Becoming a top legal adviser requires firms to go beyond giving solid legal advice and ensure timely completion of tasks. Asia Business Law Journal names the top firms in the Philippines for 2018. We have identified four winners in taxation area as follows

 

Baniqued Layug & Bello is acclaimed to be among the top taxation firms in the country – both clients and other law firms consider them to be among the best in the business. The 20-year-old firm founded by managing partner Carlos G Baniqued has 15 lawyers and is primarily focused on taxation. Its client list includes some of the biggest domestic and international companies.

Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo (SLB) is a taxation-focused law firm with nearly 40 lawyers, which has earned the respect of its peers. Managing partner Serafin U Salvador Jr was previously the head of taxation at SGV & Co. The firm was formerly a member firm of Arthur Andersen, and is currently a practice member of EY.

SLB is also the first law firm in the Philippines to have a dedicated transfer pricing team. Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra is a full-service law firm that has created a name for its taxation practice, along with other practice areas such as banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency, and capital markets. The firm has about 25 lawyers, led by managing partner Mark S Gorriceta.

 


THE JUDGING PROCESS

The winners of Asia Business Law Journal’s Philippines Law Firm Awards were selected based on votes, references and qualitative information received from in-house counsel and other legal professionals in the Philippines and around the world.

A voting form was posted on our website and thousands of in-house counsel, lawyers at international law firms and other Philippines-focused professionals were invited to vote. At the same time, Philippine law firms were asked to make submissions in support of their candidacy for awards. These submissions, combined with research by Asia Business Law Journal’s editorial team, played a supporting role in the judging process.

All Philippines law firms were automatically eligible for inclusion in the awards process. As always, there were no entry fees or any other requirements for entry. Read the full list of The Philippines Law Firm Awards 2018 here