SERVICES

Our specialization

Litigation & Arbitration

We handle disputes that deal with an extensive range of civil, criminal, administrative, and regulatory issues. We also provide service for dispute resolution along with our experience in handling arbitration matters such as the drafting of dispute resolution clauses, among others. We also provide practical and efficient solutions for conflicts that covers family law, whether through litigation, settlement, or mediation.

Labor & Immigration

We counsel clients in all matters of Labor Relations and Employment including documentation including compliance, employment documentation, overseas employment with its immigration requirements, sexual harassment in the workplace, mandatory government employment compliances and social security including workmen’s compensation.

Project Development & Finance

We act as counsel to various Philippine and foreign clients representing project finance transactions . Clients will gain from our thorough knowledge of the entire project transaction, as well as our ability to be able identify particular issues relevant to the project.

Taxation

We specialize in complicated tax planning and provide clients with realistic advice on debt and equity transactions, corporate restructuring, corporate reorganizations, disposition of property, mergers and acquisitions, and various tax saving mechanisms. Clients will benefit from our extensive experience in dealing with the Bureau of Internal Revenue to achieve the results of the service required.

Securities

We work closely with the client’s team to find the optimal solution that can be applied to major acquisitions, public offerings, or capital market transactions. Our work on the design and implementation of regulations affecting the Philippine capital market will enable your company to create effective strategies to address the challenges you face.

Intellectual Property

We deal with the full spectrum of IP practice which includes filing, enforcement, litigation, and prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights, domain names, licensing, electronic commerce and software issues.

Technology Law

We help various clients, comprised of incumbents and startups, navigate through complex legal issues within the technology space. We provide innovative legal solutions for a wide array of technology initiatives. Our technology practice includes financial technology (fintech), artificial intelligence, blockchain initiatives, virtual currency business activities, data privacy, data security, cybercrime, the Internet, e-commerce, information technology, intellectual property protection, and emerging legal and regulatory frameworks in the tech space, among a number of key areas. Clients will benefit from our leadership in law and technology. We advise many of the leading and most impactful tech and online companies in the region.

Corporate

We provide legal services in dealing with different issues that arise from setting up of businesses, investments, compliance, joint ventures and strategic alliances.

About Us

Our Vision–Mission

In pursuit of becoming one of the top law firms in Asia, we, at GorricetaLaw, commit to becoming the Philippines’ leading firm in corporate and business practice by providing our clients with quality, efficient, and benevolent service. We abide by a client-centric legal practice, and work towards enabling our clients through:

  • having a developed and unrivalled understanding of our clients’ needs for a proactive management of business matters;
  • harping on collaborative partnerships while maintaining right levels of professional distance, to maximize best solutions;
  • delivering personalized service, making consultations and advisory readily available at any time; and
  • nurturing a long-term relationship founded on mutual respect.

Moving towards the future, GorricetaLaw aspires to create value-adding opportunities for our clients, building on bringing businesses and people together. We will endeavor to support the continuous growth of our clients, and to secure both the firm and our clients’ position in this rapidly changing and globally dynamic business environment.

Our Core Values

GorricetaLaw believes in:

  1. Excellence. We endeavor to exceed the demands of competing in a global business pace through hardwork and determination. We are accountable to deliver high-value work to our clients at all times.
  2. Responsibility. We make it our business to know our clients’ business so they can easily depend on us.
  3. Continuous Improvement. We encourage further learning to enhance the skills and the talents of our firm.
  4. Integrity. We cultivate trust and transparency in the workplace. What we promise, we will deliver with credibility.
  5. Nurturing. We value loyalty. We are a team with a passion for building lasting relationships.
  6. A Winning Spirit. We appreciate and exercise positivity, resilience, perseverance, and an uplifting attitude in all aspects of our service. Success drives us.

