Philippines



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Banking and finance
ACCRALAW
Work highlights

Acted as counsel to Philippine National Bank in the establishment of its medium-term note programme and issuance of notes amounted to over $2 billion.

Key clients

ASA Philippines Foundation, Polymer Link

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Work highlights

Assisted DBS, Mizuho, MUFG and Standard Chartered in a $3 billion loan facility to Aboitiz Power Corporation in relation to a stake acquisition of AA Thermal.

Key clients

Credit Agricole, HSBC

Quisumbing Torres
Work highlights

Assisting GPay Network in obtaining licenses from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas as e-money issuer and remittance and transfer company.

Commissioned by Prudential to prepare a white paper on mobile digital health or the offering of healthcare services through mobile devices.

Key clients

Grab Financial Services Philippines, KPMG AZSA, Vena Energy

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Acted as Philippine counsel to Citigroup and Standard Chartered in a $300 million facility loan granted to ICTSI Middle East DMCC, which is incorporated under the laws of the Emirate of Dubai and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philippine-listed International Container Terminal Services.

Key clients

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, Philippine National Bank, PNB Capital and Investment Corporation

Villaraza & Angangco
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

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
Work highlights

Retained by Asia United Bank Corporation to prepare and review its documentation for the regular loan operations.

Key clients

Bank of the Philippine Islands, BDO Unibank, Philippine Bank of Communications

Capital markets
ACCRALAW
Work highlights

Assisted HSBC, DBS, Mizuho Securities, MUFG and Standard Chartered in the dollar bond issuance by Aboitiz Equity Ventures.

Key clients

Ayala Land, BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, China Bank Capital Corporation, Philippine National Bank

Quisumbing Torres
Work highlights

Advising a Taiwan-based fibres and textiles manufacturer on issues relating to the redevelopment of the assets of a Philippine-listed corporation.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Acted as local counsel to BPI Capital Corporation and Bank of the Philippine Islands in relation to a $110 million ASEAN green bond issuance.

Key clients

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, BPI Capital Corporation, China Bank Capital Corporation, PNB Capital and Investment Corporation, RCBC Capital Corporation, SB Capital Investment Corporation

Villaraza & Angangco
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)

Competition/antitrust
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Work highlights

Advised LafargeHolcim and Holcim Philippines on regulatory and competition law aspects of their $2.15 billion deal, which lapsed in May 2020.

Key clients

Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corporation, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines

Gulapa Law
Work highlights

Advising AXA Philippines on the regulatory and competition matters concerning its portfolio of insurance products.

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Represented GlaxoSmithKline before the Philippine Competition Commission and obtained merger clearance for GSK’s acquisition of Pfizer’s consumer healthcare business.

Key clients

Frabelle Fishing Corporation, Infineon Technologies, Natura Holdings, Saudi Arabian Oil Company  

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
Work highlights

Engaged by a Singapore-listed real estate developer to advise on its acquisition of two companies from the competition perspective.

Construction
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Work highlights

Assisted the Korean Embassy in the Philippines in the acquisition of a real estate property for the construction of a cultural centre.

Gulapa Law
Work highlights

Assisting the Asian Development Bank in structuring the Metro Manila Subway project and drafting the bidding documentation.

Key clients

Aboitiz InfraCapital, SM Prime Holdings

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Acting as counsel to a consortium consisting of Filinvest Development Corporation, JG Summit Holdings, Changi Airports Philippines, Philippine Airport Ground Support Solutions and Luzon International Premiere Airport Development in the completion of the Clark International Airport project.

Key clients

San Miguel Corporation

Corporate and M&A
ACCRALAW
Work highlights

Advised Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation on its merger with RCBC Savings Bank.

Key clients

Anhui Conch Cement, Johnsonville Sausage, Sealed Air Corporation

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Work highlights

Advised Redco Properties Group on the 35% share acquisition of Makati City Subway.

