Disini & Disini Law Office > Manila, Philippines > Firm Profile

Disini & Disini Law Office
320 PSSC BLDG, COMMONWEALTH AVE
DILIMAN
QUEZON CITY 1101
Philippines

Philippines > TMT Tier 1

Demonstrating an ‘unparalleled expertise in technology’, Disini & Disini Law Office has extensive experience advising market-leading companies on technology and cybersecurity laws. The boutique firm was founded in 2000 in order to focus its expertise on this practice area and assists technology companies, software developers, banks and other financial institutions and on-line retailers with a comprehensive service. Practice heads JJ Disini and Aiken Larisa Serzo are noted for being ‘up-to-date on all the latest trends’, adding value to even the most knowledgeable of technology clients. The firm has proven itself to be particularly adept at advising on data privacy compliance, helping clients to understand the risks and regulations involved with the introduction of new technologies. Serzo was promoted to partner in January 2021 and more junior lawyers include Paolo Sumilong whose expertise is in data protection and privacy rights.

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Testimonials

‘Hands down – this is the best law firm we have worked with, and we have worked with many in the Philippine market. Disini Law demonstrates unparalleled expertise in technology, which is readily apparent our dealings with them. The team is very professional, dedicated and highly competent, which enables them to be insightful and creative. They have always provided our company with great advice.’

‘Aiken Larisa Serzo and JJ Disini: both these lawyers are very committed to their clients. They are both very knowledgeable in the technology sector – they keep themselves up-to-date on all the latest trends – and even as a client who’s deeply involved in the sector, we find ourselves gaining valuable insights, every time, from JJ and Larisa.’

‘Disini team offers quite an extensive knowledge on the technology law practice that not many law firms provide nowadays. The team offers a great grasp of the newest trends in this specialized field and makes the topic more relevant to emerging businesses and industries that wish to innovate.’

‘JJ and his team know their clients and their specific needs which make them credible and effective in what they do. ’

‘Very personal engagement to make clients feel comfortable. Billing and negotiations as to retainers are very flexible.’

‘Lars Serzo, a reliable counsel for us in the e-commerce and other business activities which have a regulatory impact.’

‘Disini & Disini Law has been a big help in helping us better address data privacy compliance in terms of new technologies that we introduce in our business operations.’

Key clients

Unionbank of the Philippines

PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies

Ideaspace Foundation

QBO Innovation Hub

PLDT Global Corporation

Petnet

FoodPanda

Sea Group

Eastern Securities Development Corporation

QuadX

Kumu

Nissan Philippines

Lalamove

Carry

Blogapalooza

Content and Influencer Council of the Philippines

Senti Techlabs

Fyntegrate

Trusting Social AI Philippines

B.zaar Collective

Sukiplus Money Lending

Social Light

Questronix Corporation

DataOne Asia

Finacore Corporation

Zennya

Pro Tek Telecoms Support

Philippine Wacoal Corporation

Z1 Technologies

Goldilocks

Work highlights

  • Advises PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies on its various software procurement transactions, complex arrangements with a major telecommunications company, and virtual assets projects.
  • Assisted Eastern Securities Development Corporation with the preparation of documentation necessary to launch the crowdfunding platform, including the terms of service, privacy policies, and agreements with investors, issuers, brokers, agents, and consultants.
  • Advised Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation on their digital transformation projects which takes into account the regulatory implications of supervising government authorities.

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 3

Co-led by JJ Disini and Lars Serzo, Disini & Disini Law Office provides legal services for digital banking and financial technology companies. In particular, the firm regularly advises clients on contractual and regulatory matters relating to the organisation of their businesses, the structure of their operations and the launch and design of consumer products. Notably, the firm recently advised an international development bank on its the digital transformation process.  

Practice head(s):

JJ Disini; Lars Serzo

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Aiken Serzo

Testimonials

‘We’ve worked with many law firms; hands down Disini Law has been the best firm for us. What sets the team apart is its deep knowledge of the technology sector. They’re equipped to advise even on areas that other firms would find too specialized. Moreover, I found that the team was committed to gaining a better understanding of their client’s broader business objectives, which puts them in a position to be novel, creative and always giving valuable advice.’

