Philippine Competition Act Briefing for PLDT and Smart

April 19, 2017

SyCipLaw partners Emmanuel M. Lombos, Arlene M. Maneja and Franco Aristotle G. Larcina conducted a briefing regarding the Philippine Competition Act for PLDT Inc., and its subsidiary, Smart Communications, Inc. on March 24, 2017. The briefing was attended by members of PLDT’s and Smart’s marketing, sales, finance, legal, regulatory and supply chain management teams. PLDT’s Legal Services Center hosted the briefing, which was jointly conducted by SyCipLaw’s litigation and competition lawyers, and is part of PLDT’s and Smart’s broader initiative to build a strong culture of compliance through policies, training and counselling.

Since the enactment of the Philippine Competition Act, SyCipLaw has been helping clients establish compliance programs that are tailor-made for their unique circumstances, including developing formal competition compliance policies, conducting audits of existing business arrangements and agreements and training officers and employees to deal with competition-related issues that may affect their businesses, including preparing for and reacting to investigations and requests for information.

Emmanuel M. Lombos specializes in dispute resolution, including commercial arbitration. He has extensively argued precedent-setting cases involving major multinational corporations before the Philippine Supreme Court and has been repeatedly named as one of Asia’s and the Philippines’ leading litigators.

Arlene M. Maneja specializes in investments, public-private partnerships (PPPs), infrastructure, power, renewable energy and competition law. She regularly advises clients regarding competition law compliance and is extensively involved in merger clearance filings with the Philippine Competition Commission.

Franco Aristotle G. Larcina specializes in investments and M&As, particularly in industries with FDI and nationality restrictions and in listed and public corporations. His other work focus is arbitration and dispute resolution for commercial transactions. He has expertise in merger and competition law, securities regulations, and telecommunications, media, and technology.