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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) provides advice on acquisitions, investment projects and restructurings of conglomerates in preparation for initial public offerings (IPOs). It recently advised Asahi Glass in relation to the sale of its Philippine subsidiary AGC Flat Glass Philippines. Other clients include CVC Asia Pacific, British Standards Institution, Chemical Industries of the Philippines and Jones Lang La Salle Philippines. Judy Hao and Joselito Bautista  head the team; they are supported by Melissa Velarde, Andre Navato, Jr and Eusebio Tan. Tadeo Hilado was promoted to of counsel. Francisco Lim is another name to note.

Quisumbing Torres¬†‚Äėunderstands the requirements of US-based companies, is responsive and provides advice in keeping with the regulatory and risk environment‚Äô. It provides advice on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions including foreign investment structuring, dispositions of corporate assets and reorganisations. The practice takes an industry-aligned approach and has a focus on the retail, energy, infrastructure, finance, industrial manufacturing and services sectors. The team also has particular expertise in healthcare sector work. Clients include Allianz, Johnson & Johnson and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Christina Macasaet-Acaban¬†heads the team, supported by Pearl Liu, Dennis Quintero¬†and Alain Veloso,¬†who was promoted to partner. Elizabeth Ope√Īa¬†left the firm. Timothy Mendoza¬†joined from Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles handles various corporate issues including incorporation, investments, regulatory compliance, joint ventures, and strategic alliances. Wilma Cua and Jose Mirasol head the team; Perry Pe is another name of note.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†advises on a range of corporate and M&A matters and has specialist experience in complex transactions and greenfield issues. The team recently acted for Global Infrastructures Partners Group in relation to its $5b acquisition of 100% of the equity interest in Equis. Other clients include San Miguel Corporation, Metro Pacific Group, Aboitiz Power Corporation and MasterCard. Rocky Reyes¬†and Franco Larcina¬†head the team with support from Arlene Maneja. Jan Aba√Īo-Ranada¬†and John Paul De Leon¬†have both been promoted to partner.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose is a full-service firm that deals with mergers, acquisitions, corporate reorganisations and commercial litigation. It represents domestic and international clients in sectors including banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, telecoms and information technology. Noel Laman and Polo Pantaleon are the key partners.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano advises on acquisitions involving both equity purchase and asset sale, and mergers involving initial structuring, due diligence, regulatory approvals and documentation. It is adept at advising foreign businesses looking to invest in the Philippines. Recent highlights include acting as counsel to Udenna Corporation in its acquisition of GGDC Holdings in a deal worth $980m. Other clients include BDO Unibank, SM Investments Corporation, Allfirst Equity Holdings and ISOC Holdings. Elmer Serrano heads the team, with support from associate Tephanie Gandia.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos¬†provides advice on commercial transactions, joint ventures, capital restructuring, corporate acquisitions, privatisations of government corporations and assets, build‚Äďoperate‚Äďtransfer (BOT) projects and public-private partnership (PPP) projects. Other areas of expertise include structuring, negotiation, documentation, mergers, business combination transactions, advice on foreign investment and offshore investments. Key practitioners include Antonio Picazo, Estrelita Gacutan¬†and Gemma Santos.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices advises clients on corporate housekeeping, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting, foreign investments, and government permits. The team recently acted as transaction counsel to Global Business Power Corporation in relation to the $47m acquisition of a significant stake in a 210MW coal-fired power plant in Sarangani province. Other clients include Universal Robina Corporation and TQMP Glass Manufacturing Corporation. Regina Jacinto-Barrientos and Virginia Viray head the team, supported by Maria Chavez.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso advises on mergers and acquisitions as well as on project finance initiatives. Ruelito Soriano, Eduardo Makalintal and Enrique Quiason are they key names of note.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia¬†is adept at handling mergers, asset- and share-based acquisitions and dispositions, due diligence, public and private bidding, joint ventures, restructuring and special economic zone issues. The team is acting for East West Rail Transit Corporation in relation to the¬†$1bn financing, design, construction, commissioning, and operation and maintenance of a light rail transit system, a project under the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) law of the Philippines. Manuel L. Manaligod, Jr.¬†heads the practice alongside key practitioners Aida Roxas-Rivera, Rosa Bagtas, Pancho Umali¬†and associate Lesley Claudio. The team is ‚Äėvery strong and delivers work on time with straightforward and clear legal advice‚Äô.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) is experienced in handling matters of incorporation, closure, governance, compliance, and mergers and acquisitions. Key sectors include energy, finance, healthcare, logistics, oil and gas, real estate and infrastructure. The team recently advised on the merger of two publicly-listed corporations in a deal worth PHP25bn. Jaime Gatmaytan and Norma Patacsil jointly head the team, with support from Mary Mundin and Albert Yu Chang. Katrine Suyat was promoted to senior associate.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Lea√Īo¬†has experience in corporate restructuring and reorganisation, joint ventures, acquisitions and mergers, compliance audits and due diligence. The team regularly acts as counsel to multinational companies. Clients include Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Philippine Sinter Corporation and ON Semiconductor Philippines. Carlos Platon,¬†Hector Martinez¬†and Rachelle Santos¬†jointly head the team.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)¬†advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and on regulatory compliance with the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. It often acts for multinational organisations and clients include Lalamove Philippines, Ayala Group, Ninja Express Tech Philippines, Hitachi Omron Terminal Solutions, Jolliville Holdings Corporation and Portuguese Realty. The team,¬†valued for its ‚Äėpractical approach, good knowledge and cost-efficiency‚Äô, recently advised Mitel Networks Corporation on the acquisition of Shoretel and its subsidiaries.¬†Sylvette Tankiang, Raoul Angangco, Franchette Acosta, Leonardo Singson, Kristin Charisse Siao¬†and Maria Concepcion Simundac¬†are the names to note.

