The firm provides a full range of legal services for a complete and multi-disciplinary solution to the legal problems and needs of its clients. These services include:
Corporate Law and Foreign Investments
The Firm handles a wide range of corporate work for both local and foreign corporate clients. The firm's legal services cover all aspects of corporate formation and reorganization, applications for establishment of branches, representative offices or regional headquarters, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, special projects, legal audits, registration with the Board of Investments and special economic zones, foreign investments, divestitures, spin-offs, liquidations, contracts, and proxy disputes. In addition, the firm takes care of securing working visas and alien employment permits for the expatriate employees of its corporate clients.
Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
The Firm has a highly regarded litigation practice. This is the Firmís expertise. The firm has a strong litigation group, handling civil, commercial, criminal and specialized litigations before judicial and quasi-judicial bodies. Assistance to clients involves advice and representation at the pre-litigation, trial and appellate stages, including applications for attachments, injunctions and other provisional remedies. In particular, the firm represents parties to disputes in such areas as insolvency, contract breach, creditor claims, election controversies, enforcement of civil and political rights, family and matrimonial relations, mass tort, insurance claims, securities regulation, products liability, probate of wills, settlement of estate and trusts, stockholders' derivative and class suits and taxation.
Labor & Employment Law
The Firm prides itself in being a labor law specialist. Its lawyers have extensive experience in servicing various clients in all matters related to labor relations, employment, employee benefits and immigration. In particular, the firm's expertise consists of counseling services, resolving personnel problems, undertaking a labor audit of company policies and employment-based contracts, and the handling of all kinds of labor disputes. The latter include union grievances, strikes, collective bargaining negotiations, certification elections, unfair labor practice cases, money claims, wage distortion and welfare benefits issues, whether before arbitration bodies or before the courts. The firm's lawyers have been particularly adept at addressing contentious, union-related and job security issues arising from mergers, consolidations, integration of operations in multi -union and multi-bargaining unit enterprises.
Intellectual and Industrial Property Rights Law
The Firm assists clients in, among others, patent and trademark search to determine eligibility of inventions, utility models and industrial designs; registration of tradenames, trademarks, and service marks; filing and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications; preparation and recording of assignments, licensing agreements, franchise agreements, and technology transfer agreements involving patents, trademarks and copyright registrations; handling of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the IPOPHIL; prosecution of infringement and unfair competition suits before the regular courts and administrative agencies.
The Firm's immigration practice and services include the entire spectrum of legal representation before government agencies involved in defining terms and conditions of an alien's authorized stay in the Philippines, as well as representation before the courts in connection with petitions for the acquisition of Philippine citizenship. Among the matters handled by the Firm are the following:
- General counseling on immigration matters
- Processing of applications for various visas, including temporary visitor, treaty trader, student, pre-arranged employee, quota and non-quota immigrant, special non-immigrant, special investor resident, retiree, multinational regional headquarters employee, and others; special work permits, alien employment registration certificates, alien certificate of registration identity card (ACR I-Card), and similar documents
- Legal representation before the Bureau of Immigration, Department of Justice, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism, the Philippine Retirement Authority, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Board of Investments, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority and other administrative agencies involved in the enforcement of immigration and labor laws affecting aliens
- Deportation and exclusion of illegal aliens, screening and lifting hold departure orders; lifting of blacklisting.