Firm Profile > Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) > Manila, Philippines

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)

Banking and finance Tier 1

Led by Judy Hao, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)'s sizeable banking and finance team advises lenders and borrowers on transactions. The firm's client base includes banks and companies, including some of the most prominent Filipino financial institutions. Andre Navato is another key contact.

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Philippine National Bank

ASA Philippines Foundation, Inc

Polymer Link Sdn Bhd.

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Capital markets Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) is involved in a range of debt and equity raising transactions, advising underwriters, issuers, lead managers, and arrangers. The team is particularly active in IPOs and is currently advising the issuer on the first real estate investment trust (REIT) IPO in this market. Judy Hao leads the team, which also includes the experienced Francisco Lim and Everlene Lee.

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The Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corp.

BDO Capital & investment Corporation

China Bank Capital Corporation

Philippine National Bank

Ayala Land, Inc.

First Metro Investment Corporation

Fruitas Holdings, Inc.

Standard Chartered Bank

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) operates a very broad corporate practice, assisting its household-name clients with the establishment of complex business ventures, in addition to structuring corporate vehicles to facilitate foreign investments. The group's M&A offering is particularly strong with regards to the manufacturing sector and the team has advised on numerous high-profile matters, such as Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited's purchase of 85.7% of Holcim Phils., Inc. Practice head Judy Hao has expertise that includes assisting with the establishment of branch offices and regional operating headquarters of foreign enterprises. Joselito Bautista is experienced in the regulatory issues related to business process outsourcing entities. Everlene Lee combines corporate work with her securities and capital markets practice.

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They have a good understanding of the needs of a US company operating in Philippines. They are also very good and responsive on general areas of corporate work as secretarial, IP, commercial contracts, etc. They have provided strong support to us on M&A related matters in the recent past.

Judy Hao and Everlene Less have been very good in serving us.

Very responsive, flexible and prompt in reverting. Also, accommodating in terms of work connects given need for operating in different time zones, on occasions.

Key clients

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Johnsonville Sausage LLC

Sealed Air Corporation

Anhui Conch Cement Company Limited

C&U Group Co., Ltd.

WPP 2005 Limited and WPP Plc

ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd. (ISGEC)

Chemical Industries of the Philippines

Jebsen & Jebsen Pte Ltd.

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

Dispute resolution Tier 1

One of the major disputes firms in the Philippines, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)'s extensive and wide-ranging practice encompasses complex commercial disputes, crime, competition and environmental issues. Bringing claims against public bodies, often in the Supreme Court, is an area of particular specialism and in 2019 the firm represented Manila Electric Company in a dispute relating to issuances by the Energy Regulatory Commission. The group also has a strong arbitration practice; Jose Martin R Tensuan handles disputes before the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission regarding airports and expressways. Arnold M Corporal is particularly active in disputes in the energy, telecoms and media sectors. Leland R Villadolid, Jr. handles technology-related issues including cybercrime and cyber security. Victor Lazatin is also noted.

Key clients

Manila Electric Company

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Philippines, Inc.

Petron Corporation

The Philippine Star

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

PLDT, Inc.

Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc.

TV5 Network Inc.

Smart Communications, Inc.

Iglesia Ni Cristo

CoStar Group, Inc.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

D.M. Consunji, Inc.

Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.

Immigration Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)'s immigration practice covers applications for alien employment visas and special work permits, as well as more specialist work such as challenging denials of naturalisation petitions and deportations. The practice is led by Maria Khristina Garcia-Angel, who acts for clients including multinationals and large Filipino companies. Associate Napoleon Gonzales is also noted.

Intellectual property Tier 1

One of the largest full-service firms in the Philippines, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) provides 'detailed, clear advice' to high-profile, international clients on the registration and protection of their intellectual property. The firm is a popular choice for high-profile brands, and frequently engages in trade mark enforcement, including conducting raids to seize counterfeit goods. Alex Ferdinand Fider leads the department and assists clients from the pharmaceutical, broadcasting, food and engineering industries with the protection of their rights; in 2019, Fider, alongside Richmond Lee, represented Monde Nissin in filing an opposition against the registration of a mark that is similar to its “NAMNAM” mark used on a food seasoning product. John Paul M Gaba handles intellectual property matters in the context of technology.


They are knowledgeable and prompt. They give you a sense that your matters are being handled very professionally

Detailed, clear advice, consistent, timely.


Key clients

Bayer AG

Energizer Holdings, Inc.


Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd.

The Estee Lauder Group of Companies

Jardine Matheson Group of Companies

San Miguel Group of Companies

Hershey’s Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation

Asics Corporation

CoStar Group, Inc.

PLDT, Inc.

iNova Pharmaceuticals

Monde Nissin Corporation

Labour and employment Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) advises a client base of local Filipino companies and multinationals on labour issues, with a particular strength handling employers and unions. The practice also advises on redundancies and restructurings, as well as advising foreign companies on compliance with Filipino laws relating to contracting. The team is led by Clarence Darrow C Valdecantos, Neptali B Salvanera and managing partner Emerico De Guzman. Of counsel Emiterio C Manibog, Jr.Joy Leong-Pambid and Franchesca Abigail Gesmundo are also key figures in the practice.

Key clients

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.

Wells Fargo Enterprise Global Services, LLC-Philippines


Suzuki Philippines, Inc.

Fisher Rosemount Systems, Inc. (Phil. Branch)

ING Business Shared Services B.V. Branch Office

24-7 Intouch PH Inc.

