Philippines



asialaw Analysis

Banking and finance
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Assisted Aboitiz Power with a $375 million note facility. 

Key clients 

Lendable Asset Management, Mizuho Bank

 
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is a top-tier law firm in the Philippines. The firm capably provides service in the areas of corporate and M&A, banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and labour and employmentEduardo Martinez, Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea are key contacts. 

Client feedback 

It provides no-nonsense advice which oftentimes result in a much quicker resolution of issues.” – Banking and finance 

Has deep knowledge of the legalities of the transactions, is practical and proactive.” – Capital markets 

The Firm is well-versed in corporate and M&A legal concerns and was fully equipped to advise the sell side in the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A 

Gwyneth Ong 

She is an expert in the field of M&A and corporate matters. She is firm in pursuance of her client's interests. She is conscientious, responds promptly, and fully addresses concerns of the client.” 

Elmer Serrano 

Very responsive and knowledgeable.” 

Mark Vergara 

Gives good insight and has a deep network which is useful when executing transactions.”

 

Work highlights 

Assisted in the restructuring of a credit facility of Udenna Group with BDO Unibank.  

Key clients 

CSW-IloiloMizuho Bank, SB Capital

 
Puyat Jacinto & Santos (PJS Law)

Puyat Jacinto & Santos provides a comprehensive range of legal services across a multitude of specialised fields such as energy, infrastructure, corporate and M&Abanking and finance and capital markets. Ramil Bugayong, Pearl Grace Cabali and Elaine Marie Laceda are some key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Assisted Phoenix Petroleum Philippines on its omnibus loan and security agreement with BDO Unibank. 

Key clients 

Aboitiz Power Corporation, DB Trustees, La Filipina Uygongco Corporation, Steag State Power

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Keppel Infrastructure Trust on a $260 million senior secured term loan facility granted to Hyperion Storage Holdings Corporation. 

Key clients 

GrabExpressJPMorgan Chase

 
Villaraza & Angangco

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. As a firm with decades of experience serving its clients, the firm is fully equipped for any legal matter, and through its work has gained the trust of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. 

Client feedback 

The Villaraza & Angangco team was very efficient in handling the case. It provided timely updates, provided the client with necessary advise and was very comprehensive in providing legal assessment of the risks and possible outcomes of the litigation.” – Corporate and M&A 

The team’s output is always excellently executed, thorough, and well-prepared.”  Energy 

“Offers a professional service and quick response. – Labour and employment 

Jose Florino 

Responds timely and efficiently and has a good grasp of legal frameworks. 

Rashel Pomoy 

Responsive and Thorough. 

Maria Concepcion Simundac 

Over-all, she is an excellent legal partner. She is hands-on, responsive, reliable in meeting timelines, and provides creative solutions and alternatives on complex regulatory or policy issues. 

 

Work highlights 

Assisted DITO Telecommunity Corporation on a project financing bridge loan between DITO Telecommunity Corporation and Bank of China affiliated entities. 

Key clients 

FSG Technology VenturesSEA Group, Stripe, QCash Finance Corporation 

 
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula is a full-service law firm representing a wide array of local and foreign clients in the Philippines. The firm is best known for its tax practice. The firm is also active in the banking and finance and corporate and M&A areas. Lily Gruba, Angelo Patrick Advincula and Antero Jose Caganda are among the key contacts.


Work highlights 

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

Key clients 

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

 
Capital markets
ACCRALAW

The largest law firm in the Philippines by size, ACCRALAW is particularly strong in capital markets, dispute resolution, intellectual property, labour and employment and tax. The firm has a stellar track record of handling complex cases both domestically and internationally. Capital markets practitioner Francisco Lim, dispute lawyer Oliver Pantaleon, labour and employment partner Emerico De Guzman and IP specialist Alex Ferdinand Fider are key figures.

Client feedback 

Knowledgeable and pro-active, has good contacts with the regulators.” – Capital markets 

Available, responsible, accessible and assertive.” – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, knowledgeable, provides clear explanations.” – Corporate and M&A 

ACCRALAW is a great partner in terms of providing advice and guidance on labour and employment matters, especially whenever we receive escalations from the labour office.”  Labour and employment 

Joselito Bautista 

 He has a lot of positive attributes, but the most relevant are responsiveness and accessibility. 

John Derije 

Derije is quick to respond to queries and requests. He makes himself available to us when needed.  He comes to our hearings well prepared. His pleadings are very well researched, properly argued, and each point excellently made with sufficient support and basis.” 

Everlene Lee 

 “Attentive to detail, responsive, and approachable.” 

Francis Lim 

 “Well respected, well connected, and very knowledgeable.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted as counsel for the issuer, AREIT, in connection with its real estate investment trusIPO. 

Advised on the IPO of Converge Information and Communication Technology Solutions. 

Key clients 

China Bank CapitalCirtek Holdings Philippines Corporation, HSBCRCBC Capital Corporation, Standard Chartered Bank 

 
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is a top-tier law firm in the Philippines. The firm capably provides service in the areas of corporate and M&A, banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and labour and employmentEduardo Martinez, Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea are key contacts. 

Client feedback 

It provides no-nonsense advice which oftentimes result in a much quicker resolution of issues.” – Banking and finance 

Has deep knowledge of the legalities of the transactions, is practical and proactive.” – Capital markets 

The Firm is well-versed in corporate and M&A legal concerns and was fully equipped to advise the sell side in the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A 

Gwyneth Ong 

She is an expert in the field of M&A and corporate matters. She is firm in pursuance of her client's interests. She is conscientious, responds promptly, and fully addresses concerns of the client.” 

Elmer Serrano 

Very responsive and knowledgeable.” 

Mark Vergara 

Gives good insight and has a deep network which is useful when executing transactions.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised DDMP REIT on its IPO of almost $6 million common shares.  

Key clients 

BDO Unibank, MerryMartSta. Lucia Land, Suncity Group Holdings

 
Puyat Jacinto & Santos (PJS Law)

Puyat Jacinto & Santos provides a comprehensive range of legal services across a multitude of specialised fields such as energy, infrastructure, corporate and M&Abanking and finance and capital markets. Ramil Bugayong, Pearl Grace Cabali and Elaine Marie Laceda are some key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Acted as transaction counsel to China Bank Capital Corporation on Puregold Price Club’s senior corporate notes issuance. 

