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Aviation in Philippines

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The aviation group at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & GatmaitanComparative Guides promotional icon 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.

Practice head(s):

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.’

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

  • 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

Agcaoili & Associates’ aviation offering is led by aircraft financing and leasing expert Jose Luis Agcaoili . Dispute resolution specialist Thomas JTF De Castro is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

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.

Practice head(s):

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.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bantilan; Arturo Selim; Jenny Santiago

Quisumbing Torres

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.

Practice head(s):

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.

Practice head(s):

Mario Andres; Carlos Natividad; Jose Crisostomo