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  1. Banking and finance
  2. Hall of Fame
  3. Leading individuals
  4. Next generation lawyers

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Next generation lawyers

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‚ÄėPrimus inter pares‚Äô¬†Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†advises clients on banking operations, financing and security arrangements, regulatory compliance, and credit enforcement. Other areas of expertise include loan syndications and project financing transactions. The firm recently acted for Udenna and its subsidiaries in relation to their acquisition of Global Gateway Development in a deal worth $690m. Other clients include Sta. Lucia Land, BDO Capital & Investment and Le Penseur. Headed by ‚Äėseasoned negotiators‚Äô Mark Vergara¬†and Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo, the team provides ‚Äėan absolutely superb level of service‚Äô. Elmer Serrano, Erika Paulino¬†and Manuel Gonzalez¬†are also recommended.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises multi-laterals and financial institutions including foreign banks on structured products, cross-border investments, franchise expansion, multi-creditor cross-currency refinancing and other complex financial transactions. Other areas of expertise include the regulatory and transactional spheres. Jose Mirasol heads the team.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†provides ‚Äėvery satisfactory service‚Äô with a team that has ‚Äėthe requisite knowledge and experience in relation to financing transactions‚Äô. The firm recently acted for BDO Unibank, the Philippine National Bank and Bank of China on a $690m loan to Clark Global City. Another highlight includes acting for Mizuho Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in relation to a $700m unsecured loan to SMC Global Holdings. The team is led by the ‚Äėparticularly remarkable‚Äô Marievic Ramos- A√Īonuevo,¬†who is ‚Äėa hands-on lawyer, able to spot relevant legal issues and provide practical advice to resolve them‚Äô. John Paul De Leon¬†was promoted to partner, as was Jan Aba√Īo-Ranada, who is ‚Äėa very promising lawyer: confident, hard-working, reliable, and independent‚Äô.¬†Jose Pamfilo, Vicente Gerochi IV, Simeon Ken Ferrer¬†are also recommended.

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) has experience in advising international banks wishing to enter the Philippine market, assisting them with obtaining licenses. It has also advised on syndicated loans and other financing arrangements for lenders and borrowers. The firm is currently advising Philippine Hybrid Energy Systems in relation its proposed loan and security agreement with Security Bank in order to finance a wind power generator in Puerto Galera. Judy Hao and Joselito Bautista  head the team. Andre Navato, Jr and Elaine Reyes-Rodolfo provide support. Tadeo Hilado joined as of counsel and Brigida Aldeguer retired.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos acts as counsel for many banks and financial institutions and also provides advice in relation to regulations, export credits and guarantees, project financing, documentary credits and quasi-equity financing. Other areas of expertise include restructuring loans, syndicated loans and negotiations and documentations for bonds. Clients include Asian Development Bank, BNP Paribas, Citibank, Deutsche Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Key team members include Cristina Gil-Fernandez, Gemma Santos, Silverio Tan and Gabriel Dee.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices¬†provides ‚Äėvery good service, with deep knowledge of the market and law‚Äô; it advises on various banking, finance and capital markets matters. Recent highlights included acting for Atimonan One Energy on a financing arrangement for the development of its 1,200MW coal-fired power plant in Quezon Province. Other clients include MUFG Bank, China Banking Corporation and CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI). Ramil Bugayong,¬†Maria Chavez¬†and Pearl Cabali¬†head the team. They are supported by Monalisa Dimalanta¬†who has ‚Äėan exceptional way with clients and deep insights into the market‚Äô. Francis Asilo¬†left the firm.

Quisumbing Torres advises clients on project financing, asset and balance sheet financing, securitisation and insurance regulatory matters. Clients include multinationals, banks and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include financial services regulations and governance. Lourdes de Leon heads the team alongside TJ Mendoza, who joined the firm as a partner from Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) advises clients on financing transactions, including preparation of documents and compliance with regulatory requirements. A recent highlight included assisting Verge Finance with entering the Philippine lending market. Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the team.

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula provides advice to banking and finance clients in relation to regular and syndicated loans, project financing and tax matters. Clients include banks, borrowers and lenders. Jorge Melo and Antero Caganda head the team, supported by Angelo Advincula. Senior associates Karen Pascual  and Michael Lao  are also recommended.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose is a full-service firm that has experience of M&A and corporate reorganisations for clients in the banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and IT sectors. Mel MacAraig, Alvin Geli and Polo Pantaleon are the key team members.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises clients on regulatory, compliance and operational requirements. It also advises lenders and borrowers on structuring, documenting, lending, security, and other financial transaction matters. The firm recently advised DBS Bank, Mizuho Bank, MUFG Bank and Standard Chartered Bank in relation to a $338m loan to AEV International to finance the purchase of 75% of Golden Springs Group in Vietnam. Jaime Gatmaytan and Norma Patacsil head the team.

Agcaoili & Associates¬†advises leading banks, financial institutions, multinationals and domestic corporations on a broad range of banking and corporate law matters. Key practitioners include Jose Agcaoili, Enrique Parungo¬†and Ma Carmen Agcaoili-Ore√Īa.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim has experience in corporate housekeeping, regulatory issues, project finance matters and mutual funds. Previous clients have included Grepa Mutual Fund, MAA Mutualife, Prudential Guarantee & Assurance and Bankard. Carlos Ocampo heads the team.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso handles banking, foreign investment, securities and capital markets matters. Other areas of expertise include debt, equity and equity-linked issuances, public offerings and project finance. Ruelito Soriano and Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo are the key practitioners.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako advises banks and insurance companies on civil, criminal and administrative litigation. It also advises on syndicated loans and loan restructuring. Key practitioner Jocelyn Esguerra-Dee is adept at handling transactions involving lending and financing arrangements, securities registration, securitisation and compliance issues. Victor Alimurung provides support as a consultant. Clients include Nestlé, HSBC and Capital One Financial.

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