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The team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is led by Ana Arnaldo-Oracion and counts Manila Electric Company, Chevron Philippines, Smart Communications and Standard Chartered Bank among its longstanding clients.

Rodel Cruz heads Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s ‘responsive’ practice and successfully represented Marine Fuels Philippines against the government in a dispute over the seizure of a $1.2m tanker for allegedly transgressing customs laws. Miguel Silos is praised for his ‘in-depth knowledge’ and for ‘getting the job done’.

The team at Poblador Bautista & Reyes represents clients in civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation. Alexander Poblador, Mario Bautista and Gilbert Reyes are most active in dispute resolution. San Miguel Energy is a key client.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s department is led by Ricardo Ongkiko and includes newly promoted partners Aaron Riturban and Franco Larcina. AkzoNobel, Bank of the Philippine Islands and BMW are clients.

The team at Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose has a strong ADR practice. Key figures include Roberto Dio, who is a strong litigator, and name partner Ancheta Tan.

The ‘brilliant, respectful’ Estelito Mendoza at Estelito Mendoza & Associates leads a small team that punches above its weight in high-profile litigation and arbitration.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio’s ‘creative’, ‘highly knowledgeable’ team includes key partners Jesus Protacio, Cesar Santamaria, Jr, the ‘sharp, trustworthyBen Yap and the ‘very quickAnthony Gutierrez.

Elizer Odulio is the key contact at Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell; he and six other partners represent clients in civil and criminal litigation, and are active in sectors including banking, media, mining and IP.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño’s team represented Chevron Philippines in various court cases, contesting the President’s power to control petroleum product prices. Peter Bantilan and Arturo Selim are the key partners.

Donemark Calimon heads the practice at Quisumbing Torres, with strong support from Ramon Quisumbing, Rodrigo Quimbo, Miguel Galvez and Mia Imperial. Clients include UHS Essential Health Philippines and Uber Systems.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department is co-led by Tranquil Salvador III and Louie Ogsimer; eight other partners are active in dispute resolution. Clients include Shell Philippines and Siemens.

The highly capable team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is jointly led by Alejandro Navarro, Augusto San Pedro, Jr, Thea Daep and Joseph Lopez. Clients include Globe Telecom and Citra Group.

Custodio Acorda Sicam De Castro & Panganiban Law Offices’ department, which is active in civil, criminal and administrative litigation, is led by managing partner Demetrio Custodio, Jr. Zenaida Ongkiko-Acorda is highly active.

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar’s disputes practice handles civil cases relating to land and estate disputes, and represents clients in fraud, corruption, crime and civil liberty violations cases.

Eduardo Martinez heads the team at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, with strong support from Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea. Clients include BDO Unibank, PMI Colleges and TC Pharmaceutical Industries Co.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices’ practice is co-led by Joshua Paraiso, Roy Santos and Fidel Valeros, Jr. Clients include Rapu-Rapu Mining, Hewlett-Packard Philippines Corporation and various power generation companies.

Antero Caganda, Angelo Advincula and Jorge Melo are the key partners at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula. The team assisted Philippine National Bank with obtaining a tax refund for tax wrongly paid in 2003.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila’s department handles various types of litigation, including criminal, commercial, administrative and agrarian. It represents local and foreign clients.

At Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices, Jose Cochingyan III and Anthony Peralta handle a variety of arbitrations and litigation, including commercial fraud.

Maritime specialists Ruben del Rosario and Arturo del Rosario, Jr lead Del Rosario & Del Rosario’s team; they are supported by Charles Dela Cruz, Florencio Aquino and Catherine Mangahas-Soliven. Japan P&I Club and Thome Group are clients.

The team at JGLaw represents clients in commercial and civil litigation, and is active in family law, IP, banking and aviation, among other practice areas. Gregorio Fernandez handles litigation and arbitration.

At Mosveldtt Law, Aldrich Dy represented International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications in an appeal against a Supreme Court decision prohibiting the field-testing of aubergines.

Streit Group, Capitol Hills Golf & Country Club and Petron Corporation are among the clients of Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim. Manolito Manalo leads the team, which includes Carlos Ocampo.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advises clients in disputes involving civil and commercial restructurings, criminal matters, estate settlements, and family law.

Orencio Ibarra, Jr leads the eight-partner litigation team at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison, which is particularly visible in the real estate and employment sectors.

Active in civil, criminal and administrative litigation, Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako also practises international arbitration. Mario Andres and Antonio Pido are the names to note.

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