George S.D. Aquino’s Remedial Law Bar Lectures

George S.D. Aquino, Partner of the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, recently recorded his Pre-bar Lectures on Criminal Procedure for the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law (Ateneo Law) Online Bar Review Program. The lecture was made...

ACCRALAW’s Apprenticeship Program for 2021

ACCRALAW offers an apprenticeship program to top and promising law students from leading law schools. In 2021, ACCRALAW opened its doors to 28 law students from the University of the Philippines College of Law and the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. During...

Eric Recalde’s Talk on the PEACe Bonds

ACCRALAW offers a formal training program for its young lawyers. The Quality Circle, the committee tasked to implement the Firm’s training program, organizes monthly seminars on different topics of interest. Last 21 September 2021, Partner Eric R. Recalde lectured on...

ACCRALAW’s A-Listed Lawyers

The Asia Business Law Journal published The A List, which is its list of the Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers. Included in this list are the following ACCRALAW lawyers: Avelino V. Cruz Emerico O. De Guzman Alex Ferdinand S. Fider Judy Hao Victor P. Lazatin Francisco Ed....

A Bar Methods Lecture for New Recruits

To date, ACCRALAW has hired 45 associates who are scheduled to join the Firm after they take the 2020/2021 Bar Examinations.  The Firm’s Managing Partner, Emerico O. De Guzman, Co-Managing Partner, Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad, and Hiring Partner, Ana Teresa Lourdes...

Chambers Employment 2021 Global Practice Guide

ACCRALAW contributed the Philippine chapter of Chambers Global Practice Guide on Employment Law. Emerico O. De Guzman, Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos, Joy Anne C. Leong-Pambid, and Gilyen Ezra Marie L. Li wrote the chapter. They discussed the important changes in...

In Memoriam – Jefferson M. Marquez

ACCRALAW mourns the untimely demise of Jefferson M. Marquez, Senior Partner of ACCRALAW and Resident Partner of the Firm’s Cebu Branch. Jeff was a leading labor and employment law practitioner and commended by the different business organizations in Cebu such as the...

Eric R. Recalde’s Article on False Returns

ACCRALAW Partner and Head of the Tax Department Eric R. Recalde recently authored an article on prescriptive periods under the National Internal Revenue Code of the Philippines, various fraud penalties, and the concept of false returns. His article, entitled A Case of...

ALB’s Client Choice Lawyers for 2021

Asian Legal Business (ALB) recognized ACCRALAW Partners Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos and Erwin Jay V. Filio among the Philippines’ Client Choice Lawyers for 2021. The recognition was given to “top lawyers in the country when it comes to client service.” ALB sought...

Remembering Teddy Regala

Teodoro D. Regala, Sr., one of the five founders of ACCRALAW, was known to bring that high-octane energy to meetings or to just about any gathering. He is passionate about law and trivia, which speaks volumes of his many interests.   Ted, or Teddy as he is known to...

The Days of SEJA

We pay tribute to Senator Edgardo J. Angara, one of the founders of our Firm, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW). He died on 13 May 2018. Ed, to his friends, or SEJA as he was fondly called in the Senate, is best remembered for being a...

ACCRALAW Tops WTR 1000 Rankings

ACCRALAW topped the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000’s rankings of trademark lawyers in the Philippines. WTR 1000 observed that the Firm “boasts some of the most experienced practitioners in jurisdiction”. The Firm’s Intellectual Property Department serves many...

ACCRALAW Promotes 9 Senior Associates

ACCRALAW recently announced the promotion of nine (9) Associates to Senior Associates. They are Kate Aubrey G. Hojilla, Aileen Charisse P. Cruz, Leia Clarissa Veronica R. Veracruz, Gilyen Ezra Marie L. Li, Paulo N. Rabanal, Mara Kristina O. Recto, Paula P. Plaza,...

