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Del Rosario & Del Rosario

Law firms in Cebu Tier 1

Under the name Del Rosario Pandiphil, the Cebu office mainly focuses on shipping and transport work.

Shipping Tier 1

Specialist shipping and maritime firm Del Rosario & Del Rosario advises shipowners and P&I clubs on labour law issues, collisions, oil pollution and spills, bill of lading disputes, ship acquisitions and sales and ship registrations. Highlights in 2019 included Joseph Rebano's representation of West Pandi in the successful lifting of detention of the client's vessel, which had been detained due to alleged violations of environmental and customs regulations of river sand transport. Ruben Del Rosario and Arturo Del Rosario are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Arturo del Rosario; Ruben del Rosario

Other key lawyers:

Joseph Rebano; Saben Loyola

Intellectual property Tier 3

Del Rosario & Del Rosario handles all aspects of IP law, with a particular focus on trade mark and design registrations. Arturo Del Rosario Jr. leads the team.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Specialist maritime firm Del Rosario & Del Rosario provides a comprehensive service to shipping and insurance companies, including in labour law matters. Having been active in this space since 1977, the firm has handled the settlements of thousands of seafarer claims, and also advises on labour standards, wage policies and retirement benefits, among other areas. Joseph Rebano and Saben Loyola are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Ruben Del Rosario; Arturo Del Rosario Jr

Other key lawyers:

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Del Rosario & Del Rosario is well known in the Philippine market for its expertise in the shipping and maritime sector. In this space, the team acts for cruise and shipping companies, insurers, P&I clubs and transport and logistics companies. Other clients include household name corporations in the technology sector. The firm's clients turn to it for a range of corporate and commercial law advice, and recent highlights include advising Team Tankers in the acquisition of a local manning company and the subsequent reorganisation of the company; Joseph Rebano and Saben Loyola led on the transaction.

Practice head(s):

Ruben Del Rosario; Arturo Del Rosario Jr

Other key lawyers:

Dispute resolution Tier 4

Shipping and maritime specialist firm Del Rosario & Del Rosario handles a range of sector-specific disputes, where it represents shipowners, ship managers and shipping insurance companies. In a claim for port damage, the team represented a client in the successful settlement of a claim after more than four years of litigation. Elsewhere, the team acted for a P&I club to successfully suspend a domestic action in favour of international arbitration. Joseph Rebano and Saben Loyola often take lead roles on the department's major cases.

Practice head(s):

Ruben Del Rosario; Arturo Del Rosario Jr

Other key lawyers:

The firm: The Philippine maritime industry is a dynamic and ever-growing business in which DelRosarioLaw has played, and continues to play, a major part. The firm acts for multinational shipping clients on controversies involving labour, personal injury, vessel arrest, collisions, salvage, oil pollution, damage/loss of cargoes, bunker claims, charter party/bill of lading disputes, protection and indemnity (P&I), hull and machinery (H&M) and freight demurrage and defence (FD&D) work, ship finance, sale and purchase documentation, registrations, management and crewing.

Co-managing partner Ruben T Del Rosario, former charter president of the Philippine Maritime Voluntary Arbitrators Association, is regularly invited to speak at national and international fora on issues related to amendments to the standard terms and conditions of the POEA contract and other matters relating to Filipino crew claims.

DelRosarioLaw’s labour practice acts on a full range of matters involving Filipino seafarers’ claims and industrial relations disputes. With Filipinos making up over 25% of all seafarers worldwide, labour claims and suits for death, disability, illness, illegal dismissal and other related claims are significant.

DelRosarioLaw represents, among others, the International Group of P&I Clubs as well as insurance companies and cruise lines.

In response to the growing needs of clients, Del Rosario Pandiphil, Inc, the firm’s paralegal affiliate, handles all seafarers’ medical claims. Del Rosario Pandiphil is also now the Philippine network partner of the Through Transport Club, the largest club for ship, terminal and depot operators, container lessors and freight forwarders, and is a member of, and insured with, the ITIC Club.

Areas of practice: The firm’s corporate practice has significantly grown in recent years to accommodate the increased business and outsourcing activities of its clients in the Philippines. These include direct foreign investments, company formations such as RO/ROHQ, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and general corporate work.

The firm’s tax and immigration practice has likewise grown to support the growing corporate clientele to ensure compliance with the ever-developing local regulatory environment.

Major international law firms regularly refer cases to DelRosarioLaw, trusting it to ably handle their representation in the Philippines. The litigation and dispute resolution practice of the firm continually expands to various fields of law to cope with the ever-expanding business concerns of its clients.

In recent years there has been a significant increase in matters pertaining to intellectual property. The firm’s IP clients include international giants Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Sony.

Co-managing partner Arturo T del Rosario Jr, besides specialising in maritime law, also holds the position of president of the International Property Association of the Philippines and spearheads DelRosarioLaw’s work covering trade mark and patent applications and disputes.

Department Name Email Telephone
Shipping and Admiralty Arturo T Del Rosario Jr
Shipping and Admiralty Ruben T Del Rosario
Shipping and Admiralty Joseph Manolo R Rebano
Shipping and Admiralty Pedrito I Faytaren Jr
Intellectual property Arturo T Del Rosario Jr
Intellectual property Catherine E Mangahas
Intellectual property Aldrich C Del Rosario
Cargo claims and charter party Joseph Manolo R Rebano
Cargo claims and charter party Herbert A Tria
Cargo claims and charter party Denise Luis B Cabanos
Corporate and commercial Charles Jay D Dela Cruz
Corporate and commercial Joseph Manolo R Rebano
Corporate and commercial Saben C Loyola
Corporate and commercial Ma Gina B Guinto
Transport Herbert A Tria
Transport Christian G Del Rosario
Transport Ma Gina B Guinto
Labour and personal injury (includes Filipino crew claims) Ruben T Del Rosario
Labour and personal injury (includes Filipino crew claims) Arturo T Del Rosario Jr
Labour and personal injury (includes Filipino crew claims) Charles Jay D Dela Cruz
Labour and personal injury (includes Filipino crew claims) Joseph Manolo R Rebano
Labour and personal injury (includes Filipino crew claims) Herbert A Tria
Litigation and dispute resolution Arturo T Del Rosario Jr
Litigation and dispute resolution Charles Jay D Dela Cruz
Litigation and dispute resolution Pedrito I Faytaren Jr
Litigation and dispute resolution Saben C Loyola
Insurance and reinsurance Ruben T Del Rosario
Insurance and reinsurance Charles Jay D Dela Cruz
Insurance and reinsurance Pamela T Coseip-Abarico
Insurance and reinsurance Florencio L Aquino
Arbitration and ADR Ruben T Del Rosario
Arbitration and ADR Pamela T Coseip-Abarico
Arbitration and ADR Florencio L Aquino
Arbitration and ADR Catherine E Mangahas
Immigration Denise Luis B Cabanos
Immigration Jerome T Pampolina
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ruben Del Rosario  photo Mr Ruben Del Rosario
Mr Arturo Del Rosario Jr.  photo Mr Arturo Del Rosario Jr.
Number of lawyers : 28
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Asian Patent Attorneys Association
Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Industrielle as Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriete Intellectuelle
International Trademark Association
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American and Australia-New Zealand Chambers of Commerce in the Philippines
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