Experience / Expertise:
Alternative Investment Funds (incl. Private Equity)
Anti-Trust / Competition
Aviation
Banking and Finance
Capital Markets
Compliance / Regulatory
Coporate and M&A
Employment
Energy & Natural Resources
Enviromental
Insurance
Intellectual Property
International Arbitration
Life Sciences/Healthcare
Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Maritime & Shipping
Projects and Project Financing (incl. Infrastructure)
Real Estate / Construction
Taxation
Telecommunications, Media and Technology
Restructuring and Insolvency
Applicable Fee Earners
165

Main Practice Areas

Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice; Admiralty and Maritime; Advertising and Mass Media ; Agricultural Law and Agrarian Reform; Anti-Bribery, Corruption and Anti-Money Laundering; Anti-Counterfeiting; Antitrust and Trade Regulation; Appellate Practice; Arbitration and Mediation; Aviation; Banking and Finance; Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation; Business Process Outsourcing; Constitutional Law; Construction; Contracts; Copyright and Related Rights; Corporate; Criminal Law; Elections; Energy; Entertainment and Sports; Environment and Natural Resources; Family and Matrimonial Relations; Government and Legislative Advocacy; Government Contracts and Public Private Partnerships; Immigration and Naturalization; Insurance; International Law; Internet, Technology and Science; Investment, Mergers and Acquisition; Labor and Employment; Licensing and Franchising; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Mining; Passing-Off and Unfair Competition; Patent, Utility Model and Design; Privacy, Cybersecurity and Data Protection; Product Liability and Consumer Protection; Professional Liability and Malpractice; Project Finance; Public Bidding and Procurement; Real Estate ; Securities and Capital Markets; Tariff and Customs; Taxation; Telecommunications; Trademark, Service Mark and Tradename; Transportation; Torts and Damages; Trusts and Estates; White Collar Crime; Wills and Probate; Zoning, Planning and Land Use.

Firm Profile

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) is the country’s premier law firm with a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of legal professionals who possess in-depth knowledge in specialized fields of law, backed by extensive experience of over forty-five years in the practice of law in the Philippines. From a core group of seven lawyers at its inception in 1972, the Firm has grown to a prestigious service organization of 165 lawyers and over 170 non-legal personnel. Its principal offices are in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila. The firm has full service branches in thriving business commercial centers in the Visayas and Mindanao – Cebu City and Davao City.

The Firm has an excellent track record in litigation and dispute resolution, labor and employment law, intellectual property, and in handling diverse, significant and complex business projects and transactions for both local and multinational clients. It has been involved in landmark litigation cases and significant business transactions.

ACCRALAW’s clientele represents the full spectrum of business and industry, and includes local and multinational  corporations and conglomerates, professional organizations and individuals. Servicing the Firm’s clients are seven practice departments and two branches which offer timely, creative and strategic legal solutions matched with cost-efficient administration and expert handling of clients’ requirements.

The Managing Partner of the Firm is Emerico O. De Guzman and its Co-Managing Partner is Ana Lourdes Teresa A. Oracion.

Selected Recognition and Awards

  • 2018 Asian-mena Counsel – In-House Community Most Responsive Firm of the Year, and Firm of the Year for: Anti-Trust/ Competition; Employment/Labor; Litigation and Dispute Resolution; Real Estate/ Construction; Telecommunications, Media & Technology in the Philippines.
  • Asialaw Regional Awards 2019: Firm of the Year; and Client Service Award Philippines
  • Outstanding Firm 2019 – Asialaw Profiles: Capital Markets, Corporate M&A, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment.
  • 2019 Band 1 – Chambers Asia Pacific: Banking & Finance: Capital Markets, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property.
  • 2019 Top-Tier Firm The Legal 500 Asia Pacific: Capital Markets, Corporate & M&A, Dispute Resolution, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Labour & Employment, Law Firms in Cebu, Law Firms in Davao, Real Estate & Construction, Shipping, Aviation.

 

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW)

Address: 22/F-26/F, ACCRALAW TOWER,  2nd Avenue corner 30th Street, Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, 1635 Taguig, Metro Manila, PHILIPPINES

Tel: (632) 830 8000

Fax: (632) 403 7007, (632) 403 7009

Email: accra@accralaw.com

Website: www.accralaw.com

Contact: Atty. Emerico O. De Guzman, Managing Partner

Number of Employees: Lawyers 165, Non-Legal Staff over 170

Offices in the Philippines: Manila, Cebu City, Davao City

Year Established: 1972

Languages Spoken: English, Filipino, Spanish, French, Mandarin

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