Jessa G. Wong-Cantano Admitted as Partner

ACCRALAW recently announced the admission to the partnership of Jessa G. Wong-Cantano. Ms. Wong-Cantano obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2003 from Ateneo De Davao University. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws from the same university in 2008. She...

CanCham’s Business Briefing on the CREATE Bill

ACCRALAW’s Of Counsel Eusebio V. Tan participated at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines’ (CanCham) Business Briefing on the CREATE Bill. CREATE is the acronym for the bill entitled “Corporate Recovery and Tax Incentives for Enterprises”. The seminar...

2021 ICC Arbitration Rules National Launch

The 2021 International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Arbitration Rules National Launch was held virtually last 27 January 2021. The event was organized by ICC Philippines. Significant revisions to the ICC Arbitration Rules were discussed. An overview was given by ICC...

Francisco Ed. Lim’s Senior Legal Counsel Role

Effective 1 January 2021 this year, Francisco Ed. Lim who retired as Senior Partner, assumed the role of Senior Legal Counsel in the Firm. Mr. Lim has contributed to the Firm’s growth in different practice areas, such as Capital Markets and Bankruptcy, Insolvency and...

Fundamentals of Criminal Procedure

Like other educational institutions, the University of the Philippines Law Center migrated its Paralegal Training Program online. Partner Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista is one of the program’s lecturers. Ms. Bautista’s training module provides an introduction to...

REIT Law and Other Laws

Last 17 December 2020, Partner Eric R. Recalde conducted an online talk on REIT Law, Bayanihan Laws, and CREATE Bill for one of the Firm’s long-standing clients, First Metro Investment Corporation. The virtual session was attended by investment bankers who were eager...

ACCRALAW’s Rankings by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

Chambers Asia-Pacific recently released its 2021 rankings of leading law firms and lawyers in the region. ACCRALAW is honored that Chambers Asia-Pacific continues to recognize ACCRALAW’s outstanding status in various practice areas. ACCRALAW was ranked as a Band 1...

Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants

Eric R. Recalde was a speaker at the Metro Manila Ethics & Leadership Summit Joint Quarterly Membership Meeting and Professional Fair organized by the Philippine Institute of Public Accountants (“PICPA”). The event’s theme was “Traversing the New Landscape with...

Chrysilla Carissa Bautista Elected to the PBA

The Philippine Bar Association (“PBA”) is the oldest voluntary national organization of lawyers in the Philippines. It was established in 1891. Among its members are lawyers of the Firm. In the recently concluded elections of the Board of Trustees for 2020 – 2021, the...

Regis V. Puno Selected as Real Estate Law Expert

Real Estate Law Experts named Regis V. Puno, ACCRALAW Of Counsel, as the expert for this field in the Philippines. Real Estate Law Experts is an international guide that lists leading real estate law practitioners in more than 30 jurisdictions. Mr. Puno was selected...

Forensic Engineering and Litigation

Upon the invitation of the University of the Philippines (UP) College of Engineering, ACCRALAW Senior Partner Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad and Partner Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista joined the panel on “Forensic Engineering and Litigation”. Ms. Prodigalidad and Ms....

ACCRALAW is ALB’s Philippine Law Firm of the Year

On 20 November 2020, Asian Legal Business (ALB) held its 5th Annual Philippine Law Awards virtually. ACCRALAW was awarded Philippine Law Firm of the Year for the third consecutive year. Despite the challenges faced by the legal and business sectors due to the current...

Deal-making During a Pandemic

ACCRALAW Partner Andre B. Navato was one of the resource speakers at the webinar entitled, “Deal-making in a Pandemic: An Update from Asia” held last 22 October 2020. Mr. Navato shared his insights on how to navigate around the challenges brought about by the pandemic...

Patent Master Class

ACCRALAW Partner Jose Eduardo T. Genilo delivered a lecture on Patent Drafting for the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Philippine Council for Agriculture and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCAARD) Patent Master Class last 10 to 14 August 2020....

