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Fortun Narvasa & Salazar impresses on the back of its first-class reputation for mining-related advice, where it provides ‘excellent value for money’. The firm’s response times are ‘excellent’ and its ‘industry knowledge, especially in the mining sector is outstanding’. Roderick Salazar is ‘an excellent corporate lawyer’ with ‘second-to-none industry knowledge in mining’ and ‘very experienced with foreigners attempting business in the Philippines’. Highlights included advising the AIM-listed Metals Exploration Plc on the development of its $110m processing plant for the Runruno Poly-Molybdenum Project in Nueva Vizcaya. Other clients include Vale, Archipelago Resources and Filminera Resources Corporation.

Quisumbing Torres’ top-notch practice is jointly headed by Dennis Quintero and Lourdes Echavez-De Leon, with Quintero taking responsibility for the mining and metals side, and Echavez-De Leon managing the energy and utilities side. A major highlight was representing ASX-listed Red Mountain on its A$10m acquisition of the Philippine copper and gold interests of Mindoro Resources. Other major clients include Harmony Gold, Risco Energy and Forum Energy.

Under the leadership of Perry Pe, Romulo’s projects and energy group has long been considered a market leader. A clear highlight has been advising JG Summit Olefins Corporation on the financial closing of the PhP33bn of the first naphtha cracker plant in the Philippines. Other major clients include Petronas, Shell Philippines Exploration and Sagittarius Mines. Fernando Sioson and Benjamin Lerma are both very active in this area.

Andres Maria heads the first-class team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which includes the ‘technically excellentHector de Leon. The firm has seen a lot of activity in the mining sector and recently advised CGA Mining on its C$1.1bn merger with B2Gold Corp. On the project finance side, it advised the lead arrangers, including Banco de Oro Unibank, on a PhP 9bn loan to partially finance the development of Ayala Corporation’s development of a 135MW coal-fired power plant in Batangas.

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) has been involved in several significant PPPs in the renewable energy sector, and is also highly experienced in infrastructure projects. The firm is also part of a group headed by EY Australia that is advising the Philippine Department for Education on a PPP for the development and maintenance of more than 9,000 classrooms in three regions. Francisco Lim heads the team.

Gemma Santos and Cristina Palma Gil-Fernandez at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos have established track records in the energy sector. Major clients include Petron Corporation, which it recently advised on a $750m bond issue, Pilipinas Shell, and Zijin Mining Group.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño recently advised the ThomasLloyd Cleantech infrastructure fund on its project financing and investment activities in the Philippines, including its investment in San Carlos Biopower. Carlos Platon, Rachelle Aileen Santos and Mia Carissa Martin have all been active on this front.

Puno & Puno Law Offices has a very good track record in energy, mining and infrastructure work, where senior partners Roderico Puno and Regis Puno are both very active. Clients include Carmen Copper Corporation, which it advised on a $300m bond issue, part of which was used to fund the ongoing expansion of the Toledo Mine.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is regularly involved in major financings and developments. The firm is representing Sagittarius Mines in the development of a 400MW power station, and is also advising Cavite Biofuel Producers on the PhP2.5bn project financing for the construction of a fuel ethanol plant. Monalisa Dimalanta and Ramil Bugayong head the highly rated team.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila Law Office acts for a string of clients, including Atlas Mining, Omico Mining, Berong Nickel Corporation and Ulugan Nickel Corporation. Roberto Parel and Eric Vincent Estoesta are both experienced.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose partner Mel Macaraig has established a good reputation for project finance work. The firm acts for several energy and utilities companies.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano has a very active project finance practice that advises sponsors and lenders. A recent highlight was advising BDO Capital & Investment and RCBC Capital as joint lead arrangers on the PhP9.3bn loan to finance Sarangani Energy’s development of a 200MW coal-fired power plant in Southern Mindanao. Manuel Gonzalez heads the up and coming team.

Carlos Ocampo at Ocampo & Manalo is very active in the mining and power sector, and represents several major companies on their related projects and transactional issues. Past clients include Taiwan Metal Mining Corporation, Jinchuan Group and Energy Development Corporation.