Key clients

Salmat Contact Solutions, Sto Tomas-Paco Land Corporation

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar
Work highlights

Advised Juwi Renewable Energy Projects on the sale of a solar power plant facility in Pangasinan.

Key clients

Dutch Mill, Element, Philippine Gold Processing and Refining, Unilinkland Properties

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Work highlights

Advised Fraser Property on its divestment of shares in Frasers Hospitality Investment Holding.

Key clients

AC Energy Philippines, Ingrid Power Holdings, LafargeHolcim

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Work highlights

Advises an asset management company on acquiring a blockchain fintech start-up valued at $30 million.

Assisted Meralco in all aspects of site acquisition for its electric distribution assets and facilities.

Provided legal advice to Mega Star Development Corporation in the acquisition of land.

Key clients

Advance Tech Lending, Xurpas, Union Bank of the Philippines

Gulapa Law
Work highlights

Advised Pacific Alliance Group in connection with KFLC issuance of preference shares.

Key clients

Autocirculo Corporation, Day1Tech, Maria Francesca Tan, Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer

Insights Philippines
Work highlights

Acting as lead counsel to a Kuala Lumpur-headquartered Islamic bank in obtaining operational licenses from the Philippine Central Bank.

Assisting an NYSE-listed global financial service provider in the use of fintech from the regulatory and compliance perspective in the jurisdiction.

Advising a Germany-based sustainable biomass energy company in the restructuring of its Philippine entity.

Advising a cryptocurrency start-up on obtaining the relevant certifications and licenses with the Philippine Central Bank to operate virtual currency exchanges in the jurisdiction.

Key clients

RedCargo Logistics

Puyat Jacinto & Santos (PJS Law)
Work highlights

Advised Aboitiz Power Corporation on its acquisition of an interest in AA Thermal.

Key clients

Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Udenna Corporation, Welcome Credit Corporation

Quisumbing Torres
Work highlights

Assisted Graymont in its completed acquisition in an auction process to acquire Sibelco's controlling interest in Unichamp Mineral Philippines.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Assisting San Miguel Corporation in the negotiation and drafting of the Sale and Purchase Agreement in relation to the acquisition of Holcim Philippines.

Key clients

Archipelago Capital Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts

Villaraza & Angangco
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

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
Work highlights

Advised a local restaurant on selling its rights over one of the biggest fast-food chains in the country.

Dispute resolution
ACCRALAW
Work highlights

Represented one of the largest banks in the Philippines in a white-collar crime prosecution of its former executive.

Defended Senate President Franklin Drilon accused of corruption and successfully convicted the accuser for libel. 

Key clients

Landing International Development, Metro Pacific Water Investments Corporation

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Work highlights

Representing Asia United Bank in a criminal case against a chairman and president of a company in connection with his violation of the trust receipts law.

Filed a petition on behalf of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, San Beda College Alabang, Ateneo de Manila University and Riverbanks Development Corporation before the Supreme Court to review the new regulations of the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission.

Key clients

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Coca-Cola Philippines, Secur Links

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Work highlights

Representing Metro Rail Transit Corporation in proceedings before the Philippine Supreme Court against the City of Makati concerning the property taxes.

Key clients

CE Casecnan Water and Energy Company, Mactan Enerzone Corporation, SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation

Gulapa Law
Work highlights

Represented Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizational Committee Foundation in a dispute concerning the Southeast Asian Games Information Systems Project. The firm successfully prevented the issuance of a temporary restraining order against it.

Key clients

JBROS Construction Corporation, Paolo Alcantara

Panelo Law Office
Work highlights

Advised WSL on bidding for the SEAGIS Project and defended an injunction case filed against the bid award subsequently.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos (PJS Law)
Work highlights

Representing Sanofi Pasteur in criminal cases in relation to the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy.

Key clients

Chryso Philippines, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Shimizu

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Representing Meralco in an investigation for alleged anticompetitive behaviour and abuse of market power filed in the Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission.

