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Firm Profile

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Firm Profile

Taguig

  • Profile
  • 6th, 7th, 8th & 10th Floors
  • CVCLAW Center
  • 11th Ave. cor. 39th Street
  • Bonifacio Triangle
  • Taguig
  • Metro Manila
  • Philippines
  • Bonifacio Global City 1634

Firm profile submitted by Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Managing Partner: Joe Nathan P Tenefrancia
Senior Partners: Avelino J Cruz, Jr, Simeon V Marcelo, Manuel L Manaligod, Jr, Susan D Villanueva, Patricia A O Bunye, Rodel A Cruz, Aida Araceli R Rivera, John Jerico L Balisnomo, Miguel U Silos, Elmar B Galacio, Rosa Michele C Bagtas, Divina Gracia E Pedron
Number of partners: 16  
Number of lawyers: 58
Languages: Chinese, English, Filipino, Japanese


Building upon the founding principles that brought success to a partnership that spanned over 33 years, a group of 15 partners led by Avelino J Cruz, Jr, former Secretary of National Defense and Simeon V Marcelo, former Ombudsman and Solicitor General - exceptional lawyers with impeccable professional reputations - founded Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia.

PRACTICE AREASLitigation & Dispute Resolution Corporate & CommercialIntellectual PropertyMining & Natural ResourcesEnergy Labour Taxation Infrastructure, Transportation & Public Utilities (PPP Projects)Information Technology, Telecommunications & Media
Corporate & Commercial:

5 partners; 10 fee-earners
■ Assists and advises Unilever Philippines and its affiliates, ABS-CBN Corporation, the Aboitiz Group of Companies, the W Group and Pilipinas Shell in various projects
Partners: Manuel L Manaligod, Jr, Patricia A O Bunye, Aida Araceli G Roxas-Rivera, Rosa Michele C Bagtas and Pancho G Umali
Key Clients: Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, Shell Philippines Exploration B.V., Aboitiz Group, ABS-CBN Group, Sta. Lucia Land Inc., PTFC Redevelopment Corp, Total (Philippines) Corporation, Sony Global Business Services, Inc., and Unicapital Group.
Key Contact: Manuel L Manaligod, Jr
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
7 partners; 22 fee-earners
■ Represents the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Central Monetary Authority) in cases filed against the Legacy Group of Companies and responsible officers in the biggest financial scam that ever hit the local banking industry
■ Handles key litigation and major tax cases for clients in manufacturing, banking, insurance, transportation and agriculture
Partners: Simeon V Marcelo, Joe Nathan P Tenefrancia, Rodel A Cruz, John Jerico L Balisnomo, Miguel U Silos, Elmar B Galacio, Victor E M Pangilinan
Key Clients: Philippine National Bank, Philam Life, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, BDO, Manila Water Company, Inc., Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Philippine Banana Exporters & Growers Assn., Philippine Chambers of Commerce & Industry, ABS-CBN, SM Group, Tullet Prebon, Dole Foods, Inc., Union Bank of the Philippines, Inc.
Key Contact: Rodel A Cruz
Tel: +632 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
4 partners; 15 fee-earners
■ Handles patents, trademarks, copyright and IP enforcement
■ Advises in technology transfer and IP commercialisation
Partners: Susan D Villanueva, Patricia A O Bunye, Divina Gracia E Pedron, Rowanie A Nakan
Key Clients: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., JT International SA, Dole Asia Holdings Pte Ltd., Siemens AG, United Laboratories, Inc., Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, University of the Philippines, Philippine Electricity Market Corp, Max’s Group, Inc.
Key Contact: Susan D Villanueva
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Mining & Natural Resources:
2 partners; 10 fee-earners
■ Advises Sagittarius Mines, Inc. on issues related to its Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement with the government
Partners: Patricia A O Bunye, Pancho G Umali
Key Clients: Sagittarius Mines, Inc., RTG Mining, Inc., Philippine Gold Processing and Refining Corp, Aboitiz Power Corp, Shell Philippines Exploration, B.V., Galoc Production Company W.L.L., Nido Production Galoc Pty. Ltd.
Key Contact: Patricia A O Bunye
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Taxation:
4 partners; 13 fee-earners
■ Represents Unilever RFM against excessive business tax assessments and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and United Laboratories, Inc. against alleged deficiency taxes
Partners: Susan D Villanueva, Aida Araceli G Roxas-Rivera, Rosa Michele C Bagtas, Pancho G Umali
Key Clients: Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, United Laboratories, Inc., Unilever RFM Ice Cream, Inc.
Key Contact: Victor E M Pangilinan
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets, Securities Regulation & Finance:
4 partners; 10 fee-earners
■ Acted as counsel for Unicapital, Inc. as underwriter in connection with securities offering
■ Advised BDO Unibank, Inc. in entering into a multi-million US Dollar syndicated term loan facility agreement
Partners: Manuel L Manaligod, Jr, Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera, Rosa Michele C Bagtas and Pancho G Umali
Key Clients: Unicapital, Inc., BDO Unibank, Inc.
Key Contacts: Manuel L Manaligod, Jr, Rosa Michele C Bagtas
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Telecommunications & ICT:
6 partners; 10 fee-earners
■ Represented Multi-Media Telephony, Inc. involving the award of 3G frequency bandwidths
Partners: Simeon V Marcelo, Joe Nathan P Tenefrancia, Manuel L Manaligod, Jr
Key Clients: ABS-CBN Corporation, Multi- Media Telephony, Inc.
Key Contact: Joe Nathan P Tenefrancia
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Branches

  • 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Floors, One Orion ,
  • 11th Avenue corner,
  • University Parkway,
  • Bonifacio Global City,
  • Manila,
  • Metro Manila
  • Philippines
  • 1635
  • 6th, 7th, 8th & 10th Floors,
  • CVCLAW Center,
  • 11th Ave. cor. 39th Street,
  • Bonifacio Triangle,
  • Taguig,
  • Metro Manila
  • Philippines
  • Bonifacio Global City 1634
  • Tel +632 8105858
  • Fax +632 8103838
  • Email : [email protected]