Litigation and Arbitration

Poblador Bautista & Reyes is one of the Philippines’ top litigation firms. (Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2008/2009)

PBR’s primary strength is in civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation.  Our civil, administrative and commercial litigation practice covers contracts, torts and damages, commercial debt collection, product liability, corporate rehabilitation and insolvency, intellectual property enforcement, real estate transactional and title disputes and construction.

We work in teams to minimize our client’s costs as well as the overall period in handling the disputes. We advise our clients on the most efficient and appropriate solution to their claims, either by pursuing or defending litigation or other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, like arbitration and mediation.

Our practice areas include the following:

Real Estate Litigation

PBR is recognized for its expertise in the field of real estate litigation involving title disputes, deed restrictions, environmental impact regulations and zoning.  Our clients include the leading real estate developers in the country.  We handle land registration and title cancellation proceedings, and assist our clients in the procurement of approvals, licenses and permits for their real estate development projects as subdivisions, condominiums and resorts.  As an auxiliary and preparatory component of our litigation services, we undertake land banking audits and investigations for our clients.

Contact Persons

Alexander J.  Poblador
Gilbert Raymund T. Reyes
Dino Vivencio A. Tamayo
Nick Emmanuel T. Villaluz

Civil and Criminal Litigation

PBR handles a gamut of civil and criminal cases. We handle breach of contract and tort and personal injury and damage claims.  We also assist clients in enforcing performance of the obligations of the other party to their contract.

PBR represents clients’ directors and officers in criminal actions arising from commercial transactions.  We also defend clients in actions arising from their public service. We give assistance to clients who are called to congressional or senate committee hearings.

Contact Persons

Alexander J.  Poblador
Mario Luza Bautista
Dino Vivencio A. Tamayo
Luis Martin S. Clemente

Commercial Litigation

PBR has a strong tax and commercial litigation practice. We successfully defend our clients’ cases against national or local tax assessments. We also prosecute claims for tax refunds.

PBR also represent clients in a number of inter/intra-corporate disputes. We have successfully represented our clients’ directors and officers in criminal actions arising from commercial transactions. We have successfully defended a client in a consumer claims case involving billions of pesos.  PBR also represents clients in pursuing or defending insurance claims.

Contact Persons

Alexander J. Poblador
Mario Luza Bautista
Dino Vivencio A. Tamayo

Alternative Dispute Resolution

PBR is heavily involved in various modes of alternative dispute resolution.  We have successfully represented numerous clients in international and local arbitration proceedings.  PBR has successfully represented a utility concessionaire in its rates disputes with a government agency.

Contact Persons

Alexander J. Poblador
Jose Antonio J. Hernandez

Insolvency and Rehabilitation

PBR has handled some of the biggest cases on suspension of payments and rehabilitation. We assist our clients in drafting their rehabilitation plans and successfully secure the court’s approval for its implementation.  We act for and advise directors and shareholders of insolvent companies, as well as liquidators, receivers, managers and creditors on corporate restructuring programs, related litigation issues and matters concerning the liabilities of directors of insolvent companies.

Contact Persons

Mario Luza Bautista
Gilbert Raymund T. Reyes
Dino Vivencio A. Tamayo

Family Law

PBR renders advice on and represents clients in cases involving annulment and legal separation, adoption and support, child custody and paternity and filiation recognition. We also handle probate of wills and judicial settlement of estates.

Contact Persons

Alexander J.  Poblador
Mario Luza Bautista
Deogracias G. Fellone
Brigitte da Costa-Villaluz