The Firm Garners Nominations at the Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Awards 2020

Congratulations to Villaraza & Angangco for being nominated as Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year and Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year at the Asian Legal Business Southeast Asia Awards 2020. The Firm was also recognized for its role in Udenna's Acquisition of Chevron, Project PTO, and the China Telecommunications – Udenna’s Joint Venture, all of which were nominated as M&A Deal of the Year, the first for the Midsize category and the latter two for the Premium category. The Awards, now on its sixteenth year, pay tribute to the ...

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V&A Law Partner recognized as Lexology Legal Influencer

We are happy to announce that Villaraza & Angangco Partner Ma. S ophi a Editha Cruz-Abrenica has been recognized by the Law Business Research Group as Lexology Legal Influencer in Asia Pacific Health Care and Life Sciences for 2020 Q2 ”for providing our readers with insightful legal content on healthcare and life sciences for our region.” She has been identified as a leading author through Lexology’s bespoke process that considers the number of reads and the LexScore of each article read in the quarter, combining these measures to rank the top conten...

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V&A Lady Law Warriors featured in The Philippine Star

Villaraza & Angangco is featured in the Sunday Lifestyle section of The Philippine Star. In the Sunday feature, V&A lawyers Thea T. Daep , Fritzzie Lyn F. Espanol , Raquel Wealth A. Taguian , Maria Concepcion P. Simundac , Dianne Marie V. Roa-Oarde , and Rashel Ann. C. Pomoy share how they carved their own path into a traditionally male dominated industry, discuss highlights of their legal career , and inspire readers by instilling the value of passion and hard work as foundation of their respective successes.These top lady law warriors are definitely to watch out for. ...

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V&A Law Senior Partner named as In-House Community Commended External Counsel

We are pleased to announce that Villaraza & Angangco’s Senior Partner Franchette M. Acosta was recognized as In-House Community Commended External Counsel in this year’s In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards 2020 . Franchette is head of the Corporate Department of V&A with Mergers & Acquisitions, Foreign Direct Investments, and Corporate Finance. She has acted as lead counsel for telecommunications, real estate, banking and finance, and renewable energy projects. Ms. Acosta has been consistently recognized by legal publications such as Cham...

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V&A Law Senior Partner named in Benchmark Asia-Pacific's Top 100 Women in Litigation

We congratulate Villaraza & Angangco Senior Partner T hea T. Daep for being named by Benchmark Litigation as one of the leading female litigators in the Asia-Pacific Region in its inaugural 2020 list of the Benchmark Asia-Pacific's Top 100 Women in Litigation . As head of V&A Law’s Litigation Department, Ms. Daep has been consistently recognized for her unparalleled dedication and exemplary professionalism in leading the Firm’s representation of domestic and foreign clients in various high-profile cases. Highly regarded for her significant contributions in f...

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Congratulations, VA IP Department! We are in Tier 2 of iAM Patent 1000 Rankings 2020!

"A team of able lawyers who give clarity on the strategy and possible outcomes," Villaraza & Angangco deservedly makes its first appearance in the IAM Patent 1000. “We only have positive comments for them – we’ve never had any negative experience,” one foreign associate enthuses, while a satisfied client quips: “V&A is the best experience I ever had with IP law firms in the Philippines.” Replete with technical expertise, six lawyers and a paralegal make up the proactive patent team that offers “correct and quick responses&...

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Villaraza and Angangco Partner named as In-House Community Commended External Counsel 2020

We congratulate Villaraza & Angangco Partner Maria Concepcion P. Simundac for being named as an In-House Community Commended External Counsel for the year 2020 in the In-House Community please tag official page of In-House Community Counsels of the Year Awards held virtually last 28 May 2020. Proving to be a revered name in corporate law, Maria was praised not only for her “legal knowledge and expertise,” but also for accomplishing her work with “integrity and professionalism.” Her areas of expertise include Corporate/ Mergers & Acqui...

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Villaraza and Angangco ranks Tier 1 in ALB IP Rankings 2020

Villaraza & Angangco ranks Tier 1 for Patents for the fifth consecutive year in the Asian Legal Business “ALB” 2020 Intellectual Property Rankings - Asia Pacific Region. V&A Law is one of only thirteen Philippine law firms listed by the ALB as part of its Asia’s best intellectual property firms list. View the ALB 2020 IP Rankings here: https://www.legalbusinessonline.com/alb-asia-magazine-archive ...

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Villaraza and Angangco named as finalist in the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2020

We congratulate our M&A and Restructuring teams for its role in the Udenna Corporation - China Telecommunications Corporation JV and the Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Rehabilitation deals, which have been nominated in the IFLR Asia-Pacific Awards 2020 as M&A Deal of the Year and Restructuring Deal of the Year, respectively. We are truly honoured to have been part of two out of the three nominated deals involving the Philippines. Villaraza and Angangco is also one of the four law firms nominated for Most Innovative National Law Firm of the Year for the Ph...

