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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SYCIPLAW CENTER, 105 PASEO DE ROXAS, 1226 MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA 1226, PHILIPPINES
Tel:
Work +63 2 982 3700
Fax:
Fax +63 2 817 3896
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Web:
www.syciplaw.com
Cebu, Davao, Manila, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Philippines

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Of counsel Mia Gentugaya heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s practice, which is particularly strong on transactional matters. Arlene Maneja acted for Philippine Airports Consortium in its bid to develop, operate and maintain five airports in the Philippines.

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

The ‘very reliable, extremely hardworking’ team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is ‘technically very sound’. Led by of counsel Mia Gentugaya, its clients include Deutsche Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and Credit Suisse. The ‘very commercially minded’ Ken Ferrer is also recommended. Aaron Riturban made partner in January 2016.

Leading individuals

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Mia Gentugaya - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

Jose Pamfilo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The ‘technically very sound’ team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is ‘very reliable and extremely hardworking’. Clients include Credit Suisse and Macquarie Capital. The ‘very commercial’ Ken Ferrer is recommended. Aaron Riturban made partner in January 2016.

Leading individuals

Ken Ferrer - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

Joan Mae To - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

At SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Ken Ferrer acted for the Philippine Stock Exchange on its proposed purchase of Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corporation Group. Koninklijke Philips and Aboitiz Power Corporation are high-profile clients. Rocky Reyes leads the team, which includes competition specialist Franco Larcina, who made partner in January 2016.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s department is led by Ricardo Ongkiko and includes newly promoted partners Aaron Riturban and Franco Larcina. AkzoNobel, Bank of the Philippine Islands and BMW are clients.

Leading individuals

Carlos Lopez - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Emmanuel Lombos - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

John Regalado - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The ‘very knowledgeable, practicalMarianne Miguel at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitanalways provides sound, strong legal advice’ and is noted for her ‘eye for detail’. Luisito Liban heads the team, which acts for clients including Pfizer, Bank of America and Thomson Reuters.

Leading individuals

Amer Mambuay - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Leslie Dy - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The key partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is Rodelle Bolante. The team assisted Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy with processing work visas and permits for the firm’s Philippines-based clients.

Leading individuals

Rodelle Bolante - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Bulgari and Dyson Technology are two of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s recent client wins; they join a list that includes longstanding clients Colgate-Palmolive Company, Abbott Laboratories and Total. Enrique Manuel leads the team.

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The key contact at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s Cebu office is Alan Fontanosa, who handles employment, real estate and projects work as well as civil disputes.

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

At SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, practice head Dominador Carrillo handles disputes and transactional matters and is supported by dispute resolution expert Carlos Lopez. Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings is a key client on the transactional side.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s team, headed by Rocky Reyes, counts Metro Pacific, San Miguel and BHP Billiton among its clients. Vicente Gerochi IV acted for Hanwha Q Cells Korea on the engineering, procurement and construction aspects of the Digos Solar Project in Davao.

Leading individuals

Hector de Leon - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes leads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s team; he acted for Filinvest Land and Bases Conversion Development Authority on a 288-hectare development in Luzon. San Miguel and Wells Fargo are also clients.

Next generation lawyers

John Paul de Leon - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

All Seas Marine USA, 7107 Islands Shipping Corporation and Crewcare are among SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s clients. The department is led by Domingo Castillo and also includes Russel Rodriguez, who is active on the contentious side.

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

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s practice is led by Rose King-Dominguez and also includes competition expert Franco Larcina, who made partner in January 2016. PLDT, Globe Telecom and San Miguel Corporation are clients.

Leading individuals

Rose Marie King-Dominguez - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

Ruben Acebedo II - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s department is led by Rolando Medalla, Jr and includes Hector de Leon and certified public accountant Carina Laforteza. The firm acts for California Energy, Manila Electric Company, Maynilad Water Services and Döhle Shipmanagement Philippines Corporation.

