The Firm’s practice is diversified. The Firm’s lawyers are experienced in various fields of law. Legal work is not strictly categorized, making it possible for the lawyers to have a broader viewpoint on most issues confronting the clients.
The Firm handles disputes before administrative agencies and quasi-judicial bodies such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Intellectual Property Office, Civil Aeronautics Board, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board, Energy Regulatory Commission and National Telecommunications Commission.
The Firm handles arbitration of construction disputes before the Construction Industry and Arbitration Commission, and other arbitral bodies.
The Firm handles all aspects of criminal actions either in the prosecution of criminal charges as private prosecutor, or as defense counsel of individuals charged with commission of a crime.
The Firm handles election disputes and protests. The Firm advises and assists clients in election related matters.
The Firm has extensive experience in Family Law. The Firm handles declaration of nullity, annulment, and legal separation cases, as well as child custody and support disputes.
GENERAL CIVIL LAW
The Firm handles disputes arising from contracts and obligations like actions for specific performance, rescission of contracts, torts and negligence with claims for consequential damages. This also includes disputes regarding credit transactions, such as, negotiable instruments and promissory notes. This also includes property disputes both real and personal.
GENERAL COMMERCIAL LAW
The Firm handles cases involving banking, banking frauds, collection suits, actions involving forged or falsified instruments and violations of loan, trust or escrow agreements. This also covers insurance law, such as actions on life and non-life insurance, maritime and admiralty, claims for death or injury of passengers and loss or damage to cargo, collisions and other maritime accidents.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW
The Firm’s labor practice covers all aspects of labor and employment law. The Firm represents clients before the National Labor Relations Commission or the Department of Labor and Employment and appellate courts. The Firm assists clients in certification election cases, unfair labor practice cases, termination cases, strike cases, injunction cases negotiation of collective bargaining agreements and overseas employment concerns.
LAND DISPUTE REGISTRATION
The Firm assists clients in registration of titles, and represents clients in disputes before the Register of Deeds and appeals before the Land Registration Authority.
LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION
The Firm has in-depth exposure before international arbitration boards particularly the International Chamber of Commerce.
OFFICE OF THE OMBUDSMAN AND SANDIGANBAYAN
The Firm handles all proceedings affecting public officials and private parties involved.
PROBATE AND ESTATE
The Firm assists clients in the preparation of wills and trust plans, and the administration of wills, estates and trusts. The Firm likewise represents clients in the probate or intestate proceedings.
The Firm handles cases before the Court of Tax Appeals and before the Bureau of Internal Revenue including claims for refund or tax credit, protest of assessment and tax litigation.
CORPORATE AND COMMERCIAL
BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AND MAINTENANCE
The Firm gives advice and assistance on a wide range of commercial transactions from the registration/formation of companies and joint ventures, to mergers and acquisitions. The Firm’s lawyers act as corporate secretary in many corporations and provide general corporate housekeeping services. The Firm’s lawyers also assist companies in their registration and compliance with the requirements of the various government agencies.
The Firm provides assistance on matters involving quasi-organization, debt restructuring and bankruptcy.
The firm handles finance transactions involving syndicated loans, securitization and project financing.
The Firm assists foreign investors with their investments in the Philippines by giving them advice on the applicable laws, various legal procedures, business forms, documentation needed and alternatives open to investors in the establishment of a legal presence in the country. The Firm also advises clients on specialized investments in industrial parks, export processing, special economic and freeport zones as well as other concerns that may affect it and its business in the country considering tax consequences, regulatory procedures and investment incentives.
GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND REGULATIONS
The Firm assists in the preparation and submission of bids and/or negotiations for government contracts, and in obtaining various government licenses and permits. Its legal services include advice in areas of government regulation particularly matters affecting environmental protection, communications and transportation, and international trade.
The Firm provides legal services in obtaining and extending immigrant, non-immigrant, work and special visas, alien employment permits and related matters for expatriate personnel of companies. Its services also include representation in deportation proceedings and related matters.
The Firm has wide experience in the practice of insurance. It advises clients in legal and administrative problems dealing with reinsurance, agents and brokers. It assists clients handling insurance claims.
The Firm’s practice in this field covers all aspects of intellectual property law — patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, technology transfer, voluntary licensing, franchising, unfair competition and false advertising, information technology and mass media. The Firm’s services include intellectual property registration, assignment, licensing, protection and enforcement. The Firm gives legal advice on protection of trade secrets and other confidential, technical and commercial information and the intellectual property dimension of business transactions.
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
The Firm has significant experience and expertise in negotiating, drafting and reviewing joint venture agreements, shareholders agreements, share sale and purchase agreements, mergers, consolidation and other related documents in connection with corporate acquisitions.
The Firm has extensive experience in analyzing and applying the different laws relevant when dealing with real estate in order to deliver creative and practical legal and business solutions to clients. The Firm is ready to assist in the full range of real property matters, including: office, residential, industrial, hotel and retail property development, acquisitions and sales; financing and refinancing; leasing; joint ventures; conversion of existing properties to other uses; and zoning.
The Firm handles securities transactions such as debt and equity issues, private placements, public offerings, asset-backed securities, warrants, bond offering, and privately and publicly owned investment funds, and non-traditional securities.
TAXATION AND CUSTOMS
The Firm’s tax practice covers all areas of tax planning and advise. The Firm has substantial expertise in providing specialized tax advice on all commercial transactions, including banking and financial transactions, project financing, construction contracts, real estate, corporate acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations, debt restructuring, bankruptcies, securities issues, public offerings and stock transactions. Its services include registration and compliance with tax requirements, securing tax opinions and reliefs, availment of tax amnesties and tax treaty benefits, tax avoidance counseling and consultancy. The Firm also handles customs and duties work.