Partner and Head of Tax Department

Makati City


Distinguished Practitioner




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Carina C. Laforteza is a partner and head of SyCipLaw's Tax department.

Ms. Laforteza is an expert on Philippine taxation and her tax work ranges from tax structuring for corporations, individuals, estates, tax compliance, as well as tax-related litigation and arbitration, including safeguard measures investigations. She is also an experienced corporate lawyer and has handled mergers, acquisitions and divestments (including transaction structuring, documentation and due diligence), as well as financing work, where she has acted for both lenders and borrowers.

Ms. Laforteza is a professorial lecturer in taxation at the University of the Philippines – College of Law and was a bar examiner in Taxation in the 2020/2021 Bar Examination given by the Philippine Supreme Court.

She is also a certified public accountant.

Ms. Laforteza has been ranked by Chambers Asia Pacific as a Pacific since 2010. Some of her recent awards and citations include:

* Band 3 in Tax, Chambers Asia Pacific 2020-2022
* Cited as one of the Leading Lawyers in the Philippines, Chambers Asia Pacific Leading Lawyers and Law Firms 2022
* Notable Practitioner (2020-2022) and Distinguished Practitioner (2023) in Tax, asialaw Profiles
* National Guide (Southeast Asia) Recommended Lawyer in Corporate Tax, Who’s Who Legal 2022

  • 1993, Philippines

  • Member, Tax Management Association of the Philippines

  • University of the Philippines (B.S.B.A.A., cum laude; LL.B., cum laude and class valedictorian)