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Intellectual property rights owners are regularly and increasingly feeling the pressure and economic pain of the loss of revenue due to competition from black market counterfeit goods invading the global market.  Further, our global society suffers the physical and emotional pain of countless people and children who are slaves to either the criminal black marketers or the victims of their faulty products.  The problem is both economic and social. → Read more

According to the World Health Organization, Thailand is a middle-income country with impressive achievements in both economic and social development. The Kingdom has a long and successful history of health development, achieving universal health care for Thai citizens in 2002, vibrant primary health care and innovative health system development and health promotion. The Thai government holds Thailand out as an aspiring Asian medical hub. → Read more

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (“FCPA”) is a United States law known primarily for a provision concerning bribery of foreign officials.

In recent months, two FCPA cases highlight the fact that international bribery and corruption have returned to the political spotlight. → Read more

There is no easy way to describe the reality facing millions of Asian children in slave labor. But consumers need to know this reality has a face – that of a child begging you to do something.

When you buy a knock-off Prada bag on the street corner you – and maybe only you – know what you have – a fake. What you may not know is there’s an increasing likelihood the bag and millions like it were manufactured by children. → Read more

The Thai Government recently enacted the country’s first product liability legislation. The Unsafe Goods Liability Act B.E. 2551 (2008) is groundbreaking legislation as it empowers the court, for the first time, to grant punitive damages to injured parties. International Partner Marcus Clark, Senior Associate Rawat Chomsri and Associate Jeffrey Sok report on the new product liability legislation in Thailand that will hold manufacturers, importers and sellers jointly liable for injuries sustained from use of a good deemed unsafe. → Read more

On 8th August 2007, the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), at the behest of the Minister of Commerce, returned the Amendment (Amendment) to the Foreign Business Act (Act) to the Extraordinary Committee on the Foreign Business Act (Committee) for further review and revision after the Amendment’s second reading by the NLA. Details regarding the Amendment are available at: http://www.siamlaw.co.th/publications/11jan07.htm → Read more

The Trade Competition Act B.E. 2542 (1999) came into affect on May 1, 1999. The main objective of the Act was to create free and fair trade for Thailand’s business community. However, the aim of the Act has not been achieved during the past eight years and it could be argued that the Act had become a ‘Paper Tiger’ since it was promulgated. The inefficacy of the Act has largely been due to that fact that no Royal Decree had been issued determining the meaning of ‘Market Dominance’. Since enactment, many consumer groups have tried to push past governments to issue the Royal Decree to define Market Dominance but until recently, their efforts were ignored. The lack of action on this issue may well have been due to the fact that the definition of Market Dominance is likely to have an adverse effect on the business groups that back political parties. → Read more

Background information

Shin Corporation Public Company Limited (Shincorp) is a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Shincorp is a telecommunications holding company with investments mainly focused on the telecoms industry, as well as others. Shincorp investments include the following:

Background information

Shin Corporation Public Company Limited (Shincorp) is a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand. Shincorp is a telecommunications holding company with investments mainly focused on the telecoms industry, as well as others. Shincorp investments include the following: → Read more

In brief: On 9 January 2007, the Cabinet of the Thai government approved in principle a draft bill making significant changes to foreign direct investment into Thailand. Partner Adam Lunn and Senior Associate Jeremy Chase report on this significant development.→ Read more
In brief: Partner Lampros Vassiliou considers proposed regulations governing planners appointed under Thailand's rehabilitation laws. Will the ability of creditors to adequately asses a debtor's financial position be threatened?→ Read more