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

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

Philippines > TMT Tier 1

Well-regarded for its expertise in blockchain and cryptocurrency, cybersecurity, and data privacy, Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra advises a stellar roster of fintech clients. The practice is jointly headed by Mark Gorriceta and Micaela Kristina Galvez, alongside Kristine Torres  who provides the team with expertise of finance and capital markets. Anthony Edsel Tupaz is a key contact for domestic tech start-ups work and Liane Stella Candelario is proficient in the corporate structuring of blockchain-based tech companies.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gorriceta; Kristine Torres; Micaela Galvez

Key clients

UnionBank of the Philippines

UBX Philippines Corporation

Binance Capital Management Co. Ltd

dLocal, LLP



Investree Philippines, Inc

Appsolutely Inc.

Plentina Lending, Inc

F(Dev) Digital Innovations and Ventures Inc.


Binance Investments Co. Ltd


Work highlights

  • Assisted Direct Agent 5 in its application for Electronic Money Issuer and Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) licenses.

Philippines > Labour and employment Tier 2

Under the leadership of Ramon Andre Cedro, Francis Africa and  Edrian Apaya, Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra's practice thrives in the immigration space, often assisting clients with overseas employment matters. The team also handles the full spectrum of cases regarding labour relations and standards including bargaining negotiations, mandatory government employment compliance, sexual harassment in the workplace and unfair labour.

Practice head(s):

Ramon Andre Cedro; Francis Africa; Edrian M. Apaya

Key clients

Regent Foods Corporation

Work highlights

Philippines > Tax Tier 2

At Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra, member of the Tax Management Association of the Philippines Vincent Paul Saavedra has an established reputation for his work on estate and tax planning structures. Saavedra also excels in advising on tax audits, and continues to provide legal opinions to numerous local and international clients on various corporate and tax matters. Managing partner Mark Gorriceta is another leading member of the practice. Senior associate Dyan Angela de la Fuente covers a broad spectrum of issues, and frequently advises domestic and foreign companies on tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Vincent Paul Saavedra; Mark Gorriceta

Other key lawyers:

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 3

The banking and finance practice at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra covers both regulatory and transactional work, in addition to advising on all aspects of digital banking. It has a diverse range of clients, which includes several fintech companies, amongst others. Mark Gorriceta is the firm’s managing partner and is well regarded for his work in this area. Anthony Edsel Tupaz, Kristine Torres and Micaela Galvez are among the other key members of the department.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gorriceta; Anthony Edsel Tupaz; Kristine Torres; Micaela Galvez


‘What makes the Gorriceta team special is their knowledge of the Fintech space in the Philippines and the regulatory framework required to be compliant with Philippine regulators.’

‘Blockchain and Web 3.0 related business are evolving rapidly and the key to this evolution is setting the correct regulatory framework. This is the major difference of Mark Gorrriceta and his team compared to other law firms.’

‘Mark Gorriceta and Micaela Galvez continue to guide us with our international partnerships because of the firm’s presence in other Asian countries.’


Key clients

Direct Agent 5, Inc.

Tendopay Inc.

Philippines > Capital markets Tier 3

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra fields a team which continues to be busy advising on various securities transactions, while frequently acting on IPOs, follow-on and top-up offerings, as well as private placements. In addition, the firm is well-equipped to advise on tender offers and other matters such as the reverse take-overs of publicly listed companies. Managing partner Mark Gorriceta is a prominent member of the department, alongside Kristine Torres and Micaela Galvez.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gorriceta; Kristine Torres; Micaela Galvez

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Under the collective leadership of Mark GorricetaKristine Torres and Micaela Galvez, the group at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra enjoys a steady stream of instructions on an array of private equity, venture capital and M&A deals. It is particularly skilled at handling various securities transactions, such as IPOs and follow-on and top-up offerings, and transactions involving private placements and backdoor listings. The practice has demonstrable experience in the reverse take-overs of publicly listed companies and secondary offerings, as well as particular expertise in fintech, digital assets, artificial intelligence and blockchain matters.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gorriceta; Kristine Torres; Micaela Galvez


‘The team at GACS is always accessible. They are very responsive and work together with our private equity fund to find the best solutions for all parties to ensure a successful closing of a transaction.’

