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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) handles a broad range of dispute resolution matters including international and domestic arbitration, antitrust and competition law, securities regulation and litigation, banking, environmental law, estate proceedings and product liability. The firm recently acted for D.M. Consunji, successfully arguing in the Supreme Court that the Torre de Manila construction project should be allowed to go ahead after a petition filed by the Knights of Rizal tried to end the construction due to it allegedly ruining the view of the Rizal Monument. A motion for reconsideration is pending. Ana Arnaldo-Oracion and Jose Tensuan head the team, supported by a wide array of partners including Victor Lazatin, Ramon Samson, Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad, Leland Villadolid, Jr, Arnold Corporal and Antonio Nachura, Jr.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia¬†provides¬†‚Äėtimely, expert and effective legal services‚Äô. It advises on dispute resolution in a broad range of areas including commercial litigation, tax litigation, administrative litigation, alternative dispute resolution and banking litigation. The firm continues to act for Coca-Cola in a dispute with Pacific Sugar Holdings relating to a failure to deliver sugar. Other clients include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, Union Bank of the Philippines and Manila Water. Rodel Cruz¬†heads the team with support from Miguel Silos¬†and¬†Victor Pangilinan, who was promoted to senior partner. Rogelio Torres, Jr, Ramon Alcasabas,¬†Jacques Lynn¬†and Jon Chua¬†were all promoted to partner.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes advises in a range of dispute resolution areas including real estate litigation, civil and criminal litigation, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Key practitioners include Alexander Poblador, Gilbert Reyes, Dino Tamayo and Nick Villaluz.

Quisumbing Torres¬†advises international clients on arbitration, commercial litigation, corporate and intra-corporate disputes, civil litigation and corporate compliance. Clients include Consolidated Iron Sands, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum and Publicis Groupe. Donemark Calimon¬†and Ramon Quisumbing¬†head the team with support from¬†Miguel Galvez¬†and associate Anna Calsado-Amoroso. Jay Santiago, who has ‚Äėexcellent writing skills and is easily accessible‚Äô, re-joined the firm as a senior associate. The team provides ‚Äėtop-notch legal advice‚Äô and has ‚Äėgreat response times‚Äô.

‚ÄėSuperior in terms of business acumen and industry knowledge‚Äô,¬†SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†represents international and domestic clients in a variety of industry sectors. The firm continues to act for Manila Electric (MERALCO) in relation to alleged anti-competitive behavior and abuse of market power in a case worth around $882m. Other clients include Citibank, PLDT, the Philippine Stock Exchange and Qatar Airways. Ricardo Ongkiko¬†heads the team with support from Carlos Lopez, senior associates¬†John Regalado¬†and¬†Ma. Patricia Paz, and Emmanuel Lombos,¬†who is ‚Äėa very instinctive and seasoned litigator‚Äô.¬†Jon Castillo¬†and¬†Anthony Jacoba¬†were both promoted to senior associate.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) advises on complex multi-jurisdictional corporate disputes. Key client sectors include banking, telecoms, construction, real estate, energy and infrastructure. The firm continues to act for Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation after $81m stolen in a cyber-heist from the Central Bank of Bangladesh was remitted to its branches. Other clients include Banco De Oro Unibank, Globe Telecommunications and Bank of the Philippine Islands. Joseph Anthony Lopez heads the team with support from Alejandro Alfonso Navarro, Augusto San Pedro, Jr and Thea Daep. Leah Glenda Quesada was promoted to partner.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose provides advice in various dispute resolutions spheres including civil, commercial, criminal, tax, specialised litigations and alternative dispute resolution. Roberto Dio and Ancheta Tan are the key practitioners.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises on international and domestic arbitrations. Areas of expertise include contractual disputes, product liability, torts, tax, banking and securities law. The firm recently represented Sanofi Pasteur in a $40m tax dispute with the Philippine tax authorities. Other clients include Metro Rail Transit, Standard Chartered Bank, Ayala Land and Lombard Investments. Key practitioners include Ben Yap, Anthony Gutierrez, Jess Lopez and Jesus Protacio. Vladi Lazaro was promoted to partner.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell deals with corporate, property, civil, criminal, shipping, aviation, banking, mining, media and IP disputes. Elizer Odulio is the key practitioner.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Lea√Īo¬†deals with a variety of dispute resolution and commercial arbitration cases. Key team members include Carlos Platon, Peter Bantilan¬†and Arturo Selim.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices advises on a range of domestic and international dispute resolution and arbitration, mediation and conciliation matters. Client sectors include banking and finance, energy and intellectual property. Joshua Paraiso, Roy Santos and Fidel Valeros, Jr head the team.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles is adept at handling international commercial arbitration matters including drafting dispute resolution clauses, formulating pre-arbitration strategy, and enforcement. Areas of expertise include civil, criminal, administrative and regulatory issues. Tranquil Salvador III and Louie Ogsimer co-head the team.

