In-House Community Online Update/Client Alert: Philippine Competition Commission Merger Review Guidelines.

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V&A Law Square Off: The Firm Debates

O9 July 2017, Quezon City – San Beda College and Bulacan State University battled it out at V&A Law Square Off: The Firm Debates. This week’s topic was inspired by the current news on the Ilocos 6. San Beda College argued that Congress should have the power to indefinitely detain private individuals held in contempt in connection with the conduct of inquiries in aid of legislation, while Bulacan State University took on the negative side. After an intense word war, San Beda College won the match and Best Speaker. Square Off: The Firm Debates airs on ANC every Sundays at 6:0...

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V&A Law Participates in "Mexico and the Philippines: Gateways to the Americas and ASEAN"

On June 1 and 2, 2017, the Embassy of Mexico in the Philippines hosted “Mexico and the Philippines: Gateways to the Americas and ASEAN” , a seminar on Trade, Investment and Economy. Villaraza & Angangco’s Franchette M. Acosta and Leonardo A. Singson delivered a presentation on “How to Establish Business in the Philippines”, which included a discussion on potential business activities for investors, investment structures and vehicles, capital requirements, anti-trust, labor and immigration regulations. Other topics covered during the 2-day event incl...

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V&A Law in THE REPORT: Philippines 2017

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V&A Law Congratulates its New Lawyers

On 3 May 2017, the Supreme Court released the results of the 2016 Bar Examinations, held in November of last year. Among the bar passers are 100% of The Firm’s Underbars as follows: Cocabo, Patrick Vincent G. - Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, 2016 Consignado, Paolo Miguel - Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, 2016 Estrella, Mohammad Muktadir A. - Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, 2016 Gairanod, Pauline Marie R. - University of the Philippines College of Law, 2016 Resurreccion, Efren, Ii R. - University of the P...

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V&A Law is among the Best Law Firms to Work for in Asia

The Asian Legal Business “ALB” has chosen Villaraza & Angangco “V&A Law” as an Employer of Choice in the Philippines for 2017. The ALB Employer of Choice Rankings is based on a survey of lawyers in private practice across Asia, from the paralegal level to the managing partner, on the following criteria: job satisfaction, remuneration, work-life balance, career prospects, mentorship, job security, among others. V&A Law has been described by a respondent as a Firm of “great people, diverse work and great learning oppo...

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V&A Law gives back to the UP College of Law

Villaraza & Angangco gives back to beloved alma mater with the renovation of the lobby of Malcolm Hall, home of the UP College of Law. The elegantly spruced-up lobby of Malcolm Hall is the Firm’s gift to the UP College of Law, which is arguably the best law school in the country. The Firm formally turned-over its donation to the University of the Philippines in a ceremony held on 07 April 2017, attended by UP President and College of Law Dean Danilo L. Concepcion, UP Diliman Chancellor Michael L. Tan, UP Law professors Concepcion L. Jardeleza, Rowen...

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2017 Client Choice Award for Trademarks

Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr., Senior Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property Department of V&A Law, was the sole recipient from the Philippines of the 2017 Client Choice Award for Trademarks. Click here for Details Winners were honored at a gala dinner held at One Great George Street in London on 02 February 2017. Click here for Event Photos Established in 2005, the Client Choice Awards recognize those partners around the world that stand apart for the excellent client service they provide. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to...

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ASEAN Plus Group adds Indochina capabilities with the addition of VDB Loi

VDB Loi, a network of leading law and advisory member firms and affiliated companies that comprises nine partners and over 100 lawyers and advisors, with offices in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, and representatives in Singapore and Tokyo, is the newest member of ASEAN Plus Group APG . This latest addition is consistent with APG’s aim to be the first choice among clients for providing quality, responsive, and integrated legal advice in the ASEAN region. VDB Loi was formed in Phnom Penh, Cambodia in early 2012 by founding partner Jean Loi,...

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V&A Law is the Asian Legal Business Philippine Litigation Law Firm of the Year

V&A Law won the Litigation Law Firm of the Year award during the inaugural Asian Legal Business ALB Philippine Law Awards held at the Fairmont Makati last October 14, 2016. The ALB Philippine Law Awards is a tribute to the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams that have significantly contributed to the evolving legal landscape of the Philippines. V&A Law was also nominated for Arbitration Law Firm of the Year, Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year, and Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the...

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V&A Law to team up with Oxford Business Group

V&A Law signed a memorandum of understanding with Oxford Business Group OBG , a global publisher of annual economic and business reports, for OBG’s forthcoming report on the Philippine economy, The Report: The Philippines 2017 . V&A Law and OBG will work together for the compilation and production of the Law Chapter of The Report: The Philippines 2017 . OBG Country Director in the Philippines Rosa Piro said that V&A Law’s analysis of both the local and the legal framework, and its implications for businesses would give the report an added dimension. &ldqu...