John Paul M. Gaba Featured in IP Asia for Coding

In IP Asia’s article entitled “The coding lawyer decoded” published last 30 September 2020, ACCRALAW Partner John Paul M. Gaba was identified among the lawyers who have adapted to technological trends for the legal practice. What started as his early fascination in...

ACCRALAW Lawyers Among the Top 100 Lawyers

The Asia Business Law Journal recognized eight (8) lawyers from ACCRALAW among the top 100 lawyers of the Philippines. The list is based on “extensive research conducted and nominations received from in-house counsel based in the country and elsewhere, as well as...

The Chambers International Arbitration 2020 Guide

ACCRALAW contributed the Philippine chapter of the Chambers International Arbitration Guide for 2020. The guide provides “expert legal commentary on tribunals, preliminary and interim relief, collection and submission of evidence, confidentiality, types of remedies,...

Cybersecurity in a Work From Home Setup

Enrique F. Nitura, a Senior Associate of the Firm’s Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, was one of the speakers in the webinar entitled “The Future of Work From Home in Cybersecurity: Explained”. The webinar was part of the Technical Briefing Thursdays...

Value Added Tax Under the TRAIN Law

On 23 June 2020, ACCRALAW Senior Associate Karen Andrea D. Torres gave a talk on the VAT System under the TRAIN Law, specifically on the Enhanced VAT Refund System at The Second Tax Specialists’ Conference organized by Indu Inferentia Management Consultancy and IAM...

The Legal 500 Litigation Country Comparative Guide

ACCRALAW contributed the chapter on the Philippines in the recent Comparative Guide on Litigation of The Legal 500.  Lawyers from its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department, namely, Ramon G. Samson, George S.D. Aquino, Antonio Bonifacio C. Reynes, Angelmhina D....

Effects of ECQ on Lease Contracts

Jones Lang LaSalle Philippines, Inc. (JLL) organized a webinar entitled “COVID-19 Pandemic: The effects of the ECQ on office lease contracts” last 7 May 2020. It was attended by over 100 participants. The legal issue of whether the government’s declaration of Enhanced...

Coventus’ Perspective on Proposed Economic Reforms

Coventus Leadership is a digital platform that caters to business leaders and lawyers. On 7 May 2020, Coventus Leadership published an article entitled “End to Philippine Lockdown clears path to economic reforms” which was written by Andrew Kemp. Mr. Kemp wrote about...

ACCRALAW’s Benchmark Litigation Rankings

In the 2020 edition of Benchmark Litigation Asia-Pacific, ACCRALAW was described as a “market leader with capability in handling a vast range of complex and high-value disputes.” It also added that “[t]he Firm has a strong track record acting on high-profile...

Eusebio V. Tan Awarded by the Japanese Government

(His Excellency Ambassador Koji Haneda and ACCRALAW’s Eusebio V. Tan) Eusebio V. Tan has been conferred with “The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” by the Government of Japan. According to a statement from the Embassy of Japan, this recognition is...

ACCRALAW Associates Pass the 2019 Bar Examinations

Our newly hired associates successfully hurdled the 2019 Bar Examinations. They are: Chrissete C. Agustin Samantha D. Andales Jessica Sharla G. Bustamante Johanna Celine Mari A. Chan Arvin Paolo D. Cortez Franzine F. Foronda Tristan Jeremy S. Hao Mervin C. Ignacio...

IBPAP’s Webinar on DOLE and PEZA Regulations

The I.T. & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IBPAP) is hosting a webinar entitled “Wading Through DOLE and PEZA Regulations Amidst the Lockdown” for its members on 27 April 2020 at 2:30 – 4:00 pm.  The Department of Labor and Employment will...

Tax Advisory on Extension of Deadlines

The Bureau of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 7-2020 pursuant to Section 4(z) of the Republic Act No. 11469, otherwise known as “Bayanihan to Heal As One Act” (RA No. 11469). The RR was promulgated as a temporary emergency measure to provide...