Ponce Enrile Reyes & Manalastas represents several major energy and mining companies, including Chevron, Pilipinas Shell, Rio Tuba Nickel Mining and Western Mindanao Power. Jesus Manalastas and Enrique dela Cruz are very experienced.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison’s clients, many of which are active in the power sector, benefit from the firm’s very strong transactional practice. Manuel Torres is also recommended for regulatory advice.

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  • The Philippine Design Competitiveness Act

    The Republic Act No. 10557, " Philippine Design Competitiveness Act " was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last May 15, 2013.  Contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko . The article gives us an insight about the objectives of the Act, the role of the newly formed Design Advisory Council, the Natural Design Policy, and its goals. Learn more about the Philippine Design Competitiveness Ac t. The article is available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website.
  • Dissension in the Court: July 2013

    The article Dissension in the Court: July 2013 was contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner, Rafael L. Encarnacion . The article gives us an insight on the petition for  certiorari  assailing the Commission on Elections of the Philippines' resolution to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of Regina Ongsiako Reyes for the position of Representative of the district of Marinduque.  The article from Lexoterica: A Philippine BLAWG is also available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website .
  • Bridging the Gap: Enhanced Basic Education through K-12

    The article  Bridging the Gap: Enhanced Basic Education through K-12   contributed by  Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko  talks about the new law regarding the Philippine Basic Education System which became effective on June 4, 2013. It includes information about its objectives, its salient features and the new procedure in training and hiring teachers.
  • Valuing Unlisted Shares

    The  April 2013 issue of IFLR  includes an update authored by Senior Associate  Arlene M. Maneja.   "Valuing Unlisted Shares"  discusses the implemented Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulation No. 6-2013 (RR6-2013) and contains an overview of the rules involving the determination of fair market value of share of stock not listed and traded in the local stock exchange.  Download a copy of the article from the SyCipLaw website.
  • Publications by Domingo G. Castillo

    Publications by Partner Domingo G. Castillo  on " Repeatable Limitation of Liability in Maritime Accidents ," " Movement of Goods ," and " Various Aspects of Concealment & Representations " are now available for download from the SyCipLaw website. View the Related Links section of  Mr. Castillo's profile  to access the publications.
  • The Mergers & Acquisitions Review 7th Edition – Philippines

    The Philippines section of The Mergers and Acquisitions Review 7th Edition contains an overview of M&A activity in the country, general introduction to the legal framework for M&A, developments in corporate and takeover law and their impact, foreign involvement in M&A transactions, significant transactions, key trends and hot industries, financing of M&A, employment law, tax law, competition law, and outlook. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner Rafael A. Morales .
  • WLG Global Agenda Study Report: Issues & Priorities for Senior In-House Counsel Worldwide

    It has been a year since the  SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) LinkedIn Company Page  was launched and statistics show that the most clicked legal resource post is the World Law Group's "Global Agenda Study Report: Issues & Priorities for Senior In-House Counsel Worldwide," which was posted on 16 January 2013. The report highlights, among other things, current key challenges faced by chief legal officers, general counsel and other in-house law department leaders in some of the world's largest companies, as well as action plans they've found most effective to meet these challenges. It also points out some interesting differences by region.
  • ELA's Free Webinar on "Key Employment Issues for US Employers in the Hospitality Industry"

    The Employment Law Alliance's free webinar on "Key Employment Issues for US Employers in the Hospitality Industry" will be on 11 September 2013.
  • WLG's Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems

    The WLG Intellectual Property & Information Technology Group unveiled its "Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems" with contributions from 18 WLG member firms from different jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.
  • Philippine BIR adopts technological innovations

    The July 2013 issue of Bloomberg BNA's Tax Planning International Asia-Pacific Focus features an article co-authored by partner  Carina C. Laforteza  and associate  Grace Ann C. Lazaro  entitled "The Philippine BIR adopts technological innovations." The article discusses the recently implemented Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regulation No. 18-2012 directing all persons to secure a new Authority to Print from the BIR and to print new receipts/invoices starting 1 July 2013. The article includes sections on the statutory basis, implementation, and the move towards computerized regulation.

