Category: Business in Thailand

Foreign Business License: Regional Office

Foreign multinational companies with business operations in the ASEAN region or Asia may consider setting up a regional office in Thailand as a support hub for their corporate network in the region. Nevertheless, the regional office is considered a “service” business within the definition of category (21) of List Three annexed to the Foreign Business […]

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Foreign Business License: Installation, Repair, and Maintenance Services

A common business activity for foreign multinationals that set up business operations in Thailand is installation, repair, and maintenance services. This refers to the installation, repair and maintenance of machinery, tools, and equipment used in the manufacturing process. However, this business activity falls within the scope of Category (21) of List Three of the Foreign […]

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Technology Transfer Plan Guidelines for Thai BOI

Foreign investors in Thailand who will be applying for a license in order to engage in a restricted business activity according to the Foreign Business Act of 1999 must prepare a technology transfer plan. Section 5 of the Foreign Business Act requires that technology transfer constitute one factor to be considered in permitting foreigners to […]

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Thailand Foreign Business License: Rental Services

“Rental services” refers to procuring immovable property, such as land or office space, or movable property, such as machinery, equipment or motor vehicles for lease to customers. Rental services falls within Category (21) of List Three annexed to the Foreign Business Act of 1999. Therefore, any foreigners that plan to engage in rental services in […]

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Basics of Thai Investment Promotion Law

Thailand’s investment promotion laws are a particularly important element of its overall plan for future economic growth, especially regarding its competitiveness with other nations in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). The Investment Promotion Act of B.E. 2520 (1977), amended as recently as 2001, empowers the Board of Investment (BOI) of Thailand to grant tax and […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions: Corporate Income Tax Implications

Under the Revenue Code of Thailand, what are the corporate income tax and other tax implications arising after a merger and acquisition? The basic principle under Thai law is that after a merger, the amalgamated company inherits the rights and liabilities of the former companies.1 This principle is particularly relevant in terms of tax liability. […]

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Mergers and Acquisitions: VAT Implications under the Revenue Code

Under the Revenue Code of Thailand, what are the specific value-added tax (VAT) implications that arise after a merger and acquisition? The general principle of law as stated in Sections 152 and 153 of the Public Limited Companies Act of B.E. 2535 (1992) is that a merger of companies causes the former companies to cease […]

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Registering a Trademark under Thai Law

An important principle of Thai trademark law is that words directly referencing the quality or character of the goods will not be deemed distinct and cannot be registered as a trademark. Section 7(2) of the Trademark Act of B.E. 2534 (1991). However, paragraph three of Section 7 also states that a trademark may also be […]

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Restricting Foreign Ownership: Amendments to the FBA

The Thai government has recently announced plans to make Thailand the financial capital of Southeast Asia. This was later followed up with an announcement that the Ministry of Commerce is reviewing whether to further tighten the definition of a foreign owned business in the Foreign Business Act. This set off alarms among many Thai-Foreign joint […]

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International Headquarters and International Trade Centers

Siam Legal has extensive experience in working with foreign investors to help them establish their business operations in Thailand. For the convenience of our foreign clients, we prepare brief translations and synopses of Thai government announcements that directly or indirectly affect them. Recently, on January 15, 2015, the Department of Business Development issued an announcement […]

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