Kapihan sa SyCip: An Overview of the Philippine Competition Act

October 6, 2015


SyCipLaw’s Special Projects and Litigation Departments hosted a seminar on the new Philippine Competition Act entitled Kapihan sa SyCip: “Do You Have Trust Issues: An Overview of the Philippine Competition Act” last August 26, 2015 at the 17th Flr of the SyCipLaw Center. The session was designed to focus on the new competition law that was recently enacted which defines, prohibits and penalizes anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive mergers and acquisitions. A total of 42 top executives and in-house legal counsel attended the session.

SyCipLaw Partner Arlene M. Maneja opened the session with an overview of the Philippine Competition Law and discussed anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, anti-competitive mergers, and the reliefs available under the law. Asian Institute of Management (AIM) Professor Richard L. Cruz talked about relevant markets, anti-competitive agreements or conduct, and dominant position. Emmanuel M. Lombos, the firm’s most senior litigation lawyer, discussed the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) proceedings, and court actions and remedies against the PCC. At the panel discussion following the lectures, Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes, who heads the firm’s Special Projects Department, and Ronald U. Mendoza, who heads AIM’s Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness, joined the speakers and shared their insights on the importance of balancing competition with industrialization goals, among other issues and concerns.

The seminar on the Philippine Competition Act is part of SyCipLaw’s Kapihan series, sessions for experts and stakeholders to discuss the most recent legal issues and developments, in line with the firm’s SyCipLaw’s 70th year anniversary.