‘Aiken Serzo and JJ Disini-Both of them are very committed, creative and demonstrate such an understanding of our company and industry that it never felt like we were working with external counsels. JJ’s deep experience in the technology sector is readily apparent, making him a stand-out in the legal community.

 

Key clients

Unionbank of the Philippines

ING Philippines

Eastern Securities and Development Corporation

Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation

SEAGROUP

Foodpanda

Petnet

PJ Lhuillier Group

Kumu

Investa

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 3

Disini & Disini Law Office offers expertise in a wide range of issues relating to intellectual property law, advising on the registration, maintenance, and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The firm formulates strategies and solutions in trademark management, copyright counseling, and patent registration for clients in e-commerce, biotechnology, cross-border digital logistics, and information technology sectors. JJ Disini, Rowena Disini, and Lars Serzo share the leadership of the practice.

Testimonials

‘Very progressive, even on emerging issues and topics around fintech and e-commerce, they are able to provide sound and useful advice.’

‘Lars Serzo is updated with the latest trends, gives well-rounded advice. JJ Disini offers very useful advice for top management perspective.’

Key clients

DataOne Asia

Ideaspace Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advised one of the largest insurance companies in the world on alleged violations in its license agreements with an international US-based software company.
  • Advised a leading logistics provider on a trademark application, which was opposed by a US-based photo/video sharing social networking giant.
  • Advised a regional operator of an Asian digital marketplace on registration and maintenance process for several trademarks.

Philippines > Tax Tier 3

Disini & Disini Law Office distinguishes itself in the market by routinely advising online platforms, tech start-ups, software providers and fintech entities on the tax implications of their innovative products and services. The group handles the local and national tax dimensions of transactions and cross-border arrangements, and also has experience dealing with issues before the Bureau of Internal Revenue. JJ Disini, Rowena Disini and special counsel Ethel Maraon-Serate are the firm’s main tax advisers.

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Key clients

Tricog Health PTE. LTD.

DataOne Asia (Philippines), Inc.

Trusting Social AI Philippines

Kumu Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised Tricog Health PTE. LTD on the restructure of a cross-border contract involving data processing in Singapore and India, allowing it to avail of favorable tax rates.
  • Advised an all-digital bank on the proper tax treatment for its novel and complex promos that were launched nationwide.
  • Advising a virtual asset service provider on setting up a death claims policy for its cryptocurrencies, which included tax issues.

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Disini & Disini Law Office offer advice on a wide range of corporate matters, including compliance with SEC Filings, general corporate housekeeping, debt agreements, share structuring, corporate reorganizations, and financial restructuring. The team has also developed a niche in the technology sector. It has a diverse portfolio of clients, which includes traditional companies, non-stock companies, and technology start-ups. Owens Disini specialises in banking and general corporate law and co-heads the team with JJ Disini, who advises start-ups on funding rounds, shareholder agreements, and corporate governance. Promoted to partner in January 2021, Lars Serzo heads the firm’s fintech practice and assists clients in banking, fintech and emerging media on regulatory, transactional, and corporate restructuring.

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Key clients

Zennya Inc.

Tricog Health Pte. Ltd.

Kumu Inc.

Eastern Securities Development Corporation

Quickreach Pte. Ltd.

QBO Innovation Hub

Ideyatech Inc.

Pro Tek Telecoms Support Inc.

Blogapalooza Inc.

B.zaar Collective Pte. Ltd.

Data One Asia (Philippines) Inc.

Finacore Corporation

Mobi X Systems Inc.

Senti Techlabs, Inc.

Social Light Inc.

Delta Earthmoving Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted a financial institution with the acquisition of shares in a Central Bank supervised fintech company engaged in e-money operations.
  • Advised an e-commerce platform operator on the legal implications of a regional business restructuring on its operations in the Philippines.
  • Advised a global e-commerce and social media platform operator on the corporate structure of its group of companies ensuring it complies with applicable laws on foreign equity restrictions, and transfer pricing.

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 4

The dispute resolution team of Disini & Disini Law Office focuses on disputes in the technology space and has a strong presence in the cybercrime sector, where it works closely with law enforcement to secure cybercrime warrants. Managing partner JJ Disini focuses on cybercrime cases, including hacking, cyber-libel, computer-related fraud and forgery, and illegal access. Juor Buted specialises in commercial litigation involving real estate, contract breach and enforcement, succession, labour, and intra-corporate disputes.

