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Pancho G. Umali

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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

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




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. Mr. Umali also routinely assists clients on land and environmental issues, indigenous peoples, social and development management, community relations, security, and local governments.

Mr. Umali participated as one of the legal experts in Legal 500’s 2017 Shanghai Summit entitled “One Belt One Road” (OBOR) held on 12 September 2017 at the Grand Kempinski Hotel in Shanghai, China. Specifically, he explained the regulatory, political and financial climate in the Philippines in terms of foreign investments during the first panel session entitled “The Maritime Silk Road and the Role of Legal Counsel in China-ASEAN Trade”.

Mr. Umali is a founding partner of the firm who was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2002.


Mr. Umali is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines; the Philippines Bar Association; the Taguig Lawyers League, where he is the Treasurer; and the Makati Law Foundation, Inc., where he is the First Vice President.


He holds 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.


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Manuel Manaligod, Jr leads the team at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, with strong support from Aida Roxas-Rivera, Rosa Bagtas and Pancho Umali. The firm advises a range of notable local and international clients such as Aboitiz Equity Ventures, ABS-CBN Corporation, Sony Global Business Services and Unilever.

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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Pancho Umali - Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Within: Projects and energy

Patricia Bunye leads the department at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, with strong support from Pancho Umali. The practice provides counsel to leading mining and energy companies on a broad range of matters, including compliance with nationality, obtaining government approval and licensing for mining activities and exploration permits. The firm recently advised Sagittarius Mines (SMI) on its cancellation of its environmental compliance certificate for the Tampakan Project, and has also acted as counsel to Shell Philippines Exploration B.V. and Filminera Resource Corporation.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Real estate and construction

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s practice is led by Rosa Bagtas, who is strongly supported by Pancho Umali. The firm recently assisted Goldenwill Inc with the PHP103m acquisition of unutilised air development rights.

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