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Tax Updates October 2020: SyCipLaw Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) Vol. 4
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, November 2020

The SyCipLaw T.I.P.S. for October cover the following tax issues: 1. When the taxpayer cannot be located, what are the options available to a Revenue Officer in serving an electronic Letter of Authority?  2. Is the sale, barter, exchange or other disposition through Initial Public Offering of shares of stock in closely held corporations subject to tax? 3...

Guidelines on the Implementation of the Hague Service Convention in the Philippines
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

This is an overview of Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 251-2020 (Guidelines on the Implementation in the Philippines of the Hague Service Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters)1 (the Hague Service Convention Guidelines). The guidelines became effective on October 1, 2020.2 A...

BSP Issues Rules on the Implementation of the One-Time 60-Day Grace Period on Loans
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) has issued Memorandum No. M-2020-0741 (Implementing Rules and Regulations and Frequently Asked Questions on Section 4(uu) of the R.A. No. 11494 or the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)) to guide BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFIs) on the implementation of the one-time 60-day grace period granted to debtors under Bayanihan 2 for loan payments falling due by December 31, 2020...

Philippine Legislation in the Pipeline: Can Local Authorities Regulate the “Internet”?
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

The electronic commerce industry is expected to expand by five to seven percent in the coming years while the streaming services business is also expected to exponentially grow, with more and more Filipinos opting to do their transactions online, as well as accessing Internet-based content and entertainment. Philippine authorities are inevitably focusing their regulatory gaze on these enterprises.  A...

PCC Issues Rules Implementing Section 4(eee) of Bayanihan 2 on the Transaction Value Threshold for the Exemption from Compulsory Notification
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has issued the rules for the implementation of Section 4(eee) of Republic Act No. 11494, the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)1 on October 5, 2020 and these rules (PCC Rules on Bayanihan 2) 2 were published, and thus became effective, from the same date...

SEC Issues Rules on Corporate Debt Vehicles
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

 The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued Memorandum Circular No. 23, Series of 2020 (CDV Circular), dated August 18, 2020, which provides a regulatory framework for the creation and operation of Corporate Debt Vehicles (CDV). The circular aims to alleviate the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on large corporations and medium-sized enterprises by giving them another mode of raising capital through the intermediation of a mutual fund. 1...

PCC Issues Rules Implementing Section 4(eee) of Bayanihan 2 on the Transaction Value Threshold for the Exemption from Compulsory Notification
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2020

 The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) has issued the rules for the implementation of Section 4(eee) of Republic Act No. 11494, the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2)1 on October 5, 2020 and these rules (PCC Rules on Bayanihan 2)2 were published, and thus became effective, from the same date...

Rules Implementing the Criminal Provisions of the Philippine Competition Act
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

 This briefing provides an overview of the salient points of Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Circular No. 016 (Rules Implementing the Criminal Provisions of Republic Act No. 10667, Otherwise Known As the Philippine Competition Act)1 (“PCA Rules on Criminal Provisions”). A...

SyCipLaw Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (TIPS) Vol. 3 - September 2020
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

SyCipLaw TIP 1: Based on reports, the BIR is considering applying a minimum threshold on who will be required to submit BIR Form No. 1709. The threshold may be based on the assets or revenue of the entity or the size of the transaction, or both. However, until the BIR issues the relevant circular, a taxpayer entering into transactions with related parties must ensure that it complies with the requirements under RR No...

Bayanihan 2 Increases the Compulsory Merger Notification Threshold to Php50 Billion and Suspends the PCC’s Power to Review Non-Notifiable Transactions motu proprio
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

 On September 11, 2020, the Philippine President signed into law Republic Act No. 11494, otherwise known as the “Bayanihan to Recover as One Act” (Bayanihan 2). It is intended to, among other things, accelerate the recovery of the Philippine economy from the downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bayanihan 2 will become effective immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of general circulation or in the Official Gazette...

PSE Increases to 20% the Minimum Public Ownership Requirement for Initial and Backdoor Listings
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2020

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) has issued Memorandum Circular 2020-00761 on August 3, 2020 and this sets out the Guidelines on Minimum Public Ownership Requirement for Initial and Backdoor Listings (2020 MPO Guidelines)...

Supreme Court Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of August 2020 Paper Documents
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on Supreme Court Administrative Matter No. 20-07-04-SC (2020 Interim Rules on Remote Notarization of Paper Documents) dated July 14, 20201 (“RON Rules”), a COVID-19 related issuance. In general, signatories of documents to be notarized have to appear before the notary generally at the latter’s place of business...

Client Bulletin No. 32 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent IPOPHL and BIR Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

 This is a briefing on the following matters (covered by COVID-19 related issuances as of August 14, 2020): A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends the Deadlines for Payments and Submission of Replies/Documents Due for the Period July 20 to August 18, 2020 B...

