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Fortun Narvasa & Salazar’s practice frequently advises clients on joint venture agreements, government permit approvals, environmental matters, construction contracts and project financing. The team is led by Roderick Salazar III and includes energy expert Karl Castillo.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)’s project and energy practice frequently handles major domestic and international energy projects, and recently acted for Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ on its $650m loan to Therma Power. Key partners within the department include Jaime Gatmaytan, Ben Yap, Norma Patacsil and Albert Yu Chang.

The projects and energy practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is led by Manuel Gonzalez, with strong support from Mark Vergara and Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo. The firm recently advised the Filoil Group on its entry into a PHP7bn joint venture agreement with Total Corporation for the merger of its operations in nationwide retail petroleum stations. Asia United Bank Corporation, the Philippine National Bank and BDO Bank are other clients.

Roderico Puno and Julito Sarmiento lead the team at Puno & Puno Law Offices, which includes senior partner Jose Layug, Jr. The practice is particularly experienced in handling matters concerning the renewable energy sector and the petroleum industry, and has acted for a range of clients such as Manila Electric Company, Visayan Electric Cooperative and Aboitiz Power Corporation.

Monalisa Dimalanta leads the energy practice at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices, with strong support from Najha Estrella, Luther Ramos, Rowena Salonga and Shirley Velasquez-Viray. The department is experienced in issues involving renewables and coal thermal projects, as well as government advisory matters, and has acted on behalf of a number of notable clients such as Aboitiz Power Corporation, Masinloc Power Partners and San Buenventura Power. The team recently acted as counsel for Therma Power, an Aboitiz subsidiary, in the $1.2b acquisition of interests in GNPower.

The ‘capable and experienced’ team at Quisumbing Torres is led by Dennis Quintero, Pearl Liu and Lourdes de Leon, who have ‘a deep understanding of the Philippines’ oil and gas legal market’. The firm recently advised Techlron Resources on contractual matters relating to its joint venture project. MWH New Zealand, GRCO Isulan Mining Corporation and Philipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation are also clients.

The practice at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles is led by Perry Pe, who is supported by energy specialist Tranquil Salvador III. The team has expertise in energy infrastructure matters, mining, and oil and gas exploration. It regularly handles regulatory compliance matters.

Rocky Reyes heads the practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which regularly acts for notable developers in the Philippine coal, gas, hydroelectric and geothermal sectors. The team advised Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on the development of bidding terms for the tender of electricity sourced from renewable energy sources in the Philippines, as well as assisting the Bids and Awards Committee and providing regulatory advice.

Eusebio Tan leads the department at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which has particular experience in matters involving natural resources and renewables.

Patricia Bunye leads the department at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, with strong support from Pancho Umali. The practice provides counsel to leading mining and energy companies on a broad range of matters, including compliance with nationality, obtaining government approval and licensing for mining activities and exploration permits. The firm recently advised Sagittarius Mines (SMI) on its cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate for the Tampakan Project, and has also acted as counsel to Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. and Filminera Resource Corporation.

Aris Gulapa leads the practice at Gulapa Law Office, which has recently been engaged in projects involving the renewable energy sector and solar power plant developments. Notable clients include Aboitiz, Ayala and MWM Terminals.

The team at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos is particularly experienced in acting for leading mining companies and is frequently involved in domestic and cross-border mining and exploration projects, as well as hydro and wind projects. Silverio Tan, Alex Erlito Fider and Grace Dela Cruz are the key partners.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) ‘provides quality legal advice and value for money’, with experience in advising clients on ownership, structuring and documenting projects to ensure regulatory compliance and handling matters relating to renewable energy projects. Raoul Angangco, Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta are the key partners within the practice and they have acted for clients such as Aboitiz Equity Ventures, the Ayala Corporation and Alternegy Hydro Partners Corporation.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila handles a range of projects and energy matters, including negotiating and documenting power, energy and mining services contracts, and advising clients on government and administrative regulation. The firm provides particular expertise in matters involving the development and utilization of natural resources and issues relating to the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA). Magdangal Elma, Roberto Parel and Gener Asuncion are the key contacts.

At Mosveldtt Law, Rodolfo Tuazon, Jr advises clients on project development, joint ventures, securities offerings, investments and financing. The practice has acted for clients such as Next Generation Power Technology Corp, and has worked on a range of projects including conventional base-load power plants, wind, hydroelectric and transmission projects.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim’s projects and energy practice has particular expertise in the natural resource sector and has advised clients such as RT Minerals, Benguet Corporation, and Hitachi Asia. Bernadeth Lim is the name to note.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño’s projects and energy practice is managed by Rachelle Santos and Mia Martin, who have particular experience in renewable energy projects. The firm has advised ThomasLloyd Cleantech Infrastructure Fund on its investment and project financing of biomass power companies in the Philippines.

Miguel Mathay heads the practice at Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso, which frequently acts for the leading oil companies, power generation and distribution companies, and electric cooperatives. The team is experienced in advising on legislation and regulatory compliance, contractual arrangements concerning the energy market, and project financing of oil and gas developments in the Philippines.

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