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Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)
22/F-26/F ACCRALAW TOWER, 2ND AVENUE, CORNER 30TH STREET
CRESCENT PARK WEST, BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY
1635 TAGUIG, METRO MANILA
Philippines

Capital markets Tier 1

The busy capital markets practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is ably led by Judy Hao, who has substantial experience in equity and debt capital raising transactions. The team acts on both the underwriter and issuer side of transactions, with clients including leading domestic and international banks. Other areas of expertise include securitisation projects and the establishment of mutual funds. Highlights in 2018 included Hao and Francisco Lim's representation of Standard Chartered Bank and HSBC as joint lead managers in connection with the senior fixed rate PHP10.5bn bond issuance by Union Bank of the Philippines. The team grew at the partner level with the promotion of Everlene Lee to the partnership in 2019, and other significant team developments included the retirement of Tadeo Hilado.

Practice head(s):

Judy Hao

Other key lawyers:

Everlene Lee; Francisco Lim; Aison Benedict Velasco; Melissa Angela Velarde

Key clients

BDO Capital and Investment Corporation

Cirtek Holdings Philippines, Inc.

Standard Chartered Bank

UBS AG

Abacus Capital & Investment Corporation

Global Ferronickel Holdings

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

First Metro Investment Corporation

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) maintains an active corporate and M&A practice and has recently been busy advising clients on a range of mergers, sales, acquisitions and restructurings. Much of its work involves cross-border elements; in one recent example, the team acted for Malaysia-based private equity firm Navis Capital Partners in the acquisition of Thailand-based company DZ Card Group and its subsidiaries in the Philippines. The firm has experience across multiple industries, including healthcare, food and beverage, aviation and financial services. Judy Hao is the practice head; with her in the team are banking, investments and M&A specialist Andre Navato and Joselito Bautista, who has handled M&A transactions in a broad range of sectors. Elaine Patricia Reyes-Rodolfo and Everlene Lee, who was recently promoted to partner, are recommended. Tadeo Hilado retired from the firm.

Practice head(s):

Judy Hao

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Navis Capital Partners

House of Investments/iPeople

Asahi Glass Company

Sealed Air Corporation

Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The highly regarded disputes practice at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is well versed in complex litigation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). The sizeable department has a strong track record, including in international arbitration, and covers diverse areas of law including competition, securities, banking, environmental and mass tort litigation. The firm also stands out for the longevity of its relationships with many of its key clients, which include household name companies in numerous sectors. Recently, the team acted for telecoms company PLDT in a significant case involving a petition for mandamus filed against certain private entities and government agencies to assail the acquisition of radio frequencies by certain private entities from the original assignee, on both constitutional and anti-competition grounds. In significant team news, Ramon Samson retired from the practice in December 2018, while Regis Puno joined as of counsel from Puno in September 2018. Victor Lazatin focuses on commercial and construction litigation and arbitration, and experienced litigator Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad handles a range of domestic and international commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Salvador Peña; Jose Martin Tensuan

Other key lawyers:

Victor Lazatin; Patricia-Ann Prodigalidad; Arnold Corporal; Antonio Eduardo Nachura Jr

Key clients

Manila Electric Company

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Philippines

Petron Corporation

The Philippine Star

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

PLDT

Banco de Oro Unibank

TV5 Network Inc.

Smart Communications

Iglesia Ni Cristo

CoStar Group

SM Prime Holdings

D.M. Consunji

Sanofi Pasteur

Immigration Tier 1

The dedicated immigration team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) services a broad client base, including foreign embassies, domestic conglomerates, multinational companies and expats. In a notable appointment, practice head Maria Khristina Garcia-Angel was elected as the secretary of the Immigration Lawyers’ Association of the Philippines (ILAP). In addition to her expansive labour law practice, Garcia-Angel advises on administrative and judicial naturalisation, the recognition and re-acquisition of Philippine citizenship, and visa and work permit applications. She and the team also assist clients who have been issued with blacklist orders, hold departure orders and alert list orders. Key associates in the team include Napoleon Gonzales, who joined the firm in 2018, and Kiarra Nastazsa Adrienne Cabile. Regina Geraldez retired from the firm in 2018.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Full-service firm Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) has a strong IP department, which fields lawyers with technical and legal qualifications and who are members of local, regional and international IP organisations. Its client base comprises domestic and multinational companies, including household name brands. The busy department excels in high-profile, complex and novel IP cases. In a recent highlight, it successfully acted for major Philippine conglomerate San Miguel in opposing the registration of the “Magnolia Bakery” mark filed by Magnolia Intellectual Property LLC; the decision affirms the reputation and popularity of San Miguel’s “MAGNOLIA” mark, which is used on various dairy products. Non-contentious work also features among the team's workload. Alex Ferdinand Fider and Richmond Lee are key practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ferdinand Fider; Richmond Lee

