DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has raided Coudert Brothers to secure two new Bangkok partners as the firm aggressively ramps up its Thai presence.

Former Coudert Bangkok managing partner Chanvitaya Suvarnapunya and telecoms specialist Chatchai Inthasuwan will be joined at DLA by four associates.

Also joining the firm is highly rated restructuring expert Lampros Vassiliou who joins from corporate debt restructuring consultancy LV & Associates.

Suvarnapunya, Inthasuwan and Vassiliou all join the Bangkok office as partners.

The move doubles DLA’s presence in Thailand, and follows last year’s win of the Thai work for retail chain Tesco.

Interestingsly, just last year, DLA lost out to Coudert in securing the remaining vestiges of the two-partner Bangkok office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The magic circle firm announced it was axing its Bangkok office last year, as part of a strategic review of Asia.

The departures leave Coudert Brothers’ Bangkok office with the two former Freshfields partners, Stephen Bennett and Surasak Vajasit.