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Manuel Gonzalez

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Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

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Capital Markets


Mr. Gonzalez has over 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial law, specialising in securities and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and cross border transactions. He served as counsels for both issuers and financial advisors / underwriters in some of the biggest and most successful offerings in recent years. His expertise covers initial public offerings, backdoor listings and listings by way of introduction, rights offering, and top-up transactions among others. In the field of mergers and acquisition, Mr. Gonzalez was most recently involved in the acquisition of a listed company, successfully concluding a tender offer in the process. He also advised a client in its acquisition of a well known international consumer brand and was involved in the partnership by another client with a major Japanese telecommunications company. Mr. Gonzalez has always been keen in helping foreign investors in the Philippines. He serves as director and corporate secretary / external counsel to some of the largest foreign business process outsourcing companies who have established a presence in the country, advising them on structuring investments, requirements and procedure for registration with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and the Board of Investments, and intellectual property rights. On the development and infrastructure front, Mr. Gonzalez has considerable exposure in public bidding for projects under the Public-Private Partnership Program (‚ÄúPPP‚ÄĚ) of the government having successfully advised a client in its being successfully awarded the following PPP projects, (i) bid for the modernisation of the Philippine Orthopedic Hospital of the Department of Health, (ii) the building of schools of the Philippine Department of Education Culture and Sports, (iii) the modernization and expansion of Cebu International Airport, both of the Department of Transportation and Communications. Mr. Gonzalez also currently continues to serve as counsel for these projects post award.


Prior to founding the firm in 2006 with other partners, Mr. Gonzalez was a partner at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.


English, Filipino


Integrated Bar of the Philippines


New York University (1988 BA Political Science and Economics, cum laude); University of the Philippines (1992 Bachelor of Laws)


Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

‚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.

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Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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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Projects and energy

Within: Leading individuals

Manuel Gonzalez - Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Within: Projects and energy

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.

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