24 July 2017

PJSLaw Foundation launches the David B. Puyat Scholarship Grant


In honor of the vision of PJSLaw founding Partner, David B. Puyat, PJSLaw Foundation is extending an academic scholarship to a deserving student of the University of the Philippines College of Law. more

7 June 2017

PJSLaw advises Global Business Power in acquiring 50% stake in Sarangani
power project


PJSLaw acted as transaction counsel to Global Business Power Corporation (GBP)'s entry in the Mindanao power market through the acquisition of a significant stake in a 210MW coal-fired power plant in a 210MW coal-fired power plant in Sarangani province. more

7 February 2017

Gov't maintains deadline for mandatory RCOA


The Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), and Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC) agreed to maintain the 26 February 2017 deadline for contestable customers to secure their power supply contracts with any licensed Retail Electricity Suppliers. The requirement is part of the implementation of mandatory Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA). more

5 January 2017

PJSLaw welcomes new Partners


PJSLaw is pleased to announce the entry into the partnership of Attys. Pearl Grace Cabali, Rowena Fatima Salonga and Shirley Velasquez-Viray, effective 1 January 2017. more

5 January 2017

PJSLaw announces promotion of new Senior Associates


PJSLaw is pleased to announce the promotion of Jewelynn Gay B. Zareno and Zann Paolo L. Pacificador to the Firm's roster of Senior Associates. more

September 22, 2016

PJS Law bags 5 nominations in ALB Philippine Law Awards


IPJS Law is delighted to announce that it received 5 major nominations from ALB Philippine Law Awards. more

September 7, 2016

DOLE issues advisory on processing of electrical plans


In an advisory dated 15 August 2016, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) issued guidelines on the Simplification of the Requirements for the Processing of Applications and Plans of Industrial Establishments, Agricultural Enterprises, Oil Refineries and Power Generating Plants. more

June 3, 2016

PHL Competition Commission issues IRR for Philippine Competition Act


The Philippine Competition Commission released today the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) for Republic Act No. 10667 otherwise known as the "Philippine Competition Act." more

February 16, 2016

PHL Competition Commission issues guidelines on M&A transactions


The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) issued Memorandum Circular No. 16-001 setting forth the transitory rules and guidelines for disclosure of executed or proposed M&A transactions, as mandated under Republic Act No. 10667, the Philippine Competition Act. more

January 15, 2016

PJS advises Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in acquiring 20% equity
of Security Bank


Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc.’s (MUFG) commercial banking unit, the Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU), has entered into a partnership with Security Bank Corporation (SBC) through the acquisition of 20% of the voting stock of SBC. more

July 21, 2015

Philippines enacts Competition Law


Philippine President Benigno SC Aquino signed into law today the landmark legislation that further aligns the country’s economic framework with the ASEAN region and most investment-attractive nations in the world. more

March 26, 2015

BIR implements higher tax exemption for 13th month pay
and other benefits


On February 12, 2015, President Benigo C. Aquino approved Republic Act No. 10653, a law which increases the tax exemption ceiling for the 13th month pay and other benefits of employees from PhP30,000.00, to PhP82,000.00. more

March 26, 2015

Latest Minimum Wage Increase in Metro Manila


On March 18, 2015, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board (“RTWPB”) of the National Capital Region (“NCR”) approved a resolution granting a PhP15.00 increase in the daily basic minimum wage, and continuing the PhP15.00 Cost of Living Allowance (“CoLA”) in effect since January 2014. more

March 13, 2015

Philippines PPP Projects shortlisted for the Partnerships Awards 2015


Three Philippine PPP projects, together with the Philippine PPP Center, made it to the shortlist for the Partnerships Awards 2015. more

January 30, 2015

Top international rail operators and conglomerates vie for the
LRT Line 2 O&M Project


Four international rail operators partnered with Philippines’ largest conglomerates and submitted pre-qualification docuemnts for the LRT Line 2 Operations and Management Project (the “Project”) of the Department of Transportation and Communications (“DOTC”) and the Light Rail Transit Authority (“LRTA”). more

