The Firm assists foreign clients in establishing a presence in the Philippines through branch or representative offices and joint venture arrangements. The Firm’s advice regularly includes investment registration with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Philippine Central Bank) as well as availment of investment incentives given by the Board of Investments (BOI) and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA). Lily K. Gruba was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the PEZA, where she gained extensive knowledge in the decision process governing the grant of special tax incentives to qualified foreign investors.
After the establishment of the companies and legal entities, our Firm provides businesses with continuing legal services arising from their business operations. These areas include labor and employment law, immigration law, intellectual property issues, foreign exchange and capital repatriation issues and other operational matters.
We advised a multinational tourism conglomerate in securing PEZA approval for the establishment of a Tourism Economic Zone, the first of its kind in the country. The project involved the investment of around USD 10 million dollars to develop a tourism complex and theme park.
We acted as counsel for an Arabian steel company in setting up a local subsidiary involved in the design of pre-fabricated steel structures.