Legal services for the hotel and hospitality sector

PUGNATORIUS Ltd. is the Bangkok-based specialist provider of transactional legal and tax advice on foreign investments in Thailand’s manufacturing and service industries as well as property acquisitions and developments. For some years, the law firm advises on various aspects of Thailand’s hospitality industry. 

PUGNATORIUS Ltd. has particular industry know-how on the acquisition of hotel businesses and the structuring of hotel ventures through hotel management agreements and similar arrangements. The law firm advises on tax-efficient cross-border structures and on the utilization of external financing for the Thai business.

PUGNATORIUS Ltd. advises on the corporate structuring in compliance with Thailand’s foreigner legislation. In addition, the law firm has been successful not only in applying for BOI investment promotion for new hotel ventures but also for existing hospitality businesses under new management. 

The Bangkok based law firm has a vast experience with hotel licensing – and other licenses supporting the hospitality business – all over Thailand, especially in Samui, Phuket, Pattaya, and Bangkok. This includes EIA environmental impact assessments and the connections between hotel act and building regulations. 

Free industry updates and professional considerations on hotel businesses and other segments of Thailand’s hospitality sector are available at These posts can provide only a low-resolution snapshot and are neither deemed to be legal advice nor do they result in an attorney-client relationship. The remarks are highly simplified and should not be taken as guidance for a particular case, which is typically unrecognized intense and complex.

Seven professional services from Bangkok

In the hotel and hospitality sector, PUGNATORIUS Ltd. offers mainly these professional services:

#1. Hotel business acquisition: Legal and tax support how to acquire an existing hotel by a transfer of shares or business assets. Support to maintain existing licenses and BOI investment promotion. Transaction support services to identify possible targets and manage the transfer of assets, IP rights and human resources. 

#2. Hotel business development: Legal and tax support to set-up a new hotel business from scratch, including investment in property, staff, and licenses. Design, preparation, and set-up of secured corporate structures. Support in the application for a BOI investment promotion on hotel businesses.

#3. Condotel development: How to use an existing or planned condominium development as a hotel business.

#4. Hotel business licensing: Advice on the license requirements and preparation and application for a hotel business license.

#5. Structuring of hotel management agreements: Legal structuring of hotel management agreements, villa development structures, and similar arrangements. International and domestic tax planning of hotel businesses. 

#6.  Sale of the hotel business: Comprehensive transaction support services, including the use of the law firm’s high-end virtual data room for a tender process with potential buyers. Legal support in the design and negotiation of hotel sale agreements.

#7. Legal opinion on hotel and hospitality topics

Each case is different. Telephone inquiries and ad-hoc email requests on Thailand’s legal and regulatory framework without details and documentation are not accepted by the law firm. Individual support and professional advice are available under a paid consultancy agreement only.