September 12, 2014

APC lists PhP10B bonds


Publicly-listed company Aboitiz Power Corporation (APC) listed with the Philippine Dealing System its recently-issued PhP10 billion fixed-rate retail bonds more

August 1, 2014

PHL govt liberalizes banking sector


Foreign banks and their advisors may find this summary of the provisions of RA 10641, which allowed foreign ownership of up to 100% equity of Philippine bank. more

July 4, 2014

EGCO acquires interest in Masinloc Power Plant


Electric Generating Public Co. Ltd. (EGCO) acquired a minority interest in the 630-MW Masinloc coal-fired power plant from AES Corp., one of the biggest US power generation company. more

July 4, 2014

Aboitiz Power to issue PhP10B retail bonds


Power company giant Aboitiz Power Corporation (AboitizPower) has approved the sale of up to PhP10 Billion worth of Fixed Rate Retail Bonds. more

June 5, 2014

Philippine PPP experience: lessons learned mid-stream


The Philippines has finally freed itself from perennially being touted as the sick man of Asia to being second fastest growing economy in the region. more

April 2, 2014

PJS Law’s 3rd PPP - AFCS Project Concession Agreement Signed


The government’s PPP program achieved another milestone recently with the contract signing for the Automatic Fare Collection System (AFCS) project. more

April 2, 2014

DOTC, AF Consortium ink agreement for single ticketing system


AF Consortium and the Department of Transportation and Communications yesterday signed the 10-year concession agreement for the PhP1.72B Automated Fare Collection System project. more

March 24, 2014

STI To Issue Maiden PhP3B Flexible Rate Multiple Tenor Corporate Notes


STI Education Services Group, Inc. (STI) finally ventured into the capital markets after the listed company inked a Notes Facility Agreement (NFA) with China Banking Corporation (CBC) on 20 March 2014. more

March 21, 2014

PJS Law Counsels North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation
for its PhP3B Loan Facility


PJS Law represented and assisted North Luzon Renewable Energy Corporation (NLREC) in the financing of its 81 MW Wind Energy Power Plant in Caparispisan, Pagudpod, Ilocos Norte. more

March 18, 2014

PJS Law and Allen & Overy Organized Successful Forum on
Financing PPP and Infrastructure Projects


The country’s top investment banks and financial institutions gathered last 14 March 2014 for the Forum on Financing PPP and Infrastructure Projects at the Fairmont Hotel, Makati City, organised by PJS Law and Allen & Overy. more

March 7, 2014

Supreme Court rules on the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012


On 18 February 2014, the Supreme Court of the Philippines (“SC”) promulgated its Decision on the number of petitions questioning the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10175, otherwise known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 (the “Cybercrime Prevention Act”). more

February 4, 2014

Single Ticketing System for LRT/MRT Closer to Implemenation


The Department of Transportation and Communications (“DOTC”) and the Light Rail Transport Authority (“LRTA”) issued the Notice of Award for the PhP1.72B Automated Fare Collection System (“AFCS”) Project d last 30 January 2014 to AF Consortium. more

December 19, 2013

PJS Law caps the year with 2 international awards


PJS Law was tagged as the “Corporate Law Firm of the Year” and “Energy Law Firm of the Year” for Philippines for 2013 by International Legal Awards. more

December 17, 2013

First PPP Hospital Project Awarded


TThe modernisation of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) has been awarded to Megawide Construction Corp. - World Citi, Inc. Consortium, the sole bidder in the Philippines’ first hospital project to be undertaken through the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Program. more

December 13, 2013

Successful bidding for Mactan Airport project


The Philippine Government successfully concluded the second stage of the public bidding for the expansion of the Mactan Cebu International Airport, one of the biggest projects tendered under the Public Private Partnership program. more

December 4, 2013

PJS Law Advises Three PPP Projects, Near Contract Award


Investors and the public can expect three more PPP projects to be concluded very soon. more

November 29, 2013

Country’s top conglomerates and world’s best airport operators submit
bids for Mactan Airport


