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Joseph Rebano of maritime boutique Del Rosario & Del Rosario acted for Royal Caribbean Cruises on the reorganisation of its Manila operations. OSM Maritime Services and Star Bulk Carriers Corporation are also clients. Ruben del Rosario and Arturo del Rosario, Jr head the practice.

Benjamin Bacorro, Elizer Odulio and Pedro Carbonell are the key partners at Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell. The practice acts for P&I clubs, shipowners, shipping agents and crewmembers.

All Seas Marine USA, 7107 Islands Shipping Corporation and Crewcare are among SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s clients. The department is led by Domingo Castillo and also includes Russel Rodriguez, who is active on the contentious side.

Luis Vera Cruz, Jr, Ana Arnaldo-Oracion and Arnold Corporal are the key figures at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which is noted for its strong contentious capabilities.

Pandiman Philippines is a key shipping client of Carag, Jamora, Somera & Villareal Law Offices. Elpidio Jamora leads the team.

Manuel Cosico and senior counsel Eduardo Hernandez are the key maritime partners at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles; they handle marine insurance, seaman’s claims and the purchase and sale of seagoing vessels.

VeraLaw (Del Rosario Raboca Gonzales Grasparil)’s practice acts for P&I clubs, marine insurers, shipowners and charterers. Valeriano del Rosario is the principal contact, and is particularly active on the contentious side, where he represents shipowners in ship pollution claims.

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