Firm: DFDL
DFDL | May 2022

On 17 February 2022, the Royal Government of Cambodia issued the Sub-Decree on the Organization and Functioning of the Cambodia Competition Commission (“CCC“) (No. 37 ANKR.BK) (“Sub-Decree“). The Sub-Decree provides the structure and function for the Cambodia Competition Commission, the regulatory authority designated under the Law on Competition ...

DFDL | May 2022

The State Administration Council (“SAC”) of Myanmar, by way of Order 33/2022, has reconstituted the Ministry of Electricity and Energy (“MOEE”) into two separate ministries: the Ministry of Electric Power (“MOEP”) and the Ministry of Energy (“MOE”) ...

DFDL | May 2022

On 28 March 2022, the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (“MLVT”) issued Notification 011/22 (“Notification”) to extend the deadline for foreign employee work permit applications from 31 March 2022 to 31 May 2022. The extension is aimed to help foreign employees who are not able to renew or apply for work permit on time in light of the COVID-19 outbreak ...

DFDL | April 2022

The Ministry of Planning and Finance issued Notification 20/2022 on 31 March 2022 reiterating that companies and non-profit organizations were required to obtain a Taxpayer Identification Numbers (“TIN”) with the Internal Revenue Department (“IRD“). Under this Notification, companies and non-profit organizations that have not yet secured a TIN must apply for one by these deadlines: Taxpayer Deadline 1 ...

DFDL | April 2022

Lao PDR is following the regional trend of taxing the activities of non-resident E-Commerce and digital platform service providers. In this client update, we provide the key features and our commentary on the Ministry of Finance’s Notification on the Implementation of the Tax Obligations of the E-Commerce and Digital Platform No. 0541/MOF, dated 24 February 2022 (“the Notification”) ...

DFDL | April 2022

The Ministry of Finance of the Lao PDR has issued the Notification on the Implementation of the Tax Obligations of the E-Commerce and Digital Platform No. 0541/MOF, 24 February 2022 with the purpose to disseminate the Decree on Electronic Commerce No. 296/Gov, 12 April 2021 and the implementation of the tax obligations of the e-commerce and digital platform business operators in the Lao PDR. 1 ...

DFDL | April 2022

The below is a generic list of the key licenses, permits, declarations generally needed by a foreign investor (alone or in JV) to set up and operate a data center in Vietnam. This is not meant to address any specific situation and does not constitute a legal advice ...

DFDL | April 2022

Republic Act No. 11659 (“RA 11659”) or “An Act Amending Commonwealth Act No. 146 otherwise known as the Public Service Act” as amended, was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte on 21 March 2022. The amendment of the Public Service Act was made pursuant to the State’s policy of encouraging private enterprise and expanding the base of investment in the country, with the goal of providing efficient, reliable, and affordable services to all ...

DFDL | April 2022

Myanmar will this month re-open for international flight arrivals after a two-year ban and will restart online visa applications, citing a significant decrease in COVID-19 infections across the country. The decision to resume foreign flights was made in line with the latest COVID-19 restrictions issued by the Ministry of Health under the State Administration Council (“SAC”) and was announced as a measure to support the Myanmar economy ...

DFDL | April 2022

The new Law on amending and supplementing a number of laws No. 03/2022/QH15 (the “New Law”) was passed by the National Assembly of Vietnam on 11 January 2022 and took effect from 1 March 2022. The New Law provides changes to nine current laws, which includes the Law on Electricity 28/2004/QH11, as amended from time to time (the “Law on Electricity 2004”) ...

DFDL | March 2022

The 31st of March is already an auspicious date in the Cambodian tax calendar: It is the deadline for most taxpayers in Cambodia to submit their annual Income Tax return. This year, however, the last day of March is also the deadline for non-resident e-commerce providers to register for value-added tax (“VAT”) in Cambodia ...

DFDL | March 2022

Businesses do not particularly enjoy uncertainty, especially regarding tax matters. The prospect of a tax audit, even when no significant exposure is anticipated, can be daunting. If a problem is known to lurk in the shadows, the prospect of a tax audit can be beyond terrifying. In Cambodia, attempting to wait out the applicable statute of limitations for the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) to conduct an audit and issue an assessment is often a fool’s errand ...

