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The team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is led by Ana Arnaldo-Oracion and counts Manila Electric Company, Chevron Philippines, Smart Communications and Standard Chartered Bank among its longstanding clients.

Rodel Cruz heads Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s ‘responsive’ practice and successfully represented Marine Fuels Philippines against the government in a dispute over the seizure of a $1.2m tanker for allegedly transgressing customs laws. Miguel Silos is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge’ and for ‘getting the job done’.

The team at Poblador Bautista & Reyes represents clients in civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation. Alexander Poblador, Mario Bautista and Gilbert Reyes are most active in dispute resolution. San Miguel Energy is a key client.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s department is led by Ricardo Ongkiko and includes newly promoted partners Aaron Riturban and Franco Larcina. AkzoNobel, Bank of the Philippine Islands and BMW are clients.

The team at Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose has a strong ADR practice. Key figures include Roberto Dio, who is a strong litigator, and name partner Ancheta Tan.

The ‘brilliant, respectful’ Estelito Mendoza at Estelito Mendoza & Associates leads a small team that punches above its weight in high-profile litigation and arbitration.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio’s ‘creative’, ‘highly knowledgeable’ team includes key partners Jesus Protacio, Cesar Santamaria, Jr, the ‘sharp, trustworthyBen Yap and the ‘very quickAnthony Gutierrez.

Elizer Odulio is the key contact at Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell; he and six other partners represent clients in civil and criminal litigation, and are active in sectors including banking, media, mining and IP.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño’s team represented Chevron Philippines in various court cases, contesting the President’s power to control petroleum product prices. Peter Bantilan and Arturo Selim are the key partners.

Donemark Calimon heads the practice at Quisumbing Torres, with strong support from Ramon Quisumbing, Rodrigo Quimbo, Miguel Galvez and Mia Imperial. Clients include UHS Essential Health Philippines and Uber Systems.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department is co-led by Tranquil Salvador III and Louie Ogsimer; eight other partners are active in dispute resolution. Clients include Shell Philippines and Siemens.

The highly capable team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is jointly led by Alejandro Navarro, Augusto San Pedro, Jr, Thea Daep and Joseph Lopez. Clients include Globe Telecom and Citra Group.

Custodio Acorda Sicam De Castro & Panganiban Law Offices’ department, which is active in civil, criminal and administrative litigation, is led by managing partner Demetrio Custodio, Jr. Zenaida Ongkiko-Acorda is highly active.

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar’s disputes practice handles civil cases relating to land and estate disputes, and represents clients in fraud, corruption, crime and civil liberty violations cases.

Eduardo Martinez heads the team at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, with strong support from Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea. Clients include BDO Unibank, PMI Colleges and TC Pharmaceutical Industries Co.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices’ practice is co-led by Joshua Paraiso, Roy Santos and Fidel Valeros, Jr. Clients include Rapu-Rapu Mining, Hewlett-Packard Philippines Corporation and various power generation companies.

Antero Caganda, Angelo Advincula and Jorge Melo are the key partners at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula. The team assisted Philippine National Bank with obtaining a tax refund for tax wrongly paid in 2003.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila’s department handles various types of litigation, including criminal, commercial, administrative and agrarian. It represents local and foreign clients.

At Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices, Jose Cochingyan III and Anthony Peralta handle a variety of arbitrations and litigation, including commercial fraud.

Maritime specialists Ruben del Rosario and Arturo del Rosario, Jr lead Del Rosario & Del Rosario’s team; they are supported by Charles Dela Cruz, Florencio Aquino and Catherine Mangahas-Soliven. Japan P&I Club and Thome Group are clients.

The team at JGLaw represents clients in commercial and civil litigation, and is active in family law, IP, banking and aviation, among other practice areas. Gregorio Fernandez handles litigation and arbitration.

At Mosveldtt Law, Aldrich Dy represented International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications in an appeal against a Supreme Court decision prohibiting the field-testing of aubergines.

Streit Group, Capitol Hills Golf & Country Club and Petron Corporation are among the clients of Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim. Manolito Manalo leads the team, which includes Carlos Ocampo.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advises clients in disputes involving civil and commercial restructurings, criminal matters, estate settlements, and family law.

Orencio Ibarra, Jr leads the eight-partner litigation team at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison, which is particularly visible in the real estate and employment sectors.

Active in civil, criminal and administrative litigation, Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako also practises international arbitration. Mario Andres and Antonio Pido are the names to note.

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  • 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.
  • Philippine Court of Appeals Denies Issuance of Environmental Protection Order Against Mining Company

    In a decision issued on March 8, 2017, the Philippine Court of Appeals (CA) denied the petition by NGO Ang Aroroy ay Alagaan, Inc. and certain individuals, for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan against Filminera Resources Corporation, and its directors and officers. The petitioners have claimed that Filminera, which operates in the Philippine province of Masbate, had been causing environmental damage in the conduct of its mining operations in violation of local law, and that a writ of kalikasan should be issued.
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: Philippine Central Bank Issues New FinTech Rules

    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) (the Philippine Central Bank) has issued two new circulars that will be of interest to companies engaged in remittance services, e-money, digital currency, and other fintech businesses. Both circulars amend portions of the BSP Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”

    The March issue of the International Financial Law Review ( IFLR ) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Jose Florante M. Pamfilo  entitled “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”. The article discusses the Philippine Supreme Court decision on the case of Roy v. Herbosa (GR no. 207246) to invalidate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Memorandum Circular no. 8-2013 (MC 8-2013) on the guidelines on compliance with the Filipino-foreign ownership requirements prescribed in the Philippine Constitution and/or existing laws by corporations engaged in nationalized and partly nationalized activities.
  • Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All

    The World Bank Group has released its Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All report. This is the 14th in an annual series of reports providing objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement in 190 economies. The report focuses on measuring regulations affecting 11 areas: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, and labor market regulation.

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