Carina C. Laforteza

Ms. Laforteza is a lawyer and a certified public accountant with extensive tax and corporate practice. Her tax work ranges from tax structuring (including how investments are to be made into the Philippines and estate tax planning) to tax compliance (including assisting clients in audits by the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue) to tax litigation (including petitions questioning the legality of revenue issuances) and tax-related arbitration. She was part of the team that assisted the Republic in defending its excise taxation on distilled spirits before the World Trade Organization.

In addition to tax work, Ms. Laforteza does mergers, acquisitions and divestments. She has advised clients in the advertising, food manufacturing, mass media, telecommunications, money remittance and gaming industries. She assisted Coca Cola FEMSA (KOF) in the acquisition of Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc., KOF’s first investment in Asia. She has, in the past, done infrastructure and power projects.

Ms. Laforteza has been a professorial lecturer in taxation at the University of the Philippines since 2009. Before going into law, she worked as an auditor in a major accounting firm.

She placed third in the bar and second in the certified public accountancy board examinations.

Admission to the Bar

1993, Philippines


University of the Philippines (B.S.B.A.A., cum laude; LL.B., cum laude and class valedictorian)


Edits the Tax Chapter of Doing Business in Asia.

Professional Activities

Tax Management Association of the Philippines

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