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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

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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

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Associate
Yangon
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March 2, 2012

Nine Tilleke & Gibbins Attorneys Recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012

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

Nine attorneys at Tilleke & Gibbins were individually recognized by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012 for outstanding work on behalf of their clients over the past year. The following...

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February 27, 2012

Corporate and Commercial Practice in Thailand Awarded Tier 1 Ranking in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2012

Chambers and Partners, a leading publisher of guides on lawyers and law firms, has ranked the Tilleke & Gibbins Corporate and Commercial practice in the top tier in Thailand in its Corporate/M...

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February 14, 2012

Asian Legal Business Interviews Tilleke & Gibbins Partners on Japanese Investment

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With the earthquake, tsunami, and a stagnant economy, Japan faced a particularly difficult year in 2011. Despite the setbacks, Japanese companies forged ahead by expanding their business...

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February 1, 2012

Tilleke & Gibbins Elevates Michael K. Lee to Partner

Michael K. Lee

Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to announce the appointment of Michael K. Lee as a Partner of the firm, effective January 1, 2012.

Michael counsels clients and manages cases on a wide range...

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December 28, 2011

Oxford Business Group and Tilleke & Gibbins Seal Third Partnership for 2012 Publication

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Oxford Business Group (OBG), the global publishing, research and consultancy company, has renewed its partnership with Tilleke & Gibbins for its latest report on Thailand’s economy.

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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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October 29, 2009

Lawyer’s Obligation: Confidentiality of Client Information in Thailand

David Lyman, Alongkorn Tongmee

This paper answers a number of important questions about the role of client confidentiality within the Thai legal system. Key points include the regulations governing confidentiality, the limits...

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May 11, 2009

Still a Paradise?

David Lyman

Within the past two years, Thailand has experienced a number of events that have called into question the country’s political stability. In this article, David Lyman reflects on the situation and...

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