Cochingyan & Partners Law Offices advises domestic and international clients on strategic transactions, mergers and acquisitions, compliance, legal risk assessments and business organisation structure. Jose Cochingyan III heads the practice. Anthony Peralta left the firm for Calleja Law Offices.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advises on a range of corporate matters and transactions. Clients include Cemex Philippines, Genting Group of Companies and Philip Sweets Manufacturing. Carlos Ocampo is the key name to note.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes provides advice on corporate and commercial transactions, operational issues, reorganisation, corporate governance and compliance. Other areas of expertise include project finance, loan syndication, trust indentures and joint ventures. Key practitioners include Alexander Poblador, Mario Bautista, Raymund Rodriguez and Marie Roque-Quintos.

Puno & Puno Law Offices is adept at advising companies on foreign investment law, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. The firm has previously advised clients in the power, water distribution, real estate development, and mining industries. Managing partner Roderico v. Puno is singled out.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako advises clients on joint ventures, corporate housekeeping, capital restructuring, mergers and acquisitions and due diligence. Other areas of expertise include corporate finance, securities regulation and corporate liquidation. Edgardo Balois heads the team.

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula advises foreign and domestic clients on a range of corporate and M&A matters. Antero Caganda and Jorge Melo head the team with support from Angelo Advincula and Samantha Dy-van de Loo.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila advise on all aspects of corporate law including incorporation, partnerships, joint ventures, IPOs, capital restructurings, and mergers and acquisitions. It is adept at handling cases of corporate recovery and insolvency. Key practitioners include Felipe Gozon, Magdangal Elma and Roberto Lucila.

Shipping boutique Del Rosario & Del Rosario mainly acts for foreign companies and is adept at assisting businesses in expanding their operations in the Philippines. Clients include Damco, Evergreen Shipping Agency, Hoegh Wallem Ship Management and Solstad Offshore Crewing Services. Practice head Joseph Rebano is supported by senior associate Saben Loyola.

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) conducts a broad range of corporate and M&A work, including representing clients on share acquisitions, assisting with business restructuring or expansion and with establishing businesses. The New York office, opened in February 2017, caters to US-based Filipinos and investors. A recent highlight was assisting New York bakery brand MBakery in establishing its business in the Philippines. Other clients include Aniplex, CCL Label Industries Philippines and JV Angeles Construction Corporation. Practice head Aris Gulapa is supported by newly-promoted partner Charms Haw and senior associate Melissa Chavez. Rico Quicho, formerly at his own firm Quicho & Angeles Law Offices, joined the team.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell advises foreign and domestic clients on partnerships, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts and real estate transactions. Other areas of expertise include compliance with auditors and government authorities. Renato Calma, Roane Lopez III and Virna Caringal-Divino are the names to note.

Disini & Disini Law Office¬†advises on a broad range of corporate matters including financing, reorganisations, corporate governance, executive employment arrangements, IPOs, and mergers and acquisitions. Clients include Unionbank of the Philippines, Tuitt, Social Light, Samsung and Cognizant Technology Solutions Philippines. The team, which is jointly headed by Jj Disini, Rowena Disini¬†and Mark Parcia, is ‚Äėapproachable and responsive with practical business knowledge‚Äô. Associate¬†Marian Salanguit¬†joined from SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.¬†Aiken Serzo¬†is also recommended.

JGLaw provides advice on corporate restructuring, infrastructure, energy, foreign investments, securities, telecoms, banking and finance, insurance and regulatory affairs. Other areas of expertise include debt restructurings and IPOs. Lory Anne Manuel-McMullin, Victoria Limkico and Benigno Par Jr are the key names to note.

KAPUNAN GARCIA & CASTILLO LAW OFFICES deals with incorporations, due diligence, corporate finance, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy and governance. Lorna Patajo-Kapunan heads the practice.

Morales & Justiniano advises on foreign investments, business structure, joint ventures, project finance and corporate and M&A. Rafael Morales is the key contact.

MOSVELDTT Law acts for domestic and multinational clients in relation to a broad range of corporate matters including corporate securities law, cross-border transactions, acquisitions, joint ventures and financing arrangements. Other areas of expertise include regulatory, compliance and corporate governance issues. The firm also deals with taxable and tax-free mergers, stock and asset acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. Jerry Coloma, Nicholas Felix Ty and Christian Sia are the names to note.

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