ACCRA Cup 2019

Last 5 December 2019, the Firm hosted a friendly golf tournament for its lawyers, clients and friends. It was held at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City. As in the past, ACCRA Cup was well-attended by the Firm’s lawyers. Among the avid golfers in...

Meritas Asia Forum 2019

Meritas, a global alliance of law firms worldwide, held a forum last 14 November 2019 at Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. It was participated in by its member law firms in Asia, Australia, US and Europe, including ACCRALAW, and the...

Francis Lim is MAP President for 2020

ACCRALAW’s Senior Partner Francisco Ed. Lim has been chosen to lead the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) as its President for 2020. He serves as the 71st President since MAP’s founding in 1950. MAP is an association of over 10,000 management...

IFLR1000 Recognizes ACCRALAW in 2020 Rankings

ACCRALAW has been recognized by IFLR1000 as a leading law firm in the Philippines for 2020. The Firm was recognized as a Tier 1 firm in the following practice areas: Capital Markets (Debt), Capital Markets (Equity), and Restructuring and Insolvency; a Tier 2 Firm in...

The Revised Corporation Code

Eric R. Recalde and Teresita J. Herbosa during the ACCRALAW Business Forum 2019 Capping the ACCRALAW Business Law Forum held last 4 October 2019 was the launching of the book, “The Revised Corporation Code of the Philippines: Its Theories and Applications”. It was...

ACCRALAW 2019 Business Law Forum

The Firm recently conducted its annual business law forum for its clients and friends. As described by Managing Partner Emerico O. De Guzman, “This forum is a regular initiative of ACCRALAW to tackle relevant legal issues and provide significant legal developments...

Data Breach and Security Incidents

Among the data privacy and protection lawyers in the Firm is John Paul M. Gaba. He is a Partner in the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department. He joined the recently concluded “Power in Protection”: Data Privacy & Cyber Security Summit 2019 of the...

Pre-Bar Lectures by George S.D. Aquino

On 23 – 27 September 2019, the Firm’s George S.D. Aquino conducted pre-bar lectures at the Ateneo de Manila School of Law (Ateneo Law) on the topics of Civil Procedure and Criminal Procedure.  Mr. Aquino has been a pre-bar lecturer on Remedial Law at the Ateneo...

ACCRALAW Cebu’s Business Forum

(click image to see more photos) Spearheaded by Jefferson M. Marquez, the Senior Partner of the Firm’s Cebu Branch, the Firm held its annual Business Law Forum at the City Sports Club Cebu last 25 September 2019. The forum was attended by the Firm’s clients...

ASEAN Fintech Ecosystem Benchmarking Study

ACCRALAW lawyers Christopher Louie D. Ocampo and Paula P. Plaza co-authored the ASEAN Fintech Ecosystem Benchmarking Study. This study was jointly produced by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge Business School, the Asian Development Bank...

Data Privacy Act Explained

Our Firm’s John Paul M. Gaba, a Partner of the Intellectual Property Department, delivered a lecture on the Data Privacy Act (DPA) before the officers and members of Rotary Club of Cosmopolitan Cubao District 3780 last 19 September 2019 held in Quezon City. Mr. Gaba...

ACCRALAW’s Ranking by Asialaw Profiles

In the Asialaw Profiles 2020 rankings, ACCRALAW was identified among the leading law firms in the Philippines. Also, the Firm was recognized as Outstanding in the following Practice areas: Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, and Labor and...

Right to Privacy in the Digital Age

John Paul M. Gaba, a Partner of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department, delivered a lecture on the “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age & the Philippine Data Privacy Act “during the 21st National Convention of the Metropolitan & City Judges...

