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

  • Global Banking & Financial Policy Review 2015/2016

    International Financial Law Review (IFLR) in association with Euromoney Yearbooks recently published the Global Banking & Financial Policy Review 2015/2016. The Philippine section was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner  Rafael A. Morales . The section is an Overview of Legal and Regulatory Developments in the Philippines such as the Liberalization of Financial Sector, Islamic Banking and Finance, Financial Consumer Protection, and Prospects.
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  • Global Banking & Financial Policy Review 2015/2016

    International Financial Law Review (IFLR) in association with Euromoney Yearbooks recently published the Global Banking & Financial Policy Review 2015/2016. The Philippine section was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner  Rafael A. Morales . The section is an Overview of Legal and Regulatory Developments in the Philippines such as the Liberalization of Financial Sector, Islamic Banking and Finance, Financial Consumer Protection, and Prospects.
  • Women, Business and the Law 2016 Report

    SyCipLaw Partner  Leslie C. Dy  participated in the World Bank Group’s  Women, Business and the Law 2016: Getting to Equal . The 2016 edition, the fourth in the series, continues to cover and collect data about legal restrictions on women’s entrepreneurship and employment. The series aims to inform policy discussions and promote research on linkages between the law and women’s economic opportunities.
  • The Mergers & Acquisitions Review 9th Edition – Philippines

    The Philippines section of  The Mergers & Acquisitions Review 9th 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, main sources and developments, employment law, tax law, competition law, and outlook. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner  Rafael A. Morales  with partners  Philbert E. Varona  and  Hiyasmin H. Lapitan, and associate Patricia A. Madarang .
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Copyright 2016

    The Philippine section of  The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Copyright 2016  was contributed by SyCipLaw partners  Enrique T. Manuel  and  Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan . Mr. Manuel heads the firm’s Intellectual Property department. The chapter includes information on copyright subsistence, ownership, exploitation, owners’ rights, copyright enforcement, criminal offenses, and current developments.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2015

    The Philippine section of  Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2015  was contributed by SyCipLaw senior associate  Bhong Paulo A. Macasaet  with associates  Aldous Benjamin C. Camiso ,  Diana S. Gervacio , and  Maricar G. Ramos . The section talks about the laws and regulation of Aviation Finance and Leasing in the Philippines, Title Transfer, Registration of Aircraft Ownership and Lease Interests, Security, Enforcement Measures, Taxes and Payment Restrictions, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Update and Trends.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Competition law enacted”

    The September 2015 issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) included an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner Arlene M. Maneja entitled “Competition law enacted.”
  • ALB: “Right-of-Way Issues Delay Vital Infrastructure Projects”

    The October 2015 edition of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) Asia Edition includes a regional update article entitled “Right-of-Way Issues Delay Vital Infrastructure Projects” by SyCipLaw partner  Vicente D. Gerochi IV  and associate  Arvin Kristopher A. Razon . The article is found on page 17.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Islamic Finance & Markets 2016

    The Philippine chapter of  Getting the Deal Through: Islamic Finance & Markets 2016  was contributed by SyCipLaw Managing Partner  Rafael A. Morales  with  Amer Hussein N. Mambuay . The chapter includes information on policies, legislation and supervision covering Islamic finance in the Philippines, contracting concepts, products, and updates and trends.
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2016

    The Philippine section of  The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2016  was contributed by SyCipLaw partners  Enrique T. Manuel  and  Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan . The chapter includes patent enforcement, patent amendment, licensing, patent term extension, patent prosecution and opposition, border control measures, antitrust law and inequitable conduct and current developments in relation to patents.
  • Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2015

    The Philippine section of  Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2015  was contributed by SyCipLaw senior associate  Bhong Paulo A. Macasaet  with associates  Aldous Benjamin C. Camiso ,  Diana S. Gervacio , and  Maricar G. Ramos . The section talks about the laws and regulation of Aviation Finance and Leasing in the Philippines, Title Transfer, Registration of Aircraft Ownership and Lease Interests, Security, Enforcement Measures, Taxes and Payment Restrictions, Insurance and Reinsurance, and Update and Trends.