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For clients across industries, our Government Relations team serves as an advocate, a coalition builder, a negotiator, and an ally.

Our group includes top practitioners in a number of tightly regulated industries including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, banking and finance, and telecommunications. We help our clients focus their relationship-building efforts on the key government agencies and personnel responsible for their industry. Utilizing targeted strategies, we promote regulatory landscapes that produce tangible business benefits.

Our team has strong relationships with leaders who shape policy and its enforcement, from public servants in diverse roles and at all levels to influential members of society. But we bring more to the table than governmental goodwill; we bring our strengths in identifying common goals and coalition building. We are, at the same time, grassroots campaigners and high-level strategists. We create and maintain advantageous alliances for our clients with governmental agencies, independent organizations, competitors, and/or other interested parties. In collaboration with other stakeholders, we influence government policy.     

We offer the following examples of our government relations activities and capabilities. Tilleke & Gibbins has:

  • Represented a leading producer of smartphones as its "point of contact" with all government authorities, which involved crafting an overall government relations strategy, establishing and cultivating relationships with officials, responding to government investigations, monitoring potential policy and regulatory developments, and seeking legislative and regulatory change on our client’s behalf. We have also structured appropriate and effective solutions to the business and legal challenges faced by our client.

  • Planned and executed a defensive strategy on behalf of a group of global pharmaceutical companies in response to the imposition of compulsory licenses on patented medications by the Royal Thai Government’s Ministry of Public Health.

  • Conducted Thai Customs Department and Police training for numerous clients across a range of industries including auto parts, fashion, tobacco, spirits, software, and others. We use such events as an opportunity to share international best practices, specific product training, and develop relationships with key Customs officials as well as local officers.

  • Advised a U.S. transportation company on their dealings with the Royal Thai Army during the course of a government procurement contract.

  • Advised a pharmaceutical client on various IP issues, such as product liability, government advocacy on new regulations, compulsory licenses, new laws (Patent Act, Drug Act), and trademark registration.

  • Liaised with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) on behalf of our client, an operator of a social-media website, to ensure compliance with the Computer Crime Act and, as a result, successfully prevented the website from being banned by the MICT.

  • Advised a leader in wireless technology on government authorities related to the telecommunications industry.

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September 17, 2019

Asialaw Profiles 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Maintains Its Leading Firm Status in Vietnam

Tilleke & Gibbins was again recognized as among the best firms in Vietnam in Asialaw Profiles 2020 , a highly regarded survey of Asia-Pacific’s leading regional and domestic law...

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September 17, 2019

Asialaw Profiles 2020: Tilleke & Gibbins Wins High Rankings in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Myanmar

Tilleke & Gibbins won recognition for its regional capabilities across Southeast Asia with strong showings in the Asialaw Profiles 2020  rankings for Cambodia, Indonesia,...

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September 17, 2019

21 Tilleke & Gibbins Professionals Ranked in Asialaw Profiles 2020

An impressive 21 Tilleke & Gibbins practitioners are listed in the 2020 edition of Asialaw Profiles , a highly regarded guide to leading law firms and legal practitioners in the...

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July 22, 2019

David Lyman Leads Roundtable at US-ASEAN Business Council

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On July 26, 2019, David Lyman, chairman and chief values officer of Tilleke & Gibbins, will lead a roundtable at the US-ASEAN Business Council in Washington, DC. With a long career of legal...

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July 9, 2019

Trustlaw Nominates Tilleke & Gibbins for Prestigious Pro Bono Award

In recognition of Tilleke & Gibbins’ pro bono practice, our firm has been nominated as “2019 Domestic Law Firm of the Year” at this year’s TrustLaw Awards. Our nomination in this category is...

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September 10, 2020

Thailand Prepares to Amend Laws on Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing

Kobkit Thienpreecha, Teelada Rujirawanichtep

By recommendation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), Thailand is preparing to amend the Anti-Money Laundering Act B.E. 2542 (1999) (AMLA) and the Counter Terrorism and...

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June 9, 2020

Government of Vietnam Issues Resolution to Boost Post-Pandemic Economy

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

On May 29, 2020, the government of Vietnam issued Resolution No. 84/NQ-CP, which mandates a number of economic relief and recovery measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures...

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June 8, 2020

Vietnam Officially Ratifies EVFTA, Landmark Trade Deal with European Union

Linh Thi Mai Nguyen, Chi Lan Dang

On the morning of June 8, 2020, Vietnam’s National Assembly passed a resolution officially ratifying the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), with 100% of the members in attendance (...

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May 14, 2020

Laos Further Details COVID-19 Preventive Measures for Business Operators

Dino Santaniello

On May 11, 2020, the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control (NTCCPC) issued Recommendations, no. 071, on the Conditions and Measures for Operations...

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May 8, 2020

Vietnam Reopens Nonessential Businesses

Vinh Quoc Nguyen

On May 7, 2020, following a meeting of the government on the prevention and control of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Prime Minister of Vietnam decided to allow most nonessential businesses to reopen...

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