All seven pre qualified bidders submitted their respective technical and financial proposals for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project on 28 November 2013. more

November 28, 2013

AEV lists PhP8B bonds


Top conglomerate Aboitiz Equity Ventures (“AEV”) has listed with the Philippine Dealing System its recently-issued PhP8 billion Fixed Rate Bonds due November 2020 and November 2023. more

November 28, 2013

PJS Law wins Asia Country Award


PJS Law won the coveted “Best Firm in the Philippines” award in the recently concluded Asia Women in Business Law Awards 2013. more

November 21, 2013

5 Groups Submitted Bids for Single Ticketing System


All of the pre-qualified consortium submitted their bids for the Automated Fare Collection System Project as announced by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC). more

November 11, 2013

Relief operations now underway for Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims


Massive relief operations are now being undertaken in the areas devastated by super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”). more

October 16, 2013

PJS Law ranked in 2014 IFLR1000


PJS Law maintains its solid standing among the world's top law firms with the release of the IFLR1000 (www.iflr1000.com) ranking for 2014. more

October 1, 2013

PJS Law celebrates 16th year anniversary


Today, PJS Law marks its 16th year anniversary. The firm, founded by colleagues Reggie Jacinto-Barrientos, Roy Santos and the late Dave Puyat, was established on 1 October 1997 with one Associate and three support staff. more

October 1, 2013

PJS Law leads bloodletting activity


PJS Law, in cooperation with the National Children’s Hospital, held its first bloodletting activity last 20 September 2013. more

September 5, 2013

PHL ranks 6 notches up in Global Competitiveness


The Philippines moved 6 notches up in the global competitiveness ranking according to the 2013-2014 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report. more

August 15, 2013

PJS Law successfully defends Filipina victim of human trafficking


PJS Law has successfully defended, on a pro-bono basis, a Filipina who is a victim of human trafficking in the United States of America. The PJS Law Litigation Team secured the dismissal of the case filed by the traffickers against the Filipina in a Philippine Regional Trial Court. more

July 15, 2013

UPC Renewables, Ayala subsidiary and an Infrastructure Fund invest in JV company for wind power projects


UPC Philippines Wind Holdco B.V., a wholly owned company of UPC Renewables Partners, AC Energy Holdings, Inc., the energy unit of conglomerate Ayala Corporation, and Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PINAI) entered into an Investment Framework and Shareholders’ Agreement for the development of wind power projects. more

July 15, 2013

PJS Law Managing Partner Speaks at San Francisco Event


Regina Jacinto-Barrientos was invited to speak at a conference held at the Philippine Center in San Francisco, CA. more

July 9, 2013

PJS Law named 2013 Foreign Investment Firm of the Year


PJS Law was awarded the 2013 “ Foreign Investment Firm of the Year – Philippines” by Acquisition International M&A Awards. more

July 3, 2013

Law Reviews releases "The Energy Regulations and Markets Review"


The Law Reviews recently published the second edition of “The Energy Regulation and Markets Review. more

June 25, 2013

Sydney Roadshow on Infrastructure, Power and Resources


PJS Law partners went to Sydney to present Philippine opportunities in the power, resources and infrastructure sectors. more

June 10, 2013

NEDA issues revised Joint Venture Guidelines


The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has issued revised guidelines and procedures for entering into joint venture (JV) agreements between government and private entities, which were approved last 03 May 2013 and published last 11 May 2013. more

June 3, 2013

SEC issues guidelines on Foreign Ownership


The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Memorandum Circular No. 8, series of 2013, setting forth the guidelines on compliance with foreign ownership in nationalized and partly nationalized industries. more

May 14, 2013

2013 Global Economic Outlook Presentation


PJS Law in partnership with LGT Bank hosted a presentation on the Global Economic Outlook by Simon Grose-Hodge. more

April 23, 2013

The Biggest, the Most Reputable Firms vie for Mactan airport


Seven groups expressed their interest in the bid for the P17.5 billion Mactan-Cebu International PPP project. more

