Restrictions and regulations
Many Southeast Asian investors face a difficult situation because they must deal with a variety of local and regional laws, intellectual property registration, trademark protection, and immigration policy in their business.
Many ASEAN markets, such as Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines, have restrictions on foreign investment and require international firms to have local partners as well as local shareholders. Some countries pre-screen all foreign companies, and they can only begin doing business once they have been approved.
ASEAN member states also have different restrictions on foreign investment, but these vary depending on the economic activity. Please keep in mind that there are numerous additional regulations, particularly in the areas of banking, transportation, fisheries, and telecommunications.