John P. Formichella IT Law - Thailand

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Blumenthal Richter & Sumet
31st Fl., Suite 3101 990 Abdulrahim Place
Rama 4 Road Bangkok
10500 Thailand

Tel: +662-022-1000
Fax: +662-636-3399


John has been with the firm for over eight years – becoming a partner two years ago – and has spent a good part of his working life in Asia: prior to joining us John was an attorney at Minter Ellison, Bangkok working in their corporate practice group; before that he was Vice President/General Counsel of Holding Corporation (a NASDAQ-listed telecom company based in Hong Kong); and from 1996-1999 worked in Taiwan as an associate for the East West International Law Offices in Taipei.

John practices in the areas of Information Technology (IT Outsourcing, Software Licensing, Cloud Services); Power & Energy – Gas Fired & Nuclear Stations (Greenfield Projects, PPAs, FSAs, EPC, O&M Agreements); Telecommunications (Licensing & Transactions); Regulatory Compliance; Due Diligence; Employment Law; General Corporate; and general commercial agreements with jurisdiction experience covering Thailand, India, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Laos.

John graduated from the State University of New York (Buffalo) earning Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (Economics), and Juris Doctor degrees. John 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.

IT Law Practice:

With extensive experience – gained by working closely with IT and telecommunications engineers, managers and consultants – our team of industry specialists is able to provide practical, commercially-oriented advice on telecoms and information technology transactions.

We can draft and negotiate complex agreements for enterprise clients to cover: data center outsourcing, system operations (including service level agreements), IT security networks, software development, licensing, implementation and maintenance, cloud services, SaaS, and technology services in general.

Lawyers in our practice are uniquely qualified to provide advice having worked in senior positions with publicly-listed (NASDAQ and NYSE) telecommunications and engineering companies and are well versed in negotiating definitive agreements with senior executives, directors, managers and technology / engineering experts.

Current clients come from such diverse industries as heavy manufacturing, information technology, telecommunications, engineering and investment services. We have been involved in intricate negotiations related to cloud computing, software, development and maintenance contracts, data center operations, financing and purchase of wireless networks, and have advised on acquiring telecommunications licenses.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet:

For close to four decades, Blumenthal Richter & Sumet has been providing international-standard legal representation in Thailand and Southeast Asia.

Based in the commercial heart of Bangkok the firm has grown, along with Asia’s burgeoning economies and rapidly changing legal frameworks, by providing clients with exceptional service and timely, innovative legal solutions.

We possess a broad range of skills, as can be seen from the depth of our practice groups, and operate to the highest ethical standards. We recruit and retain Thailand’s best young legal talent and team them with experienced lawyers in specialized practices to provide strong, dynamic capabilities. Our professional expertise and local knowledge mean we can often take a more nuanced approach to each client’s unique legal needs.

Blumenthal Richter & Sumet is the exclusive Interlaw member firm of Thailand. Interlaw is the preferred law firm network for companies doing business internationally.

Interlaw has earned the highest professional rankings as an “Elite global law firm network”, as classified by Chambers & Partners, and counts as its members top tier independent law firms in 130 cities worldwide. Interlawyers subscribe to the core values of impeccable ethics, international standards of transparency, and devotion to client service. This allows us to share best practice and provides the firm with an ongoing exchange of information regarding the very latest developments in the legal, commercial and financial sectors.

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