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22/F-26/F ACCRALAW TOWER, 2ND AVENUE, CORNER 30TH STREET, CRESCENT PARK WEST, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, 0399 TAGUIG, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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Work +63 2 830 8000
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Cebu, Davao, Manila

Philippines

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Eusebio Tan leads the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which includes Judy Hao, Andre Navato, Jr and Elaine Reyes-Rodolfo. The group recently advised Standard Chartered Bank as a co-lead arranger on the updating of BDO Unibank’s medium term note programme and the issuance of $300m senior notes due 2021.

Leading individuals

Andre Navato - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Eusebio Tan leads the practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), with strong support from Judy Hao, Tadeo Hilado and Francisco Lim. The firm regularly advises BDO Capital as underwriter including recently on the PHP30m bond offering of SM Investments Corp as well as on Megaworld Corporation’s bond offering.

Leading individuals

Eusebio Tan - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Judy Hao - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Tadeo Hilado - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) J

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) regularly advises local and international clients on planning and implementing their acquisition and investment projects in the Philippines, providing expertise in establishing business enterprises and structuring foreign equity investments in nationalised industries. Andre Navato, Jr and Melissa Velarde recently acted as Philippine counsel to Dell, Inc. on the sale of its IT services subsidiary, Dell Services, to NTT Data. CVC Asia Pacific, Roper Technologies, and R&R Ice Cream are other clients.

Leading individuals

Eusebio Tan - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Francisco Lim - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Judy Hao - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Tadeo Hilado - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Noted for its ‘excellent service’, the dispute resolution practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), led by Ana Arnaldo-Oracion, acts for a range of notable clients, including Manila Electric, Standard Chartered Bank and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Recent highlights include advising Manila Electric in challenging the constitutionality of several issuances of the Department of Energy and the Energy Regulatory Commission, and subsequently filed a petition for declaration of relief with application for temporary restraining order.

Leading individuals

Ramon Samson - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Victor Lazatin - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

The immigration department at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is led by Regina Geraldez, who is experienced in advising multinational companies, foreign embassies, local conglomerates, business chambers and expatriates on a range of immigration matters. The firm acts for Coca-Cola Bottlers, Thomson Reuters, SC Johnson Philippines and Fujifilm, among others.

Leading individuals

Regina Geraldez - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Alex Fider leads the practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which provides the full range of IP services and engages in contentious and non-contentious work. The firm has advised clients such as the San Miguel Corporation and BP on a range of IP matters, including administrative registration, licensing, franchising, data protection, and cybercrime prevention matters.

Leading individuals

Alex Fider - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Ernesto Añasco heads the labour and employment practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which provides consultancy and litigation services on a range of employment matters, such as labour standards, termination disputes, organisational restructuring programmes and union issues. The firm has advised clients such as Procter & Gamble Philippines, Convergys Philippines Services Corporation and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation and it is handling a number of cases for Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines.

Leading individuals

Emerico de Guzman - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Ernesto Añasco - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Joy Leong-Pambid - Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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Law firms in Cebu
Law firms in Cebu - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)’s Cebu office is managed by employment specialist Jefferson Marquez, corporate partner Ma Iolanda Abella and Eduardo Soleng, Jr. The Cebu office is experienced in a broad range of practice areas, with particular expertise in labour and employment, corporate and M&A, immigration, and real estate matters.

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Law firms in Davao
Law firms in Davao - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Key partners at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)’s Davao Branch include Ma Iolanda Abella and Myra Montecalvo-Quilatan. The department frequently advises clients on matters relating to real estate, dispute resolution, labour and employment and tax law, and has advised a number of notable clients such as Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Honda Philippines and Sagittarius Mines. The firm has been particularly active in advising Malayan Colleges Mindanao with regards to the purchase and sale of real properties for a school campus in Mindanao.

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Legal market overview

The legal market remains stable and a range of full-service firms continue to dominate the scene, including Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, and Quisumbing Torres (a Baker McKenzie LLP correspondent firm).

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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.

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

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.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is particularly active in matters relating to port operations, dock services, bare boat charters and crew management. The admiralty and maritime law practice also frequently represents clients in actions involving claims for death or injury of passengers, loss or damage to cargo, and property cases arising from collisions and other maritime accidents. Ana Arnaldo-Oracion and Arnold Corporal are the key contacts.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Alex Fider, John Paul Gaba, Richmond Lee and Jose Genilo are the key figures within the team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw). The practice is experienced in handling issues involving internet privacy, fraud and online commercial transactions, as well as providing advice on regulatory matters.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Ruby Yusi and Eric Recalde lead the Tax practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which provides legal advice on both national and local taxation in the banking, real estate, consumer, insurance and energy sectors. The firm recently advised Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co on the client’s intervention in a petition for declaratory relief questioning the regulation issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, which limits how banks and other financial institutions allocate expenses between units and income streams. Other key clients include Bank of the Philippine Islands, Banco de Oro Unibank, and SM Prime Holdings.

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