Corporate and M&A in Philippines

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) operates a very broad corporate practice, assisting its household-name clients with the establishment of complex business ventures, in addition to structuring corporate vehicles to facilitate foreign investments. The group's M&A offering is particularly strong with regards to the manufacturing sector and the team has advised on numerous high-profile matters, such as Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited's purchase of 85.7% of Holcim Phils., Inc. Practice head Judy Hao has expertise that includes assisting with the establishment of branch offices and regional operating headquarters of foreign enterprises. Joselito Bautista is experienced in the regulatory issues related to business process outsourcing entities. Everlene Lee combines corporate work with her securities and capital markets practice.

Practice head(s):

Judy Hao

Testimonials

They have a good understanding of the needs of a US company operating in Philippines. They are also very good and responsive on general areas of corporate work as secretarial, IP, commercial contracts, etc. They have provided strong support to us on M&A related matters in the recent past.

Judy Hao and Everlene Less have been very good in serving us.

Very responsive, flexible and prompt in reverting. Also, accommodating in terms of work connects given need for operating in different time zones, on occasions.

Key clients

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Sealed Air Corporation

Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited

C&U Group Co., Ltd.

WPP 2005 Limited and WPP Plc

ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd. (ISGEC)

Chemical Industries of the Philippines

Jebsen & Jebsen Pte Ltd.

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel for Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation  in its merger with RCBC Savings Bank.
  • Advised Johnsonville Sausage LLC in connection with its investment in Frabelle Foods Corporation.
  • Acted as counsel for Sealed Air Corporation on the purchase of the business of MGM Food & Commodities Corporation.

Quisumbing Torres

Part of the Baker McKenzie network, Quisumbing Torres offers a 'one-stop shop' to large domestic and international corporate clients seeking advice on structuring foreign investments, joint ventures and the establishment of corporate vehicles. As regards M&A, the team has a track record of being instructed on some of the biggest transactions in the region and assists with pre-acquisition reviews and transaction documentation. The firm is notable for its dedicated industry focus groups, giving it unique expertise in the fields of retail, energy, financial services, healthcare & life sciences, manufacturing and TMT. Christina Macasaet-Acaban leads the overall corporate practice in addition to the competition and healthcare focus groups, while Alain Charles Veloso gets 'right to the point' in advising on competition and technology matters. Pearl Liu's expertise extends beyond corporate work to real estate and capital markets. Dennis Quintero is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Christina Macasaet-Acaban

Testimonials

Very reliable output. No need to ask further questions. Detailed rationale and supporting evidences are always attached, making it easy to understand implications from first reading.

Atty. Charles Veloso – very accurate knowledge about corporate laws, M&A requirements in Philippines. His analysis is right to the point and contains only what matters. His communication is clear whether in written correspondence or verbal exchange. He is able to convincingly present to achieve desired results.

‘This law firm has a lot of experience advising International companies that come to Philippines. They help us navigate to the complexities and local regulations, licencing etc to start our operation in this country. They are able to explain the requirements in a way that is familiar to our understanding. Great support team, one stop shop that facilitates the start of operations as they can advise in multiple disciplines of the law.

We primarily work with Julius Cervantes, Kristine Anne Mercado-Tamayo, Camila Jacinto-Lagustan, and Camille Lara. We consider them part of our team, they have been assisting us from the start, have become familiar with our operations and continue to support from time to time when necessary. Their responses are prompt and efficient.

Key clients

Pfizer Inc.

Alphabet / Google Inc.

Graymont Limited

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Prudential Plc

China Copper Co. Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

State Grid Corporation of China

Work highlights

  • Represented Graymont Limited in connection with its completed acquisition in an auction process to acquire Sibelco’s controlling interest in Unichamp Mineral Philippines, Inc.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

One of the top-tier firms in the country across a variety of sectors, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's corporate group acts for major multinational clients from the telecoms, transport and banking sectors on major acquisitions and disposals. The team also handles a full range of corporate work, assisting with foreign investment, establishing new business ventures and structuring issues. A recent highlight has been advising San Miguel Corporation on the $2.15bn acquisition of Holcim Philippines, Inc, a transaction overseen by Simeon Ken Ferrer. Practice head Rocky Alejandro Reyes is a power and energy specialist who has experience advising on significant cross-border corporate transactions in the infrastructure sector. Another name to note is Rose Marie King-Dominguez; a TMT specialist, she is particularly active in data privacy work.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

