We offer an incredibly rich collection of legal services, from simple to sophisticated.

 

Corporate Law [top]

We practice in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers and takeover defence, corporate and securities law and corporate governance. We can handle the largest, most complex and demanding transactions, be they in the country or around the world.

CORPORATE PRACTICE

We can counsel both public and private acquirers and targets, advising on a wide range of corporate matters, including:

  • Local, Cross-Border and International Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Private Equity and Strategic Investments
  • Spin-offs and Split-ups
  • Securities Offerings and Other Capital-Raising Transactions

Also, we can handle:

  • Takeover Defence
  • Shareholder Activism
  • Corporate Governance

Creativity

We advance the interests of our clients through our innovative advisory approach.

Financial Institutions Practice

We can handle high-stakes issues confronting financial institutions, such as mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, financings, joint ventures, enforcement actions, internal investigations, executive succession and crisis management.

Corporate Governance

We can represent and advise corporations in connection with corporate governance and related matters.

Business & Company Set-up

We advise clients on types of business organisations, capital structures, registration requirements and special licenses.

Corporate Housekeeping

We prepare minutes of meetings of the shareholders and of the board of directors, issue stock certificates, and maintain the stock and transfer book. We also take care of registrations, general and special licenses, renewals, periodic filing, payment and reportorial responsibilities to the various government agencies, deadlines, and other legal and regulatory compliance responsibilities, be they general or special to your nature of business.


Litigation [top]

National and International Litigation Practice

We can handle commercial and corporate litigation battles. We accept clients from diverse industries, including finance, insurance, media, high-tech, energy, industrial, consumer, retail and real estate.  We build teams appropriate to the circumstances and approach each matter with intensity, thoroughness and creativity. We can make appearances in courts throughout the country at both trial and appellate levels, as well as in arbitrations and mediations.  We can represent companies and individuals in regulatory and criminal investigations.

Takeover and Merger Litigation

We do transaction and takeover litigation. Our litigators can also advise on a broad range of corporate governance matters and can handle derivative demands and other litigations challenging the actions of boards of directors.

Complex Commercial and Securities Litigation

We can handle commercial disputes covering diverse industries and subject matters.

White-Collar and Regulatory Enforcement

We do white-collar criminal and regulatory practice.  We can represent major financial institutions and multinational corporations, as well as their boards of directors and senior executives, in a broad range of the most complex and high-profile white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement matters, both nationally and internationally. Our litigators can handle both national and foreign governmental investigations focusing on criminal tax evasion, criminal transfer pricing, insider trading, securities fraud, accounting fraud, criminal antitrust and export control violations.  In addition, we can represent boards, audit committees and special committees charged with conducting special investigations in response to whistleblowers or governmental inquiries.


Restructuring & Finance [top]

Restructuring Practice

We do restructuring practice and can represent banks, funds and other creditors and acquirers in national and multinational bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings.  In addition, attorneys in our restructuring practice can handle complicated acquisitions or divestitures of businesses in financial distress or bankruptcy, highly leveraged transactions and other major transactions involving significant debtor and creditor issues.

Our litigators can handle high-profile litigation matters involving bankruptcy, restructuring and finance issues.

Financing Practice

We do financing practice, including all types of financing transactions like bond offerings, tender offers, exchange offers and consent solicitations.

Our financing practice is an integral part of our merger and acquisition practice. Our financing lawyers can work as a team with our corporate, tax and other attorneys on the most complicated and high-profile transactions in the country and around the world. Our clients benefit from the latest financing market trends and techniques. We provide innovation and leadership to enable our clients to meet their most important objectives.

Our financings can extend across multiple national borders, and we can solve complex issues that arise in multinational situations and can make sure that cross-border transactions benefit from the latest developments in the financing markets.

We take a unified approach to financing. Bank financings and capital markets transactions are handled by a single team, resulting in a high level of coordination and execution on multiple-part financings, in the alignment of covenant packages across the capital structure, in the adoption of best practices across financing types, and in the effective comparison of financing alternatives.  We move quickly to capitalise on strong financing markets and meet tight transaction timelines.


