Practice area/industry focus: Infrastructure, Construction, Corporate/M&A, Competition
Career highlights: Aris L. Gulapa established Gulapa Law in September 2015 after he left a Makati-based firm where he was a partner for four years. Before this, he was research assistant to Harry First, former head of the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the Attorney-General of New York. Aris was an associate in Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo, 2008-2010); Kelvin Chia Partnership (Singapore/Vietnam, 2006-2008); and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (2003-2006). Aris is also a law professor at the Ateneo Law School, where he teaches the Law on Property and Law on Public-Private Partnerships. In 2014, Aris was a visiting professor at Kyushu University.
The Firm’s name is now Gulapa & Lim (Gulapa Law). In February 2017, Gulapa Law became the first Philippine-based law firm to establish an office in New York City through its affiliate, Gulapa & Baclay LLP. In June 2018, Gulapa Law established a representative office in San Francisco to liaise with its clients in California. In 2020, it established an office in Cebu City through its affiliate, Gulapa & Ismael. Gulapa Law and Aris have been named as a leading law firm and leading individual, respectively, by almost all legal publications. Most recently, he was named Outstanding Practitioner in the Philippines by Asialaw Profiles and one of the Philippines' Top 100 Lawyers by Asia Business Law Journal.
Asialaw Distinguised Practitioner 2021 in Energy, Infrastructure