Other key lawyers:

Victor De Leon; John Paul Gaba; Jose Eduardo Genilo

Key clients

Fraser & Neave (Singapore)

Energizer Holdings, Inc. (USA)

The Estee Lauder Group of Companies (USA)

Bayer AG (Germany)

Jardine Matheson Group of Companies (Hong Kong)

Roche AG (Switzerland)

San Miguel Group of Companies (Philippines)

BP (UK)

Sappe Public Co. Ltd. (Thailand)

CoStar Group, Inc. (USA)

Bandai Co., Ltd. (Japan)

Hershey’s Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation (USA)

Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (Thailand/Japan)

Labour and employment Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) provides a comprehensive service in labour and employment, where it has a well-established client base of leading multinational companies in various sectors; key names include Coca-Cola, Chevron and AstraZeneca. In ongoing work on the contentious side, the team is currently handling several labour litigation cases - involving termination disputes, labour standards and labour relations matters - brought against client PMFTC; Erwin Jay Filio and of counsel Emiterio Manibog Jr are leading the team. The team has grown significantly at the associate level with several hires over the past couple of years, and other recent team changes include the promotion of Franchesca Abigail Gesmundo and Jose-Mari Roco to senior associate. Senior partner Emerico De Guzman maintains an active employment practice alongside his duties as managing partner. Ernesto Añasco has retired from practice.

Practice head(s):

Clarence Darrow Valdecantos; Neptali Salvanera

Key clients

Coca-Cola Bottlers Philippines, Inc.

PMFTC Inc.

Chevron Philippines, Inc.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Unilever Philippines, Inc.

Glaxo SmithKline Philippines, Inc.

Concentrix CVG Philippines, Inc.

Procter & Gamble Philippines, Inc.

ING Bank N.V.

SC Reservations, Inc. (doing business under the name and style of IHG)

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Phils), Inc.

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Manila Branch/J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.-Philippine Global Service Center

LizardBear Tasking, Inc.

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

ePerformax Contact Centers & BPO

Law firms in Cebu Tier 1

A leading firm in the Philippines, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) maintains a busy Cebu office, which provides a comprehensive service spanning civil and criminal litigation, labour law, immigration, corporate and M&A and real estate, among other fields. Highlights for the office included its advice to GMR-Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation, the joint venture company of GMR Infrastructure Limited and Megawide Construction Corporation (which was awarded the Concession Agreement for the operation, upgrade and management of Mactan-Cebu International Airport) on corporate, commercial and public law matters. Jefferson Marquez is well versed in employment law, with a particular focus on the arbitration of workplace grievances, while Maria Iolanda Abella advises clients on corporate compliance and governance, contracting, conveyancing and labour issues. The firm made a number of promotions in 2019, including Louie John Lood, who made partner, and Felice Suzanne Soria, who was promoted to senior associate.

Practice head(s):

Jefferson Marquez; Maria Iolanda Abella

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Cemex Holdings Philippines

Apo Land and Quarry Corporation

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines

SM Prime Holdings

Ayala Land

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation

Law firms in Davao Tier 1

Opened in 1996, the thriving Davao branch of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is led by Myra Montecalvo-Quilatan and senior partner Maria Iolanda Abella. The team counts leading companies in the consumer products, food and beverage and healthcare companies among its clients. Dispute resolution is a key practice area; recent highlights include representing a client in a criminal case for the crime of estafa through falsification of a public document, and assisting a multinational business outsourcing company in a fact-finding investigation in connection with a mall fire incident in Davao City. The team also advises on labour law, corporate law, M&A and tax.

Practice head(s):

Myra Montecalvo-Quilatan; Maria Iolanda Abella

Other key lawyers:

Jessa Wong-Cantano; Martin Luigi Samson; Genie Celini Nuevo

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) advises on real estate development, construction, sales and acquisitions, and counts leading real estate developers among its clients. The team also advises its corporate clients on real estate transactions; recently, this has included acting as counsel for GlaxoSmithKline Philippines (and affiliated entities) in the proposed sale of the company's main office building in Makati City, together with the land it sits on. The team also has experience in land reclamation projects. Judy Hao heads the practice, which includes key partner Victor Lazatin, whose practice spans dispute resolution and real estate and construction.

