The Legal 500

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SYCIPLAW CENTER, 105 PASEO DE ROXAS, 1226 MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA 1226, PHILIPPINES
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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

  • Export Development Canada’s First 5 Calls: Philippines

    ExportWise magazine has published the “First 5 Calls” series on the Philippines. Published by Export Development Canada (EDC) for Canadian exporters and investors, ExportWise’s “First 5 Calls” series seeks to provide practical, on-the-ground advice from five market experts who each address a particular aspect of doing business in a certain country, such as legal and regulatory, market entry and distribution, customs, human resources, etc.
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  • Export Development Canada’s First 5 Calls: Philippines

    ExportWise magazine has published the “First 5 Calls” series on the Philippines. Published by Export Development Canada (EDC) for Canadian exporters and investors, ExportWise’s “First 5 Calls” series seeks to provide practical, on-the-ground advice from five market experts who each address a particular aspect of doing business in a certain country, such as legal and regulatory, market entry and distribution, customs, human resources, etc.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: New foreign investment rules”

    The April 2016 issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) included an international briefing article entitled “New foreign investment rules.” The article was contributed by SyCipLaw partner  Marietta A. Tibayan .
  • The Public-Private Partnership Law Review 2nd ed.

    The second edition of The Public-Private Partnership Law Review has been published. Each jurisdiction chapter contains information on general framework, bidding and award procedure, contract, finance, recent decisions, and outlook. The Philippine chapter was contributed by the SyCipLaw Partners  Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo  and  Arlene M. Maneja .
  • IFLR: “Philippines: New securities regulations”

    The March 2016 issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) included an international briefing article entitled “New securities regulations.” The article was contributed by SyCipLaw partner  Melyjane G. Bertillo-Ancheta .
  • IFLR: “Philippines: PPPs and the election ban”

    The May 2016 issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) included an international briefing article entitled “PPPs and the election ban.” The article was contributed by SyCipLaw partner  Aaron Roi B. Riturban .
  • The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 4 - Philippine Chapter

    The Philippines section of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review 4th Edition  contains information on commencing disputes, including national and local taxes; courts and tribunals; penalties and remedies; tax claims, including recovering overpaid taxes, challenging administrative decisions, and claimants; costs; alternative dispute resolution; anti-avoidance; double taxation treaties; areas of focus; and outlook and conclusions. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw partner  Carina C. Laforteza  with support from associate  Mark Xavier D. Oyales .
  • ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2016 Shortlist

    The ALB SE Asia Law Awards 2016 shortlist has been published. SyCipLaw is shortlisted for law firm of the year awards in arbitration, banking and financial services, commercial litigation, construction and real estate, energy and resources, and intellectual property. Six of the firm's transactions are also shortlisted for deal of the year awards.
  • Liability Management Exercise of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. and affiliates

    SyCipLaw acted as Philippine counsel for the dealers, Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in a back-to-back tender offer of perpetual securities and issuance of new perpetual securities.
  • Philippine Competition Commission Issues Transitory Rules for Mergers and Acquisition

    On February 12, 2016, the recently constituted Philippine Competition Commission (“PCC”), which was created under the Philippine Competition Act (Republic Act 10667 or the “PCA”), issued Memorandum Circular No. 16-001, Series of 2016 (the “Transitory Rules”), which provides for the transitory rules and guidelines relating to mergers and acquisitions that were, or are to be, executed or otherwise implemented after the effectivity of the PCA on August 8, 2015 but before the effectivity of its implementing rules and regulations (the “PCA IRR”). Given the special nature of transactions effected through the Philippine Stock Exchange, the Transitory Rules will not cover such transactions and will be covered by a separate issuance by the PCC.
  • Financing for the Mactan Cebu International Airport

    SyCipLaw acted as Philippine counsel to a syndicate of Philippine banks (composed of BDO Unibank, Inc., Bank of the Philippine Islands, Development Bank of the Philippines, Land Bank of the Philippines, Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company and Philippine National Bank) and Asian Development Bank for the financing of the rehabilitation and development of the Mactan Cebu International Airport that was awarded by the DOTC and the MCIAA under the private-public partnership program of the government to the consortium between Megawide Construction Corporation and GMR Infrastructure. The financing is composed of (1) Php20 Billion (approx. US$446,773,200) commitment of the Philippines syndicate banks and (2) US$75 Million commitment of ADB.