Ms. Bautista is actively involved in advising clients on projects involving securities laws. She has assisted clients in registration of their securities before the relevant government agencies. She has advised clients on foreign investment laws in the Philippines including registration of incentives with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. She also advises clients on a variety of issues involving laws and regulations on telecommunications, environment, anti-competition, and advertising. Ms. Bautista has a well-rounded legal background with her extensive litigation experience including the representation of domestic and foreign companies in complex commercial and civil litigation and the conduct of internal investigations.
In 2012 and 2013, she participated as Speaker in the American Conference Institute’s (“ACI”) Asia/Singapore Summit on Anti-Corruption and shared her insights on conducting internal investigations and adopting a policy on gift-giving, hospitality and entertainment within the Philippine legal framework. In 2014, she also gave an update on enforcement and regulatory initiatives in the Philippines during ACI’s Inaugural Global Anti-Corruption Regulatory and Enforcement Update in Washington D.C.
Ms. Bautista earned her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 2000. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Studies from the same university, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1996. She obtained her Master of Laws degree from the Columbia University, where she graduated with honors as a Harlan Fiske Stone scholar in 2007. Ms. Bautista also took a course on Private International Law at the Hague Academy of International Law in 2003. Ms. Bautista was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2001, and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2010.
Law Professorial Positions & Legal Publications:
As a Professorial Lecturer in the University of the Philippines College of Law from 2002 to 2006 and from 2008 until the present, Ms. Bautista is currently teaching courses in Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure and Special Proceedings. She likewise taught courses on Torts and Damages, Agency and Partnership, and Credit Transactions. She has also written several articles, including among others: “Interpreting The Word: A Functional Linguistic Approach To Libel” [77 PHIL. L.J. 463-475 (2003)], “Exploring Reproductive Technologies: The Pursuit Towards Procreative Liberty” [ (co-author), 74 PHIL. L.J. 432-537 (2000)], and “Sexual Harassment: Bridging The Gender Divide,” [73 PHIL. L.J. 122-151 (1998)]. Ms. Bautista also co-authored “In The Limelight: The Ethical Limits On Publicity” [28 J. INTEG. BAR OF THE PHIL. 25-57 (2002)], which was published in the Law Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.
Professional Membership & Affiliations:
Ms. Bautista is a member of the Quezon City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle. She is also a member of the Association of Attenders and Alumni of The Hague Academy of International Law and the Columbia Alumni Association.