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Manuel Gonzalez

Tel:
Work +63 2 687 11 95
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Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Work Department

Capital Markets

Position

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.

Career

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

Languages

English, Filipino

Member

Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Education

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


Philippines

Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

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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Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

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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