Key clients 

Unicapital 

 
Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torresa member firm of Baker McKenzie, offers specialised legal expertise across all practice areas and sectors with experienced teams in both transactional and contentious areas. The firm is highly ranked in capital markets, competition/antitrust, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, IP and tax. With a team of more than 50 lawyers, Quisumbing Torres is fully capable of providing tailored and practical legal advice for the client. Key practitioners include managing partner Ramon Quisumbingdispute specialist Donemark Calimonlabour expert Kenneth Chua and project specialist Dennis Quintero.

Client feedback 

“The firm is well connected, understands what is important to multinational corporations, is diligent, and good at paying attention to detail. – Dispute resolution 

Quisumbing Torres is a reliable partner of our company as well as the entire BPO industry in the Philippines. Their Employment Team is very responsive, accessible and well-versed in issues concerning our business and the industry. – Labour and employment 

Quisumbing Torres is very supportive of our sector. It is always willing to support our industry by conducting briefings about latest policy issuances, webinars on global trends and issues on a variety of topics, regular updates and advisories on circulars and implementing guidelines that may impact our business and are very forthcoming with copies of issuances or decisions that we sometimes ask for. – Labour and employment 

Quick to respondprovides timely closures and ensures compliance.” – Regulatory 

Kenneth Chua 

Responsible and accessible, always ready to offer his services. 

Miguel Galvez 

Quite approachable and knowledgeable. 

Julius Gaston 

Responsive, helpful, and gives clear advice.” 

Marvin Masangkay 

Masangkay always has a positive attitude and provides very good customer service. He understands our needs and has always tried his best to accommodate our requests. 

Ramon Quisumbing 

Quisumbing is intelligent, attentive, responsive, and understands what is important to his clients. 

Gil Zerrudo 

Zerrudo is an expert in his field. He provides comprehensive advice based on his experience and acute understanding of the Philippine labour law. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised an American timeshare company on their offering of timeshare products in the Philippines. 

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for DBS BankStandard Chartered Bank and DB Trustees (Hong Kong) on San Miguel Corporation’s issuance of $500 million senior perpetual capital securities under its $3 billion medium term note and securities programme. 

Key clients 

BDO Capital, China Bank Capital Corporation, Philippine Commercial CapitalPNB Capital and Investment CorporationRCBC Capital CorporationSB Capital Investment Corporation

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

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advised Ayala Land on its five-way merger with four of its subsidiaries.

Gulapa Law

Established in 2015, boutique law firm Gulapa Law is well recognised for its expertise in construction, energy and infrastructure. Its market-leading infrastructure group has been advising the government in various PPP projects. Gulapa Law continues to expand by servicing more international clients, with a consistent trend of delivering quality work. Infrastructure specialist Aris Gulapa is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

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

Advised the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) consortium on the unsolicited proposal for the expansion and rehabilitation of the NAIA Complex and in competition issues arising from the project.

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Infineon Technologies on a merger between Infineon Technologies and Cypress Semiconductor Corporation, with Cypress as the surviving entity. 

Key clients 

Aéroports de ParisBeacon Powergen Holdings, Metro Pacific Investments CorporationMitsubishi Corporation 

 
Construction
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Full-service law firm Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has particular strengths in corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory. With over three decades of experience in a wide variety of practices, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia earns its reputation as a leading law firm in the Philippines. IP specialist and head of natural resources Patricia Bunye, dispute partner Elmar Galacio and IP litigator Susan Villanueva are among the key partners. 

Client feedback 

The firm is very thorough in its advice and suggestions.” – Banking and finance 

Pro-active, trustworthy, expert legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive to client’s requirements, good at not only identifying issues but also resolving them.” – Energy 

Detailed, clear and practical legal advice delivered.” – Mining 

It is the largest mining related legal group in the Philippines and has a broad and deep resource group.”  Mining 

It is commendable that they give advice on what is best commercially based on their experiences with other clients.” – Real estate 

The firm has presented rare combination of responsiveness and professional knowledge with the highest degree of integrity.” – Regulatory 

Rosa Bagtas 

She responds to my concerns and is very knowledgeable on the issues posed to her. She is also very creative in her solutions.” 

John Balisnomo 

A strategic lawyer who is both relatable and practical.” 

Patricia Bunye 

Bunye is definitely an expert in mining laws of the Philippines. She has a wealth of legal knowledge on mining and company laws.” 

Francis Fragante 

Trustworthy with integrity.” 

Rogelio Torres 

Very attentive to client's requirements and provides deep insights on actions to be taken.” 

Pancho Umali 

Very good communication skills and has a good approach in handling issues and suggesting solutions.” 

 

Work highlights 

Assisted a consortium in regard to the legal aspects of the unsolicited proposal for the financing, design, construction, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of a metro rail transit system. 

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is a top-tier law firm in the Philippines. The firm capably provides service in the areas of corporate and M&A, banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and labour and employmentEduardo Martinez, Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea are key contacts. 

Client feedback 

It provides no-nonsense advice which oftentimes result in a much quicker resolution of issues.” – Banking and finance 

Has deep knowledge of the legalities of the transactions, is practical and proactive.” – Capital markets 

The Firm is well-versed in corporate and M&A legal concerns and was fully equipped to advise the sell side in the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A 

Gwyneth Ong 

She is an expert in the field of M&A and corporate matters. She is firm in pursuance of her client's interests. She is conscientious, responds promptly, and fully addresses concerns of the client.” 

Elmer Serrano 

Very responsive and knowledgeable.” 

Mark Vergara 

Gives good insight and has a deep network which is useful when executing transactions.”

 

Work highlights 

Represented Anchor Land Holdings as counsel for the implementation of its joint venture with the City of Parañaque involving the development and operation of a commercial mixed-use project in Parañaque City 

Key clients 

Citicore Renewable Energy Corporation, Suntrust 

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised on the operations and maintenance of the Clark International Airport.

 
Corporate and M&A
ACCRALAW

The largest law firm in the Philippines by size, ACCRALAW is particularly strong in capital markets, dispute resolution, intellectual property, labour and employment and tax. The firm has a stellar track record of handling complex cases both domestically and internationally. Capital markets practitioner Francisco Lim, dispute lawyer Oliver Pantaleon, labour and employment partner Emerico De Guzman and IP specialist Alex Ferdinand Fider are key figures.

