Firm profile submitted by Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International
Managing Partner: Ramon J Quisumbing
Number of lawyers in the Philippines: 56 (including partners)
Languages: English, Filipino
Quisumbing Torres (QT) is the member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world. For more than five decades, QT has helped top multinational and domestic companies drive their growth in the country. The firm provides global reach with deep local roots, seamlessly delivering exceptional and effective legal advice and assistance to clients across borders.
Each QT partner specialises in a practice area and focuses on a specific industry group:
■ Consumer Goods & Retail
■ Energy, Mining & Infrastructure
■ Financial Institutions
■ Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation
■ Technology, Media & Telecommunications
Main Areas Of Practice:
Banking & Finance:
QT helps clients efficiently navigate between risk and reward in structuring and executing transactions. The firm handles project development and financing, asset and balance sheet financing, finance lease, security creation, securitisation, insurance regulatory and bancassurance matters.
Corporate & Commercial:
QT’s corporate and commercial team has extensive capability in cross-border transactions and multijurisdictional work, involving complex M&A, capital restructuring, establishment of joint ventures, divestitures and other types of reorganisations. The team is experienced in preparing and negotiating a broad range of commercial agreements and has lawyers with in-depth knowledge in major industries.
The group’s focus areas include: M&A, private equity, competition and antitrust compliance, capital markets, real estate, hotels, resorts and tourism, infrastructure, energy and utilities, mining and metals and natural resources, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, trade and commerce.
QT provides strategic and practical counsel and legal assistance in all forms of dispute resolution, from negotiation and mediation to arbitration and commercial, civil, criminal and administrative litigation. The firm represents both foreign and domestic clients on some of the biggest commercial disputes and landmark cases in the Philippines, involving various types of disputes including those concerning commercial, construction, energy, tort, customs, environment, product liability, tax and regulatory issues.
QT represents international and domestic companies in various industries, such as, BPO, IT and telecommunications, financial services, pharmaceuticals and healthcare, and manufacturing. The team provides advice on collective bargaining agreements, discrimination and sexual harassment, trade union recognition procedures, executive termination and employment litigation, among other general employment matters.
QT provides legal services, advice and representation to clients on all aspects of Philippine immigration, including obtaining all kinds of visas and immigration permits for expatriates. The team works closely with the Philippine Bureau of Immigration, Department of Justice, Department of Labour and Employment, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Board of Investments, Philippine Retirement Authority and other relevant government agencies.
QT offers seamless service on a range of IP matters, from counselling on registrability, conducting trade mark and patent searches, IP, copyright and domain name registration and maintenance, to IP commercialisation, protection and enforcement, including customs recordation and border control actions. The firm delivers proficient advice in specific areas of intellectual property law, such as licensing and franchising, technology transfer, IP prosecution, IP litigation and enforcement actions, as well as data privacy and cybercrime.
QT’s seasoned tax professionals deliver tax and customs advocacy services in the BPO, information technology, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and mining industries. With longstanding professional relationships with government agencies, the firm provides remedies to help clients resolve tax and customs controversies before the relevant tax authorities.