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Overview

Following the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in May 2016, the Philippine market experienced a period of hesitation and a general slow-down in activity during the second half of 2016 in anticipation of economic reforms. Nevertheless, the economy remains robust and increased liquidity in the market has resulted in an uptake in financial activity and infrastructural development. Foreign investors continue to show an interest in the Philippines and inbound investment has steadily risen in the technology and energy sector, while domestic corporates are increasingly investing overseas.

The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector remains one of the leading contributors to the Philippine economy, while developments within the energy sector remain a key source of instruction for lawyers across a range of practice areas. Renewables have become a major focus within the energy industry and several development projects are underway; the renewable energy expansion seeks to develop the country’s solar, hydroelectric and wind power capabilities, and is already boosting employment, economic growth, and foreign investment.

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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  • Philippine Chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution

    The International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Litigation & Dispute Resolution 2018 has been published. The Philippine chapter of the guide was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Ramon G. Songco and Anthony W. Dee . 
  • Lexology Aviation Navigator: Philippines

    The Philippine section of the Lexology Aviation Navigator is now online. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Imelda A. Manguiat and Carina C. Laforteza, with support from senior associate Bhong Paulo A. Macasaet and associate Ma. Luisa D. Manalaysay-Sabornay . The chapter answers key questions on the regulatory framework, air carrier operations, consumer protection and liability, aircraft, accidents, airports, competition issues, dispute resolution, and recent developments and trends.
  • Philippine Chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Cybersecurity 2018

    The Philippine chapter of the Getting the Deal Through: Cybersecurity 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez , with support from senior associate Ruben P. Acebedo II . The chapter provides answers to key questions on the legal framework, best practice, enforcement, threat detection and reporting, and update and trends.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Country Focus 2017 - Philippines

    The Philippine chapter of the Getting the Deal Through: Country Focus 2017 was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Hiyasmin H. Lapitan and Franco Aristotle G. Larcina , and associates Anna Teresita A. Marcelo and Michael Trance Joseph M. Nuñez . The chapter provides answers to key questions on the legal landscape of the Philippines, including information on the legal framework, dispute resolution structure, foreign investment and trade, regulators, compliance laws, business operations, employment and intellectual property regulations in the country, among other resources.
  • ALB: “Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines”

    The October 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ronald Mark C. Lleno entitled, “Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines”. The article provides an overview on the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), its jurisdiction over construction disputes in the Philippines, and some of the issues concerning CIAC arbitration.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2018

    The Philippine chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Enforcement of Foreign Judgments 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko and associates Anthony Raphael V. Jacoba and Trisha Beverly C. Flores. The chapter provides expert analysis of key issues relating to the enforcement of foreign judgments. Topics covered include: treaties, regulations and conventions, limitation periods, types of enforceable order, competent courts, defenses, judicial requirements and procedures, significance of the enforcing jurisdiction’s public policy to the enforcement of foreign judgments, awards and enforcement process.
  • ALB: “Health is Wealth”

    The October 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ronald Mark C. Lleno entitled, “Arbitration under the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission of the Philippines”. The article provides an overview on the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), its jurisdiction over construction disputes in the Philippines, and some of the issues concerning CIAC arbitration.
  • 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.

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