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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)’s practice counts BDO Unibank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Allegro Microsystems Philippines and Masinloc Power Partners among its clients. Ruby Yusi and Eric Recalde head the department.

The ‘very quickAnthony Gutierrez and the ‘careful, attentiveJesus Protacio are the key partners at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio. The ‘highly knowledgeable, responsive’ team advised Metro Railway Transit Corporation in a claim against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regarding a wrongful tax assessment.

Hector Martinez heads the department at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño, which includes Anthony Abenir, whose clients include Chevron and La Suerte Tobacco Company. The team handles tax audits for numerous clients, including G4S Holdings.

Wilfrido Sanchez and Benedict Tugonon lead the team at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison, which includes Ruelito Soriano. Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Levi Strauss and Lopez Holdings are among its clients.

Quisumbing Torres counts Texas Instruments and Uber International among its clients. Dennis Dimagiba leads the two-partner team, which has strong contentious capabilities, and regularly assists clients in obtaining tax refunds worth millions of dollars. Ronald Bernas is also recommended.

Priscilla Valer and Jayson Fernandez jointly lead the team at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, with support from Exequiel Javier and Reynaldo Geronimo, who is a strong litigator.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako handles all aspects of tax work, including tax litigation. Jose Crisostomo, Jr, Ferdinand Hidalgo, Raniel Dimayuga and Ma Corazon del Castillo are the key figures.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s department is led by Rolando Medalla, Jr and includes Hector de Leon and certified public accountant Carina Laforteza. The firm acts for California Energy, Manila Electric Company, Maynilad Water Services and Döhle Shipmanagement Philippines Corporation.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)’s department, headed by Sylvette Tankiang, acts for a client base that includes Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation and BayWa re Solar. Franchette Acosta and litigation specialist Fritzzie Español are also recommended.

At Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula, Angelo Advincula successfully assisted Puregold Duty Free with a $60m refund for VAT and excise taxes wrongly paid between 1998 and 2004. Lily Gruba, Antero Caganda and Juan Miguel de la Fuente are also recommended.

Baniqued & Baniqued is a widely respected tax boutique that counts British American Tobacco, Smart Communications and Sun Cruises among its clients. Carlos Baniqued, Angel Baniqued and Terence Bello are the key tax experts.

At Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose, Ma Victoria Sarmiento and Joseph Castillo are skilled at obtaining tax exemptions for clients, and have experience in implementing tax strategies.

The team at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim assists clients with estate planning, compliance issues and corporate tax structures. Carlos Ocampo and Manolito Manalo are the key contacts.

At Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell, tax practitioners Gregorio Ortega and Renato Calma act for a multinational client base.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos’ tax expertise includes estate planning and tax litigation. Antonio Picazo and Cynthia Ligeralde-De la Paz are the key partners.

The team at Poblador Bautista & Reyes has particular experience in tax matters relating to property and estates. Raymund Rodriguez, Meghan de Guia, Joseph Perez and Anzen Dy are recommended.

Virginia Viray leads the team at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices, with support from associates Pearl Cabali and Ruben Ricasata III. Clients include North Luzon Renewable Energy.

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