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Villaraza and Angangco wins Asian-mena Counsel Deals of the Year Award

Villaraza and Angangco was recognized by the In-House Community’s official legal publication, Asian-Mena Counsel, with the “Deals of the Year 2019” award for the Firm’s role in the China Telecommunications Corporation and Udenna Joint Venture. Given the complexity and national significance of this deal, the Firm was recognized for playing a crucial role in the transaction, particularly in structuring and financing the joint venture which required the expertise of both foreign and local laws involving a highly-regulated industry. View Asian-mena...

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V&A Law Partners Recognized as Dispute Resolution Stars in Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2020

We are pleased to announce that Villaraza & Angangco Partners Alejandro Alfonso E. Navarro, Augusto A. San Pedro, Jr., Thea T. Daep have been rated as Litigation Stars in the latest edition of Benchmark Litigation’s Asia-Pacific rankings, while Litigation and Dispute Resolution Head Joseph Anthony P. Lopez was recognized and rated as a Future Star. #TheFirmatForty #BenchmarkLitigation #DisputeResolution #LitigationStars ...

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V&A Law Ranked in 4 Practice Areas for Dispute Resolution in Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2020

We are once again honored to be highly ranked by Benchmark Litigation in the Benchmark Asia-Pacific 2020 firm rankings released last 30 April 2020, with the Firm being ranked in no less than four 4 practice areas of dispute resolution: Commercial and Transactions, Government and Regulatory, Labor, and Tax. We are grateful to our clients and peers in the industry for their continuing recognition and support. #TheFirmatForty #BenchmarkLitigation #DisputeResolution #CommerciaLlitigation #RegulatoryLitigation #LaborLitigation #TaxLitigation ...

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The Firm donates protective gear to aid COVID-19 response

On 08 April 2020, Villaraza & Angangco Law, through donations from its legal and non-legal personnel, distributed face shields, gloves and gallons of alcohol to the medical personnel and staff of the National Center for Mental Health NCMH and the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital TPDH who are in need of personal protective equipment “PPE” . On 21 April 2020, the Firm extended additional help to the country’s frontliners by distributing N95 masks and surgical masks to the NCMH, Ospital Ng Parañaque and Caloocan City North Medical Center. ...

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Villaraza & Angangco celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

Despite the Enhanced Community Quarantine “ECQ” throughout the Philippines, Villaraza & Angangco celebrated its 40 years of growth and achievements in the various fields of legal practice through the invaluable contributions of the people composing it. The Firm celebrated its 40th Anniversary last 1 May 2020 with a thanksgiving mass presided by Fr. Cris Magbitang SDB and attended virtually by the Firm’s partners, associates, and non-legal staff. The mass homily was centered on the Italian word “Quaranta” which is the root word of quarantin...

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Villaraza & Angangco proudly congratulates its new Lawyers!

On 29 April 2020, the Supreme Court released the results of the 2019 Bar Examinations held in November of last year. Among the 2,103 bar passers out of 7,685 takers are 100% of The Firm’s Underbars: Mendoza, Camille Angelica A. - Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, 2019 Sembrano, Ira Mari J. - Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, 2019 Yu, Renson Louise C. - Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, 2019 Congratulations on yet another milestone. #TheFirmatForty #SettingTheBar #WeMakeHistory #2019PhilippineBarExam ...

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Villaraza & Angangco Partners among Top 40 Philippine IP Experts 2020

Villaraza & Angangco Partners Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr. and Katrina V. Doble are ranked in the Top 40 list of Asia IP’s Philippines IP Experts 2020. As head of V&A Law’s Intellectual Property Department, Senior Partner Bienvenido Somera has led the firm’s accelerated growth in the field of intellectual property law in recent years. Highly regarded for his quality legal advice and unparalleled dedication in providing exemplary and timely responses to clients, Atty. Somera is deemed as a crucial partner to in-house counsels and senior business leaders bot...

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The Firm contributes to the nation's battle against COVID-19

On 08 April 2020, Villaraza & Angangco Law, through donations from its legal and non-legal personnel, distributed 415 face shields, 1000 pairs of gloves and 20 gallons of alcohol to the medical personnel and staff of the National Center for Mental Health NCMH and the Taguig-Pateros District Hospital TPDH who are in need of personal protective equipment “PPE” . The Firm also aims to distribute much-needed surgical and N95 masks in the next few days. At the time of the donation, NCMH had a total of 39 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while TPDH’s COVID ward...

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PATRIOT GAMES : TESTIMONIAL COCKTAIL FOR CHIEF JUSTICE ANTONIO CARPIO

For his exemplary service in the judiciary branch, recently retired Supreme Court Chief Justice Antonio “Tony” Carpio was honoured with a unique testimonial cocktail event by the V&A Law Firm. Unlike traditional testimonials where paeans are showered upon the honouree, this one was turned into a roast titled “Tribute to a Patriot.” Held at the V&A’s Rainmakers Lounge, the event featured high-powered “roasters” like former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, Senator Franklin Drilon, and Carpio’s close friend and a pillar of “The...

