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At Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, Manuel Gonzalez advised Silay Solar Power on a PHP1.6bn term loan from Land Bank of the Philippines to partially finance the construction of a 25MW solar power plant in Silay. Other clients include Century Pacific Group. Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo and Mark Vergara are also recommended.

Jose Mirasol is the supervising partner in charge of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ banking and finance practice, which includes Reynaldo Geronimo, Juan Tan, Ronaldo Ventura and Ronald Policarpio. Clients include ING and Bank of China.

The ‘very reliable, extremely hardworking’ team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is ‘technically very sound’. Led by of counsel Mia Gentugaya, its clients include Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Credit Suisse. The ‘very commercially minded’ Ken Ferrer is also recommended. Aaron Riturban made partner in January 2016.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advises on project financing, regulatory issues, and loan refinancings and restructurings. Clients include several high-profile Philippine banks and financial institutions.

Ramil Bugayong leads the practice at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices, which acts for clients including Bank of Tokyo–Mitsubishi UFJ and Aboitiz Equity Ventures. Virginia Viray and Rachelle Diaz-Tan advised a group of lenders including ADM Capital on the $150m financing of the construction of an office complex.

Quisumbing Torres’ department counts Japan Bank of International Cooperation, Industrial Bank of Korea and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation among its clients. Felix Sy leads the team, which is active in project financing and the insurance sector.

Angelo Advincula and Samantha Dy-van de Loo lead the team at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula, and are ably supported by Jorge Melo and Antero Caganda. Between April 2015 and March 2016, Lily Gruba assisted Asia United Bank Corporation with over $554m-worth of loans to various borrowers.

Eusebio Tan leads the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which also includes Andre Navato, Jr. It acts for international lenders, including Rabobank.

Polo Pantaleon, Mel Macaraig and Alvin Geli are the key partners at Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose, which acts for clients including Deutsche Bank, Asian Development Bank, Nomura International (Hong Kong) and International Finance Corporation.

The team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio advised International Finance Corporation and Development Bank of the Philippines on a bid to operate and maintain the LRT Line 2. Jaime Gatmaytan leads the practice, which includes Norma Patacsil.

Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law); Tankiang is particularly active in financing renewable energy transactions. The team advised Aboitiz Equity Ventures as sponsor on the financing of the construction of the Manolo Fortich hydroelectric power plant.

Ma Carmen Agcaoili-Oreña leads the banking practice at Agcaoili & Associates, supported by Jose Agcaoili and Enrique Parungo. Clients include Asia United Bank, Banco de Oro Universal Bank and ING Bank.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s clients include funds such as Grepa Mutual Fund and MAA Mutualife Philippines, and insurers including Paramount Life & General Insurance Corporation and Prudential Guarantee & Assurance Corporation. Carlos Ocampo is the key contact.

The corporate group at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison handles banking and finance matters and securities regulation. Enrique Quiason leads the team. Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo and Ruelito Soriano are recommended.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako’s banking practice is particularly strong on the contentious side. It also assists clients with syndicated loans and loan restructuring, and is notably active in transactions involving banks’ non-performing assets. Jocelyn Esguerra-Dee is the key partner.

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