Practice head(s):

Judy Hao

Other key lawyers:

Victor Lazatin; Aison Benedict Velasco

Key clients

Republic Asahi Realty Corporation

GlaxoSmithKline Philippines

Tax Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) services a well-established client base of local conglomerates, multinational corporations, professional associations and high-net-worth individuals. In litigation, Eric Recalde and Francisco Ed Lim are representing Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company in its intervention in a petition for declaratory relief questioning the regulation issued by the Bureau of Internal Revenue which limits the manner with which financial institutions can allocate expenses between units and income streams. In addition to her strong tax practice, Ruby Rose Yusi also advises on trusts and estates, foreign investments and wills and probate. Oliver Pantaleon is another key contact in the team, which recently expanded at the associate level following several hires.

Practice head(s):

Ruby Rose Yusi; Eric Recalde

Key clients

Banco De Oro Unibank, Inc.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas

Citibank N.A.

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

Philippine National Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Union Bank of the Philippines

Allegro Microsystems Philippines, Inc.

Araneta Group of Companies

Beiersdorf Philippines, Inc.

Campaigns and Grey, Inc.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) has a significant banking, finance and dept capital markets offering. With a diverse client base, the team has experience advising lenders and borrowers in a range of loan and security transactions. On the borrower side, highlights included acting as counsel for manufacturing company Asia Pacific Aluminum Extrusion in connection with its proposed loan with the Bank of the Philippine Islands. In recent team developments, Everlene Lee (whose broad expertise spans securities and capital markets, contracts, banking and finance and M&A) was promoted to partner, while of counsel Tadeo Hilado retired from practice. Senior partner Judy Hao is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Judy Hao

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Patricia Reyes-Rodolfo; Everlene Lee; Joselito Bautista; Elaine Patricia Reyes-Rodolfo; Melissa Angela Velarde

Key clients

Asia Pacific Aluminum Extrusion

Philippine National Bank

Bank of China (Luxembourg Branch)

Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corporation

BPI Capital Corporation

The Firm

 

Founded in 1972 by Senator Edgardo J Angara, Attys. Manuel G Abello, Teodoro D Regala, Jose C Concepcion and Avelino V Cruz, ACCRALAW is a cohesive multi-disciplinary team of legal professionals with in-depth knowledge of specialized legal fields.  Backed by almost fifty (50) years of experience in Philippine law, the firm has grown to a prestigious service organization of 170 lawyers and 178 non-legal personnel.

 

A top-tier institutional firm, ACCRALAW is based at the ACCRALAW Tower in the Bonifacio Global City, Metro Manila, and has full-service branches in Cebu City and Davao City – thriving commercial and business centers in the southern islands of the Philippines. The Firm is linked to a global network of correspondent lawyers, law firms and Bar associations.

 

To enhance the delivery of services to clients, the Firm has computerized its operations since the early 1980s. It was the first law firm in the Philippines to utilize a widely used, comprehensive and integrated computer system for law offices.

 

Areas of practice

The firm has a track record in handling diverse, significant and complex business projects and joint ventures involving multinational clients, and has handled a great number of landmark litigation cases.

 

ACCRALAW’s clientele represents the full spectrum of business and industry, as well as professional organizations and individuals. Serving the firm’s clients are seven practice departments and its two Branches that offer timely, creative and strategic legal solutions alongside cost-effective administration and expert handling of clients’ requirements.

 

The Retainer Department provides legal services required by the Firm’s general retainer clients in the ordinary course of business, such as consultation and advice on simple operational issues, preparation of ordinary contracts and legal documents and their rendition of ordinary legal opinions.

 

The Intellectual Property Department represents clients in all aspects of IP protection, including registration and post-registration, enforcement of IP rights and in prosecuting or defending any litigation matter involving IP issues.

 

The Corporate and Special Projects Department performs legal services in connection with the establishment of business enterprises, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance (including project finance), securities issues, public/private partnership projects, and energy/utilities projects, among others.

 

The Labour and Employment Department renders assistance in the formulation of employment policies, and in the handling of administrative cases including employees, the litigation of cases involving their dismissal and suspension, money claims and damages arising from employer-employee relations, petitions for certification elections, intra- and inter-union disputes, negotiations for collective bargaining agreements, unfair labour practice, preventive mediation/conciliation of labour disputes, strikes and walkouts, grievance handling and labour arbitration, labour-related cases and other related matters.

 

The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department supervises and monitors all litigation matters before regular courts of law, administrative agencies, quasi-judicial tribunals and arbitral bodies (both international and domestic).

 

The Tax Department offers services covering the entire field of national and local taxation, customs and anti-dumping laws.

 

The Immigration Department represents clients before government agencies involved in defining the terms and conditions of a non-resident’s authorized stay in the Philippines.

 

The Firm’s Managing Partner is Emerico O De Guzman, and the Co-Managing partner is Salvador L. Peña.

