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Partners at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advise a range of carriers, including AirAsia Berhad, Air Nauru, Jeju Air, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, and Heavy Lift Cargo Airlines. The firm is experienced in representing clients before the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), and also advises clients on compliance issues, regulatory proceedings and petitioning. Name partners Carlos Ocampo, Manolito Manalo, Juan Valdez and Bernadeth Lim are active in this area.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño’s aviation practice is led by Peter Bantilan and Arturo Selim. Jenny Santiago is well versed in acting for airline companies before the CAB. The firm acts as counsel for Philippine Airlines, Air France, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific, and provides specialist advice on claims for damages and other litigation matters.

Maria Angeles-Carale at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles specialises in the full range of aviation-related matters and regularly acts on behalf of local and international clients.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako’s aviation practice frequently advises airline companies and insurers on matters involving injury and death, delay, damage to and loss of passenger baggage or cargo, and represents clients before the CAB. In addition to acting as counsel to airline companies such as Philippine Airlines, Gulf Air, and Korean Air, the firm also represents several international insurers such as AON Group and Willis Corroon Aerospace. Mario Andres, Carlos Natividad and Jose Crisostomo Jr are the key contacts.

The aviation team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is led by Carina Laforteza, who acts for a range of clients including CIT Aerospace International, Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, and Intrepid Aviation Management LLC. In addition to representing clients before the CAB, the team advises clients on leasing issues, financing, registration of aircrafts, security filing with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and regulatory coordination.

Jose Agcaoili at Agcaoili & Associates is well versed in aviation law, and has substantial experience in aircraft financing and leasing.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila’s aviation practice is experienced in handling matters involving regulatory compliance issues, operating requirements, as well as international negotiations for air service and commercial agreements. Felipe Gozon is the partner to note.

The aviation practice at Puno & Puno Law Offices represents foreign air carriers in matters concerning regulatory compliance and assists clients with obtaining regulatory approval from the CAB and CAAP. Helena Rosales-Calo is the key aviation contact within the firm.

Marvin Masangkay and Rodrigo Quimbo at Quisumbing Torres provide expertise in resolving aviation disputes, with experience in acting for airline companies on mergers, regulatory compliance, competition law and operating permits.

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  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: “More Philippine Data Privacy Act: Are you Ready for Phase II?”

    Controllers and processors who have completed Phase I registration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now have to gear up for Phase II. Phase II involves providing the NPC certain information on the organization’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).
  • Getting the Deal Through: Appeals 2017

    The Philippine chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Appeals 2017 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ramon G. Songco and associate Kathleen Kay A. de Guzman . The chapter provides key insight into the appellate stage of dispute resolution in the Philippines.
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2018

    The Philippine chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Enrique T. Manuel and Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan . The chapter answers key questions on patent enforcement, patent amendment, licensing, patent term extension, patent prosecution and opposition, border control measures, and antitrust laws and inequitable conduct. It also gives an overview on current patent developments in the country.
  • IBA Taxes Committee: “Developments in Philippine Tax Laws and Regulations”

    The International Bar Association’s (IBA) Taxes Committee published its annual update on tax developments by jurisdiction for 2017. The 2017 update includes a Philippine report by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan entitled “Developments in Philippine Tax Laws and Regulations”. The Philippine report summarizes recent updates related to tax treaty relief, passed-on gross receipts tax, alternative modes of paying taxes, reduction of real property tax on independent power producers, and case law, as well as upcoming tax reform developments.
  • ALB: “Enforcement Update: Philippine Competition Act”

    The August 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB)  includes a Philippine regional update by SyCipLaw partner  Arlene M. Maneja entitled, “Enforcement Update: Philippine Competition Act”. The article summarizes the administrative, civil and criminal penalties that apply to companies that have yet to comply with the Philippine Competition Act (PCA). The transitional clause of the PCA to enable parties to renegotiate agreements or restructure their businesses to comply with the law expired on August 7, 2017.
  • CPO: “Philippines: To Be or Not To Be a Data Protection Officer (DPO)”

    Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Magazine, an online publication owned by Data Privacy Asia, featured an article by SyCipLaw partner Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez . Entitled “Philippines: To Be or Not To Be a Data Protection Officer (DPO) ”, the article discusses the qualifications and responsibilities of a DPO as outlined in the Philippine Data Privacy Act of 2012. It also outlines difficulties companies may experience in the appointment of a DPO.
  • ALB: “Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines”

    The July 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan and associate Jo Margarette W. Remollo entitled, “Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines ”. The article summarizes the Insurance Commission’s compliance guidelines on related party transactions, as set out in Insurance Circular Letter No. 2017-29. The Circular covers insurers, reinsurers, branch offices of foreign insurers, mutual benefit associations, pre-need companies, and health maintenance organizations and their intermediaries.
  • Philippines Chapter in The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5

    The Philippines section of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5 contains information on commencing disputes, including national and local taxes; courts and tribunals; penalties and remedies; tax claims, including recovering overpaid taxes, challenging administrative decisions, and claimants; costs; alternative dispute resolution; anti-avoidance; double taxation treaties; areas of focus; and outlook and conclusions. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw partner  Carina C. Laforteza  with support from associate  Mark Xavier D. Oyales .
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Acquiring insurance brokers”

    The April issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Hiyasmin H. Lapitan  entitled “Philippines: Acquiring insurance brokers”. The article discusses the new requirement by the Philippine Insurance Commission (IC) for advance approval to acquire a stake in a Philippine corporation that is licensed as an insurance broker or reinsurance broker. This requirement is noted in the IC’s circular letter number 2017-09 dated February 14, 2017, which prescribes guidelines on the documentation requirements for acquiring a domestic insurance or reinsurance broker.
  • SyCipLaw Tax Bulletin: Philippine BIR Rules on Proper Tax Treatment of Passed-on Gross Receipts Tax

    On June 13, 2016, the then Commissioner of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 62-2016 purporting to clarify the proper tax treatment of percentage tax or gross receipts tax (GRT) due on transactions covered by Sections 1211 and 1222 of the Tax Code which are shifted through contractual stipulations to borrowers/customers/clients (“passed-on” GRT). Banks, non-bank financial intermediaries performing quasi-banking functions are subject to GRT under Section 121 while financing companies and other financial intermediaries not performing quasi-banking functions are subject to GRT under Section 122. The effectivity of this circular was suspended on July 1, 2016 by the new Commissioner of Internal Revenue. However, on November 15, 2016, the suspension was lifted by RMC No. 127-2016 rendering RMC No. 62-2016 effective immediately.

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