Jose Eduardo T. Genilo’s Patent Law Lecture

The Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) and the Taiwan Patent Attorneys’ Associate organized the “Seminar on IP Landscape in New Southbound Countries”. It was held last 27 to 29 August 2019 at the International Conference Hall, Tsai Lecture Hall, College of...

JP Gaba’s Data Privacy Act PHILJA Lecture

Data privacy and protection is one of the fields of specialization of our Firm’s John Paul M. Gaba. He is a Partner of the Intellectual Property Department and a Member of the PHILJA’s Corps of Professors. He is also a Regular Member of PHILJA’s...

Teresita J. Herbosa Re-Joins ACCRALAW

Teresita J. Herbosa, former Chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), re-joins ACCRALAW as Of Counsel. During her term from April 2011 to June 2018 as SEC Chairperson, she introduced and implemented reforms to improve the efficiencies in the SEC....

JP Gaba’s Lecture on Data Privacy

Our Firm’s John Paul M. Gaba, Partner of the Intellectual Property Department, delivered a lecture on the Philippine Data Privacy Act (“DPA”) before the officers and members of NEW Network for Enterprising Women last 8 July 2019 held in Makati City....

FINEX President Eusebio V. Tan

Among the Firm’s lawyers who is active in different business organizations is Eusebio V. Tan. Mr. Tan is well-known in the legal and business community, not only as the Firm’s Former Managing Partner, but also as current President of the Financial Executives Institute...

Strategic Partnerships and Other Business Issues

Last May 31, 2019, the 5th General Membership Meeting of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (“DCCCI”) was held. At that membership meeting, the Firm’s Eusebio V. Tan, Of Counsel and Former Managing Partner, gave a talk on “Engaging in Strategic...

ACCRALAW: Asialaw’s Philippines Firm of the Year

Last May 30, 2019, different law firms and law practitioners assembled at Island Shangri-la in Hong Kong for the second annual Asialaw Regional Awards. For ACCRALAW, the Firm’s Managing Partner Emerico O. De Guzman and Senior Partner Rowena Garcia-Flores attended....

Teodoro D. Regala – In Memoriam

It is with profound grief and sadness that the ACCRALAW Family announces the passing of TEODORO D. REGALA, one of the founding partners of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (“ACCRALAW”), on 1 June 2019. Mr. Regala, together with the late Senator...

Testimonial Dinner for New and Retired Partners

The Firm’s Partners had their traditional testimonial dinner last May 6, 2019 at the Grand Salon, Grand Hyatt Manila, in Bonifacio Global City.  They celebrated the admission to the Partnership of Everlene O. Lee (“Ever”) and Louie John D. Lood (“John”).  They also...

UP WILOCI’s Eye on 20/20

On March 8, 2019, the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle (UP WILOCI) hosted a conference entitled “Eye on 20/20: What Philippine Businesses Need to Focus On for 2020” at the UP Bonifacio Global City Auditorium. Among the topics covered was the revised...

Opening of The Consulate-General of Japan In Davao

On February 10, 2019, upon the invitation of Consul General Yoshiaki Miwa, the Firm’s lawyers from its Davao Branch led by Myra S. Montecalvo-Quilatan attended the opening ceremony of the Consulate-General of Japan in Davao City. It was held at the Waterfront Insular...

IBP-QC’s Lecture Series

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Quezon City Chapter conducted a series of lectures for their members who are required to render legal aid services under Bar Matter No. 2012.  Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista, one of the Firm’s Partners and also a Professorial...

Working from Home

By Eusebio V. Tan On December 20, 2018, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed into law Republic Act No. 11165, otherwise known as the “Telecommuting Act,” which declares that it is a policy of the state “to affirm labor as a primary social economic force. To this end,...

The Responsible Use of Social Media

Last 15 January 2019, the Firm’s Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista gave a talk to students of De La Salle Santiago Zobel School at the Sylvia P. Lina Theatre, DLSZ Alabang Campus entitled “The Use of Social Media: A Legal Perspective”. It was part of the school’s iThink:...

