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Thaksin Shinawatra Hires Amsterdam & Peroff

Below is a press release regarding our latest client, the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, which is being distributed via wire globally today.  Please stay tuned to this blog for further news, commentary and information about the Thai political crisis, and our ongoing work in the country.

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Former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra Hires International Law Firm Amsterdam & Peroff

LONDON, May 3, 2010 – Today Amsterdam & Peroff announce that they have been appointed counsel to the former Prime Minister of Thailand Thaksin Shinawatra, to assist in the current contentious struggle for the restoration of democracy and rule of law in the Southeast Asian nation.

“We are pleased to be retained by Prime Minister Shinawatra to work on this urgent matter, and we acknowledge the challenging complexity and sensitivity of the political crisis unraveling Thai society,” said Robert Amsterdam, founding partner of Amsterdam & Peroff. “It is our intention to explore every legal avenue to assist this pro-democracy movement, and urge the international community not to tolerate the government’s violent crackdown on peaceful protestors.”

Thaksin, who served as Thailand’s Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006 before being unlawfully forced from office by a military coup, has been living in self-exile for the past two years despite repeated victories in democratic elections. Protestors affiliated with the National United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD, or “Red Shirts”), suffered 27 casualties in violent confrontations with police and military in the month of April.

Amsterdam & Peroff, founded in 1980 by partners Robert Amsterdam and Dean Peroff, is an international law firm specializing in complex multi-jurisdictional litigation, commercial arbitration, and political advocacy in challenging emerging markets. The firm maintains offices in London, Washington, DC and Toronto. More information is available at www.amsterdamandperoff.com and www.robertamsterdam.com.