Aviation in Philippines

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The aviation department at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides a broad service to its clients, which include leading banks and owners and lessors of aircraft. In addition to assisting clients with applications to - and hearings before - the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), it handles a broad range of leasing and financing projects and regulatory matters. On the contentious side, its work includes remedial actions in the event of defaults and litigation. In a recent highlight, the team advised PK AirFinance on the financing, delivery and lease of four A321-271N aircraft to Philippine Airlines, which represented the first batch of A321neo aircraft ordered by the airline under its fleet renewal programme. Carina Laforteza and Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo head the team, which expanded at partner level with the promotion of special projects, banking and aviation expert Bhong Paulo Macasaet in 2019. Melyjane Bertillo-Ancheta has recently taken a lead role on several of the team's key projects, and of counsel Mia Gentugaya is another key practitioner.

Key clients

BDO Unibank, Inc.

BBAM Singapore Pe. Ltd.

China Bank Capital Corporation

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Intrepid Aviation Management LLC

Nordic Aviation Capital A/S

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted as Philippine counsel to SMBC Aviation Capital in the delivery and lease of two A350-900 aircraft to Philippine Airlines.
  • Acted as Philippine counsel to PK Airfinance in the financing, delivery and lease of four A321-271N aircraft to Philippine Airlines.
  • Represented BBAM in the acquisition of two aircraft with MSN 2816 and 2898 with respect to the novation of the Philippine leases over the aircraft.

Agcaoili & Associates

Agcaoili & Associates' managing partner Jose Luis Agcaoili leads the firms extensive aviation and aircraft finance practice, in which Thomas JTF De Castro  specialises in aircraft finance and leasing.

Practice head(s):

Jose Luis Agcaoili

Other key lawyers:

Thomas JTF De Castro

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila

Belo Gozon Elma Parel Asuncion & Lucila acts for clients negotiating international air service and commercial aviation agreements, alongside regulatory work involving the Civil Aeronautics Board. Felipe Gozon is the senior partner on the team.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Gozon

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim  has an impressive list of international aviation clients including Hong Kong Airlines, Hainan Ailines, Air Seoul Inc and Turkish Airlines. The practice focuses on regulatory proceedings and and compliance.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño counts leading foreign and local airlines among its clients. Peter Bantilan and Arturo Selim head the aviation litigation practice, and Jenny Santiago - whose broad practice encompasses aviation, M&A and IP - handles matters before the CAB on behalf of clients. The team also provides advice on regulatory matters including air carrier permit registration and renewal requirements.

Practice head(s):

Peter Bantilan; Arturo Selim

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Santiago

Puno & Puno Law Offices

Puno & Puno Law Offices represents international air carriers in regulatory matters involving the Civil Aeronautics Board. The team's experience includes lease agreements, maintenance contacts and ground-handling agreements. Senior partner Helena Rosales-Calo  leads the practice.

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres takes an industry-focused approach, allowing it to provide a comprehensive service to its clients. Aviation, aerospace and defence is a subsection of its broader industrials, manufacturing and transportation industry group, which is headed by dispute resolution expert Donemark Calimon. The full-service firm is able to advise its aviation-sector clients on financing and leasing arrangements, commercial agreements, corporate transactions, competition issues, employment law and regulatory matters. In litigation, the team has notable experience handling airline contract and tort claims. Senior associate Marvin Masangkay maintains a strong focus on aviation and often represents clients before the CAAP, CAB and the Manila International Airport Authority for regulatory issues.

Practice head(s):

Donemark Calimon

Other key lawyers:

Marvin Masangkay

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako offers a specialist litigation practice with a number of  international airline clients including Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Swiss Air, and Korean Air, as well as representing London-based Lloyd's insurers including the AON Group. Carlos Natividad and Jose Crisostomo Jr   are the senior partners with extensive aviation experience.