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Yapa Thepkanjana

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Yapa Thepkanjana is a regulatory and compliance lawyer. She advises international clients from regulated sectors including food, alcoholic beverages, pharmaceutical products and electronics products on EU, EU Member States and Asian regulatory laws. She also has extensive experience in advising clients on policy advocacy and managing relationships with regulators and policy makers.

Yapa assisted multinational clients in navigating through complex regulatory landscape particularly in the area of sustainability and due diligence. She counselled clients on the implications of upcoming and existing EU and EU Member States legislation and offered actionable advice on how to adapt clients’ compliance measures including review of compliance policies and contracts. As a triple-qualified lawyer and having held legal and regulatory affairs positions at an international producer of wines and distilled spirits in Brussels and Hong Kong, Yapa is able to provide practical regulatory and policy advice which takes into account clients’ global operations and strategic vision. She also advises on EU public procurement rules as well as export control with particular focus on dual-use goods.


  • Monitored latest developments and analysed the implications of upcoming EU and EU Member States legislation concerning supply chain due diligence and provided practical advice on how to adapt existing compliance measures.
  • Advised on EU public procurement rules and prepared tender documents.
  • Provided strategic and legal advice as well as prepared written submission concerning European Parliament administrative procedure.
  • Advised on EU legislation, policies and incentives for the semiconductor industry including the implications of the European Chips Act.
  • Counselled clients on EU export control requirements applicable to dual-use goods and revised export control contractual clauses.
  • English
  • Thai
  • French
  • BPP Universiy, LLM in Professional Legal Practice, Distinction, 2013
  • BPP University, Legal Practice Course, Distinction, 2012
  • University College London, Master of Laws (LLM) in EU and European Public Law, Merit, 2010

Professional Qualifications

  • Admitted to the New York Bar
  • Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
  • Solicitor regulated by the Law Society of Ireland
  • Ordre français des avocats du barreau de Bruxelles - Member of the French speaking Brussels Bar (E list)