Legal services are offered to aid your business needs.
Having a legal partner is essential in running any business, including and especially start-ups, in a sound manner. Successful companies have legal partners who ensure their compliance with the law and all its nuances, effectively avoiding expensive mistakes brought about by the imposition of fines and penalties, and in many cases, actual suits.
To protect your business, our legal partners can provide the following services in relation to or affecting regular or ordinary course of business of your company
Regular consultations, advice and opinions on all fields of Philippine law
Legal representation in fulfilling the requirements of any government instrumentality
Drafting and preparation of ordinary/conventional contracts and agreements
Preparation of legal communication to third parties
Review and analysis of the routine and ordinary contracts, agreements and other documents
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NEGOTIATION AND LEGAL DOCUMENTATION
Our legal partners can assist you in negotiating any business transaction, from a simple lease or sale of a property to the more complex mergers and acquisitions. They can draft and prepare, or review contracts and agreements for you in order to safeguard your interests, and make sure that your company is legally protected in any business deal.
Our legal partners are likewise competent and have extensive experience in the preparation of numerous types of agreements such as
Sale or purchase agreements
Stock options and benefits plans
Supply contracts, etc.
OPINIONS AND CONSULTATIONS
Our legal partners are available to sit down with you and discuss your legal queries and concerns. They can explore the best corporate structure for you depending on your objectives, and properly guide you through your requirements. They can likewise prepare and issue written legal advisories and opinions which you may use as your reference or guide in the conduct of business.
Our legal partners are focused on addressing your requirements and the development of the most cost-effective and expeditious approach to meet your goals and objectives. From analysis and theory development, drafting of appropriate pleadings and enforcement of awards, our lawyers are skilled in the demands of the entire litigation process. They likewise assist clients in securing resolution of issues other than conventional litigation such as negotiation, arbitration, mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND CORPORATE HOUSEKEEPINGS
Corporate governance and housekeeping is vital to the success of any business enterprise. The administration, maintenance and filing of corporate records are crucial to every commercial entity. Our legal partners possess adequate understanding of the legal and regulatory requirements necessary for the client’s business, such as the record-keeping and maintenance of your Stock & Transfer Books, and compliance with the reportorial requirements of the difference government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the Board of Investments (BOI), the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the like. It is our intention to relieve you with the burden of worrying about corporate compliance, avoid the imposition of fines and penalties and the possible revocation of your business license, so you can be free to focus on the operations of your business.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT CONCERNS
Our legal partners can advise you on issues relating to preparation of employment contracts, manuals of company rules and regulations and consultancy agreements. They can also represent you in compulsory and voluntary arbitration as well as in adversarial and non-adversarial labor proceedings involving unfair labor practice cases, termination of employment, strike disputes, employee money claims, and other conflicts between labor and management. They also provide advice to complicated labor issues such as retrenchment, redundancy, deadlocks in collective bargaining, downsizing, implications resulting to mergers and dissolution of companies. Their knowledge of current labor laws and regulations enable them to bring about a valuable and competent resolution of labor related issues.
ESTABLISHMENT OF REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS (RHQ) OR REGIONAL OPERATING HEADQUARTERS (ROHQ)
Foreign companies who wish to maintain a fully foreign-owned, fully foreign-controlled entity within the Philippines have the option of establishing an RHQ or ROHQ in the country. Our legal partners are available to assist you in selecting the set up that will best address your needs, process your documents and legal requirements and establish your desired office for you.
RHQ and ROHQ
Multinational companies, i.e. foreign companies with business establishments in two (2) or more countries, have the option of setting up either an RHQ or an ROHQ in the Philippines.
An RHQ is an office whose purpose is to act as an administrative branch of a multinational company engaged in international trade, principally serving as a supervision, communications and coordination center for its subsidiaries, branches or affiliates in the Asia-Pacific Region and other foreign markets. RHQs do not earn or derive income in the Philippines.
On the other hand, an ROHQ is an office allowed to derive income in the Philippines by performing the following services to its affiliates, subsidiaries or branches in the Philippines, in the Asia-Pacific Region and in other foreign markets
General administration and planning
Business planning and coordination
Sourcing/procurement of raw materials and components
Corporate finance advisory services
Marketing control and sales promotion
Training and personnel management
Research and development services, and product development
Technical support and maintenance
Data processing and communication
APPLICATION FOR IMPORTATION LICENSES
If importation is required by your business operations, it is necessary that you secure a Certificate of Accreditation from the Bureau of Customs (BoC). Companies however are not permitted to secure said BoC accreditation without first obtaining an Importer Clearance Certificate (ICC) from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR). Under the law, applicants for ICCs are required to establish legitimate presence in the Philippines and demonstrate compliance with tax regulations. Our legal partners can advise and assist you in making your company eligible to secure an ICC from the BIR and process all required documents for the BoC to get your accreditation.
BOI OR PEZA REGISTRATION
To encourage investment in the country, Philippine government bodies such as the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and the Board of Investments (BOI) grants income tax holidays and special tax regimes to foreign and domestic companies that can make significant contributions to the industrial, economic and social development of the country.
Our legal partners can assist you in determining your company’s eligibility to register with PEZA and BOI, or in setting up an enterprise that complies with the requirements of these government agencies. Once established, they will prepare and file your application for registration, process your required documents, and secure your company’s registration with either PEZA or BOI.
Once operational, our legal partners can likewise assist you in ensuring that your company complies with the regular reportorial requirements of the above government agencies.
NOTARIZATION OF DOCUMENTS
Most documentation of dealings and transactions require the notarization of documents executed by the parties. Notarization converts a private document into a public instrument, making the same entitled to full credit on its face. Our legal partners can also assist you with your notarization requirements.
RETIREMENT OF BUSINESS
There are several reasons why a business will come to an end. It could be that the business is already causing significant losses or may be the business needs to be terminated in order to transform it into a new type of enterprise. Whatever the reason may be, our legal partners are ready to assist in the dissolution of business in the most cost-efficient manner. They will guide you in your compliance and submission of closure requirements before pertinent government entities to facilitate the orderly and legally sound retirement of business.
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