Full Service Law Firm in Manila, Philippines
Law Firm OverviewDe Borja Lamorena and Duano Philippines Lawyers and Attorneys offer comprehensive legal services in Manila, Philippines. Having more than 40 years combined experience in active law practice in the Philippines, the firm had its beginnings in 1990 when Attorney Frederick M. de Borja opened his private law practice. Shortly thereafter, he was joined by Attorney Crispiniano R. Lamorena, a classmate at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, who brought in his expertise in banking, housing and land use law.
Ever sensitive to the needs of their clients, the partners saw the potential of meeting the legal needs of Filipino immigrants as they pertain to Philippine law. This has since expanded to an international list of clients in the United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, Russia, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, France, Germany, Italy, China, the rest of Asia, among others.
The firm presently maintains an affiliate presence in San Diego, California and plans are underway to soon extend this to the U.S. East Coast.
Year this Office was Established: 1990
Languages: Pilipino, Spanish, Chinese, English.
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Annulment of Marriage; Business Registration in the Philippines.
Areas of Law Description
Our practice includes:
- Philippine Annulment/Philippine Divorce
The partners of the firm engaged in litigation practice have been trying annulment cases since this was allowed in 1988 and have seen the law and the practice evolve to now include issues on:
custody (local and under the Hague Convention)
spousal support, even if the non-supportive spouse is already a resident of another country
division of property
determination of the presumptive legitimes of the children under very complicated marital property regimes
recognition of a foreign divorce
application of principles of private international law in cases involving dissolution of marriages
The Family Law department has been in the forefront of pioneering litigation involving complicated issues on Adoption Law, such as the efforts to convince foreign jurisdictions to recognize the bona fides of local adoptions for purposes of applying for a dependents visa for the subject child under the auspices of the Hague Convention, seeking exceptions to such requirements as residency of the adopters, relation, prior criminal record of both the adopter (foreigner or Filipino) and the natural parents (on the issue of whether or not consent would be necessary).
- Business & Corporate Law
The firms corporate department handles all types of applications before the Securities and Exchange Commission and other related administrative bodies such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Board of Investments. It has been involved in special corporate projects involving:
mergers and acquisitions
initial public offerings
It has executed due diligence exercises for companies for a variety of corporate purposes, usually in tandem with well-known foreign law firms and investment bankers.
- Child Custody & Support
The firm has a wide range of experience in international child custody and support. It has had the fortune of having been engaged in cases involving the selective application of the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspect of International Child Abduction in multi-state and multi nationality situations, involving either the Philippines as the country of destination or a Filipino national as the abductor or the child involved. These cases have presented complicated conflicts of laws issues which remain to be gray areas in Philippine Family Law, especially considering the abiding refusal of the Philippines to accede to the Hague Convention.
- Intellectual Property Law
The firm has a reputable and service quality-oriented Intellectual Property Practice Group adept in all facets of this multi-disciplinary field of specialization, inclusive of the following:
Trademark Registration and Maintenance
Handling of Cases and Administrative Proceedings before the Philippine Intellectual Property Office and other government agencies
Patent Registration of Inventions
Utility Models and Industrial Designs
imposition of Tariffs
General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and other Regional and International Trade agreements and treaties
Plant Variety Registration and Protection
Registration and Protection of Domain Names inclusive of implementation of Privacy and Security Protocols
E-commerce Fraud Detection
Regulatory and Tax Neutrality Issues, including Third Party Processing (TPP) and Merchant Solutions Performance and Fraud Monitoring through established online institutional gateways
Protection of Commercial and Trade Secrets
Implementation of Security Protocols
Food and Drug Laws Licensing and Regulations
Program Implementation of Legislation and Regulations on Anti-Piracy and Counterfeiting
Licensing, Franchising and Technology Transfer
Protection, Enforcement, and Security Issues on Information Technology and Telecommunications
Product and Service Standardization (Bureau of Product Standards, Department of Trade and Industry; ISO)
Systems Audit and Monitoring (Internal, Co-external, Industry-wide)
Local, International, and Industry Based Alternative Dispute Resolution and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards
- Labor & Employment Law
Given its founding partners specialization in Labor and Employment Law, the firm is particularly proud of its involvement and expertise in almost every facet thereof, from Labor Standards issues such as compensation and benefits restructuring in mergers and acquisitions to all aspects of Labor Relations from organization, training, and hiring of labor components to avert labor disputes, certification elections, intra- and inter union disputes, collective bargaining negotiations, formulation, and CBA administration, grievance machinery procedures, strikes and lockouts, and employee relations.
The firms litigation practice covers all courts, trial and appellate, and quasi-judicial agencies in highly specialized areas such as: securities, energy regulations, construction, enforcement of intellectual property rights, housing, land use and zoning, municipal and local taxation, national internal revenue litigation, insurance (life and non-life), telecommunications, international trade regulations, shipping/maritime, aviation law, asset recovery, labor relations, employment disputes and litigation involving all types of commercial transactions.
- Philippine Immigration Law
Issuance of all types of visas for the Philippines, including resident visas, special immigration visas, investor's visas, removal from the immigration blacklist or hold departure orders, and other areas of immigration law in the Philippines.
Mr. Frederick M. De Borja
Admiralty and Maritime, Adoption, Appellate Practice, Business Law, Child Support
Mr. Voltaire T. Duano
Administrative Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Employment
Mr. Emmanuel S. Galvez
Copyright, Corporate Law, Education Law, Intellectual Property, International Investments
Mr. Crispiniano R. Lamorena, Jr.
Banking Law, Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Land Use and Zoning, Litigation
- Integrated Bar of the Philippines
- Philippine Association of Voluntary Arbitrators
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