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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) advises on various maritime issues including crew management, document preparation for port operations, dock and arrastre services, and bare boat charters. Other areas of expertise include death and injury claims, loss or damage to cargo and property, and also maritime accident cases. Ana Arnaldo-Oracion and Arnold Corporal are the key practitioners.

Shipping specialist Del Rosario & Del Rosario provides advice to local and international clients on a broad range of shipping issues such as ship registration, compliance with port authorities, lifting of vessel arrests, labour matters and finance issues. A recent highlight included assisting with an investigation into the abduction of crew members from the MV Giang Hai. Other clients include MIS Shipping and Kuwait US Tankers. Key team members include Joseph Rebano, Arturo del Rosario, Jr, Ruben Del Rosario, Herbert Tria and Denise Luis Cabanos.

Ortega Bacorro Odulio Calma & Carbonell advises clients on collisions, allisions, ship arrests, pollution and claims for death, sickness and injury. Gregorio Ortega, Benjamin Bacorro, Elizer Odulio and Pedro Carbonell are the key practitioners.

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises clients on a broad range of shipping matters including disputes over unpaid claims, setting up vessel-operating companies, registrations and financings, and vessel arrests. The firm recently acted for Regalware, successfully securing the release of two shipments that had been apprehended due to a clerical error. Key practitioners include Domingo Castillo and Rocky Reyes.

VeraLaw (Del Rosario Raboca Gonzales Grasparil) advises clients on company formation and registration, the licensing of Philippine manning companies and multi-jurisdictional litigation. The firm recently acted for Friendly Maritime Services on the formation of the company and in securing its manning license from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, a matter worth around $500,000. Other clients include Dalisay Shipping and SDV Maritime. Daphne Ruby Grasparil and Valeriano Del Rosario head the team; senior associate Roberto Paolo Suarez is also recommended.

Carag, Jamora, Somera & Villareal Law Offices advises on various shipping, maritime and aviation matters. Elpidio Jamora is the key name to note.

Manuel Cosico heads the shipping practice at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles. The firm advises on ship arrests, seamen's claims cases, marine insurance claims, and the acquisition and sale of vessels.

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