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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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

Ricardo Ma. Palma Gil Ongkiko

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Work Department

Litigation and Arbitration.

Position

Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko is a partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He heads the firm's Litigation Department and is a member of its Executive Committee. His practice areas include international and domestic arbitration, construction arbitration, mediation, civil and commercial litigation, corporation law, and contract law.

He has handled and tried a broad range of cases involving contract disputes, corporate restructuring and arbitration, debt recovery, infrastructure and engineering disputes, intra-corporate controversies, insurance cases, and tort. He also has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration dealing with commercial and construction disputes. Mr. Ongkiko has also provided corporate compliance services, having served as director and corporate secretary of several corporations.

Career

Mr. Ongkiko entered SyCipLaw as a legal assistant in November 1988 after taking the Philippine Bar. He became junior associate in 1989 after he passed the Philippine Bar.

He worked briefly with Kinsella Boesch Fujikawa & Towle Law Offices (Los Angeles) as a foreign attorney in 1992 after his graduate studies, before returning to SyCipLaw. He was promoted to senior associate in 1994 and was admitted into the partnership in 1997.

Mr. Ongkiko is a contributor to several publications, including the Philippine Chapters of Herbert Smith’s Guide to Dispute Resolution in Asia, Norton Rose’s Arbitration in Asia, and Kluwer Law International’s International Civil Procedure. He was co-author of the Philippine Chapters of Getting the Deal Through: Restructuring & Insolvency 2012, Aspatore, Inc.’s Winning Legal Strategies: International Litigation: A Country-By-Country Look at Negotiations, Trials, and Successful Dispute Resolution in Major Markets Around the Globe, Global White Page Section’s The Asia-Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Guide 2006, and Multilaw and Oceana Publication’s Digest of Commercial Laws of the World.

Languages

English, Filipino, and Basic Mandarin.

Member

Mr. Ongkiko is a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and the Makati Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, where he was director from 1997 to 1999 and secretary from 1999 to 2001. He is a trustee, vice president for development, and accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, and a trustee, assistant corporate secretary, and accredited arbitrator of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. He is a member of the Philippine Institute of Construction Arbitrators and Mediators, and an accredited arbitrator of the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission. He is also a Philippine Supreme Court-accredited mediator for the Philippine Court of Appeals.

Education

Mr. Ongkiko earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1984, magna cum laude) and Bachelor of Laws (1988, cum laude, class salutatorian) degrees from the University of the Philippines. He earned his Master of Laws (1992) from the University of Michigan.

Leisure

Mr. Ongkiko loves to play golf in his free time.


Philippines

Dispute resolution

Within: Dispute resolution

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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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    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 .
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