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T: +66 2653 5995
T: +84 8 3936 2069

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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Name Position Office

Charunun Sathitsuksomboon

T:+66 2653 5541

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Kobkit Thienpreecha

T:+66 2653 5534

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Michael K. Lee

T:+84 8 3936 2069

E-mail

Partner
Ho Chi Minh City

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn

T:+66 2653 5533

E-mail

Partner
Bangkok

Anake Rattanajitbanjong

T:+66 2653 5510

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok

Chaiwat Keratisuthisathorn

T:+66 2653 5507

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok

Doan Ngoc Tran

T:+84 8 3936 2060

E-mail

Associate
Ho Chi Minh City

Kien Trung Trinh

T:+84 4 3772 5567

E-mail

Associate
Hanoi

Kitti Thaisomboon

T:+66 2653 5539

E-mail

Associate
Bangkok

Kyi Naing

T:+95 1 255 208

E-mail

Associate
Yangon
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November 23, 2012

Tilleke & Gibbins Once Again Named “Best Firm in Thailand” at Asia Women in Business Law Awards

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

On November 22, 2012, the Euromoney Legal Media Group held its second annual Asia Women in Business Law Awards at the Renaissance Harbor View Hotel in Hong Kong. At the event, Tilleke...

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October 12, 2012

Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards: Tilleke & Gibbins Shortlisted in Four Categories

Darani Vachanavuttivong, Tiziana Sucharitkul

On November 22, 2012, the Euromoney Legal Media Group will hold its second annual Asia Women in Business Law Awards at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel in Hong Kong. Again this year,...

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June 11, 2012

Tilleke & Gibbins Attorney to Speak at Thai Institute of Directors Program

Kobkit Thienpreecha

Kokbit Thienpreecha of the Tilleke & Gibbins corporate and commercial department has been invited to speak at a Dinner Talk for the Director Certification Program (in English), hosted by the...

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May 15, 2012

British Chamber Quotes Tilleke & Gibbins Partner on ASEAN Economic Community

Cynthia M. Pornavalai

Issue 2/2012 of The Brief, published by the British Chamber of Commerce Thailand, features an article exploring ASEAN free trade agreements, their impact on the region, future...

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March 27, 2012

Cynthia Pornavalai Presents on AEC at AMCHAM Event

Cynthia M. Pornavalai

The upcoming ASEAN Economic Community integration in 2015 will have major economic implications for companies operating in all ASEAN member states. To give some context to the expected impact of...

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November 24, 2010

Legal Developments of Board Meetings

Piyanuj (Lui) Ratprasatporn, Kobkit Thienpreecha

Before September 10, 2008, private companies in Thailand had a fair amount of flexibility in holding meetings of the Board of Directors. On that date, however, Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC...

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November 19, 2010

Closing Down a Business: Do It Legally and Wisely

Kobkit Thienpreecha

Business activity is on the rise in Thailand. The Business Development Department reports an escalating number of newly incorporated companies and, at the same time, an increasing number of...

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March 9, 2010

PLC Cross-border Doing Business in … Handbook 2010 – Thailand Chapter

Chinachart Vatanasuchart, Kobkit Thienpreecha, Siraprapha Rungpry, Sriwan Puapondh

This chapter provides an overview of the legal system and key laws for foreign companies doing business in Thailand. Presented in a question-and-answer format, the chapter examines the rules...

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February 26, 2010

Annual General Meeting Requirements

Generally speaking, most private limited companies have a financial year ending on December 31st. In order to comply with the legal requirements on Partnerships and Companies under the Thai Civil...

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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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