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Philippines

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta head the practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), providing expertise in structuring financing transactions and drafting loan agreements in domestic and cross-border matters. Maria Simundac provides ‘quality legal advice’ and has considerable experience in complex regulatory and compliance work. Recent highlights include acting for Conergy Solar Philippines on a $75m facilities agreement.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

The capital markets practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is led by Raoul Angangco, Sylvette Tankiang, Franchette Acosta and Leonardo Singson, who are experienced in handling securities issuances, IPOs and regulatory compliance matters. Key clients include Filipino Fund, Jolliville Holdings, Philippine H2O Ventures Corporation and Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation.

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 4

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Key partners in the corporate and M&A practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) include Raoul Angangco, Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta. The team has handled mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies across various industries, including real estate, energy, mining and natural resources, telecoms, as well as banking and finance. It is frequently instructed on corporate and commercial matters by the Ayala Group, including regulatory issues and transaction-specific work.

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 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

The ‘outstanding’ team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) provides ‘an excellent service’ coupled with ‘prompt and clear advice’ to its clients, which include Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Globe Telecommunications and Banco De Oro Unibank. The practice is jointly led by ‘the experiencedJoseph Lopez and ‘excellent’ Thea Daep, with strong support from Alejandro Navarro and Augusto San Pedro, Jr. In recent months, the firm has been engaged in the high-profile defence of RCBC against the cyber-heist on the Central Bank of Bangladesh, in which $81m was remitted to one of its branched.

Leading individuals

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

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

Next generation lawyers

Darwin Angeles - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)’s immigration work is handled by Raoul Angangco and Leonardo Singson. The department regularly assists Tata Consultancy Services, PayPal Philippines and Baxter Healthcare Philippines in matters involving expatriate visa and work permit applications.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

The ‘knowledgeable’ Bienvenido Somera, Jr leads the ‘professional’ and ‘responsive’ IP practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law). The team provides ‘an excellent service’ and is ‘well versed’ in the full range of IP prosecution and litigation matters. Amongst its broad portfolio of work, the firm continues to represent ABS-CBN in a trade mark opposition case against Apple Inc. concerning design similarities between the client’s renowned trade mark and Apple’s three-circle device mark used for its Apple Watch Activity app.

Next generation lawyers

Antonio Lu - Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)’s labour group specialises in matters involving labour standards and labour relations, and has represented a range of notable local and international clients such as Citibank, Team Energy Holdings Philippines and Easter Telecoms Philippines.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)provides quality legal advice and value for money’, with experience in advising clients on ownership, structuring and documenting projects to ensure regulatory compliance and handling matters relating to renewable energy projects. Raoul Angangco, Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta are the key partners within the practice and they have acted for clients such as Aboitiz Equity Ventures, the Ayala Corporation and Alternegy Hydro Partners Corporation.

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

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

The six-partner real estate and construction team at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is led by Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta. The department is experienced in handling the full range of real estate transactions and construction projects, and frequently advises developers of commercial, residential, industrial and mixed-use projects, such as Ayala Land.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Franchette Acosta leads the TMT practice at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) and acts as counsel to a number of notable clients, including Globe Telecom and ABS-CBN Corporation. The practice acted for the former in its PHP26.4bn battle with the Philippine Competition Commission on its acquisition from San Miguel of a 50% equity stake in Vega Telecom and Brightshare Holdings.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

The Tax group at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is led by Sylvette Tankiang, who is strongly supported by Franchette Acosta. It advises on contentious and non-contentious matters, acting for a wide range of clients such as Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Austral-Asia Link Mining Corporation, and Korea East-West Power Corporation. The firm assisted BayWa R.E. Solar with the handling of the corporate and tax structuring its proposed investment in a solar energy project in the Philippines at an estimated project cost of $30m.

Leading individuals

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

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