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Fortun Narvasa & Salazar advises international clients on mining, natural resources and energy law. Areas of expertise include joint ventures, permit approvals, due diligence, litigation and dispute resolution, environmental issues, construction contracts and project financing agreements. Roderick Salazar III and Karl Castillo are the key practitioners.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises clients internationally on major energy projects including coal, geothermal, wind and solar energies. The firm continue to act for Dole Philippines in relation to the proposed development of a biogas facility. Other clients include Filinvest Development, JG Summit Holdings, Changi Airports International and First Gen. Key practitioners include Jaime Gatmaytan, Ben Yap, Norma Patacsil and Albert Yu Chang.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†advises on infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects. Areas of expertise include bidding processes, coordination with regulatory authorities, document preparation, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and project financing. The firm recently acted for Norddeustche Landesbank Girozentrale in relation to a $52m loan to Enfinity for the development, construction, completion, operation and maintenance of a solar power plant. BDO Capital & Investment and Crown Equities are also clients. The ‚Äėdependable and always available‚Äô team consists of¬†Manuel Gonzalez¬†and¬†Mark Vergara, who are ‚Äėmeticulous and personally address major legal issues that arise during the course of a transaction‚Äô.¬†Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo¬†is also recommended.

Puno & Puno Law Offices advises on various energy, infrastructure and mining projects. Areas of expertise include regulatory approvals, joint ventures, privatisation and review of energy contracts. It has previously acted for Manila Electric and Visayan Electric Cooperative. Roderico Puno and Julito Sarmiento head the team with support from senior partner Jose Layug, Jr.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices provides advice in various energy sectors including oil and gas, renewable energy and coal-thermal projects. Areas of expertise include regulatory and commercial issues and PPP projects. The firm recently acted for Atimonan One Energy in relation to a loan facility arrangement for the $2bn development of a coal-fired power plant. Other clients include Aboitiz Power, Masinloc Power Partners and Solar Philippines. Ramil Bugayong and Monalisa Dimalanta head the team with support from Najha Estrella and Rowena Salonga. Senior associate Sheryl Balot is also recommended. Senior associate Francis Asilo left in July 2017 to go in-house at Aboitiz Equity Ventures.

Quisumbing Torres provides advice on project finance, development, transactions, policies and regulatory frameworks. The firm recently acted for Korea Water Resources on its joint venture with San Miguel to establish Luzon Clean Water Development, advising on Philippine law matters and negotiations. Other clients include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, Toyota Tsusho and Felix Petroleum. Dennis Quintero heads the team with support from Pearl Liu, Lourdes de Leon and Donemark Calimon. Senior associate Ina Alexandra Dominguez is another name to note.

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises foreign and domestic clients on project finance, and on exploration and development of natural resources including oil and gas. Perry Pe heads the practice with support from Tranquil Salvador III.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan  advises clients in the energy, oil and gas, telecoms, water and construction sectors. The firm recently acted for PNB Capital & Investment, BPI Capital and China Bank Capital Corporation on the $880m project financing of several power plants. Other clients include Metro Pacific Group, PLDT, San Miguel and Aboitiz Power. Rocky Reyes and Angel Salita, Jr head the team with support from Hector De Leon. John Paul De Leon was promoted to partner.

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) provides advice on joint ventures, review of bid documents, power purchase agreements, off-take agreements, operating and management agreements, financing agreements, and construction contracts. The firm recently advised Enel Green Power on restrictions and regulatory requirements around a proposed battery energy storage system business In the Philippines. Judy Hao and Joselito Bautista head the team with strong support from Eusebio Tan.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia¬†advises clients on projects from the exploration stage through to operations and rehabilitation. The firm is particularly focused on the energy, and mining and natural resources sectors. It is adept at handling corporate structuring, contract drafting and review, due diligence, M&A, joint ventures, operating agreements, corporate housekeeping, preparation of title opinions, and dispute resolution. Key clients include Sagittarius Mines (SMI), Shell Philippines Exploration, Mt Labo Exploration and Development and RTG Mining.¬†Patricia Bunye¬†and Pancho Umali¬†head the practice, supported by¬†Manuel Manaligod, Jr¬†and senior associate Alpheus Macalalad. The team provides ‚Äėquick turnarounds, deep industry knowledge and excellent value for money‚Äô.

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) has a particular focus on construction and infrastructure projects and advises on PPPs. A recent highlight includes acting for International Finance Corporation on a $229m PPP expansion of the Clark International Airport. Other clients include APO Production Unit, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Asian Development Bank and JV Angeles Construction. Aris Gulapa heads the team, with support from newly promoted partner Charmaine Haw and senior associate Jose Machuca. Rico Quicho joined as partner. The firm has an affiliate office in New York.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos acts for foreign and domestic mining and exploration companies and also advises on energy and power projects such as coal, hydro, wind and waste-to-energy projects. Silverio Tan, Alex Erlito Fider and Grace Dela Cruz are the key members of the team.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) takes a cross-disciplinary approach to energy projects; it has a particular focus on renewable energy and is adept at handling PPP projects. The firm is currently acting for Portuguese Realty in relation to a negotiation with Nestlé Philippines for the construction of a warehouse and distribution centre. Other clients include Hacienda Macalauan, Ninja Express Tech Philippines and Alternergy Mini Hydro Holdings. Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the team with support from Raoul Angangco.

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila advises on administrative rules and regulations around natural resource projects for clients such as mining companies and oil firms. Areas of expertise include government contracts such as the Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA). Other areas of expertise include build-operate-transfer (BOT) contracts, power and energy contracts, mining service contracts and technical services agreements. Key practitioners include Felipe Gozon, Magdangal Elma, Roberto Parel and Gener Asuncion.

Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose advise on the restructuring of loans, project financing, joint ventures and development projects including power plants. Client sectors include banking, energy, pharmaceuticals, telecoms, IT and Transport. Key practitioners include Mel MacAraig  and Louie Pantoni .

MOSVELDTT Law advises on transactional, economic and regulatory issues relating to the mining, energy and natural resources sectors. Clients include investors, private utilities, power producers, insurers and lenders. Areas of expertise include project development, joint ventures, project finance and regulatory frameworks. Rodolfo Tuazon, Jr is the key contact.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advises various clients in the energy and natural resources sectors. Mining and exploration clients include Benguet Corporation, Jinchuan Group and RT Minerals. Bernadeth Lim is the key partner.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Lea√Īo¬†recently acted as counsel for a solar panel manufacturing company in relation its investments in several joint venture companies. It also acts as counsel for ThomasLloyd CTI Asia Holdings in relation to its investments in the renewable energy sector.¬†Rachelle Santos¬†and¬†Mia Martin¬†are the key partners.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso advises power distribution companies, power generation companies, oil companies and provincial electrical cooperatives on project financing and joint ventures. Other areas of expertise include legislation, privatisation, contractual arrangements and regulatory compliance. Miguel Mathay heads the team with support from Manuel Torres.

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