PJS Law partners among the A-List Philippine Lawyers

For the fourth consecutive year, five PJS Law partners were cited among the Philippines’ Top 100 lawyers. The A-List Philippine Lawyers is published annually by the Asia Business Law Journal following extensive research conducted and nominations received from in-house counsel across the country as well as from international law firms. The PJS Partners included in …
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New law to expand jurisdiction of first-level courts

On 30 July 2021, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 11576 (“RA 11576”) to amend Batas Pambansa Blg. 129 or the “Judiciary Reorganization Act” (“BP 129”), as amended, the core piece of Philippine legislation that guides litigants in determining in which between the Regional Trial Courts (“RTC”) or the Metropolitan Trial Courts/Municipal Trial …
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IRR on EO lifting ban on new mining projects signed

Reposted from Manila Bulletin The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Executive Order (EO) 130 – which lifted the moratorium on new mining projects and the nationwide ban on open-pit mining method – has already been signed by Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu. Read more at: https://mb.com.ph/2021/08/11/irr-of-eo-130-which-lifts-the-ban-on-new-mining-projects-signed/     Image by ilka val …
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BIR issues new VAT rules on exporters

On June 9 2021, the BIR issued RR 9-2021, implementing the imposition of the 12% VAT on transactions previously taxed at zero percent (0%) VAT after having met the conditions provided in the TRAIN Law, which include (1) the successful establishment and implementation of an enhanced VAT refund system that grants refunds of creditable input …
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PJS Law elects new CEO and Managing Partner, welcomes new Partner

PJS Law is pleased to announce the election of Regina Jacinto-Barrientos and Roy Enrico C. Santos as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Partner, respectively. Prior to her election as CEO, Reggie acted as Managing Partner (the leadership post she assumed in 2010) and co-heads the Corporate/M&A practice group of the firm. In 2017, Regina won …
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NPC releases Updated Draft Circular on Administrative Fines

The National Privacy Commission (Commission) has updated its draft Circular on administrative fines following public consultation held earlier this year on the first draft. Under the updated Draft Guidelines, the infractions are now tiered based on the applicable range of fines. The maximum fine for Tier 2 infractions has been lowered to 3% of annual gross …
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NPC extends the validity period of existing Certificates of Registration

The National Privacy Commission (“NPC”) announced that it is suspending the launch of the eRehistro, which is expected to be the NPC’s online registration platform. The launch was originally scheduled in June 2021. As the launch of e-Rehistro is further deferred, the NPC also announced extending the validity periods of all existing Certificates of Registration issued for …
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NPC releases Draft Circular on Administrative Fines

The National Privacy Commission (Commission) has released a draft Circular on administrative fines to be imposed by the Commission for violations of the Data Privacy Act of 2012 (DPA), its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), and other issuances and orders of the Commission. The draft Circular remains subject to comments, suggestions, and opinions from concerned …
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PJS Law wins big in 2021 In-House Counsel award

We are delighted to announce that PJS Law was recognized as Firm of the Year in four (4) major practice areas in a survey recently conducted by The In-House Community Counsels. The firm received the highest citation among Philippine law firms in Alternative Investment Funds (including Private Equity), Anti-Trust/Competition, Energy & Natural Resources, and Projects and …
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