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Global Guide

Corporate & Finance — Philippines


Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos - Corporate & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Gabriel Dee is a seasoned practitioner whose breadth of skill in corporate and M&A matters is hailed by peers, who say that "he's very good in the M&A space." He also handles financing matters. Market sources also single him out for his strong capital markets expertise, with one saying: "He's very strong here."

Gemma Santos is a veteran of the firm with over 30 years' experience acting on a variety of transactional mandates. She is widely acknowledged as a top-tier corporate and M&A lawyer and is highly thought of for her expertise and impressive track record in the capital markets and banking and finance spaces. One peer comments that she is "seen as a real leader for capital markets; she is so trusted, even regulators will ask for her opinions."

Estrelita Gacutan is described by peers as "one of the firm's top people" for her strong breadth of expertise in the corporate space. She is also respected for her banking and finance expertise.

Managing partner Alex Erlito Fider is frequently mandated by top-tier clients in the mining, media and healthcare industries. Peers consider him a "very senior" figure in the market.

With over five decades of experience advising on a wide range of M&A mandates, Antonio Picazo remains a renowned figure in the corporate arena.

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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles - Corporate & Finance Department

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第一等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Perry Pe primarily focuses on PPPs and privatisations and is described by peers as a "very good lawyer" who is consistently "active on a lot of transactions."

Jose Salvador Mirasol maintains a solid reputation for his work in the banking and finance sphere, with one peer saying that he is "very practical and strong." He also regularly advises clients on project finance matters.

Agustin Montilla is known in the market for his high degree of skill in handling capital market transactions, with securitisation work being a particular specialism. He handles both issuer and underwriter-side work, and peers note that he "represents a lot of local banks and issuers."

Cynthia Roxas del Castillo is identified as a "key person for M&A" work by peers, who add that she is "easy to work with" in addition to being "well respected and known in the market." She also advises on capital market transactions.

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan - Corporate & Finance Department

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第一等

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Mia Gentugaya is well known for her banking and finance expertise, and has particular experience advising on project finance work. She is a popular choice with both domestic and international clients.

Vicente Gerochi enjoys a solid reputation in the market, with one source saying that it is a "pleasure working with him, he's very good." He is well respected for his work advising on both DCM and ECM offerings. In addition to his recognised capabilities in the capital markets space, he has recently become more active advising on traditional banking and finance matters.

Rocky Alejandro Reyes is known for his primary focus on M&A in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular expertise in advising on high-profile PPP matters. One peer says that "he has handled a substantial number of transactions" in the market.

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SyCipLaw provides a full range of services for corporates. We help clients structure their investments, and establish and maintain corporate vehicles suitable to the unique elements of each commercial venture. We also help clients adapt and reorganize, guiding them through changes in laws and regulations or as their business plans and objectives evolve.

We have the experience and systems for servicing special types of corporates such as public companies, companies possessing secondary licenses or registrations, and non-stock non-profit corporations.

The firm’s corporate/M&A team has acted as counsel in many of the largest investments and M&A deals in the Philippines, shepherding these transactions from initial structuring and due diligence to the preparation of shareholders agreements to the requisite regulatory processes. We are experts in foreign investments, and have helped the top global companies establish their businesses in the country.

The firm’s banking, finance & securities team represents and advises most of the major banks and financial institutions, both local and foreign, in all types of financing transactions and regulatory matters.

Our experience in financing work cuts across not only in terms of structures - from bilateral to syndicated and club-type financing - but also in industries. 

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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW) - Corporate & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Francisco Lim is well respected for his capital markets skill by market sources, who say they "expect him to be ranked here." He has extensive experience handling ECM and DCM matters.

Andre Navato is known for assisting international companies with establishing local subsidiaries and on inbound investment. Clients enthuse that "he gets the big-picture stuff" and "counsels you well on the practical aspects of compliance issues."

Judy Hao is recognised in the market for advising on the full range of corporate work, including corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and establishing local subsidiaries. She is also well equipped to handle foreign direct investment matters.

Avelino Cruz is a founding partner of the firm with a formidable reputation for acting on sophisticated corporate transactions and advising on M&A transactions and related disputes.

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Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International - Corporate & Finance Department

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第二等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Pearl Liu is described by clients as "very knowledgeable" in the corporate space, and offers over three decades of experience skilfully covering a variety of matters including corporate reorganisations, M&A and divestitures.

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Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose - Corporate & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Head of project finance Mel Macaraig is widely held by peers to be deserving of being ranked among the topmost practitioners of corporate finance, M&A and foreign direct investment matters.

Yolanda Eleazar is known market-wide as a solid practitioner who handles big-ticket foreign investment and corporate finance matters.