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NEWS & UPDATES

Beyond Results

FEBRUARY - MARCH 2019 Spotlight: Gorriceta presents hiring opportunities at ADMU, DLSU Career Fairs

Career Fairs

The first quarter of 2019 marks the debut of Gorriceta at the Ateneo de Manila University College of Law (ADMU Law) and De La Salle University College of Law (DLSU Law) Career Fairs. Gorriceta Partner Edsel F. Tupaz gave presentations about the Firm. Gorriceta received more than 90 applications, curriculum vitae's, and statements of interest from prospective interns and underbar associates from both schools.

Talks and Conferences

Talks

PPP Talk with Professor Al Agra
Gorriceta invited Professor and former Justice Secretary Al Agra last February 19 to deliver a talk on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to strengthen the PPP practice of the Firm. The in-house talk is in furtherance of the Firm's competence enhancement program for its lawyers and legal talent.

Nominations

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Gorriceta receives 6 nominations - Southeast Asia Law Awards 2019
Gorriceta remains to be at the top of its game as it garners six (6) nominations for the 15th Annual Asian Legal Business - Southeast Asia Law Awards 2019 to be held at 11 April in Singapore. The nominations are for the following categories:

  • Regional Managing Partner of the Year
  • Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year
  • Regional Litigation Law Firm of the Year
  • Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
  • Debt Market Deal of the Year (Midsize) and
  • Equity Market Deal of the Year (Midsize)

JANUARY 2019 Spotlight: Gorriceta sets the pace for Capital Markets

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Gorriceta successfully represented and advised Okada Manila in connection with the US$600M debt deal involving the private placement of dollar denominated senior notes

Gorriceta recently represented and advised Okada Manila in connection with the private placement of US$600 million senior notes by the Japanese listed gaming company Universal Entertainment Corporation. This deal will help finance the construction of Okada Manila's casino resort in the Philippines and to repay a loan provided by Tiger Resorts Asia - a subsidiary that also runs Okada Manila.

Talks and Conferences

2018 Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Last December 6, 2018, Edsel Tupaz, Partner at Gorriceta, discussed emerging regulatory frameworks for initial coin offerings, token generation events and other blockchain-based initiatives in the Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference held at the Holiday Inn & Suites Makati, Philippines, Manila. In addition to his presentation, Tupaz served as panelist in a Panel on Smart Contracts and Legal Contracts/Taxation, Securities Law, and Regulatory Frameworks of ICOs/Token Launches.

Awards

ILFR1000

Gorriceta earns spot among Philippines' Top Firms on Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions

Gorriceta received recognition from IFLR1000, an international rating publication which covers the world's leading financial and corporate law firms and lawyers:

  • •Capital Markets - Notable
  • •Mergers & Acquisitions - Notable

DECEMBER 2018 Spotlight: Blazing a Trail in Tax and FinTech

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Gorriceta Establishes a Legal Precedent in Landmark BIR Ruling

Gorriceta secured a historic tax ruling in favor of Manila Water Company, Inc.

In Bureau of Internal Revenue's Ruling No. 1017-18 dated June 25, 2018, the BIR allowed Manila Water to adopt two different methods of computing depreciation expense for its capital expenditure-related service concession assets: one method for taxation and another method for financial accounting purposes.

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Gorriceta Recognized Among the Philippines' Top Tax Lawyers of 2018

The International Tax Review - the premiere international magazine for tax professionals - named Mark S. Gorriceta and Vincent L. Saavedra as among the Top Tax Lawyers in the Philippines for the year 2018.

Talks and Conferences

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Gorriceta Exchanges Ideas with FinTech Experts at the 2018 Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference
Gorriceta's Anthony Edsel F. Tupaz gave a presentation discussing emerging regulatory frameworks for initial coin offerings and also participated as a panelist in the panel, Smart Contracts and Legal Contracts/Taxation, Securities Law and Regulating the ICO/Token Launches at the 2018 Blockchain and Bitcoin Conference held last December 6, 2018.

Exchanges Ideas

Gorriceta Joins Business World's First Cybersecurity Forum
Mark S. Gorriceta, Francis A. Africa, and Adrian B. Mayuga participated in Business World's first forum, which focused on the insufficiency of current safeguards for data protection, growing threats against data hacks, and emerging trends in cybersecurity.