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SOUTHEAST ASIA AWARDS 2020

V&A Law is shortlisted for the SOUTHEAST ASIA AWARDS 2020 for Corporate and M&A Teams of the Year and Intellectual Property Team of the Year. SOUTHEAST ASIA AWARDS 2020 Thursday 14th May 2020 Pan Pacific Singapore 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square Singapore 039595 The Legal 500 are extremely honoured to recognise and celebrate the leading legal talent at the inaugural Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards. This annual event will be positioned as the most prestigious and respected awards ceremony in the calendar for Southeast Asia&rsq...

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Litigation Department London Trip

On 19 to 23 of November 2019, the Litigation Department of Villaraza & Angangco took a much-needed and well-deserved break in jolly old London, England. The trip was jampacked with activities where the litigation associates and partners took in the sights and sounds of the historic city, from the cozy Mimi’s Hotel, located in the heart of the vibrant Soho area, one of the main entertainment districts of London. Highlights of the trip included catching the award-winning musical Hamilton, as well as visiting the historic and mysterious Stonehenge monument. In addition...

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Carpio rallies 'army of septuagenarians'

After his retirement last October 2019, former Supreme Court Justice Antonio Tirol Carpio was feted left and right by colleagues and friends. Last Nov. 15, “to save all of you from having to hear them all again,” in the words of Raoul Angangco —of Villaraza and Angangco, the firm Carpio helped establish almost 40 years ago— friends in the profession opted for a roast. "A Night of Roasting a Patriot," a sumptuous cocktail party, was held at the restaurant in the building of the Villaraza law offices in Bonifacio Global City, and was attended b...

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The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 Philippines

We are once again honored to be ranked by The Legal 500 in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020. V&A Law was ranked in twelve 12 practice areas and achieved Tier 1 rankings in Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate & Construction, and Tax. We are grateful to our clients and peers in the industry for their continuing recognition and support. #TheFirmatForty #SettingTheBar #WeMakeHistory #L500APAC2020 #TheLegal500 #disputeresolution #intellectualproperty #realestate #construction #tax #Philippines ...

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The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020

Our lawyers have been recognized in the latest The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 by The Legal 500. V&A Law Senior Partners Thea T. Daep, Augusto A. San Pedro, Jr., Alejandro Alfonso E. Navarro, Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr., Sylvette Y. Tankiang and Franchette M. Acosta were recognized as Leading Individuals. Partners Katrina V. Doble and Paul Rodulfo B. Imperial were recognized as Next Generation Partners while Senior Associate Ma. Carla P. Mapalo was named as a Rising Star. #TheFirmatForty #SettingtheBar #WeMakeHistory #L500APAC2020 #TheLegal500 #LeadingIndivid...

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Celebrating a Patriot

BUSINESS CHIC - Johnny Litton The Philippine Star - December 30, 2019 - 12:00am Source: https://www.philstar.com/business/business-as-usual/2019/12/30/1980617/celebratingpatriot Instead of a traditional testimonial party for retired senior associate justice Antonio Carpio, Villaraza & Angangco V&A Law , under the leadership of chairman and CEO lawyer Arthur “Pancho” Villaraza and senior partner lawyer Raoul Angangco, decided for the more unconventional but fun route of “roasting” the celebrant. A roast is a lot li...

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V&A Christmas Party 2019 : ARABIAN NIGHTS

Villaraza & Angangco Law held its much awaited annual Christmas Party with the theme Arabian Nights. The RainmakersLounge was transformed with colorful drapes, curtains, lights and table décor showcasing the fantastical theme. Partners, Associates and Non-legal staff alike came to the party in their best Arabian Nights costume, complete with shawls, props and headdresses, as many vied for the Best in Costume awards. The dinner catered by The Plaza was also in theme, with servings of lamb, prawns, chicken kebabs, pita, hummus, tzatziki, couscous salad, falafel and b...

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Roasting a Patriot

https://lifestyle.mb.com.ph/2019/12/15/back-to-back-parties/ This patriot, jurist, leader, scholar has a vibrancy that’s a perfect match to today’s challenges for leaders unafraid to think differently. Having had an unprecedented impact as associate justice of the Supreme Court since 2001, Justice Antonio Tirol Carpio was one of the founding partners in 1980 of Villaraza & Angangco V & A Law along with lawyer Pancho Villaraza. He recently hung his magistrate robe and, in recognition of his scholastic and professional accomplishments, the firm V & A Law host...

