All posts by John P. Formichella

John Formichella, along with Numlapyos Sritawat and Naytiwut Jamallsawat, founded Formichella & Sritawat and leads the firm’s Telecommunication, Media, Technology, Data Privacy Practice and is past Chair of the Information and Communications Technology Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce in Bangkok. He is rated as Leading Individual by Legal 500 and ranked as a Band 1 individual by Chambers and Partners. Considered a leading expert in the technology, media, and telecommunications sector, John has over 25 years’ sophisticated experience, covering technology transactions, telecommunications law, data privacy, cyber-security, data center outsourcing, media (OTT service providers, film, and television), and e-commerce. John has also served as an advisor to local chambers of commerce and U.S. Embassies in Thailand and Taiwan, and governmental bodies regarding Technology, Media & Telecommunications matters, including both the Office of the United States Trade Representative and United States Department of State in connection with international trade and telecommunications, and has provided testimony to members of the United States Senate on fact-finding missions in Thailand. Before forming Formichella & Sritawat, John practised with Bangkok based firm Blumenthal, Richter & Sumet for 16-years. He came to BRS from Minter Ellison, where he practised out of its Bangkok offices in its Corporate practice group. Before joining Minter Ellison, he was Vice President/General Counsel of Holding Corporation (a NASDAQ-listed telecoms company based in Hong Kong). Before that, he was an associate for East-West International Law Offices in Taipei, Taiwan, from 1996 to 1999. John graduated from the State University of New York (University at Buffalo), earning Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (Economics) degrees and a Juris Doctorate. He also studied at the Chulalongkorn University Faculty of Law in Bangkok. John is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C. and is a District of Columbia Bar Association member. John can be reached at

Thailand Postpones Effective Date of Data Privacy Law

By Attorneys Naytiwut Jamallsawat & John Formichella Background The Thai Cabinet, on May 19, 2020, approved a Royal Decree on Organizations and Businesses which shall be exempted from compliance with the Personal Data Protection Act B.E. 2562 (2019) (“Royal Decree“) to delay the enforcement date of the Personal […]

Cybersecurity Law: Thailand

Thailand has rapidly grown its digital economy, and has made a concerted push towards technological innovation. As technology has evolved within the country, however, so has the threat of cybersecurity issues.

Changes to the Thai Foreign Business Act

According to Thailand Foreign Business Act B.E. 2542 (FBA), there are three types of business activities that govern foreign participation in Thai commerce: List 1: Business Not Permitted to Foreigners List 2: Business Permitted to Foreigners under Conditions List 3: Business Not Yet Permitted to Foreigners […]


Telecommunication Licensing in Thailand

The Telecommunications Business Act B.E. 2544 (2001) (“TBA”) provides that a person operating a telecommunications service in Thailand is required to obtain a license. “Telecommunications Service” is defined under the Act on the Organization to Assign Radio Frequency and to Regulate Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services B.E. […]