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  • Austria/Malta: Schoenherr advises Oesterreichische Volksbanken on sale of Volksbank Malta

    Schoenherr, a leading corporate law firm in Central and Eastern Europe, advised Österreichische Volksbanken-AG (OeVAG) on the sale of its fully-owned subsidiary Volksbank Malta Limited to Malta-based Mediterranean Bank plc. On 11 April 2014, OeVAG and Mediterranean Bank signed a Share Purchase Agreement for 100% of the shares in Volksbank Malta. Closing shall take place after the required approvals of the relevant regulatory bodies are received. read more...
  • Austria: Stefan Kuehteubl new head of Employment practice at Schoenherr

    Stefan Kuehteubl will join Schoenherr, a leading corporate law firm in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as a partner and the head of the firm's Employment practice as of July 2014. A highly-regarded employment law practitioner, Kuehteubl will be returning to Schoenherr, where he previously worked as a member of its employment team between 1999 and 2004. During the past ten years, he worked in a well-known Vienna-based employment law boutique, in which he was a partner since 2008. read more...
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    The Swiss law on product safety ( Produktesicherheitsgesetz, PrSG) is currently scheduled to enter into force on July 1, 2010. This new law aligns Swiss product safety requirements with EU law. It applies not only to manufacturers, but to anyone who commercially or professionally markets products in Switzerland, and it introduces substantial new obligations before and after the sale of a product.
  • Chambers Global has once again recognised Pepeliaev Group's tax practice as the best in Russia

    The Chambers Global 2014 international ratings have hailed Pepeliaev Group's tax practice and the firm's managing partner Sergey Pepeliaev as Russia's best in the area of taxation (band 1 and Star Individuals). Commentators describe Mr Pepeliaev as "the father of Russian taxation." He has an outstanding reputation in tax litigation, for which he is said to be "absolutely brilliant." In addition, Chambers Global  lavishes praise on Rustem Ahmetshin (band 2), one of the firm's senior partners, who has considerable expertise in areas such as VAT and audit advice. Chambers Global sources commend Pepeliaev Group partner Valentina Akimova (band 3) as a "smart tax specialist." She has significant experience in a wide range of tax matters such as VAT, income tax and excise duties. Sources recommend Andrey Nikonov (band 3), another senior partner in the firm, as an authority on VAT, mineral extraction tax and unified social tax.  Chambers Global also rates Mr Nikonov highly for his experience in resolving tax disputes advising on the tax aspects of M&A transactions.

    Dhir & Dhir Associates advised National Housing Bank, wholly owned by Reserve Bank of India, on the Tranche- II of public issue of tax free bonds in the nature of secured, redeemable, non-convertible debentures with benefits under Section 10(15)(iv)(h) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, aggregating upto Rs. 1,000 Crore.

    In a recent landmark judgment of the Hon'ble Andhra Pradesh High Court in the matter of Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. (DCHL) & Ors. Vs. Union of India & Ors ., the Hon'ble Court has laid down an important principal of law to the effect that SARFAESI Action can be taken by an assignee/ successor in interest only if the original lender had SARFAESI power.

    Dhir & Dhir Associates advised National Housing Bank, wholly owned by Reserve Bank of India, on the public issue of tax free bonds in the nature of secured, redeemable, non-convertible debentures with benefits under Section 10(15)(iv)(h) of the Income Tax Act, 1961, aggregating upto Rs. 2,100 Crore.
  • Angel Buzalov from “Popov & Partners” has participated in “Legal Day 2014”of GBICC

    On 20.03.2014 was carried the first part of the annually organized forum "Legal Day" of German-Bulgarian Industrial Commercial Chamber. Representatives of the leading legal companies in Bulgaria and industry representatives also took part in the event.
  • “Popov & Partners” took part in the consultations organized by the German-Bulgarian Industrial C

    On 24.03.2014 a meeting of the Advisory Board "Law" of the German-Bulgarian Industrial Commercial Chamber (GBICC) was held. The event was attended by representatives of the business as well as lawyers from major law firms in Bulgaria, including the law firm "Popov & Partners."