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Nograles' Birthday Bash December 09, 2019

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Villaraza and Angangco wins coveted 2019 ALB Philippine Law Awards

V&A was honored twice at this year’s Asian Legal Business Awards as it was named Litigation Law Firm of the Year and Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year. This is V&A’s second time to win Litigation Law Firm of the Year in the four-year run of the ALB Philippine Law Awards, having also won in 2016. The awards came timely as V&A ushers its 40-year milestone in the legal industry in 2020. ...

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Philippines: International Arbitration (4th edition)

Villaraza & Angangco is pleased to have contributed the Philippine Chapter of The Legal 500: International Arbitration Comparative Guide. Augusto San Pedro, Jr., Ruth Nichole Ureta, Raquel Wealth Taguian and Rashel Ann Pomoy authored the overview on international arbitration in the Philippines. This provides an overview of the legal framework and key issues in international arbitration in the Philippines. Philippines: International Arbitration 4th edition This country-specific Q&A provides an overview of the legal framework and key issues surrounding in...

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The 7th Labor Relations Summit

On 19 November 2019, Attys. Ernesto C. Herrera III, Carlo Augustine A. Roman, and Efren II R. Resurreccion of the V&A Corporate and Commercial Law Department spoke at the 7th Labor Relations Summit at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas. Attys. Herrera, Roman, and Resurreccion addressed Human Resource "HR" practitioners of various Filipino and international corporations and lectured on the latest jurisprudence on termination disputes, wages, and other benefits, highlighting nuances and doctrines brought about by recent Supreme Court decisions. The two-day event, or...

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V&A Law hosts a forum on the Revised Corporation Code and the Ease of Doing Business Act

As part of the V&A Law Lecture Series, Villaraza & Angangco hosted a forum on the Revised Corporation Code, the Ease of Doing Business Act "EODB" , and the current policies of the Securities and Exchange Commission "SEC" and the Anti-Red Tape Authority "ARTA" at the Rainmakers Lounge of the V&A Law Center last 18 October 2019. The forum was attended by general counsels from various leading companies across industries. SEC Commissioner Kelvin Lester K. Lee "Commissioner Lee" and ARTA Chief of Staff Atty. Ira Paulo Pozo...

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V&A Law nominated in the 4th Annual Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards 2019

We are deeply honored to be a finalist in the 4th Annual Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards 2019. ...

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Villaraza and Angangco Partners recognized by Asia Business Law Journal

Villaraza & Angangco congratulates its Partners Raoul R. Angangco, Sylvette Tankiang, Augusto A. San Pedro, Jr., Franchette Acosta and Maria Concepcion Simundac for being among Asia Business Law Journal The A-List: The Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers for 2019. They have been part of The A-List for two consecutive years. ...

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Villaraza and Angangco Partners recognized by Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2020

We are delighted to share that Villaraza & Angangco Partners Sylvette Tankiang, Bienvenido Somera, Jr., Augusto A. San Pedro, Jr. and Alejandro Alfonso E. Navarro have been recognized by AsiaLaw. ...

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Villaraza and Angangco recognized by Asialaw Profiles 2020

We are proud and honored to have been recognized by Asialaw Profiles 2020. ...

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Philippine HR Employment Masterclass in Singapore

Alejandro Navarro, Rashel Ann Pomoy, Ernesto Herrera III, Carlo Roman and Efren Resurreccion, of the Villaraza & Angangco's Labor Practice Group, successfully conducted the Philippine HR Employment Masterclass in Singapore for HR heads of multi-nationals in the Asia-Pacific Region and Singapore-based RHQs with operations in the Philippines. The whole-day event, organized by RHT Academy, focused on addressing the most complex and challenging issues in Philippine labor law. ...

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Pancho Villaraza & Dondon Bagatsing on San Beda years, vacations at a horse ranch, impeaching 2 Ateneans & breaking up monopolies

A dynamic duo of childhood best friends who were part of an attempt to impeach a president and a Supreme Court chief justice, plus crusading to break up a former telecoms monopoly in the Philippines — that describes “The Firm” top honcho lawyer F. Arthur “Pancho” Villaraza and ex-congressman, now new Philippine ambassador to India and Nepal, Ramon “Dondon” Bagatsing Jr. They agreed to give Philippine STAR an exclusive and no-holds-barred interview over dinner. Philippine STAR: Is it true you’ve been close family friends since y...

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Villaraza & Angangco is Recommended Firm in IFLR1000

IFLR1000, a guide to the world's leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers covering over 120 jurisdictions worldwide, cited Villaraza & Angangco Law as a recommended firm for 2019. The Firm was likewise cited as a recommended firm in 2018. For 2019, it is cited as a notable firm for the practice areas of Banking, Capital Markets and Project Development. It is cited as Tier 3 firm for Corporate and Mergers and Acquisitions. ...

