The aviation group at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan assists in registrations with the Civil Aviation Authority and provides advisory services covering the legal framework of doing business in the Philippines. Specifically, the team handles the tax treatment of international air carriers, business licenses, foreign permits and the drafting of finance and operating documents. In addition, clients can source pre-litigation advice (including remedial actions in the event of default) and expert representation in hearings before the Civil Aeronautics Board. Co-leads Carina Laforteza and Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo lead the offering while Bhong Paulo Macasaet is another key practitioner.
Aviation in Philippines
Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo; Carina Laforteza
Other key lawyers:
Bhong Paulo Macasaet
‘As a client, it is important for us to be able to communicate well with our counsels, and this is what the individual partners or associates of SyCip provide us. They are responsive in terms of the quality of the advice and the timeliness of the replies.’
‘The partners are fully invested, present for closing calls even after-hours of the Philippine Market.’
‘We engage SyCip for numerous transactions because we trust that they can well represent and advocate for us in negotiations. They are able to address the issues of the transaction, and raise only the relevant points for our consideration.’
BBAM Singapore Pe. Ltd.
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Voyager Aviation Holdings (formerly Intrepid)
Nordic Aviation Capital A/S
SMBC Aviation Capital Limited
Dubai Aerospace International
Philippine National Bank
- Advised Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited through SAF Leasing II on the Philippine subleasing of an aircraft between CIT Aerospace International and Philippine Airlines, Inc.
- Advised Avolon Aerospace AOE108 on the leasing of one airbus to Philippine Airlines, Inc.
- Advised BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management through Fly Aircraft Holding Twenty Two Limited on the repayment of existing debt and refinancing related to an aircraft on lease to Philippine Airlines, Inc.
Agcaoili & Associates
Jose Luis Agcaoili
Other key lawyers:
Thomas JTF De Castro
Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim
The team at Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advises some of the Philippines’ largest airlines on matters concerning traffic rights, franchises, charter permits and accident insurance. Founding partner Carlos Alfonso Ocampo, Juan Victor Valdez and Bernadeth Lim are the names to note.
Carlos Alfonso Ocampo
Other key lawyers:
Juan Victor Valdez; Bernadeth Lim
Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño
The aviation team at Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño is known for representing both local and international airlines in disputes before courts and the Civil Aeronautics Board. Clients can also benefit from its expertise in air carrier permit registration and renewal. Peter Bantilan, Arturo Selim and Jenny Santiago are the key contacts.
Peter Bantilan; Arturo Selim; Jenny Santiago
Specialising in dispute resolution, the team at Quisumbing Torres handles matters pertaining to aircraft leasing and the prosecution/defence of claims arising from competition law. In addition, the firm advises clients on key industry issues such as financing arrangements, commercial agreements, corporate transactions and regulatory compliance, with market access and carrier liability two particular areas of focus. Marvin Masangkay and Donemark Calimon, respective experts in ADR and torts/quasi delict, co-lead the offering.
Donemark Calimon; Marvin Masangkay
Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako
Experts in contentious matters, the team at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako advises airlines, insurers and reinsurers on a range of issues. In particular, this includes claims arising from injury and death, travel delays, loss of cargo and the forced removal of passengers. Past clients have included Gulf Air, Swiss Air, the Malaysian Airlines System and Korean Air. Mario Andres, Carlos Natividad and Jose Crisostomo are the key contacts.
Mario Andres; Carlos Natividad; Jose Crisostomo