Aboitiz Power Corporation

Nova Asia Company

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

TPG Growth III SF Pte Ltd

Alipay

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised San Miguel Corporation on the acquisition of 85.73% of the total outstanding and issued capital stock of Holcim Philippines, Inc.
  • Advised Osmanthus on the acquisition of 15% shares in One Network Bank.
  • Advised Metro Pacific Investments Corporation on the sale of its shares in Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation.

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)'s 'strong, efficient' and 'reliable' team provides a 'comprehensive' service to both established multinationals and innovative new start-up companies. Complex and large-scale acquisitions are a speciality, and the firm is especially active in the telecoms, infrastructure, construction, technology and e-commerce sectors. The group has forged strong relationships with some of the largest conglomerates in the country, including Ayala Land, Inc. and Aboitiz Land, Inc., for which it handles a full range of corporate work. Raoul Angangco advises on real estate and construction issues in addition to corporate matters, while Sylvette Tankiang specialises in M&A, tax and energy and Kristin Charisse Siao is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Raoul Angangco

Testimonials

Capable partners are fully involved in matters.

Sylvette and Kristin. Vast experience in M&A and also flexible to client’s needs.

V&A has a very strong, efficient, reliable team. Highly recommend the service of Sylvette and Franchette on M&A – they can always provide clear and concrete advice to guide you in the right way to go when you’re in a dilemma or difficult position. Their legal analysis is comprehensive, they think ahead for clients such that the answer is already in your inbox even before you raise the question.

‘V&A team is also very attentive and always in a standby mode, the deal I worked with them was very intensive, complicated and challenging, the situation changes every second but V&A gave great and timely support throughout.

V&A Partner Maria Simundac is comprehensive, responsive, and a pleasure to deal with.

Key clients

China Telecommunications Corporation

Dito Telecommunity Corporation

Udenna Corporation No

Mitsubishi Estate Co. Ltd.

ISOC Group.

Taihu Holdings Pte Ltd.

Ayala Group, Bank of the Philippine Islands

Aboitiz Land, Inc

Fountel (Medical City)

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel for China Telecommunications Corporation on its $5.4bn investment in Mindanao Islamic Telephone Company, Inc.
  • Advised Udenna Corporation in connection with its $565m acquisition of the interest of Chevron Philippines in Chevron Malampaya LLC.
  • Acted as legal counsel of Mistubishi Estate Co. Ltd. in relation to its joint venture with Arthaland Corporation for the Savya Financial Center Project- a 74-hectare large scale development envisioned to be a major transport hub in Metro Manila, Philippines.

Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano

Operating a strong and varied corporate practice, Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano regularly advises foreign companies on their entry into the Philippine market, in addition to acquisitions involving both equity purchase and asset sale in various businesses. Team leader Elmer Serrano has a long history of advising major national and international banks on both corporate and finance matters. Most recently, the group has continued its longstanding relationship with BDO Unibank, Inc. by assisting with the bank's sale of a 40% equity interest in MMPC Auto Financial Services Corporation. Rosalia Bartolome-Alejo manages the business formation and foreign investment practice group and also specialises in corporate reorganisation, joint ventures and dissolution.

Practice head(s):

Elmer Serrano

Testimonials

The M&A Team of Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano was instrumental in bringing to successful fruition the acquisition of the client’s company. They are up to date with relevant laws and regulations; they effectively assisted in negotiating the terms and conditions of the transaction at all stages — before, during and after; they are effective in communication, both oral and written; and have ensured that the client’s interests are well-protected.

Manuel Z Gonzalez Gwyneth S Ong Janice L Co: All three of them, working as a team, are dedicated to their client’s goals, work tirelessly to ensure that the client’s objectives are achieved, and they are dutiful and have a keen eye for detail in the documentation of the agreements that are reached between the seller and buyer sides.

The Team not only highlights legal points but also commercial concerns that may impact current and future transactions of the subject companies.

