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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Cebu, Davao, Manila, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

John Paul de Leon

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Work Department

Special Projects; Banking, Finance and Securities


John Paul V. de Leon's practice areas include real estate development, infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities and investments (both foreign and local) in highly regulated areas such as information technology, food and drugs, health care, media, advertising, gaming and retail trade.

Mr. de Leon has significant experience in real estate. He has advised clients in various aspects of real estate development since 2008 and has helped both land owners and developers navigate through complex laws and regulations involving the development of condominiums, subdivisions, golf course estates and industrial parks, land use re-zoning and re-classification, national and local regulations on building and construction standards and ownership restrictions. In 2012, he advised a Philippine company in a proposed divestment of property classified as Important Cultural Property by the 2009 National Cultural Heritage Act. Mr. de Leon has also co-authored several published articles in real estate law.

He advises advertising, media, technology and business process outsourcing companies on IT laws (with particular focus on internet regulation and data privacy), consumer protection, censorship and content regulation. He has been involved in the acquisition of restaurant chains, pharmaceutical brands and technology companies.

Mr. de Leon also regularly advises banks and financial institutions in connection with loans, bonds and debt securities.


Mr. de Leon was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2008.


He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of the Philippines.


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†provides ‚Äėvery satisfactory service‚Äô with a team that has ‚Äėthe requisite knowledge and experience in relation to financing transactions‚Äô. The firm recently acted for BDO Unibank, the Philippine National Bank and Bank of China on a $690m loan to Clark Global City. Another highlight includes acting for Mizuho Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in relation to a $700m unsecured loan to SMC Global Holdings. The team is led by the ‚Äėparticularly remarkable‚Äô Marievic Ramos- A√Īonuevo,¬†who is ‚Äėa hands-on lawyer, able to spot relevant legal issues and provide practical advice to resolve them‚Äô. John Paul De Leon¬†was promoted to partner, as was Jan Aba√Īo-Ranada, who is ‚Äėa very promising lawyer: confident, hard-working, reliable, and independent‚Äô.¬†Jose Pamfilo, Vicente Gerochi IV, Simeon Ken Ferrer¬†are also recommended.

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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†advises on a range of corporate and M&A matters and has specialist experience in complex transactions and greenfield issues. The team recently acted for Global Infrastructures Partners Group in relation to its $5b acquisition of 100% of the equity interest in Equis. Other clients include San Miguel Corporation, Metro Pacific Group, Aboitiz Power Corporation and MasterCard. Rocky Reyes¬†and Franco Larcina¬†head the team with support from Arlene Maneja. Jan Aba√Īo-Ranada¬†and John Paul De Leon¬†have both been promoted to partner.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan  advises clients in the energy, oil and gas, telecoms, water and construction sectors. The firm recently acted for PNB Capital & Investment, BPI Capital and China Bank Capital Corporation on the $880m project financing of several power plants. Other clients include Metro Pacific Group, PLDT, San Miguel and Aboitiz Power. Rocky Reyes and Angel Salita, Jr head the team with support from Hector De Leon. John Paul De Leon was promoted to partner.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan¬†advises on various real estate issues including property development, corporate services and joint ventures. Clients include Metro Pacific Group, PLDT, San Miguel and Manila Electric.¬†Imelda Manguiat¬†and Rocky Reyes¬†head the team with support from¬†Marievic Ramos-A√Īonuevo¬†and¬†John Paul De Leon, who was promoted to partner.

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Within: TMT

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises on various TMT-related matters including M&A and investments, online retail, logistics, IT services, banking and finance, gaming, advertising, pharmaceuticals, life sciences and aviation. Other areas of expertise include data privacy, cybersecurity, fintech, IP, licensing and technology, and dispute resolution. The firm recently acted for PLDT and its wireless subsidiary SMART in connection with their seven-year business-led, technology-enabled $300m transformation program. Other clients include Metro Pacific Group, Smart Telecommunications and Thomson Reuters. Rocky Reyes and Rose Marie King-Dominguez head the team with support from senior associate Ruben Acebedo II and newly promoted partner John Paul De Leon.

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Legal Developments by:
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

  • Philippine Chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Labour & Employment 2018

    Getting the Deal Through has published the 13 th edition of Labour & Employment, which is available in print, as an e-book, and online. The  Philippine chapter  was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ronald Mark C. Lleno , with support from senior associate Emmar Benjoe B. Panahon and associate Hans Cedric I. Santos .
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