April 17, 2013

PJS Law goes to Japan


This year’s firm outing was held in Tokyo, Japan, a place that is consistently on everyone’s list of places to go to. more

April 12, 2013

PJS Law awarded Corporate Law Firm of the Year


PJS Law has been named Corporate Law Firm of the year in the Philippines by Corporate INTL. more

April 12, 2013

Chambers & Partners ranks 2 PJS Law Partners


2 PJS Law Partners have successfully ranked in Chambers & Partners 2013 publication. more

March 18, 2013

PJS Law is ranked as Top Philippine Law Firm for Tax


Legalease Limited has released its 2013 Tax Directors Handbook, which is an essential guide to the world’s premiere tax law firms. more

March 6, 2013

MWSS considers reviving Laiban Dam project


The Public Private Partnership Center of the Philippines (PPPC) has announced in a briefing that the government is thinking of reviving the Laiban Dam project through PPP scheme. more

March 6, 2013

PJS Law ranks in Chambers Asia Guide 2013


PJS Law continues to establish its reputation as a leading law firm in the areas of Corporation/M&A and Projects, Infrastructure and Energy. more

February 28, 2013

PHL Government to bid out MRT 3 expansion


The Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) has issued an invitation to bid for the capacity expansion project of the MRT 3. more

February 28, 2013

PSE ranks 3rd in 2012’s World’s Best Performing Stock


The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) received the 3rd highest global ranking in the World’s Best Performing Stock in the 2012 report released by World Federation of Exchanges (WEF).more

February 21, 2013

Robust Interest for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project


Over 150 people representing various international and domestic business interests attended the Prequalification Conference for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project, held at the EDSA Shangri-La Manila last 6 February 2013. more

January 25, 2013

PH Economy to sustain growth in 2013


The Philippine economy “has what it takes to maintain at least 6% growth” in 2013. more

December 28, 2012

First Microfinance Bank gets BSP approval


The Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has approved the conversion of mCompany, Inc. more

December 27, 2012

Steag State Power and Phividec sign agreement for settlement of
Real Property Taxes


Steag State Power, the owner and operator of the 230MW coal fired power plant in Mindanao. more

December 27, 2012

DOTC and LRTA host Investors Conference for the
Automatic Fare Collection System Project


On 18 December 2012 the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Light Rail Transit Authority. more

December 3, 2012

Republic’s US$500 Million Maiden Onshore Dollar Bond
Issuance a Resounding Success


The Republic of the Philippines issued 10.5-Year Fixed Rate Onshore Dollar Bonds due 2023. more

November 29, 2012

PH records exceptional growth in Q3


Exceeding market expectations, the Philippine economy grew by 7.1% in Q3 2012, the fastest growth since Q2 2010. more

November 27, 2012

AsiaLaw once again ranks PJS Law as a highly recommended
Philippine firm in 6 practice areas


PJS Law was recently invited to the 17th Financing Energy Projects in Asia (FEPA) Conference in Singapore organized by Thomson Reuters. more

November 22, 2012

PJSLaw at the Thomson Reuters Conference-Singapore


PJS Law was recently invited to the 17th Financing Energy Projects in Asia (FEPA) Conference in Singapore organized by Thomson Reuters. more

November 19, 2012

SEC draft guidelines on Foreign Ownership


Last 9 November 2012, the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission invited stakeholders to a public dialogue on the draft guidelines on foreign ownership rules. more

November 14, 2012

PJS Consortium selected as Transaction Advisor for US$2.0B PPP
Water Project


The Public Private Partnership (PPP) Center has announced the selection of the consortium led by Rebel Group and includes PJS Law, Allen & Overy, Crisil Risk and Infrastructure Solutions Ltd., and Royal Haskoning.more

September 25, 2012

Philippine Orthopedic Center up for bidding in October


The Department of Health has announced that the invitation to bid for the modernization of the Philippine Orthopedic Center (POC) is set to be published next month.more