Atty Mia Ormita knows her craft, specifically on debt contracts reviews Atty Tephanie Gandia ensures that all documentations are done on a timely manner and are in order. Atty Elmer Serrano who heads the team ensures we are legally informed and advises us of the impact of each and every provision in the shareholders agreements.

 

Key clients

BDO Unibank, Inc.

Nexif Energy Philippines Holdings B.V.

Udenna Corporation

Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corp.

Citibank N.A. – Philippine Branch

Work highlights

  • Advised BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO) and its subsidiary, BDO Leasing and Finance, Inc. (BDOLF) on the sale of BDOLF’s 40% equity interest in MMPC Auto Financial Services Corporation.
  • Advised Udenna Corporation and Chelsea Logistics and Infrastructure Holdings Corp. on the compeitition aspects of the acquisition of Tran-Asia Shipping Lines
  • Represented Ang Hortaleza Corporation in the sale of its 99.725% equity interest in Splash Corporation to Unza Philippines Holding Private Inc.

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices

Experienced in serving clients from the leisure, energy, pharmaceutical and financial services sectors, Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices advises on both sides of M&A transactions. This is demonstrated by its work in 2019; the firm advised Welcome Credit Corporation as buyers of Smart Bank for $1.5m, while also assisting the shareholders of AsiaBest Group International with the sale of 200,000,000 shares to Tiger Resort Asia Limited. Maria Raquel Chavez, who is also experienced in capital markets work, and Shirley Velasquez-Viray are the key practitioners. Monalisa Dimalanta is recommended for her work in the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Regina Jacinto-Barrientos

Work highlights

  • Advised Aboitiz Power Corporation on the $579m acquisition of a thermal company.
  • Advised Udenna Corporation on the full acquisition of Wendy’s restaurants in the Philippines.
  • Advised Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure on its sale of 100% of the shares in Philippine Wind Holdings Co.

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso operates an extensive corporate practice in addition to its project finance and capital markets work. The team stands out for its long-term relationships with clients, many of which span decades. Enrique Quiason and Ruelito Soriano lead the practice; the former specialises in securities regulation, while the latter focuses on foreign investment matters, having recently advised an aircraft ground handling business on the entry of new investors.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Quiason; Ruel Soriano

Other key lawyers:

Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo

Key clients

Transnational Diversified Corporation

First Gen Corporation

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles has a longstanding reputation for advising large domestic and international corporate clients on a range of issues including establishing new business ventures, investments, regulatory compliance and joint ventures. Key practitioner Fernando Sioson specialises in assisting clients in their dealings with government bodies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Energy, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and Department of Transportation and Communications.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Sioson

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

The corporate team at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia advises both local and international clients on issues relating to acquisitions and dispositions, due diligence, public and private bidding, joint ventures and restructuring. The team is active in the media and broadcasting sector and regularly assists ABSCBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and media conglomerate in the country, on a range of corporate issues. Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera uses her broad expertise to lead the firm’s retainer, corporate governance and regulation and gaming practice groups. Rosa Michele Bagtas combines corporate work with a specialism in property development.

Practice head(s):

Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera

Key clients

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

ABS-CBN Corporation

W Group of Companies

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.

Redco Properties Group Ltd.

Seven Bank, Ltd.

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Unilever Group of Companies

Connected Freight Solutions, Philippines, Inc.

Sony Global Business Services Inc.

PTFC Redevelopment Corporation

Synchrogenix Philippines, Inc.

Asian Terminals, Inc.

Nepes Corporation

Unicapital Incorporated

Suyen Corporation

Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc. 

BF Jade E-Services Philippines, Inc. (ZALORA PH)

Sta. Lucia, Inc.

Lazada E-Services Philippines, Inc.

Lamsan Holdings Corp.

DOLE Philippines, Inc.

Salmat Contact Solutions Pty Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised Redco Properties Group Ltd on its acquisition of a 35% interest (valued at $102m) in the Target Company – a corporation incorporated with the specific purpose of undertaking the financing, development, construction, operation and maintenance of the Makati Subway System.
  • Advised ABSCBN Corporation on its proposed investment in two start-up companies, valued in the aggregate amount of $1.5m.
  • Assisted DOLE Philippines, Inc., DOLE Asia Company, Limited, and other DOLE-related companies in the registration of various foreign currency denominated loans obtained from their parent company, DOLE Asia Holdings Pte. Ltd..

