Category: Business in Thailand

Section 10 of the Foreign Business Act

Foreigners who operate business in Thailand under a treaty to which Thailand is bound, such as Americans who open a company under the Thai-U.S. Treaty of Amity have their rights to operate business confirmed under Section 10 paragraph two of the Foreign Business Act of 1999 which states as follows: “Foreigners operating businesses specified in […]

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Withholding Tax for Sale of Property with Co-Owners

According to Thai Revenue Department regulations1, when immovable property, such as land, with co-owners is sold, then payment of withholding tax when the transaction is registered at the Land Office shall apply as if the co-owners are engaged in an ordinary partnership according to Section 1012 of the Civil and Commercial Code2; in other words, […]

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Operating as a Foreign Business in Thailand: Pros and Cons

When doing business in Thailand, one has the option of operating in a joint-venture with majority Thai ownership or as majority or solely foreign-owned firm. Although Thai law is restrictive of how foreigners are able to operate business, it nevertheless does allow majority foreign ownership of business and foreign entrepreneurs to engage in business in […]

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Capitalization for Foreign Business in Thailand

The Foreign Business Act of 1999 restricts and regulations foreign business activity in Thailand in order to protect Thai businesses and one of the ways it does so is through specifying rules regarding the capitalization of foreign businesses in Thailand. Notably, although retail is restricted under (14) of Annex 3 of the Foreign Business Act, […]

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Foreign Business: Wholesale and Retail Minimum Capital Requirements

The Foreign Business Act of 1999 restricts both wholesale and retail businesses from foreign investment, with exceptions depending on the amount of minimum capital. However, the conditions under which a foreign business may engage in either is not exactly the same and furthermore the issue is complicated by other minimum capital requirements in the Act. […]

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Foreign Business Act: Consignment Sales in Thailand

The Foreign Business Act of 1999 is the fundamental law in Thailand that serves to restrict foreign investment and foreign business activity within the country. The Act designates specific industries or types of business activities in which foreigners are either strictly prohibited from engaging in or may only engage in after applying for permission. It […]

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International Trade Without Distribution in Thailand

Aside from being a place to do business, foreign companies are also choosing Thailand as a jurisdiction to locate their businesses perhaps without actually doing business there. The reasons why a foreign company may want to locate themselves in Thailand while engaging in business somewhere else are varied and complex; it may have to to […]

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Contracts for Buying and Selling a Thai Business

In order to buy and sell a business in Thailand, the buyer and seller will have to sign an agreement regarding the transaction. Furthermore, the particularities of the contract will vary depending on how the business is registered and what the assets of the business include. In this article, we will review some necessary elements […]

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Introduction to the Technology Transfer Plan

Foreign investors in Thailand, who will be investing a majority of the capital in a business venture, have the option of applying for a Foreign Business License if the intended business is restricted under the Foreign Business Act of 1999. However, in order for the application to be approved, an important requirement is that the […]

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Thai-U.S. Treaty of Amity Frequently Asked Questions

The purpose of this article is to address a few questions that are frequently raised by clients regarding the Thai-U.S. Treaty of Amity, which allows U.S. citizens and companies to be exempted from most of the restrictions of the Foreign Business Act of 1999. Although the meaning of the Treaty of Amity itself is rather […]

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