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Tilleke & Gibbins is a renowned one‐stop center for legal advice and assistance on all corporate needs, affording clients convenience and economy of costs. We specialize in the mechanics of starting and operating a business in Thailand, Vietnam, and across the Mekong region, including registration, licenses and permits, company secretarial services, tax matters, employment, immigration, regulatory affairs, and property. We have the depth and breadth within our firm to provide advice tailored to your unique business operations.

We support entrepreneurs throughout Southeast Asia, from multinational corporations to startup companies and everyone in between, including SMEs. Our firm has:

  • Secured an Alien Business License for the world’s leading online booking website, which was a first and landmark achievement in this industry. Despite the fact that the governing authorities normally reserve all tourism operations for Thai nationals, we succeeded in convincing these decision makers of the great value that this business would add to Thailand and its economy. We coordinated and secured the approval of each authority and, ultimately, obtained the Alien Business License for our client.

  • Represented the world’s leading car seat maker in critical negotiations with the Board of Investment (BOI) on potential revocation of all benefits and privileges, which could have led to damages of over USD 20,000,000. In addition to our overwhelming victory at the BOI, we successfully obtained several Alien Business Licenses, which will allow the clients’ subsidiaries in Thailand to provide service to affiliates in the region.

  • Represented a leading electronic toll collection system provider as its sole legal counsel since the commencement of its operations in Thailand in 2006. In this capacity, we have assisted our client in bidding for government contracts, obtaining BOI promotion, and all other compliance matters.

  • Assisted a leader in branded lifestyle apparel on all aspects of establishing a Regional Operating Headquarters (ROH) in Thailand, including legal assistance on leasing approximately 1,000 square meters of office space.

  • Assisted a subsidiary of a Korean manufacturing conglomerate in establishing a branch office in Thailand to operate a service business for a project of an international energy company.

  • Applied for and obtained an investment certificate for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. This included researching complex licensing and capitalization issues to limit the company’s liability and advised on the proper amount of investment capital.

  • Assisted a successful Malaysian trading company in establishing a representative office in Thailand to source consumable and non-consumable products, verify the quality of the products, and report to its head office.

  • Helped a diversified steel products company select the appropriate Vietnamese business model  and adapt their documents for doing business in Vietnam.

  • Helped a multinational company establish a foreign direct investment company engaged in the import/export and distribution of mobile phones and computers.  The established company is one of the few foreign-owned companies permitted to do business in this sector in Vietnam.

  • Advised a leading pharmaceutical company that previously operated as a representative office in Vietnam on establishing a pharmaceutical import company.  We assisted the client with closing its representative office and establishing the wholly-owned foreign enterprise to import pharmaceutical products.

  • Provided in-depth advice to a global software solutions provider on doing business in Vietnam.

  • Advised an international technology company on operating a representative office in Vietnam, including advising on the scope of work of a representative office, employment matters, tax matters, and government filing requirements. We prepared Vietnamese and English versions of labor contracts.

  • Prepared the application dossier and all additional documentation required to establish a 100% foreign-owned company engaging in the distribution of industrial tools in Vietnam. We also assisted the client with leasing office space.

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Kitti Thaisomboon

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Associate
Bangkok

Kobkit Thienpreecha

T:+66 2653 5534

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Partner
Bangkok

Kyi Naing

T:+95 1 255 208

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Associate
Yangon

Michael K. Lee

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Ho Chi Minh City

Naoki Hieda

T:+66 2653 5540

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Bangkok

Napat Siri-armart

T:+66 2653 5537

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Bangkok

Nwe Oo

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Yangon

Passanan Suwannoi

T:+66 2653 5603

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Bangkok

Penrurk Phetmani

T:+66 2653 5509

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Bangkok

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

T:+66 2653 5533

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Bangkok
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Date Title
April 15, 2011

Thomas J. Treutler and Michael K. Lee Speak on Franchising in Vietnam

Michael K. Lee, Thomas J. Treutler

On April 15, 2011, Thomas J. Treutler, Partner and Managing Director, and Michael K. Lee, Department Head – Corporate/Commercial, spoke on “Legal Obstacles for Retailers & Overview of...

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January 18, 2011

Experts Put Map Ta Phut into Perspective for Foreign Investors

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, David Duncan

On January 18, 2011, Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, Attorney-at-Law, and David Duncan, Consultant, presented on “Map Ta Phut and the Thai Regulatory Environment” at the Tilleke & Gibbins...

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November 11, 2010

Firm Attorneys Present at UN Pre-Retirement Seminar

Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Kobkit Thienpreecha, Michael Ramirez

On November 11, 2010, our Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Kobkit Thienpreecha, and Michael Ramirez presented at the United Nations (UN) Pre-Retirement Seminar. The session addressed key legal issues...

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February 25, 2011

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2011 Honors Seven Tilleke & Gibbins Attorneys

Cynthia M. Pornavalai, Darani Vachanavuttivong, Hassana Chira-aphakul, Michael K. Lee, Sriwan Puapondh, Thawat Damsa-ard, Thomas J. Treutler

On February 25, 2011, Chambers Asia-Pacific released its rankings for law firms and individual lawyers.  Based on thousands of interviews conducted by a team of 50+ full-time...

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April 28, 2011

Kobkit Thienpreecha Speaks on Immigration and Foreign Business Issues

Kobkit Thienpreecha

On April 27, 2011, Kobkit Thienpreecha, an attorney-at-law in the firm’s corporate services group, gave a presentation on “Immigration Act and Foreign Business Act” at the Dusit Thani Hotel,...

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Date Title
June 4, 2007

Legal Orientation for Foreign Directors

Kobkit Thienpreecha

Many foreigners hold the high and respected position of director of their respective companies because they know how to manage a company, run a business, make profits, etc. But acting in that...

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June 29, 2007

Permanent Resident: To Be or Not To Be

Kobkit Thienpreecha

Similar to typical “how to” questions such as how to buy a house or condo or how to set up a business, how to acquire permanent resident status has become a question frequently asked by foreign...

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October 19, 2007

Doing Business in Vietnam

John King, Thomas J. Treutler

On the heels of its 2006 entry into the WTO, Vietnam’s economy continues to show high growth and is generally considered the second fastest growing economy in Asia behind China. This article...

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November 16, 2007

Opening of a Bank Account in Thailand by Non-Residents

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon, Santhapat Periera

Subject to the conditions prescribed by the Bank of Thailand, non-residents are generally allowed to open and maintain both Thai baht and foreign currency accounts with certain authorized agents...

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December 4, 2007

Primer for Foreign Investors

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

Foreigners in Thailand derive their legal rights primarily from the domestic laws of Thailand. There are certain rights that are reserved only for Thai citizens, but this is not unusual as all...

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