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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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Fax +63 2 403 7007/7009
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www.accralaw.com
Cebu, Davao, Manila

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Melissa Angela G. Velarde

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

Work Department

Corporate & Special Projects

Position

Partner

Career

Transactions/Cases Handled: 
Ms. Velarde specializes in general corporate work, acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign investments, securities, energy and mining law. Ms. Velarde provided legal advice in connection with the US$920 Million equity offering of a local conglomerate company in the Philippines, at that time the largest equity offering in the Philippines to date. She was also involved in the most recent stock rights offer of the largest banking institution in the Philippines. Ms. Velarde has provided legal advice to both the private and public sectors in connection with the Public-Private Partnership program in the Philippines. In particular, she has advised the Department of Education in the bidding for the Public School Infrastructure Project and the Department of Public Works and Highways in the bidding for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway Projects. She has also advised bidders for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project and the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project, among others.

Languages

English and Filipino

Member

Professional Membership & Affiliations: 
Ms. Velarde is an active member of the Makati City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle.

Education

Education/Academic Attainments: 
Ms. Velarde obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 2005 and was part of the top ten of her graduating class. She completed her degree in Accountancy from De La Salle University, where she graduated cum laude in 2000. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, ranking seventh in the May 2001 CPA Licensure Examinations.


Philippines

Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

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.

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