Asia Practice Further Strengthened by Arrival of Experienced Capital Markets Lawyers

Monsiree Jirasarunya and Shihani Soysa bring diverse experience advising on capital markets and corporate finance transactions.

June 14, 2018

Latham & Watkins is pleased to announce that Monsiree Jirasarunya and Shihani Soysa have joined the firm’s Singapore office as counsel in the Corporate Department. Their practices focus on capital markets and corporate finance transactions, including advising issuers and underwriters in public and private securities offerings. Jirasarunya and Soysa will be part of the firm’s Capital Markets Practice.

Jirasarunya has extensive experience advising public and private multinational corporations, private equity sponsors, financial institutions, and private capital providers in a broad range of corporate securities and capital markets offerings, liability management transactions, bank and acquisition financings, structured financings, and debt restructurings. She is also a native Thai speaker.

Soysa has many years of securities experience advising issuers and underwriters in a wide variety of debt and equity capital markets transactions, particularly in the US capital markets. She also advises public companies on ongoing regulatory reporting, securities compliance, and corporate governance matters.

Michael Sturrock, Vice Chair of Latham & Watkins’ global Corporate Department, said: “Monsiree and Shihani further bolster our Asia capital markets and public company representation capability. We continue to see an increasing sophistication and complexity of deals across Asia and their expertise complements our talented team on the ground. In addition, their substantive capital markets expertise and deep understanding of the markets in Thailand and India – two of the most exciting economies in Asia – will be a great asset to our clients.” 

Posit Laohaphan, a corporate partner in Latham & Watkins’ Hong Kong office and head of the firm’s Thailand Practice, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Monsiree to the team as we continue to grow our regional capital markets practice, particularly in Thailand. She brings in-depth knowledge of equity and debt capital markets and the business landscape in Thailand. We also recently welcomed Sirada Chayabunjonglerd to the region, a Latham associate with strong ties to Thailand who transferred to Singapore from our New York office. This infusion of talent enhances our capabilities in advising Thai companies on their most important corporate transactions.”

Rajiv Gupta, a corporate partner in Latham’s Singapore office and head of the firm’s India Practice, added: “Shihani adds more depth to our India Practice and provides clients with strong and diverse experience across a range of corporate and securities law matters. We are well positioned to take advantage of the growth opportunities in Asia and to further advance our market position in the region and globally.”

“Latham & Watkins has firmly established a leading capital markets practice in Asia that has advised on some of the highest profile mandates in Thailand. I am excited to be joining this exceptional team and look forward to contributing to the firm’s continued growth in Southeast Asia and across the region,” said Jirasarunya.

Soysa added: “Latham & Watkins’ capital markets practice is widely known in India for being at the cutting edge of cross-border corporate finance transactions. The firm has a stellar track record advising on large-scale, sophisticated mandates. I was attracted by Latham’s global platform, extensive resources, and culture of teamwork — all of which will provide terrific opportunities to enhance my practice.”

Jirasarunya joins from the London office of Ropes & Gray LLP. She earned her JD from Columbia University School of Law, where she was named a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for superior academic achievement. She also holds an LLB (Hons) from University College London.

Soysa joins from Wells Fargo in New York, where she was Capital Markets Counsel covering the equity capital markets business of Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to Wells Fargo, Soysa worked in private practice as a capital markets associate in New York and Singapore. She earned her JD from Harvard Law School.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins delivers innovative solutions to complex legal and business challenges around the world. From a global platform, our lawyers advise clients on market-shaping transactions, high-stakes litigation and trials, and sophisticated regulatory matters. Latham is one of the world’s largest providers of pro bono services, steadfastly supports initiatives designed to advance diversity within the firm and the legal profession, and is committed to exploring and promoting environmental sustainability.

About the Thailand Practice

With nearly 20 years of experience representing clients in Thailand, Latham & Watkins is the only global law firm in the region with internationally-qualified, Thai-speaking lawyers at partner, counsel and associate levels. The firm has advised on some of the most significant and innovative transactions in the market, including: advising on the largest Thai initial public offerings in each of the past two years, representing Gulf Energy in its 24 billion baht (US$733 million) IPO in November 2017, and Banpu Power Public Company Limited in its 13.6 billion baht (US$389 billion) IPO in October 2016. Latham was ranked both years as the #1 legal adviser for IPOs on the Stock Exchange of Thailand by deal value, according to Thomson Reuters.

About the India Practice

Latham & Watkins is one of the largest and most experienced international law firms advising both domestic and international clients on their transactions in India and globally. The firm’s India Practice boasts more than 50 India-focused lawyers based across the firm’s offices in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States, representing clients on ground breaking transactions in the country. With two decades of experience, Latham lawyers have advised on more than 280 transactions in India, with a combined value of more than US$180 billion to-date. Recent high profile deals include the US$1.2 billion IPO by HDFC Standard Life Insurance Company, ReNew Energy’s US$475 million high-yield notes offering, and MakeMyTrip's acquisition of ibibo group.

Notes to Editors

Latham & Watkins operates as a limited liability partnership worldwide with affiliated limited liability partnerships conducting the practice in France, Italy, Singapore, and the United Kingdom and as affiliated partnerships conducting the practice in Hong Kong and Japan. Latham & Watkins operates in South Korea as a Foreign Legal Consultant Office. Latham & Watkins works in cooperation with the Law Office of Salman M. Al-Sudairi in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Michael Sturrock, Vice Chair of Latham & Watkins’ global Corporate Department +65.6437.5412

Posit Laohaphan, Head of Latham & Watkins’ Thailand Practice +852.2912.2698

Rajiv Gupta, Head of Latham & Watkins’ India Practice +65.6437.5467


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