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  1. Projects and energy
  2. Leading individuals

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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