Client feedback 

Knowledgeable and pro-active, has good contacts with the regulators.” – Capital markets 

Available, responsible, accessible and assertive.” – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, knowledgeable, provides clear explanations.” – Corporate and M&A 

ACCRALAW is a great partner in terms of providing advice and guidance on labour and employment matters, especially whenever we receive escalations from the labour office.”  Labour and employment 

Joselito Bautista 

 He has a lot of positive attributes, but the most relevant are responsiveness and accessibility. 

John Derije 

Derije is quick to respond to queries and requests. He makes himself available to us when needed.  He comes to our hearings well prepared. His pleadings are very well researched, properly argued, and each point excellently made with sufficient support and basis.” 

Everlene Lee 

 “Attentive to detail, responsive, and approachable.” 

Francis Lim 

 “Well respected, well connected, and very knowledgeable.”

 

Work highlights 

Acted as Philippine counsel for CVC Capital Partners in relation to its acquisition of shares of Fastcargo Logistics Corporation. 

Key clients 

Bank of AyudhyaEverlife AsiaPhilippine Foremost Milling Corporation, Transol 

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Full-service law firm Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has particular strengths in corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory. With over three decades of experience in a wide variety of practices, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia earns its reputation as a leading law firm in the Philippines. IP specialist and head of natural resources Patricia Bunye, dispute partner Elmar Galacio and IP litigator Susan Villanueva are among the key partners. 

Client feedback 

The firm is very thorough in its advice and suggestions.” – Banking and finance 

Pro-active, trustworthy, expert legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive to client’s requirements, good at not only identifying issues but also resolving them.” – Energy 

Detailed, clear and practical legal advice delivered.” – Mining 

It is the largest mining related legal group in the Philippines and has a broad and deep resource group.”  Mining 

It is commendable that they give advice on what is best commercially based on their experiences with other clients.” – Real estate 

The firm has presented rare combination of responsiveness and professional knowledge with the highest degree of integrity.” – Regulatory 

Rosa Bagtas 

She responds to my concerns and is very knowledgeable on the issues posed to her. She is also very creative in her solutions.” 

John Balisnomo 

A strategic lawyer who is both relatable and practical.” 

Patricia Bunye 

Bunye is definitely an expert in mining laws of the Philippines. She has a wealth of legal knowledge on mining and company laws.” 

Francis Fragante 

Trustworthy with integrity.” 

Rogelio Torres 

Very attentive to client's requirements and provides deep insights on actions to be taken.” 

Pancho Umali 

Very good communication skills and has a good approach in handling issues and suggesting solutions.” 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Sagittarius Mines on the Tampakan Copper Gold Project on matters including the defence of its environmental compliance certificate against the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. 

Key clients 

Red Core Geothermal, UnicapitalZywave

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

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Assisted Stellar in the Philippine aspects of its merger with Probe. 

 
Gulapa Law

Established in 2015, boutique law firm Gulapa Law is well recognised for its expertise in construction, energy and infrastructure. Its market-leading infrastructure group has been advising the government in various PPP projects. Gulapa Law continues to expand by servicing more international clients, with a consistent trend of delivering quality work. Infrastructure specialist Aris Gulapa is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

Assisting Manila Water Company in the drafting and revision of its concession agreement with MWSS. 

Key clients 

Better Shape InnovatorsPhilippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corporation, Pivot International 

 
Insights Philippines

Established in 2017, Insights Philippines is a member firm of the ZICO Law regional network. With the flurry of new unicorns galloping into the market, the firm is set to play a big role in the fintech sector in upcoming years. Managing partner Felix Sy brings more than 20 years of experience in the banking and finance, corporate and M&A, energy and infrastructure practices, and is a key contact.


Work highlights 

Advised a China-based venture capital firm on the due diligence and acquisition of the subsidiary of a Philippine financing company involved in financial technology.  

Advising a Netherlands-based fund on the term sheet, equity investments, regulatory requirements, structuring of the discrete project holding companies, and the documentation of the various equity investments on a portfolio of at least 10 renewable energy projects. 

 
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is a top-tier law firm in the Philippines. The firm capably provides service in the areas of corporate and M&A, banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and labour and employmentEduardo Martinez, Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea are key contacts. 

Client feedback 

It provides no-nonsense advice which oftentimes result in a much quicker resolution of issues.” – Banking and finance 

Has deep knowledge of the legalities of the transactions, is practical and proactive.” – Capital markets 

The Firm is well-versed in corporate and M&A legal concerns and was fully equipped to advise the sell side in the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A 

Gwyneth Ong 

She is an expert in the field of M&A and corporate matters. She is firm in pursuance of her client's interests. She is conscientious, responds promptly, and fully addresses concerns of the client.” 

Elmer Serrano 

Very responsive and knowledgeable.” 

Mark Vergara 

Gives good insight and has a deep network which is useful when executing transactions.”

 

Work highlights 

Assisted BDO on the merger of its two securities brokerage businesses, BDO Securities Corporation and BDO Nomura Securities 

Key clients 

Farallon Capital, Hitachi Digital Payment Solutions, Human ManagedMaison Noble Holdings, Pacific Online Systems Corporation

 
Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torresa member firm of Baker McKenzie, offers specialised legal expertise across all practice areas and sectors with experienced teams in both transactional and contentious areas. The firm is highly ranked in capital markets, competition/antitrust, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, IP and tax. With a team of more than 50 lawyers, Quisumbing Torres is fully capable of providing tailored and practical legal advice for the client. Key practitioners include managing partner Ramon Quisumbingdispute specialist Donemark Calimonlabour expert Kenneth Chua and project specialist Dennis Quintero.

Client feedback 

“The firm is well connected, understands what is important to multinational corporations, is diligent, and good at paying attention to detail. – Dispute resolution 

Quisumbing Torres is a reliable partner of our company as well as the entire BPO industry in the Philippines. Their Employment Team is very responsive, accessible and well-versed in issues concerning our business and the industry. – Labour and employment 

Quisumbing Torres is very supportive of our sector. It is always willing to support our industry by conducting briefings about latest policy issuances, webinars on global trends and issues on a variety of topics, regular updates and advisories on circulars and implementing guidelines that may impact our business and are very forthcoming with copies of issuances or decisions that we sometimes ask for. – Labour and employment 

Quick to respondprovides timely closures and ensures compliance.” – Regulatory 

Kenneth Chua 

Responsible and accessible, always ready to offer his services. 

Miguel Galvez 

Quite approachable and knowledgeable. 

Julius Gaston 

Responsive, helpful, and gives clear advice.” 

Marvin Masangkay 

Masangkay always has a positive attitude and provides very good customer service. He understands our needs and has always tried his best to accommodate our requests. 

