Attorneys from Tilleke & Gibbins have written the Thailand chapter of The Global Legal Post’s Foreign Direct Investment: A View from the Inside, a guide to investment opportunities and decision-making in various jurisdictions across the globe.
The Thailand chapter was coauthored by members of Tilleke & Gibbins’ corporate and commercial group, including Santhapat Periera, a partner, David Beckstead, a consultant, and Luxsiri Supakijjanusorn, an attorney-at-law. The chapter discusses several topics regarding foreign direct investment (FDI) in Thailand, including the following:
- The role of Thailand’s government in FDI regulation through the Foreign Business Act (FBA), the Board of Investment, and the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand
- Common legal structures used by foreign investors when conducting business in Thailand
- Restrictions for foreign investors under the FBA
- Legal issues concerning mergers and acquisitions
- Structures for profit repatriation, loans between related companies, and the return of capital
- The effect of Thai employment laws and regulations on foreign investors
- Intellectual property protection
- Data exchange and privacy
- Real estate and property acquisition
- Potential risks of foreign investor partnerships with local representatives or distributors
- Dispute resolution through local courts and arbitration
The chapter concludes by examining the three legal issues that are most important to foreign investors in Thailand: (1) foreign ownership restrictions; (2) investment promotion; and (3) the country’s stable legal framework.