Custodio Acorda Sicam De Castro & Panganiban Law Offices advises on criminal, civil and family disputes. The firm handles litigation and alternative dispute resolution with a particular focus on the construction industry.  Demetrio Custodio, Jr is the name to note.

Estelito Mendoza heads the litigation and arbitration team at Estelito P. Mendoza & Associates.

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar provides dispute resolution advice across a broad range of areas including criminal litigation, estate administration, land disputes and registration, negotiations and alternative dispute resolution. Roderick Salazar III leads the team; Philip Fortun is another key partner.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†provides ‚Äėoutstanding levels of service', is commended for her¬†'fast response times' and 'brings all expertise needed on technical issues‚Äô. It has experience of handling commercial, civil, criminal and tax litigation and is adept at handling arbitration and debt restructuring proceedings. Clients include several financial institutions and the firm was recently appointed to the Philippines Dispute Resolution Center panel. Head of team Eduardo Martinez¬†is ‚Äėa true leader and able to understand issues‚Äô. Reynaldo Dizon¬†and Shirley Alinea¬†are also recommended.

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula advises on international commercial arbitration, domestic arbitration and construction industry arbitration. Clients include Philippine Airlines, Apo Cement, Air Philippines and Philippine National Bank. Key practitioners include Angelo Advincula, Antero Caganda and Jorge Melo.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila handles criminal, civil and commercial litigation, as well as disputes relating to domestic relations, administrative law, testate and intestate succession, and agrarian matters. It acts for foreign and domestic clients. Gener Asuncion is the key practitioner.

Cochingyan & Partners Law Offices advises on a broad range of dispute resolution matters including commercial arbitration, commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. The key practitioner is Jose Cochingyan III.

Del Rosario & Del Rosario is adept at handling civil, corporate and criminal disputes. The firm also deals with arbitrations, with a particular focus on the maritime sector. Ruben Del Rosario, Denise Luis Cabanos and Arturo del Rosario, Jr are the key partners.

JGLaw handles civil, criminal, commercial and specialised litigation and also commercial arbitrations. Key practice sectors include aviation, banking, insurance and securities regulation, family law and estates. Gregorio Fernandez heads the team.

MOSVELDTT Law has experience in a broad range of dispute matters including intra-corporate disputes, banking litigation, corporate rehabilitation proceedings, real estate and land titling disputes, product liability suits and alternative dispute resolution. Aldrich Dy is the key practitioner; Darwin Angeles is also recommended.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim is adept at handling civil, criminal and labour-related disputes. It also deals with appellate representation, alternative dispute resolution and negotiations. Manolito Manalo is the key partner.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos has experience in a broad range of dispute resolution matters including civil, commercial and criminal litigation, corporate rehabilitation, arbitration, settlement of estates and family law.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso provides advice on major commercial litigation cases including petitions for rehabilitation, suspension of payments and liquidation of corporations and intra-corporate disputes. Other areas of expertise include civil and criminal litigation. Orencio Ibarra, Jr heads the team.

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako deals with civil, criminal and administrative litigation and as well as international arbitration. The firm represents clients at trial and appellate proceedings. Mario Andres heads the practice.

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