Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente > Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula > Manila, Philippines > Lawyer Profile

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
27/F 88 CORPORATE CENTER
141 SEDEÑO STREET, SALCEDO VILLAGE
MAKATI CITY 1227
Philippines

Work Department

Partner.

Position

Taxation, Corporate Practice.

Career

Atty. De La Fuente graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law. Atty. De La Fuente specializes in Taxation and Corporate Practice. Noticeable representations made by Atty. De La Fuente in the field of taxation include: 1) Representation of various multinational companies before the Court of Tax Appeals for tax credit and refund cases and cases for cancellation of tax assessment and advised various clients in tax audit process and tax compliance; 2) Representation of a publicly-listed Universal bank in the settlement of an assessment for deficiency internal revenue taxes in the amount of USD 100 million, reducing the total amount of liability to USD 760,000; 3) Representation of a publicly-listed Universal bank in the settlement of an assessment for deficiency internal revenue taxes in the amount of USD 14 million, reducing the total amount of liability to USD 925,000; and 4) Representation of a shipping company in the settlement of an assessment for deficiency internal revenue taxes in the amount of USD 18.5 million.

Atty. De La Fuente also serves as a general counsel for a group of Philippine companies engaged in gaming and leisure operations and advises a domestic outsourcing information technology firm in connection with its initial public officer of 20 million common shares. He is also currently a Director of Rural Bank of Atimonan.

Languages

English, Filipino.

Education

Ateneo de Manila University School of Law – Juris Doctor 
De La Salle University – Bachelor of Science – Developmental Studies.

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Dispute resolution

Specialising in tax disputes, Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula represents banks and major corporate clients both in the court of tax appeals and in the Supreme Court in appeals for tax credit and refunds as well as the cancellation of tax assessments. The group also has arbitration experience, having previously acted for a multinational bank before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In a recent highlight, Antero Jose Caganda successfully challenged, in the Supreme Court, a $14m VAT assessment on behalf of G&W Architects, Engineers and Project Consultants Co. Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente‘s tax expertise spans both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Philippines > Tax

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula stands out for its experience in contentious tax matters, frequently representing clients before the Court of Tax Appeals and the Supreme Court. In addition to acting for companies based in the Philippines, the team also acts for multinationals; its ability to do so is bolstered by its membership of the WPG Law Network. The team is also active in non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Lily Gruba, Antero Jose Caganda, Angelo Patrick Advincula, Jorge Alfonso Melo, and Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente.