A client appreciates that the team 'listens to the client's needs and seeks to be as supportive as possible.'
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

Another client describes the team as 'very professional, diligent and responsive.'
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

CG&R companies are undergoing major swings en route to market as a result of the changing profiles of end consumers (millennials, Gen X and baby boomers); shifting modes of purchase (via online or physical stores); and evolving trends in consumer engagement (social media vs. traditional promotions).

We find ways to address a business's legal challenges brought about by market and regulatory developments. We understand the full spectrum of legal issues that a product undergoes in its life cycle — from conception through development, supply chain, distribution and beyond, including product recall, liability claims and after-sales obligations.

Our multidisciplinary lawyers stay current on market news and sector trends, enabling them to engage in intelligent conversations about your business issues and deliver legal expertise with workable solutions.

We recognize the concerns specific to the industry and offer a holistic approach, bringing the knowledge needed to address varying needs of CG&R companies. Our team has represented many of the best-known brands in the industry throughout their business lifespan, from start-up to middle-market expansion to global growth.

Subsectors

  • Consumer Goods food & beverage | cosmetics & personal care | household products, consumer durables | white goods & appliances | tobacco
  • Luxury & Fashion luxury products | fashion & apparel | jewelry & accessories
  • Retail brick and mortar establishments | online retailers
  • Hotels, Resorts & Tourism hotels & resorts | restaurants & bars | tourism

We help clients with the following:

  • new product development
  • supply chain efficiency
  • brand protection
  • international trade, customs and compliance programs
  • distribution and commercial contracts
  • e-commerce and IT solutions for digital sales
  • advertising, social media and data privacy
  • growth strategy and cross-border M&A
  • corporate governance
  • competition and antitrust
  • consumer protection
  • real estate portfolio management
  • employment
  • tax and transfer pricing
  • disputes, product regulatory, liability and recall

Key Contacts

Bienvenido Marquez

Bienvenido Marquez III
Partner and Co-head
CG&R Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4936
M +63 917 819 4936
Email

Luisa Fernandez Guina

Luisa Fernandez-Guina
Partner and Co-head
CG&R Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4977
M +63 917 846 4977
Email

Tier 1, Mining & Natural Resources/Projects and Energy
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2007 to 2021

Tier 1, Project Development
IFLR1000: Financial and Corporate Guide, 2017 to 2020

Well respected in the market for its wide-ranging expertise across the projects, infrastructure and energy space, focusing particularly on natural resources matters.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

Investing in cross-border EMI projects entails navigating through a maze of unfamiliar local laws, different business practices, and unique cultural norms — all of which may stand as unwanted barriers or cause undesired expenses to major projects’ transactions.

Building on our wealth of experience in this sector, we understand the needs of both the private sector (lenders, financiers, constructors and operators) and public stakeholders (government and concessionaires) in large-scale projects. Our EMI team has been engaged as counsel in relation to projects undertaken by the government under public-private-partnership (PPP) programs and in transactions involving bids relating to the privatization of government assets and contracts. We assist clients in allocating and managing potential risks associated with EMI projects. We also advise on regulatory and contract management, project development, project financing, engagement with regulators and national/local stakeholders, dispute avoidance, investigations and litigation.

Subsectors

  • Infrastructure
  • Power
  • Renewable Energy
  • Oil & Gas and Petrochemicals
  • Mining & Metals

Our Manila EMI team has handled, among other matters, the following:

  • PPP schemes, including build-operate-transfer (BOT) and other similar arrangements for various projects
  • investment structures for developers, sponsors and project proponents, including engineering procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contractors
  • financing agreements (including project and vendor financing), mortgage trust indentures and other security arrangements, credit support and enhancement facilities
  • concession agreements, power purchase agreements, leases, power supply contracts, EPC contracts, O&M agreements, transmission contracts, technical services agreements, and other project agreements
  • joint venture agreements, consortium agreements, coordination agreements, shareholder agreements, share sale and purchase agreements, subscription agreements, and other equity-related documents
  • joint operating agreements, farm-in/farm-out agreements, mining operating agreements, option agreements, project acquisition agreements, earn-in agreements, service agreements, and other agreements in the natural resources sector; working with other project stakeholders such as national and local governments, local communities, industry organizations, indigenous peoples and landowners; expertise in the relevant laws and regulations affecting such stakeholders
  • government procurement contracts
  • project site, regulatory and environmental issues
  • disputes and international arbitrations in the construction and engineering sector

Key Contact


Dennis Quintero

Dennis Quintero
Partner and Head
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4962
M +63 917 512 4962
Email

Well versed in advising multinational banks and financial institutions on a range of matters, including inbound loans. Regularly advises on project financing matters. Regularly represents clients from the telecoms and fintech industries. The firm's worldwide network equips the practice particularly well to act for major global banks in addition to its domestic clientele.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

The financial institutions landscape continues to undergo fundamental changes, triggered by the entry of new market players, adoption of digital services, availability of alternative modes of financing, and restrictions from new regulations. To remain competitive in this challenging environment, FIs may need to fine-tune their business models, assess investments in new financial products and services, and review compliance programs.

In broad terms, clients that are defined as financial institutions include the following:

  • commercial banks
  • investment banks
  • insurance companies
  • investment management and investment fund companies
  • asset managers
  • hedge funds
  • other financial services companies (e.g., exchanges and other market infrastructure providers)

We help clients with the following:

  • regulatory compliance, investigations and litigation
  • outsourcing
  • privacy, data protection and cyberattack resolution
  • financial product issues and commercial activities
  • structured, leveraged and asset financing
  • insolvency and refinancing
  • debt and equity capital markets
  • investment funds and asset management
  • JVs, restructurings and company integration
  • antitrust and competition
  • intellectual property
  • employment and benefits
  • tax advisory
  • M&A and divestments

Key Contact


Dennis Quintero

Dennis Quintero
Partner and Head
Financial Institutions Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4962
M +63 917 512 4962
Email

Maintains an impressive track record in assisting international companies with corporate reorganisations, joint ventures, the establishment of local subsidiaries and market entry into the Philippines. Also well versed in M&A and securities transactions. Clients further benefit from the firm's strong relationships with local regulatory bodies and the depth of its regulatory knowledge in a wide range of industries, including the pharmaceutical, healthcare, financial services and consumer goods sectors.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

 

The healthcare sector is complex and highly regulated. In recent years, the industry has experienced market changes brought about by the emergence of generics as competitive alternatives, digital innovations in the delivery of healthcare to patients, and the government’s push for universal healthcare for all. These changes continue up to now.

Our healthcare lawyers bring to the table a unique track record and valuable insights from working with numerous healthcare companies on a variety of transactions. As trusted advisors to the world’s largest pharmaceutical, medical device and healthcare services companies, our team works across jurisdictions and practice areas to help industry players in various legal matters, such as structuring of investments and operations in the Philippines, mergers and acquisitions, post-acquisition integration, regulatory matters, compliance, antitrust, commercial agreements and supply chain management, corporate governance, patents and product liability, intellectual property, employment, tax, and dispute resolution matters.

Our knowledge of the industry, combined with awareness of local legal requirements around the globe, ensures that we provide industry-tailored advice that minimizes risks while achieving business objectives and maximizing opportunities.

Subsectors

  • Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology Companies 
  • Medical Device Companies
  • Healthtech Companies
  • Medical Providers
  • Healthcare Services
  • Pharmacies/Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs)
  • Contract Research Organizations (CROs)
  • Payers

Key Contact


Christina Macasaet Acaban

Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban
Partner and Head
Healthcare & Life Sciences Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4947
M +63 917 819 4947
Email

A client appreciates that 'they are thorough, efficient and provide timely advice. They make an effort to understand the business's needs so that the advice they give is effective and pragmatic.'
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

Clients in the IMT sector face a range of challenges, such as changing buyer needs and expectations, shifting market forces, increasing the pace of innovation, rationalizing the supply chain, and identifying talent aligned to future growth.

With a wealth of experience across all relevant areas of law and a thorough understanding of strategic and operational business challenges, our IMT lawyers help leading organizations implement their strategy by developing and delivering commercially effective and innovative solutions. We have valuable insights on current trends affecting clients in light of digital technology (Internet of Things, advanced analytics, e-commerce, blockchain trading, artificial intelligence); physical technology (autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics, new materials); and environmental challenges (environmental threats, trade uncertainty).

Subsectors

  • Automotive
  • Aviation, Aerospace and Defense
  • Chemicals and Plastics
  • Construction and Building Materials
  • Food and Agribusiness
  • Industrial Conglomerates
  • Transportation and Logistics

The team advises clients on the following:

  • maximizing deal value in mergers and acquisitions
  • realizing cost savings from spinning off assets
  • managing risks in cross-border transactions
  • designing technology agreements
  • ensuring compliant employment practices
  • protecting valuable intellectual property assets
  • developing efficient tax structures
  • coordinating with relevant regulators on matters relating to policy and regulations
  • complying with new laws such as the Competition Act, Data Privacy Act, and Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN law)
  • developing compliance training programs
  • resolving disputes through arbitration or litigation
  • assisting clients in regulatory matters and proceedings

Key Contact


Donemark Calimon

Donemark Calimon
Partner and Head
Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4920
M +63 917 819 4920
Email

Tier 1 in TMT, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2010 to 2021

Highly Recommended, Technology and Telecommunications, asialaw Profiles, 2019 to 2021

Award Winner, Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Asia Business Law Journal Philippine Law Firm Awards, 2018 to 2020

The team is also well versed in business process outsourcing (BPO), fintech, cloud services and the internet of things, among other areas.
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2020

As a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, our team also shares in the Firm’s success, such as its Chambers Global Band 1 rankings for Data Protection, Outsourcing and TMT for the 12th year (since the inception of global rankings). In fact, Baker McKenzie was the only firm ranked Band 1 for Technology & Communications for nine years in a row (from 2010 to 2018).

Technology brings the world closer together and creates new business opportunities in the process. Organizations must react to the challenges that these opportunities bring in order to manage risks in a changing regulatory and compliance environment. Whether adopting new technologies to complement existing platforms, protecting data in the digital space, or launching new telecoms services, companies need industry-focused solutions to the issues they face.

Leveraging our deep industry knowledge and broad experience, we offer sophisticated legal advice and pragmatic solutions on a wide range of TMT issues. We help forward-thinking companies remain progressive and profitable in a quickly evolving environment of technological advances, and we guide them in finding strategic opportunities within the marketplace.

TMT service lines

  • Antitrust for Tech Clients
  • Cloud Services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Centers
  • Data Monetization
  • Fintech
  • Healthtech
  • Internet of Things
  • Modern Workforce
  • Supply Chain
  • Tax Around Technology
  • Technology Disputes
  • Technology Transactions

Key Contacts


Gil Zerrudo

Gil Roberto Zerrudo
Partner and Co-head
TMT Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4916
M +63 917 819 4916
Email

Divina

Divina Ilas-Panganiban
Partner and Co-head
TMT Industry Group
T +63 2 8819 4961
M +63 917 819 4961
Email

Our Corporate & Commercial/M&A Practice Group assists clients in various projects and transactions, including all phases of public or private mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and shareholder arrangements, foreign investment and structuring, establishment of operations, divestments, corporate restructuring and reorganization, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance requirements.

As a full-service law firm, our CCPG/M&A lawyers work closely with colleagues specializing in banking and finance, tax, intellectual property, antitrust/competition, compliance, employment, insurance, and disputes to provide comprehensive support before, during and after deal execution.

Tailored cross-border advice

Years of experience partnering with significant multinational corporations in various M&A and joint venture transactions, including with listed companies and other companies in highly regulated industries, have equipped our CCPG/M&A lawyers with extensive knowledge in the following areas:

  • structuring foreign investments, including in partially nationalized sectors, and advising on corporate governance arrangements
  • pre-acquisition review
  • M&A transactions, reorganizations, spin-offs, divestitures and other business combinations
  • negotiation, preparation and review of transaction documents, including the following:
    • sale and purchase agreements (both shares and assets)
    • joint venture, shareholders and other business agreements
    • preparatory and ancillary agreements
  • capital restructuring, post-acquisition integration or reorganizations
  • establishment of corporate vehicles, including joint ventures, and assistance with regulatory compliance
  • preparing, negotiating and reviewing contracts for various corporate and commercial transactions such as licensing, consignment and distribution agreements, lease agreements, BPO/KPO arrangements, and other vendor arrangements
  • advising on the establishment of branches, subsidiaries, representative offices, regional headquarters, regional operating headquarters and other types of business formats
  • advising on, and obtaining government approvals, permits, licenses and registrations for, clients' operations
  • advising on the Philippine regulatory regime, including antitrust compliance, for various corporate and commercial maintenance transactions that may have implications on a client's business

Key Contact


Christina Macasaet Acaban

Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban
Partner and Practice Group Head
T +63 2 8819 4947
M +63 917 819 4947
Email

A client appreciates that 'they are thorough, efficient and provide timely advice. They make an effort to understand the business's needs so that the advice they give is effective and pragmatic' and another says, 'They are ahead of the competition in terms of knowledge of commercial arbitration, both international and domestic.'
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

The 'agile' and 'flexible' dispute resolution team at Quisumbing Torres 'offers a remarkably personal approach to its clients'. It regularly handles high-stakes and complex litigation and arbitration, and has broad experience in civil, commercial, criminal, regulatory and administrative disputes.
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

The firm learns the client’s business, understands its commercial needs and make recommendations based on actual experience, balancing legal risk mitigation with the commercial objectives of the client.
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Our Dispute Resolution Practice Group provides strategic and practical counsel and legal assistance in all forms of dispute resolution — from negotiation and mediation to arbitration and general/specialized litigation.

We help clients make informed decisions that are consistent with their commercial objectives. We have successfully represented both foreign and domestic clients on some of the biggest commercial disputes and landmark cases in the Philippines. These cases include various subjects, such as commercial, tort, customs, environment, product liability, tax and regulatory.

Our team has deep experience and expertise in the following areas:

Arbitration

  • international and domestic commercial arbitration
  • construction arbitration

Commercial Litigation

  • corporate disputes, including shareholders’ actions and other inter-corporate and intra-corporate disputes
  • partnership and joint venture controversies
  • distribution agreement disputes
  • contractual disputes
  • insolvency and corporate rehabilitation

Civil Litigation

  • airline litigation
  • property disputes
  • enforcement of foreign judgments and foreign arbitral awards
  • damages claims

Criminal Litigation

  • white collar crimes
  • crimes involving fraud (simple and syndicated estafa)
  • crimes against property (theft and qualified theft)
  • violations under the Cybercrime Prevention Act
  • libel and oral defamation
  • Anti-Dummy Law
  • anti-bribery and anti-corruption laws

Regulatory, Administrative and Other Litigation

  • employment/labor disputes
  • intellectual property litigation and disputes
  • tax and customs disputes
  • mining litigation
  • litigation before regulatory agencies
  • litigations relating to corporate compliance

Compliance and Investigations

  • internal investigations for possible violation of local and foreign anti-bribery and corruption (ABC) laws (i.e., US FCPA and UK Bribery Act) and antitrust and competition laws 
  • ABC compliance corporate trainings

Key Contact


Eliseo Zuniga

Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr.
Partner and Practice Group Head
T +63 2 8819 4921 | +63 2 7217 6262
M +63 917 819 4921
Email

The Quisumbing Torres sincerely takes into consideration the client’s comments, and finds ways to professionally address those comments in the pleadings to be submitted to court. This trait shows how grounded and humble the team is, in spite of its very high reputation as one of the top three law firms in the Philippines.
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Renowned for working with leading multinational and domestic clients in the telecommunications, banking and pharmaceutical industries. Regularly advises clients on employee termination disputes.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

A client says: 'We always value the pragmatic advice and quick turnaround.'
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

Our Employment Practice Group provides what clients seek: rigorous guidance on responsible employment practices.

As companies face an ever-evolving maze of increasingly complex local and foreign labor and employment laws, our experienced lawyers help employers comply with and successfully navigate these laws.

Our lawyers have helped draft labor legislation and regulations that have led to meaningful changes in the local labor environment. We stay attuned to the developments in the market by being active in various organizations, including the Information Technology and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), Global In-House Center Council Philippines (GICC), People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) and European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), as well as through engagements with government authorities such as the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and play lead roles in pushing for policies that will benefit stakeholders.

Clients turn to us for advice on employment matters, such as the following:

  • terms and conditions of employment
  • employment contract review and development
  • workmen’s compensation
  • employee benefits
  • executive compensation and transfer
  • labor law compliance and labor audit preparation
  • hiring of overseas land-based and sea-based Filipino workers
  • occupational safety and health
  • COVID-19 employment issues, such as employer obligations, work-from-home arrangements and business continuity plans
  • employment aspect of M&As
  • training of managers and HR officers
  • collective employment termination
  • collective bargaining agreements
  • discrimination and sexual harassment investigations
  • labor union organization and recognition procedures
  • executive management
  • employment conciliation and litigations  

Key Contact


Kenneth Chua

Kenneth Chua
Partner and Practice Group Head
T +63 2 8819 4940 | +63 2 8217 2547
M +63 917 819 4940
Email

Established employment practice highly regarded for providing the full breadth of employment services. Houses a strong bench of practitioners handling immigration matters.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

The group is able to advise on the planning and implementation of large global transfers into the Philippines or abroad.
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Our Immigration Practice Group provides efficient global and regional mobility solutions that fit commercial objectives.

Comprehensive support for immigration-related matters

Quisumbing Torres offers legal services relating to all aspects of Philippine immigration, including assistance in obtaining all kinds of visas for expatriates. Our firm works closely with relevant government agencies, such as the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, the Department of Justice, Department of Labor and Employment, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Board of Investments and Philippine Retirement Authority.

Groundbreaking bespoke solutions

We use a customized web-based case management system, which contains and manages our clients' immigration documents and process stages. Protected by stringent security measures, this system allows our immigration practitioners to access and maintain client records as well as deliver instantaneous reports and alerts on deadlines. We can also provide a customizable extranet site that serves as a single and secure repository/portal for our clients’ immigration documents and filings.

Our immigration services include advising, assisting and representing clients in relation to the following:

  • all work-related visa and permit applications, including work visas, alien employment permits, special work permits and provisional work permits
  • permanent resident and investor’s visas
  • dual citizenship and recognition as a Filipino citizen
  • blacklisting and deportation proceedings
  • other immigration administrative proceedings

Key Contact


Miguel Galvez

Miguel Galvez
Partner and Practice Group Head
T +63 2 8819 4950 | +63 2 8217 5641
M +63 917 819 4950
Email

Eminent team with an impressive aptitude for copyright, patent and trade mark infringement mandates, as well as registration and opposition work.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

The firm 'stands out for its high-profile and innovative work in the IP space, particularly with regards to anti-counterfeiting measures.'
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Our Intellectual Property, Data and Technology Practice Group provides effective protection of ground-breaking technology and successful litigation of IP disputes while leveraging deep industry knowledge and broad experience to offer practical advice and workable solutions on a wide range of issues.

We offer integrated and seamless service to protect clients’ intellectual assets in the Philippines and across borders. Our IP and technology lawyers focus on assisting clients in new business opportunities and operational improvements brought about by technological innovation. Our advice ranges from counseling on registrability, conducting trademark and patent searches, registration and maintenance, to commercialization, protection and enforcement.

Equipped with in-depth knowledge of local IP laws and commercial practices drawn from over five decades of experience on the ground, our lawyers deliver proficient and legally practicable advice in licensing and franchising, technology transfer, IP prosecution, IP litigation and enforcement actions. We also handle emerging issues involving data privacy, data security and cybercrime.

We have successfully handled cases involving all types of intellectual property claims. We have also secured a number of winning results in opposition and cancellation cases, as well as significant court and Philippine Supreme Court victories on various cases involving IP.

Our experienced IP and technology lawyers can assist you in the following areas:

  • brand enforcement and brand disputes 
  • brand management
  • communications and mobility
  • data privacy and security
  • digital commerce, advertising and marketing
  • digital media and copyright
  • patent advisory and disputes
  • patent prosecution
  • IP transactions and tax
  • technology transactions and technology disputes
  • trade secrets advisory and disputes

Key Contact


Bienvenido Marquez 

Bienvenido Marquez III
Partner and Practice Group Head
T +63 2 8819 4936 | +63 2 8585 8228
M +63 917 512 4936
Email

Frequently mandated to advise on the tax aspects of M&A transactions, as well as assisting with tax treaty matters and tax disputes. Noted for handling complex tax litigation. Also offers expertise in customs audits, tax incentives for foreign investment, wealth management and real estate taxation.
- Chambers Asia Pacific 2021

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.
- The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Our Tax Practice Group provides integrated advice on all aspects of local and international tax law to help clients minimize risks and maximize tax incentives.

We assist clients who are entering the Philippine market in designing and implementing tax structures that are practical and tailored to local operations. Adept in addressing regulatory issues, we help clients protect their businesses from unforeseen exposure.

We also represent clients before various government agencies, local government units and the courts in assessment and refund cases involving national taxes, local taxes and customs duties.

A multijurisdictional approach to tax planning

Our seasoned professionals work closely with Baker McKenzie lawyers and tax specialists worldwide to deliver tax and customs planning advice in the consumer goods and retail; energy, mining and infrastructure; financial institutions; healthcare; industrials; manufacturing and transportation; technology; and media and telecommunications sectors. We execute proven strategies to help clients efficiently resolve tax and customs controversies.

Longstanding professional relationships with government agencies enable us to pursue the right remedies before the relevant tax authorities.

We regularly advise clients on the following:

  • corporate reorganizations
  • income and withholding taxes
  • international trade and customs issues
  • real estate transactions
  • tax and customs audits
  • taxation of employee compensation and benefits
  • tax incentives available to foreign investments
  • tax structuring for mergers and acquisitions
  • tax treaty issues
  • trusts and wealth management
  • VAT
  • valuation and classification issues  

Key Contact


Ron Bernas 

Ronald Bernas
Partner and Practice Group Head
T +63 2 8819 4995 | +63 2 8586 6211
M +63 917 819 4995
Email