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


Mr. Calimon focuses on domestic and international commercial arbitration. He also has extensive experience in civil, corporate and tax litigation, and administrative and regulatory proceedings. Representative Work: 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.) Advise and represent two major international chemical companies in torts suits filed by banana plantation workers, which together possibly constitute the biggest damages/tort suits ever filed in the Philippines. 4.) Represent a US-based solar energy company in an arbitration relating to breaches of Joint Venture and supply agreements. 5.) Advise a joint venture between two Japanese engineering and construction companies in connection with a construction arbitration before the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission. 6.) Represent a multi-national construction company in proceedings before the World Bank’s Sanctions Board in Washington, DC. 7.) 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. 8.) Appointed as chairman of an arbitral tribunal in an ad hoc arbitration, under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, between a Philippines-based trading and manufacturing company and a foreign company. 9.) Appointed as an arbitrator in an ad hoc arbitration between a Philippine-based hatchery and the Philippine subsidiary of a Norway-based aquaculture company. Mr. Calimon has acted and acts as counsel or arbitrator in several commercial arbitrations, including arbitrations conducted under the arbitration rules of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI), the International Chamber of Commerce and the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, and ad hoc arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. He lectures and writes on commercial arbitration. Mr. Calimon is among the founders of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) and is a member of the board and an officer of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI).


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; 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)


English; Filipino.


Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Presidential Assistant on Alternative Dispute Resolution, The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch), Philippine Chapter - Member (MCIArb), Philippine Institute of Arbitrators - Member (MPIArb) and Senior Vice-President for Programs, Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. - Accredited Arbitrator, Trustee and Officer, Wholesale Electricity Spot Market (WESM) - Accredited Arbitrator, Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC) - Accredited Arbitrator, Philippine Intellectual Property Office - Accredited Arbitrator, Asia Pacific Forum for International Arbitration - Philippine Representative, Singapore International Arbitration Center Users Council - Member, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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


Sports (running and basketball).


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Donemark Calimon heads the practice at Quisumbing Torres, with strong support from Ramon Quisumbing, Rodrigo Quimbo, Miguel Galvez and Mia Imperial. Clients include UHS Essential Health Philippines and Uber Systems.

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