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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

Banking and finance Tier 2

Jose Salvador Mirasol heads the banking and finance group at Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles which focuses on regulatory and transactional work.

Capital markets Tier 2

At Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, partner Jose Luis De Dios advises domestic and international clients on IPOs and equity issues.

Immigration Tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles assists clients with immigration requirements for overseas employment.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles covers the full range of IP work, including filing, enforcement, litigation and prosecution of patents, trade marks and copyright, domain names, licensing, electronic commerce, cyberspace and software issues.

Projects and energy Tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises clients on the exploration and development of natural resources, including mining. It also advises domestic and foreign clients on project finance.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises on all issues relating to land ownership in the Philippines, as well as foreign investment.

Tax Tier 2

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles's tax group specialises in both tax planning and litigation, as well as advising on equity and debt transactions, royalty arrangements, and corporate issues including M&A. The team also works closely with the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles provides services relating to setting up businesses and incorporation, investments, regulatory compliance, international joint ventures and strategic alliances.

Dispute resolution Tier 3

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles handles commercial disputes that deal with a broad range of civil, criminal, administrative and regulatory issues.

Labour and employment Tier 3

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises clients on all aspects of labour law, including health and safety, union relations, documentation, sexual harassment and social security.

TMT Tier 3

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles advises on regulatory matters and a range of technology issues, including telecoms, mass media and gaming.

The firm: The firm traces its roots to the law firm of Gibbs, McDonough and Ozaeta, which practised law in the Philippines in the early 1900s. Allison D Gibbs was a well-known tax and corporate lawyer and Charles A McDonough was a name in criminal law practice. Roman A Ozaeta, who later became a distinguished justice of the Supreme Court, and his son, Herminio, an outstanding corporate lawyer in his own right, re-established the firm in 1957. The firm underwent several name changes because of a rule limiting the partnership name to living and active partners (a rule which was subsequently abolished), and eventually acquired its present name.

The current senior partners are Ricardo J Romulo, Jose F Buenaventura and Eduardo de los Angeles. One partner, Exequiel B Javier, is on leave, having been elected as governor of Antique province. The firm currently has 98 lawyers.

Romulo is the only Philippine firm with an office in Hong Kong. It provides international investors with advice on Philippine law and advises Philippine clients on international transactions. However, it is not permitted to practise Hong Kong law.

The firm maintains correspondence with foreign lawyers and law firms. It is the sole Philippine member of Lex Mundi, a worldwide network of 160 independent law firms.

Areas of practice: The firm engages in the general practice of law but its members specialise in particular areas. The majority of the firm’s lawyers have received training and graduate degrees from foreign universities. All of them speak fluent English, and some also speak Chinese, Spanish and Japanese.

The firm’s specialist areas of practice include: alternative dispute resolution; capital market transactions; corporate reorganisations and bankruptcy; energy; environmental law; export and economic zones; healthcare; infrastructure; insurance; joint ventures; merger and acquisitions; oil and gas; privatisation; tax compliance audits; telecommunications; and trusts and estates.

Department Name Email Telephone
Admiralty Manuel M Cosico
Banking Reynaldo G Geronimo
Corporate banking and finance Jose Salvador Y Mirasol
Ecclesiastical affairs Ma Liza L Rosario
Environment and natural resources Tranquil Gervacio S Salvador III
Family law Jose Gabriel R Benedicto
General corporate/international Teresita AM Villaruz
General corporate/international Wilma Valdemoro Cua
Immigration Maria Teresita C Sison Go
Intellectual property Rogelio Nicandro
Labour Enriquito J Mendoza
Litigation/arbitration Tranquil Gervacio S Salvador III
Litigation/arbitration Louie T Ogsimer
Project development and finance Perry L Pe
Real estate/leisure/entertainment Joaquin V Sayoc
Securities Cynthia Roxas-del Castillo
Taxation Priscilla B Valer
Taxation Jayson L Fernandez
Technology media and telecommunications Herminio S Ozaeta Jr
Number of lawyers : 98
at this office : 88
American Bar Association (ABA)
ASEAN Law Association
Asia-Pacific Law Association
Asian Patent attorneys Association(APAA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Trademark Association
Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
Lex Mundi