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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) represents clients in tax litigation in front of various courts for clients mostly in the banking, manufacturing, renewable energy and advertising sectors. Other areas of expertise include risk assessments and advice on risk mitigation and exposures. The firm recently acted for Metropolitan Bank & Trust in relation to its intervention in a petition for declaratory relief questioning the regulation issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) limiting the manner in which banks and other financial institutions allocate expenses between their units and income streams. Eric Recalde heads the team with support from Ruby Yusi. Senior associates Rogelio Redoble and Aila Alvarez left the firm.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises clients in a range of sectors including power generation, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and mining. The firm continues to act for Metro Rail Transit in court proceedings to dispute an alleged deficiency tax assessment for income tax, value-added tax, withholding tax, improperly accumulated earnings tax (IAET) and documentary stamp tax; this case is estimated to be worth around $195m. Other clients include Sanofi Pasteur, Hyder Consulting Middle East, Pagbilao Energy and Green Cross. Anthony Gutierrez heads the team with support from Jesus Protacio, senior associate Roxanne Tadique and associate Cler Gonzales.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Lea√Īo¬†deals with a broad range of tax issues, including those related to financial instruments and products, estate planning, international double taxation and corporate restructuring and reorganisation. Other areas of expertise include the structuring of inbound and outbound investments, branch profit tax and advising on the tax implications of the establishment of foreign-controlled entities.¬†Hector Martinez¬†heads the team with support from Anthony Abenir.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso’s tax practice is headed by Wilfrido Sanchez. It deals with all legal aspects of income, business, estate and transfer taxes imposed by the national government, as well as business taxes imposed by local governments. Other areas of expertise include tax audits, preparation of tax returns, tax aspects of corporate structuring and reorganisations, and advice on proposed tax legislation.

Quisumbing Torres handles a broad range of tax issues and is adept at dealing with regulatory matters. It represents clients against various government agencies and local government units, contesting assessments and claiming refund cases involving taxes. Client sectors include consumer goods and retail, energy, mining and infrastructure, financial institutions, healthcare, heavy industry, manufacturing and transportation, and technology, media and telecoms. Dennis Dimagiba heads the team with support from Ronald Bernas and associate Kristine Mercado-Tamayo.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises clients on tax planning, litigation, and the tax aspects of equity and debt transactions. Other areas of tax expertise include royalty arrangements, corporate reorganisations, asset disposals and M&A. Priscilla Valer and Jayson Fernandez head the team.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako advises on the tax implications of various commercial transactions, tax issues arising from M&A, tax litigation matters and taxpayer registration issues. Ferdinand Hidalgo is the key partner.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions, tax-related administrative and judicial litigation, tax refunds and defending clients against assessments for taxes and customs duties. Other areas of expertise include compliance, tax planning and estate planning. Rolando Medalla, Jr heads the practice.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) provides advice on contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Clients include multinationals and also foreign and domestic high-net-worth individuals whom it assists with estate tax planning. A recent highlight included advising Bank of Singapore on Philippine legal and tax issues. Other clients include Austral-Asia Link Mining, Lalamove Philippines, Abundance Providers and Entrepreneurs Corporation (APEC) and El Sol Electronics Device Philippines. Sylvette Tankiang, Franchette Acosta and Kristin Charisse Siao head the team.

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula advises on contentious and non-contentious tax issues including tax credit and refund cases, tax assessments, tax audit processes, tax compliance and tax planning. Angelo Advincula and Juan de la Fuente head the team, supported by Antero Caganda and Jorge Melo. Managing partner Lily Gruba assists with tax matters as well as supervising the overall practice. Clients include Apo Cement and Philippine National Bank.

Baniqued Layug & Bello specialises in tax law, and advises clients on strategic tax planning for cross-border transactions and identifying tax-efficient measures and structures. Other areas of expertise include tax litigation, due diligence and compliance. Carlos Baniqued heads the team.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose provides advice on tax compliance, planning, rulings and exemptions, and designing and implementing tax strategies. Ma Victoria Sarmiento and Joseph Castillo are the key practitioners.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advises clients on corporate taxation structures, compliance issues and estate planning. It also represents clients in the Court of Tax Appeals. Carlos Ocampo and Manolito Manalo head the team.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell is adept at handling statutory, regulatory, constitutional and common-law tax issues. Gregorio Ortega and Renato Calma are the key practitioners.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos covers the full range of tax law issues, including planning and counselling, estate planning and litigation. It is adept at handling cases against the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Antonio Picazo is the key partner.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes deals with a broad range of tax matters including tax-free exchanges of properties, tax clearances for property, tax refunds, tax avoidance measures and structures, and estate tax matters. Raymund Rodriguez is a key name to note.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices deals with tax assessments, protests, litigation and appeals. It also provides tax structuring, consultancy and advisory services. Pearl Cabali and Virginia Viray are the key practitioners.

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