Firm Profile > Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako > Manila , Philippines

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako
4TH & 6TH FLOORS, CITIBANK CENTER
8741 PAESEO DE ROXAS, MAKATI CITY
MAKATI, METRO MANILA 1226
Philippines

Aviation Tier 2

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako offers a specialist litigation practice with a number of  international airline clients including Cathay Pacific, Gulf Air, Swiss Air, and Korean Air, as well as representing London-based Lloyd's insurers including the AON Group. Carlos Natividad and Jose Crisostomo Jr   are the senior partners with extensive aviation experience.

Immigration Tier 2

The team at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako handles all types of emigration and immigration regulatory issues, as well as citizenship and naturalisation cases in conjunction with the litigation department. The key name is Antonio Pido.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Lawyers at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako cover a range of employment matters but have a particular focus on contentious work including collective bargaining negotiations. The key contact is Romarie Villonco.

Real estate and construction Tier 2

The real estate transactions practice at Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako particularly focuses on work with industrial park developers and operators, as well as many forms of documentation. The team is led by Nicanor Padilla.

Tax Tier 2

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako covers the full range of tax work, including litigation, for both domestic and international clients. The key contact is Ferdinand Hidalgo.

Intellectual property Tier 3

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako undertakes work for both domestic and international clients with a range of IP issues. The key contact is Celso Cruz.

TMT Tier 3

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako has a particular focus on drafting contracts for technology transactions, as well as advising on regulatory issues. Clients include dotcom start-ups, technology consultants and technology venture capitalists.

Corporate and M&A Tier 5

Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako's work includes a wide range of corporate work such as the sale of Philippine Rubber Project Company (a Goodyear wholly-owned subsidiary) to a local cooperative, and the listing of Fastech shares on the Singapore Stock Exchange. The key contact is Edgardo Balois.

Founded in 1901, our firm has a reputation as the oldest continuously operating law office in the country.

The Philippines was a colony of the United States. Two American lawyers, John W. Hausserman – formerly of the U.S. Judge Advocate General’s Office – and Charles Cohn, were the firm’s founding partners.

In 1903, the Cohn & Hausserman Law Office was appointed the Philippine Branch of the Coudert Brothers, a New York law firm (in a nod to tradition, the firm’s cable address was “TREDOUC” – the reverse of “COUDERT”). Coudert Brothers closed their Philippine Branch in 1907. Cohn & Hausserman merged with the law firm of Ortigas and Fisher.

In 1923, Hausserman, Ortigas, Cohn & Fisher merged with Kincaid, Perkins & Kincaid, which later became Fisher, Dewitt, Perkins & Brady, after other American partners joined the practice. A notable event occurred in 1936, when Alfonso Ponce Enrile, one of the most noted trial lawyers of his time, became the first Filipino partner, and the firm became known as Dewitt, Perkins and Ponce Enrile. From that time on, the engagement of American lawyers ceased, and the firm evolved to be entirely Filipino.

Leonardo Siguion Reyna and Manuel Montecillo joined the firm in 1948 and became General Partners in 1961 and stayed  until they passed away in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Oscar Ongsiako, the third name partner, passed away in 1995.

Keeping to tradition, our firm’s leadership continues to be lodged with our General Partners. Our Chairman, Rolando Mario Villonco, was elevated to the General Partnership in 1996. Cesar Manalaysay, Mario Andres and Edgardo Balois became General Partners in 2011.

Types of work undertaken

Local implementation of the merger and  joint venture between R & R Ice Cream and Nestle N.A. through the formation of the local company as purchaser of the chilled products of NPI (more than Php1 billion in transaction value).

Philippine aspect of the $11.85 billion acquisition of Pfizer’s infant nutrition business.

Advised Nestle on warehouse construction, financing and operation by third party of warehouses for Nestle products through construction and service operation agreement of Php400million a month fee for the operator

Reorganization of land companies through cross sale and purchase of shares between two retirement plans in connection with land ownership and maximizing shareholders’ value of each plan in the process addressing the very restrictive land ownership limitation of foreigners.

Judicial estate settlement which involved the disposition of residential land in an exclusive village with contract value of P950 million, and payment estate and other taxes .

Assisted the purchaser of a residential house and lot with contract value of P325 million in an exclusive subdivision.

Advised the siblings in the consolidation and proposed sale of 30 hectares of rawland to a development with sale price of about P950 million.

