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Philippines

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

‚ÄėPrimus inter pares‚Äô¬†Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†advises clients on banking operations, financing and security arrangements, regulatory compliance, and credit enforcement. Other areas of expertise include loan syndications and project financing transactions. The firm recently acted for Udenna and its subsidiaries in relation to their acquisition of Global Gateway Development in a deal worth $690m. Other clients include Sta. Lucia Land, BDO Capital & Investment and Le Penseur. Headed by ‚Äėseasoned negotiators‚Äô Mark Vergara¬†and Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo, the team provides ‚Äėan absolutely superb level of service‚Äô. Elmer Serrano, Erika Paulino¬†and Manuel Gonzalez¬†are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Elmer Serrano - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Mark Vergara - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†provides dedicated services on the equity side and advises on securities-related matters including IPOs, follow-on and rights offers, tender offers, reverse takeovers of publicly listed firms and issuances of global depository receipts. A recent highlight included acting for Chelsea Logistics Holdings on its IPO of primary shares. The team provides ‚Äėknow-how, subject matter expertise and a sense of partnership‚Äô. Head of team Manuel Gonzalez¬†has ‚Äėimpeccable experience and knowledge of the industry‚Äô. He is supported by Elmer Serrano,¬†Gwyneth Ong¬† and senior associate¬†Janice Co.

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano advises on acquisitions involving both equity purchase and asset sale, and mergers involving initial structuring, due diligence, regulatory approvals and documentation. It is adept at advising foreign businesses looking to invest in the Philippines. Recent highlights include acting as counsel to Udenna Corporation in its acquisition of GGDC Holdings in a deal worth $980m. Other clients include BDO Unibank, SM Investments Corporation, Allfirst Equity Holdings and ISOC Holdings. Elmer Serrano heads the team, with support from associate Tephanie Gandia.

Next generation lawyers

Tephanie Gandia - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†provides ‚Äėoutstanding levels of service', is commended for her¬†'fast response times' and 'brings all expertise needed on technical issues‚Äô. It has experience of handling commercial, civil, criminal and tax litigation and is adept at handling arbitration and debt restructuring proceedings. Clients include several financial institutions and the firm was recently appointed to the Philippines Dispute Resolution Center panel. Head of team Eduardo Martinez¬†is ‚Äėa true leader and able to understand issues‚Äô. Reynaldo Dizon¬†and Shirley Alinea¬†are also recommended.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 2

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano advises clients on various aspects of immigration law including current policies and legal processes and requirements. Other areas of expertise include ensuring compliance with the terms of stay of foreigners and blacklisting and deportation proceedings. Shirley Alinea heads the team and is supported by senior associates Gino Paulo and Phil Chan.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano advises clients on the IP registration process, licensing, franchising and technology transfer agreements. Other areas of expertise include advising on IP infringement and representation in the prosecution and defense of infringement cases. The firm acts for DKT International as representative for registered marks and handling new trade mark applications; it also handles compliance matters. Other clients include Armscor Global Defense, Healthsense and Flexi Finance Asia. Manuel Gonzalez and Shirley Alinea head the team.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†advises clients on labour arbitration disputes, dismissal cases, redundancy, employee movements and negotiating collective bargaining agreements with unions. Other areas of expertise include compliance and company policy reviews and implementation. The ‚Äėarticulate, smart and well-versed‚Äô Reynaldo Dizon¬†heads the team. Clients include a major financial services provider and Facebook Singapore.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano¬†advises on infrastructure, energy and natural resources projects. Areas of expertise include bidding processes, coordination with regulatory authorities, document preparation, Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) and project financing. The firm recently acted for Norddeustche Landesbank Girozentrale in relation to a $52m loan to Enfinity for the development, construction, completion, operation and maintenance of a solar power plant. BDO Capital & Investment and Crown Equities are also clients. The ‚Äėdependable and always available‚Äô team consists of¬†Manuel Gonzalez¬†and¬†Mark Vergara, who are ‚Äėmeticulous and personally address major legal issues that arise during the course of a transaction‚Äô.¬†Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Manuel Gonzalez - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 2

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano advises individuals and businesses on various real estate transactions including property transfers, leasing and mortgaging, acquisitions, infrastructure development and financing, and taxation. The firm recently advised Property Company of Friends on the operations and regulatory compliance matters relating to the Suntech i-Park industrial park. Other clients include Crown Equities and Citibank. Mark Vergara and Erika Paulino head the team.

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