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Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s practice advises carriers including AirAsia Berhad, Jeju Air, Qatar Airways and Xiamen Airlines on regulatory compliance issues. Carlos Ocampo, Manolito Manalo, Juan Victor Valdez and Bernadeth Lim are the key contacts.

Peter Bantilan and Arturo Selim lead the department at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño. The team, which is particularly active in litigation, advised Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Air France–KLM and Cathay Pacific in various civil damages disputes.

Quisumbing Torres’ aviation practice handles corporate, finance, dispute resolution and labour related issues. Practice head Rodrigo Quimbo acts for airline companies on mergers, regulatory compliance, competition law and operating permits.

The Hong Kong-based Maria Angeles-Carale is the key contact at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles. She regularly advises clients on aircraft financing. Cebu Air is a prominent client.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako’s department, headed by Mario Andres, Carlos Natividad and Jose Crisostomo, Jr, represents airlines and airline insurers, and handles applications for fare increases. Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Malaysian Airlines System and Korean Air are clients.

Of counsel Mia Gentugaya heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s practice, which is particularly strong on transactional matters. Arlene Maneja acted for Philippine Airports Consortium in its bid to develop, operate and maintain five airports in the Philippines.

At Agcaoili & Associates, managing partner Jose Agcaoili is particularly experienced in aircraft financing and leasing, as well as being well versed in aviation law.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila’s department regularly handles permit and licence applications as well as air services agreements. Felipe Gozon is the key contact.

The ‘venerable’ Estelito Mendoza heads the practice at Estelito Mendoza & Associates; he is a director of Philippine Airlines and is praised for his ‘brilliance’ and ‘respectful, courteous manner’.

Regis Puno and Helena Rosales-Calo lead Puno & Puno Law Offices’ team; they regularly act for foreign carriers on obtaining approvals for passenger and ad-hoc cargo flights. Clients include Ages Aviation Center and Kuwait Airways.

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