Villaraza & Angangco

Philippines

Analysis

Overview

Full service firm Villaraza & Angangco is recognised for its practice areas of corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property, real estate and technology and telecommunications. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. Corporate lawyer Leonardo Singson left the firm in March 2020.

Client feedback

“It is able to prepare legal strategies and distilling them down in something manageable and useful. It is also very personable, attentive to clients’ needs and concerns.” – Real estate

Maria Concepcion Simundac

“Con takes in much information, analyses and synthesizes it. She exercises good judgement and provides the best advice to us. She is also well versed with the intricacies of our business.”

Tax
Work highlights

Engaged by Emperador Distillers to provide various legal and tax advice on a wide range of topics which includes guidance on the documentary stamp tax.

Key clients

China Telecom Fufu Information Technology, EWP Philippines, Infinitus Health Products (Philippines), Schweitzer-Mauduit International

Labour and employment
Work highlights

Acted as counsel to Amazon Operation Services Philippines concerning employee complaints and successfully achieved a mutually acceptable settlement with the complainants.

Key clients

Autodesk Asia, CommSec, Tropical Focus Philippines

Intellectual property
Work highlights

Retained by Petron Corporation since 2002 as the lead external IP counsel and representing the company in various trademark infringement and IP related criminal cases.

Key clients

Aima Technology Group, BDO Unibank, F&CO, Getz Pharma

Dispute resolution
Work highlights

Advised key officers of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation in a case filed by Bangladesh Bank in New York concerning a cross-border cyberheist resulting in remittance of $101 million from the Bangladesh Bank’s account in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to accounts in Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

Key clients

China Telecommunications Corporation, Felicitas Antoinette, Fountel Corporation, Manila Water Company

Corporate and M&A
Work highlights

Advised Udenna Corporation for the preparation, negotiation, and finalisation of the share sale and purchase agreement between Chevron Philippines and Udenna.

Key clients

Aboitiz Land, Alliance Global Group, Ayala Land, ISOC Infrastructure, Taihu Holding

Capital markets
Work highlights

Provided legal advice to Swiss Reinsurance Company regarding the overview of reinsurance regulations in the Philippines as well as compliance with the Data Privacy Act.

Key clients

Channel Systems Asia, China Telecommunications Corporation, Fountel Corporation, Playpoint (Singapore)

Banking and finance
Work highlights

Assisted Alternergy Mini Hydro Holdings in negotiating with the Development Bank of the Philippines to secure financing for a hydropower project located in Gabaldon.

Key clients

Dito Telecommunity Corporation, FSG Technology Ventures, Swiss Reinsurance Company