The Firm Welcomes, Regis V. Puno, as Of Counsel.

The Firm welcomes, Regis V. Puno, as Of Counsel. He received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1985 and his Master of Laws Degree from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1987. He was a former Senior Partner of...

Jefferson M. Marquez gives Labor Law Updates

Jefferson M. Marquez is a Senior Partner of ACCRALAW. He currently heads the Firm’s Cebu Branch. His field of expertise is Labor and Employment. To address the needs of clients, Mr. Marquez gives talks on labor law updates. To date, he has given various lectures on...

ACCRALAW Davao Branch Held its Legal Forum

ACCRALAW Davao Branch held its Legal Forum for clients last 21 June 2018 at the SEDA Hotel. The Forum was attended by clients representing a wide range of industries from banking, business process outsourcing, construction, hospitals, real estate, to agri-business....

ACCRALAW’s Successful Defense of Torre De Manila

ACCRALAW successfully argued before the Supreme Court en banc a case of first impression in the Philippines. In a landmark case involving the question of whether there is any rule or law that prohibits or restricts the construction within the “sight line” of a...

Philippine Competition Act and IRR

ACCRALAW participated in the recently concluded conference attended by in-house counsels in the region. The Asian Legal Business In House Summit was held on 20 April 2017 at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Singapore. Stephen George S.D. Aquino gave a talk on the salient features...

ACCRALAW Cebu Branch Legal Forum

On March 10, 2017, ACCRALAW’s Cebu Branch held its annual legal forum in partnership with the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI). It was attended by representatives from various business sectors including invited guests from CCCI, the MEPZ-Human Resources...

Significant Legal Developments Affecting Business

On 26 September 2016, ACCRALAW in cooperation with BusinessWorld, Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX), Shareholders’ Association of the Philippines (SHAREPHIL) and Manila Bulletin, held the...

Estate Planning

On 4 August 2016, Eric R. Recalde, a Partner of the Firm’s Tax Department, shared his expertise on Estate Planning. He was invited as the Guest of Honor and Speaker at the Rotary Club of Makati Central RI District 3830’s meeting held at the Manila Polo Club. Mr....

ACCRALAW Davao’s 3rd Legal Forum

The Firm’s Davao Branch celebrates its 20th Anniversary. In commemoration of its founding, it held its 3rd Legal Forum last 29 July 2016 at the Jade Room of the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City. Relevant topics were discussed by the Firm’s Partners. Patricia Ann T....

ACCRALAW Davao Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

The Firm’s Davao Branch celebrated its 20th Anniversary with a cocktail reception at the Grand Ballroom of Marco Polo Hotel, Davao City last 29 July 2016. The event was a time for revelry, thanksgiving and strengthening the bonds established by the Firm’s Davao...

Deal-Making Trends

Last 1 March 2016, Andre B. Navato, Jr., a partner with the Firm’s Corporate and Special Projects Department was invited to speak at a seminar hosted by Stephenson Harwood (Singapore) Alliance in Singapore. He gave his insights on the trends and developments on...

Tax Lectures in July

Eric R. Recalde is one of the Firm’s key partners in the Tax Department. He is often invited to speak on relevant tax issues. On 13 July 2016, during the CECOPHIL General Membership Meeting, he delivered a lecture on Tax Issues for Professionals and Consultants. Also,...

ACCRALAW Admits Four New Partners

Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman and Atty. Regina Padilla Geraldez, who were recently re-elected ACCRALAW Managing Partner and Co-Managing Partner, respectively, announced that the law firm of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz (ACCRALAW) admitted four lawyers to the...

Six New Senior Partners for ACCRALAW

The law firm of Angara Abello Conception Regala and Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) announced the promotion of six Partners to the position of Senior Partner: Rowena L. Garcia-Flores (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department), Jefferson M. Marquez (Resident Partner,...