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Projects, Infrastructure & Energy — Philippines


SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Maintains its reputation for being a market-leading, full-service firm with an impressive track record of working on major resources, power and infrastructure developments. Its sectors of focus include oil and gas and IPP projects, and its presence in the renewable energy field continues to grow. It harbours additional experience in assisting with BOT structures and PPP projects.

Strengths Peers are impressed that the team has a "very deep understanding of the market, including regulatory changes," adding: "They know not only black-letter law, but the politics and policies behind it."

Another peer admires the firm's "extremely diverse energy and projects practice."

Notable practitioners

Hector De Leon is the firm's managing partner, and is praised by a peer for his "diverse and strong practice" in the projects and energy space. He advises on permitting, finance and projects-related M&A work.

About the Team (content provided by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan)

SyCipLaw assumed prominence in infrastructure work in the ‘80s, when it assisted the government in its industrialization program, involving a steel manufacturing plant, a phosphate fertilizer processing plant and a copper smelting facility. The practice has since grown to include work on the first private light rail transit project in the country, representing both developers and financiers of telecommunications projects in the mid-‘90s, and active involvement in toll road and airport terminal projects. It has also advised developers of water supply projects and has gained particular expertise in dealings with municipal water districts.

The firm has a long and intensive involvement in projects for private energy production, commencing with the development of the first power plant undertaken on a build-operate-transfer basis in the Philippines. We have participated in almost all of the Philippine independent power projects, representing a combined capacity of more than 6,000 MW. These include the largest coal-fired, gas-fired, and diesel stations in the country, as well as hydroelectric and geothermal plants. The firm also represents distribution utilities in relation to their long-term power supply agreements and the conduct of competitive selection processes as required by law.

Our firm has also acted as principal legal consultant to independent power projects in Thailand, Pakistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and other countries in the region.

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Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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Band 2

第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Recognised and respected in the market for its activity in the infrastructure and energy arenas. It is particularly highlighted for its project finance know-how along with its noteworthy experience in PPP projects. It advises both public and private sector clients, including government bodies, significant financial institutions and major corporates. Also acts for domestic businesses on outbound investments in the region.

Strengths One client highlights a particular area of specialism: "They have legal depth and expertise in the field of solar power purchase agreements that not many firms have."

Work highlights Acted for Prysmian Powerlink on its EUR90 million submarine power cable link project to connect the islands of Negros and Panay.

Advised the Light Rail Transit Authority, the Department of Transportation and Communications, IFC and the Development Bank of the Philippines on the USD215.6 billion LRT Line 2 operations and maintenance PPP project.

Notable practitioners

Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is respected by peers in the market for his work in the power space, and is also skilled at taking on a variety of financing and projects-related M&A matters. Recently, he acted for Ernst & Young Solutions, acting as an adviser to the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Manila International Airport Authority, in connection with the NAIA development project to maximise capacity at the Manila airport, a PHP74.56 billion matter.

About the Team (content provided by Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio )

C&G Law and its lawyers have handled major projects, energy and non-energy, both in the Philippines and abroad.

Their experience in energy and non-energy projects includes acting as counsel to developers or individual sponsors, to general or specialist contractors, or to the lenders to the project.  Their exposure to energy work dates back to the opening of electricity generation to the private sector in the early 1990s and has continued through to the restructuring of the electric power industry.  They have experience in work involving plants of various technologies, and covering new or operating facilities.  

C&G Law is also one of the leading Philippine firms in the infrastructure field, even winning the Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year (for the Philippines) award given by Asian Legal Business in 2016.  The firm's wide experience in the infrastructure field includes representing both sides (i.e., government and bidders) in public-private partnership projects ranging from airports to ports, rail systems to roads, and reclamation projects, among many others. 

 

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Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for The firm is experienced in advising sponsors and lenders on infrastructure projects, and is well respected in the market for its high level of activity in the Philippines PPP space. It is also a key player in the mining sector, routinely acting for local and overseas companies. The team possesses additional knowledge in the energy industry, with notable proficiency in renewable projects.

Strengths One peer notes that the firm is "involved in nearly every ongoing PPP project."

Another source says the team is "very active in project finance."

Notable practitioners

Estrelita Gacutan is a key contact.

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PJS Law (Puyat Jacinto & Santos) - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Offers expertise across coal, renewable and oil and gas projects, as well as significant experience in handling related regulatory issues. The firm frequently assists private sector clients with PPP projects and often advises the government of the Philippines on the development of major infrastructure projects. Also represents clients in significant project-related disputes.

