Government Relations

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For clients across industries, our Government Relations team serves as an advocate, a coalition builder, a negotiator, and an ally.

Our group includes top practitioners in a number of tightly regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, banking and finance, and telecommunications. We help our clients focus their relationship-building efforts on the key government agencies and personnel responsible for their industry. Utilizing targeted strategies, we promote regulatory landscapes that produce tangible business benefits.

Our team has strong relationships with leaders who shape policy and its enforcement, from public servants in diverse roles and at all levels to influential members of society. But we bring more to the table than governmental goodwill; we bring our strengths in identifying common goals and coalition building. We are, at the same time, grassroots campaigners and high-level strategists. We create and maintain advantageous alliances for our clients with governmental agencies, independent organizations, competitors, and/or other interested parties. In collaboration with other stakeholders, we influence government policy.     

We offer the following examples of our government relations activities and capabilities. Tilleke & Gibbins has:

  • Represented a leading producer of smartphones as its "point of contact" with all government authorities, which involved crafting an overall government relations strategy, establishing and cultivating relationships with officials, responding to government investigations, monitoring potential policy and regulatory developments, and seeking legislative and regulatory change on our client’s behalf. We have also structured appropriate and effective solutions to the business and legal challenges faced by our client.

  • Planned and executed a defensive strategy on behalf of a group of global pharmaceutical companies in response to the imposition of compulsory licenses on patented medications by the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Public Health.

  • Conducted Thai Customs Department and Police training for numerous clients across a range of industries including auto parts, fashion, tobacco, spirits, software, and others. We use such events as an opportunity to share international best practices, specific product training, and develop relationships with key Customs officials as well as local officers.

  • Advised a U.S. transportation company on their dealings with the Royal Thai Army during the course of a government procurement contract.

  • Advised a pharmaceutical client on various IP issues, such as product liability, government advocacy on new regulations, compulsory licenses, new laws (Patent Act, Drug Act), and trademark registration.

  • Liaised with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) on behalf of our client, an operator of a social-media website, to ensure compliance with the Computer Crime Act and, as a result, successfully prevented the website from being banned by the MICT.

  • Advised a leader in wireless technology on government authorities related to the telecommunications industry.

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March 9, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Becomes First Firm in Thailand to Sign Chambers Diversity & Inclusion Charter

Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to announce that the firm has become a signatory to the Chambers Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Charter—a global agreement between leading law firms and in-...

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February 17, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins Shortlisted in 10 Categories in the Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins has been nominated in 10 categories in the recently announced shortlist for the Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2020. This is the inaugural year for the awards, which aim to...

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January 24, 2020

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Shortlisted for Mekong Region Firm of the Year

Tilleke & Gibbins has earned a nomination to receive the distinguished Mekong Region Firm of the Year award at the upcoming Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2020. Notably, this announcement marks...

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January 23, 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins’ Thailand Office Ranked in 14 Practice Areas in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Tilleke & Gibbins’ full-service legal practice in Thailand had an impressive showing in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific , earning rankings in 14 of the 15 practice...

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January 23, 2020

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020: Tier 1 Rankings for IP, Labor, and TMT in Vietnam for Tilleke & Gibbins

In the latest edition of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific , Tilleke & Gibbins earned Tier 1 rankings in Vietnam in three key practice areas: Intellectual Property, Labor and...

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September 10, 2020

Thailand Prepares to Amend Laws on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Teelada Rujirawanichtep

By recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Thailand is preparing to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act B.E. 2542 (1999) (AMLA) and the Counter Terrorism and...

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June 9, 2020

Government of Vietnam Issues Resolution to Boost Post-Pandemic Economy

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

On May 29, 2020, the government of Vietnam issued Resolution No. 84/NQ-CP, which mandates a number of economic relief and recovery measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures...

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June 8, 2020

Vietnam Officially Ratifies EVFTA, Landmark Trade Deal with European Union

Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, Chi Lan Dang

On the morning of June 8, 2020, Vietnam’s National Assembly passed a resolution officially ratifying the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), with 100% of the members in attendance (...

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May 14, 2020

Laos Further Details COVID-19 Preventive Measures for Business Operators

Dino Santaniello

On May 11, 2020, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control (NTCCPC) issued Recommendations, no. 071, on the Conditions and Measures for Operations...

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May 8, 2020

Vietnam Reopens Nonessential Businesses

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

On May 7, 2020, following a meeting of the government on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister of Vietnam decided to allow most nonessential businesses to reopen...

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