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

May 24, 2022
In a Joint Statement on Monday, the Philippines in as a potential partner for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity, a US-led effort. It is not clear what the IPEF actually is yet, as it largely aspirational. The Biden Administration in the United States has been pushing to do something on the economic front in Asia ...
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May 24, 2022
Last Monday, May 16, The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of South Cotabato approved a proposal to lift the province’s ban on open-pit mining. The ban was one of many obstacles to the development of the Tampakan mining site, which if developed would likely be one of the largest investments in the history of the Philippines. According ...
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May 17, 2022
The business community and international investors continue to eagerly await the announcement of incoming President Marcos’s cabinet. The announcement of a technocratic team of economic managers is likely the single most important step that could be taken to reassure both local and international investors. Headlines continue to circulate about investor anxiety stemming from uncertainty about the ...
(Member Content)
April 19, 2022
As of April 19, the Office of Civil Defense in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) reported 179 deaths from Tropical Storm Agaton. 101 deaths were reported in Baybay, Leyte, where a landslide covered an entire barangay in mud. In Abuyog, Leyte, another landslide killed at least 26 and buried 80 percent of homes in a barangay. At ...
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April 12, 2022
On Saturday, April 9, Japan and the Philippines held their first “2+2 meeting” with cabinet officials for Defense and Foreign Policy both in attendance.  2+2 meetings refer to joint meetings with both the Foreign and Defense secretaries and their counterparts from another country. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, Philippine Foreign ...
(Member Content)
March 29, 2022
Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) Director-General Charito B. Plaza said that PEZA will release a memorandum circular allowing 70 percent work onsite and 30 percent work from home for companies based in PEZA zones. According to Plaza, they plan to release the memorandum circular before March 31.   PEZA appears to be basing this interpretation on the ...
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May 24, 2022
In a Joint Statement on Monday, the Philippines in as a potential partner for the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) for Prosperity, a US-led effort. It is not clear what the IPEF actually is yet, as it largely aspirational. The Biden Administration in the United States has been pushing to do something on the economic front in Asia ...
(Member Content)
May 24, 2022
Last Monday, May 16, The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) of South Cotabato approved a proposal to lift the province’s ban on open-pit mining. The ban was one of many obstacles to the development of the Tampakan mining site, which if developed would likely be one of the largest investments in the history of the Philippines. According ...
(Member Content)
May 17, 2022
The business community and international investors continue to eagerly await the announcement of incoming President Marcos’s cabinet. The announcement of a technocratic team of economic managers is likely the single most important step that could be taken to reassure both local and international investors. Headlines continue to circulate about investor anxiety stemming from uncertainty about the ...
(Member Content)
April 19, 2022
As of April 19, the Office of Civil Defense in Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) reported 179 deaths from Tropical Storm Agaton. 101 deaths were reported in Baybay, Leyte, where a landslide covered an entire barangay in mud. In Abuyog, Leyte, another landslide killed at least 26 and buried 80 percent of homes in a barangay. At ...
(Member Content)
April 12, 2022
On Saturday, April 9, Japan and the Philippines held their first “2+2 meeting” with cabinet officials for Defense and Foreign Policy both in attendance.  2+2 meetings refer to joint meetings with both the Foreign and Defense secretaries and their counterparts from another country. Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi, Philippine Foreign ...
(Member Content)
March 29, 2022
Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA) Director-General Charito B. Plaza said that PEZA will release a memorandum circular allowing 70 percent work onsite and 30 percent work from home for companies based in PEZA zones. According to Plaza, they plan to release the memorandum circular before March 31.   PEZA appears to be basing this interpretation on the ...
(Member Content)

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