What marketers and business owners should know about the Thailand’s Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA)?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThailand has adopted the principals of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). The Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”) legislation was approved and published in the Royal Gazette on May 27, 2019. A one-year grace period has been given, while the committee and office are being formed, so there is only a short time to […]

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Same Sex Couples and Their Rights According to the Proposed Thai Civil Partnership Bill

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat are the rights the Proposed Thai Civil Partnership Bill grants to Same Sex Couples in Thailand? At the end of 2018, a long-awaited LGBT civil union bill was approved by the Cabinet and is currently pending legislation by the National Legislative Assembly. The Bill is known as the Life Partnership Registration Act (LPRA). According […]

Government Involvement in Thailand’s Human Resource Development

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhat are the HR incentives granted by the BOI to investors who contribute to human resource development? The Thai government is active in pursuing industrial and technology development in the eastern seaboard region under the umbrella of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The promoted territory initially comprises three provinces, namely Chachoengsao, Chonburi, and Rayong. Economic […]

THAILAND: How the Private Trust Bill functions in terms of foreign private wealth for establishing a trust in Thailand?

Reading Time: 4 minutesTrust arrangements used to be totally prohibited in Thailand, but were opened for the capital market investment and fundraising in 2007 by the legislation of The Trust for Transactions in Capital Market Act. Soon after enactment, the Real Estate Investment Trust (“REIT”) became available from various financial institutions for the purposes of fundraising and investment […]

ASEAN Employment Legal Update

Reading Time: 9 minutesDFDL’s Employment Practice Group is dedicated to advising clients on employment and labor issues and preparing human resources documentation that is compliant with local laws.  Our employment team’s in-depth knowledge of the law and practices in the countries where we operate allows us to provide specialized, tailored, and practical advice on issues that arise in […]

Cannabis is now legal in Thailand for medical use and research

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhat do investors need to know about it? The latest amendment to the Narcotics Act, effective as of 18 February 2019, allows only the distribution and possession of cannabis for study and medical purposes and in limited quantities. The use or possession of cannabis for purposes other than the ones mentioned above is still prohibited […]

Regional News Alert: Extra Severance Pay and More Benefits for Employees in Thailand in Early 2019

Reading Time: 5 minutesChanges to Thailand’s Labor Protection Act – What do you need to know? On 13 December 2018, the draft amendment to the Labor Protection Act (LPA) was approved by the National Legislative Assembly and is expected to come into force soon. The legislation was changed to become more favorable for employees throughout 2018 and is […]

Thailand Legal Alert: Essential Differences Under Thailand’s New Competition Law

Reading Time: 6 minutesThailand was one of the first ASEAN Member States to enact a competition law with the Price Fixing and Anti-Monopoly Act of 1979. However, that legislation was generally accepted to have been ineffective in relation to competition law enforcement and was replaced by the Trade Competition Act B.E. 2542 (1999) (“Old TCA”). The Old TCA came into […]

Thailand Tax Alert: Thai Government Announces New International Business Center (“IBC”) Tax Incentive

Reading Time: 3 minutesOn 28 December 2018, the Thai Revenue Department (“TRD”) announced a new program of tax incentives through the issuing of Royal Decree No.674 (“RD 674”). Key points of RD 674 Section 3: Definition of IBCs Section 4, 5 and 6: PIT at 15% for foreign nationals working for IBCs and their required qualifications Section 7: […]

Regional Update: Thailand’s 2019 Power Development Plan: What to Expect

Reading Time: 4 minutesDFDL Thailand, Bangkok | Expected in early January, Thailand’s forthcoming amended Power Development Plan (PDP) will set the course for nationwide power system development and operation over the coming years. The amended document will represent the first major update to Thailand’s PDP since 2015’s version, which in turn came three years after its predecessor. Each version […]