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V&A Law is a ranked firm in Chambers and Partners 2019 Rankings

Chambers and Partners ranked V&A Law’s Corporate/M&A, Dispute Resolution and Intellectual Property Departments as Band 2 in the 2019 Chambers Asia-Pacific rankings. Meanwhile, V&A Law’s Tax Department was ranked Band 3. V&A Law is hailed as a Recognized Practitioner in Employment, while the Firm’s Corporate/M&A: Real Estate Practice Area is included in the Spotlight Table. V&A Law Partners were also recognized by Chambers and Partners. The head of the V&A Law Intellectual Property Department, Bienvenido I. Somera Jr., is ranked Ba...

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V&A Law bags TMT Law Firm of the Year in the 2018 ALB Philippine Law Awards

On 26 October 2018, the Asian Legal Business “ALB” hosted the awards night for the 3rd ALB Philippine Law Awards at Makati Shangri-la, Manila. This awards night and black-tie gala dinner was the culmination of a tedious and rigorous process which sought to recognize and reward the most outstanding performances of in-house teams and private practitioners in the country. Villaraza & Angangco Law “The Firm” was heralded as the Technology, Media and Telecommunications “TMT” Law Firm of the Year due to its incredible work in assisting ...

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V&A Law Solidifies Rankings as Top-Tier Law Firm in The Legal 500

Villaraza & Angangco V&A Law rounded up another astoundingly successful year finishing in the Top-Tier Firm Rankings of The Legal 500 for 2018 with Tier 1 rankings for the categories of Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Tax and Real Estate and Construction . V&A Senior Partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro, Augusto San Pedro, Jr. and Thea Daep were cited as Leading Individuals in Dispute Resolution. Likewise, V&A Senior Partner Bienvenido Somera, Jr. was cited as Leading Individual for Intellectual Property, rallying the Team to another Tie...

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V&A Law discusses data privacy compliance at national summit of medical students

On 24 November 2018, Pauline Marie R. Gairanod, an associate of Villaraza & Angangco Law’s Corporate and Commercial Law Department, delivered a lecture on data privacy law at the 13th Medical Students’ Summit. The event, with the theme “Pioneering Transitions, Embracing Traditions in the Philippine Medical Field” and hosted by the Association of Philippine Medical Colleges – Student Network, gathered students from medical schools across the Philippines to participate in a series of lectures and competitions. Ms. Gairanod lectured on the relevanc...

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V&A Law lectures on NPC Rules of Procedure at Data Privacy Summit

On 19 February 2019, Richard Henrick I. Beltran and Pauline Marie R. Gairanod, associates of Villaraza & Angangco Law’s Corporate and Commercial Law Department, delivered a lecture on the National Privacy Commission’s rules on the filing and investigation of complaints before the National Privacy Commission NPC on violations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 at the 2nd Multi-Functional Data Privacy Summit held at the Pan-Pacific Hotel Manila. The event, with the theme “Data Privacy Deep Dive: Appreciating the Complexity of Data Privacy Compliance”, h...

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SC Justice Tijam 70th Birthday January 4, 2019

Partners of The Firm attended the 70th Birthday and Retirement Party of SC Justice Noel Gimenez Tijam, at the Grand Ballroom, Solaire Hotel. Happy birthday and job well done, Justice Tijam. The event also turned into a mini-reunion of sorts as they ran into former partners who are now with the judiciary. ...

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Maria Concepcion Simundac, V&A Law Partner, is recognized in Asian Legal Business' 40 Under 40 List

The Asian Legal Business recognized Maria Concepcion Simundac, a Partner of Villaraza & Angangco’s Corporate and Special Projects Department, as among the top 40 outstanding lawyers across Asia which are under the age of 40 for the year 2018. The list, prepared by the Asian Legal Business, recognizes lawyers “who have worked on some of the most significant deals and disputes in the past year and who have earned accolades from their peers, superiors and clients”. Based on the list, Ms. Simundac was commended by a client for “allowing [them] to successfully naviga...

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Villaraza & Angangco discusses the Law on Data Privacy as it applies to the medical profession.

On 10 October 2018, Pauline Marie R. Gairanod, an associate of Villaraza and Angangco Law’s Corporate and Commercial Law Department, delivered a lecture on the relevance of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 to the medical profession before 400 College of Medicine students and staff at the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Medical Center UERMMC . In the lecture, titled “The Data Privacy Act and the Medical Profession: Concerns and Compliance”, Ms. Gairanod introduced key concepts and nuances in the Data Privacy Act of 2012, its implementing rules and regula...

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The Firm's Litigation Group is on a Roll

The Firm scored a major victory last September 14, 2018, when the Sandiganbayan the Philippines’ anti-graft court handed down a verdict of NOT GUILTY in the case involving North Cotabato Governor Emmylou T. Mendoza. She was cleared of all charges under Section 3 e of Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act . The case stemmed from allegations that Governor Mendoza approved the purchase of fuel from the Shell Station allegedly without the conduct of public bidding. The Court, in acquitting Governor Mendoza ruled that the prosecution was not ...

