Owner & Senior Partner
Desmond is an owner and Senior Partner of Hughes Krupica, which is a Thai law firm with 25 lawyers and staff based in Bangkok and Phuket. Desmond has been based in Thailand for 15 years and has set up, lead and operated law firms in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Desmond specializes in advising on the interconnected legal, commercial and practical aspects of real estate development, which can range from early project planning stages through to completion and often those projects will involve mixed use and a hotel element. Desmond frequently advises Thai hotel or asset owners on their arrangements with branded operators and has also assisted Thai owners invest regionally including Myanmar involving joint venture structuring; credit finance facility, hotel management agreement arrangements.
Desmond also enjoys the challenge of joint ventures between operators who take equity in the hotel assets they manage.
Desmond’s other professional capabilities include arbitration and he is a member of the Commission on ADR and Arbitration to Thailand. He qualified as a lawyer in the U.K and Hong Kong and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also part way through his LLM International Corporate and Commercial Law at King’s College, London.
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Desmond Hughes, Owner & Senior Partner, Hughes Krupica