Tax Law [top]

Our tax attorneys can advise clients on the tax aspects of corporate reorganisations, acquisitions, spin-offs and other dispositions, joint ventures, financings, and restructurings. These transactions can involve large multinational businesses and raise complex domestic and multinational tax issues. Tax considerations often determine the form and the viability of contemplated transactions. In distressed market conditions, we can work together with our corporate and restructuring and finance departments to restructure existing financial arrangements.  We can also participate in creating new financial products and in innovative real estate transactions.


Executive Compensation and Benefits [top]

Our executive compensation and benefits attorneys can work closely with the most senior executives of our clients to address the most sensitive issues facing public and private companies both in the deal and non-deal contexts.  Management succession, board composition and similar issues are essential to the success of business combinations, and executive compensation arrangements often are the foundation of people-based businesses. Our practice continues to evolve with tax rules, securities laws and corporate governance standards.


Antitrust [top]

Our antitrust practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions and government investigations, including international antitrust and banking antitrust issues. Our practice analyses transactions to determine whether they raise antitrust issues, develops strategies to address those potential concerns, and represents clients before the government and antitrust enforcement authorities and in litigation challenging transactions on antitrust grounds. Our antitrust practice takes a leading role in all of the mergers and acquisitions in which we are involved.


Real Estate M&A [top]

Our Real Estate Department focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equity, corporate governance, restructurings, joint ventures, buyouts and takeovers across the REIT, real estate, hospitality and gaming sectors. We can play an active role in major transactions in these sectors, with particular emphasis on large-scale public company M&A and strategic transactions.


Maritime Law [top]

Shipping

We do maritime arbitration and enforce seafarer contracts. We can represent international shipowners and their P&I Clubs on controversies involving labor, collisions, oil pollution and spills, charter party and bill of lading disputes, ship sale and purchase, ship finance, ship mortgage and ship registrations.

Transport

We can represent transport operators and multimodal transport operators, such as non-vessel operating common carriers, freight forwarders and consolidators, warehouse operators and terminal operators on matters concerning the rights, obligations and liabilities arising from the movement of cargo.

We can handle transport disputes, including those involving terminal operations. We enforce claims, such as cargo liabilities, third-party liabilities, equipment claims, personal injury claims and railroad accidents.


Election Law [top]

We can work during the critical periods of the campaign and the election. We assist politicians throughout the process, from pre-election to counting of ballots and canvassing. We represent them in pre-proclamation controversies, election protests and quo warranto proceedings.


Labor Law [top]

We can tackle the whole gamut of labor and personal injury law. We represent either the employees or the employer. We also counsel OFWs and seafarers in enforcing their claims, and the clubs, agencies and principals in deflecting them.


Immigration Law [top]

We can counsel multinational companies, foreign embassies, local conglomerates, international hotel chains, business chambers, foreign businessmen doing business in the Philippines and expatriates. We assist clients in the entry of its expatriate employees and their continued legal stay in the Philippines.

We can represent clients before government agencies on matters defining the terms and conditions of an alien’s authorised stay in the Philippines, as well as before courts and administrative agencies in connection with petitions for the acquisition of Philippine citizenship and other matters.

We process visas, permits to work and other papers required by the government. We also process visas and petitions for foreign countries.


Insurance Law [top]

We advise local and multinational insurance and reinsurance companies on Philippine insurance law and jurisprudence in relation to prosecution of claims and global policy drafting. We also interpret policies and defend against invalid and fraudulent claims.


Intellectual Property Law [top]

Our practice covers the complete range of services in all aspects of intellectual property rights protection, from the lodging of applications for the registration of patents, trademarks and copyrights to prosecuting counterfeiting, misappropriation piracy, unfair competition and protecting the legitimate holders of patents, trademarks and copyright.

We represent local and foreign clients who own internationally recognised trademarks, inventions, designs, utility models, literary and artistic works and others.


Family Law [top]

We moderate family issues and draft family constitutions and agreements to guide family members in their conduct, and to define their participation in family businesses and properties. We work with banks, financial advisors and accountants to come up with the best solution to our clients’ unique needs. 

We also handle declaration of nullity, annulment and legal separation cases, child custody disputes and other disputes involving family and personal laws.


Criminal Law [top]

We handle criminal cases, either as prosecutors or defence attorneys.