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San Beda University wins the Second Elimination Round of Square Off: The Firm Debates

For the Second Elimination Round of Square Off: The Firm Debates Season 16, San Beda University Negative won against University of Batangas Affirmative . The two teams argued on the proposition: LIBRT: the revocation of Senator Antonio Trillanes III’s amnesty is invalid. The panel of judges were composed of Judge Princess Ongkeko, Atty. Joy Casis, and V&A Law Senior Associate Richard Henrick I. Beltran. The said episode was aired last 16 September 2018. ...

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Sandiganbayan dismisses graft raps vs Villafuerte Sr.

The Sandiganbayan dismissed graft charges against former Governor Luis Villafuerte, Sr., along with three other former officials of the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur by granting the Motion to Dismiss borne by the joint efforts of Villafuerte, Sr. himself and the Firm. The Sandiganbayan found that Villafuerte, Sr.’s right to speedy disposition of his case was violated and that the case should be dismissed accordingly. Source: https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/19/18/sandiganbayan-dismisses-case-vs-ex-camsur-gov-3-others-over-inordinate-delay ...

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Testimonial Dinner in Honor of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro, Hosted by Attys. Alfonso R. Reyno and F. Arthur l. Villaraza at the Grand Ballroom of the Manila Polo Club

Last 05 September 2018, Attys. Alfonso R. Reyno and F. Arthur L. Villaraza hosted a testimonial dinner in honor of Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-De Castro held at the Grand Ballroom of the Manila Polo Club. The event was graced by the presence of Supreme Court Justices Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen, Francis H. Jardeleza, Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa and Andres B. Reyes, Jr., as well as Senators Franklin M. Drilon and Sonny Angara. Also present were Court of Appeals Presiding Justice Romeo F. Barza and other Court of Appeals Justices,...

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127th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Bar Association

V&A Partners attended the 127th Founding Anniversary of the Philippine Bar Association, the oldest voluntary bar organization in the Philippines, celebrated thru a grand fund-raising concert entitled “Some Enchanted Evening, PBA @ 127”, held at the Manila Hotel on 15 August 2018. V&A Law was one of the sponsors of the event. ...

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UP WILOCI inducts new members and officers

On 16 August 2018, Villaraza and Angangco Law hosted some of the most powerful female legal minds in the country at its private dining hall, The Rainmakers Lounge, which served as the venue for the UP Women Lawyers’ Circle, Inc.’s UP WILOCI induction ceremony for its new members and officers. Founded in 1946 by the late Justice Corazon Juliano-Agrava and eight of her colleagues, the UP WILOCI is an organization of women lawyers from the country’s premier law school, the University of the Philippines College of Law. The University of the Philippines College of Law count...

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Villaraza & Angangco Hosts a Labor Compliance Forum

With Department of Labor Secretary Silvestro Bello III as Keynote Speaker, VILLARAZA & ANGANGCO hosted a forum on LABOR COMPLIANCE on 9 August 2018 at its offices V&A Law Center in Bonifacio Global City. Our Chairman F. Arthur Villaraza, Managing Partner Alejandro Alfonso E. Navarro and other members of the Firm’s Management Committee welcomed Secretary Bello to the forum. Department of Labor and Employment Assistant Regional Directors Atty. Nick Estrella and Atty. Sixto Rodriguez shared valuable information and insight on the conduct of inspections and ...

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V&A Law Partners among 2018 Top 100 Lawyers of the Philippines

V&A Law’s Raoul R. Angangco, Sylvette Y. Tankiang, Augusto San Pedro, Franchette M.Acosta, and Maria Concepcion Simundac are among the 2018 Top 100 Lawyers of the Philippines. Raoul R. Angangco, Sylvette Y. Tankiang, Franchette M. Acosta and Maria Concepcion Simundac work with the firm’s Corporate & Commercial Law Department. Augusto A. San Pedro, Jr. works with the firms Dispute Resolution Department. Access the list by clicking on this link: https://www.vantageasia.com/philippines-top-lawyers-2018 . The editorial of the 2018 Top 100 lawyers of the Ph...

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Starting a Business in South and/or North Korea

Given the recent summits, this issue is dedicated to those considering opening a business in South Korea [Legal & Brief] and/or North Korea [Q&A]. The final responses in the North Korean Q&A were provided by Canadian Michael Spavor MS , Director of Paektu Consulting and Paektu Cultural Exchange, a consultant with over 20 years of experience working with the DPRK. [Legal & Brief] Advantages and Disadvantages of Opening a JSC or LC in Korea Is your business license the right fit? JSC joint stock corporation or chusik hoesa vs. LC limited cor...

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Non-bank credit card issuers subject to new Bangko Sentral Regulations

By Franchette M Acosta of Villaraza & Angangco The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas BSP , which is the Central Monetary Authority of the Philippines, has recently issued guidelines governing the registration and operations of non-bank entities engaged in the credit card business, including credit card issuers and acquirers. These guidelines were issued to implement the Philippine Credit Card Industry Law which expanded the scope of BSP regulation to non-bank credit card issuers. Under the guidelines, a corporation, a non-bank subsidiary/affiliate of a bank o...

