Notary of Documents for use in the United States

May 15, 2019

May 14, 2019 was significant concerning the Philippine history because it was the day when the Philippines officially becomes a party to the Apostille Convention. This means that the Department of Foreign Affairs will no longer issue certificates of authentication (popularly known as “red ribbon”) for all Philippine documents to be used in a Country like the United States who is a member of the Apostille Convention.

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Only one person is required to form a corporation in the Philippines

January 30, 2019

The enrolled copies of Senate Bill No. 1280 and House Bill No. 8374 (An Act Amending the Corporation Code of the Philippines) were already submitted on January 28, 2019 to the Presidential Legislative Liason Office for signature of President Rodrigo Duterte. I am expecting that this new corporation code will be signed into law in the next few days.

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Updates on Doing Business in the Philippines

November 7, 2018

President Rodrigo R. Duterte recently signed Executive Order No. 65 promulgating the 11th Regular Foreign Investment Negative List (RFINL). Under EO No. 65, certain businesses where foreign investors are used to be forbidden to own completely are now allowed 100% foreign ownership in such businesses.

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Guzman Acain co-founding partner is a judge of the 3rd Annual ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018

October 26, 2018

Alex Llanes Acain Jr., who is the Co-Founding partner of Guzman Acain was chosen by Thomson Reuters as one of the distingusihed panel of judges in the 3rd Annual ALB Philippine Law awards 2018. The awarding ceremony will be held tonight, October 26, 2018, 6:30pm at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

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Periods for Lifting Blacklist

October 15, 2018

This clarifies the period  and policy for lifting a person’s name in the blacklist.  The periods clearly distinguish the gravity of violation and certain time frames corresponding to the immigration violation and these are required to lapse prior to giving due course to the Petitions or Request Letters to lift entries in the immigration blacklist.

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How to lift your name in the Philippine immigration blacklist?

October 14, 2018

There are foreign nationals, by reason of the gravity of their cases, are not qualified for lifting of their names in the blacklist at the level of the Bureau of Immigration Commissioner. These are foreign nationals who have been blacklisted by reason of their involvement in subversive activities; conviction of a crime involving prohibited drugs and those who are Registered Sex Offenders. These cases require special approval by the Secretary of Justice to lift their names in the blacklist.

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GTALAW wins patent case against Pfizer for client Sel-J Pharmaceuticals

March 23, 2009

Sel-J Pharmaceuticals’ Ampicillin Sulbactam (with brand name Unasan) wins the patent case filed against them by Pfizer, owner of the leading innovator brand Unasyn. The case, initially filed by Pfizer in October 2008, alleges that Unasan infringes their patent for Unasyn.

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