- Alternative Dispute Resolution / Arbitration
- Appellate Practice
- Banking and Finance
- Civil and Family Law
- Estate Planning, Settlement and Administration
- Family Law
- Food, Drugs and Cosmetics
- Foreign Investments
- Immigration and Citizenship
- Intellectual Property
- Land Registration
- Land Use
- Litigation (Civil, Criminal and Administrative)
- Maritime and Aviation
- Naturalization (Administrative and Judicial)
- Real Estate Transactions
Alternative Dispute Resolution
BPCL Law can assist clients in various ADR processes, including arbitration, mediation, conciliation, early neutral evaluation, mini-trial, or any combination of the foregoing. We can act as legal counsel before, during or after ADR disputes.
We advise clients at each stage of the dispute resolution process, beginning with the drafting of arbitration clauses to mediation, to the conduct of actual arbitration proceedings, until the enforcement of arbitral awards.
BPCL Law provides a full range of services for corporations, such as incorporation, regulatory compliance, corporate rehabilitation, creation of joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions.
We also help clients manage and comply with the different aspects of good corporate governance, by acting as corporate secretaries, assisting in the conduct of director and stockholder meetings, processing of share issuances and transfers, record keeping, and complying with reportorial requirements imposed various agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Board of Investments and the Philippine Stock Exchange.
We also assist clients in drafting and reviewing contracts and agreements in the ordinary course of business, as well as conducting due diligence before our clients enter into a business deal or arrangement with another entity.
BPCL Law’s Customs practice extend to assisting clients in regulatory matters under Philippine Customs laws, including compliance, importer registration and accreditation, as well as importer/consignee remedies involving valuation disputes, warrants of seizure and detention (WSD), forfeiture, abandonment, abatement and compromise, tax credits or refunds, IP enforcement, Post-Entry Audit investigation and other Customs- related matters.
We give advice to local and multi-national companies, importers and exporters to help them formulate business plans and strategies consistent with Customs laws, World Trade Organization (WTO) policies and international best practices.
BPCL Law assists on various aspects of the energy industry including project development, regulatory compliance, and processing of petitions and applications before the Energy Regulatory Commission. We likewise have experience in handling the approval of service contracts, authority to operate as supplier, rate adjustment/increase, and post development services.
Estate Planning, Settlement and Administration
BPCL Law’s practice includes acting as legal counsel to all concerns related to estate planning which includes, among others, drafting of last wills and testaments, probates of wills, judicial and extra-judicial settlement of estate, the appointment of administrators and executors, and distribution of assets to the heirs, assignees and creditors.
We also render advice and counsel on applicable modes of estate planning catered to specific client needs to formulate efficient disposition of the estate to designated beneficiaries and heirs with maximum savings from taxes, fees and other costs.
BPCL Law has extensive experience in assisting clients relating to family and domestic relations ranging from providing legal advice to litigating on various issues including annulment, declaration of nullity of marriage, legal separation, property settlements, domestic violence, petition for temporary and permanent protective orders, adoption, support as well as those involving paternity, filiation and custody of minor children.
Government Contracts and Procurement
BPCL Law acts as counsel and advisor on dealings between private entities and government instrumentalities, including but not limited to procurement, lease, acquisition and disposition of government assets, and unsolicited proposals.
We also provide representation and assist the client in all stages of public-private partnership, including pre-eligibility, qualification, post-qualification, implementation and termination of the contract.
Immigration and Citizenship
BPCL Law assists foreign clients, whether it be multinational companies, local conglomerates, business process outsourcing companies, businessmen doing business in the Philippines, or expatriates, in ensuring their smooth entry and their continued legal stay in the Philippines.
We also offer advice to interested parties on how to acquire, be recognized as, or reacquire Philippine citizenship, as well as address concerns relative to the deportation and exclusion of illegal aliens, securing hold departure orders or lifting of the same, the inclusion and lifting of watchlist and blacklist orders and the preparation of defenses against unmeritorious deportation charges.
Information Technology and Data Privacy
BPCL Law assists clients with the processes and compliance requirements with regard to technology and e-commerce Laws, including registration before regulatory agencies, data sharing arrangements, and utilization of block chain technology.
We also provide advice on best practices when it comes to control, protection, monitoring, and securing valuable data. We assist in drafting data privacy policies, privacy consent forms, and different data sharing agreements, criminal prosecution of Data Privacy Act violations, as well as addressing privacy breach issues.
BPCL Law assists clients in acquiring, protecting, enforcing, and commercializing patents, trademarks and copyrights.
We also handle litigation geared towards intellectual property enforcement, such as, but not limited to, inter partes and other administrative proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office and cases before the trial courts and prosecutors office involving trademark infringement, unfair competition, and copyright infringement.
BPCL Law provides a wide range of services for its insurance practice, from complying with regulatory policies, negotiation of claims, and if necessary, arbitration or litigation on both life and non-life insurance claims.
We also assist in the preparation and review of various insurance contracts as well as counsel on any rules and regulations issued by the Insurance Commission and other regulatory bodies affecting the insurance industry.
BPCL Law has a comprehensive Labor practice, covering all aspects of labor and employment.
We counsel clients regarding employment law compliance, regulatory matters, certification election, collective bargaining, contracting arrangements, employee dismissal or termination, employment contracts and documentation, occupational health and safety, as well as overseas employment.
We also assist clients in drawing up and executing business strategies consistent with labor laws. We provide legal assistance to qualified clients in the availment of government incentives and benefits.
We help clients in obtaining licenses to operate as a legitimate labor contractor or a private employment agency. If foreign employment is necessary, we guide clients in obtaining the required work visas and alien employment permits.
We also represent clients in all stages of labor dispute and employment litigation from institution of the complaint until final dismissal or satisfaction of claims.
Litigation (Civil, Criminal and Administrative)
BPCL Law’s litigation practice includes civil and criminal litigation before the courts and quasi-judicial bodies.
Our lawyers handle a wide range of cases, including election cases, heinous crimes, administrative and criminal cases against government officials, contractual breaches, intellectual property rights infringements, corporate disputes, land and title claims, and collection cases.
Real Estate Transactions / Land Registration
BPCL Law assists clients in all legal and regulatory matters involving the real estate industry, such as project development, permitting, registration, compliance, land conversion, transfer, acquisition, sale, and other modes of disposition.
We also handle regulatory and administrative concerns including but those affecting residential and commercial condominium projects, conveyancing, condominium corporation, homeowners’ associations and other matters that involve real property.
We also handle cases or provide representation before the regulatory agencies such as the Housing Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), now referred to as the Department of Human Settlement and Urban Development (DHSUD), the Land Registration Authority, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and other government instrumentalities, as well as to local government units.
BPCL Law provides comprehensive tax services to clientds, from tax planning and regulatory compliance, assessment disputes, and other tax remedies, including litigation.
We also counsel clients with concerns involving tax savings and avoidance.