Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra > Pasig City, Philippines > Firm Profile

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
15/F AND 4/F STRATA 2000

Philippines > TMT Tier 1

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra stands out for its first rate fintech, blockchain, and e-commerce work and is the trusted advisor of many major names such as Binance and DragonPay and is lauded as a 'tech-savvy innovative firm'. Advising one of the largest tech projects in the Philippines to date, the firm is assisting China Design Group with the establishment of the Urban Traffic Brain, providing comprehensive smart-city traffic solutions in metro Cebu and Cebu province. Mark Gorriceta and Kristine Torres are key individuals in the practice and are the go-to lawyers for many of their clients.

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‘The firm is composed of lawyers from diverse backgrounds and specialties, making them well equipped to deal with any legal issue; they are also very responsive to our needs and respond in a very short period when assistance is required.’

‘They’ve been voted the #1 Fintech firm in the Philippines by many rating agencies so—needless to say—they are a tech-savvy innovative firm.’

‘They are very personable and address a broad range of legal issues.’

‘The team has deep knowledge of various Technology related disciplines and has worked with many tech companies/ startups in the past. They are also very much involved in TMT industry associations and networks which helps them gain more knowledge about various areas in the space. ’

‘Individuals are not only knowledgeable in their field but also very responsive, engaged in the various topics and discussions, as well as being good and kind people. Atty Mark Gorriceta and Atty Kristine Torres are the partners who we rely on most of the time for any legal or regulatory-related matter. ’

‘Adding to their great expertise in the local market, Gorriceta’s team is very engaged and very supportive. We’ve been very satisfied with the level of service that they have given.’

‘Mark Gorriceta and Kristine Torres have been very great. It’s a combination of regulatory expertise, commitment and speed, as well as knowing the right stakeholder to move things along.’

Key clients

UnionBank of the Philippines

UBX Philippines Corporation

Binance Capital Management / Binance Holdings


Multysis Technologies Corporation



Investree Philippines




Plentina Lending

Asialink Finance Group

MBG Capital

S&P Global

Teg Holding



Ivoclar Vivadent


Medifi Medtech Solutions


Pilipinas Teleserv

F(Dev) Digital Innovations and Ventures

Filinvest Development Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisting Stacktrek Limited & Mobigator Technologies Group in structuring and setting up an I.T. company in the Philippines
  • Acting as counsel for China Design Group in Setting Up the Urban Traffic Brain and Providing Comprehensive Smart City-Traffic Solutions in Metro Cebu and Cebu Province.

Philippines > Labour and employment Tier 2

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra acts for corporate clients in non-contentious and contentious labour matters. In particular, it specialises in overseas employment, sexual harassment in the workplace, mandatory government compliance, social security and workers compensation. On the contentious side, the firm is known for handling collective bargaining negotiations, money disputes and matters pertaining to unfair conditions. Ramon Andre Cedro and Francis Africa co-lead the team, both specialising in litigation.


The team is composed of savvy lawyers who take a holistic approach to our overall labour landscape.’

Key clients

Fitness First

Victory Liner

Business Process Outsourcing International, Inc.

Regent Foods Corporation

Javier Project Managers

Sarabia Optical

Philippines > Tax Tier 2

Spearheaded by Vincent Paul Saavedra  and Mark Gorriceta, the tax practice at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra has substanial experience assisting domestic and multinational companies with the tax implications of their transactions, tax assessments, customs law compliance and cases filed before the Court of Tax Appeals. The group is also particularly effective at advising on cross-border tax planning involving high-value estates. Senior associate Dyan Angela de la Fuente is the standout practitioner for complex tax issues.

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Key clients

Manila Water Company

Xurpas, Inc.

NLEX Corp.

DM Wenceslao & Associates, Incorporated

Javier Project Managers, Inc.

Blue Aurora Solutions, Inc. (Flowerstore.ph)

Philippines > Capital markets Tier 3

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 3

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra primarily advises clients on trademark registration and enforcement. The firm takes a proactive approach with clients by anticipating potential infringements suits, providing advice on the continued protection and monitoring of IP rights. The practice is lead by Lucas Niccolo Cauton and Ramon Andre Cedro .

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Key clients

Sunnies by Charlie

Regent Food Corporation


Doorbell Technologies

Glue Up (formerly EventBank)

Work highlights

  • Advised Doorbell Technologies on the registration of their proprietary marks.
  • Advised Charlie Inc on the submission for cancellation of the mark “MetroSunnies”.

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 3

With a particular focus on large infrastructure projects, Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra is handling some of the Philippines’ most important projects. The firm notably advises Manila Electric Company in the development, preparation, and drafting of MERALCO’s nationwide site acquisition and right-of-way policies, rules, and guidelines for electric distribution facilities in all 22 cities and 89 municipalities. In 2018, the firm established a legal precedent involving a method of computing the depreciation expense of capital expenditure-related service concession assets. Partner Anthony Edsel Tupaz leads the special projects practice group.

