Strohal Legal Group is an international business law firm focusing on the Gulf region (GCC) and Southeast Asia (ASEAN). At our headquarters in the United Arab Emirates and our offices in Singapore, Thailand, and Myanmar, we advise corporate groups, small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups wishing to take advantage of the numerous economic and tax benefits offered in these countries. Through our country desks in Austria, the Ukraine, and Russia, the firm is also well connected in Europe.
We advise national and international clients on corporate, business, labour, and tax law matters, all aspects of business ventures and investments, and commercial disputes. We especially focus on business establishments and accompany our clients from the initial stages of the decision-making process through tax and corporate law structuring matters to the operational phase.
The roots of Strohal Legal Group date back to 1870, when Emil Strohal opened a law firm in Graz, Austria. Emil Strohal later became a university professor in Leipzig and Göttingen and is regarded as the founder of the Austrian Land Register Act. His work also had a decisive influence on the development of the German inheritance law.
In 1979, Theodor Strohal laid the foundation of the group in its current form. Initially established as a sole-practitioner firm, it swiftly expanded in Austria and, from 1994 onwards, into the economically emerging countries of Southeast Asia and the United Arab Emirates. Dr. Strohal retired as an Austrian attorney-at-law in 2009, but remains available to our clients as a point of contact.
The office in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, was established in 2005. Strohal Legal Consultants UAE is the only international legal consultancy firm in the northernmost emirate with a mainland license and the first point of contact for entrepreneurial projects in Ras Al Khaimah, Dubai, and the other five Emirates of the UAE. We advise clients who plan to take advantage of the UAE’s truly unique business environment: 0% corporate and personal income tax, only 5% VAT, no social security charges, free trade with low import duties in all sectors, free immigration for investors and employees, a stable currency, no currency controls, and very limited government intervention.
The Singapore office was established in 1994 through Strohal Legal Group PTE Ltd. In close cooperation with one of the largest law firms in Singapore, Hin Tat, Augustine & Partners, our clients are offered international tax law and local expertise at the highest level. Singapore primarily serves our clients as a hub for business activities in Asia. Singapore has concluded double taxation agreements and investment protection agreements with almost all Asian countries. Although Singapore is not a “tax haven”, with only 17 % corporate tax and 0 % dividend taxation, it is one of the most tax-favourable countries with excellent infrastructure and high international reputation.
Immediately after Myanmar opened to foreign investors, in 2012, Strohal Legal Group Comp. LTD was established in Yangon. Our Myanmar office advises entrepreneurial pioneers who want to take advantage of the new “tiger state’s” numerous opportunities and investor-friendly environment. Furthermore, this office is specialised in immigration law. We assist large companies with hundreds of employees in all questions of immigration matters, issuance of visas, residence permits, and work permits. Due to our direct contacts to governmental authorities we can offer special efficiency and short processing times.
The last expansion of the network was the establishment of Strohal Consulting Company Ltd in Thailand in 2020. It advises clients as a business consultancy on business establishment and relocation, immigration, insurance, construction projects, and marketing.
Why strohal legal group
The success of our clients is our business. Therefore, we do not only promise legal advice at the highest level, but also see ourselves as an entrepreneurial partner who always puts your economic and personal interests first and does everything in our power to help your project succeed. As the only law firm in Austrian hands with offices in the GCC region and Southeast Asia, we combine local and international law in many ways and always to the benefit of our clients.