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A capital market-friendly insolvency law

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On Oct. 22, 2013, the Financial Rehabilitation (FR) rules of procedure went into effect.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Developing the local bond market

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Last Tuesday at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, the law firm of Latham & Watkins sponsored a conference on the Philippine bond market. The theme of the conference was “Gaining the Edge: How Leading Philippine Companies Are Using Bonds to Their Advantage.”

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Developing the municipal bond market

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Municipal bonds, more popularly known as “munis” abroad, are debt obligations issued by states, cities, municipalities, state enterprises and other government entities below the national level.

Posted: March 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Insider trading: ‘Not generally available to the public’

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Our Securities Regulation Code (SRC) penalizes insider trading by providing that “[i]t shall be unlawful for an insider to sell or buy a security of the issuer, while in possession of material information with respect to the issuer or the security that is not generally available to the public” (Sec. 27.1).

Posted: February 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Hypnotically refreshed testimony

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One of the finer points in the law on evidence is whether a defendant in a criminal case can present hypnotically refreshed testimony as part of his defense.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Asean economic integration as a game-changer

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On Jan. 15, 2014, Ms. Teresita Sy-Coson of the SM group of companies was the keynote speaker in the induction ceremonies of the new trustees and officers of the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (Finex), led by my friend and fellow avid Blue Eagles fan, president-elect Edmundo Soriano.

Posted: January 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Throw the book at the Don Mariano group

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Recently, we witnessed a tragedy when a Don Mariano passenger bus fell off the Skyway in Parañaque City and crashed onto a van plying the service road beneath. The tragedy caused injuries to 21 persons and claimed 18 lives.   As I watched the news, I could just imagine how difficult it was for the [...]

Posted: January 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Taxpayers beware!

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By any standard, the tax problem of boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is the most popular tax case in the recent past. Not only does it involve a “National Treasure” (Pambansang Kamao); it also leaves people speculating on the timing of the freezing of Pacquiao’s assets, which was done virtually on the eve of his fight against Brandon Rios on Nov. 24.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Pari delicto doctrine and insider trading

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In my Oct. 31 column, I wrote about a Supreme Court case that used the pari delicto doctrine to prevent a broker from recovering the unpaid purchase price of stock market trades, which it made for a client in violation of the mandatory closeout rule under the Revised Securities Act (Abacus Securities Corp. vs. Ampil [483 SCRA 315, 27 February 2006]).

Posted: November 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Big leap for PH in Ease of Doing Business rankings

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Upon the request of the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), I presented the Philippine paper during the 3rd Apec International Conference on Enforcing Contracts in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 29-31, 2013.

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

In pari delicto defense in securities transactions

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Under the in pari delicto principle, public policy dictates that parties who both transgress the law should not be permitted to profit from their wrongdoing. Pursuant to this doctrine, the courts leave the erring parties where they are and do not allow them to recover damages from each other, in order to render the statute effective and to accomplish its objectives.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Suspension of senators involved in PDAF scam

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On Sept. 13, 2013, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) stirred the proverbial hornet’s nest when it filed plunder charges against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla Jr. with the Office of the Ombudsman in connection with the alleged misuse of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) by Janet Napoles.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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