, and his practice areas include corporate, regulatory compliance, labour & employment and energy.
John has practiced with the firm for the past 14 years. Prior to joining Blumenthal Richter & Sumet (BRS), he was an attorney at Minter Ellison practicing out of the firm’s Bangkok offices in its Corporate practice group. Prior to joining Minter Ellison, he was Vice President/General Counsel of Wherever.net Holding Corporation (a NASDAQ-listed telecoms company based in Hong Kong). Prior to joining Wherever.net, he was an associate for East West International Law Offices in Taipei, Taiwan from 1996 to 1999.
John graduated from the State University of New York (University of Buffalo) earning Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees, and a Juris Doctorate. He also studied at the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law in Bangkok.
John is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association. He has served as Chairman of the Information & Communications Technology Committee at the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand since January 2013. He is also the exclusive member for TMT and Corporate Law in Thailand of IR GLOBAL, which is ranked by Chambers & Partners in its global-wide list of “Leading Law Firm Networks” and listed by The Legal 500. He has been ranked in Chambers & Partners’ Asia-Pacific client guide since 2014 and in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific client guide since 2013. He is also recognized as an expert in Telecommunications Law by Who’s Who Legal.
John’s publications include the Comparative Law Yearbook of International Business (Vol. 40A), a Special Issue examining recent developments in regulatory compliance and their impact on business operations in select jurisdictions, to which John contributed a chapter on Thailand, and Getting the Deal Through: Telecoms & Media (2017-19), a key legal industry publication that provides a comprehensive overview of the regulatory environment of the telecoms & media sectors in the world’s major jurisdictions. John was pleased to contribute as jurisdiction author for Thailand.
Blumenthal Richter & Sumet (BRS) is a full-service law firm that helps leading international and domestic companies to expand into new markets, grow their businesses and navigate increasingly complex regulatory frameworks. For more than 40 years, we have built a reputation for providing international standards of legal service, harnessing insightful local knowledge and operating to the highest degree of integrity at all times. Our licensed Thai, European and U.S. attorneys are client driven and focused on helping you achieve your goals. Working as a team, we strive to deliver the right outcome and tackle not only your legal issues but the factors affecting your industry. Our experience in the automotive, manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, transport, mining, chemicals, technology, media, telecommunications, real estate, hospitality, oil and gas, coal, renewables, insurance and pharmaceutical industries gives us the market perspective to understand your needs.
Our areas of service include Corporate and Commercial / M&A, Foreign Direct Investment, Real Estate and Construction, Tax and Customs, Tech-Media-Telecoms (TMT), Regulatory Compliance, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Labour and Employment, Immigration and Foreign Employment, Hospitality and Lifestyle, Banking and Project Finance, Energy and Infrastructure, Intellectual Property, Capital Markets and Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Business Reorganization.
BRS is the exclusive Thailand representative of IR-GLOBAL, the largest and fastest-growing international professional services network, for Corporate Law, Project Finance, M&A, Real Estate, and TMT. BRS is also the exclusive Thailand representative of INTERLAW, the preferred law firm network for companies doing business internationally. With more than 5,000 attorneys in 125 cities worldwide, INTERLAW is ranked as a “Tier 1, Elite Law Firm Network” and—together with IR-GLOBAL—provides BRS with access to specialist legal practitioners in every major worldwide jurisdiction.
BRS has been ranked consistently as a “Leading Firm” by the legal profession’s foremost independent directories, including Chambers and The Legal 500. Individual departments and partners have been recognized year on year by both legal publications for successfully representing their clients’ interests and for the ongoing quality of their expertise.
And recently, The Legal 500 shortlisted BRS for the “TMT Law Firm of the Year” award in its inaugural Southeast Asia Legal Awards. BRS was the only firm in Thailand nominated for this award, which recognizes the leading legal practitioners for both private practice and in-house in the region. The shortlist was determined through the annual The Legal 500 research process, which involves firm submissions, client referees and independent research.
This award comes on the heels of BRS achieving a Tier 1 ranking for TMT in Thailand in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020. John P. Formichella, Partner and head of our TMT practice, was also ranked individually as a “Leading Individual” in this area. Commenting on the nomination, John attributed it to “teamwork, industry expertise and practical solutions we provide for clients.”
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