Aviation in Philippines

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's market-leading aviation group advises major banks, development consortiums, airlines and aircraft leasing platforms on issues including airport development projects, compliance and leasing of aircraft. The team also operates a strong contentious practice, having previously acted for clients in hearings before the Civil Aeronautics Board and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines. A recent highlight has been acting for Elix Aviation Capital Limited as lessors of two commercial aircraft to Skyjet, the first time Skyjet has entered the leasing market. Carina Laforteza and Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo lead the team; both combine their aviation expertise with an extensive commercial and corporate practices. Bhong Paulo Macasaet is another key practitioner.

Other key lawyers:

Bhong Paulo Macasaet


The team is knowledgeable and responsive to clients’ needs, and is diligent and hard-working. Working with English-speaking, international clients, they have a good understanding of the cross-border work we undertake and are a safe pair of hands to cover all local law matters.

The individual members of the team are all very hard working and diligent.

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

Work highlights

  • Acted as Philippine counsel to Elix Aviation Capital Limited in connection with the delivery and lease of two ATR 72-500 aircraft to Skyjet Airlines.
  • Advised SAF Leasing II (AOE 2) in relation to the acquisition of aircraft with MSN 1566.

Agcaoili & Associates

Led by Jose Luis Agcaoili, aviation law is an area of specialism for Agcaoili & Associates. The firm is particularity active in aircraft finance matters. Thomas JTF De Castro is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Jose Luis Agcaoili 

Other key lawyers:

Thomas JTF De Castro

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim has a longstanding reputation for advising some of the country's largest airlines on issues including traffic rights, franchises, charter permits and accident insurance. Founding partner Carlos Alfonso Ocampo is vastly experienced in aviation matters, having been heavily involved in the deregulation of the airline industry. Juan Victor Valdez and Bernadeth Lim are other key team members.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Alfonso Ocampo

Other key lawyers:

Juan Victor Valdez; Bernadeth Lim

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño's primary focus is representing both local and international airlines in disputes before courts and the Civil Aeronautics Board. In addition, the team advises on regulatory matters relating to air carrier permit registration and renewal. Peter Bantilan, Arturo Selim and Jenny Santiago are the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bantilan; Arturo Selim

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Santiago

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres is particularly active in contentious matters, representing clients in disputes related to the leasing of aircraft. On the transaction side, the team advises on financing arrangements, commercial agreements, corporate transactions and regulatory matters. Marvin Masangkay is head of the aviation sector of the firm's industrials, manufacturing and transportation industry group, and has experience of acting on behalf of clients both in litigation and ADR. Donemark Calimon leads the Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation industry group.

Practice head(s):

Donemark Calimon

Other key lawyers:

Marvin Masangkay

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako specialises in advising airlines, insurers and reinsurers on a range of contentious issues; death in an air carriage claims, flight delays and lost baggage issues all fall within its expertise. The group counts numerous airlines in its client base, including Philippine Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Gulf Air.