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Roderick Salazar III leads the team at Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, with support from energy expert Karl Castillo. Metals Exploration, Batoto Resources Corporation, Ayala Corporation and Jinko Solar are representative clients.

Puno & Puno Law Offices’ department is jointly headed by Roderico Puno and Julito Sarmiento, and features senior partner Jose Layug, Jr. Clients include Manila Electric Company and Sithe Global.

The ‘very knowledgeable, solutions-oriented’ department at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is headed by the ‘pioneering’ Monalisa Dimalanta and ‘comforting’ Ramil Bugayong, who specialise in energy and PPP, respectively. Clients include Aboitiz-SMRT Transport Solutions Consortium and San Buenaventura Power.

Though increasingly busy on the renewables side, Quisumbing Torres’ practice still maintains a strong following among mining and oil and gas clients such as Red Mountain Mining and Otto Energy. Pearl Liu, Dennis Quintero and Lourdes de Leon lead the team.

Project finance expert Perry Pe leads Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department, which assists clients with environmental compliance, securing community clearances and utilising natural resources.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s team, headed by Rocky Reyes, counts Metro Pacific, San Miguel and BHP Billiton among its clients. Vicente Gerochi IV acted for Hanwha Q Cells Korea on the engineering, procurement and construction aspects of the Digos Solar Project in Davao.

Eusebio Tan leads the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), with support from Brigida Aldeguer, Aison Velasco and Melissa Velarde. It is particularly strong in the natural resources and power sectors, and is increasingly active in renewables.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s ‘very competent, reliable’ department is headed by PPP specialist Manuel Manaligod, Jr and natural resources and energy expert Patricia Bunye. Bunye is ‘calm under pressure’, who counts Sagittarius Mines among her clients. Susan Villanuevathinks outside the box’.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio houses a number of ‘experts in their field’, including Jaime Gatmaytan, Ben Yap and Jesus Protacio. Aboitiz Power and First Gen Corporation are clients.

Aris Gulapa heads Gulapa Law Office’s practice and advised APO Production Unit on its negotiations with the Department of Foreign Affairs to allow APO to print the new Philippine e-passport. Other clients include Ayala Land.

Manuel Gonzalez leads the team at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano; he advised Silay Solar Power on a PHP1.69bn loan to partly finance the construction of a 25MW solar project in Silay.

Particularly strong in project finance, Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos assists clients with constructing and operating coal power plants, and is also involved in hydro and wind projects. Silverio Tan, Erlito Fider and Grace Dela Cruz have acted on a number of projects matters.

Rachelle Santos and Mia Martin lead Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño’s department, which acted for ThomasLloyd Cleantech Infrastructure Fund on its investments in renewable energy projects in the Philippines.

Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta lead the team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), with support from senior associate Maria Simundac. Clients include BayWa re Solar, Singtel and Juwi Renewable Energies.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila advises clients on regulatory compliance, and assists with mineral-production sharing agreements and power, energy and mining contracts. Atlas Mining Corporation and Cityland Developers are representative clients.

At Mosveldtt Law, Rodolfo Tuazon, Jr acted for Next Generation Power Technology Corp on obtaining a service contract for its 20MW solar plant in Bataan. The team also has strong contentious capabilities.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s clients in the mining and exploration sector include Benguet Corporation, Jinchuan Group and Taiwan Metal. On the power front, the firm acts for Hitachi Asia. Bernadeth Lim is active in the projects space.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison’s team assists clients with the financing of various oil and gas developments. Clients include oil companies, power generation and distribution companies, and electrical cooperatives.

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  • 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.
  • 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.

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