The Panthera Group originated out of Hong Kong in the mid-1990s as Eclipse Management Ltd, building an impressive network of pubs, theme bar and restaurants throughout the territory.
In the early 2000s Micky Doherty, a principal partner in Eclipse Management Ltd in Hong Kong, moved to Thailand with his family and partnered with entrepreneur Paul Hayward (who already owned several nightlife venues in Phuket) to expand and build similar style bars in Thailand.
Around 2010 Micky and Paul, after building and buying dozens of bars and restaurants across Bangkok, Phuket Koh Samui and Pattaya ventured into the Nightclub business.
The first venture of Twisted Republic on Sukhumvit Soi 11 in Bangkok, followed by the acquisition of the majority shareholding in Q-Bar Bangkok on the same street, saw this partnership move quickly into the centre of Thailand nightlife.
During 2012 under their management company PAM Consultants the pair opened Bash nightclub, also on Sukhumvit Soi 11.
In 2012 they ventured in real estate becoming part of a joint venture company called Nana Partners to acquire the Nana Plaza District, a 30-year-old complex on Sukhumvit Soi 4 which holds many well-known entertainment businesses. Panthera currently has no businesses operating in Nana Plaza and acts solely as a landlord.
In 2013 PAM acquired the majority shares in super-club Levels allowing them a monopoly foothold on Thailand’s famous nightlife street.
The following year in 2014 they purchased half the shares in Novatel Silom a 212 room hotel in Silom’s business district adding the hotel sector to its diversified investment base.
In 2015 Pam purchased Nana Disco and eventually rebranded it to E.Q.
During 2015-2017 Pam slowed down its expansion due to political issues in Thailand that saw the company consolidate its position in the market. Its only acquisition in this period was the famous Rossano’s Italian Restaurant in Bangkok.
When 2018 showed more stability in Thailand, Pam rebranded as Panthera Group and made a bold move to expand its F&B operations into Sukhumvit Soi 23 with the acquisition of Scruffy Murphys Irish Bar, Whisgars, Craft and Slanted Taco.
It also purchased Birds Rotisserie Restaurants and has plans to expand this brand through the Sukhumvit area.
In the final part of 2018 Panthera Group opened Sugar Club in Phuket which already had a sister club in Bangkok run by Panthera.
In 2017 Milestone ventures was formed as a management company hiring employees with alternative views and skillsets outside of F&B.
Milestone oversaw the acquisition of Sunbelt Asia, a Legal company, and Boozia, a wine and alcohol distribution company, both based in Bangkok.
Milestone also plans to invest in the travel sector and is currently Looking for additional opportunities.
In February 2019 Panthera re-opened the famous Phuket institution Seduction nightclub a 1500 SQM discotheque.