WEBINAR : APCCA Series | Episode 3 : Understanding the Philippine Regulatory & Business Framework arising from COVID-19

WEBINAR : APCCA Series | Episode 3 : Understanding the Philippine Regulatory & Business Framework arising from COVID-19

Venue : Zoom

Event Start Date : Thursday 28 May 2020

Event End Date : Thursday 28 May 2020

Event Start Time : 03:00 pm

Event End Time : 04:00 pm

Registration Start Date : Wednesday 13 May 2020

Registration End Date : Thursday 28 May 2020

THIS EVENT PAGE SHOWS SG & PHP START AND END TIMING. Your final calendar confirmation will be set according to country-specific time upon registration.


As part of the APCCA webinar series, the Legal Management Council Philippines (LMCP) and the SCCA bring insights into the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

Event Overview

The event will provide participants a brief overview of the laws and regulations issued to implement measures and restrictions to and the existing business framework in the Philippines because of the COVID-19 health crisis. The webinar will also tackle the recently enacted Telecommuting Act from a regulatory standpoint and discuss how it affects work-life, especially from an HR and management standpoint.



15:00 - Opening & Introduction by Moderator - Anil Changaroth, APCCA International Relations Officer                                                                                 

15:05 - Welcome Remarks by APCCA Secretary-General, Reza Topobroto / Senior Legal Advisor to CEO at Indosat Ooredoo / Past Immediate President of ICCA                                                         

15:10 -   Overview of Philippine COVID-19 Situation and Introduction of LMCP and Guest Speaker by LMCP Past Chairman and incumbent President Arlene G. Lapuz-Ureta                                                           

15:15 – Atty. Raul Cortez, Partner, Cortez Law and former Legal and Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft Philippines, Inc,

15:40 - Q&A                                                                                                                               

15:55 Closing / Conclusion by Moderator - Anil Changaroth, APCCA International Relations Officer   



Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA) in its original form was initiated in 2009 at the first regional corporate counsel conference (organised by SCCA in Singapore) with signatories being the SCCA, Indonesia Corporate Counsel Association (IndonesiaCCA), Association of Corporate Lawyers Sri Lanka (ACLSL) and In house Counsel Forum – Korea (IHCF). In 2011, APCCA was formally launched at the third such conference (organised by the IndonesiaCCA in Jakarta ) with the Malaysian Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Legal Management Council of Philippines (LMCP) and Indian Corporate Counsel Association (IndiaCCA) joining the alliance. APCCA partners SCCA, MCCA, IndonesiaCCA, IndiaCCA and LMCP are also part of the In-House Counsel Worldwide (ICW).





Atty. Raul Cortez is the Founder of Cortez Law, a law firm that specializes in Corporate and Technology law. Prior to establishing his own practice, Raul was the Legal and Corporate Affairs Director for Microsoft Philippines, Inc. He joined Microsoft in late September, 2011 and served in that role for almost 8 years. As Legal and Corporate Affairs Director, Raul was in charge of all legal matters affecting the Philippines operation of Microsoft. In addition, Raul was also a member of Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit extended team. Raul has over 25 years of legal experience both in the Philippines as well as in the U.S.A. He received his Master of Laws degree in International Commercial Transactions and Comparative Law from the University of San Francisco. Raul earned both his Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of the Philippines. Before joining Microsoft, Raul was the Philippines Legal Lead for Accenture, Inc. Raul also served as Director for Legal Affairs of PeopleSupport, Inc., a subsidiary of former U.S. publicly listed company. Prior to moving back to the Philippines in 2003, Raul was working at Cooley Godward LLP, one of the top law firms in the United States, where he worked in the Corporate Securities Group for over 4 years.



Atty. Arlene G. Lapuz-Ureta

General Counsel of Metropolitan Bank and Trust Corporation until her retirement in 2018, which coincided with her being given international recognition in Singapore and included in Legal 500’s GC (General Counsel) Powerlist for heading one of the best in-house legal teams in South East Asia.  She recently joined Nissan Philippines as Head of its Compliance and Legal Affairs Department. 

She is also a Professorial Lecturer at the University of the Philippines (U.P.) College of Law, teaching Banking and Financial Laws, Torts and Damages and Legal Method. She is also the Vice-President for Executive Affairs of the U.P. Women Lawyers Circle, Inc. and very active in her advocacy for the rights of women and children as Executive Director of its Legal Aid Program.

Upon her graduation from the U.P. College of Law and becoming a member of its honor society, the Order of the Purple Feather, she joined the Supreme Court and later, the Office of the Solicitor General, where she handled numerous controversial cases as counsel for the government. She eventually became Vice-President and Head of Legal Affairs Department of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation after working as in-house counsels of 2 other banks and her own law firm, Gimenez Reyes Foria & Ureta Law Offices.





Reza P. Topobroto started his legal career as a practice lawyer in 997, after moving to several law firms he had a chance promoted as a Senior Associate in Roosdiono & Partners.  In 2005, he shifted careers to corporate counsel by joining Procter & Gamble as Country Legal Lead. In 2008, Reza was appointed as the Head of Legal for Mondelez (p.k.a Kraft Foods).  In 2012 he joined Microsoft as Director of Corporate, External & Legal Affairs in charge for Indonesia.  After 7 years in Microsoft, he moved to Indosat Ooredoo in 2019, becoming Senior Legal Advisor to CEO.

Reza was the third President of the Indonesian Corporate Counsel Association (ICCA). He ended his term in 2014 and continues contributions to ICCA through his role on the Supervisory Board. In 2009, he co-founded the Asia Pacific Corporate Counsel Alliance (APCCA), In 2012, he was appointed Secretary General of the APCCA.

In 2015, Reza was given the award of ‘Indonesia In-House Lawyer of the Year 2015’ and ‘In-House Legal Team of the Year 2016’ by Asia Legal Business.   Reza obtained his law degree at Trisakti University, Jakarta in 1997, and his Master of Laws at Monash University, Melbourne in 2003.





Anil a Mediator (accredited in South Asia), Arbitrator (Fellows of the Chartered, Singapore and Philippines Institutes of Arbitrators and Adjudicator (with AIAC Malaysia); and trained in International Treaty Arbitration, is an Advocate & Solicitor, Commissioner for Oaths and Notary Public of Singapore, a Solicitor of England and Wales (2009); qualified as Barrister Middle Temple of England & Wales (1993) and also holds a Master of Science in Construction Law & Arbitration, Kings College London & National University of Singapore (2006).

In legal practice since 1995 and his Chambers representing parties in the region, focuses on Appropriate Dispute Resolution involving Infrastructure, Building, and Construction work and most aspects of Commercial, Civil, Criminal and Corporate Front End Advisory services. Conversant in Mandarin, Malay, Malayalam and Tamil besides English, he has also worked In House, with a International Arbitration practice and started his work life for five-years career as an infantry officer, Singapore Armed Forces. His consultancy also Consults & Administers International Infrastructure & Construction, Trade & Investment Treaty projects and developments; carries out Appropriate Dispute Resolution Services including Mediator, Adjudicator, Arbitrator, Dispute Boards, Expert Witness & Neutral Evaluator; and Developing Online Dispute Resolution Legal Technologies



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