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Amended Public Limited Companies Act – Holding Meetings Now Easier

With effect from 24 May 2022, the Public Limited Companies Act (No. 4) B.E. 2565 (2022) has added and amended provisions relating to director and shareholding meetings. The new amendments will make it easier to send notices and conduct meetings by electronic means and will also streamline other processes for the conduct of meetings. This Update provides a summary of the key provisions of the amended legislation. 

A Guide to Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia

Globally, nations and regulators are rallying their people and businesses to combat climate change. At the most recent 2021 United Nations Climate Conference of the Conference of the Parties ("COP26"), attaining net zero emissions by mid-century was underscored as a key outcome. To achieve this target, there is an urgent need to phase out the use of unabated coal and increase investment in renewable energy ("RE"). The Association of Southeast Asian Nations ("ASEAN") member states have also affirmed their commitment to accelerate decarbonisation and cut emissions at the COP26.

Investment and deployment of RE is a key solution to decarbonisation and achieving the net zero emissions goal. ASEAN countries have taken steps to varying extents and effectiveness for energy diversification, including efforts to deploy RE and develop RE technologies. Each ASEAN country faces its own particular set of challenges and constraints in achieving its net zero emissions goal due to a myriad of factors including its stage of economic development, resources (financial and non-financial) and geographical constraints.

In this Guide, we provide an overview of the RE landscape in the region and certain salient legal and regulatory issues affecting the development and deployment of RE in Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Notifications on Personal Data Protection

On 1 June 2022, the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019) ("PDPA") became fully effective after a two-year long postponement of the effective date of key operative provisions.

On 20 June 2022, four Notifications of the Personal Data Protection Committee were published in the Government Gazette, clarifying the rules for implementation of the following provisions of the PDPA:

  • The Notification of the Personal Data Protection Committee Re: An Exemption from the Records of Processing Activities of the Data Controller which is a Small Business B.E. 2565 (2022);
  • The Notification of the Personal Data Protection Committee Re: Criteria and Procedures in Preparing and Maintaining Records of Personal Data Processing Activities for the Data Processor B.E. 2565 (2022);
  • The Notification of the Personal Data Protection Committee Re: Security Measures of the Data Controller B.E. 2565 (2022); and
  • The Notification of the Personal Data Protection Committee Re: Criteria on Determining an Order to Impose an Administrative Fine of the Expert Committee B.E. 2565 (2022).

This Update provides a summary of these Notifications.