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Donemark Calimon is a partner and the head of Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group.


Donemark focuses on domestic and international arbitration. His arbitration practice is complemented by his extensive experience in civil and criminal litigation, and corporate, tax, and mining litigation.1) Represent an online technology platform in several completed and ongoing proceedings, including court litigation, public hearings before national legislative bodies and proceedings before the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board. 2) Represent a US-based multi-level marketing company in proceedings before the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Trade and Industry. 3) Represent a US-based solar energy company in an arbitration relating to breaches of joint venture and supply agreements. 4) Advise a joint venture between two Japanese engineering and construction companies in connection with construction arbitration before the CIAC in relation to its claims against a Philippine government agency arising from an agreement to construct a local airport facility. 5) Appointed as an arbitrator in an arbitration administered by the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC between a US-based private financial planning company and a Philippine-based publicly-listed property development firm involving claims under an equity line of credit agreement. 6) Appointed as chair of the arbitral tribunal in a construction arbitration under the Arbitration Rules of the CIAC. The dispute involves claims for breach of contract for the supply of formworks against a local construction company. 7) Appointed as chair of the arbitral tribunal in an ad hoc international arbitration involving a nickel sale and purchase agreement. 8) Appointed as chair of an arbitral tribunal in a construction arbitration between a local property developer and property owners. 9) Act for a UK-based oil and gas company in a commercial arbitration proceeding commenced against it by a Philippines-based oil and gas company involving disputes arising from a sale and purchase Agreement. 10) Act for a NASDAQ-listed semiconductor manufacturer in defending a claim filed by a local construction company before the CIAC in connection with the construction of its semiconductor facility in the Philippines. 11) Act for an engineering company in an ICA-ICC arbitration in Singapore regarding claims arising under a contract for works.


Trained Philippines; qualified 2000; assistant researcher for the Intellectual Property Law Program of the Institute of International Legal Studies at the University of the Philippines, Law Center; law clerk for Quisumbing Torres, member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein; associate Quisumbing Torres, partner 2011. Publications of note: chapter on ‘The Philippines, Asia Mediation Handbook’, (Sweet & Maxwell, May 2015); co-editor of "Handbook on Commercial Arbitration" (PIArb, 2015), co-author of Philippine chapter, AP Dispute Resolution Guide (Baker & McKenzie, 2016); Philippine chapter, " Global Perspectives on ADR" (C. Esplugues and S. Barona (eds), Intersentia Publishing Ltd., 2013); "Taming the Unruly Horse: Philippine Public Policy and the New York Convention" (Ateneo Law Journal,  2016)


English; Filipino.


Presidential Assistant on Alternative Dispute Resolution (July 2015 - June 2017), Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Executive Director, Integrated Bar of the Philippines Arbitration Center; Philippine Chapter - Member (MCIArb), The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch); Member (MPIArb) and Executive Vice-President, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators; Accredited Arbitrator, Trustee and Education Committee Chair, Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.; Accredited Arbitrator, Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM); Accredited Arbitrator, Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC); Accredited Arbitrator, Philippine Intellectual Property Office; Philippine Representative, Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration; Member, Singapore International Arbitration Center Users Council; Member, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Member, International Council for Commercial Arbitration; Member, International Bar Association


Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (1995 AB Philosophy); University of the Philippines (2000 LLB).


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The dispute resolution team at Quisumbing Torres acts in arbitration proceedings, commercial disputes and civil and administrative litigation, representing clients such as Uber Systems, UHS Essential Health Philippines and Publicis Groupe. The key partners within the practice are Donemark Calimon, Ramon Quisumbing, Rodrigo Quimbo, Miguel Galvez and Mia Imperial.

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