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V&A Law Square Off: The Firm Debates ( Season 15 )

On June 10, 2018, law students from some of the country’s top law schools battled it out for the championship in the Grand Finals of Season 15 of Square Off: The Firm Debates, the debate program sponsored by the Firm which airs on the ABS-CBN News Channel. The proposition for the final battle of this season comes on the heels of the Senate’s approval of Senate Bill 1717 or “An Act Providing for the Basic Law for the Bangsamoro and Abolishing the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao”. Arguing for the unconstitutionality of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the ...

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2018 ASIA HR EMPLOYMENT LAW FORUM

Our Franchette M. Acosta, Senior Partner of VILLARAZA & ANGANGCO attended the 2018 ASIA HR EMPLOYMENT LAW FORUM held from 9 to 10 May 2018 at the Mandarin Orchard, Singapore, where she delivered presentations on “Regional Updates & Insights Across Asian Jurisdictions” and “Firing Without Fear” and participated in the panel on “Leveraging on the Gig Economy in Asia: HR Confidence for an Agile Workforce” and “Compliance Interactive Discussion.” With more than 25 employment law experts in 9 jurisdictions across Asia, exper...

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IPBA 2018

V&A lawyers attended the 28th IPBA Annual Meeting and Conference held at the Shangri-La at The Fort, Bonifacio Global City on March 14-16, 2018. The Inter-Pacific Bar Association IPBA is an international association of business and commercial lawyers who live in, or have a strong interest, in the Asia-Pacific region. It was established in April 1991 at an inaugural conference held in Tokyo, attended by more than 500 lawyers from the Asia-Pacific region. It is an avenue to discuss and dissect legal trends, opportunities and challenges brought by ASEAN integ...

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V&A Law hosts Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance, Inc. Annual Meeting and Networking Cocktails

On 27 February 2018, the Firm hosted the Annual General Membership Meeting and Board Meeting of the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance, Inc. “PE2” at the Rainmakers Lounge of the V&A Law Center. PE2 is an Alliance of private and public-sector energy efficiency market stakeholder entities, which convened in order to organize, encourage, and promote advocacies, initiatives, studies, projects, programs, policy-directions, financing strategies, best ethical practices and sources in energy efficiency, energy conservation and renewable energy in order to assis...

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Client Choice Award 2018

Our Atty. Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr. strikes two for two for winning the Client Choice Award two 2 years running. This time, Atty. Somera is one 1 of three 3 award recipients hailing from the Philippines. The 2018 Client Choice Gala was held on 01 February 2018 at One Great George Street in London’s historic Westminster, and celebrated three hundred eighty four 384 awardees from across sixty-six 66 jurisdictions worldwide, each with a recognized reputation for excellence in the legal profession. Photos taken from Lexology, Client Choice website, available at: h...

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ALB PLA 2017 Young Lawyer of the Year

Our Atty. Katrina V. Doble, Junior Partner of the Intellectual Property Department, was the recipient of the Young Lawyer Award last 06 October 2017 at the 2nd annual Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards held at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel. She shares this award with Atty. Cyril Alfredo S. Castro from Lazada E-Services Philippines. One of the six 6 individual categories of the PLA, The Young Lawyer Award recognizes lawyers aged forty 40 and below who have demonstrated excellence in leadership and providing unparalleled legal service. The Firm’s ...

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Client Choice Award 2017

Our Atty. Bienvenido I. Somera, Jr. brings Philippine pride to the global legal stage as the sole Filipino recipient of the Client Choice Award last February 9, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. Nominated by corporate counsels for their excellent client care and unparalleled quality of service, Client Choice Award recipients are recognized around the world as the cream of the crop of the legal profession. There were 403 winners across 66 jurisdictions worldwide for the Client Choice Award 2017. ...

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Arbitration law in the Philippines

By Augusto A San Pedro Jr and Raquel Wealth A Taguian, Villaraza & Angangco Law Offices January 4, 2018 In the Philippines the time constraints and costliness of litigation are more often moving contracting parties to arbitration, but there remain roadblocks to be aware of when choosing this increasingly popular method of dispute resolution. Given the aversion of contracting parties to costly and protracted litigation, arbitration as an alternative mode of dispute resolution is gaining more favour and popularity in the Philippines, resulting in arbit...

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Casino Covered by Philippine Anti-Money Laundering Laws

By Franchette M Acosta, senior partner, V&A Law E: fm.acosta@thefirmva.com The Philippine government has expanded anti-money laundering laws to include casinos, including internet and ship-based casinos. This is aligned with the Philippine government’s policy of preventing the country from being used as a money laundering and terrorist financing site. Casinos include internet casinos, or casinos in which persons participate by the use of remote communication facilities such as, but not limited to, internet, telephone, television, radio or any other...

