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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)¬†advises on the full range of labour and employment law matters. Key areas of expertise include consulting on day-to-day employment issues, termination disputes, administrative investigations, advising on the labour aspects of mergers, conducting special audits, collective bargaining and union-related matters, and handling grievances.¬†Clarence Valdecantos¬†and¬†Neptali Salvanera¬†head the team with support from key partners Ernesto A√Īasco,¬†Emerico De Guzman¬†and Joy Leong-Pambid.¬†Franchesca Gesmundo¬†was promoted to senior associate.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Lea√Īo¬†advises on various labour and employment matters including compliance issues, sexual harassment and negotiations for collective bargaining agreements. Clients include Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, ArtNature Manufacturing Philippines, Concentrix Services Philippines and DOLE Philippines.¬†Grace Quevedo-Panagsagan¬†heads the team with support from¬†Rachelle Santos¬†and Israfel Fagela.

Quisumbing Torres¬†acts for large multinationals in relation to all aspects of employment law including contracts, executive separation, transfers and terminations, occupational health and safety matters, discrimination laws advice, human resources (HR) matters and labour litigation. It represents clients in individual and collective actions, arbitrations, mediations and alternative dispute resolution. This year the firm dealt with a high number of executive transfers. Kenneth Chua, who is ‚Äėresponsive and provides practical advice‚Äô, heads the team alongside Gil Roberto Zerrudo¬†and Eliseo Zu√Īiga, Jr..

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako is adept at handling collective bargaining negotiations, strike contingency and strikes, labour litigation, employee disputes, arbitration, and labour standards compliance. Rolando Villonco heads the team with support from Rafael Khan.

The employment and immigration department¬†at¬†SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†deals with bargaining, compliance and strategy implementation. The firm recently acted for Qatar Airways, successfully defending a case of illegal dismissal. Another highlight included acting for Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing in relation to the re-negotiation of the economic provisions of a collective bargaining agreement. Other clients include Adidas, Bank of America, Colgate-Palmolive Philippines and Pfizer. The team is led by¬†Luisito Liban¬†with support from¬†Leslie Dy, who is ‚Äėvery professional and practical in her approach‚Äô, and Marianne Miguel, who is ‚Äėalways responsive, practical, and knowledgeable‚Äô.¬†Amer Mambuay¬†is also recommended.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises on labour standards, employee benefits, compliance, terminations, investigations, misconduct, transfers, reorganisations, redundancy and overseas deployments. The firm recently acted for HP in relation to its acquisition of Samsung’s printer business, advising it on the matters around the transfer of employees including terminations, transfers and hiring. Other clients include American Express International, AXA Life Insurance, Canon Marketing and Facebook. Cesar Santamaria, Jr heads the team. Vladi Lazaro was promoted to partner; senior associate Katrine Paula Suyat is also recommended.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†advises clients on labour arbitration disputes, dismissal cases, redundancy, employee movements and negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions. Other areas of expertise include compliance and company policy reviews and implementation. The ‚Äėarticulate, smart and well-versed‚Äô Reynaldo Dizon¬†heads the team. Clients include a major financial services provider and Facebook Singapore.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes has experience of labour disputes and industrial relations matters. Areas of expertise include collective bargaining negotiations, grievance proceedings, mediation/conciliation proceedings, voluntary and compulsory arbitration proceedings, and compliance matters. The key practitioners are Romeo Fernandez, Deogracias Fellone and Luis Clemente.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices advises on employer-employee relationship matters such as employment benefits, labour standards, termination of employment and union activities. Other areas of expertise include corporate organisation restructuring, work visa processing and human resources support. Joseph Castillo and Roy Santos are the key partners.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises on a broad range of labour and employment matters including compliance, litigation, occupational health and safety, union relations and collective bargaining, overseas employment, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and sexual harassment.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) deals with various employment law matters including obtaining work permits and visas for foreign workers, corporate restructuring and advising on complying with labour standards. The firm recently acted for the New York Times as part of a global review of its employment contracts. Other clients include PayPal, Netflix, Twitter and Cisco Systems. Key partners in the team include Raoul Angangco, Franchette Acosta, Leonardo Singson and Kristin Charisse Siao.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila is adept at handling compulsory and voluntary arbitration, collective bargaining negotiations, employment policy review, employee benefit plans and personnel manuals. Roberto Parel is the key practitioner.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose advises clients on company policies, contracts and disputes including grievances, strikes and collective bargaining negotiations. Other areas of expertise include unfair labour practice cases, counselling services and helping to resolve personal problems. Enrique Galang is the key contact.

Del Rosario & Del Rosario advises manpower and recruitment companies, shipping and insurance companies on all aspects of employment law. Recent highlights included advising various foreign clients on compliance with the new Philippine Overseas Employment Administration regulations and also advising on industry efforts for revisions to standard employment contracts for Filipino Seafarers. The key players in the team include Ruben Del Rosario, Arturo del Rosario, Jr, Joseph Rebano, Herbert Tria, Florencio Aquino and Denise Luis Cabanos.

JGLaw deals with a broad range of labour and employment issues including contracts, company manuals, policies, consultancy agreements and collective bargaining negotiations. Other areas of expertise include retrenchment, outsourcing, M&A-related labour work, and administrative proceedings. Ernesto Caluya, Jr and Winston Esguerra are the key partners.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advises clients on dispute management and bargaining agreements, and also deals with representing individual employees. Juan Valdez and Bernadeth Lim are the key partners.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell is adept at handling all labour-related matters including illegal dismissal disputes, unfair labour practices, industrial disputes, collective bargaining agreement negotiations and mediations. Benjamin Bacorro and Elizer Odulio are the key practitioners.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos is adept at handling collective bargaining negotiations, industrial disputes, strikes and unfair labour practices. It also advises on company rules and regulations, employment policies and personnel manuals.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso handles a broad range of employment matters including collective bargaining agreements, dismissal and suspension of employees, money claims, strikes and lockouts, unfair labour practice and labour-related civil and criminal cases. Orencio Ibarra, Jr, Miguel Damaso and Jose Tual are the key partners in the team.

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