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia - Corporate & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Versatile practice with core expertise in merger transactions and share-based acquisitions and dispositions. Areas of strength include public bidding and project structuring. Caters to an impressive roster of clients in the energy, natural resources and media industries, with experience representing clients in both the private and public sectors. Key contacts include Rosa Michele Bagtas and Pancho Umali.

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Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio - Corporate & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is a well-respected practitioner who regularly handles a variety of corporate work, including asset acquisitions and equity investments.

Department co-head Norma Margarita Patacsil specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, in addition to possessing further expertise in competition and antitrust law. Clients praise the quality of her advice, appreciating that she does not "just provide dry legal advice, but takes into consideration practical concerns as well."

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PJS Law (Puyat Jacinto & Santos) - Corporate & Finance Department

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Ramil Bugayong continues to uphold his strong reputation representing lenders and borrowers in financing transactions as well as advising on banking regulations. One peer describes him as "very practical." He is also experienced at handling e-money-related matters.

Regina Jacinto-Barrientos is sought after by corporations seeking to establish local presences, regularly advising on the associated compliance issues, particularly where businesses in the energy sector are concerned. One peer says: "She has some prominence and her name comes up a lot."

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Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño - Corporate & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Carlos Platon is managing partner of the firm and leader of its corporate practice. He offers a raft of expertise on a range of M&A and corporate transactions, with FDI being an area of particularly specialised knowledge.

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Puno & Puno - Corporate & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

What the team is known for Respected for its work on a variety of corporate matters, especially in the energy, natural resources and infrastructure sectors. Areas of expertise include joint ventures, foreign investment and privatisations. Also advises on related regulatory compliance issues. Senior partner Roderico Puno is a key contact at the firm.

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Villaraza & Angangco - Corporate & Finance Department

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第三等

Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

Sylvette Tankiang remains a highly thought of practitioner for her work on joint ventures, real estate transactions and share acquisitions. She recently led the team assisting Santa Fe Group in the transfer of its local subsidiary’s records management business to a foreign buyer by means of a sales and purchase agreement covering its worldwide operations.

Raoul Angangco is recognised for his M&A expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He possesses additional capabilities in real estate, insurance and general corporate issues. He lately co-led the firm's advice to the Filipino Fund on its dealings concerning compliance issues and disclosure requirements with the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Senior Statesperson

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Global guide

Avelino Cruz is a founding partner of the firm with a formidable reputation for acting on sophisticated corporate transactions and advising on M&A transactions and related disputes.

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Senior Statesperson

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

From the Chambers Global guide

With over five decades of experience advising on a wide range of M&A mandates, Antonio Picazo remains a renowned figure in the corporate arena.

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Eminent Practitioner

Morales Justiniano Peña & Lumagui

From the Chambers Global guide

Rafael Morales of Morales Justiniano Peña & Lumagui is highlighted by peers as a "very experienced old hand" in the banking and finance space. He is well known for his regulatory expertise and is also skilled at handling project finance mandates.

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Band 1

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

From the Chambers Global guide

Gabriel Dee is a seasoned practitioner whose breadth of skill in corporate and M&A matters is hailed by peers, who say that "he's very good in the M&A space." He also handles financing matters. Market sources also single him out for his strong capital markets expertise, with one saying: "He's very strong here."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose

From the Chambers Global guide

Head of project finance Mel Macaraig is widely held by peers to be deserving of being ranked among the topmost practitioners of corporate finance, M&A and foreign direct investment matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Global guide

Perry Pe primarily focuses on PPPs and privatisations and is described by peers as a "very good lawyer" who is consistently "active on a lot of transactions."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 1

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

From the Chambers Global guide

Gemma Santos is a veteran of the firm with over 30 years' experience acting on a variety of transactional mandates. She is widely acknowledged as a top-tier corporate and M&A lawyer and is highly thought of for her expertise and impressive track record in the capital markets and banking and finance spaces. One peer comments that she is "seen as a real leader for capital markets; she is so trusted, even regulators will ask for her opinions."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

PJS Law (Puyat Jacinto & Santos)

From the Chambers Global guide

Ramil Bugayong continues to uphold his strong reputation representing lenders and borrowers in financing transactions as well as advising on banking regulations. One peer describes him as "very practical." He is also experienced at handling e-money-related matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Global guide

Mia Gentugaya is well known for her banking and finance expertise, and has particular experience advising on project finance work. She is a popular choice with both domestic and international clients.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Global guide

Vicente Gerochi enjoys a solid reputation in the market, with one source saying that it is a "pleasure working with him, he's very good." He is well respected for his work advising on both DCM and ECM offerings. In addition to his recognised capabilities in the capital markets space, he has recently become more active advising on traditional banking and finance matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Global guide

Francisco Lim is well respected for his capital markets skill by market sources, who say they "expect him to be ranked here." He has extensive experience handling ECM and DCM matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Jose Salvador Mirasol

