Category: Company Registration

Limiting the Authority of a Company Director

When foreign investors do business in Thailand, it is often more expedient to hire a Thai person to serve on the board of directors along with the foreign directors. Generally, Thai law does not require a limited company to have a Thai national to serve on the board of directors. Furthermore, maintaining control of the […]

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Requirements for the Application of Foreign NGOs in Thailand

In the previous articles, we went into some detail regarding the operation of foreign NGOs in Thailand, including a list of information that a foreign NGO must submit to the Committee if it wishes to establish an office in Thailand or to send any of its official to work here. However, we also discussed that […]

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Primary Laws Governing the Operations of Foreign NGOs in Thailand

As mentioned in the previous article (Operating a Foreign Non-governmental Organization in Thailand), one of the two primary laws governing the operations of foreign NGOs in Thailand is the Regulations of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare on the Entry of Foreign Private Organizations to Operate in Thailand B.E.2541 (1998). The aforementioned regulations detail […]

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Operating a Foreign Non-governmental Organization in Thailand

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), both domestic and foreign, play an important role in advancing civil society and economic development in Thailand. Foreign NGOs represent a potential source of technological transfer and material support, which is vital for a developing country. However, international organizations that may be interested in operating in Thailand must first contend with a […]

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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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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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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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Mergers and Acquisitions of Company in Thailand

Mergers and acquisitions are becoming a routine occurrence in developing countries as companies use the process to expedite their growth or gather additional benefits. A recent high profile example was the merger between Burger King and Tim Horton where the smaller Canadian Tim Horton acquired the larger American Burger King in an attempt to qualify […]

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Buying Out an Existing Business in Thailand

Buying out an existing business, rather than starting one from scratch, is one possible option for foreign entrepreneurs in Thailand. One advantage for foreign entrepreneurs who choose to buy out an existing business is that the immigration and work authorization procedures may be smoother than if they started a new business. Foreign entrepreneurs must officially […]

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Regional Operating Headquarters: Criteria for Special Privileges

In the previous article (How to Establish a Regional Operating Headquarters in Thailand), we addressed the basic definition of a Regional Operating Headquarters and how it is formed. As we mentioned, an ROH is a Limited Company set up in Thailand by a multinational corporation to provide management and technical services to enterprises in its […]

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