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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

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)’s team advises banking industry clients on regulatory requirements and compliance. In addition, its expertise extends to the preparation of loan agreements, the issuance of notes and other debt instruments, as well as security agreements on either the borrower/lender side. Judy Hao leads the practice while Andre Navato is another important contact.

Practice head(s):

Judy Hao

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Key clients

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

UBS AG

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company

International Finance Corporation

Philippines > Capital markets Tier 1

At Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), the corporate and special projects group, which is overseen by the vastly experienced Judy Hao, regularly represents issuers and underwriters on equity and debt capital raising transactions, including initial public offerings, bond offerings, stock rights offering, backdoor listings, private placements. In addition, the department also excels in securities-related matters concerning Real Estate Investment Trusts and dollar-denominated deals. Also highly adept in securities and capital markets mandates are former president of the Philippine Stock Exchange Francisco Ed Lim and Everlene Lee.

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Key clients

AREIT, Inc.

Ayala Land, Inc.

UBS AG

Morgan Stanley

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BPI Capital Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Abacus Capital and Investment Corporation

Cirtek Holdings Philippines Corporation

China Bank Capital Corporation

First Metro Investment Corporation

RCBC Capital Corporation

Now Corporation

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate and M&A team of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) offers a comprehensive range of services to well-known, global clients. It advises on acquisitions and the set up of business ventures and corporate vehicles to facilitate foreign investments. Judy Hao heads the team and specialises in the establishment of branch offices and regional operating headquarters of foreign enterprises. Andre Navato is a key team member together with Joselito M Bautista  (regulatory issues related to business process outsourcing entities and Everlene Lee (corporate, securities and capital markets).  

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Andre Navato; Joselito Bautista; Everlene Lee

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Key clients

CVC Capital Partners

Everlife Asia

Bank of Ayudhya PCL

Transol Ltd.

Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions Inc.

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised CVC Capital Partners on the acquisition of shares in Fastcargo Logistics Corporation, including notification with Philippine Competition Commission.
  • Advised Converge Information and Communications Technology Solutions Inc. on its purchase of 40% of the outstanding capital stock of Digitel Crossing Inc. and 60% of Asia Netcom Philippines Corporation.
  • Advised Everlife Asia on its investment in Lifeline Diagnostics Supplies, Inc.

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The sizable and experienced team of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) has been providing expert advice on litigation and dispute resolution for almost five decades. The firm covers a wide range of commercial, competition, criminal, family, and environmental issues and often represents its clients before the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Leland R. Villadolid, Jr. specialises in dispute resolution in the telecommunication and technology sectors and co-heads the team with Jose Martin R Tensuan , who handles infrastructure sector disputes before the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission. Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad has extensive expertise in commercial litigation and arbitration. Oliver L. Pantaleon and Arnold M Corporal are also recommended.

Other key lawyers:

Victor P. Lazatin; Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad ; Oliver L. Pantaleon ; Arnold M. Corporal ; Christopher Louie D.Ocampo; Joseph Anthony I. Malaya

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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.

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Manila Electric Company on a Supreme Court petition challenging the legality of Bill Deposits valued at Php26.095 billion.
  • Advised Chevron Philippines, Inc. on its contractual dispute involved issues on breach of contracts, expiration of term and force majeure due to the COVID-19 pandemic with its Branded Marketer and Retailer covering sixty (60) Caltex retail stations nationwide.
  • Advised Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company on the appeal before the Supreme Court by Panacan Lumber Company in relation to its complaint against Solidbank (acquired by Metrobank).

Philippines > Immigration Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) offers expertise in handling diverse and multifaceted issues concerning immigration and citizenship. The firm’s clients include government institutions, local conglomerates, international banks, and multinational companies operating in the Philippines. The immigration practice has a strong reputation for facilitating successful petitions for administrative and judicial naturalization, recognition, and dual citizenship, among others, alongside handling the swift processing of immigrant and non-immigrant visas, work permits and other various reportorial requirements. Maria Khristina Garcia-Angel is the head of the practice group.

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Philippines > Labour and employment Tier 1

The team at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) advises a substantive number of leading corporations on labour and employment issues. Covering industries such as manufacturing, bottling, power generation and pharmaceuticals, it has specific expertise in inspection proceedings before the regional director and litigation before the Court of Appeals. Additional specialisms include advice on union interactions, redundancies, restructurings and compliance on Filipino contract law. Led by Clarence Darrow C Valdecantos , Neptali B Salvanera , and Emerico O De Guzman, it also fields of counsel Joy Leong-Pambid and senior associate Franchesca Abigail Gesmundo, noted for her work on advisory and contentious employment issues.

Practice head(s):

Clarence Darrow C Valdecantos; Neptali B Salvanera; Emerico O De Guzman

Key clients

24-7 Intouch PH Inc.

AGC, Inc.

Amdocs Philippines, Inc

Asian Transmission Corporation

AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals

Chevron Philippines, Inc.

China Banking Corporation

Clifford Chance Pte

Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines

CVC Capital Partners

ePerformax Contact Centers & BPO

Glaxo SmithKline Philippines

Hogan Lovells International

J&J Worldwide Services

J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. – Philippine Global Service Center

Littler Mendelson

LizardBear Tasking

L’Oreal Philippines

Melco Resorts Leisure

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C.

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

PMFTC Inc.

Procter & Gamble Philippines Inc

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

SAP Philippines, Inc.

SC Reservations, Inc.

Sun Life Grepa Financial Incorporated

The British Council

The Conrad Manila

Total (Philippines) Corp.