Strengths One peer says that the team "comes up time and again in the market and they have excellent technical lawyers."

Another market commentator singles them out for their high level of output: "They are very active in the energy project sphere."

Work highlights Acted for Masinloc Power Partners in connection with the 300 MW expansion of its existing coal-fired thermal power plant.

Advised Quezon Power in connection with its operation of a 460 MW coal-fired thermal power plant, providing advice on regulatory requirements and drafting contracts.

Notable practitioners

Monalisa Dimalanta is best known for her extensive work in the energy sphere, with one peer saying that she "works extensively on wind power projects, and is very easy to deal with." She is also skilled at taking on project finance work, and recently advised Equis and a variety of project companies on a number of investments into renewable energy projects.

Ramil Bugayong is recommended by one peer as "solid for energy work," and is also well known for his work on projects related to M&A. Recently, he acted for Aboitiz Group via its holding firm, Therma Power, on its acquisition of interests in Blackstone, a USD650 million matter.

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Puno & Puno - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Puno & Puno is well known in the market for its broad range of expertise across energy, mining and infrastructure issues. In particular, it is picked out for its substantial activity on PPP work, as well as its proficiency in project financing matters.

Strengths One peer says that the team is "widely recognised for its significant energy focus."

Notable practitioners

Managing partner Roderico Puno is highly thought of for his work in the energy space, most notably as it applies to electricity-related projects. He also handles oil and gas projects for significant clients.

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Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Well respected in the market for its wide-ranging expertise across the projects, infrastructure and energy space, focusing particularly on natural resources matters. It is able to advise on a wide range of issues, from financing and project development to land use and environmental law. Further to this, it has an in-depth understanding of the regulatory landscape in the Philippines, thanks to its solid relationships with regulatory bodies, and in particular, it has been active recently advising on mining-related regulations.

Strengths One client highlights the team's global reach: "All of them had a lot of international experience so they understand the larger picture of what we are trying to achieve."

Work highlights Advised MWH New Zealand on its infrastructure development operations in the Philippines.

Counselled TechIron Resources in connection with contractual matters derived from its joint venture.

Notable practitioners

Dennis Quintero is well known and respected for his work advising on corporate issues, including joint ventures and M&A relating to projects and energy matters, with peers noting his expertise in the mining space. He recently advised MWH New Zealand on a range of issues relating to its Philippines business.

About the Team (content provided by Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International)

We organize our lawyers into proactive project teams that address priority business segments. One such team is our Energy, Mining & Infrastructure (EMI) Group.

Lawyers from our Corporate & Commercial, Banking & Finance, Tax, Employment, Intellectual Property & Information Technology, and Dispute Resolution practice groups comprise our EMI Group in Manila. We advise both the private sector (lenders, financiers, constructors, and operators) and public stakeholders (government and concessionaires) on power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and supply and services contracts as well as off-take arrangements, among others.
We work with leading advisers in the field to plan and implement the right fund establishment strategy, from project finance and corporate finance to alternative financing strategies, and in partnership with trusted investment banks, private equity or venture capital firms.

To ensure project success, we can provide assistance in the following areas that address your business needs:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Privatizations
  • Project development
  • Joint ventures
  • Financing, including limited resource financing, capital markets issues, and lease structures, with facilities from commercial lenders, export credit agencies and multi-lateral institutions
  • Power-linked swaps and hedges
  • Tax
  • Trading and marketing
  • Competition
  • Regulatory
  • Commercial and corporate
  • Environmental
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Fuel supply
  • Land use
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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Solid team offering deep knowledge and experience in the infrastructure, energy and natural resources sectors, the firm focuses particularly closely on land ownership and compliance issues for offshore clients. It is well regarded for its keen understanding of project financing and development, notably handling a number of cross-border mandates.

Strengths One client states: "They always impressed us by the high level of commitment and their work quality," also highlighting: "They have good depth of local knowledge and provided us with experts that were really knowledgeable about infrastructure, project finance and public procurement."

A peer highlights the group's practicality, reporting: "They have a commercial approach."

Notable practitioners

Perry Pe heads the firm's projects team, and enjoys a solid reputation for his work in the infrastructure and energy spaces. One peer says he is "the dean of the firm's energy practice."

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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW) - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Widely praised for its adept handling of projects work. It is especially renowned for advising government and private sector clients on PPP projects, while its additional areas of focus include construction, mining and natural resources. Recently, the team has been active handling renewable energy matters, including solar projects.

