Thailand: Investor´s Checklist

Last Updated: 19 July 2001
Article by Ladda Phenpol

Compendium

I General Considerations

Business Climate

Competitive Advantages

Contracts and Business Activities

Courts and Judicial System

Culture, Customs and Traditions, The Arts

Demography

Diplomatic Relations

Directories

Economic Zones

Economy

Environment

Exchange Control

Expropriation, Nationalization, Confiscation

Financial System

Geography

Government Approvals/Permissions

Infrastructure

Intellectual Property Protection

International Organizations and Specialized

Agencies

Investment Climate

Investment Promotion

Joint Ventures

Labor

Land

Languages

Legal Climate

Markets and Marketing

Moral Hazards

National Development Plans

Natural Resources

Neighboring Countries

Newly Agriculturalized Country (NAC) Status

Newly Industrialized Economies (NIE), Thai Style

Newly Industrialized Country (NIC), Thai Style

Political Stability

Quality of Life

Rule of Law

Taxation System

Tourism

Treaties and Their Effects

Underground Economy

Weather

 

II Structure And Location Of The Enterprise

Agency and Distributorships

Board of Investment (BOI)

Corporate Structure (Public/Private)

Countertrade/ Barter

Customers

Data Processing Zone

Eastern Seaboard Development Projects

Export Processing Zones

Factories/ Specialized Facilities

Franchising

Industrial Estates

Industrial Promotion

Joint Ventures

Juristic Persons

Labor

Land

Maps and Coastal Charts

Parent Company Liability

Partnerships

Ports

Private Limited Company

Public Limited Company (Listed Company)

Real Estate Development

Southern Seaboard Development Projects

Town Planning

Treaties

Zoning

 

III Operating The Enterprise

Advertising and Promotion

Air Transport

Alien Business Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Anti-Dumping Laws

Anti-Profiteering/Price Control Laws

Anti-Trust Laws

Attorneys

Audit Committee

Auditors

Automobiles/ Trucks/ Offroad Vehicles

Bribery

Buildings

Bureaucracy

Business Ethics/ Codes

Business Organizations

Business Practices

Business Support Services

Carriage of Goods and Passengers

Carriers

Civic Responsibilities/ Involvement of Commercial

Enterprises

Claims and Litigation

Collection of Indebtedness

Commercial Registration

Communications

Computer Information Transactions

Confidentiality

Construction

Consumer Protection Laws

Contracts

Copyrights

Corporate Governance

Corruption

Counterfeit Goods

Couriers

Courts and Judicial System

Cross Cultural Issues

Customs

Directors' and Officers' Liability

Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance

Directors' and Officers' Responsibilities

Electronic Commerce

Embassies/Consulates

Employer-Employee Relations

Employment Agencies/Executive Search Firms

Energy

Environmental Protection/Conservation

Expediters/ Consultants/ Fixers/ Compradores/

Go-Betweens

Export Promotion

Feasibility Studies

Financial Reporting

General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT)

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP)

Good Corporate Governance

Government Approvals/Permissions

Hire-Purchase

Human Resources/Manpower

Imports

Industrial Standards

Infrastructure

Insurance

Intellectual Property

ISO 9000

Kickbacks

Labor

Land

Land Transport

Language

Lawyers

Leasing

Legal System

Licenses/ Permits

Marketing

Non-Tariff Barriers

Parent Company Liability

Patents

Pension Funds

Political Risk Insurance

Pollution

Ports

Price Controls

Product Licensing/ Registration

Safety Standards

Sale of Goods

Service Marks

Shipping

Smuggling

Social Security

State Enterprises

Statistics

Taxation

Technology Transfer/ Technology Acquisition

Telecommunications

Toxic and Hazardous Substances

Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce,

Business Councils

Trade Regulations

Trademarks

Trade Names

Training

Transborder Data Flow

Transportation

Unfair Competition

Unfair Trade Practices

Unions

Warehouses

Water

Weights and Measures

Work Rules

World Trade Organization (WTO)

IV Financial Considerations

Accounting and Auditing

Banking and Financial Facilities

Capital Financial Markets

Collateral/Security

Credit Cards/Charge Cards

Credit Checking

Dividends

Documentary Credits

Exchange Control

Financial Services

Foreign Investment

Insurance

Interest Rates

Money Laundering Regulations

Repatriation

Royalties/ Franchise/ Dividends/ Profits

Secured Transactions

Stock Exchange (Securities Exchange of Thailand - SET)

Taxation

Venture Capital

V Legal Considerations

Administrative Regulations

Alien Business Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Anti-Dumping Laws

Anti-Profiteering/ Price Control Laws

Anti-Trust Laws

Arbitration

Attorneys

Bankruptcy

Bribery

Civil Law vs Common Law

Collection of Indebtedness

Conflict of Laws

Consumer Protection

Contracts

Copyrights

Courts and Judicial System

Customs

Debt Restructuring

Directors' and Officers' Liability

Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance

Directors' and Officers' Responsibilities

Environmental Protection/ Conservation

Intellectual Property

Judgments

Labor Laws

Licenses/Permits

Litigation

Patents

Pollution Liability

Power of Attorney

Product Registration

Property Rights of Aliens

Rule of Law

Secrecy and Non-Competition Agreements

Taxation

Torts/Wrongful Acts

Treaties and Their Effects

Unfair Trade Practices

 

VI Governmental And Political Considerations

ASEAN/AFTA/APEC

Bureaucracy

Business Regulations

City Government

Commercial Registration

Construction

Corruption

Coup d'Etat

Customs

Elections

Embassies/Consulates/Commercial

Counselors and Trade Commissioners

Environmental Protection/Conservation

Export Promotion

Food and Drug Administration

Foreign Trade Regulations

Governance

Government

Human Resources

Intellectual Property

International Relations and Foreign Influences

Investment Regulations

Licenses/Permits

Military

Municipalities

National Security

Natural Resources

Non-Governmental Organizations

Non-Tariff Barriers

Nuclear Capability

Parliament

Patronage

Political Risk Insurance

Political Stability

Population Planning/ Control

Privatization

Product Licensing/ Registration

Quotas

State Enterprises

Town Planning

Transparency

Treaties and Their Effects

VII Social And Cultural Considerations

Associations

Charities and "Charities"

Community Services of Bangkok

Corruption

Cost of Living

Cross Cultural Issues

Customs and Traditions

Education

Embassies/ Consulates

Environmental Protection/ Conservation

Foundations

History

Lottery

Medical Facilities

National Consciousness

Non-Governmental Organizations

Personal Matters

Population Planning/Control

Quality of Life

Religion

Role of the Monarchy

Schools for Expatriate Children

Social Classes

Sports

Substance Abuse

"The Thai Way"

Women

 

VIII Expatriate Employees Of The Enterprise

Accommodations

Automobiles/Trucks/Offroad Vehicles

Community Services of Bangkok

Condominiums

Cost of Living

Crime and Security

Cross-Cultural Awareness

Domestic Servants

Drivers Licenses

Education

Employer-Employee Relations

Employment Contracts

Expatriate Permits

Foreign Court Judgments

Health and Medical Facilities

Housing

Immigration and Nationality

Land/Condominium Ownership

Language Training

Marriage/Divorce

Property Rights of Aliens

Quality of Life

Schools for Expatriate Children

Sports (Golf/ Tennis/ Water/ Fishing/ Squash/ Badminton, etc.)

Tourism/Spas/Ecotourism

Traffic

Visas

Volunteer Services/Charities

Work Permits and Other Restrictions on Freedom of Movement, Residence and Work

 

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