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Ruby Yusi and Eric Recalde lead the Tax practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which provides legal advice on both national and local taxation in the banking, real estate, consumer, insurance and energy sectors. The firm recently advised Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co on the client’s intervention in a petition for declaratory relief questioning the regulation issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which limits how banks and other financial institutions allocate expenses between units and income streams. Other key clients include Bank of the Philippine Islands, Banco de Oro Unibank, and SM Prime Holdings.

The Tax practice at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises clients from the power generation, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and mining industries, such as the Aboitiz Group, Holcim Philippines, and OceanaGold. Anthony Gutierrez and Jesus Protacio handle a range of tax matters, including advisory, planning, litigation and corporate restructuring work, and recently advised Sanofi Aventis Philippines Inc. on the tax treatment of its $25m cross-border business unit swap with Boehringer.

Hector Martinez heads the Tax practice at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño, with strong support from Anthony Abenir. The firm continues to act for Chevron, Dole Philippines, and Philippines Sinter Corporation in contesting tax assessments imposed by local government units.

The tax practice at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso is led by Wilfrido Sanchez and handles all legal aspects of income, business, estate and transfer taxes imposed by both national and local government. The team specialises in corporate planning, conducting tax audits and preparing tax returns.

The Tax practice group at Quisumbing Torres is headed by Dennis Dimagiba and includes Ronald Bernas, who has expertise in tax planning, audits and compliance, refunds and tax credits, and taxation of financial transactions. The firm advises clients engaged in a range of industry sectors, including construction, consulting, and manufacturing.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles specialises in tax planning and tax litigation, with particular experience in matters involving royalty arrangements, corporate reorganisations, asset dispositions, as well as equity and debt transactions. Priscilla Valer and Jayson Fernandez head the Tax practice.

Ferdinand Hidalgo is the partner to note within Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako’s Tax department, which provides expertise in taxpayer registration issues, tax litigation, and tax refund claims.

Rolando Medalla, Jr heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s tax practice, which handles the full range of tax services. The firm specialises in tax compliance, planning, ruling requests, refund claims and tax litigation matters, and advises clients engaged across a wide range of industry sectors. Recent work examples include acting on behalf of Lear Automotive Services in the successful litigation of a case involving deductible royalties for purposes of determining the gross income tax base subject to the special 5% tax on enterprises located in export processing zones.

The Tax group at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is led by Sylvette Tankiang, who is strongly supported by Franchette Acosta. It advises on contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for a wide range of clients such as Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Austral-Asia Link Mining Corporation, and Korea East-West Power Corporation. The firm assisted BayWa R.E. Solar with the handling of the corporate and tax structuring its proposed investment in a solar energy project in the Philippines at an estimated project cost of $30m.

Jorge Melo at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula represented Philippine Airlines in a $5.1m claim for refund of specific taxes paid for importations of Jet A-1 aviation fuel for its domestic flight operations. Other notable clients include the Philippine National Bank and Air Philippines Corporation.

Tax boutique Baniqued & Baniqued provides services in the full range of tax matters, with particular expertise in providing counsel to clients on strategic planning, major cross-border business transactions, tax investigations, and litigation proceedings. Key clients include San Miguel Corporation, UBS Financial Services, and British American Tobacco.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose’s Tax practice is active in the planning and advocacy side, with experience in advising clients on tax compliance, tax rulings, and internal revenue audits. Ma Victoria Sarmiento and Joseph Castillo are the key Tax partners.

Carlos Ocampo and Manolito Manalo at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advise clients on corporate taxation structures, compliance issues, and estate planning.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell’s practice handles statutory, regulatory, constitutional and common-law tax matters. Name partners Gregorio Ortega and Renato Calma are key contacts.

The Tax group at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos has experience in all areas of tax planning and counselling, with particular expertise in estate planning and litigation. Antonio Picazo is the key contact at the firm.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes advises clients on tax avoidance measures and securing tax clearances, as well as providing expertise in tax matters relating to property and estates. Raymund Rodriguez is particularly active in this area.

The practice at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices has extensive experience in tax consultancy and structuring for local and foreign investments, and provides advice on tax assessments, litigation and appeals to domestic and international clients. Pearl Cabali and Virginia Viray are the partners to note.

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