A Look Around ASEAN: Myanmar

| July 31, 2015 | ASEAN

Despite recent reports that Thai investment in Myanmar has stagnated,1 the oncoming integration of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015 can only mean a greater flow of Thai capital into Myanmar and stronger economic ties between the two neighbors. In Myanmar, foreign investment is governed by a legal regime consisting of the Foreign Investment […]

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Applying for a Land Allocation License

| July 17, 2015 | Land, Property

Property developers in Thailand who are planning to construct a housing community must first request a land allocation license from the Land Department. The property developer must file an application according to the Land Development Act of B.E. 2543 (2000) which requires the following evidence and details: The title deed or other document evidencing rights […]

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What is required to open a company in Thailand?

There are many reasons why a foreign national would like to open a Thai company. Establishing a Thai company may assist a foreigner to purchase property, live in Thailand, or work in Thailand. The Thai government would like the primary intent of forming a company to be the building of a new business to earn […]

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Types of Foreign Business Authorization

A common source of confusion for foreign entrepreneurs in Thailand is the difference between a Foreign Business License and a Foreign Business Certificate. Both documents are a form of authorization for foreigners to engage in any business that are restricted under the Foreign Business Act of 1999, but which to apply is completely different situations. […]

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Types of Criminal Punishments in Thailand

If you commit a crime in Thailand, the Thai Criminal Code lists several possible punishments. This article gives a short review on the possible punishments, that are included in the Thai Criminal Code. According to section 18 of the Criminal Code, the possible punishments that may be imposed are: Death Imprisonment Confinement Fine Forfeiture of […]

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Domestic Violence Law in Thailand

Domestic violence is not only a crime, but a serious social problem that is inadequately addressed by normal civil and criminal laws. For example, in a case involving child abuse, criminal law would only allow for the imprisonment of the offending parent for assault, without any consideration for the effects to the overall family unit. […]

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Summary of the International Air Carriage Act 2015

The International Air Carriage Act (“Act”) has recently become law in Thailand. The law follows the Montreal Convention of 1999, which covers air carrier liability for accidents, delays, and cargo losses. The Act does not cover postal carriage. Prior to the implementation of this law, claims against air carriers were brought under the tort provisions […]

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Liability for Damages Arising from Unsafe Products Act of 2008

| May 21, 2015 | Litigation

The Liability for Damages Arising from Unsafe Products Act of 2008 deals with the issue of product liability in Thailand. The purpose of the act is to instil consumer confidence for products by simplifying the legal liability for unsafe products. According to Section 5 of the Act, an entrepreneur is liable for damages to the […]

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Employment Agreements in Thailand

| May 14, 2015 | Labor Protection

In Thailand, the principle of the freedom of contract for employment cases is the basis of employment agreements. Employees and employers can come to an agreement to exchange services for remuneration as long as the activity is not contrary to the public order or morals. There are two types of employment agreements. There is the […]

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Proposed Debt Collection Act

Just mid last year, the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand voted to accept, in principle, the terms of the Debt Collection Act. Drawing inspiration from analogous laws in the United States and Australia, this new legislation will act as a consumer protection law protecting consumers from abusive practices on the part of debt collectors. The […]

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