Managing Partner: Rafael A Morales
Number of partners: 39
Number of lawyers: 142
Languages: Chinese, English, Filipino, Japanese, Spanish
Established in 1945, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan or SyCipLaw is the largest law firm in the Philippines, with a principal office in Makati City, the financial and business centre of Metropolitan Manila, and branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. SyCipLaw is a leader in virtually every significant area of legal practice, and recognised as the leading Philippine law firm by the IFLR Asia Awards, the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards, and Who’s Who Legal. In 2012, SyCipLaw was recognised as the Philippine Law Firm of the Year by the Chambers Asia guide. The firm maintains links with established and leading firms in major cities in Asia, Europe, Canada, the United States, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand.
Main Areas of Practice:
Banking, Finance & Securities: SyCipLaw has represented clients in all types of lending, securities offering, financing and credit transactions, as well as in restructurings and financial workouts. It provides advice on regulatory matters affecting banking institutions and has assisted through the years in major bank acquisitions and mergers. SyCipLaw has also represented owners, lenders and advisors in major project finance transactions, including the financing of power plants, airports, mass transit railroads, toll roads, and telecommunications facilities (including the Philippines’ sole satellite transponder).
Contact: Mia G Gentugaya
Corporate Services: The firm assists both domestic and foreign clients set up business vehicles in the Philippines. For foreign companies in particular, SyCipLaw has established branches, representative offices, regional headquarters or other business presence in the Philippines. It also renders corporate housekeeping services.
Contact: Emmanuel C Paras
Intellectual Property: SyCipLaw assists clients in the registration of their intellectual property rights with the Intellectual Property Office and, should a dispute arise, effectively protects their interests in inter partes cases, as well as infringement and unfair competition cases.
Contact: Enrique T Manuel
Labour & Immigration: The firm has extensive experience in all aspects of employment relations, and in the labour-related aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Contact: Lozano A Tan
Litigation & Dispute Resolution: SyCipLaw represents clients before regular courts, administrative and quasi-judicial agencies, as well as arbitral tribunals and other dispute resolution bodies. The firm handled major commercial and business litigations, such as mass tort actions filed against fruit plantation companies and chemical manufacturers, tobacco product liability cases, cybersquatting, the validity or invalidity of government projects, environmental cases, as well as WTO cases.
Contact: Ricardo Ma P G Ongkiko
Special Projects: SyCip Law has represented Philippine and foreign clients in some of the largest transactions in the Philippines, including the acquisition of the country’s largest telecommunications company, the privatisation of the national airline, major acquisitions in the cement, mining and petroleum industries, the privatisation and sale of the largest tract of government-owned land in Metro Manila, and the setting-up of Philippine subsidiaries for several of the world’s major life insurance companies. The firm has considerable experience in advising leading players in the Philippine mining and petroleum industry, in their negotiation with the Philippine government and private claim owners and the documentation of the resulting agreements. SyCipLaw also has unparalleled expertise in the construction and infrastructure area. The firm has advised clients in practically all the major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, including those relating to power generation, mass railway transit, toll roads and water system.
Contact: Rocky Alejandro L Reyes
Tax: SyCipLaw provides structuring and other advice on the tax aspects of various business transactions. It handles tax litigation and refund claims, anti-dumping cases, and other tax-related disputes. It also provides specialised advice on estate planning and on employee compensation and retirement benefits.
Contact: Rolando V Medalla, Jr