Ramon Quisumbing 

Quisumbing is intelligent, attentive, responsive, and understands what is important to his clients. 

Gil Zerrudo 

Zerrudo is an expert in his field. He provides comprehensive advice based on his experience and acute understanding of the Philippine labour law. 

 

Work highlights 

Assisted  Pfizer in the spin-off of its consumer healthcare business segment into a joint venture with GlaxoSmithKline. 

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Metro Pacific Investments Corporation on its sale of shares in Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation. 

Key clients 

Keppel Infrastructure Trust, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & CoMitsubishi Corporation 

 
Villaraza & Angangco

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. As a firm with decades of experience serving its clients, the firm is fully equipped for any legal matter, and through its work has gained the trust of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. 

Client feedback 

The Villaraza & Angangco team was very efficient in handling the case. It provided timely updates, provided the client with necessary advise and was very comprehensive in providing legal assessment of the risks and possible outcomes of the litigation.” – Corporate and M&A 

The team’s output is always excellently executed, thorough, and well-prepared.”  Energy 

“Offers a professional service and quick response. – Labour and employment 

Jose Florino 

Responds timely and efficiently and has a good grasp of legal frameworks. 

Rashel Pomoy 

Responsive and Thorough. 

Maria Concepcion Simundac 

Over-all, she is an excellent legal partner. She is hands-on, responsive, reliable in meeting timelines, and provides creative solutions and alternatives on complex regulatory or policy issues. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Udenna Corporation on its acquisition of all issued shares in Chevron. 

Key clients 

Bank of the Philippine Islands, BDO Unibank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

 
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula is a full-service law firm representing a wide array of local and foreign clients in the Philippines. The firm is best known for its tax practice. The firm is also active in the banking and finance and corporate and M&A areas. Lily Gruba, Angelo Patrick Advincula and Antero Jose Caganda are among the key contacts.


Work highlights 

Advised a Philippine snack company on its acquisition of food retail store businesses and food manufacturers.

 
Dispute resolution
ACCRALAW

The largest law firm in the Philippines by size, ACCRALAW is particularly strong in capital markets, dispute resolution, intellectual property, labour and employment and tax. The firm has a stellar track record of handling complex cases both domestically and internationally. Capital markets practitioner Francisco Lim, dispute lawyer Oliver Pantaleon, labour and employment partner Emerico De Guzman and IP specialist Alex Ferdinand Fider are key figures.

Client feedback 

Knowledgeable and pro-active, has good contacts with the regulators.” – Capital markets 

Available, responsible, accessible and assertive.” – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, knowledgeable, provides clear explanations.” – Corporate and M&A 

ACCRALAW is a great partner in terms of providing advice and guidance on labour and employment matters, especially whenever we receive escalations from the labour office.”  Labour and employment 

Joselito Bautista 

 He has a lot of positive attributes, but the most relevant are responsiveness and accessibility. 

John Derije 

Derije is quick to respond to queries and requests. He makes himself available to us when needed.  He comes to our hearings well prepared. His pleadings are very well researched, properly argued, and each point excellently made with sufficient support and basis.” 

Everlene Lee 

 “Attentive to detail, responsive, and approachable.” 

Francis Lim 

 “Well respected, well connected, and very knowledgeable.”

 

Work highlights 

Represented Petitioner Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) in the court of appeals against Fe Balceda and AMA Rural Bank of Mandaluyong regarding its closure by the government regulator BSP and its eventual liquidation by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC).   

Key clients 

Chevron PhilippinesManila Electric Company, Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

 
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Full-service law firm Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has particular strengths in corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory. With over three decades of experience in a wide variety of practices, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia earns its reputation as a leading law firm in the Philippines. IP specialist and head of natural resources Patricia Bunye, dispute partner Elmar Galacio and IP litigator Susan Villanueva are among the key partners. 

Client feedback 

The firm is very thorough in its advice and suggestions.” – Banking and finance 

Pro-active, trustworthy, expert legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive to client’s requirements, good at not only identifying issues but also resolving them.” – Energy 

Detailed, clear and practical legal advice delivered.” – Mining 

It is the largest mining related legal group in the Philippines and has a broad and deep resource group.”  Mining 

It is commendable that they give advice on what is best commercially based on their experiences with other clients.” – Real estate 

The firm has presented rare combination of responsiveness and professional knowledge with the highest degree of integrity.” – Regulatory 

Rosa Bagtas 

She responds to my concerns and is very knowledgeable on the issues posed to her. She is also very creative in her solutions.” 

John Balisnomo 

A strategic lawyer who is both relatable and practical.” 

Patricia Bunye 

Bunye is definitely an expert in mining laws of the Philippines. She has a wealth of legal knowledge on mining and company laws.” 

Francis Fragante 

Trustworthy with integrity.” 

Rogelio Torres 

Very attentive to client's requirements and provides deep insights on actions to be taken.” 

Pancho Umali 

Very good communication skills and has a good approach in handling issues and suggesting solutions.” 

 

Work highlights 

Successfully represented Secur Links Network and Technologies in an arbitration case against the Medium-Term Information and Communications Technology Harmonization Initiative. 

Key clients 

Ateneo de Manila University, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and IndustryRiverbanks Development CorporationSan Beda College Alabang 

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

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advised the client on an SIAC arbitration involving an LPG-supply contract governed by Singapore law. 

Key clients 

Metro Rail Transit Corporation, Standard Chartered BankTeaM Energy Corporation 

 
Gulapa Law

Established in 2015, boutique law firm Gulapa Law is well recognised for its expertise in construction, energy and infrastructure. Its market-leading infrastructure group has been advising the government in various PPP projects. Gulapa Law continues to expand by servicing more international clients, with a consistent trend of delivering quality work. Infrastructure specialist Aris Gulapa is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

Represented a private complainant in a criminal case for slander by deed against her former employer. 

Key clients 

JBROS Construction Corporation, Joey Aquino

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Defended ainfrastructure corporation in a Supreme Court case involving high amount of potential revenues arising from a Philippine toll way project. 

Key clients 

Barrick Gold Corporation, HedcorOceanaGold, Placer Dome 

 
Villaraza & Angangco

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. As a firm with decades of experience serving its clients, the firm is fully equipped for any legal matter, and through its work has gained the trust of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. 