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Payment System Oversight Framework
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP, the Central Bank of the Philippines) issued on July 7, 2020, Circular No. 1089, which sets out the Payment System Oversight Framework (Oversight Framework). This is in line with the BSP’s mandate under Republic Act No. 11127 (National Payment Systems Act) to ensure a safe, efficient, and reliable national payment system through an effective regulatory and governance framework...

Client Bulletin No. 30 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Metro Manila under MECQ again from August 4 to 18
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of August 3, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Metro Manila will be under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) again from August 4 to 18B. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends until August 10, 2020 the Deadline for Filings and Payments Due for the Period of July 20 to August 7, 2020A...

Corporate Services Department Client Bulletin: Recent SEC Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing of the latest COVID-19 related issuances of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) as of 8 July 2020: A.1. Filing of General Information Sheet (“GIS”) and Audited Financial Statements (“AFS”) A.2. Extension of Deadline for Filing of AFS of Corporations within the Jurisdiction of SEC Cebu Extension Office B...

Client Bulletin No. 29 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): GCQ over Metro Manila Again Extended until August 15, 2020
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of August 1, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over Metro Manila Again Extended until August 15, 2020 B. Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Allows More Business Establishments to Operate During GCQ from August 1, 2020   A...

Insurance Commission Invites InsurTech Enterprises to Play in Regulatory Sandbox
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

The Insurance Commission (“IC”) of the Philippines has issued a circular letter dated June 14, 2020 on the adoption of a regulatory sandbox framework for the experimentation and testing of insurance technology innovations (IC Circular Letter No. 2020-73 (“ICL 2020-73”): “Guidelines on the Adoption of a Regulatory Sandbox Framework for Insurance Technology (InsurTech) Innovations).” The full text of Circular Letter No...

Client Bulletin No. 28 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent IPOPHL, SEC, BSP Issuances
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of July 29, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Further Extends until August 4 the Deadline for Filings and Payments Due for the Period of July 20-30, 2020 B. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Discourages Physical Filing of Mandatory Disclosure Form (MDF) which is Due on July 31, 2020 C...

Construction Industry Arbitration Commission ("CIAC") Guidelines on the Conduct of On-Line or Virtual Proceedings for CIAC Cases
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the CIAC Memorandum Circular No. 01-2020 dated June 10, 2020,1 a COVID-19 related issuance. A. Authority to Hold Virtual Proceedings B. No Change in the Deadline for the Issuance of Final Awards C. In-Person Proceedings D. Conduct of Virtual Proceedings ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________ CIAC’s Memorandum Circular No...

Client Bulletin No. 27 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): Recent Issuances by the IPOPHL and the BIR
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of July 22, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. Intellectual Property Office (IPOPHL) Suspends Services at its Main Office from July 20 to 27, and Extends Deadlines B. BIR Amends Reportorial Requirements of Banks and Other Lenders that Granted a Grace Period on Loans that were due during the Enhanced Community Quarantine C. New Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Form for Related Party Transactions   A...

Client Bulletin No. 26 (Updates on COVID-19 related PH Issuances): GCQ over Metro Manila is Further Extended until July 31, 2020
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2020

This is a briefing on the issuances as of July 16, 2020 on the following matters in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic: A. General Community Quarantine (GCQ) over Metro Manila is Further Extended until July 31, 2020 B. Recent Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Issuances and Notices B.1. SEC Main Office Closed until July 26, 2020 B.2. SEC Notice to all Non-stock Corporations on the New Deadline for the Online Filing or Submission of the Mandatory Disclosure Form (MDF) B.3...

Philippine Legislation in the Pipeline: Can They "De-contract" the Economy?
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2020

Analysts predict that the Philippine economy may contract by as high as 9% in the second quarter of 2020...

SyCipLaw's Doing Business in the Philippines: A General Guide (2020 Update)
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2020

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s (SyCipLaw) publication about the general guidelines in doing business in the Philippines has been updated. It aims to showcase the Philippines as an attractive venue for business ventures, to guide the businessmen and lawyers alike in their business decision making, and to help investors restart the Philippine economy in connection with the lifting of certain COVID-19-related quarantine restrictions...

Metro Manila under GCQ from June 1; Courts Nationwide Resume Full Operations on June 1
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2020

Metro Manila, Regions II, III, and IV-A, and the provinces of Pangasinan and Albay (which are currently under [MECQ]) will be placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) from June 1. This is based on the announcement made on May 28, 2020 by the President. Many other areas of the country which are now under GCQ will transition to Modified General Community Quarantine starting June 1...

 

 

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