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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Mark Vergara heads the Banking and Finance practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, which has particular expertise in banking operations and regulatory compliance. Co-head Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo and partner Erika Paulino recently acted as counsel to BDO Unibank in the $23m term loan facility made to Cardinal Agri Products to partially finance the development of an integrated coconut processing facility in Palawan. Other notable clients include Norddeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale, Sta Lucia Land and Sarangani Energy Corporation.

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

Manuel Gonzalez heads the capital markets practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, which provides dedicated services on the equity side and handles a wide spectrum of securities-related issues. Elmer Serrano acted for BDO Unibank on its $1.2bn stock rights offering completed in January 2017.

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

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Elmer Serrano heads the practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, which specialises in advising foreign companies on their direct investment into the Philippines. The firm has particular expertise in matters involving equity purchase and asset sale acquisitions, as well as regulatory compliance issues. Recent highlights include advising Posana Food Brands on their PHP15bn acquisition of Shakey’s Pizza and Project Pie chains.

Next generation lawyers

Tephanie Gandia - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 3

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Eduardo Martinez leads the litigation practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, with strong support from Reynaldo Dizon and Shirley Alinea. The ‘dedicated’ partners provide ‘strategic legal advice’ and specialist expertise in civil, criminal and commercial litigation.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Manuel Gonzalez and Shirley Alinea lead the practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, which provides clients with advice on a range of areas, from rights protection to administration and maintenance. The firm also acted for Century Pacific Food Inc. in its acquisition of the license to manufacture, market and distribute Hunt’s products in the Philippines, which was previously held by Hunt-Universal Robina Corporation.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Reynaldo Dizon leads the labour and employment practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, advising corporate clients on daily labour concerns, arbitration disputes, dismissal cases and collective bargaining agreements with unions. The firm recently represented Citibank N.A. in the successful negation of the political and economic provisions of the 2016-2021 collective bargaining agreement with Citibank Philippines Employees Union-NATU.

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

The projects and energy practice at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano is led by Manuel Gonzalez, with strong support from Mark Vergara and Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo. The firm recently advised the Filoil Group on its entry into a PHP7bn joint venture agreement with Total Corporation for the merger of its operations in nationwide retail petroleum stations. Asia United Bank Corporation, the Philippine National Bank and BDO Bank are other clients.

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