In today's challenging business environment, efficient and expeditious ways to resolve legal disputes are a must. The Firm employs creative and innovative ways to settle controversies without the attendant cost of litigation.
Currently, the Firm has established a thriving practice in international commercial arbitration, domestic arbitration, and construction industry arbitration, where it has represented international and local clients in global disputes involving mining, retail, construction, financial/ capital markets, and shareholders rights.
The Firm was engaged by the National Irrigation Authority to act as their local counsel in an USD 800 million case filed by a power provider. The case involved a dispute over the rate of return provisions of the agreement. The engagement required the Firm to work with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a leading international law firm based in the United Kingdom. As the contract was governed by Philippine law, the Firm advised Freshfields on different aspects of local law, including civil law and contract law principles.
The Firm was likewise engaged as Philippine counsel of the Metro Manila Sewerage System in an arbitration proceeding with Maynilad Water Services, Inc., one of the concessionaires of the biggest water privatization project in the world. The Firm acted as local counterpart to Allen and Overy, a law firm from the United Kingdom, under the direct supervision of the Office of the Government Corporate Counsel.
The Firm also represents clients in civil, criminal, and commercial litigation issues and counsels on litigation and settlement options and strategies.
The Firm handles cases encompassing a wide range of areas, from securities fraud, banking, environmental law, land use, intellectual property to product liability, and at all levels in the judicial process, from the Regional Trial Courts, the Court of Appeals, all the way to the Supreme Court.
The Firm appeared before the Supreme Court representing the small players of the downstream oil industry in a case involving the constitutionality of the Oil Deregulation Law.
The Firm assisted the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission in cases filed against securities brokers. The cases concerned dealt with purported violations of the Securities Regulation Code on insider trading, price manipulation, and non-disclosure of beneficial ownership.
Together with US attorneys, the Firm advised the Province of Marinduque in a suit filed in the courts of Nevada, USA, against an international mining company, involving the restitution and remediation of the environment arising from a mining disaster which occurred in 1996. The suit is one of the largest environmental mass tort claims in Philippine history.
In collaboration with US lawyers, the Firm represented clients who suffered asbestos-related diseases arising from exposure to asbestos products. The cases involved both filing with asbestos trusts and court litigation.
In addition to the foregoing, the Firm also handles cases before administrative, quasi-regulatory and quasi-judicial tribunals such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Philippine Central Bank, Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, Bureau of Food and Drug, the Intellectual Property Office, and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.