Services

TIONGCO SIAO BELLO & ASSOCIATES serves a diverse range of clients from the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, the United States, and other countries.

RETAINER

The firm encourages all its clients to become general retainer clients and thereby maintain a continuing relationship with the Firm. This agreement embodies the Firm’s commitment to serve as the client’s external legal counsel and to make available to the client the services of the Firm’s lawyers through its various practice departments. It stipulates a fixed monthly retainer fee.

The services covered by the General Retainer Agreement include the following:

Consultation and advice
Attendance at meetings with the clients and third parties
Rendering of opinions
Preparation of simple contracts and legal documents
Preparation of and sending of demand letters
Other legal activities required in the ordinary course of the client’s business.

TIONGCO SIAO BELLO & ASSOCIATES also offers ancilliary Corporate Secretarial Services to its retainer clients. These services include the recording of all meetings of the Board of Directors and stockholders, keeping of the record books required by law, and preparations of the reports required by law of a Corporate Secretary or the Corporation’s By-laws.

CORPORATE

Establishment of Business Enterprises.
Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings.
Proxy Contests, Intracorporate Disputes and Takeovers.
Banking and Finance.
Securities.
Privatization and BOT Projects
Restructuring and Rehabilitation.
Disposition and Management of Non-Performing Loans and Assets
Power Projects
Legislative and Regulatory Work

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patent and trademark search to determine eligibility of inventions, utility models and industrial designs, tradenames, trademarks, and service marks for patenting or registration
Filing and prosecution of patent, trademark, and copyright applications
Preparation and recording of assignments, licensing agreements, franchise agreements, and technology transfer agreements involving patents, trademarks and copyright registrations
Handling of opposition and cancellation proceedings before the IPOPHIL
Prosecution of infringement and unfair competition suits before the regular courts and administrative agencies
Recordation of IPR with the Bureau of Customs (BOC) to prevent the importation of counterfeit goods and products which infringe trademark and patent rights, as well as pirated copies of works covered by copyrights
Registration of business names with the Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP)
Registration of products/brands with the Bureau of Foods and Drugs (BFAD) and the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI).

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT

Dismissal and suspension of employees
Money claims
Strikes and lockouts
Negotiations for collective bargaining agreements
Petitions for certification elections
Unfair labor practices
Grievance and labor arbitration
Labor-related civil and criminal cases
Labor standards and employee benefits
Social security
Overseas employment
Labor aspect of corporate acquisition or spin-offs
Assistance in the design and/or implementation of rightsizing or manpower reduction programs.

LITIGATION

Corporate law – intracorporate disputes, derivative suits, proxy fights and corporate takeovers, suspension of payments, insolvency and rehabilitation proceedings, appointments of receivers or creation of management committees, and other suits filed involving the Corporation Code, PD No. 902-A and the Securities Regulation Code
Contract law – actions for specific performance or rescission of contracts, with claims for consenquential and other damages
Commercial arbitration – arbitration of construction and commercial disputes before the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission and other domestic and international arbitration tribunals
International transactions – actions to enforce foreign judgments in the Philippines, disputes involving power and infrastructure projects on build-operate-and-transfer and other schemes
Maritime and admiralty – actions involving claims for death or injury of passengers and loss or damage to cargo and property, collisions and other maritime accidents
Insurance – actions involving claims on life and non-life insurance
Banking/banking fraud – collection suits, actions involving forged or falsified instruments and violations of loan, trust or escrow agreements
Public utilities – matters pertaining to telecommunications, land, air, and water transportation, applications for certificates of public convenience, actions for breach of contracts of carriage, and injunction cases involving discontinuance of services for violations of service contracts or non-payment of utility bills
Negligence – actions for damage arising from quasi-delicts and torts
Product liability – claims for damages involving defective or adulterated goods, and suits under the Consumer Act of the Philippines
Real estate conveyances, mortgages and leases – foreclosures of mortgages, unlawful detainer cases, and disputes involving land ownership, transfer, possession or use
Criminal law – prosecution of criminal charges as private prosecutor or counsel for the defense
Estate proceedings and probate of wills.

TAXATION

General counseling on national and local taxation.
Estate planning.
Conduct of tax compliance audits.
Tax advice on joint ventures, corporate restructuring, reorganization, mergers,
and acquisitions.
Tax advice on employee benefits (pension, retirement, stock option plans).
Tax treaty implications/applications.
Administrative protests and claims for refund.
Tax litigation.
Customs laws.
Anti-dumping law