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Ernesto Añasco heads the labour and employment practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which provides consultancy and litigation services on a range of employment matters, such as labour standards, termination disputes, organisational restructuring programmes and union issues. The firm has advised clients such as Procter & Gamble Philippines, Convergys Philippines Services Corporation and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation and it is handling a number of cases for Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines.

Grace Quevedo-Panagsagan leads the labour and employment team at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño, with strong support from Rachelle Santos and Israfel Fagela. Recent highlights include representing a Siemens affiliate in its collective bargaining agreement (CBA) negotiations with the employees’ union. Other key clients include Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services, and Arinso Philippines.

The employment practice at Quisumbing Torres is led by Kenneth Chua and includes partners Gil Zerrudo and Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr. The firm is experienced in handling the full range of employment matters, with particular expertise in employment contracts, compensation issues, the HR aspects of M&A transactions, and employee terminations. Notable clients include a range of financial institutions and multinational companies, including Johnson & Johnson.

Rolando Villonco heads the labour and employment practice at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako, which advises corporate employers on labour standards, bargaining negotiations, strike action, labour litigation, contract terminations and wage disputes.

Luisito Liban heads the ten-partner team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which acts on a range of matters including employee migration, collective bargaining negotiations, disciplinary action, and termination of employment. The firm’s key clients in this practice area include Ford Group Philippines, Pfizer, Thomson Reuters and The Philippine American Life Insurance Corporation. In addition, the department assisted Dentsu Aegis Network with the PHP406m acquisition of several creative service and advertising agencies in the Philippines, which involved the sale of all assets and business contracts, and the transfer of all employees from the acquired companies to the client.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)’s employment practice has experience in handling matters relating to labour standards, employee benefits, contracts, reorganisations, and mergers and acquisitions. It also has particular expertise in labour dispute proceedings and immigration issues. Cesar Santamaria, Jr is the key contact.

Reynaldo Dizon leads the labour and employment practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, advising corporate clients on daily labour concerns, arbitration disputes, dismissal cases and collective bargaining agreements with unions. The firm recently represented Citibank N.A. in the successful negation of the political and economic provisions of the 2016-2021 collective bargaining agreement with Citibank Philippines Employees Union-NATU.

Romeo Fernandez, Deogracias Fellone and Luis Clemente are the key contacts in the employment practice at Poblador Bautista & Reyes. The team specialises in labour and industrial relations, and frequently represents employers in collective bargaining negotiations, grievance proceedings, arbitration matters and contract disputes.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices’ labour and employment practice has substantial experience in providing advice on employer-employee relationships, with particular expertise in employment benefits, labour standards, terminations and union activities. Joseph Castillo and Roy Santos are the key contacts.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles assists clients with the full range of labour and employment matters, and specialises in providing advice on regulatory compliance, litigation, union relations and collective bargaining. The department also provides expertise in cases involving sexual harassment in the workplace and occupational health and safety.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila’s labour practice is well versed in handling arbitration cases, collective bargaining negotiations and employee benefit plan-related matters. Roberto Parel is the key contact within the department.

Enrique Galang is the key contact within the labour and employment practice at Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose. The department advises employers and employees on the full range of labour law matters, with expertise in handling personal labour disputes, union grievances, collective bargaining negotiations and unfair labour practice cases.

The labour practice at Del Rosario & Del Rosario has acted for clients such as Intership Navigation, Korea P&I Club and Polaris Shipping. Ruben del Rosario and Arturo del Rosario, Jr manage the practice, with strong support from Herbert Tria, Florencio Aquino and Denise Luis Cabanos.

JGLaw’s employment department handles matters relating to labour contracts, industrial relations, regulatory compliance and collective bargaining negotiations on behalf of corporate employers and employees. The firm also specialises in providing legal advice on complex issues such as retrenchment, outsourcing and M&A transactions. Ernesto Caluya, Jr and Winston Esguerra are the key names.

The labour and employment team at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim specialises in representing management in disputes and bargaining agreements, but is also well versed in representing employees in a wide range of matters. Juan Valdez and Bernadeth Lim are the key contacts.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell’s labour law practice is experienced in advising clients on illegal dismissal disputes, unfair labour practices, CBA negotiations and preventive mediation. In addition, the firm has particular expertise in handling disputes between seafarers and shipowners. Benjamin Bacorro is recommended.

The labour practice at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advises employers and employees, and has particular experience in handling CBA negotiations and settling industrial disputes.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso handles all aspects of management-labour relations, including cases of dismissal and suspension of employees, money claims, strikes, petitions for certification elections and labour-related civil and criminal cases. Orencio Ibarra, Jr, Miguel Damaso and Jose Tual are the key employment partners.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)’s labour group specialises in matters involving labour standards and labour relations, and has represented a range of notable local and international clients such as Citibank, Team Energy Holdings Philippines and Easter Telecoms Philippines.

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