Leading individuals

Rolanda Medalla - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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  • Philippines Chapter in The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5

    The Philippines section of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5 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 .
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  • Philippines Chapter in The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5

    The Philippines section of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5 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 .
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Acquiring insurance brokers”

    The April issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Hiyasmin H. Lapitan  entitled “Philippines: Acquiring insurance brokers”. The article discusses the new requirement by the Philippine Insurance Commission (IC) for advance approval to acquire a stake in a Philippine corporation that is licensed as an insurance broker or reinsurance broker. This requirement is noted in the IC’s circular letter number 2017-09 dated February 14, 2017, which prescribes guidelines on the documentation requirements for acquiring a domestic insurance or reinsurance broker.
  • SyCipLaw Tax Bulletin: Philippine BIR Rules on Proper Tax Treatment of Passed-on Gross Receipts Tax

    On June 13, 2016, the then Commissioner of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 62-2016 purporting to clarify the proper tax treatment of percentage tax or gross receipts tax (GRT) due on transactions covered by Sections 1211 and 1222 of the Tax Code which are shifted through contractual stipulations to borrowers/customers/clients (“passed-on” GRT). Banks, non-bank financial intermediaries performing quasi-banking functions are subject to GRT under Section 121 while financing companies and other financial intermediaries not performing quasi-banking functions are subject to GRT under Section 122. The effectivity of this circular was suspended on July 1, 2016 by the new Commissioner of Internal Revenue. However, on November 15, 2016, the suspension was lifted by RMC No. 127-2016 rendering RMC No. 62-2016 effective immediately.
  • Philippine Court of Appeals Denies Issuance of Environmental Protection Order Against Mining Company

    In a decision issued on March 8, 2017, the Philippine Court of Appeals (CA) denied the petition by NGO Ang Aroroy ay Alagaan, Inc. and certain individuals, for the issuance of a writ of kalikasan against Filminera Resources Corporation, and its directors and officers. The petitioners have claimed that Filminera, which operates in the Philippine province of Masbate, had been causing environmental damage in the conduct of its mining operations in violation of local law, and that a writ of kalikasan should be issued.
  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: Philippine Central Bank Issues New FinTech Rules

    The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) (the Philippine Central Bank) has issued two new circulars that will be of interest to companies engaged in remittance services, e-money, digital currency, and other fintech businesses. Both circulars amend portions of the BSP Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”

    The March issue of the International Financial Law Review ( IFLR ) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Jose Florante M. Pamfilo  entitled “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”. The article discusses the Philippine Supreme Court decision on the case of Roy v. Herbosa (GR no. 207246) to invalidate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Memorandum Circular no. 8-2013 (MC 8-2013) on the guidelines on compliance with the Filipino-foreign ownership requirements prescribed in the Philippine Constitution and/or existing laws by corporations engaged in nationalized and partly nationalized activities.
  • Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All

    The World Bank Group has released its Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All report. This is the 14th in an annual series of reports providing objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement in 190 economies. The report focuses on measuring regulations affecting 11 areas: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts, resolving insolvency, and labor market regulation.
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Promoting foreign investment”

    The February issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Aaron Roi B. Riturban  entitled “Philippines: Promoting foreign investment”. The article focuses on Republic Act no. 10881, which lifts the foreign investment limitations found in laws governing adjustment companies, lending companies, financing companies, and investment houses.  Read the article online at the IFLR website .
  • Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017

    The World Bank Group has released Enabling the Business of Agriculture 2017. The report presents data on legal barriers for farmers, entrepreneurs and businesses operating in agriculture in 62 countries and across the topics of land, seed, fertilizer, machinery, water, livestock, finance, markets, transport, and information and communication technology (ICT). SyCipLaw's  Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez ,  Alan C. Fontanosa ,  Franco Aristotle G. Larcina  and  Ruben P. Acebedo II  contributed to the report.
  • Ending "Endo"

    “Endo” is the twin brother of the drug monster that also needs to be slain, so says the Duterte administration.  “Endo” is layman’s term for end of employment contract.  It is the date indicated on the employment contracts and is dreaded by employees as it means the end of his or her employment.  Read more...