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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Maria Angeles-Carale at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles specialises in the full range of aviation-related matters and regularly acts on behalf of local and international clients.

Leading individuals

Maria Angeles-Carale - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles‘ banking and finance practice head Jose Mirasol is regularly instructed by major domestic and foreign banks, multinationals and financial institutions. The group is particularly consulted by corporate clients on structuring, nationality compliance, capital raising and counterparty negotiation, among other matters.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The team at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles is experienced in advising clients on IPOs and regulatory issues; Agustin Montilla and Cynthia del Castillo are the partners to note.

Leading individuals

Cynthia Roxas-del Castillo - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The corporate practice at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises on incorporations, investments, regulatory compliance, international joint ventures and strategic alliances. The department is led by Wilma Cua and Jose Mirasol.

Leading individuals

Perry Pe - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises clients on a broad range of civil, criminal, administrative and regulatory issues, with particular expertise in handling international commercial arbitration matters. Tranquil Salvador III and Louie Ogsimer jointly head the practice.

Leading individuals

Louie Ogsimer - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ labour and immigration practice specialises in matters involving overseas employment and immigration requirements, with particular expertise in work-related visas and permits, citizenship applications and deportation proceedings. The department is led by Enriquito Mendoza and Maria Sison-Go.

Leading individuals

Maria Sison-Go - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The IP practice at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles is led by Rogelio Nicandro, who is experienced in handling a range of matters, including patent filing, trade marks, copyright, and e-commerce.

Leading individuals

Rogelio Nicandro - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles assists clients with the full range of labour and employment matters, and specialises in providing advice on regulatory compliance, litigation, union relations and collective bargaining. The department also provides expertise in cases involving sexual harassment in the workplace and occupational health and safety.

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Legal market overview

The legal market remains stable and a range of full-service firms continue to dominate the scene, including Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, and Quisumbing Torres (a Baker McKenzie LLP correspondent firm).

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The practice at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles is led by Perry Pe, who is supported by energy specialist Tranquil Salvador III. The team has expertise in energy infrastructure matters, mining, and oil and gas exploration. It regularly handles regulatory compliance matters.

Leading individuals

Perry Pe - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The team at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles frequently advise clients on land ownership and lease of government land, with particular expertise in handling matters involving foreign investors. Joaquin Sayoc, Ronaldo Ventura and Benjamin Lerma are the key contacts.

Leading individuals

Joaquin Sayoc - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

At Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, Manuel Cosico handles ship arrest, seaman’s claim cases, and marine insurance claims, as well as acquisitions and sales of ocean-going vessels.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The TMT practice at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises clients on a broad spectrum of technology issues, as well as regulatory matters. Herminio Ozaeta, Jr heads the practice and regularly acts for software companies, online retailers, digital media companies, broadcasters, satellite operators and mobile networks.

Leading individuals

Herminio Ozaeta - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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.

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  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: “More Philippine Data Privacy Act: Are you Ready for Phase II?”

    Controllers and processors who have completed Phase I registration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now have to gear up for Phase II. Phase II involves providing the NPC certain information on the organization’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).
  • Getting the Deal Through: Appeals 2017

    The Philippine chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Appeals 2017 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ramon G. Songco and associate Kathleen Kay A. de Guzman . The chapter provides key insight into the appellate stage of dispute resolution in the Philippines.
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2018

    The Philippine chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Enrique T. Manuel and Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan . The chapter answers key questions on patent enforcement, patent amendment, licensing, patent term extension, patent prosecution and opposition, border control measures, and antitrust laws and inequitable conduct. It also gives an overview on current patent developments in the country.
  • 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.