Notable practitioners

Eusebio Tan is a key contact at the firm.

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia - Projects, Infrastructure & Energy Department

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Band 3

第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Provides a comprehensive service across the mining and natural resources sectors, handling issues such as joint ventures, M&A and operating agreements. Also offers expertise in mining disputes. It is routinely sought out by overseas entities seeking to do business in the Philippines.

Strengths One peer praises them for giving clients "a really solid legal analysis."

Notable practitioners

Patricia Bunye leads the firm's projects and energy team, and is highly respected for her work in the mining sector. She is also skilled at handling natural resource and energy issues, and has particular experience advising on regulatory matters.

About the Team (content provided by Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia)

The firm is recognized for its conscientious, proactive, and highly skilled mining and energy team.

In our mining practice, we provide counsel to leading mining and exploration companies on a broad range of matters, including compliance with nationality and capitalization requirements, obtaining government approvals, licenses and registrations required for the commencement of mining activities, preparing and reviewing applications for mineral agreements and exploration permits, and drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts pertinent to the mining industry.

In our energy practice, we advise investors, private equity funds, lenders, contractors and suppliers on the appropriate transaction and governance structures of mergers and acquisitions, including development, financing, operation, sale and distribution projects in the power and energy sector. Our lawyers have represented various clients in successfully obtaining required government accreditation and permits and also routinely negotiate, draft and review agreements and contracts necessary to implement complex transactions in this field.

With a sustainable environment in mind, our lawyers have rendered advice on investments and laws governing renewable sources of energy, including hydro, wind, geothermal, solar and biofuels.

The team has been consistently commended for offering concise, relevant and insightful advice born from a precise understanding of the needs of foreign companies doing business in the Philippines. 



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Patricia A O Bunye

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Patricia Bunye leads the firm's projects and energy team, and is highly respected for her work in the mining sector. She is also skilled at handling natural resource and energy issues, and has particular experience advising on regulatory matters.

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Hector De Leon Jr

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Hector De Leon is the firm's managing partner, and is praised by a peer for his "diverse and strong practice" in the projects and energy space. He advises on permitting, finance and projects-related M&A work.

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Band 1

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Roderick Salazar of Fortun Narvasa & Salazar is lauded by one peer for being "very active, and having a diverse practice." He is best known for his mining expertise, though he is also skilled at advising on energy-related corporate issues.

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Monalisa C Dimalanta

PJS Law (Puyat Jacinto & Santos)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Monalisa Dimalanta is best known for her extensive work in the energy sphere, with one peer saying that she "works extensively on wind power projects, and is very easy to deal with." She is also skilled at taking on project finance work, and recently advised Equis and a variety of project companies on a number of investments into renewable energy projects.

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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Perry Pe heads the firm's projects team, and enjoys a solid reputation for his work in the infrastructure and energy spaces. One peer says he is "the dean of the firm's energy practice."

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Band 2

Puno & Puno

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Managing partner Roderico Puno is highly thought of for his work in the energy space, most notably as it applies to electricity-related projects. He also handles oil and gas projects for significant clients.

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Band 2

Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Dennis Quintero is well known and respected for his work advising on corporate issues, including joint ventures and M&A relating to projects and energy matters, with peers noting his expertise in the mining space. He recently advised MWH New Zealand on a range of issues relating to its Philippines business.

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PJS Law (Puyat Jacinto & Santos)

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Ramil Bugayong is recommended by one peer as "solid for energy work," and is also well known for his work on projects related to M&A. Recently, he acted for Aboitiz Group via its holding firm, Therma Power, on its acquisition of interests in Blackstone, a USD650 million matter.

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Band 3

Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is respected by peers in the market for his work in the power space, and is also skilled at taking on a variety of financing and projects-related M&A matters. Recently, he acted for Ernst & Young Solutions, acting as an adviser to the Department of Transportation and Communications and the Manila International Airport Authority, in connection with the NAIA development project to maximise capacity at the Manila airport, a PHP74.56 billion matter.

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Gulapa Law Office

From the Chambers Asia-Pacific guide

Aris Gulapa, founder of Gulapa Law Office, is well known for his work in the infrastructure space, and is especially experienced in advising on government contracting. He recently acted for SM Investments and AC Infrastructure Holdings on the proposal of a USD500 million elevated four-lane toll expressway.

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