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)

The corporate team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises clients on issues including the incorporation of new entities, structuring and legal audits. Capable of serving numerous sectors, the group is particularly active in the manufacturing, food and drink, technology and energy industries. Founding partner Jaime Renato Gatmaytan co-leads the team and advises on equity investments, share and asset acquisitions, security and other financing arrangements. Co-head Norma Margarita Patacsil's expertise extends beyond mainstream corporate work to competition law and antitrust issues. Deborah Sobrepeña-Lacson was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Key clients

LafargeHolcim Ltd/Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp.

Fraser Property Ltd.

AC Energy Philippines, Inc.

Global Business Power Corporation

Ingrid Power Holdings, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advised LafargeHolcim Ltd. on the divestment of its entire shareholdings in Holcim Philippines, Inc., to an affiliate of San Miguel Corporation.
  • Assisted Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. with its Philippine Competition Commission notification in relation to the tender offer by Lotte Chilsung Beverage Co. Ltd. to acquire a majority of Pepsi’s outstanding shares, worth $80.9m.
  • Advised Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corporation and Hitachi Terminals Mechatronics Philippines Corporation in respect of obtaining clearance from the Philippines Competition Commission for the transaction, which was valued at around $15.9m.

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos handles a variety of commercial transactions, including M&A, joint ventures and restructuring. The team is particularly active assisting overseas companies looking to invest in Philippine businesses.

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño handles the full range of  corporate issues and assists clients from initial formation through to dissolution and liquidation. The group also frequently advises on the regulatory requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies. Carlos Platon and Hector Martinez are vastly experienced, having both been practising for over 50 years. Rachelle Aileen Santos combines her corporate practice with expertise in property and environmental expertise.

Other key lawyers:

Carlos Platon

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula is instructed by international and local clients to advise on issues including the establishment of new entities, corporate acquisitions, and investment registration. The food and drink sector is an area of particular activity and in 2019 the team acted for multiple buyers on the acquisition of restaurant and fast food chains. Managing partner Lily Gruba specialises in structuring cross-border commercial transactions, and is also very experienced in tax-related matters having formerly sat on the board of directors of the Philippine Economic Zone Authority. Michael Stephen Lao  is notable for his work on foreign investments in the renewable energy and water sectors.

Key clients

Philippine Bank of Communications

Work highlights

  • Advised the Philippine Bank of Communications on an acquisition of a company and auto loan portfolio.
  • Advised a buyer, in the acquisition of a private port, and on developing the latter into an international commercial port at Cebu.
  • Advised a client in preparing the transaction documents and securing approvals before government regulatory agencies in order to successfully process the selling of the client’s rights over one of the biggest fast-food chains in the Philippines.

Disini & Disini Law Office

Disini & Disini Law Office advises a number of clients from the financial services and technology sectors on matters including compliance with SEC Filings, general corporate housekeeping and debt agreements. The team is particularly active in fundraising matters, advising on angel investments, share purchase arrangements and debt-to-equity conversions. Managing partner JJ Disini is an expert in information and technology matters, and operates an all-encompassing practice that includes litigation and intellectual property as well as corporate work.

Practice head(s):

JJ Disini; Owens Disini

Other key lawyers:

Lars Serzo

Key clients

QBO

Ideyatech

Eastern Securities Development Corporation

Blogapalooza

Quadx

Trusting Social

Protek

Senti Techlabs

Work highlights

  • Advised Juitt on a joint venture agreement with a Japanese entity.
  • Advised Zennya on a corporate restructuring project.

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar assists clients from a number of industries, including pharmaceuticals, telecoms, business process outsourcing, banking, with a broad range of corporate matters. The team is particularly notable for its work in the mining sector; the $12m purchase of two mining companies by Unilinkland Properties, Inc. was one of many transactions in the sector on which the group worked in 2020. Roderick Salazar leads the corporate team as well as the mining, projects and energy practice group. A projects specialist, Salazar regularly advises clients from the energy and construction sectors on commercial agreements and disposals.

