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Quisumbing Torres

12TH FLOOR, NET ONE CENTER, 26TH STREET CORNER 3RD AVENUE, CRESCENT PARK WEST, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, TAGUIG 1634, PHILIPPINES
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Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Quisumbing Torres

Marvin Masangkay and Rodrigo Quimbo at Quisumbing Torres provide expertise in resolving aviation disputes, with experience in acting for airline companies on mergers, regulatory compliance, competition law and operating permits.

Leading individuals

Rodrigo Quimbo - Quisumbing Torres

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres’ banking and finance department handles a range of domestic and cross-border financing, regulatory and industry issues. The team has particular experience in project development and financing, asset and balance sheet financing, securitisation and insurance regulatory matters.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Elizabeth Opeña leads the capital markets practice at Quisumbing Torres, with strong support from Pearl Liu. The team has expertise in all elements of corporate and commercial transactions, and is well versed in the regulatory complexities of capital markets and securities transactions.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Opeña - Quisumbing Torres

Pearl Liu - Quisumbing Torres

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

Quisumbing Torres

Led by the ‘terrificPearl Liu, the seven-partner corporate team at Quisumbing Torres is experienced in advising multinational companies executing mergers, acquisitions, dispositions of corporate assets and other types of reorganisation. Dennis Quintero advised Allianz SE on post-closing and operational matters on the completed acquisition of a controlling interest in a major Philippine commercial bank’s life insurance business. TechIron Resources, Korea Water Resources Corporation and Blue Bird Merchant Ventures are clients.

Leading individuals

Dennis Quintero - Quisumbing Torres

Elizabeth Opeña - Quisumbing Torres

Pearl Liu - Quisumbing Torres

Next generation lawyers

Alain Veloso - Quisumbing Torres

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

The dispute resolution team at Quisumbing Torres acts in arbitration proceedings, commercial disputes and civil and administrative litigation, representing clients such as Uber Systems, UHS Essential Health Philippines and Publicis Groupe. The key partners within the practice are Donemark Calimon, Ramon Quisumbing, Rodrigo Quimbo, Miguel Galvez and Mia Imperial.

Leading individuals

Donemark Calimon - Quisumbing Torres

Ramon Quisumbing - Quisumbing Torres

Rodrigo Quimbo - Quisumbing Torres

Next generation lawyers

Anna Calsado-Amoroso - Quisumbing Torres

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Foreign firms
Foreign firms - ranked: tier 1

Baker McKenzie LLP

Baker McKenzie LLP is represented in the Philippines entirely by Quisumbing Torres; the team continues to excel in a range of practice areas and is market leading in M&A, projects and energy, employment, immigration and TMT.

Baker McKenzie LLP is represented in the Philippines entirely by Quisumbing Torres; the team continues to excel in a range of practice areas and is market leading in M&A, projects and energy, employment, immigration and TMT.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Miguel Galvez leads the ‘highly recommended’ immigration practice at Quisumbing Torres, which has expertise in, among other issues, visa and permit applications, dual citizenship matters, and blacklisting and deportation proceedings. The ‘efficient’ and ‘highly knowledgeable’ team regularly advises notable domestic and international clients, for example Apple Computer South Asia.

Leading individuals

Miguel Galvez - Quisumbing Torres

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

The IP group at Quisumbing Torres is headed by Bienvenido Marquez III, who is strongly supported by Divina Ilas-Panganiban. The firm advises clients such as Uber International B.V. on protection of IP rights, registration and maintenance of domain names, transactional IT, privacy and data protection, and regulatory compliance matters.

Leading individuals

Bienvenido Marquez - Quisumbing Torres

Divina Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres

Next generation lawyers

Reena Mitra-Ventanilla - Quisumbing Torres

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

The employment practice at Quisumbing Torres is led by Kenneth Chua and includes partners Gil Zerrudo and Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr. The firm is experienced in handling the full range of employment matters, with particular expertise in employment contracts, compensation issues, the HR aspects of M&A transactions, and employee terminations. Notable clients include a range of financial institutions and multinational companies, including Johnson & Johnson.

Leading individuals

Gil Zerrudo - Quisumbing Torres

Kenneth Chua - Quisumbing Torres

Next generation lawyers

Catherine Franco - Quisumbing Torres

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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).

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

Quisumbing Torres

The ‘capable and experienced’ team at Quisumbing Torres is led by Dennis Quintero, Pearl Liu and Lourdes de Leon, who have ‘a deep understanding of the Philippines’ oil and gas legal market’. The firm recently advised Techlron Resources on contractual matters relating to its joint venture project. MWH New Zealand, GRCO Isulan Mining Corporation and Philipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation are also clients.

Leading individuals

Dennis Quintero - Quisumbing Torres

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

Quisumbing Torres

Elizabeth Opeña leads the real estate practice at Quisumbing Torres, which regularly advises clients on a range of matters, including real estate finance, planning and land use, commercial leasing, construction litigation, and corporate real estate. The firm acts for buyers and sellers, and was also recently instructed by Ocmador Philippines VB, an affiliate of ING Bank.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Opeña - Quisumbing Torres

Pearl Liu - Quisumbing Torres

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres’ TMT practice has ‘commendable knowledge’ of the sector, with particular expertise in matters involving privacy, cybercrime, e-commerce and information security. It also advises on regulatory issues affecting the provision of telecoms services in the Philippines, including managed network services, co-branding, interconnection and IT outsourcing. Partners Bienvenido Marquez III and Divina Ilas-Panganiban regularly act for notable clients, such as Johnson & Johnson and Uber International.

Leading individuals

Bienvenido Marquez III - Quisumbing Torres

Divina Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

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.

Leading individuals

Dennis Dimagiba - Quisumbing Torres

Next generation lawyers

Kristine Mercado-Tamayo - Quisumbing Torres

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    For decades, the primary Turkish laws governing leases of residential and business premises have been the Law on Leasing Real Property dated May 27, 1955 (the “Lease Law”) and the Turkish Code of Obligations No. 818 dated April 22, 1926 (the “Obligations Code”). Both of these laws, however, will be repealed and replaced with the new Turkish Code of Obligations No. 6098 dated January 11, 2011 (the “New Obligations Code”), which will enter into force on July 7, 2012.
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    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.
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    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.