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Testimonials

‘All departments are very professional and all details are well handled.’

Key clients

Philippine Amateur Radio Association, Inc.

Vibal Group

Kumu

Questronix

The firm: Founded in 2000, Disini & Disini has been a leader in the TMT field in the Philippines. Members of the firm lobbied for the passage of the E-Commerce Act and drafted the implementing rules on behalf of the government. The firm was also instrumental in drafting the Supreme Court’s rules on electronic evidence and the first rules on data privacy in the country. In 2014, the Supreme Court promulgated the landmark case on the Cybercrime Prevention Act entitled Disini v Secretary of Justice where the petition filed by the members of the firm was selected by the court as the most meritorious among 15 others that sought to question the constitutionality of the act.

The firm conducts seminars on intellectual property, e-commerce, electronic evidence, data privacy, cybercrime and other related topics. Lawyers in the firm have taught in the most prestigious law schools and institutions in the country. They have been invited to speak in local and international conferences on a wide range of legal topics. Members of the firm have also provided training for the Philippine Judicial Academy, the University of the Philippines Law Center, the Department of Justice, and the Prosecutor’s League of the Philippines, among others.

From its deep knowledge of issues surrounding technology, society and the law, the firm has grown into a boutique practice representing local and international clients operating on various platforms. The firm has been engaged for projects which implement cutting-edge technologies, innovative online business models and disruptive ideas. The firm sees itself as a champion for clients as they forge ahead into uncharted territories.

Responsive and cost-effective: the team supports its clients by delivering fast, cost-effective and exceptional legal service. It constantly maintains a solid relationship with clients by being responsive to their needs, and valuing their time and hard-earned money.

Unique solutions: the team believes that excellent legal service comes from creative solutions delivered by a team sensitive to the demands of its clients but faithful to the rule of law. It prides itself in formulating non-intuitive and unique answers to the challenges faced by clients. Its lawyers are up to date with business shifts and global trends, enabling them to provide sound legal advice in anticipation of future business conditions.

Areas of practice
Technology, media, and telecommunications: the practice is one of the most established and respected practices in the country. It counseled the country’s first B2B platform and the first internet service provider. Since then, it has acted for numerous clients engaged in various activities in this space, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, from local government to national government agencies, including leading technology and trade organisations. The lawyers possess a full understanding of the technological aspects of digital commerce and technology projects, providing an extensive and thorough protection to the endeavors of clients.

Data privacy: the team initiated the country’s first criminal prosecution for data privacy breach, and regularly provides advice on data privacy and protection to clients. With the enactment of the Data Privacy Act, it has been engaged in drafting data privacy policies, addressing privacy breach issues and mapping out compliance processes for clients in various sectors such as education, consulting services, BPOs, manufacturing and FMCG, and public utility.

Mergers and acquisitions and investment: it has represented both local and foreign clients in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, bond flotation, issuance of debt securities and back-door listings, and has acted on their behalf in relation to investments in nationalised industries, preferred areas with incentives and pioneering ventures.

Cybercrime: it has handled cybercrime cases as defense counsel and as private prosecutors in areas such as online fraud, hacking, online forgery, identity theft, cybersex, piracy and financial crimes.

Intellectual property: the team has assisted emerging companies with technological assets in obtaining intellectual property rights protection for various works before the Intellectual Property Office, and ensures that they enjoy the full benefit of protection under the law. It has given advice on trade marks, copyright, patents, and trade secrets and has been involved in the assignment and licensing of those rights.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Technology, Media, and Telecommunications J J Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Data privacy J J Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Data privacy Paula Filartpaula.filart@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Litigation Juan Orendain Butedjuor.buted@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Intellectual property Ofelia Leañoofelia.leano@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Employment and immigration Arnico Delos Trinosarnico.delostrinos@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Finance Technology JJ Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Finance Technology Aiken Larisa Serzolars.serzo@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Corporate and M&A JJ Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Corporate and M&A Aiken Larisa Serzolars.serzo@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Corporate and M&A Janice Bernabe Sibuyanjanice.bernabe-sibuyan@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Real estate J J Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Banking and finance JJ Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Banking and finance Aiken Larisa Serzolars.serzo@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Entertainment J J Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
Emerging media J J Disinijj@disini.ph+632 3454 5442 • 8426 0486 • 8535 6256
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