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Noted for its ‘excellent service’, the dispute resolution practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), led by Ana Arnaldo-Oracion, acts for a range of notable clients, including Manila Electric, Standard Chartered Bank and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Recent highlights include advising Manila Electric in challenging the constitutionality of several issuances of the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission, and subsequently filed a petition for declaration of relief with application for temporary restraining order.

The team at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is experienced in the full range of dispute resolution matters, with particular expertise in commercial, banking and tax litigation, corporate rehabilitation, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Practice head Rodel Cruz recently represented the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) in a petition seeking to declare a city ordinance, which banned aerial spraying by agricultural entities, constitutionally void; the supreme court unanimously affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals and declared the city ordinance unconstitutional.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes is active in civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation, representing local and international clients. Alexander Poblador, Gilbert Reyes, Dino Tamayo and Nick Villaluz are the key contacts.

The dispute resolution team at Quisumbing Torres acts in arbitration proceedings, commercial disputes and civil and administrative litigation, representing clients such as Uber Systems, UHS Essential Health Philippines and Publicis Groupe. The key partners within the practice are Donemark Calimon, Ramon Quisumbing, Rodrigo Quimbo, Miguel Galvez and Mia Imperial.

Ricardo Ongkiko heads the ‘excellent’ dispute resolution practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, with strong support from Emmanuel Lombos and Carlos Lopez. The team provides ‘impressive legal analysis and strategic thinking’, with particular expertise in civil, criminal and administrative litigation. Most recently, it successfully defended PLDT in a high-value landmark Supreme Court case on ownership of public utilities.

The ADR practice at Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose has expertise in commercial and specialised arbitration, mediation and conciliation. Key partners include Ancheta Tan and Roberto Dio.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)’s ‘excellent’ dispute resolution team includes key partners Ben Yap, Anthony Gutierrez, Jess Lopez and the ‘fantasticJesus Protacio. The practice is experienced in a broad range of litigation and dispute resolution matters, with particular expertise in complex and high-value commercial disputes.

The team at Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell has expertise in civil and criminal litigation, and is active in a broad range of sectors including banking, mining, real estate and intellectual property. Elizer Odulio is the key contact.

Peter Bantilan and Arturo Selim head the dispute resolution and litigation practice at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño, which continues to act for Chevron Philippines Inc in a number of court cases involving constitutional issues and tax litigation matters.

Joshua Paraiso, Roy Santos and Fidel Valeros, Jr jointly lead the practice at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices, which recently acted as counsel to LG International on a $443m corporate rehabilitation case filed with the commercial courts. Other notable clients include Hewlett-Packard Philippines Corporation, First Sovereign Asset Management and Uber Systems.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises clients on a broad range of civil, criminal, administrative and regulatory issues, with particular expertise in handling international commercial arbitration matters. Tranquil Salvador III and Louie Ogsimer jointly head the practice.

The ‘outstanding’ team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) provides ‘an excellent service’ coupled with ‘prompt and clear advice’ to its clients, which include Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Globe Telecommunications and Banco De Oro Unibank. The practice is jointly led by ‘the experiencedJoseph Lopez and ‘excellent’ Thea Daep, with strong support from Alejandro Navarro and Augusto San Pedro, Jr. In recent months, the firm has been engaged in the high-profile defence of RCBC against the cyber-heist on the Central Bank of Bangladesh, in which $81m was remitted to one of its branched.

The litigation practice at Custodio Acorda Sicam De Castro & Panganiban Law Offices is led by managing partner Demetrio Custodio, Jr, who is experienced in handling litigation of criminal cases, civil disputes, family law cases and administrative cases for corporate and individual clients. The firm is also particularly strong on the ADR side and provides services in negotiation, mediation, arbitration and neutral case evaluation.

Estelito Mendoza at Estelito Mendoza & Associates leads a small litigation and arbitration team.

Led by Roderick Salazar III, the disputes practice at Fortun Narvasa & Salazar regularly handles civil cases relating to land estate disputes, and has particular expertise in fraud, corruption, crime and civil liberty violation cases.

Eduardo Martinez leads the litigation practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, with strong support from Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea. The ‘dedicated’ partners provide ‘strategic legal advice’ and specialist expertise in civil, criminal and commercial litigation.

Angelo Advincula, Antero Caganda and Jorge Melo are the key partners at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula. The firm acted for Air Philippines Corporation in a $8.8m refund claim of specific taxes paid for imported aviation fuel.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila’s dispute resolution practice handles a broad range of litigation matters, including criminal, civil, commercial and administrative cases; the firm provides counsel to both domestic and international clients.

The dispute resolution practice at Cochingyan & Peralta Law Offices regularly engages in the full range of litigation work, with particular expertise in commercial arbitration and commercial litigation. Jose Cochingyan III and Anthony Peralta are the key contacts.

Del Rosario & Del Rosario handles a variety of litigation matters and frequently advises on civil, corporate and criminal dispute cases. Ruben Del Rosario and Arturo del Rosario, Jr lead the practice.

JGLaw’s litigation department has expertise in civil, criminal and commercial litigation, working across a broad range of practice areas including banking, insurance, intellectual property and family law. Gregorio Fernandez leads the litigation and arbitration team.

Mosveldtt Law’s litigation practice is particularly strong on the ADR side, with expertise in criminal, administrative, real estate and land disputes, among other areas. Aldrich Dy frequently acts in mass tort actions, arbitration matters, ejectment cases, and petitions for declaratory relief.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s litigation practice has experience in civil, criminal and labour-related disputes, and is particularly strong on the ADR side. Managing partner Manolito Manalo leads the practice.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos handles the full range of dispute resolution matters, with particular experience in civil, commercial, administrative and criminal litigation. The firm also acts in commercial restructuring and corporate rehabilitation-related matters.

Orencio Ibarra, Jr heads the litigation practice at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso, which acts for individuals and corporate clients in major commercial litigation cases, as well as being active in civil, criminal and administrative cases.

The dispute resolution practice at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako is led by Mario Andres and is active in the full range of civil, criminal and administrative litigation matters.

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