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Quick and easy market entry with a pitfall

From an international perspective, a representative office (vulgo “RepOffice”) typically has the role of a „small company“ and is an entry opportunity for foreign investments. However, under Thai regulations, its application area is strictly limited. While the scope of business of a Thai corporation (Company Limited) is generally unlimited, the Representative Office renders its service to the head office or an affiliated company or a group company only.

German companies in the cross line of Thailand’s conglomerates

German companies are more and more interesting targets for Thai corporate buyers. 

The hotel acquisition in Thailand

Traditionally Thailand’s hospitality sector, travel and tourism play an important economic role in the land of smile. From the low budget hostels, postels, guest houses, serviced apartments, condotels, vacation clubs, holidays resorts to the five stars hotel category in Hua Hin, Pattaya, Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Chang, Koh Phangan or Koh Lanta, Thailand’s hotel industry creates not only revenues but also jobs for educated and uneducated Thais.

However, it is not always a gold mine and promising venture to run a hotel in Bangkok, on the beaches and islands, or in the regional centers of Thailand. The fact that an enormous number of hotels are currently changing hands is not at all a sign of growth and international expansions. Foreign investors experience a buyers’ market in which supply exceeds demand, giving purchasers an advantage over sellers in price negotiations.

Crazy little thing called lease

Foreigners looking for a property investment in Thailand frequently decide to avoid a corporate structure and, instead, to lease what they can’t individually buy. For such investment, it is advisable to make educated decisions and not to trust too much in the glossy brochures and the promotion talks of developers, real estate brokers, and agents. The following post describes the basics of foreign leasehold investments which should be undisputed by legal experts.

Bangkok Blockchain Summit 2019

PUGNATORIUS Ltd. is the speaker on Thailand’s regulatory framework on cryptocurrency and digital asset businesses as well as Initial Coin Offerings. The new Thai legislation with its strict but fair regulations provides a solid and sustainable arena to invest in a trusted and reliable crypto-jurisdiction. The presentation describes the regulatory requirements, the tools and modules of a Thai ICO and its implementation in a multi-jurisdiction environment.

In the past, ICOs had been an easy game, based on rules that are defined by one of the players. Times changed already in Thailand and its comprehensive regulatory framework might be a role model for other jurisdictions.

Thailand’s national regulations meet multi-currency and multi-legislation crypto-ventures in a multi-business environment. The opportunities to chose the preferred legal and tax framework, based on setting-up a Thai or foreign company, a choice of law clause in the whitepaper and checking the boxes in governmental forms are limited. A regulatory effective corporate structuring and sophisticated tax planning are essential.

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