Doing Business in the Philippines

Breakfast Talk
Asia, Banking & Finance, Tax and Legal
Date and Time: 
27 Apr 2017
08:15 to 10:30
Mercure Singapore Bugis, Level 2, Queen II & III, 122 Middle Road, Singapore 188973
Registration Dates: 
21 Mar 2017
26 Apr 2017

Please note that this event is fully booked.

The Philippines which occupies a strategic geographical location, acting as a potential gateway for investors to the Asian market, is currently one of the most dynamic economies in the East Asia region. Growth has been robust in the past five years, registering an average 6.2 percent from 2010-2015, significantly higher than average 4.5 percent annual growth in 2000-2009.


The new administration has reassured businesses and investors by continuing existing macroeconomic policies while reforming the tax collection system.


In 2017, the economy is expected to remain vigorous with household consumption, which should continue to be the main driver. Investment is still on the right path following the new government’s plan to dedicate 5% of its federal budget allocation to infrastructure development through public/private partnership.


Presented by three eminent speakers, experts of the Filipino market, this session will give you a practical overview on how to do business in the Philippines through business tips, experience sharing, legal and tax considerations, a series of case studies and key elements investors should address to mitigate their exposure to risks.

About the Speakers:

  • Jim Tobojka, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain East Asia Japan Pacific, Schneider Electric Philippines

There is a relatively small segment of leaders in the business world; individuals who seem to be able to spearhead a highly complex supply chain environment and elevate best-practices, leaving the organization and its people firmly grounded for sustainable growth well into the future, and motivating a forward momentum to ‘get things done.’


Jim Tobojka is one of those people, and ‘getting things done’ and driving results as the Senior Vice President for Global Supply Chain (East Asia, Japan and the Pacific) for Schneider Electric, is what he is all about. He is currently leading the end to end Supply Chain organization of the region comprised of 18 countries, 22 factories, 21 distribution centers, with over 9,000 employees.


Prior to his current role, he was the Vice President for Philippine Operations and EAJP Supply Chain Deployment. He was responsible for profitability, customer satisfaction, on-time delivery of quality products, regional industrial deployment studies and several strategic project implementations.


Originally from Rhode Island, USA, he joined American Power Conversion Corporation (APCC) in 1994 as Production Manager in West Kingston, USA. A year after, he became Manufacturing Operations Manager. In 1996, he was assigned to APC Philippines as the Managing Director, before being promoted to Director of East Asia Operations in 2003, wherein he managed six facilities both in the Philippines and China (with approximately 2600 employees - two thirds of total manpower of APCC). In 2007, he was appointed CGM and APJ Operations Manager, responsible for the overall Business Operations and Profit and Loss (P&L) in the Philippines with an overall headcount of close to 2,000 employees.


Jim has sustained the health of the corporate culture and workplace environment in the region. He feels responsible for the long-term security of the people and the company, and is proud to have mentored and guided many to progress in their careers to senior leadership roles.

  • Jude Ocampo, Partner, Ocampo & Suralvo Law Offices affiliated with DFDL 

Jude is a Philippine attorney specializing in tax, commercial and corporate law. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard University, where he was a Langdon H. Gammon Fellow, and a Master of Business Administration degree (Finance and Supply Chain Management) from the UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. He is a graduate of and a former lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law. A corporate and tax lawyer with 16 years of experience in the Philippines and abroad, he was a tax lawyer at Sycip Gorres Velayo & Co. (Ernst & Young Philippines), an international tax director with Ernst & Young (Hungary), a tax principal at KPMG Manabat San Agustin & Co. (Philippines), and a partner in the tax and legal department of Deloitte (Commonwealth of Independent States). He was most recently a regional tax director and deputy head of regional tax of DFDL, an international law firm focusing on high-growth Asian markets.

He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, international corporate structuring, and international tax. Jude has assisted a number of global and ASEAN multinationals in multi-jurisdictional reorganizations and significant mergers and acquisitions. He is a policy advisor to former and current government officials on matters related to international law, commercial law and taxation. He is also a research fellow of the Ateneo School of Government. He has been published in legal and policy journals in and outside the Philippines.

Jude served in the Philippine government. From 2004 to 2005, he was Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Republic’s Trade and Industry Department and Finance Department.

  • Alecia Quah, Senior Analyst, Control Risks

Alecia is responsible for analysing political, regulatory and security developments in South-East Asia, specifically focusing on Thailand, Myanmar and the Philippines. She contributes to Control Risks’ Country Risk Forecast (CRF) and Political Risk, Insight, Monitoring and Expertise (PRIME) services and has conducted bespoke analysis for multinational clients across these jurisdictions. With her background in law, she has also provided legal advice on a diverse range of matters involving commercial litigation and arbitration

Before joining Control Risks, Alecia worked as a senior analyst in IHS' country risk and forecasting team, where she was responsible for contributing to IHS' subscription services as well as delivering client briefings and bespoke consulting work. Prior to that, she practiced law at the dispute resolution team in Drew & Napier LLC, advising on a variety of matters involving commercial litigation and international commercial arbitration. Alecia holds a Bachelors of Law degree from the National University of Singapore and an MSc in International Relations from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

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