Legal Committee: Franchising Law in Thailand
When someone mentions franchises, fast food burger joints are probably the first thing that comes to mind. But franchising can and is used for many other businesses. Franchising relationships include fitness clubs, food delivery services, cleaning services, property management services, financial and bookkeeping services, private schools, assisted living facilities, management consulting services and medical service providers. Almost any service or product distribution network can be franchised. Franchising can be used to test foreign markets and address restrictions such as the Foreign Business Act on foreign producers and wholesalers.
Thailand does not have a specific Franchising Act, but regulations under the new version of the Trade Competition Act provide very detailed rules governing the franchising relationships. And those rules are enforced.
Nat Uawithya, Managing Partner, Legal Concepts.
Nat has 12 years’ experience including experience working with well-known international law firms and advisory firms. He advises both Thai and international clients on various matters including business transfers, company formation, restructuring acquiring foreign business license and certificates, and logistics. He advises on franchising relationships and disputes. Nat is graduate of Assumption University with an L.L.B.
Douglas Mancill, Managing Partner, Legal Analytics and Advocacy (Thailand) Ltd.
Douglas has over 30 years’ experience with large US and international law firms, including over 20 years’ experience in Thailand. He is a dual Thai/U.S. national. He has drafted and “localized” over 100 franchising agreements. He has arbitrated and litigated scores of franchise disputes, including taking several cases to trial in the U.S. Douglas has been licensed in the U.S. since 1984 and holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley.