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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SYCIPLAW CENTER, 105 PASEO DE ROXAS, 1226 MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
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Within Aviation, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a second tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is primarily focused on aircraft financings, where banking head Mia Gentugaya has a good track record. A recent highlight was advising the US Ex-Im Bank on the $130m financing of Philippine Airlines’ acquisition of four brand new B777-300ERs.

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Within Banking and finance, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Mia Gentugaya heads the first-class team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. The firm is comfortable on both sides of the table and recently advised OceanaGold on its $225m corporate refinancing. On the lender side, it advised the lead arrangers, including Banco de Oro Unibank, on a PHP9bn loan to partially finance the development of a 135MW coal-fired power plant in Batangas. Rafael Morales, Marievic Ramos-Anonuevo, Vincente Gerochi and Philbert Varona are very well regarded.

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Within Capital markets, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s excellent capabilities are reflected in the deals it is regularly instructed on. A recent highlight was advising to HSBC as sole issue manager on San Miguel Corporation’s listing of PhP80.6bn worth of Series 2 preferred shares, the country’s largest capital markets listing to date. Group head Mia Gentugaya has an excellent reputation.

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Within Corporate and M&A, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Few will contest SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s standout position in the market. The all-embracing practice, which is headed by Andres Maria, has a superb reputation. Recently it advised NTT Communications on its acquisition of a 50.1% share in Freedom Resources Holding Corporation, the holding company of DTSI Group. Marievic Ramos-Anonuevo is considered ‘an outstanding corporate lawyer’.

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Within Dispute resolution, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a second tier firm,

Ricardo Ongkiko heads the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which can draw from a pool of 16 partners. The firm was involved in several disputes for clients in the aviation, power, mining, manufacturing and financial services sectors. Emmanuel Lombos, Carlos Lopez and Ramon Songco are all very active.

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Within Employment, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a second tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has had a busy year, and recently it advised Manila Water Company on a redundancy program affecting over 400 employees. The firm also advised Pfizer on employment issues relating to the spin off of its Philippines animal health division. Lozano Tan heads the team.

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Within Immigration, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s active practice regularly collaborates with multinational clients on all of their related visa and work permit issues in the Philippines. Rodell Bolante is highly experienced in this field. Clients include United Health Group, Ford, Colgate-Palmolive and Thomson Reuters.

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Within Intellectual property, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Enrique Manuel heads the top-quality team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which also includes Vida Panganiban-Alindogan. A recent highlight includes successfully representing Harley Davidson on a citywide sweep of products infringing its trade mark. Other clients include Yamaha motor, Rolex, Chanel, Gap and Pfizer.

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Within Law firms in Cebu, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Alan Fontanosa heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s highly regarded Cebu office. The firm has a broad local offering and partner Thaddeus Alvizo is also recommended.

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Within Law firms in Davao, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has a strong four-lawyer office in Davao that offers clients a comprehensive service. On the transactional front, the firm represented a Thai company on its joint venture with a local company for the construction, operation and maintenance of a crude palm oil mill. Dominado Carrillo heads the office.

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Within Legal market overview,

This relative buoyancy has allowed the country’s top law firms, including Romulo, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) and Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos, to flourish. The fact that they have little competition from international firms has also helped. Only Baker & McKenzie has a foothold in the market, through its top-notch correspondent firm Quisumbing Torres, which fields several excellent, top tier practices. The market remains relatively stable, with few changes affecting law firms. Nevertheless, 2013 did see the firm Villaraza Cruz Marcelo & Angangco, which had strong links to previous government administrations, split into two separate firms: Villaraza & Angangco and Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia.

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Within Projects and energy, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Andres Maria heads the first-class team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which includes the ‘technically excellentHector de Leon. The firm has seen a lot of activity in the mining sector and recently advised CGA Mining on its C$1.1bn merger with B2Gold Corp. On the project finance side, it advised the lead arrangers, including Banco de Oro Unibank, on a PhP 9bn loan to partially finance the development of Ayala Corporation’s development of a 135MW coal-fired power plant in Batangas.

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Within Real estate and construction, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Emmanuel Paras is one of the main contacts for transactional work at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. The firm is often involved in real estate transactions with a heavy corporate element, and recently advised Kingdom Hotel Investments on its $55m sale of KHI-ALI Manila and KHI Manila Property, the developer and operators of the Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Residences Makati.

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Within Shipping, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a third tier firm,

Domingo Castillo is the main shipping expert at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. The firm is especially active on the disputes front, regularly advising on insurance and personal injury claims, as well as customs issues.

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Within Tax, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a second tier firm,

Rolando Medalla heads a strong team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. The firm has been involved in several disputes with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, while also providing day-to-day tax advice to corporate clients. Clients include JPMorgan Chase Bank, Wrangler Apparel Corp and the Manila Electric Company.

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Within TMT, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is praised for its ‘thorough and realistic advice when it comes to what really happens in real life and the courts’. ‘Very experienced’ group head Rose Marie King-Dominguez is ‘sound in law’ and gives ‘practical advice’, while the firm has the ‘advantage of having many good lawyers – so strength not only in numbers but in depth’. The firm acts for an impressive range of clients, including Telenor, Ibex Global, Wells Fargo and Newsweek.

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Philippines: Dispute resolution

Within Dispute resolution: Cebu, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has a strong disputes practice in Cebu led by experienced office head Alan Fontanosa. The firm was recently involved in several mining disputes.

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Within Dispute resolution: Davao, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a first tier firm,

Dominador Carrillo is the partner in charge of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s highly rated four-lawyer Davao office. The firm has recently been involved in several major real estate and employment disputes.

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Legal Developments by:
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

  • The Philippine Design Competitiveness Act

    The Republic Act No. 10557, " Philippine Design Competitiveness Act " was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last May 15, 2013.  Contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko . The article gives us an insight about the objectives of the Act, the role of the newly formed Design Advisory Council, the Natural Design Policy, and its goals. Learn more about the Philippine Design Competitiveness Ac t. The article is available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website.
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  • The Philippine Design Competitiveness Act

    The Republic Act No. 10557, " Philippine Design Competitiveness Act " was signed by President Benigno Aquino III last May 15, 2013.  Contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko . The article gives us an insight about the objectives of the Act, the role of the newly formed Design Advisory Council, the Natural Design Policy, and its goals. Learn more about the Philippine Design Competitiveness Ac t. The article is available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website.
  • Dissension in the Court: July 2013

    The article Dissension in the Court: July 2013 was contributed by SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan Partner, Rafael L. Encarnacion . The article gives us an insight on the petition for  certiorari  assailing the Commission on Elections of the Philippines' resolution to cancel the Certificate of Candidacy of Regina Ongsiako Reyes for the position of Representative of the district of Marinduque.  The article from Lexoterica: A Philippine BLAWG is also available for online viewing from the SyCipLaw website .
  • Bridging the Gap: Enhanced Basic Education through K-12

    The article  Bridging the Gap: Enhanced Basic Education through K-12   contributed by  Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko  talks about the new law regarding the Philippine Basic Education System which became effective on June 4, 2013. It includes information about its objectives, its salient features and the new procedure in training and hiring teachers.
  • Valuing Unlisted Shares

    The  April 2013 issue of IFLR  includes an update authored by Senior Associate  Arlene M. Maneja.   "Valuing Unlisted Shares"  discusses the implemented Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue Regulation No. 6-2013 (RR6-2013) and contains an overview of the rules involving the determination of fair market value of share of stock not listed and traded in the local stock exchange.  Download a copy of the article from the SyCipLaw website.
  • Publications by Domingo G. Castillo

    Publications by Partner Domingo G. Castillo  on " Repeatable Limitation of Liability in Maritime Accidents ," " Movement of Goods ," and " Various Aspects of Concealment & Representations " are now available for download from the SyCipLaw website. View the Related Links section of  Mr. Castillo's profile  to access the publications.
  • The Mergers & Acquisitions Review 7th Edition – Philippines

    The Philippines section of The Mergers and Acquisitions Review 7th Edition contains an overview of M&A activity in the country, general introduction to the legal framework for M&A, developments in corporate and takeover law and their impact, foreign involvement in M&A transactions, significant transactions, key trends and hot industries, financing of M&A, employment law, tax law, competition law, and outlook. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner Rafael A. Morales .
  • WLG Global Agenda Study Report: Issues & Priorities for Senior In-House Counsel Worldwide

    It has been a year since the  SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) LinkedIn Company Page  was launched and statistics show that the most clicked legal resource post is the World Law Group's "Global Agenda Study Report: Issues & Priorities for Senior In-House Counsel Worldwide," which was posted on 16 January 2013. The report highlights, among other things, current key challenges faced by chief legal officers, general counsel and other in-house law department leaders in some of the world's largest companies, as well as action plans they've found most effective to meet these challenges. It also points out some interesting differences by region.
  • ELA's Free Webinar on "Key Employment Issues for US Employers in the Hospitality Industry"

    The Employment Law Alliance's free webinar on "Key Employment Issues for US Employers in the Hospitality Industry" will be on 11 September 2013.
  • WLG's Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems

    The WLG Intellectual Property & Information Technology Group unveiled its "Quick Guide to Private-Copy Levy Systems" with contributions from 18 WLG member firms from different jurisdictions, including Australia, Canada, China, the EU, Japan, Singapore, UK and USA.
  • Philippine BIR adopts technological innovations

    The July 2013 issue of Bloomberg BNA's Tax Planning International Asia-Pacific Focus features an article co-authored by partner  Carina C. Laforteza  and associate  Grace Ann C. Lazaro  entitled "The Philippine BIR adopts technological innovations." The article discusses the recently implemented Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Regulation No. 18-2012 directing all persons to secure a new Authority to Print from the BIR and to print new receipts/invoices starting 1 July 2013. The article includes sections on the statutory basis, implementation, and the move towards computerized regulation.