About us

The Philippines’ premier corporate specialist with global standards.

We are Acclime Philippines.

Acclime is a premier provider of professional formation, accounting, tax, HR, legal & advisory services in the Philippines. We focus on providing high-quality outsourcing and consulting services to our international clients in the Philippines and throughout the region.

  • Regional payroll partner
  • Certified XERO partner

    From Asia, for Asia.

    Acclime Philippines is part of the Acclime Group – an Asia-focused corporate services specialist with a genuine, on-the-ground presence in all of Asia’s hardest-to-navigate markets. By staying on top of regulatory changes, we help our corporate clients manage local governmental and administrative compliance issues quickly and with a minimum of fuss.

    Vision & mission

    Elevating the standards of corporate governance in Asia.

    At Acclime, we aspire to become Asia’s premier corporate services firm, elevating the standards of corporate governance everywhere we operate. We are active in all Asian markets, with a particular focus on emerging Asia, where it is difficult to find corporate services firms offering the same high standards and responsiveness as it is in the more mainstream locations such as Hong Kong and Singapore.


    The Acclime difference

    Built from the bottom up.

    We are unique in the field of corporate services in Asia in that Acclime is partner owned and its partners are the largest shareholders in the company. What does it mean to you and your business?

    Seamless regional service

    In Acclime’s obstacle-free structure, our partners have the drive and willingness to collaborate across borders irrespective of which of our offices will reap the benefit.

    Hands-on attention

    Our clients receive far more hands-on attention from our senior managers and partners than they would at Big Four firms or similar corporate services providers in Asia.

    Speed & flexibility

    We are nimble, responsive and always able to help. Our partners can make swift and effective decisions on your behalf, cutting through bureaucracy and guiding you forward.

    Brand values

    Our beliefs unlock true potential.

    Expertise.

    Our local knowledge of complex Asian markets is unparalleled. But we get the big picture, too — with a global perspective that will help your business interests prosper.

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    Agility.

    We help you navigate the most complex aspects of operating throughout Asia. Applying speed and dexterity to win you success, our reliability eases anxiety and stress in your operations.

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    Innovation.

    Innovative thinking and new technology are what make Acclime different. Everything we do is geared to serve you and accelerate your business.

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    Collaboration.

    Across Asian markets or in our own teams, working with you and for you, we believe combined efforts give the best outcome.

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    Empathy.

    It’s emotional intelligence that really sets us apart, thanks to deep roots country-by-country. Driving your business forward with fairness and humility.

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    Our people

    Leadership in the Philippines.

    In-country experts with an exceptional industry reputation and track record in the Philippines and internationally.

    Johann Espiritu.

    Partner
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    Marla Aquino-Batallones.

    Operations Director
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    Johann Espiritu .

    Partner

    Johann is a senior equity partner running a Philippines law firm. His practice focuses on project development and finance, technology, media and telecommunications, and corporate law. He is also the Managing Director of Sapient Consulting, Inc., a Hong Kong-based investment advisory firm.

    Johann has established numerous family trusts, both onshore and offshore. He has also advised domestic and foreign corporations on corporate law, commercial law, foreign investments, infrastructure projects, energy or power projects, telecommunications, and mergers and acquisitions. He formerly sat as Hong Kong Director in Equiom (Isle of Man) and Allied Finance Private (Switzerland), both international trust groups. He founded Odin Legal Intelligence, a pioneer legal process outsourcing company in the Philippines, and co-founded DocSpark Solutions, a Manila-based firm specializing in offshore corporate services. Johann is also a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law where he teaches Information Technology Law and Venture Capital Transactions. He currently sits as a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center.

    Johann received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Juris Doctor degree from the same university, after which he was admitted to the Philippine Bar. He received his LL.M. from Georgetown University and was thereafter admitted to the New York Bar. Johann is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners in the UK.

    Marla Aquino-Batallones.

    Operations Director

    Marla is a corporate lawyer with decade-long experience garnered from the knowledge process outsourcing industry. She has led numerous teams in providing corporate services to clients throughout the globe, ranging from start-ups to law firms to multinational corporations.

    Prior to joining the Acclime group, Marla was the Chief Operating Officer of DocSpark Solutions, where she managed operations and spearheaded a team of professionals that provide offshore services to foreign clients to successfully scale their businesses. She was also previously connected with Odin Legal Intelligence as Project Manager focusing on eDiscovery, contract management, and document review for companies primarily in US and EU jurisdictions. Marla also became Legal Counsel in one of the Philippines’ largest retail chains, where she specialized in contract review, corporate housekeeping, corporate governance, Intellectual Property, and labor. In 2015, she joined a leading legal process outsourcing company as Senior Attorney and was responsible for oversight and quality control of legal support services to renowned law firms and investment companies in the US.

    Marla obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Development Studies with Minors in Global Politics and Hispanic Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, after which she was admitted to the Philippine Bar.


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