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Regina Geraldez leads the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which acts for clients including MCE Leisure Philippines Corporation, Henkel Asia Pacific Service Centre and Allegro Microsystems Philippines.

Since Ricardo Castro’s retirement in 2015, Miguel Galvez has been leading the department at Quisumbing Torres. The practice assists multinational companies with procuring work permits and visitor visas.

Jointly led by Enriquito Mendoza and Maria Sison-Go, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ labour and immigration team advises clients on their immigration requirements as overseas employers.

Reynaldo Gatmaitan’s department at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako acts for foreign clients and expatriates. It handles visa applications, work permits, certificates of residence and emigration clearance certificates.

The key partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is Rodelle Bolante. The team assisted Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy with processing work visas and permits for the firm’s Philippines-based clients.

Jose Cochingyan III heads the practice at Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices, which assists multinational companies and foreign entrepreneurs with procuring work permits and visas for their expatriate employees.

Rosa Bagtas leads Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s ‘very efficient’ and ‘well-managed’ team, which provides ‘comprehensive information and easy-to-follow instructions’.

The team at Fortun Narvasa & Salazar is headed by Roderick Salazar III, with support from Mylene Marcia-Creencia and Ma Carmen Babista-Lazaro. Clients include Philippine Gold.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos’ department assists clients with obtaining work permits, visas, and clearances from the Department of Justice and the Department of Labour and Employment.

As well as helping clients apply for dual citizenship, or recognition of Philippine citizenship, Poblador Bautista & Reyes processes alien employment permit applications, special work permits and immigrant visas.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)’s practice assisted Tata Consultancy Services (Philippines), PayPal Philippines and Remitly with obtaining visas and work permits for their expatriate employees. Raoul Angangco and Leonardo Singson lead the team.

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  • 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.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Promoting foreign investment”

    The February issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Aaron Roi B. Riturban  entitled “Philippines: Promoting foreign investment”. The article focuses on Republic Act no. 10881, which lifts the foreign investment limitations found in laws governing adjustment companies, lending companies, financing companies, and investment houses.  Read the article online at the IFLR website .

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