Assisted an investor in the recovery of his investment worth US$11.9 million in an international boxing event.

Formation of branches from the SEC for Chinese and African airlines to register,  operate and obtain landing rights in the Philippines from the Civil Aeronautics Board and Civil Aviation Authority in the Philippines and Successfully obtaining them.

Initial Public Offering due diligence investigation of a memorial company and legal research and recommendation for the optimal investment approach of the foreign investor given in the memorial park foreign land ownership restriction.

Successfully defended in a construction arbitration and mediation a food manufacturing company against a local contractor claiming Php500 million damages for breach of contract.

Succesfully handling in the hiring of ultra-technical foreign personnel for the telco with the Bureau of Immigration surmounting objections from the Department of Labor and Employment and the Department of Justice .

Contesting up to the Supreme Court a Php6.5 billion tax assessment where it is still pending.

Advising probable participants in the 3rd Telco and MRT and LRT projects under the Build Build Build program.

Conducting labor and employment seminars for managers and providing seminars on strategy, approaches and responses by top level management and executives in collective bargaining negotiation.

Successful handling of CBA negotiations for food, telecom and TV companies.

Successful handling for the telecom companies on resisting by court action the regularization of 8,000 workers who were employees of bonafide independent contractors and therefore not covered by the alleged illegal arrangements

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate. Commercial and M&A Edgardo G. Balois egb@srmo-law.com
Corporate. Commercial and M&A Rommel U. Mercado rum@srmo-law.com
Corporate Litigation Cesar P. Manalaysay cpm@srmo-law.com
Corporate Litigation Rolando Mario G. Villonco rgv@srmo-law.com
Litigation (Civil and Criminal) Jose P. Crisostomo, Jr. jpc@srmo-law.com
Litigation (Civil and Criminal) Alma D. Fernandez-Mallonga adfm@srmo-law.com
Arbitration and Mediation Carla Santamaria- Sena cess@srmo-law.com
Arbitration and Mediation Michael Felipe Mercado mfam@srmo-law.com
Banking and Finance, Insurance Jocelyn Esguerra-Dee jred@srmo-law.com
Construction and Project Finance Corazon D. Eleazar cud@srmo-law.com
Construction and Project Finance Joy P. Quicho jpq@srmo-law.com
Labor and Employment Rolando Mario G. Villonco rgv@srmo-law.com
Labor and Employment Antonion C. Pido acp@srmo-law.com
Securities and Capital Markets Jocelyn Esguerra-Dee jred@srmo-law.com
Commercial Real Estate Transaction Edgardo G. Balois egb@srmo-law.com
Commercial Real Estate Transaction Nicanor Padilla nnp@srmo-law.com
Immigration Antonio C. Pido acp@srmo-law.com
Immigration Edgardo Roman Manuel C. Balois ermb@srmo-law.com
Labor Agreements and Executive Level CBA Negotiation Training Rafael E. Khan rek@srmo-law.com
Labor Agreements and Executive Level CBA Negotiation Training Cheryl Ann Pena calp@srmo-law.com
Tax Ferdinand H. Hidalgo fmh@srmo-law.com
Tax Corazon D. Eleazar cud@srmo-law.com
Estates and Trust Edgardo G. Balois egb@srmo-law.com
Estates and Trust Raniel L. Dimayuga rld@srmo-law.com
Aviation and Maritime Carlos M. Natividad cmn@srmo-law.com
Aviation and Maritime Jose P. Crisostomo, Jr. jpc@srmo-law.com
Special Projects Rolando Mario G. Villonco rgv@srmo-law.com
Special Projects Cesar P. Manalaysay cpm@srmo-law.com
Business Formation Rommel U. Mercado rum@srmo-law.com
Business Formation Jocelyn R. Esguerra-Dee jred@srmo-law.com
Business Formation Victorio H. Macasaet, Jr. vhm@srmo-law.com
Intellectual Property Carla E. Santamaria-Sena cess@srmo-law.com
Intellectual Property Ariss N. Santos ans@srmo-law.com
Healthcare and Life Sciences German Q. Lichauco II gql@srmo-law.com
Healthcare and Life Sciences Alvin C. Batalla acb@srmo-law.com
Entertainment Alma D. Fernandez-Mallonga adfm@srmo-law.com
Entertainment Joy P. Quicho jpq@srmo-law.com
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