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The immigration department at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is led by Regina Geraldez, who is experienced in advising multinational companies, foreign embassies, local conglomerates, business chambers and expatriates on a range of immigration matters. The firm acts for Coca-Cola Bottlers, Thomson Reuters, SC Johnson Philippines and Fujifilm, among others.

Miguel Galvez leads the ‘highly recommended’ immigration practice at Quisumbing Torres, which has expertise in, among other issues, visa and permit applications, dual citizenship matters, and blacklisting and deportation proceedings. The ‘efficient’ and ‘highly knowledgeable’ team regularly advises notable domestic and international clients, for example Apple Computer South Asia.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako acts for foreign clients and expatriates on a range of immigration issues, including visa applications, work permits and residency certificates. Antonio Pido is the key contact.

Rodelle Bolante leads the immigration practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which specialises in matters involving visas and permits, citizenship issues, and adversarial proceedings such as blacklisting and deportation. The firm’s client base includes foreign law firms and multinational corporations, such as Ibex Global Securities, B/E Aerospace and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.

Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices provides the full range of corporate-related immigration services to international business organisations and domestic IT and BPO entities. Managing Partner Jose Cochingyan III is the key contact.

Rosa Bagtas heads the immigration practice at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, with strong support from Aida Roxas-Rivera, who has ‘in-depth knowledge’ of immigration law. The department is well-versed in providing specialist advice to corporations and individuals on Philippine immigration and citizenship laws, with experience in matters involving visa applications, work permits and naturalisation proceedings.

Roderick Salazar III heads the team at Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, with support from Mylene Marcia-Creencia. The department specialises in matters involving visas and expatriate permits.

The immigration team at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos assists clients with obtaining work permits, visas, and clearances from the Department of Justice and the Department of Labour and Employment. Antonio Picazo is the partner to note.

Mario Bautista and Marie Roque-Quintos are the key immigration practitioners at Poblador Bautista & Reyes. As well as handling visa and work permit applications, the firm is experienced in advising clients on applying for dual citizenship and recognition of Philippine citizenship.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ labour and immigration practice specialises in matters involving overseas employment and immigration requirements, with particular expertise in work-related visas and permits, citizenship applications and deportation proceedings. The department is led by Enriquito Mendoza and Maria Sison-Go.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)’s immigration work is handled by Raoul Angangco and Leonardo Singson. The department regularly assists Tata Consultancy Services, PayPal Philippines and Baxter Healthcare Philippines in matters involving expatriate visa and work permit applications.

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  • Lexology Aviation Navigator: Philippines

    The Philippine section of the Lexology Aviation Navigator is now online. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Imelda A. Manguiat and Carina C. Laforteza, with support from senior associate Bhong Paulo A. Macasaet and associate Ma. Luisa D. Manalaysay-Sabornay . The chapter answers key questions on the regulatory framework, air carrier operations, consumer protection and liability, aircraft, accidents, airports, competition issues, dispute resolution, and recent developments and trends.
  • Philippine Chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Cybersecurity 2018

    The Philippine chapter of the Getting the Deal Through: Cybersecurity 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez , with support from senior associate Ruben P. Acebedo II . The chapter provides answers to key questions on the legal framework, best practice, enforcement, threat detection and reporting, and update and trends.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Country Focus 2017 - Philippines

    The Philippine chapter of the Getting the Deal Through: Country Focus 2017 was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Hiyasmin H. Lapitan and Franco Aristotle G. Larcina , and associates Anna Teresita A. Marcelo and Michael Trance Joseph M. Nuñez . The chapter provides answers to key questions on the legal landscape of the Philippines, including information on the legal framework, dispute resolution structure, foreign investment and trade, regulators, compliance laws, business operations, employment and intellectual property regulations in the country, among other resources.
  • ALB: “Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines”

    The October 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ronald Mark C. Lleno entitled, “Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines”. The article provides an overview on the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), its jurisdiction over construction disputes in the Philippines, and some of the issues concerning CIAC arbitration.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2018

    The Philippine chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko and associates Anthony Raphael V. Jacoba and Trisha Beverly C. Flores. The chapter provides expert analysis of key issues relating to the enforcement of foreign judgments. Topics covered include: treaties, regulations and conventions, limitation periods, types of enforceable order, competent courts, defenses, judicial requirements and procedures, significance of the enforcing jurisdiction’s public policy to the enforcement of foreign judgments, awards and enforcement process.
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    The October 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ronald Mark C. Lleno entitled, “Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines”. The article provides an overview on the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), its jurisdiction over construction disputes in the Philippines, and some of the issues concerning CIAC arbitration.
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  • 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.

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