September 5, 2012

Renewable Energy in the Asia Pacific: A Legal Overview


DLA Piper, with PJS Law's inputs, has prepared a material on matters concerning the Philippines. more

August 10, 2012

ERC approves FiT Rates


The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has approved last 27 July 2012 the much-awaited feed in tariff (FIT) rates that will be used for the development of renewable energy sources. more

July 27, 2012

Philippine Government releases amended rules on the BOT Law


The Philippine government has published the amended rules governing the Build-Operate-Transfer law.more

July 19, 2012

Automated Fare Collection System up for bidding in August


The Department of Transportation and Communication has announced that the government is scheduled to bid out the automated fare collection system (AFCS) in August.more

July 19, 2012

CALA Expressway project approved by NEDA ICC


The Cavite-Laguna (CALA) Expressway project was given the green light by the Investment Coordination Committee (ICC) of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).more

July 5, 2012

S&P raises PHL credit rating


The Philippine economy got another boost when Standard & Poor’s announced its credit rating upgrade, the highest level since 2003 according to a report from Bloomberg.more

July 2, 2012

PJS Law promotes FJ Valeros to Partner


The promotion to the PJS Law Partnership of Fidel T. Valeros, Jr. was announced effective 1 July 2012.more

July 2, 2012

PJS Law announces promotion of new Senior Associates


PJS Law is pleased to announce the promotion of Joseph Anthony F. Boma and Irving N. Chua to the Firm's roster of Senior Associates.more

June 14, 2012

PJS Law advises EGCO Group on acquisition of Quezon Power


PJS Law acted as Philippine local counsel, in association with Hunton and Williams (Bangkok) as lead international counsel, to Electricity Generating PCL (EGCO) in a Sale and Purchase Agreement (SPA).more

June 13, 2012

Philippine Government Approves Airport Expressway Project


A third Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project is expected to be rolled out according to the PPP Center.more

June 7, 2012

DOTC invites bidders for LRT Line 1 expansion


The Department of Transportation and Communication has issued an invitation to international and local companies to pre-qualify and bid for the 11.7-kilometer extension of Line 1 of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) from Baclaran to Cavite.more

June 7, 2012

New Minimum Wage Rates Take Effect in Metro Manila


In order to address the recent increases in the prices of oil products and basic goods, commodities, and services, the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board - National Capital Region (RTWPB-NCR) issued Wage Order No. NCR-17 on 17 May 2012.more

June 4, 2012

PH economy surges in Q1


The Philippine economy exceeded expectations when it posted a 6.4% percent growth for the first quarter of 2012 as reported by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).more

May 24, 2012

PJS Clients among 2012 “Best Managed” firms in the Philippines


Ayala Corporation leads the list of “Best Managed” firms in the Philippines for 2012.more

May 15, 2012

Retail Competition and Open Access Policies released


The Department of Energy has released the general guidelines for the implementation of Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA).more

May 7, 2012

Philippines Counted Among 3 Breakout Nations


Once tagged as “sick man of Asia,” the Philippines is now primed to be one of the “breakout nations” in terms of long-term investments.more

May 3, 2012

Maibarara starts geothermal power plant construction


Maibarara Geothermal, Inc.'s (MGI) 20 MW geothermal power plant broke ground last April 27, 2012 in Barangay San Rafael, Sto. Tomas, Batangas.more

May 2, 2012

PJS Law assisted Incofin and responsAbility in the equity infusion in EnCash


PJS Law successfully assisted Incofin Investment Management and responsAbility Social Investments AG in the acquisition of 40% equity of Electronic Network Cash Tellers Inc.more

March 26, 2012

Chambers & Partners ranks PJS Law as a Leading Firm


PJS Law is ranked as a leading firm in Corporate/M&A, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy for 2012.more

March 12, 2012

PJS Law is part of four consortia for PPP Center’s PDMF Panel of
Transaction Advisors


PJS Law has been pre-qualified as member-firm of PPP Center’s PDMF Panel of Transaction Advisors under four groups.more