Department Name Email Telephone
Labor and Employment Department Emerico O. De Guzman eodeguzman@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Salvador L. Pena slpena@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Retainer Department Josephine Alessandra G. Cochico jgcochico@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Retainer Department Aison Benedict C. Velasco acvelasco@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Intellectual Property Department Alex Ferdinand S. Fider asfider@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Intellectual Property Department Richmond K. Lee rklee@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Corporate and Special Projects Department Judy Hao jhao@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Corporate and Special Projects Department Joselito M. Bautista jmbautista@acrralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Corporate Services Group Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfo esreyes@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Labor and Employment Department Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos ccvaldecantos@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Labor and Employment Department Neptali B. Salvanera nbsalvanera@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Leland R. Villadolid, Jr. lrvilladolidjr@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Jose Martin R. Tensuan mrtensuan@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Tax Department Eric R. Recalde errecalde@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Immigration Department Maria Khristina Z. Garcia-Angel kzgarcia@accralaw.com +632 8830-8000
Cebu City Branch Jefferson M. Marquez jmmarquez@accralaw.com (6332) 231-1449; (6332) 231-4223
Cebu City Branch Eduardo V. Soleng, Jr. evsolengjr@accralaw.com (6332) 231-1449; (6332) 231-4223
Davao City Branch Ma. Iolanda B. Abella ibabella@accralaw.com (6382) 224-0996; (6382) 224-0998
Davao City Branch Myra S. Montecalvo msmontecalvo@accralaw.com (6382) 224-0996; (6382) 224-0998
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Ana Lourdes Teresa Arnaldo-Oracion  photo Ms Ana Lourdes Teresa Arnaldo-Oracion Senior Partner Admiralty & Maritime | Anti-Bribery, Corruption and Anti- Money Laundering…
Ms Creselda G. Baldonado  photo Ms Creselda G. Baldonado Partner Criminal Law | Environment and Natural Resources | Family and Matrimonial…
Ms Josephine Alessandra G. Cochico  photo Ms Josephine Alessandra G. Cochico Senior Partner Contracts | Corporate | Insurance | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions…
Mr Reynaldo J. Concepcion  photo Mr Reynaldo J. Concepcion Partner Environment and Natural Resources | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions | Real…
Mr Arnold M. Corporal  photo Mr Arnold M. Corporal Partner Advertising and Mass Media | Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Arbitration…
Mr Avelino V. Cruz  photo Mr Avelino V. Cruz Founding Partner Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice | Appellate Practice | Corporate…
Mr Emerico O. De Guzman  photo Mr Emerico O. De Guzman Senior Partner Appellate Practice | Business Process Outsourcing | Labor and Employment…
Mr Alex Ferdinand S. Fider  photo Mr Alex Ferdinand S. Fider Senior Partner Copyright and Related Rights | Internet, Technology and Science |…
Mr Gilberto D. Gallos  photo Mr Gilberto D. Gallos Senior Partner Arbitration and Mediation | Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation |…
Ms Rowena L. Garcia-Flores  photo Ms Rowena L. Garcia-Flores Senior Partner Anti-Bribery, Corruption and Anti- Money Laundering | Contracts | Criminal…
Ms Judy Hao  photo Ms Judy Hao Senior Partner Banking and Finance | Construction | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions…
Mr Francisco Ed. Lim  photo Mr Francisco Ed. Lim Senior Partner Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation…
Mr Andre B. Navato, Jr.  photo Mr Andre B. Navato, Jr. Partner Banking and Finance | Energy | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions |…
Mr Oliver L. Pantaleon  photo Mr Oliver L. Pantaleon Senior Partner Contracts | Energy | Environment and Natural Resources | Litigation…
Mr Salvador L. Peña  photo Mr Salvador L. Peña Senior Partner Appellate Practice | Arbitration and Mediation | Construction | Litigation…
Ms Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad  photo Ms Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad Senior Partner Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Arbitration and Mediation | Bankruptcy,…
Mr Teodoro L. Regala, Jr.  photo Mr Teodoro L. Regala, Jr. Senior Partner Agricultural Law and Agrarian Reform | Arbitration and Mediation |…
Ms Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfo  photo Ms Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfo Partner
Mr Eduardo V. Soleng, Jr.  photo Mr Eduardo V. Soleng, Jr. Partner
Ms Melissa Angela G. Velarde  photo Ms Melissa Angela G. Velarde Partner
Mr Leland R. Villadolid, Jr.  photo Mr Leland R. Villadolid, Jr. Senior Partner Arbitration and Mediation | Environment and Natural Resources | Internet,…
Ms Ruby Rose J. Yusi  photo Ms Ruby Rose J. Yusi Senior Partner Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions | Public Bidding and Procurement |…
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