‘The firm really understands the digital aspects of the industry which has been great for our investments in digital banks and technology. Billing is transparent and the firm has a diverse set of partners/employees.’

‘Mark is a fantastic leader of the firm. He is extremely hands on and joins all of the key calls and meetings to ensure projects maintain drive and momentum. His knowledge of the financial sector and changes relating to regulations for technology really sets him apart from other partners at competing firms.’

‘If ever I require a quick update on a project Mark will take the call personally and provide an update in a clear and concise manner, making complex issues easy to understand and straightforward.’

‘Strengths – relationships with regulators, dedicated teams to specific industries (real estate/tech/fintech/finance).’

‘Availability at all hours/commitment to timelines and targets.’

Key clients

Asian Development Bank

26 Capital Acquisition Corporation


Templetech Finance Corp

Cinco Corporation, Fiesta Multi Brand Trading Corporation, Halikinu Corporation, Highfive Corp. (formerly, the ‘Potato Corner Group’)

DO Ventures

Sierra Madre Managers Ltd

Fintech Holdings Ltd

Templetech Finance Corp

Philippines > Immigration Tier 3

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 3

The team at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra is collectively led by Mark Gorriceta; Lucas Niccolo Cauton; Ramon Andre Cedro and Micaela Kristina Galvez. It handles a broad array of matters involving trademark registrations and enforcement issues.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gorriceta; Lucas Niccolo Cauton; Ramon Andre Cedro; Micaela Kristina Galvez

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 3

Julius M. LotillaAnthony Edsel Tupaz and Kristine Torres collectively spearhead the department at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra. It is adept at handling a range of special projects, infrastructure, real estate and construction matters in the Philippines. The agile team advises government agencies and clients on a variety of matters relating to PPP transactions, concession agreements and toll operation contracts.

Practice head(s):

Julius M. Lotilla; Anthony Edsel Tupaz; Kristine Torres


‘The firm’s team is composed of class-A lawyers that each have specific industry experience in their respective fields. They are responsive and highly competent.’

‘They are a world-class law firm with all the attributes of a large firm but the agility and speed and responsiveness of a small-sized firm.’

Key clients

Oceantera Energy Corporation

Knottical Power Energy Corporation

D.M. Wenceslao (Aseana City)

Asiawide Land Specialist Development Corp.

Victory Liner, Inc.

Pangasinan Five Star

China Design Group Co. Ltd

Radius Telecoms

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Francis Africa and Ramon Andre Cedro jointly head the dispute resolution department at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra. It frequently handles civil, criminal, tax, corporate and labour related disputes. The team is also well-equipped to advise on compliance and regulatory matters in the transport sector. Other areas of focus include cases concerning nullity of marriages and adoption, as well as data privacy and cybersecurity issues.

Practice head(s):

Francis Africa; Ramon Andre Cedro

Philippines > Real estate and construction

Mark Gorriceta leads the ‘client centric’ group at Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra and advises on real estate transactions and project developments.

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 an 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 a 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.
Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate Mark S. Gorriceta msgorriceta@gorricetalaw.com +632 8696-0687; +632 8696-0988
Special Projects Anthony Edsel F. Tupaz aeftupaz@gorricetalaw.com +632 8696-0687; +632 8696-0988
Photo Name Position Profile
Francis Africa photo Francis Africa Partner, Head – Litigation Group
Lucas Niccolo Cauton III photo Lucas Niccolo Cauton III Partner, Head – Intellectual Property Group
Ramon Andre Cedro photo Ramon Andre Cedro Partner, Head – Litigation Group
Mark Gorriceta photo Mark Gorriceta Managing Partner; Head- Corporate Group
Vincent Paul  Saavedra photo Vincent Paul Saavedra Partner; Head- Tax Group
Anthony Edsel Tupaz photo Anthony Edsel Tupaz Partner – Head of Infrastructure Group
Lawyers : 32
Non-Legal : 25
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