Stock Exchange of Thailand
The stock exchange of Thailand (SET) is Thailand’s primary stock exchange. It was established in 1974 and is supervised by a Board of Governors. The Board consists of 11 Governors, with 5 appointed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), 5 elected by the SET member companies, and a full time president, who is appointed by the Board of Governors and serves as an ex-officio Board member.
The SET considers applications from companies requesting listing on the Exchange, including ensuring applicants meet requirements as well as submit the correct documentation. It has also established information disclosure requirements for listed companies and monitors all trading activities involving listed securities. The Exchange’s regulations strictly prohibit insider trading and price manipulation of listed securities.
Net clearing and book entry settlement are services handled by the Thailand Securities Depository Co., Ltd. (TSD), a subsidiary of the SET. The SET lists a wide range of equity and debt instruments. Listed securities include ordinary shares, preferred shares, bonds and debentures, warrants, covered warrants, derivative warrants and unit trusts.
Currently, the SET has 38 member companies. Member companies must be securities companies permitted by the Ministry of Finance to conduct securities business in the category of securities brokerage.
2)SET Listed Companies
All listed companies are publicly limited firms. Becoming a listed company not only allows a firm to gain access to development capital, but also allows shareholders to benefit from investment liquidity and enjoy dividend income as a result of revenue or profit growth at the companies they invest in.
3)Foreign Shareholding Limits
On 3 March 2000 the Foreign Business Act B.E. 2542 (1999) came into effect to relax foreign ownership limits in certain industries, including securities industries. As a result, a securities company with foreign investors holding up to 100% shareholding may engage in the security brokerage business without any restrictions. However, if the securities company operates any other type of securities business, such as dealing, underwriting, investment advisory services, mutual fund or private fund management and securities lending and borrowing, such company must seek approval from the Director General of Commercial Registration Department, Ministry of Commerce.
4)The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The SEC was established on the promulgation of the Securities and Exchange Act B.E. 2535 in 1992 with the objective of developing and supervising the Thai capital market in a fair, efficient and transparent manner. This includes the primary market, the secondary market, securities business, market participants and the prevention of unfair securities trading practices.