Client feedback 

The Villaraza & Angangco team was very efficient in handling the case. It provided timely updates, provided the client with necessary advise and was very comprehensive in providing legal assessment of the risks and possible outcomes of the litigation.” – Corporate and M&A 

The team’s output is always excellently executed, thorough, and well-prepared.”  Energy 

“Offers a professional service and quick response. – Labour and employment 

Jose Florino 

Responds timely and efficiently and has a good grasp of legal frameworks. 

Rashel Pomoy 

Responsive and Thorough. 

Maria Concepcion Simundac 

Over-all, she is an excellent legal partner. She is hands-on, responsive, reliable in meeting timelines, and provides creative solutions and alternatives on complex regulatory or policy issues. 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Fountel and FAI and successfully obtained a reversal of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) decision nullifying the share acquisitions of Fountel and FAI in PSI on the ground of supposed fraudulent practices under the securities regulation code. 

Key clients 

Felicitas Antoinette, Fountel Corporation 

Energy
Abuda Asis & Associates

Abuda Asis & Associates is a boutique law firm specialising in project finance, corporate and M&Aenergy and infrastructure. Over the years, the firm has been involved in crucial infrastructure financing deals. The team is led by Cornelio Abuda and Jehremiah Asiswho focus on banking and finance, and infrastructure, respectively.

Client feedback 

It is an expert in project finance, and the firm is especially familiar with the legal concerns of the lender.” – Energy 

Cornelio Abuda 

Thorough, good commercial sense, great negotiator, very responsive and active.” 

 

Work highlights 

Advised a consortium of Philippine banks on the refinancing of a note facility granted by Alsons Consolidated Resources. 

Advised a syndicate of banks on the bidding of the supply of more than 1,000 MW of electricity to a large-scale distribution utility.

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

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advised a leading Philippine power generation groupFGEN LNG Corporation, on an over $1 billion LNG infrastructure development project with onshore and offshore components. 

Key clients 

AC Energy PhilippinesFirst Gen Ecopower SolutionsFirstNatGas PowerRetail Electricity Suppliers Association 

 
Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torresa member firm of Baker McKenzie, offers specialised legal expertise across all practice areas and sectors with experienced teams in both transactional and contentious areas. The firm is highly ranked in capital markets, competition/antitrust, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, IP and tax. With a team of more than 50 lawyers, Quisumbing Torres is fully capable of providing tailored and practical legal advice for the client. Key practitioners include managing partner Ramon Quisumbingdispute specialist Donemark Calimonlabour expert Kenneth Chua and project specialist Dennis Quintero.

Client feedback 

“The firm is well connected, understands what is important to multinational corporations, is diligent, and good at paying attention to detail. – Dispute resolution 

Quisumbing Torres is a reliable partner of our company as well as the entire BPO industry in the Philippines. Their Employment Team is very responsive, accessible and well-versed in issues concerning our business and the industry. – Labour and employment 

Quisumbing Torres is very supportive of our sector. It is always willing to support our industry by conducting briefings about latest policy issuances, webinars on global trends and issues on a variety of topics, regular updates and advisories on circulars and implementing guidelines that may impact our business and are very forthcoming with copies of issuances or decisions that we sometimes ask for. – Labour and employment 

Quick to respondprovides timely closures and ensures compliance.” – Regulatory 

Kenneth Chua 

Responsible and accessible, always ready to offer his services. 

Miguel Galvez 

Quite approachable and knowledgeable. 

Julius Gaston 

Responsive, helpful, and gives clear advice.” 

Marvin Masangkay 

Masangkay always has a positive attitude and provides very good customer service. He understands our needs and has always tried his best to accommodate our requests. 

Ramon Quisumbing 

Quisumbing is intelligent, attentive, responsive, and understands what is important to his clients. 

Gil Zerrudo 

Zerrudo is an expert in his field. He provides comprehensive advice based on his experience and acute understanding of the Philippine labour law. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Sharp Energy Solutions Corporation on a solar rooftop project in the Philippines. 

Key clients 

APG Asset Management Asia, Sankyu Southeast Asia Holdings

 
Infrastructure
Gulapa Law

Established in 2015, boutique law firm Gulapa Law is well recognised for its expertise in construction, energy and infrastructure. Its market-leading infrastructure group has been advising the government in various PPP projects. Gulapa Law continues to expand by servicing more international clients, with a consistent trend of delivering quality work. Infrastructure specialist Aris Gulapa is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

Assisting ADB, the transaction advisor of the Department of Transportation, in structuring the Metro Manila Subway Project and drafting the bidding documentation. 

Key clients 

Infracorp Development, WaterMatic Philippines Corporation 

 
Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torresa member firm of Baker McKenzie, offers specialised legal expertise across all practice areas and sectors with experienced teams in both transactional and contentious areas. The firm is highly ranked in capital markets, competition/antitrust, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, IP and tax. With a team of more than 50 lawyers, Quisumbing Torres is fully capable of providing tailored and practical legal advice for the client. Key practitioners include managing partner Ramon Quisumbingdispute specialist Donemark Calimonlabour expert Kenneth Chua and project specialist Dennis Quintero.

Client feedback 

“The firm is well connected, understands what is important to multinational corporations, is diligent, and good at paying attention to detail. – Dispute resolution 

Quisumbing Torres is a reliable partner of our company as well as the entire BPO industry in the Philippines. Their Employment Team is very responsive, accessible and well-versed in issues concerning our business and the industry. – Labour and employment 

Quisumbing Torres is very supportive of our sector. It is always willing to support our industry by conducting briefings about latest policy issuances, webinars on global trends and issues on a variety of topics, regular updates and advisories on circulars and implementing guidelines that may impact our business and are very forthcoming with copies of issuances or decisions that we sometimes ask for. – Labour and employment 

Quick to respondprovides timely closures and ensures compliance.” – Regulatory 

Kenneth Chua 

Responsible and accessible, always ready to offer his services. 

Miguel Galvez 

Quite approachable and knowledgeable. 

Julius Gaston 

Responsive, helpful, and gives clear advice.” 

Marvin Masangkay 

Masangkay always has a positive attitude and provides very good customer service. He understands our needs and has always tried his best to accommodate our requests. 

Ramon Quisumbing 

Quisumbing is intelligent, attentive, responsive, and understands what is important to his clients. 

Gil Zerrudo 

Zerrudo is an expert in his field. He provides comprehensive advice based on his experience and acute understanding of the Philippine labour law. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised SBA Communications Corporation, who owns and operates wireless infrastructure in respect of the Philippine legal framework for independent tower companies, on the establishment of its Philippine corporate vehicle, and in obtaining an independent tower company license from the Department of Information and Communications Technology. 

