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Mark Vergara heads the Banking and Finance practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, which has particular expertise in banking operations and regulatory compliance. Co-head Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo and partner Erika Paulino recently acted as counsel to BDO Unibank in the $23m term loan facility made to Cardinal Agri Products to partially finance the development of an integrated coconut processing facility in Palawan. Other notable clients include Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Sta Lucia Land and Sarangani Energy Corporation.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles‘ banking and finance practice head Jose Mirasol is regularly instructed by major domestic and foreign banks, multinationals and financial institutions. The group is particularly consulted by corporate clients on structuring, nationality compliance, capital raising and counterparty negotiation, among other matters.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s banking and finance practice is headed by Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo, who succeeds the now-retired Mia Gentugaya, and includes Vicente Gerochi IV, Simeon Ken Ferrer and Jose Florante Pamfilo. The firm has acted for a range of notable clients such as the Philippine National Bank and Energy World Corporation, and recently advised BDO Unibank on a PHP3.4bn term loan to Solar Philippine Calatagan Corporation to refinance the development of a major solar power generating facility in Batangas.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advises on a range of matters, including regulatory issues, export credits and guarantees, project financing, documentary credits and quasi-equity financing. Cristina Gil-Fernandez and Gemma Santos have advised a number of notable clients, including the Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Ramil Bugayong leads the practice at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices, which is experienced in a range of banking and finance matters, including acquisition financing, equity investment and securitisation. The team has acted for a number of notable clients, such as Aboitiz Power Corporation, China Banking Corporation and China Bank Capital Corp. Highlights included the $650m acquisition of beneficial interests in GNPower Mariveles Coal Plant and GNPower Dinginin by Therma Power, an Aboitiz subsidiary.

Quisumbing Torres’ banking and finance department handles a range of domestic and cross-border financing, regulatory and industry issues. The team has particular experience in project development and financing, asset and balance sheet financing, securitisation and insurance regulatory matters.

Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), providing expertise in structuring financing transactions and drafting loan agreements in domestic and cross-border matters. Maria Simundac provides ‘quality legal advice’ and has considerable experience in complex regulatory and compliance work. Recent highlights include acting for Conergy Solar Philippines on a $75m facilities agreement.

Angelo Advincula and Samantha Dy-van de Loo lead the team at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula, which has acted for a number of notable clients, including Asia United Bank, the Philippine Bank of Communication and BDO Unibank; for example, Antero Caganda acted as counsel to BDO Unibank in a $178m loan deal to finance a number of real estate development projects, including a new five-level retail mall.

Eusebio Tan leads the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which includes Judy Hao, Andre Navato, Jr and Elaine Reyes-Rodolfo. The group recently advised Standard Chartered Bank as a co-lead arranger on the updating of BDO Unibank’s medium term note programme and the issuance of $300m senior notes due 2021.

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

The team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) is experienced in advising banks and financial institutions on a range of matters, with particular expertise in regulatory compliance and security transactions. Jaime Gatmaytan leads the practice and recently represented Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in a $650m loan deal to Therma Power, an Aboitiz subsidiary.

Ma Carmen Agcaoili-Oreña leads the banking and finance practice at Agcaoili & Associates, supported by Jose Agcaoili and Enrique Parungo. Clients include Citibank, the Asian Development Bank and Philippine Commercial Capital.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s banking and finance practice has experience in mutual funds, insurance, banking and project finance matters. The team, which is led by Carlos Ocampo, has acted for range of clients, including Grepa Mutual Fund, MAA Mutualife and Paramount Life & General Insurance Corporation.

The corporate practice at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso handles a range of banking and finance, investment and securities regulation matters. Ruelito Soriano and Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo act for a number of notable clients, including Energy Development Corporation, Manila Electric Company and Cagayan Electric Power and Light.

Jocelyn Esguerra-Dee is Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako’s key banking partner, with experience in transactions involving lending and financing arrangements, securitisation and regulatory compliance. The practice acts for a range of banks and insurance companies and is particularly active in contentious matters. Key clients include HSBC, the Banker’s Association of the Philippines (BAP) and Nestlé.

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