DFDL | March 2022

This article was first published in AmCham Thailand T-AB Magazine (March 2022 Issue): https://www.amchamthailand.com/t-ab-magazine/ After nearly two decades in the making, the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2561 (“PDPA“) was published on May 27, 2019. Ostensibly inspired by the EU General Data Protection Regulation, the PDPA was slated to go fully effective in June 2022 following a two-year delay due to COVID-19 outbreak ...

DFDL | March 2022

On 10 December 2021, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11595 (“RA No. 11595”) which introduced important amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act of 2000 (“RTLA”), including the following salient revisions: RA No. 11595 reduced the paid-up capital requirements for foreign retailers, regardless of category, from PHP 25 Million to a minimum paid-up capital of only PHP 25 Million ...

DFDL | March 2022

On 02 March 2022, President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11647 (“R.A. 11647”) which further amends Republic Act No. 7042, otherwise known as Foreign Investments Act (“FIA”) as amended ...

DFDL | March 2022

The General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Notification no. 4577 GDT on the 9th of March 2022 (“Notification 4577”) which delays the implementation of Prakas 346 MEF.P on Capital Gains Tax (“Prakas 346”) to 1 January 2024. Previously Instruction 24094 issued by the GDT on the 9th of October 2020 (“Instruction 24094”) had postponed the implementation of Prakas 346 to 1 January 2022 ...

DFDL | February 2022

With the 2022 year well under way most enterprises in Cambodia are turning their attention to their annual compliance obligations. There have been some recent changes and updates with respect to the annual compliance obligations for most enterprises in Cambodia. We have included the recent changes in our summary below ...

DFDL | February 2022

On 10 February 2022, the General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Notification 2845 (“Notification 2845”), which provides the 2021 market interest rates for Employee Loans in accordance with Article 15 of Prakas 543 on Tax on Salary and Instruction No. 7015 GDT dated 13 March 2020. The 2021 market interest rates for 2021, based on the average of ten (10) commercial Cambodian banks, are as follows: USD – 8.28% per annum Khmer Riel – 8 ...

DFDL | February 2022

January 2022 has seen the issuance of Instruction No. 002 AAR.N (“Instruction 002”) on the Compulsory Submission of Annual Financial Statements to the Accounting and Auditing Regulator (“ACAR”) and Instruction 001 AAR.I regarding the Submission to the ACAR on the use of English for computerized or other accounting systems (“Instruction 001”). We set out the salient points with respect to Instruction 002 and Instruction 001 below for your reference ...

DFDL | February 2022

The General Department of Taxation (“GDT”) issued Instruction no. 1972 GDT on 31 January 2022 (“Instruction 1972”) which sets out obligations for taxpayers in Cambodia that carry out projects for public interest in connection with a grant or loan agreement (“Agreement”) or memorandum of understanding (“MoU”) between the Royal Government of Cambodia and another government or national development agency or partner international organisations ...

DFDL | February 2022

Article by Anne Coulon, Regional Legal Adviser, DFDL Thailand This article considers the various modes of dispute resolution used the most in Thailand, with particular reference to several key industry sectors of Thailand. Even where significant commercial interests are at stake, a dispute need not necessarily lead to an all-out confrontation. The opposing parties may attempt to settle their dispute through negotiation, and sometimes, mediation ...

DFDL | January 2022

As June 2022 approaches, many companies in Thailand are focusing on and racing towards the implementation of compliance mechanisms in advance of the adoption of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”), Thailand’s new and all-encompassing data protection legislation. This new law will significantly impact businesses that handle personal data. It sets out heavy fines and penalties which will be imposed upon organizations that mishandle clients’ personal data ...

DFDL | January 2022

As June 2022 approaches, many companies in Thailand are focusing on and racing towards the implementation of compliance mechanisms in advance of the adoption of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”), Thailand’s new and all-encompassing data protection legislation. This new law will significantly impact businesses that handle personal data. It sets out heavy fines and penalties which will be imposed upon organizations that mishandle clients’ personal data ...

DFDL | January 2022

As June 2022 approaches, many companies in Thailand are focusing on and racing towards the implementation of compliance mechanisms in advance of the adoption of the Personal Data Protection Act (“PDPA”), Thailand’s new and all-encompassing data protection legislation. This new law will significantly impact businesses that handle personal data. It sets out heavy fines and penalties which will be imposed upon organizations that mishandle clients’ personal data ...

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