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Doing business in the Philippines

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in the Philippines.

Key data

Ease of Doing Business in the Philippines
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Guides

Philippines company registration
Comprehensive guide produced by Healy Consultants explaining company structures and business entity types, fees and timelines for incorporation, accounting and tax in this jurisdiction and comparisons with other countries in the region.

Overseas Business Risk - Philippines
Report from UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office looking at potential risks for UK businesses operating in this country. It includes economic and political risks, human rights issues, bribery and corruption, terrorism, intellectual property and organised crime.

Doing Business in the Philippines
Country guide from Baker Tilly International providing an overview of rules and regulations covering business entities and accounting, finance and investment, employment regulations and tax. Published in November 2017.

Philippines: Guide to Doing Business
Guide published by legal firm Lex Mundi in 2017, providing an overview of the legal and business environment in the Philippines.

Doing Business in the Philippines
Guide on doing business created by HSBC in association with Grant Thornton in 2016. Sections cover:

  • legal overview
  • conducting business
  • tax system
  • labour
  • audit
  • trade
  • finance
  • infrastructure.

Doing Business in the Philippines
A business guide from Baker & McKenzie which helps companies understand the economic, legal and regulatory structures of the Philippines. Published in 2015.

Exporting

On our Exporting to the Philippines page you can find export guides, trade forecasts and economic and political updates.

Corporate governance

Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA)
A non-profit organisation, whose aim is to improve corporate governance and regulation in Asian countries. Information includes code and rules on company law, accounting standards, regulations and listing rules in the Philippines.

European Corporate Governance Institute: Index of codes
The ECGI provides a listing of corporate governance codes from the Philippines, with links to downloadable PDFs and useful organisations. You can also search the codes database by country, title, language and year of publication.

Law and regulation

Doing Business law library
World Bank
Collection of business laws and regulations from economies around the world, linking to official government sources. Topics include company law, labour, tax and trade.

Forums and support networks

British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
An independent, non-profit membership organization whose primary objective is to support the development of its members’ business and social interests in the British and Philippine communities, helping them achieve their objectives.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Organisation providing support for SMEs and promoting business growth in the region.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in the Philippines

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in the Philippines
Analysis of the business environment in the Philippines, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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