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Pancho G. Umali

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Work Department

Partner

Position

•Mining and Natural Resources / Energy •Corporate and Commercial Law •Property Development •Immigration •Capital Markets, Securities Regulation & Finance

Career

Mr. Umali is a Partner in our Corporate & Commercial Law Department and our Mining & Natural Resources practice group. He regularly advises clients on, among others, investment structures and protection, nationality restrictions, compliance and governance, government procurement, tax, conveyancing, property development, citizenship, immigration, employment and outsourcing. As a member of the Firm’s Mining & Natural Resources Department, Mr. Umali also routinely assists clients particularly on land and environmental issues, indigenous peoples, social and development management, community relations, security, and local governments. Mr. Umali's recent undertakings include rendering an expert report on Philippine nationality laws in a matter pending before the Australian Federal Magistrates Court, representing a client in a multi-million Peso local tax refund case, and assisting a mining company obtain the Free Prior and Informed Consent of its host indigenous people communities.

Member

He joined the Firm in 2001 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar the succeeding year. Mr. Umali is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; the Philippine Bar Association; the Taguig Lawyers League, where he is the Treasurer; and the Makati Law Foundation, Inc., where he is the First Vice President.

Education

He holds a degree in Bachelor of Arts major in Philosophy from the University of the Philippines, where he graduated cum laude. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the same university where he graduated as a member of the UP Law Honors' Society, the Order of the Purple Feather.


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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s ‘excellent’ department is led by Rosa Bagtas. Pancho Umali advised Goldenwill on its bid for the purchase of PHP1.4bn-worth of land in Bonifacio Global City.

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