Intellectual property
Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento

IP specialist firm Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento offers both contentious and non-contentious IP services. Over the years, the firm has experienced not only a continuous rise in its IP portfolio but also a remarkable increase in IP dispute and litigation casesDespite the extraordinary challenges of 2020 brought about by the pandemic, BCCS Law achieved modest growth in its trademark practice. Andre Betita, Pericles Casuela, Joseph Sarmiento and John Cabilao are the key partners.


Work highlights 

Advised a world-leading provider of product lifecycle management and manufacturing operations management software in obtaining a criminal conviction for the offense of software copyright infringement against the corporate directors and officers of a Philippine-based company. 

Appointed as the new trademark agent in the Philippines for the world’s largest healthcare company.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Full-service law firm Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has particular strengths in corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory. With over three decades of experience in a wide variety of practices, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia earns its reputation as a leading law firm in the Philippines. IP specialist and head of natural resources Patricia Bunye, dispute partner Elmar Galacio and IP litigator Susan Villanueva are among the key partners. 

Client feedback 

The firm is very thorough in its advice and suggestions.” – Banking and finance 

Pro-active, trustworthy, expert legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive to client’s requirements, good at not only identifying issues but also resolving them.” – Energy 

Detailed, clear and practical legal advice delivered.” – Mining 

It is the largest mining related legal group in the Philippines and has a broad and deep resource group.”  Mining 

It is commendable that they give advice on what is best commercially based on their experiences with other clients.” – Real estate 

The firm has presented rare combination of responsiveness and professional knowledge with the highest degree of integrity.” – Regulatory 

Rosa Bagtas 

She responds to my concerns and is very knowledgeable on the issues posed to her. She is also very creative in her solutions.” 

John Balisnomo 

A strategic lawyer who is both relatable and practical.” 

Patricia Bunye 

Bunye is definitely an expert in mining laws of the Philippines. She has a wealth of legal knowledge on mining and company laws.” 

Francis Fragante 

Trustworthy with integrity.” 

Rogelio Torres 

Very attentive to client's requirements and provides deep insights on actions to be taken.” 

Pancho Umali 

Very good communication skills and has a good approach in handling issues and suggesting solutions.” 

 

Work highlights 

Acted for Green Cross on trademark prosecution and enforcement.  

Key clients 

Ayala Land, Filinvest LandThe Republic Cement Group

Gulapa Law

Established in 2015, boutique law firm Gulapa Law is well recognised for its expertise in construction, energy and infrastructure. Its market-leading infrastructure group has been advising the government in various PPP projects. Gulapa Law continues to expand by servicing more international clients, with a consistent trend of delivering quality work. Infrastructure specialist Aris Gulapa is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

Advising a Singapore-based client on the registration of trademarks in 13 jurisdictions using the legal framework provided in the Madrid Protocol, with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office as the office of origin.  

Key clients 

APO Production Unit, Asian Development BankFashion BoxFrontiir 

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Colgate on all aspects of intellectual property for consumer products. 

Key clients 

Biofarma, Bose Corporation, Dyson TechnologyMerck & CoPfizer, Samsung ElectronicsThe Clorox Company 

 
Villaraza & Angangco

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. As a firm with decades of experience serving its clients, the firm is fully equipped for any legal matter, and through its work has gained the trust of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. 

Client feedback 

The Villaraza & Angangco team was very efficient in handling the case. It provided timely updates, provided the client with necessary advise and was very comprehensive in providing legal assessment of the risks and possible outcomes of the litigation.” – Corporate and M&A 

The team’s output is always excellently executed, thorough, and well-prepared.”  Energy 

“Offers a professional service and quick response. – Labour and employment 

Jose Florino 

Responds timely and efficiently and has a good grasp of legal frameworks. 

Rashel Pomoy 

Responsive and Thorough. 

Maria Concepcion Simundac 

Over-all, she is an excellent legal partner. She is hands-on, responsive, reliable in meeting timelines, and provides creative solutions and alternatives on complex regulatory or policy issues. 

 

Work highlights 

Successfully cancelled four ‘Evergreen patent registrations of the Esomeprazole compound for Getz Pharma. 

Key clients 

ABS-CBN Corporation, DescorpPetron Corporation 

 
Labour and employment
ACCRALAW

The largest law firm in the Philippines by size, ACCRALAW is particularly strong in capital markets, dispute resolution, intellectual property, labour and employment and tax. The firm has a stellar track record of handling complex cases both domestically and internationally. Capital markets practitioner Francisco Lim, dispute lawyer Oliver Pantaleon, labour and employment partner Emerico De Guzman and IP specialist Alex Ferdinand Fider are key figures.

Client feedback 

Knowledgeable and pro-active, has good contacts with the regulators.” – Capital markets 

Available, responsible, accessible and assertive.” – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, knowledgeable, provides clear explanations.” – Corporate and M&A 

ACCRALAW is a great partner in terms of providing advice and guidance on labour and employment matters, especially whenever we receive escalations from the labour office.”  Labour and employment 

Joselito Bautista 

 He has a lot of positive attributes, but the most relevant are responsiveness and accessibility. 

John Derije 

Derije is quick to respond to queries and requests. He makes himself available to us when needed.  He comes to our hearings well prepared. His pleadings are very well researched, properly argued, and each point excellently made with sufficient support and basis.” 

Everlene Lee 

 “Attentive to detail, responsive, and approachable.” 

Francis Lim 

 “Well respected, well connected, and very knowledgeable.”

 

Work highlights 

Successfully defended Lizardbear Tasking at the labour arbiter for an illegal dismissal complaint. 

Key clients 

Facebook, Melco Resorts Leisure CorporationSun Life Grepa FinancialTotal Philippines Corporation 

 
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Full-service law firm Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has particular strengths in corporate and M&A, dispute resolution, intellectual property and regulatory. With over three decades of experience in a wide variety of practices, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia earns its reputation as a leading law firm in the Philippines. IP specialist and head of natural resources Patricia Bunye, dispute partner Elmar Galacio and IP litigator Susan Villanueva are among the key partners. 

