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The firm: Villaraza & Angangco Law (V&A Law) was founded in 1980. With approximately 60 lawyers recognised by their peers to be at the top of the legal profession, and 100 highly trained non-legal staff, the firm offers professional services of the highest calibre. With decades of experience in serving a full spectrum of clients' interests, its lawyers are equipped to skilfully handle the most intricate problems and provide comprehensive solutions that deliver results. The firm has been at the forefront of the Philippine legal landscape and has gained the trust and confidence of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. V&A Law is a full-service law firm with specialisation in the areas of litigation, corporate and intellectual property law.

Areas of practice: Litigation: the firm is involved in commercial, civil, tax and criminal representation and trial advocacy in every forum. V&A Law provides efficient and effective strategies capitalising on alternative methods of dispute resolution. Its litigators have successfully handled cases in all appellate levels of the judicial system and routinely handle appeals from quasi-judicial agencies. The firm represents a wide array of banks and financial institutions, both local and foreign. V&A Law has been involved in almost all major corporate recovery projects in the country, both litigated and non-litigated. The lawyers of V&A Law have extensive exposure and a high level of competence in handling matters involving labour standards and labour relations law. Moreover, the firm also handles labour litigation before the regular courts and quasi-judicial bodies, such as the National Labour Relations Commission (NLRC).

Corporate: the firm is involved in major mergers and acquisitions in strategic industries, including banking and finance, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, food retail, business process outsourcing, insurance, entertainment, and pharmaceuticals. V&A lawyers are experts in the field of power and energy. The firm provides transactional advice on capital markets, securities regulations and finance and serves as counsel on major foreign investments in the country. The corporate lawyers in the firm are equipped with experience in giving comprehensive legal assistance in various property development and real estate transaction projects at all stages. The firm is counsel to leading mining and exploration companies on a broad range of matters, including compliance with nationality and capitalisation requirements and obtaining government licences. V&A lawyers are known for providing innovative solutions to efficiently manage the taxation burden of individuals and entities doing business in the Philippines. The firm plays an active role in the country's leading public utilities and infrastructure projects under public-private partnership projects, build-operate-transfer, joint venture, and procurement projects.

Intellectual property: the intellectual property lawyers of V&A assist in trade mark and patent prosecution, particularly the filing and maintenance of both Philippine and foreign trade mark, patent, utility model and industrial design registrations. The firm also represents clients in the registration and deposit of copyrights and other related rights. It assists clients to ensure that full commercial value is realised through intellectual property commercialisation, licensing and franchising. V&A lawyers are experienced litigators who have extensive practice in intellectual property litigation. The firm provides efficient and responsive programmes for the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Philippines. The lawyers are equipped with competence in advising media, entertainment and broadcasting entities in the promotion and protection of their intellectual property rights consistent with their strategic business objectives. The firm also gives advice in border control measures and in the product registration of pharmaceuticals and medical devices. The clientele of V&A includes domestic generic drug corporations, which the lawyers assist in freedom to operate searches and patent cancellation.

  • Number of lawyers: 57
  • Languages
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Member
  • ASEAN Plus

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