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Firm Profile

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Firm Profile


  • 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

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.

Corporate & Commercial:
5 partners; 10 fee-earners
Assists and advises Unilever Philippines and its affiliates, the Aboitiz Group of Companies and Pilipinas Shell in various projects. Partners: Manuel L Manaligod, Jr, Patricia A O Bunye, Aida Araceli 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.
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, ABS-CBN, SM Group, Tullet Prebon, Dole Foods, Inc., Union Bank of the Philippines, Inc.
Contact: Rodel A Cruz
Tel: +632 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
3 partners; 20 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
Key Clients: United Laboratories, Inc., Nestlé Philippines, Inc., Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., JT International SA, Siemens AG, Sanofi, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, University of the Philippines, Philippine Electricity Market Corp
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., Romarco Minerals Inc., Philippine Gold Processing and Refining Corp, Aboitiz Power Corp
Contact: Patricia A O Bunye
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

4 partners; 13 fee-earners
■ Represents Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation and United Laboratories, Inc. against assessments by tax authorities for alleged deficiency taxes.
Partners: Susan D Villanueva, Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera, Rosa Michele C Bagtas, Pancho G Umali
Key Clients: Pilipinas Shell, AP Renewables, Inc., United Laboratories, Inc
Contact: Rosa Michele C Bagtas
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]

Capital Markets, Securities Regulation & Finance:
4 partners; 10 fee-earners
■ Counselled Unicapital Securities, Inc. as co-lead underwriter for several Initial Public Offerings
■ Advised BDO Unibank, Inc. in entering into a multi-million 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 Securities, Inc., Aboitiz Group of Companies, South East Asia Renewable Power Corp, BDO Unibank, Inc., Moldex Realty, Inc.
Contact: Manuel L Manaligod, Jr
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [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.
Contact: Joe Nathan P Tenefrancia
Tel: +63 2 810 5858
Email: [email protected]


  • 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th Floors, One Orion ,
  • 11th Avenue corner,
  • University Parkway,
  • Bonifacio Global City,
  • Manila,
  • Metro Manila
  • Philippines
  • 1635