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Headed by the ‘invaluable’, ‘calm’ and ‘decisiveRoderick Salazar III, Fortun Narvasa & Salazar’s practice performed strongly, assisting Metals Exploration and its subsidiary, FCF Minerals, in drafting and negotiating a retail electricity supply agreement (with SN Aboitiz Power–RES) to procure 6,000KW for the Runruno Gold Project.

The ‘excellent’ team at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is co-headed by Ramil Bugayong and Monalisa Dimalanta. Dimalanta is singled out for her knowledge of the energy market; she and Najha Estrella advised Electric Generating Public on the $453m acquisition from AES of a 41% stake in a 630MW coal-fired power plant. The ‘extremely client-friendly’ Regina Jacinto-Barrientos is seen by some as ‘the best-connected lawyer in the Philippines’.

Quisumbing Torres’ practice is jointly headed by Pearl Liu, Dennis Quintero and Lourdes de Leon, and assisted Toyota Tsusho with financing the expansion of its interests in a Philippine portfolio of power projects. The team also acted for Galoc Production Company, Geopower Energy, Medusa Mining and Red Mountain Mining.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises on compliance with environmental laws, securing community clearances, and exploring and utilising natural resources. Perry Pe leads the strong project finance team.

Rocky Reyes heads the practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Vicente Gerochi IV led advice to Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure Fund on its $151m acquisition of the company operating the Subic Bay Freeport Zone’s main fuel storage facility.

The team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) is led by Eusebio Tan. Recommended senior associate Melissa Velarde advised the Department of Public Works and Highways on the Cavite–Laguna Expressway project.

Patricia Bunye leads the department at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, which assisted Sagittarius Mines and Mt Labo Exploration and Development on land acquisition for mining and energy projects. The team advises companies on security issues in remote mining areas. Pancho Umali and Manuel Manaligod, Jr are recommended.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio’s team is ‘knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with’; Aris Gulapa and Jaime Gatmaytan are singled out for their ‘practical advice’. One highlight was advising consortium APO Agua Infrastructura on a $267m joint venture with the Davao City Water District to design, construct and operate a large water treatment facility.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos’ practice advises mining companies on their projects in the Philippines and around the world. It assists clients with constructing and operating coal power plants, and is also involved in hydro and wind projects.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño advised ThomasLloyd Cleantech Infrastructure Fund and ThomasLloyd CTI Asia Holdings on their investment in San Carlos Solar Energy, which operates the Philippines’ first commercial solar plant. Rachelle Santos and Mia Martin are key contacts.

The energy practice at Puno & Puno Law Offices is co-led by Roderico Puno and Julito Sarmiento; it advises on coal, oil, gas, hydroelectric and geothermal energy matters, and all aspects of the power industry. The firm’s mining practice, also led by Puno and Sarmiento, acts for both domestic and foreign mining companies.

Under Sylvette Tankiang, the team at Villaraza & Angangco advises on projects and energy matters. Clients include Globe Telecom, Calapan Waterworks, and the Aboitiz Group.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila advises on power and energy contracts, mining contracts, and mineral-production sharing agreements. It also assists with regulatory compliance.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano’s practice is headed by Manuel Gonzalez, who advised consortium MWM Terminals on its bid to design, construct, operate and maintain the Integrated Terminal System, a PPP project in Metro Manila. Gonzalez has the ability to ‘harmoniously integrate legal considerations into the entrepreneurial spirit’ of projects. The team is praised for its value for money and for being accessible.

Clients at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim include Jinchuan Mining, RT Minerals and Hitachi Asia, and publically listed companies such as Benguet and Marcventures Holdings.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison acts for power generation and distribution companies, oil companies, and electrical cooperatives. The team also advises on project financing of various oil and gas developments.

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