Exchanges Ideas

Gorriceta Meets with theEU-PH Business Network
Gorriceta Partner Anthony Edsel F. Tupaz, who leads Gorriceta's Infrastructure Practice Group, participated in the EU-PH Business Network's ("EPBN") Infrastructure and Transportation Committee Meetings held on August 29, 2018 and November 20, 2018. The EPBN Committee discussed and deliberated upon policy involving various projects under the Philippine Government's "Build, Build, Build" Program and legislative efforts related to Public-Private Partnerships.

Exchanges Ideas

2018 Singapore FinTech Week
Alongside the world's FinTech giants, Mark S. Gorriceta, who leads Gorriceta's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Practice Group, attended the 2018 Singapore FinTech Festival. Gorriceta attended and participated in various activities such as the InterTrust Dinner for Global Tech Lawyers, the Inclusive FinTech Summit at the Marina Bay Sands, and a dinner with Singapore's leading Intellectual Property and Tech Law Firm Yusarn Audrey.

Exchanges Ideas

Gorriceta Leads FINEX Forum
In a forum hosted by the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines ("FINEX"), Mark S. Gorriceta moderated discussions on the digital transformation practice of "Project Portfolio Management" in a variety of industries and its observed results in enhancing corporate governance.
The forum was themed Transform for a Sustainable Future Today and was held on October 11, 2018.

NOVEMBER 2018
Spotlight: Initial Public Offeringand Mergers & Acquisitions

Gorriceta Advises DM Wenceslao & Associates, Inc. in its P7.6B Initial Public Offering

Gorriceta advised DM Wenceslao & Associates, Inc. in connection with its P7.6 Billion Initial Public Offering (IPO) by the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Gorriceta Advises AIDE App as AC Health Expands Health Technology Portfolio

Gorriceta advised APPPPS Partners, Inc. in connection with the investment of Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. (AC Health) in AIDE.

Gorriceta is Proud to be Part of the Unboxing of Entrego

AC Infrastructure Holdings Inc. (an Ayala company) launched its newly-formed logistics joint venture company, Entrego Fulfillment Solutions Inc., last October 22, 2018 at Fairmont, Makati.

Talk & Conference


Law Talk: Cryptocurrencies and Philippine Regulations Governing ICOs

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Last October 23, 2018, Atty. Mark S. Gorriceta talked about the regulatory framework of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the way forward at Manila House Private Members Club, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Blockchain Innovation Tour

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In a leading event for the Southeast Asian blockchain community, Atty. Edsel F. Tupaz talked about the emerging regulatory framework for ICOs and other Virtual Currency Business activities. The event was held at Okada, Manila on November 13, 2018.



4th Annual Investment Conference: Insights into Investment Trends and Opportunities in the Philippines

Lawtalk

In the recently held Asia Fintech and Blockchain Summit held last September 8, 2018 at Fairmont Hotel Makati, Partner Atty. Edsel Tupaz discussed emerging legal frameworks from around the world which are applicable to Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs and other blockchain-based initiatives.

In Focus: Gorriceta on October 2018 Blockchain Regulations

Blockchain Regulations

We handle disputes that deal with an extensive range of civil, criminal, administrative, and regulatory issues. We also provide service for dispute resolution along with our experience in handling arbitration matters such as the drafting of dispute resolution clauses, among others. We also provide practical and efficient solutions for conflicts that covers family law, whether through litigation, settlement, or mediation.

Asian Fintech & Blockchain Summit 2018

In the recently held Asia Fintech and Blockchain Summit held last September 8, 2018 at Fairmont Hotel Makati, Partner Atty. Edsel Tupaz discussed emerging legal frameworks from around the world which are applicable to Initial Coin Offerings or ICOs and other blockchain-based initiatives.

Blockchain Applications and Economics Forum 2018

In the recently held Blockchain Applications and Economics Forum at Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia, Managing Partner Mark Gorriceta talked about the climate of ICO regulations in the Philippines and neighboring countries.