SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw), founded in 1945, is the largest law firm in the Philippines. Although its work centres on business activity, the firm has offered a broad and integrated range of legal services that cover such areas as family relations, constitutional issues, and other matters of law unrelated to commerce. SyCipLaw's practice is diversified, as reflected in its seven principal departments: banking, finance and securities; corporate services; intellectual property; labour; litigation; special projects; and tax. Within this structure, some of the firm's lawyers are involved in additional fields of specialisation, such as power, immigration, shipping, and maritime law. For more information, please visit www.syciplaw.com.
Rafael A. Morales is the managing partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Prior to his appointment, he was head of the firm's banking, finance & securities department. His areas of expertise include corporation and commercial law, contract law, banking and financial law (including project financing), securities, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and international law. Mr. Morales was president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an organisation of lawyers from more than 65 jurisdictions and with interests in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, he is a member of the Philippine Bar Association, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
John Paul V. de Leon is a senior associate of SyCipLaw and a member of the firm's special projects and banking finance & securities groups. His practice areas include real estate development, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities and investments (both foreign and local) in highly regulated areas such as information technology, food and drugs, health care, media, advertising, gaming and retail trade. Mr. de Leon has significant experience in real estate and advises advertising, media, technology and business process outsourcing companies. Mr. de Leon also regularly advises banks and financial institutions in connection with loans, bonds and debt securities.