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Du-Baladad & Associates

Du-Baladad and Associates is part of the global WTS network. It provides services including assessments, disputes and tax claims, tax litigation, tax advisory and tax planning, incentives, transfer pricing, international tax, tax compliance and tax advocacy.

The team helped a client deal with both transactional and general corporate tax issues. In this case, it advised on the most efficient structure to undertake a redevelopment. The firm is also assisting a client with both tax controversy and indirect tax matters. The group represented the client in this ongoing matter before the Court of Tax Appeals.

In 2017, Shiendy Loufer Casana, Septfonette Fe Balusdan and Jose Emilio Teves joined the firm as a junior associates. In 2018, Angelo Macaranas joined the firm as a junior accountant. Mabel Buted joined the firm as a senior associate. Francis Kavvin Escobar joined the firm as a legal assistant.

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Some of the professionals at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra previously worked at big firms and big four accounting firms. The firm provides services such as transactional tax, general corporate tax and tax controversy. 

In 2018 the firm is helping a client on transactional tax matter. It assists the client in its request for a ruling from the Philippines Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Shirley Sison joined the firm this year.

Navarro Amper & Co (Deloitte)

Walter Abela Jr is the head of the tax department at Navarro Amper & Co, which is part of the Deloitte network. The team includes more than 160 professionals, including five partners and five directors. The tax leaders are Walter Abela Jr, Richard Lapres, Carlo Navarro, Alvin Noel Saldana and Imelda Tapay. The firm provides services including business tax services, financial accounting and reporting services, indirect tax, transfer pricing, tax compliance, global employer services and M&A. The indirect tax practice covers VAT, customs duties and excise duties services. The firm has innovative tools such as Deloitte tax@hand, a tool that integrates with social media and data analytics, delivering news, tax information and contacts accessible on all devices. 

Uziel Alvarez joined the firm as a director during the research period.

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres – part of the Baker McKenzie network – provides services such as tax controversy, transactional tax and general corporate tax. The professionals provide tax and customs planning advice in different industries, including technology, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and mining. The team has the capability to help clients navigate through the trade and investment policy landscape in particular. In addition, the firm also has global wealth management strategies. The tax group assists clients with Philippine succession and taxation laws, and the legal implications of trusts and other structures. The firm has a broad client base across various industries, including consumer goods and retail, energy, mining and infrastructure, financial institutions, healthcare, industrials, manufacturing and transportation and technology, media and telecoms.

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula offers high-grade contentious and non-contentious tax services to various clients, including energy corporation AES, Fortune 500 companies, Philippine Airlines, the Philippine National Bank and Asia United Bank Corporation. In 2017, the firm allied with WongPartnership. It has become a member of the WGP regional law network that includes firms from the Middle East, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore.

The firm is helping the Bankers Association of the Philippines on general corporate tax matters. The tax team advises the tax matters including issues in respect of proposed amendments to the National Internal Revenue Code. It also involves matters pursuant to the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion programme that could affect financial banking institutions. In addition, the tax group also advised the Sabre Travel Network on a tax controversy matter. It was a tax assessment for taxable year 2009.