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION AND BUREAU OF INTERNAL REVENUE ISSUANCES (JULY-AUGUST 2016)

SEC Memorandum Circular No. 8, 28 June 2016 SEC Memorandum Circular No. 8 amended further ICA Rule 35-1 d 4 , as amended by SEC Memorandum Circular No. 12, series of 2013, providing exemption from the 5% liquidity requirement of mutual fund index trackers: “ ICA Rule 35-1 d 4 For liquidity purposes, unless otherwise prescribed by the Commission, at least five percent 5% of an open-end company fund shall be invested in liquid/semi-liquid assets such as: A Treasury notes or bills, Certificates of Indebtedness issued by the Bangko Sentral ng P...

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Guide on Global Transparency: Navigating the disclosure of corporate ownership

The Guide authored by Taylor Wessing examines corporate transparency regimes across a number of jurisdictions, including current and future disclosure obligations. The Guide provides a series of insights into the legal, regulatory and commercial issues facing companies regarding the registration and disclosure of beneficial owners. Jurisdictions covered include Singapore, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan, Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates, as well as the United Kingdom. Villaraza & Angangco expressed a view on Philippine disclosure requirements. ...

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THE V&A GUIDE TO PHILIPPINE COMPETITION ACT

FRAMEWORK OF PHILIPPINE COMPETITION POLICY Prior to the passage of the Philippine Competition Act, regulation of monopolistic or anti-competitive acts was not centralized. With the recent passage of the Philippine Competition Act, a more level playing field for business can be expected from a more comprehensive, centralized, and consistent approach against anti-competitive behavior. To achieve this, the Philippine Competition Act regulates or prohibits anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and mergers and acquisitions that prevent or restrict com...

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RHT ASEAN SUMMIT 2016

RHT Law Taylor Wessing and RHT Academy is holding the RHT ASEAN Summit 2016: Charging through the Complexities – Emboldening SMEs for the ASEAN Economic Community AEC on August 4, 2016 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Level 3, Heliconia Junior Ballroom at 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with V&A Law as one of the supporting organizations. The RHT ASEAN Summit 2016 will discuss the various implications of the AEC and what Singaporean businesses must act on, to stay ahead of the game. This premier SME-themed conference brings together approxima...

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APG Quarter Meeting

V&A Law attended the ASEAN Plus Group “APG” Quarter Meeting held last June 30 to July 1, 2016 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the launch of RHTLaw TaylorWessing Vietnam. APG is a group of full-service and well-established law firms with strong local knowledge and international expertise which, collectively, represents top Asian companies. The group was formally launched during its Inaugural Annual Partners Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on February 25-26, 2014. APG is currently composed of law firms from nine jurisdictions: RHTL...

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ALB Philippine In-House Legal Summit 2016

The Asian Legal Business* “ALB” Philippine In-House Legal Summit was held on April 28, 2016 at the Fairmont Makati where senior-level corporate counsels, business leaders and private practitioners discussed a wide range of legal issues and resolved the most pressing business challenges faced by in-house counsel today. V&A Law’s Franchette Acosta and Paul Imperial presented the recently enacted Philippine Competition Act, emphasizing on its provisions which in-house counsels may encounter in their line of work. Their discussion included transactions whi...

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Philippine Group of Law Librarians working for the rule of law and for law libraries

The Philippine Group of Law Librarians, Inc. PGLL was established in 1981 with the primary purpose of working for the interest of law librarians, law libraries and maintaining the highest standards for law librarianship. Since its establishment, the PGLL has consistently been working to meet this primary purpose through seminars and congresses, fellowships/scholarships, and cooperative activities among law librarians and law libraries. International linkages were made by attending international seminars and participating as resource speakers American Association ...

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The Firm : "Firmly on Top"

On March 1, 2016, the Firm held cocktails to celebrate the appointment of the new Managing Partner and Co-Managing Partner of the Firm, Alejandro Alfonso E. Navarro and Augusto A. San Pedro, Jr. The newly-appointed managing and co-managing partners themselves, together with Villaraza & Angangco Law Chairman and CEO Pancho Villaraza, name partner Raoul Angangco, head of the Corporate Department Sylvette Y. Tankiang, outgoing Managing Partner and head of the Intellectual Property Department Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr., recently appointed head of the Litigation Department Thea ...

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Urban race features V&A LAW five-level parking ramp

V&A LAW set a new pace in urban racing as hundreds of runners scaled its five-level parking ramp, which was one of the highlighted legs in the race course of the 2011 Reebok Zig Tech Run held on 05 June 2011. This year’s Reebok Zig Tech Run was co-sponsored by V&A LAW to help promote good health amidst today’s busy urban lifestyle. With running divisions ranging from 5K, 10K and 15K, the early morning dash had both men and ladies from all walks of life negotiating the Kalayaan Flyover-CVCLAW Center route, each one staking a claim to highly coveted prizes...

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V&A LAW draws first blood

More blood, more life. This was rallying cry behind V&A LAW's blood donation campaign, which kicked off on 17 June 2011 as the first in a series of quarterly bloodletting drives. Organized by the Firm's Personnel Department in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross PRC , the program was launched with the active participation of the Firm's lawyers and non-legal personnel with the objective of keeping the Firm's employees on PRC's priority list when the need to procure quality and safe blood arises. It is also in line with V&A LA...

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