Practice head(s):

Roderick Salazar

Other key lawyers:

Monique Lee

Key clients

Holcim Philippines, Inc.

ADF Philippines II

Astec Consumer Power Product, Inc.

Dutch Mill Philippines, Inc.

GHL Systems Philippines, Inc.

FCF Minerals Corporation

Intex Resources

Philippines, Inc.

Juwi Renewable Energy

Project Pte Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Advised GHL Systems Philippines, Inc. on the dissolution of its subsidiary Pinoytek.
  • Advised Holcim Philippines, Inc.  on the dissolution of its wholly owned subsidiary Excel Concrete Logistics, Inc.
  • Advised Juwi Renewable Energy Pte Ltd. on the sale of shares in a Philippine renewable energy company.

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra has quickly established itself in the market as a strong firm with a wide-ranging corporate practice; the team advises on M&A involving companies from the utilities, technology and education sectors. An area of particular specialism is fintech and blockchain-based initiatives, where the team has advised some of the country's major banks. The firm has undergone significant growth in recent years, having tripled in size since 2015. Founding partner Mark Gorriceta leads the corporate group and also advises on financial technology and capital markets issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gorriceta

Other key lawyers:

Kristine Torres

Key clients

Meralco

Bank of the Philippine Islands

DM Wenceslao & Associates, Incorporated

Seaoil Philippines

S&P Global, Philippines Inc.

Xurpas Inc

Apppps Partners, Inc.

UnionBank of the Philippines

Filinvest Development Corporation

Zalora Philippines

UBX

Multisys Technologies Corporation

IRIS Corporation Berhad

Gulapa & Lim (Gulapa Law)

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law) advises a broad range of domestic clients on share and asset acquisition as well as establishing new and innovative corporate vehicles. An additional area of specialism is assisting with financial rehabilitation under the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act; team leader Aris Gulapa is frequently instructed by the court to act as a rehabilitation receiver for companies in the manufacturing and materials sectors. The group was further strengthened in 2020 by the arrival from Prime Asset Ventures, Inc. of Teodulo San Juan, who has expertise in areas including commercial transactions in the gaming and energy sectors. Melissa Chavez-Dee is particularly experienced in issues relating to the insurance industry.

Practice head(s):

Aris Gulapa

Key clients

Seabiscuit Technologies, Inc.

Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc.

Pacific Alliance Group Ltd.

Maria Francesca Tan Group of Companies, Inc.

Autocirculo Corporation

Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Corp.

United Graphic Expression Corporation

Salve Regina Capulong

Work highlights

  • Advised Kyuden on its acquisition of shares of a Qualified Third Party under the Philippine Electric Power Industry Reform Act.
  • Advised a client in connection with the licensing of its new features, its implementation, and the registration of the client’s business with the Central Bank of the Philippines.
  • Advised MFT Group on the structuring and incorporation of Mondial Medical Technologies

Insights Philippines Legal Advisors (IPLA), Member Firm of ZICO Law Network

Established in 2017, Insights Philippines Legal Advisors (IPLA), Member Firm of ZICO Law Network has quickly developed a strong corporate practice, advising companies, banks and large consortiums on joint ventures, regulatory notification processes, competition, licensing and structuring issues. Managing partner Felix Sy, having previously led the banking and finance group at Quisumbing Torres, advises several multinationals as part of a broad practice that covers real estate and project finance in addition to corporate work. Associate Mary Aubbrey Leigh Lim assists on a variety of transactions.

Practice head(s):

Felix Sy

Other key lawyers:

Mary Aubbrey Leigh Lim

Mosveldtt Law

Mosveldtt Law's corporate work is closely linked to its strong projects practice; the team frequently advises on public-private partnership agreements, government procurement contracts and various renewable energy and infrastructure projects. The group is particularly strong in the water sector and in 2019 it assisted Manila Water Consortium in the formation of a joint venture with the Tanauan Water District for the design and construction of a project to supply water and sanitation to Tanauan, Batangas. Jerry Coloma is the key practitioner and acts for buyers of energy, real estate, technology and e-commerce businesses. Sheena Marie Morales' practice extends to intellectual property and taxation.

