Corporate & Commercial
Practice Area > Corporate & Commercial > Fully Foreign Owned Companies > Representative Office
Representative Office in Thailand is governed by the Foreign Business Act and may be established by foreign entities wishing to investigate business and market opportunities here.
While the scope of business of a Thai limited company is generally unlimited, a representative office provides a limited number of service to its head office, an affiliated company or a group company located aboard.
A representative office has the following characteristics:
It is fully foreign owned
It’s considered the same legal entity as the foreign head office and bears the same name as its parent company
Provides non-revenue generating services, such as advice, supply and inspection of goods or services
Has no authority to purchase orders, make sells or negotiate business with third parties
There is no requirement to apply for a Foreign Business License
The operating expenses must be paid entirely from aboard
One Thai employee must be hired for each foreigner in order to support the visa and work permit application
May exist for an indefinite period of time
Setting up a representative office in Thailand is possible, but the process is complicated and bureaucratic. Therefore, it is advised to engage the services of a Thai law firm to assist you with the entire process.
At Antares, our team of experienced lawyers provide consultation and guidance when considering to open a representative office in Thailand. We assist you in every step, making sure you comply with Thailand Foreign Business Law.
Let us take care of your legal needs. Contact us for professional advice and assistance.
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