March 8, 2018
ASEAN Social Enterprise Structuring Guide

In partnership with the British Council, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and United Nations ESCAP, Tilleke & Gibbins is proud to announce the launch of the ASEAN Social Enterprise Structuring Guide, a practical new guide for social entrepreneurs to the legal structures available to them for establishing a social enterprise in Southeast Asia.

The role of social enterprises—financially self-sustaining organizations that use commercial techniques for societal benefit—has grown substantially over the last two decades, and these organizations have become a major contributor to sustainable socioeconomic growth in the region. Despite this, there are almost no dedicated legal structures available to them, and potential social entrepreneurs often have to navigate a confusing range of ill-fitting structuring options before they are able to start operations.

The guide practically addresses the complex range of incorporation options available to social entrepreneurs in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, detailing the advantages and disadvantages of each structure and the regulatory and compliance obligations which come with them. 

Tilleke & Gibbins acted as coordinator for the project as a whole, and provided the chapters for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam.

An introductory article accompanying the launch of the guide is available on the Pioneers Post website, and the full guide is available for download, free of charge, below.