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Global guide

Jose Salvador Mirasol maintains a solid reputation for his work in the banking and finance sphere, with one peer saying that he is "very practical and strong." He also regularly advises clients on project finance matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 2

Agustin R Montilla

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Global guide

Agustin Montilla is known in the market for his high degree of skill in handling capital market transactions, with securitisation work being a particular specialism. He handles both issuer and underwriter-side work, and peers note that he "represents a lot of local banks and issuers."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Estrelita G Gacutan

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

From the Chambers Global guide

Estrelita Gacutan is described by peers as "one of the firm's top people" for her strong breadth of expertise in the corporate space. She is also respected for her banking and finance expertise.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

From the Chambers Global guide

Jaime Renato Gatmaytan is a well-respected practitioner who regularly handles a variety of corporate work, including asset acquisitions and equity investments.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Gulapa Law Office

From the Chambers Global guide

A founding partner of the Gulapa Law Office, Aris Gulapa is an experienced practitioner and well liked by clients, who appreciate his ability to provide "understandable and commercially reasonable" advice and praise his "broad, deep and wide" experience.

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Band 3

Regina Jacinto-Barrientos

PJS Law (Puyat Jacinto & Santos)

From the Chambers Global guide

Regina Jacinto-Barrientos is sought after by corporations seeking to establish local presences, regularly advising on the associated compliance issues, particularly where businesses in the energy sector are concerned. One peer says: "She has some prominence and her name comes up a lot."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International

From the Chambers Global guide

Pearl Liu is described by clients as "very knowledgeable" in the corporate space, and offers over three decades of experience skilfully covering a variety of matters including corporate reorganisations, M&A and divestitures.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Andre B Navato Jr

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Global guide

Andre Navato is known for assisting international companies with establishing local subsidiaries and on inbound investment. Clients enthuse that "he gets the big-picture stuff" and "counsels you well on the practical aspects of compliance issues."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Norma Margarita B Patacsil

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

From the Chambers Global guide

Department co-head Norma Margarita Patacsil specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, in addition to possessing further expertise in competition and antitrust law. Clients praise the quality of her advice, appreciating that she does not "just provide dry legal advice, but takes into consideration practical concerns as well."

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Rocky Alejandro L Reyes

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

From the Chambers Global guide

Rocky Alejandro Reyes is known for his primary focus on M&A in the energy and infrastructure sectors, with particular expertise in advising on high-profile PPP matters. One peer says that "he has handled a substantial number of transactions" in the market.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Ruelito Q Soriano

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres & Ibarra

From the Chambers Global guide

Ruelito Soriano of Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres & Ibarra is praised by one peer as especially "competent and thorough" when it comes to banking work. He is best known for his securities-related work, including regulatory advice.

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Band 3

Insights Abogado Philippines (a member of ZICO law)

From the Chambers Global guide

Felix Sy of Insights Abogado Philippines (a member of ZICO law) is highlighted for his knowledge and deep experience advising on a wide range of banking matters, from regulatory issuances to syndicated loan offerings.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 3

Sylvette Y Tankiang

Villaraza & Angangco

From the Chambers Global guide

Sylvette Tankiang remains a highly thought of practitioner for her work on joint ventures, real estate transactions and share acquisitions. She recently led the team assisting Santa Fe Group in the transfer of its local subsidiary’s records management business to a foreign buyer by means of a sales and purchase agreement covering its worldwide operations.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Villaraza & Angangco

From the Chambers Global guide

Raoul Angangco is recognised for his M&A expertise in the infrastructure and energy sectors. He possesses additional capabilities in real estate, insurance and general corporate issues. He lately co-led the firm's advice to the Filipino Fund on its dealings concerning compliance issues and disclosure requirements with the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Cynthia Roxas del Castillo

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

From the Chambers Global guide

Cynthia Roxas del Castillo is identified as a "key person for M&A" work by peers, who add that she is "easy to work with" in addition to being "well respected and known in the market." She also advises on capital market transactions.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Yolanda M Eleazar

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose

From the Chambers Global guide

Yolanda Eleazar is known market-wide as a solid practitioner who handles big-ticket foreign investment and corporate finance matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Alex Erlito S Fider

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

From the Chambers Global guide

Managing partner Alex Erlito Fider is frequently mandated by top-tier clients in the mining, media and healthcare industries. Peers consider him a "very senior" figure in the market.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz (ACCRALAW)

From the Chambers Global guide

Judy Hao is recognised in the market for advising on the full range of corporate work, including corporate reorganisations, joint ventures and establishing local subsidiaries. She is also well equipped to handle foreign direct investment matters.

^ See whole ranking table

Band 4

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

From the Chambers Global guide

Carlos Platon is managing partner of the firm and leader of its corporate practice. He offers a raft of expertise on a range of M&A and corporate transactions, with FDI being an area of particularly specialised knowledge.

^ See whole ranking table