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Cebu, Davao, Manila

The firm

Founded in 1972 by Senator Edgardo J Angara, Manuel G Abello, Teodoro D Regala, Jose C Concepcion and Avelino V Cruz, ACCRALAW is a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of legal professionals with in-depth knowledge of specialised legal fields and over 40 years of experience in Philippine law. From a core group of seven lawyers at its inception, the firm has grown to a prestigious service organisation of 156 lawyers and more than 150 non-legal personnel. A top-tier institutional firm, today ACCRALAW also has full-service branches in Cebu City and Davao City – thriving commercial and business centres to the south of Metro Manila. The firm is linked to a global network of correspondent lawyers, law firms and Bar associations.

To further improve the delivery of services to clients, the firm has computerised its operations since the early 1980s. It was the first law firm in the Philippines to utilise a widely used, comprehensive and integrated computer system for law offices.

Areas of practice

The firm has a track record in handling diverse, significant and complex business projects and joint ventures involving multinational clients, and has handled a great number of landmark litigation cases. The firm assists the Philippine Congress, Supreme Court of the Philippines, Bankers Association of the Philippines, Asian Development Bank and the World Bank, among others, in the drafting of significant legislation.

ACCRALAW’s clientele represents the full spectrum of business and industry, as well as professional organisations and individuals. Serving the firm’s clients are seven practice departments that offer timely, creative and strategic legal solutions alongside cost-effective administration and expert handling of clients’ requirements.

The retainer department provides legal services required by the firm’s general retainer clients in the ordinary course of business, such as consultation and advice, preparation of ordinary contracts and legal documents, rendering of opinions and notarial services.

The intellectual property department represents clients in all aspects of IP protection, including registration and post-registration, enforcement of IP rights and prosecuting or defending any litigation matter involving IP issues.

The corporate and special projects department performs legal services in connection with the establishment of business enterprises, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance (including project finance), securities issues, public/private partnership projects, and energy/utilities projects, among others.

The labour and employment department handles the administrative investigation and litigation of cases involving dismissal and suspension of employees, money claims and damages arising from employer-employee relations, petitions for certification elections, intra- and inter-union disputes, negotiations for collective bargaining agreements, unfair labour practice, preventive mediation/conciliation of labour disputes, strikes and walkouts, grievance handling and labour arbitration, labour-related cases and numerous other matters.

The litigation and dispute resolution department supervises and monitors all litigation matters before regular courts of law, administrative agencies, quasi-judicial tribunals and arbitral bodies (both international and domestic).

The tax department offers services covering the entire field of national and local taxation, customs and anti-dumping laws.

The immigration department represents clients before government agencies involved in defining the terms and conditions of a non-resident’s authorised stay in the Philippines.

The firm’s managing partner is Emerico O De Guzman, and the co-managing partner is Regina Padilla Geraldez.


Other officesCebu City
Davao City

International groupingsInter-Pacific Bar Association
International Bar Association
International Trademark Association
Asian Patent Attorneys Association

Number of lawyers at this office 156

Above material supplied by Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw).

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