Firms To Watch: Aviation

Led by Felix T. Sy, the practice at Insights Philippines Legal Advisors (a member firm of the KPMG Law network) advises domestic companies in the aviation sector on a range of corporate and commercial matters.

Aviation in Philippines

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s dedicated aviation practice handles the financing aspects of major deals, as well as the registration of aircraft with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. The team is adept at advising on issues concerning the tax treatment of international air carriers, in addition to providing pre-litigation and litigation advice to its roster of national and international clients. Under the joint leadership of Carina Laforteza, the group often works in collaboration with leading international law firms on cross-border fundraising transactions. The practice is also recommended for its advice on operating lease documents and on issues relating to obtaining a foreign air carrier’s permit. Bhong Paulo Macasaet is another key contact. Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo retired from the firm in August 2022.

Practice head(s):

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo; Carina Laforteza

Other key lawyers:

Bhong Paulo Macasaet

Key clients

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

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim handles a broad range of aviation matters concerning traffic rights, franchises and charter permits, as well as insurance and commercial agreements. The team also has demonstrable capability advising on compliance and regulatory issues before the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. Managing partner Manolito Alvarez Manalo leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Manolito Alvarez Manalo

Quisumbing Torres

The aviation, aerospace and defence practice at Quisumbing Torres handles a range of aviation financing and leasing arrangements, in addition to airline merger control issues. The group frequently advises on bilateral airline alliances and the operation of international alliance networks, and counts regulatory, employment and insolvency mandates in its workload. Kristine Anne Mercado-Tamayo and Marvin Masangkay jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):

Kristine Anne Mercado-Tamayo; Marvin Masangkay

Key clients

Changi International Airports

Work highlights

  • Assisted a major US airline in renewing the Foreign Air Carriers Permit with the Civil Aeronautics Board.
  • Advising and representing a Hong Kong aviation company in connection with an arbitration against a local construction company in a dispute involving approximately $1m.
  • Assisting a global aviation and logistics company on the local aspects of a global restructuring of its business.