Foreign Corporations: Grounds for Revocation of License to Operate in the Philippines

A foreign corporation which is licensed to operate or do business in the Philippines may lose its license based on a number of grounds provided in the Revised Corporation Code. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may revoke the license upon any of the following grounds:

Foreign Companies - Grounds to Revoke License to Operate in the Philippines
  • (b) Failure to appoint and maintain a resident agent in the Philippines; 
  • (c) Failure, after change of its resident agent or address, to submit to the SEC a statement of such change; 
  • (e) A misrepresentation of any material matter in any application, report, affidavit or other document submitted by such corporation
  • (f) Failure to pay any and all taxes, imposts, assessments or penalties, if any, lawfully due to the Philippine Government or any of its agencies or political subdivisions; 
  • (g) Transacting business in the Philippines outside of the purpose or purposes for which such corporation is authorized under its license; 
  • (h) Transacting business in the Philippines as agent of or acting on behalf of any foreign corporation or entity not duly licensed to do business in the Philippines; or 
  • (i) Any other ground as would render it unfit to transact business in the Philippines. 

The enumeration is without prejudice to other grounds which may be provided under special laws.

See also:
Introduction to foreign corporations doing business in the Philippines
What constitutes “doing business” in the Philippines
Minimum paid-up capital for corporations in the Philippines
Required securities deposit
Designation of resident agent

Registration of foreign-owned corporations in the Philippines
Application for registration of Branch/ Representative office 
Application for registration of RHQ/ROHQ
Eleventh Foreign Investments Negative List
P&L Law

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