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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)’s department is headed by Eusebio Tan and includes Judy Hao, who advised Ayala Land on a PHP16bn top-up placement. Other clients include BDO Capital & Investment Corporation and Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corporation.

At Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, Manuel Gonzalez advised DoubleDragon Properties on its PHP10bn offering of preference shares.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos’ well-known practice handled two of the five IPOs that closed on the Philippine Stock Exchange between July 2015 and July 2016. Antonio Picazo is a key partner.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ clients include McKinsey & Company, Nissan Motors and Ernst & Young Global. Cynthia Roxas-Del Castillo heads the department.

The ‘technically very sound’ team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is ‘very reliable and extremely hardworking’. Clients include Credit Suisse and Macquarie Capital. The ‘very commercial’ Ken Ferrer is recommended. Aaron Riturban made partner in January 2016.

Mel Macaraig of Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose is known for his expertise in capital markets and project finance; he has acted for clients such as International Finance Corporation, Nomura International and Citibank.

The highly capable Ma Elizabeth Peralta-Loriega handles the capital markets practice at Puno & Puno Law Offices. First Gen Corporation is a key client.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices’ team advised Aboitiz Equity Ventures on its PHP24bn public bond issuance. Ramil Bugayong leads the team, with support from Regina Jacinto-Barrientos.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison’s practice is headed by Enrique Quiason, with support from Ruelito Soriano.

Elizabeth Opeña leads the securities team at Quisumbing Torres, which counts numerous foreign companies and financial institutions among its clients, including Charles Street Securities.

At Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), Leonardo Singson is known for his ‘thoughtful approach’. The team advises clients on securities issuances, IPOs and private placements, and assists them with compliance and disclosure matters.

Samantha Dy-van de Loo at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula advised Asia United Bank Corporation on its $108m Tier 2 notes issuance. Angelo Advincula is recommended.

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