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Aris Gulapa

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Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law)

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Proprietor/Head - Aviation, Corporate and M&A, Projects & Energy, Real Estate & Construction


Aris specializes in infrastructure and government contracts, having advised bidders and the government on almost every major PPP project in the Philippines. He is also widely engaged in corporate and commercial transactions, particularly doing business and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to setting up the Firm, he was a partner in C&G Law (October 2011 to September 2015). Previously, Aris worked at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (December 2003 to June 2006); Kelvin Chia Partnership (Singapore and Vietnam offices, July 2006 to June 2008); and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo office, July 2008 to June 2010). He also worked as research assistant to Harry First, the former Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of New York (September 2010 to September 2011. Aris currently teaches various law courses at the Ateneo Law School, including the Law on Sales and PPP Law. He was also a visiting professor at Kyushu University School of Law for one semester.


English, Filipino


New York Bar, 2014 Vietnam, Foreign Practitioner’s License, 2006-2011 Philippine Bar, 2004


New York University School of Law, International Trade, 2011 (Vanderbilt Scholar; NYU Journal of International Law & Politics) Ateneo Law School, Juris Doctor, 2003 (Second Honors; Second Best Thesis; Ateneo Law Journal; Jessup Moot) Ateneo de Manila University, Legal Management, 1999 (Honorable Mention)


Cooking & skiing


Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) conducts a broad range of corporate and M&A work, including representing clients on share acquisitions, assisting with business restructuring or expansion and with establishing businesses. The New York office, opened in February 2017, caters to US-based Filipinos and investors. A recent highlight was assisting New York bakery brand MBakery in establishing its business in the Philippines. Other clients include Aniplex, CCL Label Industries Philippines and JV Angeles Construction Corporation. Practice head Aris Gulapa is supported by newly-promoted partner Charms Haw and senior associate Melissa Chavez. Rico Quicho, formerly at his own firm Quicho & Angeles Law Offices, joined the team.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) has a particular focus on construction and infrastructure projects and advises on PPPs. A recent highlight includes acting for International Finance Corporation on a $229m PPP expansion of the Clark International Airport. Other clients include APO Production Unit, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Asian Development Bank and JV Angeles Construction. Aris Gulapa heads the team, with support from newly promoted partner Charmaine Haw and senior associate Jose Machuca. Rico Quicho joined as partner. The firm has an affiliate office in New York.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Aris Gulapa - Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law)

Within: Real estate and construction

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) assists multilateral financial institutions with advising the Philippine Republic and government-owned corporations on public–private partnership (PPP) projects. It also advises private bidders on PPP infrastructure projects. Another area of expertise includes advising concessionaires and private joint venture partners on the implementation of PPP projects. Clients include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Ayala Land, Asian Development Bank, JV Angeles Construction, Aboitiz Infracapital and Alliance Global Group. Aris Gulapa heads the team, supported by senior associate Angel Machuca. Rico Quicho joined as partner. The firm has an associate office in New York.

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Within: TMT

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) advises on copyright and patent law and is adept at assisting clients with globalising their portfolios. Areas of expertise include assisting in the establishment of media-related businesses, advising on data privacy laws and advising on joint ventures with the government for the delivery of public services with information technology components. Clients include DeNA, Research and Technology Laboratories, Aniplex and CBRE GWS IFM Phils. Aris Gulapa heads the team, assisted by senior associate Aileen Sanguir. The firm has an associate office in New York.

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