February 15, 2012

DoTC priority projects for PPP


In line with the government’s thrust for the full implementation of its public private partnership (PPP) program, the Philippine’s Department of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) has announced its list of priority projects under the PPP framework.more

January 27, 2012

2012 Economic Briefing Hosted by PJS Law Foundation


The Philippine economy is expected to continue its strong performance for 2012 and will attain GDP growth of 5.5%.more

January 10, 2012

New Labor Department Order to Benefit Contractual Employees


The Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment issued the revised rules governing job contracting arrangements.more

December 15, 2011

Philippine PPP Program Gets Into Gear


The first public-private partnership (PPP) project of the current Philippine Government was successfully awarded today to the Ayala Group which won the bid for the P1.96-billion Daang Hari-South Luzon Expressway link road project.more

December 6, 2011

PPP Roadshow in Korea and Japan


Last November 22-25, 2011, PJS Law participated in a roadshow in Seoul and Tokyo to promote investments in the Public Private Partnership program of the Philippine Government.more

October 18, 2011

IFLR1000 ranks PJS Law in four major categories


PJS Law maintains its solid position in key practice areas with the recent release of 2012 IFLR1000 rankings of international law firms.more

October 7, 2011

PJS Law celebrates 14th Anniversary


In celebration of its 14th anniversary, PJS Law teamed up with Hands on Manila Foundation, Inc. (HOM) and the Loyola Agila FC for a charity football clinic for 30 street children in the care of Childhope Asia. The event was held on 1 October 2011 at the Quezon City Memorial Circle.more

October 5, 2011

ASIAN-MENA awards: PJS Law as Philippines’ “In-House Community
Firm of the Year” for Energy & Natural Resources


PJS Law has been voted as 2011 “In-House Community Firm of the Year” in the Philippines for Energy & Natural Resources in a survey conducted by ASIAN-MENA Counsel among in-house counsels and buyers of legal services in Asia and the Middle East.more

July 29, 2011

Supreme Court ruling on "capital" stock


On 28 June 2011, the Supreme Court ruled that “capital” stock of public utilities, as the term is used in the Philippine Constitution, refers only to shares of stock that can vote in the election of directors.more

June 30, 2011

PJS Law advises Ayala Corporation on Coal power plant project


AC Energy Holdings, Inc. (formerly Michigan Power Inc.), a wholly owned energy unit of Ayala Corporation (Ayala Corp), entered into a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Trans-Asia Oil and Energy Development Corporation (TA Oil).more

June 17, 2011

Open Access by December 2011


The Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) has passed a resolution on the implementation of open access whereby allowing electricity users to choose their power suppliers by 26 December 2011.more

June 8, 2011

Largest microfinance company's PhP750M additional corporate notes


PJS Law advised the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD), Inc. on its recent follow on issuance of Php750 Million worth of corporate notes.more

June 3, 2011

PhP3.5B corporate notes issued by supermarket operator


Rustan’s Supercenters, Inc. , operator of the Shopwise chain of hypermarkets and Rustan’s supermarkets, successfully issued Php3.5B worth of corporate notes last May 20, 2011.more

June 1, 2011

PJS Law welcomes new partner


PJS Law is pleased to announce the acceptance to the partnership of Najha Katrina J. Estrella effective 1 June 2011. The announcement was made to the members of the Firm on 27 May 2011.more

May 30, 2011

PJS Law advises Aboitiz in the acquisition of power barges.


PJS Law has advised Aboitiz Power Corporation, through its subsidiary Therma Mobile, Inc., on the acquisition of four (4) power barges from Duracom Mobile Power Corporation (DMPC) and East Asia Diesel Power Corporation (EADPC) with a total capacity of 242MW.more

January 11, 2011

PJS Law assisted Steag State Power Inc. (SSPI).


SSPI is a joint venture company of Evonik Steag GmbH, Aboitiz Power Corporation and La Filipina UyGonco Corporation in the negotiation and financial close of its US$80 Million refinancing for its 232MW coal fired power plant located in the island of Mindanao, Philippines.more