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Mia Carmela Imperial

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Mia Imperial is a partner in Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group. She heads the Restructuring & Insolvency Focus Group and is a member of the Competition Focus Group in Quisumbing Torres.


Ms. Imperial’s practice focuses on corporate rehabilitation and insolvency/bankruptcy litigation, intra-corporate disputes and other commercial litigation. Her expanding expertise includes antitrust and competition law enforcement and litigation. She also handles international arbitration and domestic construction arbitration, and corporate compliance and governance work, including giving Philippine context-based advice and participating in complaint-related investigations. Also, she manages corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration, and compliance and governance work. Representative Work: 1.) Advise and represent a multinational company engaged in equipment engineering, an unsecured creditor of an insolvent Philippine fertilizer manufacturing company in corporate rehabilitation/restructuring proceedings before the Philippine courts in September 2015. 2.) Advise a multinational construction and industrial specialty chemicals company and a multinational telecommunications company on options under Philippine insolvency law (including corporate rehabilitation/restructuring and liquidation) in relation to an intra-corporate dispute involving joint venture (JV) partners and in anticipation of an adverse arbitral award against the JV company. 3.) Advise an American design firm in a litigation case involving qualified theft, copyright infringement, the violation of E-Commerce Act and property foreclosure against a local real property company. 4.) Advise and represent a US-based application networking technology company in a commercial contract dispute against its distributorship partner before Philippine courts. 5.) Represent a US-based manufacturer and marketer of non-invasive medical devices and technologies in involuntary insolvency proceedings and recovery of claims against a European pharmaceutical product distributor. 6.) Represent a French water systems company to enforce its claims as creditor and stockholder, in the corporate rehabilitation of the West Zone concessionaire of the Philippines’ Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System. 7.) Represent a South Korean construction company in the corporate rehabilitation of its joint venture partner, a Philippine realty developer. 8.) Represent an American multinational telecommunications provider to enforce its credit in the corporate rehabilitation of two Philippine telecommunications companies. 9.) Defend a Japanese financial services and securities brokerage firm in an international arbitration commenced by its joint venture partner, a Philippine government owned- and controlled- financial institution, in relation to allegations of insider trading and director/officer liability.


Trained Philippines; qualified 2000; apprenticeship at Sycip Salazar Gatmaitan & Hernandez 1997; law clerk/associate Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose 1999-2000; joined Quisumbing Torres in mid-2000, and rose to senior associate; engaged in private entrepreneurial ventures from January 2011 to July 2012; before re-joining Quisumbing Torres in 2015, worked for the Office of the General Counsel of the Asian Development Bank and as corporate counsel for a US-based management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company; partner Quisumbing Torres 2015.


English; Filipino.


Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Makati Chapter, Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. - Trained Arbitrator, Ateneo Human Rights Center, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines.


Ateneo de Manila University (1994 AB Philosophy); Ateneo de Manila University (1999 JD with honours).


Running; yoga.


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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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