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Benja Supannakul

Benja is a partner in the Bangkok office of Baker McKenzie. She joined Baker McKenzie in 2001 and is specialized in the areas of financial products including but not limited to derivatives, structured products, structured finance, wealth management, private banking, fund management and debt capital market, especially in regard to the regulatory matters. She has been also acting as a Thai legal counsel for ISDA Association and regularly advises international banks, capital markets intermediaries, fund managers, insurance companies and other financial institutions on financial services compliance and regulatory matters. She has been recognized by several of the world's leading legal directories.

In a move to develop Thailand’s position as a regional hub of investment, the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission began a public hearing on the new securities and derivatives business licensing regime on 9 February 2024, designed to increase flexibility and decrease costs for business operators.

To facilitate and support Thai residents’ offshore investments through local licensed intermediaries, the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a new notification to amend requirements on the existing Collaboration Scheme between Thai Intermediaries and offshore financial institutions in offering investments in offshore securities and derivatives denominated in foreign currencies to investors based in Thailand, effective from 16 February 2024.

In this edition of Bite-size Briefings, we take a bite-size look at the latest developments concerning AI regulation as it affects financial services in Australia, the EU, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand, the UK and the US.

A series of briefings that take a bite-size look at international trends in different jurisdictions, drawing on Baker McKenzie’s expert financial services practitioners with local market knowledge. This edition takes a bite-size look at the latest environment, social and governance developments in Brazil, the European Union, Belgium, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, and the United Kingdom.

The Financial Services Regulatory (FSR) Momentum Monitor is a horizon-scanning tool enabling financial service providers to plan and prepare for coming developments across the jurisdictions in which they operate. Grouping upcoming changes into key business-relevant themes, the FSR Momentum Monitor highlights the extent and expected impact of upcoming regulatory intervention in multiple jurisdictions across the globe.

A series of briefings that take a ‘bite-size’ look at international trends in financial services regulation, drawing on the expertise of Baker McKenzie’s experienced practitioners located across the globe. Insight | Legal Alert Bite-size Briefings: Culture and Conduct A series of briefings that take a “bite-size” look at international trends…

On 20 January 2021, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”) and the Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand (“Thai SEC”) jointly announced1 (“Announcement”) that they had entered into a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) for the Mutual Recognition of Funds between the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and Thailand (“HK-TH MRF”).2 The HK-TH MRF represents a significant additional step to foster closer ties and financial cooperation between Hong Kong and Thailand. It follows, amongst other existing arrangements, the long term co-operation between the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and Bank of Thailand to explore a Distributed Ledger Technology solution for cross border funds transfers known as project Inthanon – Lionrock3 and the Memorandum of Understanding on the Strengthening of Economic Relations signed on 29 November 2019 by the respective governments.4 In this Client Alert we provide an overview of some of the key aspects of the HK-TH MRF.

Request a copy For over 40 years, the team at Baker McKenzie, Bangkok has assisted foreign individuals and international companies who are seeking investment opportunities in Thailand. Doing Business in Thailand is your personal guide to the key aspects of Thai law that significantly affect the way business is conducted…

Snapshot: The happeningsThailand has committed to new global regimes on exchanges of financial information among multiple jurisdictions by joining the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (Global Forum) in early 2017, and approving in principle the bill to legislate for and implement the two reporting…