Procter & Gamble Philippines

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Sony Philippines, Inc.

Asahi Glass Company Ltd.

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

General Motors Automobiles Philippines, Inc.

Sun Life Financial Asia Services Limited

ePerformax Contact Centers & BPO

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Phils), Inc.

LizardBear Tasking, Inc.

Proview Global Administration, Inc.

Inspiro Relia, Inc.

TRP, Inc.

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

Denso Philippines Corporation

Chevron Philippines, Inc.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Unilever Philippines, Inc.

Glaxo SmithKline Philippines, Inc.

Masuma Food Industry, Inc.<p

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)  specialises in advising developers based both locally and abroad on significant horizontal and vertical development projects. Such projects include malls, hotels, resorts and factories. Judy Hao and Victor Lazatin are the key practitioners.

Tax Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) stands out for its experience in advising prominent clients on tax litigation. A stand-out case for the practice is its representation of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, the Filipino central bank, in its dispute with the tax authority, a rare tax case involving a government entity. The team also advises clients on the tax implications of investments, as well as on succession and estate planning. The team is led by Ruby Rose Yusi, Eric Recalde, and Oliver Pantaleon.

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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.

Del Monte Phillipines, Inc.

Hershey Philippines, Inc.

Light Rail Manila Corporation

Procter & Gamble Philippines, Inc.

Rappler, Inc.

Smartmatic Philippines

SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Subic Water and Sewerage Co., Inc.

Sumisetsu Philippines, Inc.

Tetra Pak (Philippines), Inc.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) advises on various issues relating to power projects, including the creation of joint ventures, power purchase agreements, operating and management agreements, financing agreements, and construction contracts. Aison Velasco is heavily involved in energy matters; he maintains a close relationship with Manila Electric Company, which is the largest energy distribution company in the city. In 2019, Velasco advised the Company as part of a consortium on a joint venture to finance and construct an electric power distribution system in New Clark City. Melissa Velarde advises government agencies and private entities on bidding processes, particularly with regards to renewable energy projects.

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ISGEC Heavy Engineering Ltd. (ISGEC)

Manila Electric Company

Gemalto Pte Ltd.

Philcox (Phils.), Inc.

SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

PT Waskita Karya (Persoro) Tbk

Law firms in Cebu

One of the largest firms in the country, the Cebu office of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) provides a full service to local clients, advising on matters ranging from civil and criminal litigation to intellectual property and environmental matters. The firm has been particularly active in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, advising prestigious clients including JP Morgan on issuances and protocols required to resume operation. Eduardo Soleng Jr. was appointed monitor of the Cebu office in 2020; his varied practice includes advising on all types of litigation and acting as counsel for foreign corporations in the mining, cement and construction sectors. Jefferson Marquez handles labour disputes and arbitration proceedings, while Maria Iolanda Abella specialises in corporate compliance and employment law.

Key clients

Cemex Holdings Philippines, Inc./Apo Land and Quarry Corporation

Taiheiyo Cement Philippines

SM Prime Holdings Inc.

Ayala Land, Inc.

The Philippine American Life & General Insurance Company

JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A

EPerformax Contact Centers (Cebu) Corp.

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc.

Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu

Lexmark Research & Development Corporation

Dupont Nutrition Philippines, Inc

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Chevron Philippines, Inc.

Petron Corporation

GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation

VICSAL Development Corporation

Federal Land Inc.

LH Paragon, Inc.

University of St. La Salle, Inc.

Colorado Shipyard Corporation

SSI Philippines, Inc.

Law firms in Davao

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), which has had a presence in Davao for over 20 years, has  a strong track record of advising both individuals and companies on a broad range of issues. Dispute resolution is an area of particular specialism and the group advises extensively on criminal and civil cases. On the non-contentious side, the team handles employment, corporate, tax and intellectual property issues. Myra Montecalvo-Quilatan and senior partner Maria Iolanda Abella lead the Davao practice; the former has a diverse and wide-ranging practice covering dispute resolution, corporate, tax and real estate, while the latter specialises in large M&A transactions.

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 +632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Salvador L. Pena +632 8830-8000
Retainer Department Josephine Alessandra G. Cochico +632 8830-8000
Retainer Department Aison Benedict C. Velasco +632 8830-8000
Intellectual Property Department Alex Ferdinand S. Fider +632 8830-8000
Intellectual Property Department Richmond K. Lee +632 8830-8000
Corporate and Special Projects Department Judy Hao +632 8830-8000
Corporate and Special Projects Department Joselito M. Bautista +632 8830-8000
Corporate Services Group Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfo +632 8830-8000
Labor and Employment Department Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantos +632 8830-8000
Labor and Employment Department Neptali B. Salvanera +632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Leland R. Villadolid, Jr. +632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Jose Martin R. Tensuan +632 8830-8000
Tax Department Eric R. Recalde +632 8830-8000
Immigration Department Maria Khristina Z. Garcia-Angel +632 8830-8000
Cebu City Branch Jefferson M. Marquez (6332) 231-1449; (6332) 231-4223
Cebu City Branch Eduardo V. Soleng, Jr. (6332) 231-1449; (6332) 231-4223
Davao City Branch Ma. Iolanda B. Abella (6382) 224-0996; (6382) 224-0998
Davao City Branch Myra S. Montecalvo (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…
 Salvador L. Peña  photo 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 |…
Number of lawyers at this office : 175
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