Franchette M. Acosta specializes in commercial law and has acted as lead counsel for sellers and buyers in cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies. As counsel, Franchette guides her clients through the legal due diligence process, negotiation and drafting of transaction documents such as acquisition and shareholders agreements.
Franchette has also advised clients in the developing field of competition law in the Philippines, and has assisted in securing approvals from the Philippine Competition Commission. A significant component of her commercial law practice includes assisting foreign companies in market entry or expansion in the Philippines by providing practical and business-oriented guidance on business structure, regulation (such as data protection laws), HR regulation, registration and permitting and immigration.
Franchette holds a Masters of Law Degree (LL.M.) from New York University, a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from the University of the Philippines College of Law (cum laude and Valedictorian) and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics (magna cum laude). She ranked 3rd in the 1998 Philippine Bar Examinations.