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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is strong in construction, development and PPP infrastructure development, and was involved in the Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX) Project. Teodoro Regala, Avelino Cruz, Victor Lazatin and Eusebio Tan are particularly active in real estate and construction work.

The real estate practice at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) is active in PPP projects involving construction, financing and operation of public utilities such as airports and rail systems. The firm is currently advising the International Finance Corporation as well as the Development Bank of the Philippines on the Light Rail Transit Line 2 O&M PPP Projects and the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project. Jaime Gatmaytan, Norma Patacsil, Mary Mundin and Albert Yu Chang are the key contacts.

Aris Gulapa leads the team at Gulapa Law Office, which frequently advises private sector clients on acquiring development rights on public properties. The team has also been involved in the North-South Rail Project and Ayala’s ITS-South Terminal project.

The practice at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos advises clients on the acquisition, lease, development, and disposition of real estate. Ma Adelina Gatdula and Paul Salanga are the partners to note.

Poblador Bautista & Reyes advises real estate developers on issues involving land acquisition, land use conversion and regulatory compliance. Founding partners Alexander Poblador and Gilbert Reyes are active in this area.

Elizabeth Opeña leads the real estate practice at Quisumbing Torres, which regularly advises clients on a range of matters, including real estate finance, planning and land use, commercial leasing, construction litigation, and corporate real estate. The firm acts for buyers and sellers, and was also recently instructed by Ocmador Philippines VB, an affiliate of ING Bank.

The team at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles frequently advise clients on land ownership and lease of government land, with particular expertise in handling matters involving foreign investors. Joaquin Sayoc, Ronaldo Ventura and Benjamin Lerma are the key contacts.

Rocky Reyes leads the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which recently acted for Erawan Group PCL, a leading hospitality and hotel developer company, in its various hotel construction and management projects in the Philippines.

The six-partner real estate and construction team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is led by Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta. The department is experienced in handling the full range of real estate transactions and construction projects, and frequently advises developers of commercial, residential, industrial and mixed-use projects, such as Ayala Land.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s practice is led by Rosa Bagtas, who is strongly supported by Pancho Umali. The firm recently assisted Goldenwill Inc with the PHP103m acquisition of unutilised air development rights.

The real estate and construction practice at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim is led by Carlos Ocampo, who advises on various commercial agreements and regulatory matters. Key clients include Hong Kong Engineering, Konstrak International, and SM Prime.

The team at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices has expertise in construction in the transport and energy sectors, and has been particularly active in advising the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communications and the PPP Center on the development and construction of a new international airport in Cebu.

Nicanor Padilla is the key contact in Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako’s real estate practice, which has particular expertise in advising industrial park developers and operators.

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