We offer an incredibly rich collection of legal services, from simple to sophisticated.
COMPANY SET UP
We advise clients on types of business organisations, capital structures, registration requirements, and special licenses. We register the company and apply for licenses.
We counsel on a wide range of corporate matters, including:
Local, Cross-Border, and International Mergers and Acquisitions
Spin-offs and Split-ups
Venture Capital and Startups
We prepare minutes of meetings of shareholder and board meetings, issue stock certificates, and maintain the stock and transfer book. We handle renewals, periodic filing, payment, reportorial obligations to various government agencies, deadlines, and other legal and regulatory compliance responsibilities. Special or incidental, we take care of it.
When you receive a tax assessment from the BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue), we step in. Our CPA-lawyers will examine your financials and present them in sound order before the officer. We strive to negotiate a compromise and end the audit out of court.
If the case goes to court, our we will defend you.
We assist you in applying for tax refunds with tax authorities.
EFFICIENT BUSINESS STRUCTURE
Your business structure determines your tax liabilities. We design your organisation for optimal tax exposure.
Cross-border transactions and acquisitions give rise to complex international tax consequences. We structure your transactions and companies for minimum taxes.
We also provide advice on customs laws.
Minimise your taxes with the ideal vehicle in the right jurisdiction. No matter how large your income, transaction, or property, we strive to bring the tax bill down.
COMPLEX BUSINESS SET-UPS
We know the tax implications of complicated business structures. Whether you are a joint venture or a product licensee, we help you do it the right way, at the right tax.
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
Business combinations and acquisitions are costly. Save by building the optimal relationship among the entities by letting us draw the right model.
We design employee compensation plans, pension plans, retirement plans, and stock-option plans.
We minimise the taxes your estate will pay when you pass on.
We apply for the registration of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual assets.
ENFORCEMENT AND PROSECUTION
We pursue counterfeiting, misappropriation, piracy, unfair competition, and other infringements of intellectual property rights.
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL
We represent local and foreign clients that own internationally recognised trademarks, inventions, designs, utility models, literary and artistic works, and other proprietary intangibles.
We leverage our experience and relationships in government and across industries to achieve your success.
If you are after compensation, we negotiate with the counterparty. We endeavour to collect your rightful compensation.
We defend you in court. We strive to get you out of jail rightfully, including during the pendency of the case.
If you are the victim, we work with the prosecutor to keep the accused accountable.
RESCUE FROM ARREST
We rescue you from arrests and get you out of detention in the right situations.
INVESTIGATIONS AND PURSUITS
We coordinate with criminal investigation agencies to chase and prosecute a perpetrator.
In any case of whatever nature, we represent you.
We appear for you in arbitrations, mediations, and other out-of-court remedies.
We represent whistleblowers and persons appearing before government-inquiry bodies.
We negotiate rightful compensation for loss or injuries from negligence, accidents, and intentional acts.
Settle via a quick out-of-court negotiation and avoid the costs of litigation.
When the doctor or hospital refuses to settle, a court process is an option.
We lodge claims against employers for violations of labor laws, including illegal dismissals. We appear before the National Labor Relations Commission and other courts.
We protect you from ruinous compensation to employees. Our talented lawyers negotiate with workers with the objective of striking a minimal settlement.
When the case goes to court, we save you. We aim to end the proceedings fast and with the least damage.
We advise on labor standards and practices. We draft and review employment contracts and other employment-management processes.
Avoid the crippling cost of illegal dismissals. When you terminate employees, we manage the process and keep you from future cases.
SEAMEN AND OFW'S
We enforce seaman and OFW claims against employers, agencies, and insurance companies.
When you wish to retire in the Philippines, we help you apply for the visa. We assist all applicants from all countries.
We apply for and renew tourist visas.
When you intend to work in the Philippines, your options for a visa are many. Some are expensive, and some are slow to issue. We advise you on the visa that is most economical and the easiest to procure but still is as effective.
Whatever your circumstances, we help you find the right visa.
US FIANCÉ VISA AND OTHER US VISAS
We help you, your family, and your friends get to the United States. Thanks to the relationships we've developed through years of dealing with the embassy, we've assisted many US citizens and residents bring their relatives, visitors, and girlfriends to America.
VISA AND IMMIGRATION PROCESSES
We work at any stage of any visa or immigration application, in the Philippines or in another country.
FOREIGN VISA AND IMMIGRATION APPEALS
When you are denied a visa or immigration, we take over the appeals process and write an appeal.
OTHER FOREIGN VISAS
Wherever you need to go, we help you go there.
We apply for the removal of your name from the blacklist. We help you pass the immigration freely and keep you out of trouble.
In the Philippines, you just do not know what can happen to you. You can be arrested, denied travel into and out of the country, or have your passport confiscated. In the right situations, we rescue you and ensure your safety.
We represent you in getting custody of your child.
ANNULMENT AND DIVORCE
We represent clients in annulment and nullification of marriage cases. When your foreign spouse got a divorce abroad, we help you apply for the recognition of the divorce decree in the Philippines so that you can marry again.
WILLS AND SUCCESSION
We distribute the estate of the deceased. We file cases and chase holders to get you your rightful inheritance.
We write wills and other wealth-planning documents. We plan the estate with the aim of minimising taxes.
We help you get the support you or your child deserves.
We keep your assets away from liabilities from unjust obligations and litigation that may arise in the future. With our international capabilities, we keep your assets beyond the reach of the jurisdiction of any state. What is more, our strategic international approach lets you preserve the privacy of your identity, of the assets and their value, and of the arrangement itself.
Avoid state succession laws by moving your assets into an intelligent vehicle abroad. With tactical jurisdiction positioning, you can keep your properties intact indefinitely and optimise taxes. Best of all, you can specify how your beneficiaries will receive dispositions from your estate—in whatever way.
CAMPAIGN AND ELECTION
We work with candidates during the critical periods of the campaign and the election. We give on-call advice and manage strategic tactics.
COUNTING AND CANVASSING
We man the counting of ballots and the canvassing. We raise objections and lodge complaints as need be. We ensure that when you have won, you win.
We represent candidates in pre-proclamation controversies, election protests, and quo warranto proceedings.