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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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Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

T:+66 2653 5541

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Partner
Bangkok

Kobkit Thienpreecha

T:+66 2653 5534

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Partner
Bangkok

Michael K. Lee

T:+84 8 3936 2069

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Partner
Ho Chi Minh City

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

T:+66 2653 5533

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Partner
Bangkok

Torajiro Ohashi

T:+66 2653 5536

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Consultant
Bangkok

Waewpen Piemwichai

T:+84 4 3772 5618

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Consultant
Hanoi

Ahmet Yesilkaya

T:+66 2653 5535

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Consultant
Bangkok

Jim Dao

T:+84 8 3936 2062

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Consultant
Ho Chi Minh City

Kasma Visitkitjakarn

T:+66 2653 5542

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Consultant
Bangkok

Sawita Bosakaranut

T:+66 2653 5530

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Consultant
Bangkok
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February 15, 2011

Kobkit Thienpreecha Presents at AMCHAM Annual Thai Labor Environment Briefing

Kobkit Thienpreecha

Each year, the American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand puts together a panel of experts to update AMCHAM members on the current labor law environment in Thailand. As part of this year’s event,...

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December 17, 2010

Interview with Cynthia M. Pornavalai on Legal Reform

Cynthia M. Pornavalai

In this interview with Business Report Thailand, Tilleke & Gibbins partner Cynthia M. Pornavalai discusses the possibility of government reform to boost investment. Cynthia examines...

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January 30, 2007

Government Urged to Cut Protected Businesses Listed in Annex 3

David Lyman

A meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce has called on the Thai government to reduce the list of businesses in Annex 3 of the Foreign Business Act in order to improve the investment...

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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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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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September 8, 2008

Securities and Exchange Act Update: Mandatory Appointment of Company Secretary

On August 31, 2008, Section 89/15 of the Securities and Exchange Act (No. 4) B.E. 2551 (A.D. 2008) came into force. This provision mandates the appointment of a Company Secretary by the Board of...

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December 4, 2009

Representative Offices: The Right Choice for Those Who Qualify

Kobkit Thienpreecha

As Thai imports and exports continue to grow, more and more foreign corporations wish to open an office in Thailand to support their trading needs. Often, foreign corporations wish to have a small...

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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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December 25, 2013

PLC Doing Business In … Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2014 – Thailand Chapter

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Sriwan Puapondh, Kitti Thaisomboon, Michael Ramirez, Anake Rattanajitbanjong, Napat Siri-armart, Kasma Visitkitjakarn, Ahmet Yesilkaya, Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

The key to developing a successful business lies not only with having good entrepreneurial spirit and skills, but also with having sound knowledge of the laws and regulations that affect you and...

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February 14, 2013

PLC Doing Business in … Multi-Jurisdictional Guide 2013 – Thailand Chapter

Pimvimol (June) Vipamaneerut, Kobkit Thienpreecha, Weerawat Distapinyo, David Duncan, Areeya Pornwiriyangkura, Sriwan Puapondh, Michael Ramirez, Anake Rattanajitbanjong, Passanan Suwannoi

In association with Lex Mundi, Practical Law Company has now published the latest edition in its series of guides on how to do business in jurisdictions worldwide. The Thailand chapter, written by...

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