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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Philippines

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is headed by Mia Gentugaya, who led advice to BBAM on the sale and leaseback of three new aircraft operated by Philippine Airlines.

Leading individuals

Mia Gentugaya - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Mia Gentugaya heads the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo led advice to BDO Unibank, Philippine National Bank, China Banking Corporation and Asia United Bank on financing the $870m reacquisition of a 49% equity stake in Philippine Airlines.

Leading individuals

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Mia Gentugaya - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Led by Mia Gentugaya, the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan acted for ANZ Banking Group (Hong Kong) and Deutsche Bank in connection with MCE Leisure (Philippines) Corporation’s issuance of senior notes worth $330m in total.

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advised Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure Fund on its $151m acquisition of a controlling interest in Philippine Coastal Storage & Pipeline, which is operating the Subic Bay Freeport Zone’s main fuel storage facility. The team is led by Rocky Reyes.

Leading individuals

Rafael Morales - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is headed by Ricardo Ongkiko, with significant support from six other partners. Emmanuel Lombos assisted Light Rail Manila and Metro Rail Transit with counteracting the government’s sudden reduction of fare subsidies. Other clients include Citibank, Qatar Airways and Manila Electric. Carlos Lopez is recommended.

Leading individuals

Carlos Lopez - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Emmanuel Lombos - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 2

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Luisito Liban leads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s employment team, where Amer Mambuay helped Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing successfully renegotiate its existing collective bargaining agreement with the rank-and-file union.

Leading individuals

Amer Mambuay - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rodelle Bolante heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s team, and handled the processing of work permits and visas for Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP’s Philippines-based clients. Other clients include Colgate-Palmolive, Sanofi-Aventis and Thomson Reuters.

Leading individuals

Rodelle Bolante - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides advice on IP portfolio management, protection and enforcement to Colgate-Palmolive, Abbott Laboratories, Rolex, Total and Gap. Enrique Manuel heads the team, which includes Vida Panganiban-Alindogan -

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Alan Fontanosa heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s Cebu office, handling employment, real estate, and projects work, corporate services, and civil disputes.

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Dominador Carrillo heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s Davao office; he handles corporate and employment matters, and disputes.

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Legal market overview

The larger domestic firms – most notably Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW), Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan – continue to provide strong service across various practice areas.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes heads the practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Vicente Gerochi IV led advice to Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure Fund on its $151m acquisition of the company operating the Subic Bay Freeport Zone’s main fuel storage facility.

Leading individuals

Hector de Leon - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises individuals, energy companies and property developers on real estate matters, and is also capable of dealing with related issues such as tax and appraisal. Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo, Alan Fontanosa, Benedicto Panigbatan and Marietta Tibayan are the key contacts.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes heads the practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which includes Domingo Castillo, Mia Gentugaya, Ramon Songco and Russel Rodriguez. Clients include 7107 Island Shipping, Berwin Leighton Paisner, Crewcare, and Tsuneishi Shipyards.

Leading individuals

Domingo Castillo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rose King-Dominguez heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s TMT practice; assisted by senior associate Franco Larcina, she advised Hooq Digital Philippines on which of its planned activities were permissible in the Philippines.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rolando Medalla, Jr heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s tax practice, which includes Domingo Castillo, Hector de Leon, Jr and Carina Laforteza. The firm’s clients include California Energy, Ormat Power, and Association of International Shipping Lines.

Leading individuals

Rolanda Medalla, Jr - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Legal Developments by:
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

  • IFLR: “Philippines: Foreign reinsurers and brokers”

    The November 2015 issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) included an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan entitled “Foreign reinsurers and brokers.”
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