LORD CLEMENT-JONES, CBE

DLA Piper

Lord Clement-Jones is the London Managing Partner of DLA Piper, former Chairman of its China and Middle East Desks, former International Business Relations Partner (2010-2012) and former Chairman of Global Government Relations (1999-2010).

A communications professional and a solicitor, Tim was Group Company Secretary and Legal Adviser of Kingfisher Plc from 1986 until 1995. Before Kingfisher, Tim held senior legal positions at Grand Metropolitan and London Weekend Television.

Tim was Chairman of the Association of Liberal Lawyers 1982 to 1986 and then of the Liberal Party from 1986 to 1988 and played a major part in the merger with the Social Democratic Party to form the Liberal Democrats. He was made CBE for political services in 1988. He was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats Finance Committee from 1989 to 1998 and Treasurer of the Liberal Democrats from 2005 to 2010. He is now Liberal Democrat spokesman on the Creative Industries.

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During this time when the multinational businesses look for global expansion, Europe may not a big enough market for achieving growth goals and businesses are seeking opportunities for expansion in Asia. Business expansion to Asia requires an understanding of Asia’s cultural differences and regulatory barriers. Thailand is ranked in the top 20 countries for "Ease of Doing Business" by the World Bank and is a gateway to ASEAN and the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Consequently, Thailand is an attractive investment destination in Asia. This session will provide ideas and information, within the legal perspective, on how to do business in Thailand and highlight the key issues for businesses looking to start up in the country.