Mr Ronald Bernas > Quisumbing Torres > Manila, Philippines > Lawyer Profile

Quisumbing Torres
12TH FLOOR, NET ONE CENTER
26TH STREET CORNER 3RD AVENUE, CRESCENT PARK WEST
BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, TAGUIG 1634
Philippines

Work Department

Tax Practice Group

Position

Ronald Bernas is a partner in Quisumbing Torres’ Tax Practice Group. He has 21 years of experience advising clients on various tax issues, including general tax planning, tax controversies, tax litigation, and customs issues and procedures.

Ronald’s practice focuses on general tax planning, protests of assessments, claims for refund and tax credits, and taxation of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and business reorganizations. His practice also covers trade and customs matters. He has represented and assisted clients in the power/energy/renewable energy, oil and gas, food and beverage, healthcare, and manufacturing industries on various tax issues including internal revenue deficiency tax assessments, and various claims for refund before the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the Court of Tax Appeals, and the Supreme Court.

Career

Trained Philippines; qualified 1999; worked for a number of professional firms and multinational companies prior to entering Quisumbing Torres; senior associate for the Tax & Business Advisory Division of Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (SGV & Co.) and Salvador & Associates; tax manager for well-known multinational companies in the oil and gas, tobacco and information technology industries; Quisumbing Torres, partner 2013.

Languages

English; Filipino

Memberships

Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Member, Australian-New Zealand Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Member, International Bar Association

Education

De La Salle University (1993 BS Commerce Major in Legal Management); Ateneo de Manila University (1998 JD)

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Tax

The ‘very responsive‘ tax department at Quisumbing Torres provides a comprehensive service, advising clients on local and national taxes, customs duties and tax litigation. It also stands out for its wealth management practice, advising clients on trusts, succession and taxation laws. In addition, the firm’s busy corporate and finance departments ensure a steady flow of transactional work, where tax lawyers are also required, while its association with Baker McKenzie allows it to handle cross-border matters. Dennis Dimagiba and Ronald Bernas are the key partners, and new partner Kristine Mercado-Tamayo is another active member of the team.