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‘Vast, actual and wide experience in government’.

Key clients

China Design Group Co. Ltd

Radius Telecoms

D.M. Wenceslao

Asiawide Land

Victory Liner

Pangasinan Five Star


Work highlights

  • Assisting China Design Group in Setting Up the Urban Traffic Brain and Providing Comprehensive Smart City-Traffic Solutions in Metro Cebu and Cebu Province.

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

The corporate team of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra has built a strong reputation for providing advice in the technology and banking sector. It has extensive expertise in FinTech, blockchain, smart contracts, e-commerce, artificial intelligence, cybercrime, and data privacy. Managing partner Mark Gorriceta has comprehensive experience in the tax sector, including tax structuring, investigations, and ruling applications. Junior partner Kristine Torres specialises in corporate and business law, M&A, capital markets, banking, finance, and securities law. Micaela Kristina V. Galvez is a senior associate with broad expertise in corporate, commercial and securities law.

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The team has special expertise in fintech, DLT, and complex matters.’

Mark S. Gorriceta develops an understanding of each situation and remains accountable for the service level received from the firm.’

Key clients

UnionBank of the PhilippinesMeralco

UBX Philippines Corporation Bank of the Philippine Islands

DM Wenceslao & Associates, Incorporated

Seaoil Philippines

S&P Global, Philippines Inc.

Xurpas Inc

Apppps Partners, Inc.

Investree Philippines, IncUnionBank of the Philippines

Filinvest Development Corporation

Dlocal, LLPZalora Philippines

I-Remit Inc. UBX

Multisys Technologies Corporation

IRIS Corporation Berhad


Binance Capital Management Co., Ltd. and Binance Holdings, Ltd Filinvest Development Corporation

Asiawide LandS&P Global

Plentina Lending, Inc.Investree Philippines, Inc


I-Remit Inc.

Plentina Lending, Inc.

Binance Capital Management Co., Ltd. and Binance Holdings, Ltd

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra’s dispute resolution team handles contentious matters for corporations from a wide range of sectors, including real estate, tourism, water, energy, and banking, in addition to handling cases of family disputes. Francis Africa is an expert in the data privacy and cybersecurity and co-heads the practice with Ramon Andre Cedro , who focuses on civil, criminal, and commercial litigation.

Key clients

ALT Cladding

The firm
Vision-Mission: Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra (“Gorriceta”) is committed to be one of the top law firms in Asia.  It aspires to become a leading firm in the Philippines in corporate and business practice by providing clients with quality, efficient, and benevolent services. Gorriceta abides by a client-centric legal practice and works towards enabling its clients through:

  • having a developed and unrivalled understanding of our clients’ needs for a proactive management of business matters;
  • harping on collaborative partnerships while maintaining the right level of professional distance, to maximize legal solutions;
  • delivering personalized service, and making consultations and advice readily available at any time; and
  • nurturing a long-term relationship founded on mutual respect.

Gorriceta aspires to create value-adding opportunities for its clients, building on bringing businesses and people together. Gorriceta is supportive of the continuous growth of its clients and aims to secure both the firm and its clients’ position in meeting the needs of a rapidly changing and globally dynamic business environment.

Core values
Gorriceta believes in:

  • Excellence. Gorriceta endeavors to exceed the demands of competing in a global business pace through hard work and determination. The firm is accountable to deliver high-value work to clients at all times.
  • Responsibility. Gorriceta makes it its business to know the business of its clients so that the latter can easily depend on the firm.
  • Continuous Improvement. Gorriceta encourages further learning to enhance the skills and talents of the firm.
  • Integrity. Gorriceta cultivates trust and transparency in the workplace. What the firm promises, the firm delivers with credibility.
  • Nurturing. Gorriceta values loyalty. It is a team with a passion for building lasting relationships.
  • A Winning Spirit. Gorriceta appreciates and exercises positivity, resilience, perseverance, and an uplifting attitude in all aspects of our service. Success drives the firm.
Corporate Mark S. Gorricetamsgorriceta@gorricetalaw.com+632 8696-0687; +632 8696-0988
Special Projects Anthony Edsel F. Tupazaeftupaz@gorricetalaw.com+632 8696-0687; +632 8696-0988
Francis Africa photo Francis AfricaPartner, Head – Litigation Group
Lucas Niccolo Cauton III photo Lucas Niccolo Cauton IIIPartner, Head – Intellectual Property Group
Ramon Andre Cedro photo Ramon Andre CedroPartner, Head – Litigation Group
Mark Gorriceta photo Mark GorricetaManaging Partner; Head- Corporate Group
Vincent Paul  Saavedra photo Vincent Paul SaavedraPartner; Head- Tax Group
Anthony Edsel Tupaz photo Anthony Edsel TupazPartner – Head of Infrastructure Group
Lawyers : 32
Non-Legal : 25

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