Ms Tephanie Gandia > Serrano Law > Taguig City, Philippines > Lawyer Profile

Serrano Law
1105 Tower 2 High Street South Corporate Plaza
26th Street Bonifacio Global City
Taguig City 1634




In 2021, Ms. Gandia was named Asia Future Leader by the International Financial Law Review, the first and only one recognized from the Philippines. She has been ranked by IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms as a  Notable Practitioner, following constant recognition as a Rising Star in M&A, Banking and Finance and Capital Markets since 2020 – the only one to be recognized across three areas among three exclusively ranked lawyers in the country.

Ms. Gandia is also among the first to be ranked by Legal 500 as a Next Generation Lawyer/Rising Star in the section’s inauguration in 2016, and has been consistently recognized as one of the elite up-and-coming lawyers in Corporate and M&A ever since. She was also cited as a Recommended Lawyer by the same publication in M&A and Antitrust and Competition.

Ms. Gandia’s strong professional experience involves acting as counsel to some of the largest conglomerates in the Philippines in their acquisitions and related financing transactions in the shipping, logistics, energy and banking sectors. She also regularly advises issuers and underwriters on public offerings, both debt and equity. She likewise gathered expertise in Competition Law, a relatively new yet increasingly important and relevant niche in the Philippine M&A scene, having represented notifying parties in merger notification reviews, with pioneering experience in adjudication proceedings and negotiations of voluntary commitments with the Philippine Competition Commission.

Ms. Gandia also handles corporate governance requirements of several companies listed in the  Philippine Stock Exchange and of corporations holding secondary licenses from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, among others.



Ms. Gandia holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines. She graduated cum laude for her BA Political Science degree from the same university.

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Tephanie M. GandiaSerrano Law

Led by founding partner Elmer Serrano, the group at Serrano Law handles the corporate governance and compliance requirements of publicly-listed companies, as well as public corporations holding secondary licenses. Praised for providing ‘valuable advice on complex M&As’, the team regularly acts as counsel on acquisitions involving both equity purchase and asset sales in the shipping, logistics, real estate, energy and retail sectors. Serrano established the firm in January 2022 and was joined by Phil Ivan Chan and Tephanie Gandia, who left Martinez Vergara & Gonzalez Sociedad in the same month.

Philippines > Intellectual property

(Firms to watch)

Jointly led by Elmer Serrano and Tephanie Gandia, the team at Serrano Law advises on trademark and patent registrations, in addition to inter partes proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.