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Philippines

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The Hong Kong-based Maria Angeles-Carale is the key contact at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles. She regularly advises clients on aircraft financing. Cebu Air is a prominent client.

Leading individuals

Maria Angeles-Carale - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc q & De Los Angeles

Jose Mirasol is the supervising partner in charge of Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ banking and finance practice, which includes Reynaldo Geronimo, Juan Tan, Ronaldo Ventura and Ronald Policarpio. Clients include ING and Bank of China.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ clients include McKinsey & Company, Nissan Motors and Ernst & Young Global. Cynthia Roxas-Del Castillo heads the department.

Leading individuals

Cynthia Roxas-del Castillo - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc 1 & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department is headed by Wilma Cua and Jose Mirasol, and includes senior partners Ricardo Romulo and Jose Buenaventura. Capital markets and M&A specialist Agustin Montilla advises Nasdaq-listed clients on corporate matters.

Leading individuals

Perry Pe - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department is co-led by Tranquil Salvador III and Louie Ogsimer; eight other partners are active in dispute resolution. Clients include Shell Philippines and Siemens.

Leading individuals

Louie Ogsimer - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

The team at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles is well versed in compliance and litigation, and advises on collective bargaining, union relations and health and safety. It also resolves disputes over sexual harassment and compensation.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Jointly led by Enriquito Mendoza and Maria Sison-Go, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ labour and immigration team advises clients on their immigration requirements as overseas employers.

Leading individuals

Maria Sison-Go - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ practice advises clients on all aspects of IP work, including IT matters involving e-commerce, software and cyberspace.

Leading individuals

Rogelio Nicandro - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Project finance expert Perry Pe leads Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department, which assists clients with environmental compliance, securing community clearances and utilising natural resources.

Leading individuals

Perry Pe - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

At Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, Jose Mirasol, Joaquin Sayoc, Ronaldo Ventura and Benjamin Lerma are recommended.

Leading individuals

Joaquin Sayoc - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles’ department is led by Herminio Ozaeta, Jr and advises on the development and establishment of innovative technologies and business models in the Philippines.

Leading individuals

Herminio Ozaeta - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Priscilla Valer and Jayson Fernandez jointly lead the team at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, with support from Exequiel Javier and Reynaldo Geronimo, who is a strong litigator.

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