PRACTICE AREAS

Business Practice

Legal counseling is essential to every business. GDR LAW has assisted various corporations in formulating and implementing business strategies. These include matters involving General Corporate Governance, Mergers and Acquisitions, Taxation, Foreign Investments, Property Acquisitions, Immigration, Labor & Employment, Fund Management, Insurance, Banking, Securities Offerings, Bankruptcy and Receiverships.

The Firm has set up affiliates, subsidiaries, branches, liaison and representative offices for foreign entities and worldwide multinational companies. Additionally, the Firm is usually engaged for corporate housekeeping, ensuring compliance with the periodic reportorial requirements of government regulatory agencies, securing the necessary permits and licenses to do business, and all matters which relate to activities of the corporations’ commercial transactions.

GDR LAW renders services necessary in mergers and acquisitions, conclusion of joint venture agreements, loan syndication, securities registration and offering and allied matters. The areas relating to taxation on the other hand, include services for general tax management, tax assessmentsand litigation, business estate planning, and employee benefits.

GDR LAW has acted as counsel for distressed companies as well as creditors filing claims in proceedings for Bankruptcy and /or Suspension of Payments.  It also renders legal services for foreign corporations which wish to engage in local transactions through the establishment of businesses in export processing zones or pursuant to government enticements such as build-operate-transfer schemes and derivatives thereof, infrastructure projects under Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and those under the Foreign Investments Act.

In conjunction therewith, GDR LAW has rendered advisories on agreements including the financing of long-term infrastructure, industrial projects and public services based upon a non-recourse or limited recourse financial structure.

Among GDR LAW’s representative clients are those engaged in the industries of manufacturing, real estate development, distributorships, property consultancy, mining, energy, trading, banking, computer software development, telecommunications, information technology and business process outsourcing (BPO).

Litigation

This area of GDR LAW’s practice involves full range of commercial, labor, civil and criminal litigation with respect to matters such as intra-corporate disputes, government investigations, torts and damages,personal injury,famlly, estate and marriage suits, illegal dismissal representing both management and labor, maritime and insurance claims, intellectual property, tax and penal proceedings.

The lawyers appear in various fora, particularly the inferior courts (Municipal Circuit Trial Court, Municipal Trial Court, Metropolitan Trial Court), and courts of first instance (Regional Trial Court,), as well as quasi-judicial agencies (i.e., Securities and Exchange Commission, National Labor Relations Commission,), whether in the exercise of the forum’s original or appellate jurisdictions.

Litigation practice also encompasses issues and appeals interposed before the Court of Tax Appeals, Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court through petitions for review or petitions for certiorari, mandamus, injunction, significant motions in major litigation and similar reliefs.

 Government Regulations 

GDR LAW provides comprehensive legal services in matters relating to government regulation of businesses. These include representations for the applications of permits and licenses before regulatory bodies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, BangkoSentral Ng Pilipinas (Central Bank), Food and Drugs Administration, Office of the Insurance Commission, Department of Labor and Employment, Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, Civil Aeronautics Board, National Telecommunications Commission, Intellectual Property Office, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board and the Department of Agrarian Reform,  among others. 

Others 

GDR LAW offers legal services relating to other concerns. It has represented clients in other fields such as Family Law, Paternity and Filiation, Extrajudicial Foreclosures, Estate Planning, and matters involving Wills and Testaments, Administration of Estates and Property Settlements.