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  1. Projects and energy
  2. Leading individuals
  3. Next generation lawyers

Leading individuals

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Next generation lawyers

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    • Aldwill Go - Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
    • Miguel Robillo - Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices
    • Shirley Velasquez-Viray - Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices

Roderick Salazar III leads the team at Fortun Narvasa & Salazar, with support from energy expert Karl Castillo. Metals Exploration, Batoto Resources Corporation, Ayala Corporation and Jinko Solar are representative clients.

Puno & Puno Law Offices’ department is jointly headed by Roderico Puno and Julito Sarmiento, and features senior partner Jose Layug, Jr. Clients include Manila Electric Company and Sithe Global.

The ‘very knowledgeable, solutions-oriented’ department at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is headed by the ‘pioneering’ Monalisa Dimalanta and ‘comforting’ Ramil Bugayong, who specialise in energy and PPP, respectively. Clients include Aboitiz-SMRT Transport Solutions Consortium and San Buenaventura Power.

Though increasingly busy on the renewables side, Quisumbing Torres’ practice still maintains a strong following among mining and oil and gas clients such as Red Mountain Mining and Otto Energy. Pearl Liu, Dennis Quintero and Lourdes de Leon lead the team.

Project finance expert Perry Pe leads Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department, which assists clients with environmental compliance, securing community clearances and utilising natural resources.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s team, headed by Rocky Reyes, counts Metro Pacific, San Miguel and BHP Billiton among its clients. Vicente Gerochi IV acted for Hanwha Q Cells Korea on the engineering, procurement and construction aspects of the Digos Solar Project in Davao.

Eusebio Tan leads the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), with support from Brigida Aldeguer, Aison Velasco and Melissa Velarde. It is particularly strong in the natural resources and power sectors, and is increasingly active in renewables.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s ‘very competent, reliable’ department is headed by PPP specialist Manuel Manaligod, Jr and natural resources and energy expert Patricia Bunye. Bunye is ‘calm under pressure’, who counts Sagittarius Mines among her clients. Susan Villanuevathinks outside the box’.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio houses a number of ‘experts in their field’, including Jaime Gatmaytan, Ben Yap and Jesus Protacio. Aboitiz Power and First Gen Corporation are clients.

Aris Gulapa heads Gulapa Law Office’s practice and advised APO Production Unit on its negotiations with the Department of Foreign Affairs to allow APO to print the new Philippine e-passport. Other clients include Ayala Land.

Manuel Gonzalez leads the team at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano; he advised Silay Solar Power on a PHP1.69bn loan to partly finance the construction of a 25MW solar project in Silay.

Particularly strong in project finance, Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos assists clients with constructing and operating coal power plants, and is also involved in hydro and wind projects. Silverio Tan, Erlito Fider and Grace Dela Cruz have acted on a number of projects matters.

Rachelle Santos and Mia Martin lead Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño’s department, which acted for ThomasLloyd Cleantech Infrastructure Fund on its investments in renewable energy projects in the Philippines.

Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta lead the team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), with support from senior associate Maria Simundac. Clients include BayWa re Solar, Singtel and Juwi Renewable Energies.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila advises clients on regulatory compliance, and assists with mineral-production sharing agreements and power, energy and mining contracts. Atlas Mining Corporation and Cityland Developers are representative clients.

At Mosveldtt Law, Rodolfo Tuazon, Jr acted for Next Generation Power Technology Corp on obtaining a service contract for its 20MW solar plant in Bataan. The team also has strong contentious capabilities.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s clients in the mining and exploration sector include Benguet Corporation, Jinchuan Group and Taiwan Metal. On the power front, the firm acts for Hitachi Asia. Bernadeth Lim is active in the projects space.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison’s team assists clients with the financing of various oil and gas developments. Clients include oil companies, power generation and distribution companies, and electrical cooperatives.

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