Key clients

Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome, OceanaGold (Philippines), Platinum Group Metals Corporation

Tolosa Javier Law Firm
Work highlights

Acting as the private prosecutor for a food company against malefactors who forcibly took control of and locked down its manufacturing plant.

Villaraza & Angangco
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

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
Work highlights

Acted as local counsel to a publicly listed bank in arbitration proceedings before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre.

Key clients

Asia United Leasing and Finance Corporation, G&W Architects, Philippine Airlines

General business law
Ocampo & Manalo Law Firm

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Intellectual property
Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento
Work highlights

Represented a global software company in an infringement case and negotiated a record-breaking settlement.

Assisted a global backpack producer in a trademark infringement conviction against a local dealer of counterfeit bags bearing its trademarks and designs.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Work highlights

Representing San Miguel Food and Beverage in a trademark infringement complaint against Phil Jacobe Ventures.

Acting for Ayala Corporation in a trademark opposition case against JFM Development Corporation’s application of the ‘AYALA’ mark before the IP office.

Key clients

Fiberworld, Green Cross, Max’s Group, Nutri-Asia, Technological Institute of the Philippines

Gulapa Law
Work highlights

Advised Machuca Baldozas on its trademark registration process.

Key clients

APO Production Unit, Phil Jacobe Ventures

HECHANOVA Group
Work highlights

Representing Alpargatas in the application for search warrants and implementation of the search warrants with the National Bureau of Investigation in relation to the raid of counterfeit.

Key clients

DKH Retail, Shanghai Saidone Technologies, Wholeliving Corporation

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell
Work highlights

Regularly advise Lincoln Electric and the Harris Group on the anti-counterfeiting measures.

Key clients

Emperador Distillers, NBA Properties, President and Fellows of Harvard College

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Manages the IP portfolios for the consumer products of Colgate Palmolive, The Clorox Company and Tupperware Brands.

Representing H&M in an opposition proceeding against the application for the registration of the trademark filed by Liangyue Zhang.

Key clients

Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Dart Industries, Rolex

Villaraza & Angangco
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

Labour and employment
ACCRALAW
Work highlights

Assisted Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation in the recently concluded collective bargaining agreement negotiations with its union in its refinery located in Batangas.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Chevron Philippines, Loxon Philippines, Melco Resorts Leisure, Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Work highlights

Assisted a higher educational institute in the review of its existing manual for its employees, teaching and non-teaching personnel, its employment contracts and policies.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Work highlights

Representing a multinational financial services corporation in the inspection and enforcement proceedings conducted by the Department of Labour and Employment with respect to its contracting arrangements.

Key clients

China National Offshore Oil Corporation

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Acted as the chief negotiator to Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing with the union in the renegotiation of the collective bargaining agreement.

Assisted Firmenich Philippines in conducting an administrative investigation for the termination of the employee, and subsequently represented it in the complaint for illegal dismissal of the employee filed before the National Labour Relations Commission.

Key clients

ABB, Green Cross, UBase 1 Philippines

Villaraza & Angangco
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

Tax
ACCRALAW
Work highlights

Represented Philippine Central Bank in a series of tax assessment cases before the Court of Tax Appeals and helped negotiate a compromise agreement with the tax authority.

Filed a petition on behalf of Metropolitan Bank before the Supreme Court in relation to the legality of a tax regulation issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Du-Baladad and Associates (BDB Law)
Work highlights

Provided tax advisory and consultancy to Philippine Life Insurance Association.

Advised Semirara Mining and Power Corporation on the tax implications on coal exports under the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
Work highlights

Acted as tax counsel to Metro Rail Transit Corporation in relation to a deficiency taxes dispute.

Key clients

Sanofi-Aventis Europe, TeaM Energy, Therma South

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Work highlights

Acting for a construction company in a tax dispute before the Court of Tax Appeals.

Villaraza & Angangco
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

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
Work highlights

Represented a marketing company client before the Court of Tax Appeals against tax deficiency assessments in an aggregated amount of over $1 million.

Key clients

Island Quarry and Aggregates Corporation