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22/F-26/F ACCRALAW TOWER, 2ND AVENUE, CORNER 30TH STREET, CRESCENT PARK WEST, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, 1635 TAGUIG, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Tel:
Work +63 2 830 8000
Fax:
Fax +63 2 403 7007/7009
Email:
Web:
www.accralaw.com
Cebu, Davao, Manila

Andre B Navato, Jr.

Tel:
Work (632) 830 8000
Email:
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Work Department

Corporate & Special Projects

Position

Partner Practice Areas: Banking Law | Energy, Gas & Oil | Investment Law | Mergers & Acquisitions

Career

Mr. Navato specializes in investments, energy law, mergers and acquisitions, leases privatization, and banking and finance. He has advised clients in establishing branch offices, representative offices, and subsidiaries in the Philippines as well as registering foreign clients’ investments with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. He has also assisted numerous foreign clients register with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (“PEZA”) to avail of certain economic incentives offered by the PEZA. He has helped various US clients establish their call center facilities in the Philippines by establishing their Philippine subsidiaries, registering them with the PEZA, and negotiating their contracts of lease for the site of such facilities. He has assisted the Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, a universal bank in the Philippines, in connection with their acquisition of two local banks as well as with its capital raising efforts which resulted in investments by the International Finance Corporation in the amount of US$49,000,000.00 and CVC Capital Partners in the amount of US$115,000,000.00. He represented the Yuchengco Group of Companies in connection with the sale of 49% of its shareholdings in Grepalife Financial, Inc. to Sun Life Financial Philippine Holding Company, Inc. and the resulting shareholders agreement between the parties. Recently, Mr. Navato acted as Philippine counsel of CVC Asia Pacific Limited in connection with its acquisition, and the financing thereof, of SPi Technologies, Inc., SPi CRM, Inc., and Infocom Technologies, Inc. from SPi Global Holdings, Inc. He likewise acted as (i) counsel of the issuer in connection with the US$920 Million top-up offering of LT Group, Inc.; and (ii) counsel for the underwriters UBS Investment Bank and Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. in connection with the backdoor listing and top-up offering of Melco Crown Entertainment. Mr. Navato assisted Puregold Price Club, Inc. in connection with its acquisition of S&R Membership Shopping Stores through a share for share swap transaction. Mr. Navato also has extensive experience in acquisitions involving energy projects having recently advised foreign clients in such projects involving their proposed acquisition of various power generation facilities in the Philippines, as well as the assets relating to the nationwide transmission system of the National Power Corporation. He was also a part of ACCRALAW’s team of lawyers that provided advice to the World Bank on rural electrification in the Philippines. He has also provided legal advice and assistance to both borrowers and lenders in loan agreements and the accompanying security arrangements.

Languages

English and Filipino

Member

Mr. Navato is a member of the Makati City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Education

Mr. Navato joined ACCRALAW in 1997. He graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo De Manila University in 1997 and completed his Master of Laws degree from Cornell University in 2003.

Leisure

Law Professorial Positions & Legal Publications: Mr. Navato co-authored the Chapter on the Philippines in the book “A Legal Guide to Doing Business in the Asia-Pacific” that was published by the American Bar Association. Mr. Navato also co-authored “Legal and Regulatory Framework for M&A Transactions in the Philippine Banking Sector” which was published by Financier Worldwide in its 2009 International Mergers and Acquisitions E-Book.


Philippines

Banking and finance

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

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