Market Entry & Strategic Advisory

  • Identify Local Partners
  • Joint Venture Due Diligence
  • Market Research
  • Regulatory Environment Briefings
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Urgent Crisis Response

PSA: Your Trusted Local Advisors

We are trusted advisors to embassies, state departments, multinational businesses, private equity firms, banks, the power and energy sector, outsourcing operations and manufacturing plants in the Philippines. We have no political affiliation.

We are uniquely positioned in the Philippines, with deep expertise and a proven record of discreet and successful resolutions to sensitive issues as they arise for our clients.

Strategic Advisory

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We are your advisors, not your business partners, so we're not advising you based on optimism. We've seen all the things that can go sideways, and  take pride in providing you with  clear, actionable, independent advice, based on timely, accurate Business Intelligence.

Market entry in the Philippines  often requires local partnerships. We are experts in sourcing reputable, trustworthy  partners for our clients. We are often asked to help evaluate potential deals and strategies, informed by local insight.

Start a conversation with us today, and let us guide you in terms of where we can deliver the most beneficial impacts to your business.

Crisis Management

At PSA, we handle crisis situations for our clients almost every day. We have decades of experience dealing with highly sensitive situations including kidnap and ransom negotiation, blackmail and extortion — real risks in the complex Philippines business and political landscape. Such issues can be matters of life and death for an individual or even their business.

Don't trust the lives of your people, or the lifeblood of your local operations to anyone who does not have deep local experience and understanding. We are always ready to respond.

Contingency Planning

A typical organization can expect to face a major crisis perhaps once in ten years. Organizations and their executives are often unprepared when disaster strikes, because by definition, a crisis is not "business as usual".

Modern leaders recognise the need for proactive planning; to be prepared for any contingency, but the first step is correctly identifying the most prominent risks as relevant to your initiative.

It takes local Philippines expertise to correctly prioritise in-country risks, because the local culture, politics and regulatory environment are very different to those in other countries. Many such risks are invisible to newcomers, and indeed to locals without sufficient experience and business intelligence capability.

We are experts at mapping your specific organisation profile into an appropriately Philippines-facing risk matrix. Our highly trained Business Intelligence unit provides accurate, timely data across a wide variety of topics and sources, including natural disasters, insurgency-driven violent crime, legislative changes, and economic forecasts. Our deep local networks help us deliver insights that give our clients a necessary edge in accessing vital information about people, businesses and places that is otherwise hard to reach.

Let us help you develop a credible plan to protect your people and business in the Philippines.

Schedule a free needs assessment today

Advisory Areas

  • Corporate Structure
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Crisis Management
  •  Do we enter/exit this market?
  • Return to Office (post-pandemic)
  • Kidnap & Ransom negotiation
  • Hostile takeovers of your business
  • Politically-motivated regulatory issues
  • Blackmail & extortion
  • Scorned business partners
  • Scorned lovers
  • Unscrupulous, powerful local actors
  • Death (including violent crimes)
  • Reputation Management



Case in Point

Market Entry and Due Diligence
for a High Tech Supply Contract

A prominent Western manufacturer wanted to establish an ongoing supply relationship with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). They initially considered partnering with a local private company to facilitate transactions with the AFP; a fairly common approach.

We performed detailed due diligence on their prospective partner, and uncovered significant past history of wrongdoing.

Our client avoided long-term reputational damage, and succeeded in establishing a major first transaction with the AFP, setting them up for a beneficial long-term outlook.

Download the Case Study

Latest Posts: Market Entry & Strategic Advisory

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Amid tensions in the Taiwan strait and Chinese military exercises, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Manila as part of a wider Southeast Asia trip.   President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. gave a brief public statement upon welcoming Secretary Blinken to Malacañang, in which he expressed a desire to evolve and strengthen the relationship ...
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President Marcos delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in a manner that was highly policy-focused and even technical. The speech stood in stark contrast to the SONA’s from the last six years under the Duterte administration, and even in comparison to the relatively policy-light campaign of Marcos as a presidential candidate. The President ...
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Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez announced this week that the Philippines had canceled the application for loans for three Chinese-funded railways. Chavez announced that the applications were withdrawn on May 31, by the previous administration, after the Philippine Department of Finance had been waiting for their approval. The three projects consisted of the Subic-Clark Railway ...
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Speaking at an event commemorating the founding of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretary Locsin announced that talks on joint oil and gas exploration with China in the West Philippine Sea had ended. In a speech noteworthy for its colorful language, Locsin emphasized that while the talks had not been successful, the sovereignty of the Philippines ...
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June 28, 2022
With higher levels of national debt and a global increase in the price of debt, the Philippine government is considering turning back to Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to maintain infrastructure spending. Incoming Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno told the Philippine Star, “On the expenditures side, we would protect BBB programs and investment in human capital [like in] ...
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With the cabinet mostly formed, the internal politics of the incoming Marcos administration are starting to take shape. Internal politics in every administration are always shaped by both the formal powers of the various positions, but also by informal relationships and internal politics. PSA sees the most influential members of the President’s inner circle as the ...
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August 9, 2022
Amid tensions in the Taiwan strait and Chinese military exercises, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken visited Manila as part of a wider Southeast Asia trip.   President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. gave a brief public statement upon welcoming Secretary Blinken to Malacañang, in which he expressed a desire to evolve and strengthen the relationship ...
(Member Content)
July 26, 2022
President Marcos delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in a manner that was highly policy-focused and even technical. The speech stood in stark contrast to the SONA’s from the last six years under the Duterte administration, and even in comparison to the relatively policy-light campaign of Marcos as a presidential candidate. The President ...
(Member Content)
July 19, 2022
Transportation Undersecretary for Rails Cesar Chavez announced this week that the Philippines had canceled the application for loans for three Chinese-funded railways. Chavez announced that the applications were withdrawn on May 31, by the previous administration, after the Philippine Department of Finance had been waiting for their approval. The three projects consisted of the Subic-Clark Railway ...
(Member Content)
June 28, 2022
Speaking at an event commemorating the founding of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Secretary Locsin announced that talks on joint oil and gas exploration with China in the West Philippine Sea had ended. In a speech noteworthy for its colorful language, Locsin emphasized that while the talks had not been successful, the sovereignty of the Philippines ...
(Member Content)
June 28, 2022
With higher levels of national debt and a global increase in the price of debt, the Philippine government is considering turning back to Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) to maintain infrastructure spending. Incoming Department of Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno told the Philippine Star, “On the expenditures side, we would protect BBB programs and investment in human capital [like in] ...
(Member Content)
June 14, 2022
With the cabinet mostly formed, the internal politics of the incoming Marcos administration are starting to take shape. Internal politics in every administration are always shaped by both the formal powers of the various positions, but also by informal relationships and internal politics. PSA sees the most influential members of the President’s inner circle as the ...
(Member Content)

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