Toyo Ink Holding Co. Ltd. No

Uber Philippines Centre of Excellence LLC

Philippines > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Philippines > Tax Tier 1

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw)‘s tax department enjoys a stellar reputation in the domestic market for its track record in administrative and judicial cases, most notably in handling the issuances of both local and national tax authorities. The team places an emphasis on representing various banks and professional associations in challenging issuances of the Bureau of Internal Revenue before the courts. Headed up by Ruby Rose J Yusi, Eric R Recalde and Oliver L Pantaleon, the group also advises local conglomerates, multinationals, listed companies and high net-worth individuals on tax advisory and planning issues, running the full gamut of national, local, and customs taxes and duties. Advising on the tax implications of corporate transactions is another mainstay of the group.

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.

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.

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation

HC Consumer Finance Phils. Inc.

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 2

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw) has a particular focus on trademarks, having advised a number of large Philippine conglomerates on trademark applications and intellectual property rights enforcement proceedings. The firm successfully represented Orafol in opposing the applications for registration of a trademark that was deemed by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines to be confusingly similar to Orafol. Leading the practice are Alex Ferdinand S. Fider and Richmond K LeeVictor De Leon is another name to note; he represented a major US fast food restaurant chain in successfully prosecuting an infringement and unfair competition case against a local company before the Supreme Court.

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Key clients

Fraser & Neave

Energizer Holdings

The Estee Lauder Group of Companies

Bayer

Jardine Matheson Group of Companies

Monde Nissin Corporation

San Miguel Group of Companies

BP

Bandai Co

Hershey’s Chocolate & Confectionery Corporation

Asian Honda Motor Co

 

 

Work highlights

  • Represented Orafol Europe in opposing the applications for registration by Stickerworld of several “ORA-“ prefixed marks.
  • Represented Energizer in opposition proceedings for the conflicting mark “EnerMax”.
  • Advised the Monde Nissin Corporation on filing a petition with the Bureau of Legal Affairs to cancel an Appellant’s registered mark.

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 2

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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Labor and Employment Department Emerico O. De Guzmaneodeguzman@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Litigation and Dispute Resolution Department Salvador L. Penaslpena@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Retainer Department Josephine Alessandra G. Cochicojgcochico@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Retainer Department Aison Benedict C. Velascoacvelasco@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Intellectual Property Department Alex Ferdinand S. Fiderasfider@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Intellectual Property Department Richmond K. Leerklee@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Corporate and Special Projects Department Judy Haojhao@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Corporate and Special Projects Department Joselito M. Bautistajmbautista@acrralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Corporate Services Group Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfoesreyes@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Labor and Employment Department Clarence Darrow C. Valdecantosccvaldecantos@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Labor and Employment Department Neptali B. Salvaneranbsalvanera@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. Tensuanmrtensuan@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Tax Department Eric R. Recaldeerrecalde@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Immigration Department Maria Khristina Z. Garcia-Angelkzgarcia@accralaw.com+632 8830-8000
Cebu City Branch Jefferson M. Marquezjmmarquez@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. Abellaibabella@accralaw.com(6382) 224-0996; (6382) 224-0998
Davao City Branch Myra S. Montecalvomsmontecalvo@accralaw.com(6382) 224-0996; (6382) 224-0998
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Ana Lourdes Teresa Arnaldo-Oracion  photo Ana Lourdes Teresa Arnaldo-Oracion Senior Partner Admiralty & Maritime | Anti-Bribery, Corruption and Anti- Money Laundering…
Creselda G. Baldonado  photo Creselda G. Baldonado Partner Criminal Law | Environment and Natural Resources | Family and Matrimonial…
Josephine Alessandra G. Cochico  photo Josephine Alessandra G. Cochico Senior Partner Contracts | Corporate | Insurance | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions…
Reynaldo J. Concepcion  photo Reynaldo J. Concepcion Partner Environment and Natural Resources | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions | Real…
Arnold M. Corporal  photo Arnold M. Corporal Partner Advertising and Mass Media | Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Arbitration…
Avelino V. Cruz  photo Avelino V. Cruz Founding Partner Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice | Appellate Practice | Corporate…
Emerico O. De Guzman  photo Emerico O. De Guzman Senior Partner Appellate Practice | Business Process Outsourcing | Labor and Employment…
Alex Ferdinand S. Fider  photo Alex Ferdinand S. Fider Senior Partner Copyright and Related Rights | Internet, Technology and Science |…
Gilberto D. Gallos  photo Gilberto D. Gallos Senior Partner Arbitration and Mediation | Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation |…
Rowena L. Garcia-Flores  photo Rowena L. Garcia-Flores Senior Partner Anti-Bribery, Corruption and Anti- Money Laundering | Contracts | Criminal…
Judy Hao  photo Judy Hao Senior Partner Banking and Finance | Construction | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions…
Francisco Ed. Lim  photo Francisco Ed. Lim Senior Partner Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Corporate Rehabilitation…
Andre B. Navato, Jr.  photo Andre B. Navato, Jr. Partner Banking and Finance | Energy | Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions |…
Oliver L. Pantaleon  photo 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…
Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad  photo Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad Senior Partner Antitrust & Trade Regulation | Arbitration and Mediation | Bankruptcy,…
Teodoro L. Regala, Jr.  photo Teodoro L. Regala, Jr. Senior Partner Agricultural Law and Agrarian Reform | Arbitration and Mediation |…
Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfo  photo Elaine Patricia S. Reyes-Rodolfo Partner
Eduardo V. Soleng, Jr.  photo Eduardo V. Soleng, Jr. Partner
Melissa Angela G. Velarde  photo Melissa Angela G. Velarde Partner
Leland R. Villadolid, Jr.  photo Leland R. Villadolid, Jr. Senior Partner Arbitration and Mediation | Environment and Natural Resources | Internet,…
Ruby Rose J. Yusi  photo Ruby Rose J. Yusi Senior Partner Investment, Mergers and Acquisitions | Public Bidding and Procurement |…
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