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Komkrit Kietduriyakul

Komkrit Kietduriyakul joined Baker McKenzie in 1994. He was working with the Firm’s London office when he became a partner in 1999. Mr. Kietduriyakul is a member of the Banking & Finance, Capital Markets & Securitization, Restructuring & Insolvency and Projects Practice Groups in Bangkok. He is a recognized leader in derivatives, structured finance, and capital markets, as well as fintech, project finance and bankruptcy.

In April 2024, the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) issued five Guidelines on Customer Due Diligence (“Guidelines”), tailored for five categories of businesses, to elaborate on the recommended practices under the Ministerial Regulation on Customer Due Diligence, B.E 2563 (2020). The new Guidelines, issued in April 2024, target certain businesses classified as “reporting entities” under sections 3 and 16 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, B.E. 2542.

In 2022 and 2023, following the collapse of the key global players in the crypto industry, regulators around the world closely scrutinized crypto activities and tightened the regulations for digital asset businesses. This tightening primarily concerns the protection and segregation of customers’ assets, which has become standard practice since the crypto crash. To keep up with the dynamic and evolving regulatory developments, we have revised this publication to provide an updated overview of regulations pertaining to digital assets in Thailand.

Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism measures play an important role for financial institutions and specified non-financial businesses (collectively referred to as Reporting Entities), to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The relevant AML/CFT laws, regulations and guidelines have been continuously improved in order to comply with international standards. To keep up with the dynamic and evolving regulatory developments, Baker McKenzie has issued this publication to provide an overview of Thailand’s AML/CFT regulations and guidelines.

In 2021-2022, the digital assets industry in Thailand has been growing significantly as more big players in the traditional financial industry and start-up players enter into the digital assets market. It seems that the frenzy of price volatility and the regulatory complexities could not slow down the rise of crypto activities. To keep up with these dynamic and evolving regulatory developments in 2022, we have revised this publication to provide an update of the regulations pertaining to digital assets in Thailand, which cover the regulations regarding custodial wallet providers, digital asset payments and NFTs, including the SEC’s proposed rules on ready-to-use utility tokens, advertisements and IT standards.