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Asian Legal Business Cross-Border Legal Practices and Investment Forum

On 19 October 2017 our Franchette M. Acosta and Maria Concepcion P. Simundac delivered a talk on Doing Business in the Philippines at the Cross-Border Legal Practices and Investment Forum organized by Asian Legal Business and held in Beijing, China . The session devoted to the Philippines focused on structuring and regulation of industries and business activities aligned with China’s Belt and Road Initiative or receptive to foreign investment, such as transport and infrastructure under administration’s Build, Build, Build Campaign. The discussion also focused on man...

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V&A Law and Oxford Business Group Continue Their Partnership

For the second consecutive year, V&A Law and global research and consultancy firm Oxford Business Group OBG will work together for OBG’s annual report on the Philippine economy. V&A Law has signed a second memorandum of understanding with OBG for the production of the Law Chapter of The Report: The Philippines 2018 wherein it will provide legal analysis and data. OBG Editorial Manager Jean Pierre Salendres said he was confident that V&A LAW’s analysis of the Philippines legal framework and key areas of litigation would once again give the group&rsqu...

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The 2nd Belt and Road Outbound Investment and M&A Forum

The 2nd Belt and Road, Outbound Investment and M&A Forum was held on 19 September 2017 at the 5-star Ritz-Carlton Beijing. Key speakers presented to more than 300 guests the impact of the “Belt and Road” on China and the world and tackled various practical issues relating to Chinese outbound investment M&A. The forum was capped with a very informative round table discussion on investment opportunities, investment environment and legal and practical issues on Chinese outbound investment and M&A by lawyers from Switzerland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, China a...

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Belt and Road Outbound Investment Roadshow

V&A Law participated in the Belt and Road Outbound Investment Roadshow organized by Cathay Associates to talk about investment opportunities and legal requirements in various countries. V&A Law Partners Sylvette Tankiang and Maria Concepcion Simundac represented the Philippines and were joined by lawyers from prestigious law firms in Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Thailand and Hungary. The Belt and Road Outbound Investment Roadshow was held on 18-22 September 2017 in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China. ...

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Villaraza & Angangco supports ASEAN SUMMIT 2017 in Singapore

Villaraza & Angangco, as part of the ASEAN PLUS GROUP , supported the ASEAN SUMMIT 2017 held on 19 September 2017 at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore. ASEAN offers much potential in playing centre stage in the future global economy, considering the multitude of shifts in the current economic and political backdrop, including Brexit and the commencement of the Trump administration. Contrary to these anti-globalisation sentiments, Singapore’s openness to trade, talent, and investments, and its exhaustive drive to maintain regional and ...

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Assistant Secretary Allan S. Cabanlong of the Department of Information and Technology Speaks that V&A Lecture Series

On 11 August 2017, the Firm hosted the V&A Lecture Series, featuring Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity and Enabling Technologies of the Department of Information and Communications Technology “DICT” , Allan S. Cabanlong. Assistant Secretary Cabanlong gave a lecture on modern threats and cybersecurity issues that companies must account for in their daily operations. He also introduced to the audience the National Cybersecurity Plan of 2022, a country-wide framework for information security and risk management. The lecture discussed the crucial role of the private sect...

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Deputy Privacy Commissioner Damian Domingo O. Mapa Speaks at V&A Lecture Series

On 11 August 2017, the Firm hosted the V&A Lecture Series: Data Privacy Symposium at the Rainmakers Lounge, featuring Deputy Privacy Commissioner Damian Domingo O. Mapa of the National Privacy Commission as keynote speaker. Deputy Commissioner Mapa detailed the adjustments that companies will have to make in light of the upcoming mandatory compliance period imposed by the Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10173 or the Data Privacy Act , providing the Firm’s clients and friends an effective venue to clarify issues regarding their companies’ compliance ...

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V&A Law Square Off: The Firm Debates

USC is Square Off The Firm Debates Season 14 Champion 25 August 2017, Rainmakers Lounge, V&A Law Center, Bonifacio Global City – Defending champion University of San Carlos “USC” once again bagged the trophy at the finals round of ANC’s Square Off The Firm Debates Season 14. USC won against the University of the Philippines on a split decision on the proposition, “LIBRT: The admission of a public official that he has received referral fees from a private law firm can be used in cases filed against him and the private parties invo...

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One Belt One Road (OBOR) Forum

The Belt and Road Legal Services International Cooperation Chengdu Forum was held on July 29 to 30, 2017 in Chengdu, China. Legal-service organizations from Asia, Europe and other jurisdictions exchanged knowledge and experience on international business practices and development, cross-border legal risks and business opportunities and advantages in Chengdu and other economies at the forum. The event was graced by officials of the People’s Government of Chengdu City. Villaraza & Angangco, a founding member of the Asean Plus Group and a founding signatory of “The Belt an...

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

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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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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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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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