Client feedback 

The firm is very thorough in its advice and suggestions.” – Banking and finance 

Pro-active, trustworthy, expert legal advice.” – Corporate and M&A 

Very responsive to client’s requirements, good at not only identifying issues but also resolving them.” – Energy 

Detailed, clear and practical legal advice delivered.” – Mining 

It is the largest mining related legal group in the Philippines and has a broad and deep resource group.”  Mining 

It is commendable that they give advice on what is best commercially based on their experiences with other clients.” – Real estate 

The firm has presented rare combination of responsiveness and professional knowledge with the highest degree of integrity.” – Regulatory 

Rosa Bagtas 

She responds to my concerns and is very knowledgeable on the issues posed to her. She is also very creative in her solutions.” 

John Balisnomo 

A strategic lawyer who is both relatable and practical.” 

Patricia Bunye 

Bunye is definitely an expert in mining laws of the Philippines. She has a wealth of legal knowledge on mining and company laws.” 

Francis Fragante 

Trustworthy with integrity.” 

Rogelio Torres 

Very attentive to client's requirements and provides deep insights on actions to be taken.” 

Pancho Umali 

Very good communication skills and has a good approach in handling issues and suggesting solutions.” 

 

Work highlights 

Advised the client on an illegal dismissal case against an exclusive service centre for luxury vehicles and high-performing brands by one of its employees who was dismissed based on just causes of termination.

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

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advising the client on ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with a union representing 200 employees.

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co on its investment in Frontier Tower Associates Philippines. 

Key clients 

First Pacific Company, Metro Pacific Investments CorporationPXP Energy Corporation 

 
Villaraza & Angangco

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. As a firm with decades of experience serving its clients, the firm is fully equipped for any legal matter, and through its work has gained the trust of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. 

Client feedback 

The Villaraza & Angangco team was very efficient in handling the case. It provided timely updates, provided the client with necessary advise and was very comprehensive in providing legal assessment of the risks and possible outcomes of the litigation.” – Corporate and M&A 

The team’s output is always excellently executed, thorough, and well-prepared.”  Energy 

“Offers a professional service and quick response. – Labour and employment 

Jose Florino 

Responds timely and efficiently and has a good grasp of legal frameworks. 

Rashel Pomoy 

Responsive and Thorough. 

Maria Concepcion Simundac 

Over-all, she is an excellent legal partner. She is hands-on, responsive, reliable in meeting timelines, and provides creative solutions and alternatives on complex regulatory or policy issues. 

 

Work highlights 

Overseeing the growth of Amazon Operation Services Philippines to over 3,000 employees in the Philippines 

Key clients 

Hijo Resources Corporation, LF Philippines, King & Spalding 

 
Real estate
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Advising a member of the Alcuaz family in relation to a dispute with a real estate development company and a scion of a prominent Filipino architect. 

Represented three of the country’s biggest conglomerates in challenging the legality of a local government unit’s ordinance imposing franchise tax on shopping malls.

 
Gulapa Law

Established in 2015, boutique law firm Gulapa Law is well recognised for its expertise in construction, energy and infrastructure. Its market-leading infrastructure group has been advising the government in various PPP projects. Gulapa Law continues to expand by servicing more international clients, with a consistent trend of delivering quality work. Infrastructure specialist Aris Gulapa is the main contact. 


Work highlights 

Representing the super consortium of seven conglomerates (Aboitiz, Ayala, Filinvest, JG Summit, Metro Pacific, Megaworld, and Philippine Airlines) in their proposal to rehabilitate and expand the NAIA. 

Key clients 

Aboitiz InfraCapitalADB, SM Prime Holdings

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its joint venture with Filinvest Alabang for the development of a mixed-use project in Filinvest City.

 
Shipping
Del Rosario & Del Rosario

Shipping boutique Del Rosario & Del Rosario is regularly sought out by the international group of P&I clubs as well as insurance companies and cruise lines. The firm has expertise iall aspects of shipping matters including labour, personal injury, vessel arrest, collisions, salvage, oil pollution, damage of cargoes, bunker claims, protection and indemnity, and ship finance. Its notable IP group has also been engaged by global giants such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Sony. In addition to these practices, the firm is also growing its corporate, tax, and medical areas. Key partners include Ruben Del Rosario, Arturo Del Rosario Jr, Charles Jay Dela Cruz Joseph Manolo Rebano and Herbert Tria.

Client feedback 

Saben Loyola 

Client oriented, accessible, and provides a speedy service.” 


Work highlights 

Advised Vienna Wood on its administrative investigation and criminal prosecutions of all crew members and negotiated settlement with colliding vessel and heirs of 16 missed Filipino fishermen who are presumed dead.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Mayer Brown acting for BNP Paribas on the Philippine registration and de-registration procedure of dual-flagged vessels used as security in relation to a financing transaction. 

 
Tax
ACCRALAW

The largest law firm in the Philippines by size, ACCRALAW is particularly strong in capital markets, dispute resolution, intellectual property, labour and employment and tax. The firm has a stellar track record of handling complex cases both domestically and internationally. Capital markets practitioner Francisco Lim, dispute lawyer Oliver Pantaleon, labour and employment partner Emerico De Guzman and IP specialist Alex Ferdinand Fider are key figures.

Client feedback 

Knowledgeable and pro-active, has good contacts with the regulators.” – Capital markets 

Available, responsible, accessible and assertive.” – Corporate and M&A 

Responsive, knowledgeable, provides clear explanations.” – Corporate and M&A 

ACCRALAW is a great partner in terms of providing advice and guidance on labour and employment matters, especially whenever we receive escalations from the labour office.”  Labour and employment 

Joselito Bautista 

 He has a lot of positive attributes, but the most relevant are responsiveness and accessibility. 

John Derije 

Derije is quick to respond to queries and requests. He makes himself available to us when needed.  He comes to our hearings well prepared. His pleadings are very well researched, properly argued, and each point excellently made with sufficient support and basis.” 

Everlene Lee 

 “Attentive to detail, responsive, and approachable.” 

Francis Lim 

 “Well respected, well connected, and very knowledgeable.”

 

Work highlights 

Served as tax counsel of Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company, one of Philippines’ biggest banks, with respect to its claims as creditor of the insolvent ship-building company Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Philippines. 

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

A member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is a full-service law firm of over 40 lawyers focusing on corporate transactions, construction, commercial litigationinternational arbitration, labour and employment and tax. C&G Law is one of the fastest growing firms in the Philippines today, and is trusted by many conglomerates, multinational corporations, and leading financial institutions. Construction lawyer Jaime Renato Gatmaytandispute partner Ben Dominic Yap and tax specialist Anthony Mark Gutierrez are key contacts. 


