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Philippines

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) advises clients on financing transactions, including preparation of documents and compliance with regulatory requirements. A recent highlight included assisting Verge Finance with entering the Philippine lending market. Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

The ‚Äėexperts‚Äô at¬†Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)¬†advise clients on regulatory compliance with the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The practice is also adept at handling securities issuances and IPOs. Clients include Jolliville Holdings, Rizal Commercial Banking, Filipino Fund and Nippon Express. Franchette Acosta, Sylvette Tankiang¬†and Raoul Angangco¬†head the team. Leonardo Singson¬†is also recommended, as is the ‚Äėpatient and experienced‚Äô Maria Concepcion Simundac.

Leading individuals

Franchette Acosta - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Sylvette Tankiang - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)¬†advises on all aspects of mergers and acquisitions and on regulatory compliance with the Philippine Stock Exchange and the Securities and Exchange Commission. It often acts for multinational organisations and clients include Lalamove Philippines, Ayala Group, Ninja Express Tech Philippines, Hitachi Omron Terminal Solutions, Jolliville Holdings Corporation and Portuguese Realty. The team,¬†valued for its ‚Äėpractical approach, good knowledge and cost-efficiency‚Äô, recently advised Mitel Networks Corporation on the acquisition of Shoretel and its subsidiaries.¬†Sylvette Tankiang, Raoul Angangco, Franchette Acosta, Leonardo Singson, Kristin Charisse Siao¬†and Maria Concepcion Simundac¬†are the names to note.

Leading individuals

Raoul Angangco - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Sylvette Tankiang - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) advises on complex multi-jurisdictional corporate disputes. Key client sectors include banking, telecoms, construction, real estate, energy and infrastructure. The firm continues to act for Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation after $81m stolen in a cyber-heist from the Central Bank of Bangladesh was remitted to its branches. Other clients include Banco De Oro Unibank, Globe Telecommunications and Bank of the Philippine Islands. Joseph Anthony Lopez heads the team with support from Alejandro Alfonso Navarro, Augusto San Pedro, Jr and Thea Daep. Leah Glenda Quesada was promoted to partner.

Leading individuals

Alejandro Alfonso Navarro - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Augusto San Pedro, Jr - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Thea Daep - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) advises on a range of immigration-related matters including work and tourist visas. The firm continues to act for PayPal Philippines in relation to the preparation of working permits and visas for foreign employees. Other clients include Tata Consultancy Services (Philippines), Twitter Philippines and Netflix Philippines. Raoul Angangco and Leonardo Singson are the key practitioners.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) provides 'excellent service' and is 'well versed in the full range of IP prosecution and litigation matters'. It acts in cases of IP litigation relating to trade mark infringement and unfair competition cases. The firm acts for Wagamama, Kawasaki and Byblos in relation to the protection and enforcement of their IP rights in the Philippines. Other clients include Innogen Pharmaceuticals, ABS-CBN, Kia Motors and Samsung Electronics. Bienvenido Somera, Jr heads the 'professional and responsive' team, and is supported by Katrina Doble and Ma. Sophia Editha Cruz-Abrenica.

Leading individuals

Bienvenido Somera, Jr  - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) deals with various employment law matters including obtaining work permits and visas for foreign workers, corporate restructuring and advising on complying with labour standards. The firm recently acted for the New York Times as part of a global review of its employment contracts. Other clients include PayPal, Netflix, Twitter and Cisco Systems. Key partners in the team include Raoul Angangco, Franchette Acosta, Leonardo Singson and Kristin Charisse Siao.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) takes a cross-disciplinary approach to energy projects; it has a particular focus on renewable energy and is adept at handling PPP projects. The firm is currently acting for Portuguese Realty in relation to a negotiation with Nestlé Philippines for the construction of a warehouse and distribution centre. Other clients include Hacienda Macalauan, Ninja Express Tech Philippines and Alternergy Mini Hydro Holdings. Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the team with support from Raoul Angangco.

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

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent¬†overall service‚Äô, advising clients on all aspects of real estate transactions, construction projects and mixed-use projects.¬†Franchette Acosta¬†heads the team alongside¬†Sylvette Tankiang, who provides ‚Äėsolid leadership skills‚Äô.¬†Raoul Angangco¬†is also recommended. The team is ‚Äėvery professional and delivers client satisfaction consistently‚Äô. Clients include Portuguese Realty, Alpha Southstar General Construction and Nation Water.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) specialises in advising tech start-ups on regulations around mobile applications and compliance with government agencies' requirements. The firm recently assisted Lalamove Philippines with its entry into the Philippine market, providing advice on compliance with government regulations around application-based mobile delivery services. Other clients include Innove Communications, Stripe, Ninja Express Tech Philippines and Mitel Networks. Franchette Acosta heads the team.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) provides advice on contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Clients include multinationals and also foreign and domestic high-net-worth individuals whom it assists with estate tax planning. A recent highlight included advising Bank of Singapore on Philippine legal and tax issues. Other clients include Austral-Asia Link Mining, Lalamove Philippines, Abundance Providers and Entrepreneurs Corporation (APEC) and El Sol Electronics Device Philippines. Sylvette Tankiang, Franchette Acosta and Kristin Charisse Siao head the team.

Leading individuals

Sylvette Tankiang - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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