John Henley C. Godinez


Practice Areas: Taxation, Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Special Projects, and Technology and Data Security.

John Godinez' main areas of practice include business formation and establishment, business regulatory and compliance, taxation, technology and data security, and mergers & acquisitions. He has also various experiences in government procurement and Private-Public Partnership projects.

For business formation and establishment, he has assisted various businesses in their licensing requirements and corporate structuring with the Securities Exchange Commission, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Philippine Economic Zone Authorities, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Board of Investments, Anti-Money Laundering Council, among others. He has also acted as corporate secretary or assistant corporate secretary, and legal counsel to clients engaged in the following industries: hotels, manufacturing, non-bank financial institutions, lending and finance, retail, export, investment and holding companies, electronic money issuers and operator of payment systems and IT and cybersecurity.

In the field of taxation, he has assisted various clients including commercial banks, rural banks, and petroleum and energy companies in their application for refund before administrative and judicial bodies. He has also represented clients in tax assessments before the Bureau of Internal Revenue and Court of Tax Appeals.

In the field of mergers & acquisitions, he has been engaged in multi-dollar acquisition of rural banks, IT firms, port operators, and lending companies, among others. He has also advised start-up companies in their investment structures and acquisition plans from private equity firms.

In the field of financial technology, he has assisted a client in securing licenses from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to operate as electronic money issuer, operator of payment systems, and virtual currency exchange. For data privacy, he has conducted privacy impact assessments in clients engaged in retail, manufacturing, mining, hospitals and clinics, business outsourcing firms, and has advised them in their data privacy compliance, policies, and practices. In February 2018, he participated in a forum on  Blockchain, Distributed Ledger Technology, and Smart Contracts in Singapore, which was hosted by Asian Legal Business. Said forum discussed the critical legal and regulatory issues concerning blockchain and distributed ledger technology, which will drastically affect the conduct of business globally.

In the field of government procurement and PPP projects, he has advised clients in the acquisition of government's patrimonial real estate, either sale or lease, joint venture with the National Government, local government units, and government-owned corporations under the NEDA Guidelines and unsolicited proposal under BOT law.

He earned his Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of San Carlos - School of Law and Governance as the top 5 of the graduating class and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2015. Prior to taking up law, he graduated from Cebu Normal University with a bachelor's degree in nursing.

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