Practice head(s):

Jerry Coloma; Rodolfo Tuazon Jr.

Key clients

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Ayala Group of Companies

NOW Corporation

Magsaysay Group of Companies

Prime Metro Power Holdings Corporation

Romlas Holdings, Inc.

Megawide Construction Corporation

AC Infra Holdings Corporation

Lamsan Power Corporation

GRM Cagyan Valley Inc.

NKS Solar One, Inc.

ESCA Incorporated

National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation

First Circle Growth Finance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Megawide Construction Corporation on transaction structuring for site development work for Clark Global City, a 177-hectare master-planned, mixed-use development.
  • Acted as the transaction counsel and tax advisor in the third wave of securitisation initiated by the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation dubbed as BALAI Bonds I.
  • Advised NKS Solar One on the early stages of development of a 60MW Solar PV Power Plant in Laguna, particularly, assistance in compliance with the permitting requirements for the issuance of the Renewable Energy Service Contract and securing commerciality.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell provides corporate advice to clients from the maritime, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and chemical sectors. A particular specialism is corporate compliance work and the group regularly reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission on behalf of its clients. Renato Calma, Aleli Militsala Boniol and Virna Emeline Caringal-Divino lead the team.

Key clients

3M

Del Monte Philippines, Inc.

Amkor Technology Philippines Inc.

Golden Arches Development Corporation

ISS GMT (GLOBAL MARINE TRAVEL)

Stamm International

Rainphil

Samsung Electro Mechanics Philippines Corporation

SITC CONTAINER LINES Philippines, Inc.

88 ACES MARITIME SERVICES, INC.

BUSINESS COLLEGE ATHENS (BCA)

Infineum Singapore Pte Ltd

SumikaChemical Analysis Service, Ltd.

TCM Tsakos Maritime Philippines, Inc.

C-man Maritime, Inc.

Inter orient Maritime Enterprises, Inc.

Fil-Star Maritime Corporation

Del Rosario & Del Rosario

Best known for its work in the shipping industry, Del Rosario & Del Rosario advises cruise and shipping businesses, P&I clubs, insurers,  and transport and logistics companies on issues including joint ventures, ship finance and long-term loan agreements. The group is also active in the M&A space and is frequently instructed by its international clients to advise on the foreign ownership requirements imposed by the Philippine Constitution.  Ruben Del Rosario and Arturo Del Rosario Jr. are names to note.

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Rebano; Saben Loyola

Key clients

CEMEX

JPIA & Tokio Marine

Princess Cruises

GARD Singapore

Fuji Trans

ABOJEB

Colombia Ship management

Work highlights

  • Advised Fuji Trans on the importation and mortgage of a pure car carrier for the Philippine market.
  • Advised Colombia Ship management on an international joint venture involving a major local training centre.

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim

Ocampo Manalo Valdez & Lim advises clients from the food, manufacturing, medical and retail sectors on commercial transactions and strategic planning. Bernadeth Lim is a key practitioner.

Other key lawyers:

Bernadeth Lim

Poblador Bautista & Reyes

Poblador Bautista & Reyes advises international and domestic clients on a broad range of corporate issues. Mario Bautista, whose practice spans numerous contentious and non-contentious practice areas, is a key practitioner.

Other key lawyers:

Mario Bautista

Key clients

JT International Holding BV

Geoestate Development Corporation

Trendworks International Corporation

Carmelray 2 Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted Carmelray 2, Inc. in its joint venture with another real estate developer for the development of a mixed-use project south of Metro Manila.
  • Represented Geoestate Development Corporation in its joint venture with a landholding company for the development of a residential condominium
  • Assisted Trendworks International Corporation with regard to its distribution agreement with an international shoe manufacturer

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako handles a variety of corporate matters including joint ventures, capital restructuring and due diligence. The group also works in conjunction with the corporate litigation and securities team to advise on corporate finance, securities regulation and corporate liquidation.  Edgardo Balois is the key practitioner.

Other key lawyers:

Edgardo Balois