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The Philippines remains a bright spot in the global economy and has the highest GDP growth rate in Asia, reporting 6.8% growth in 2012, and 7.8% growth in the first quarter of 2013. With the economies of its two largest export partners Japan and the US, starting to send positive signals, this growth should hopefully continue, especially in Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), manufacturing and mining.
This relative buoyancy has allowed the country’s top law firms, including Romulo, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) and Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos, to flourish. The fact that they have little competition from international firms has also helped. Only Baker & McKenzie has a foothold in the market, through its top-notch correspondent firm Quisumbing Torres, which fields several excellent, top tier practices. The market remains relatively stable, with few changes affecting law firms. Nevertheless, 2013 did see the firm Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco, which had strong links to previous government administrations, split into two separate firms: Villaraza & Angangco and Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia.
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The Republic Act No. 10557, " Philippine Design Competitiveness Act " was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last May 15, 2013. Contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko . The article gives us an insight about the objectives of the Act, the role of the newly formed Design Advisory Council, the Natural Design Policy, and its goals. Learn more about the Philippine Design Competitiveness Ac t. The article is available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website.
The article Dissension in the Court: July 2013 was contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner, Rafael L. Encarnacion . The article gives us an insight on the petition for certiorari assailing the Commission on Elections of the Philippines' resolution to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of Regina Ongsiako Reyes for the position of Representative of the district of Marinduque. The article from Lexoterica: A Philippine BLAWG is also available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website .
The article Bridging the Gap: Enhanced Basic Education through K-12 contributed by Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko talks about the new law regarding the Philippine Basic Education System which became effective on June 4, 2013. It includes information about its objectives, its salient features and the new procedure in training and hiring teachers.
The April 2013 issue of IFLR includes an update authored by Senior Associate Arlene M. Maneja. "Valuing Unlisted Shares" discusses the implemented Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulation No. 6-2013 (RR6-2013) and contains an overview of the rules involving the determination of fair market value of share of stock not listed and traded in the local stock exchange. Download a copy of the article from the SyCipLaw website.
Publications by Partner Domingo G. Castillo on " Repeatable Limitation of Liability in Maritime Accidents ," " Movement of Goods ," and " Various Aspects of Concealment & Representations " are now available for download from the SyCipLaw website. View the Related Links section of Mr. Castillo's profile to access the publications.
The Philippines section of The Mergers and Acquisitions Review 7th Edition contains an overview of M&A activity in the country, general introduction to the legal framework for M&A, developments in corporate and takeover law and their impact, foreign involvement in M&A transactions, significant transactions, key trends and hot industries, financing of M&A, employment law, tax law, competition law, and outlook. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner Rafael A. Morales .
It has been a year since the SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) LinkedIn Company Page was launched and statistics show that the most clicked legal resource post is the World Law Group's "Global Agenda Study Report: Issues & Priorities for Senior In-House Counsel Worldwide," which was posted on 16 January 2013. The report highlights, among other things, current key challenges faced by chief legal officers, general counsel and other in-house law department leaders in some of the world's largest companies, as well as action plans they've found most effective to meet these challenges. It also points out some interesting differences by region.
The Employment Law Alliance's free webinar on "Key Employment Issues for US Employers in the Hospitality Industry" will be on 11 September 2013.
The WLG Intellectual Property & Information Technology Group unveiled its "Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems" with contributions from 18 WLG member firms from different jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.
The July 2013 issue of Bloomberg BNA's Tax Planning International Asia-Pacific Focus features an article co-authored by partner Carina C. Laforteza and associate Grace Ann C. Lazaro entitled "The Philippine BIR adopts technological innovations." The article discusses the recently implemented Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regulation No. 18-2012 directing all persons to secure a new Authority to Print from the BIR and to print new receipts/invoices starting 1 July 2013. The article includes sections on the statutory basis, implementation, and the move towards computerized regulation.
Schoenherr, a leading corporate law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, advised Österreichische Volksbanken-AG (OeVAG) on the sale of its fully-owned subsidiary Volksbank Malta Limited to Malta-based Mediterranean Bank plc. On 11 April 2014, OeVAG and Mediterranean Bank signed a Share Purchase Agreement for 100% of the shares in Volksbank Malta. Closing shall take place after the required approvals of the relevant regulatory bodies are received. read more...
Stefan Kuehteubl will join Schoenherr, a leading corporate law firm in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as a partner and the head of the firm's Employment practice as of July 2014. A highly-regarded employment law practitioner, Kuehteubl will be returning to Schoenherr, where he previously worked as a member of its employment team between 1999 and 2004. During the past ten years, he worked in a well-known Vienna-based employment law boutique, in which he was a partner since 2008. read more...
The Swiss law on product safety ( Produktesicherheitsgesetz, PrSG) is currently scheduled to enter into force on July 1, 2010. This new law aligns Swiss product safety requirements with EU law. It applies not only to manufacturers, but to anyone who commercially or professionally markets products in Switzerland, and it introduces substantial new obligations before and after the sale of a product.
The Chambers Global 2014 international ratings have hailed Pepeliaev Group's tax practice and the firm's managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev as Russia's best in the area of taxation (band 1 and Star Individuals). Commentators describe Mr Pepeliaev as "the father of Russian taxation." He has an outstanding reputation in tax litigation, for which he is said to be "absolutely brilliant." In addition, Chambers Global lavishes praise on Rustem Ahmetshin (band 2), one of the firm's senior partners, who has considerable expertise in areas such as VAT and audit advice. Chambers Global sources commend Pepeliaev Group partner Valentina Akimova (band 3) as a "smart tax specialist." She has significant experience in a wide range of tax matters such as VAT, income tax and excise duties. Sources recommend Andrey Nikonov (band 3), another senior partner in the firm, as an authority on VAT, mineral extraction tax and unified social tax. Chambers Global also rates Mr Nikonov highly for his experience in resolving tax disputes advising on the tax aspects of M&A transactions.
Dhir & Dhir Associates advised National Housing Bank, wholly owned by Reserve Bank of India, on the Tranche- II of public issue of tax free bonds in the nature of secured, redeemable, non-convertible debentures with benefits under Section 10(15)(iv)(h) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, aggregating upto Rs. 1,000 Crore.
In a recent landmark judgment of the Hon'ble Andhra Pradesh High Court in the matter of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. (DCHL) & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors ., the Hon'ble Court has laid down an important principal of law to the effect that SARFAESI Action can be taken by an assignee/ successor in interest only if the original lender had SARFAESI power.
DHIR & DHIR ASSOCIATES ADVISES NATIONAL HOUSING BANK ON THE PUBLIC ISSUE OF TAX FREE BONDS AGGREGATIDhir & Dhir Associates advised National Housing Bank, wholly owned by Reserve Bank of India, on the public issue of tax free bonds in the nature of secured, redeemable, non-convertible debentures with benefits under Section 10(15)(iv)(h) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, aggregating upto Rs. 2,100 Crore.
On 20.03.2014 was carried the first part of the annually organized forum "Legal Day" of German-Bulgarian Industrial Commercial Chamber. Representatives of the leading legal companies in Bulgaria and industry representatives also took part in the event.
On 24.03.2014 a meeting of the Advisory Board "Law" of the German-Bulgarian Industrial Commercial Chamber (GBICC) was held. The event was attended by representatives of the business as well as lawyers from major law firms in Bulgaria, including the law firm "Popov & Partners."