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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 (“PPP”) 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.
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
At Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, Manuel Gonzalez advised Silay Solar Power on a PHP1.6bn term loan from Land Bank of the Philippines to partially finance the construction of a 25MW solar power plant in Silay. Other clients include Century Pacific Group. Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo and Mark Vergara are also recommended.
Within: Capital markets
At Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano, Manuel Gonzalez advised DoubleDragon Properties on its PHP10bn offering of preference shares.
Within: Intellectual property
Projects and energy
Within: Projects and energy
Manuel Gonzalez leads the team at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano; he advised Silay Solar Power on a PHP1.69bn loan to partly finance the construction of a 25MW solar project in Silay.