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Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices

Projects and energy Tier 1

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices' sizeable projects and infrastructure group is often instructed in major power, infrastructure and real estate projects. In one highlight, Fidel Valeros Jr and a team acted for San Buenventura Power in the development, financing, construction and operation of a 460MW coal-fired thermal power plant located in Quezon Province; the team advised on the negotiation and drafting of the power supply agreements (PSA), the coal supply agreement, an EPC contract and the required regulatory approval. Najha Katrina Estrella heads the energy side of the practice, while Ramil Bugayong leads on infrastructure.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Ramil Bugayong heads the banking, finance and capital markets practice at Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices. Pearl Cabali, who has broad expertise in banking, tax and real estate, is another key advisor. The team represents banks and non-traditional finance companies in a range of finance and corporate transactions, with recent highlights including its advice to a mobile technology and data science company on regulatory and legal matters affecting the microfinance sector.

Capital markets Tier 2

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices ' capital markets team has acted for issuers, joint managers and lead arrangers for debt capital markets transactions within the Philippines, including the PHP240bn bond issuance of Aboitiz Equity Ventures. Ramil Bugayong , Pearl Grace Cabali  and Maria Raquel Chavez are the main contacts.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is particularly strong in energy-sector M&A. In a recent highlight, Monalisa Dimalanta and Shirley Velasquez-Viray and a team acted for Aboitiz Power Corporation in relation to the $579m acquisition of a 49% voting interest and 60% economic interest in AA Thermal, the thermal company of AC Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ayala Corporation. The team acts for buyers and sellers in corporate deals and, outside of transactional work, it also handles a range of corporate governance and commercial matters. Regina Jacinto-Barrientos is the practice head.

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is equipped to handle high-profile work for market-leading companies. In one example, it acted for certain officers of Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of multinational pharma giant Sanofi, in the criminal cases filed with the Department of Justice in relation to the Dengvaxia vaccine controversy. The firm also stands out for its prowess in the power sector; it often represents power generation facilities in disputes concerning the construction and operation of their power generation facilities before the courts and other administrative agencies. Energy litigation specialists Joshua Gilbert Paraiso and Fidel Valeros Jr co-head the practice.

Antitrust and competition Tier 3

Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices advises its corporate clients in merger control proceedings for the clearance of major transactions. In a significant highlight, the team advised Uber on the Philippines aspect of the regional transaction between Uber and Grab; this included representing Uber in proceedings before the PCC, where, in 2018, the suspension order of the PCC was lifted and the transaction was allowed to proceed subject to compliance with voluntary remedies. Several lawyers at the firm are equipped to advise on competition issues, including Shirley Velasquez-Viray and Rachelle Diaz-Tan.

Labour and employment Tier 3

The recommended labour law practice at full-service firm Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices is equipped to advise employers on contracts, dismissals, secondment, outsourcing, disciplinary action and HR issues. On the contentious side, it represents clients in cases filed before the National Labor Relations Commission. Key practitioners include Roy Enrico Santos and Rachelle Magtanggol-Lim. Former department head Joseph Omar Castillo joined AirAsia as its chairman of the board.

The firm: PJS Law is Puyat Jacinto & Santos, a general professional partnership engaged in the practice of law. Established in 1997, PJS Law has established a reputation for delivering quality work through the technical competence of its people that supports the varying requirements of its clients. The Firm is distinguished among peers by its responsiveness to the dynamics of the different industries it is involved in the accounts to its extensive transaction experience.

PJS Law has been consistently cited since 2003 by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000) and Legal 500 as one of the leading Philippine law firms recommended for Project Finance, Mergers and Acquisition, and Restructuring and Insolvency.

At PJS Law, our clients enjoy a comprehensive range of legal services in the areas of Corporate and Commercial Law, Banking and Securities, Litigation, Labor, Immigration, Taxation, Intellectual Property and Information Technology, Energy and Special Projects.

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Banking and finance
Capital markets
Corporate and commercial
Infrastructure and public
Private partnership (PPP)
Intellectual property and information technology
Labor and employment
Mergers and acquisitions
Special projects