Work highlights 

Acted and obtained a favourable judgement for East Asia Utilities Corp in a tax case before the Supreme Court. 

Key clients 

Robinsons Land Corporation, SM Prime HoldingsSTEAG State Power 

 
Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is a top-tier law firm in the Philippines. The firm capably provides service in the areas of corporate and M&A, banking and finance, intellectual property, dispute resolution and labour and employmentEduardo Martinez, Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea are key contacts. 

Client feedback 

It provides no-nonsense advice which oftentimes result in a much quicker resolution of issues.” – Banking and finance 

Has deep knowledge of the legalities of the transactions, is practical and proactive.” – Capital markets 

The Firm is well-versed in corporate and M&A legal concerns and was fully equipped to advise the sell side in the transaction.” – Corporate and M&A 

Gwyneth Ong 

She is an expert in the field of M&A and corporate matters. She is firm in pursuance of her client's interests. She is conscientious, responds promptly, and fully addresses concerns of the client.” 

Elmer Serrano 

Very responsive and knowledgeable.” 

Mark Vergara 

Gives good insight and has a deep network which is useful when executing transactions.”

 

Work highlights 

Advised Three Point Star Holdings on its acquisition of an idle two-hectare land situated in Parañaque City through a public auction conducted by Parañaque City.

 
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Representing a Philippine telecommunications company as petitioner in a case before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) in connection with the customs seizure of its telecommunications equipment intended for the modernisation of its network system in the Philippines.

 
Villaraza & Angangco

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. As a firm with decades of experience serving its clients, the firm is fully equipped for any legal matter, and through its work has gained the trust of leading multinational corporations, financial institutions and conglomerates. Its key lawyers include dispute partners Alejandro Alfonso Navarro and Augusto San Pedro as well as IP specialist Bienvenido Somera. 

Client feedback 

The Villaraza & Angangco team was very efficient in handling the case. It provided timely updates, provided the client with necessary advise and was very comprehensive in providing legal assessment of the risks and possible outcomes of the litigation.” – Corporate and M&A 

The team’s output is always excellently executed, thorough, and well-prepared.”  Energy 

“Offers a professional service and quick response. – Labour and employment 

Jose Florino 

Responds timely and efficiently and has a good grasp of legal frameworks. 

Rashel Pomoy 

Responsive and Thorough. 

Maria Concepcion Simundac 

Over-all, she is an excellent legal partner. She is hands-on, responsive, reliable in meeting timelines, and provides creative solutions and alternatives on complex regulatory or policy issues. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised China Telecommunications Corporation on tax matters in relation to its investment in DITO Telecommunity Corporation. 

Key clients 

Emperador DistillersLotte Corporation, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Welcome Creditline

 
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula is a full-service law firm representing a wide array of local and foreign clients in the Philippines. The firm is best known for its tax practice. The firm is also active in the banking and finance and corporate and M&A areas. Lily Gruba, Angelo Patrick Advincula and Antero Jose Caganda are among the key contacts.


Work highlights 

Represented a group of individual taxpayers in a court case involving the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) decision which affirmed the refund of erroneously paid capital gains taxes pursuant to a tax-free exchange of shares. 

 
Technology and telecommunications
Disini Buted Disini Law Offices

Disini Buted Disini Law Offices is a technology and telecommunication specialist firm and is recognised as one of the leaders in this area. The firm frequently advises on matters related to blockchain, cryptocurrency, facilitating investments, regulatory and licensing compliance as well as M&A. It has a diverse roster of clients including banks, remittance companies, virtual currency exchanges, electronic money issuers, and fintech providers. The firm has performed significant work in the field of technology and telecommunications practice in the past 12 months and continues to expand its practice in data privacy and policy work. JJ Disini and Larisa Serzo are key contacts. 

Client feedback 

Extremely professional and knowledgeable, very quick to respond with easy-to-understand advice and very capable in carrying matters through to a conclusion.” – Corporate and M&A 

Disini Buted Disini Law Office provides legal advice which is always clear and precise and can be easily understood in layman's terms.” – Labour and employment 

The firm provides world class support in an emerging market environment. It is perfectly positioned as key legal counsel for digital transformation efforts that are impacting the region.” – Privacy and data protection 

JJ Disini 

I think Disini is one of the most brilliant lawyers I have had the chance of working with. He listens to clients, comes up with solutions very quickly and ensures matters are followed through till the end.” 

Larisa Serzo 

Thorough feedback, innovative thinking, and gives future-proof advice.”

 

Work highlights 

Assisted QBO Innovation Hub in providing legal advice to start-ups and partnering with foreign incubators and accelerators. 

Key clients 

Blogapalooza, ESDC, FoodpandaPetnetQuadX 

 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Regarded tech-specialist firm Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra serves primarily fintech start-ups and incumbents. Clientele such as UBX, U-Pay, Coins.ph and Swipe Wallet have entrusted the firm to be their legal counsel. Mark Gorriceta and Anthony Edsel Tupaz are key figures. 

Client feedback 

Professional, domain experts, and responsive.” – Corporate and M&A 

It is always available to answer questions and get correct and informative information.” – Technology and telecommunications 

Mark Gorriceta 

Objective and fair, he is the ultimate professional.” 

Very accessible and keeps us in the loop.”

 

Work highlights 

Assisting China Design Group in the setup of the Urban Traffic Brain and providing comprehensive smart city-traffic solutions in Metro Cebu. 

Setting up and securing the lending company license of Plentina Lending.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is an undisputed top-tier firm in the PhilippinesAs the largest law firm in the Philippines, it offers a broad range of legal services across most practice areasIts key partners include corporate lawyer Hector de Leon, dispute lawyer Carlos Roberto Lopez and project specialist Rocky Alejandro Reyes. 

Client feedback 

Thorough, skilled and responsive lawyers. – Dispute resolution 

Provides expert opinion. – Labour and employment 

“The firm is very responsive to requests.  They acknowledge receipt of an email promptly and are very professional.” – Labour and employment 

It is unafraid to relentlessly follow up with us to ensure the best result.”  Regulatory 

“Has a great pool of outstanding lawyers. – Tax 

Patricia Daz 

Responsive, hardworking, positive. 

Leslie Dy 

Very deep expertise, high credibility, provides confidence to clients, acknowledged authority, transparency, builds relationships with client.” 

Russel Rodriguez 

Very knowledgeable about the practical side of labour laws. 

 

Work highlights 

Advised Teladoc on Philippine regulatory matters regarding telemedicine.