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Aris Gulapa

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Gulapa Law Office

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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

Established in September 2015, Gulapa Law Office’s corporate practice is headed by Aris Gulapa, who acted for Apo Agua Infrastructura on the implementation of its joint venture agreement and bulk water purchase agreement with the Davao City Water District.

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Projects and energy

Within: Projects and energy

Aris Gulapa heads Gulapa Law Office’s practice and advised APO Production Unit on its negotiations with the Department of Foreign Affairs to allow APO to print the new Philippine e-passport. Other clients include Ayala Land.

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Real estate and construction

Within: Leading individuals

Aris Gulapa - Gulapa Law Office

Within: Real estate and construction

At Gulapa Law Office, Aris Gulapa advised Ayala Group in its successful bid to construct and operate the South integrated transport system in Manila.

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