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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SYCIPLAW CENTER, 105 PASEO DE ROXAS, 1226 MAKATI CITY, METRO MANILA 1226, PHILIPPINES
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Cebu, Davao, Manila, Subic Bay Freeport Zone

Philippines

Aviation
Aviation - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The aviation team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is led by Carina Laforteza, who acts for a range of clients including CIT Aerospace International, Nordic Aviation Capital A/S, and Intrepid Aviation Management LLC. In addition to representing clients before the CAB, the team advises clients on leasing issues, financing, registration of aircrafts, security filing with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), and regulatory coordination.

Leading individuals

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Mia Gentugaya - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s banking and finance practice is headed by Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo, who succeeds the now-retired Mia Gentugaya, and includes Vicente Gerochi IV, Simeon Ken Ferrer and Jose Florante Pamfilo. The firm has acted for a range of notable clients such as the Philippine National Bank and Energy World Corporation, and recently advised BDO Unibank on a PHP3.4bn term loan to Solar Philippine Calatagan Corporation to refinance the development of a major solar power generating facility in Batangas.

Leading individuals

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Mia Gentugaya - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

Jan Abaño-Ranada - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Jose Pamfilo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is led by Marievic Ramos- Añonuevo, who specialises in addressing regulatory, compliance and practical issues in banking, finance, and securities transactions. The department has expertise in due diligence, documentation, negotiation, and advice on regulatory and procedural matters, and acts for a range of investment banks and local as well as multinational companies across various industries; key clients include Aboitiz Equity Ventures, BDO Capital Investment Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank.

Leading individuals

Simeon Ken Ferrer - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

Joan Mae To-Conejos - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes leads the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which counts MetroPac Movers, San Miguel Corporation and GIC Investments among its clients. Arlene Maneja and Franco Larcina recently acted for TPG Growth III on the PHP3bn acquisition of 40% of the issued and outstanding capital stock of One Network Bank through the purchase of common shares in the bank owned by BDO Unibank.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Ricardo Ongkiko heads the ‘excellent’ dispute resolution practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, with strong support from Emmanuel Lombos and Carlos Lopez. The team provides ‘impressive legal analysis and strategic thinking’, with particular expertise in civil, criminal and administrative litigation. Most recently, it successfully defended PLDT in a high-value landmark Supreme Court case on ownership of public utilities.

Leading individuals

Carlos Lopez - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Emmanuel Lombos - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

John Regalado - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Ma. Patricia Paz - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rodelle Bolante leads the immigration practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which specialises in matters involving visas and permits, citizenship issues, and adversarial proceedings such as blacklisting and deportation. The firm’s client base includes foreign law firms and multinational corporations, such as Ibex Global Securities, B/E Aerospace and Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy.

Leading individuals

Rodelle Bolante - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s IP practice is led by Enrique Manuel and provides services in areas including IP rights protection, licensing, and administrative proceedings. The firm acts for clients from a range of industries and recently represented Apple Inc. in an opposition proceeding against the application for registration of a trade mark owned by Swatch AG.

Leading individuals

Vida Panganiban-Alindogan - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Luisito Liban heads the ten-partner team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which acts on a range of matters including employee migration, collective bargaining negotiations, disciplinary action, and termination of employment. The firm’s key clients in this practice area include Ford Group Philippines, Pfizer, Thomson Reuters and The Philippine American Life Insurance Corporation. In addition, the department assisted Dentsu Aegis Network with the PHP406m acquisition of several creative service and advertising agencies in the Philippines, which involved the sale of all assets and business contracts, and the transfer of all employees from the acquired companies to the client.

Leading individuals

Amer Mambuay - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Leslie Dy - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Law firms in Cebu
Law firms in Cebu - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s Cebu office is led by Alan Fontanosa, who is supported by Thaddeus Alvizo. The practice advises on a range of matters concerning labour and employment, real estate transactions, corporate services, immigration, intellectual property and special projects.

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Law firms in Davao
Law firms in Davao - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Following the retirement of Dominador Carrillo, the Davao practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is now led by Amer Mambuay, who is supported by associates Izabel Serina and Vincent Juan. The department specialises in dispute resolution, labour and employment, immigration, intellectual property and general corporate practice; Metro Pacific Hospital is a key client on the transactional side.

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Legal market overview

The legal market remains stable and a range of full-service firms continue to dominate the scene, including Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALaw), SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles, and Quisumbing Torres (a Baker McKenzie LLP correspondent firm).

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes heads the practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which regularly acts for notable developers in the Philippine coal, gas, hydroelectric and geothermal sectors. The team advised Manila Electric Company (Meralco) on the development of bidding terms for the tender of electricity sourced from renewable energy sources in the Philippines, as well as assisting the Bids and Awards Committee and providing regulatory advice.

Leading individuals

Hector de Leon - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes leads the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which recently acted for Erawan Group PCL, a leading hospitality and hotel developer company, in its various hotel construction and management projects in the Philippines.

Leading individuals

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

John Paul de Leon - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is experienced in handling both non-contentious and adversarial proceedings, and represents a wide cross section of the maritime industry, including shipowners, shipyards, financial institutions, charterers, and crewing agents. Members of the team frequently advise clients on liability and claims relating to collisions, oil pollution, cargo, marine insurance and work-related disability of crew members.

Leading individuals

Domingo Castillo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rocky Reyes - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

The TMT practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is headed by Rocky Reyes and Rose King-Dominguez, who provide expertise in data privacy matters, cyber security law, fintech, as well as information and communications technology services. The firm acts for clients such as the San Miguel Corporation and Thomson Reuters, and recently represented PLDT, Inc. in the landmark Supreme Court case on nationality requirements for telecoms entities and other public utilities.

Leading individuals

Rose Marie King-Dominguez - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Next generation lawyers

Ruben Acebedo II - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Rolando Medalla, Jr heads SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s tax practice, which handles the full range of tax services. The firm specialises in tax compliance, planning, ruling requests, refund claims and tax litigation matters, and advises clients engaged across a wide range of industry sectors. Recent work examples include acting on behalf of Lear Automotive Services in the successful litigation of a case involving deductible royalties for purposes of determining the gross income tax base subject to the special 5% tax on enterprises located in export processing zones.

Leading individuals

Rolando Medalla - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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  • SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: “More Philippine Data Privacy Act: Are you Ready for Phase II?”

    Controllers and processors who have completed Phase I registration with the National Privacy Commission (NPC) will now have to gear up for Phase II. Phase II involves providing the NPC certain information on the organization’s compliance with the Data Privacy Act (DPA).
  • Getting the Deal Through: Appeals 2017

    The Philippine chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Appeals 2017 was contributed by SyCipLaw partner Ramon G. Songco and associate Kathleen Kay A. de Guzman . The chapter provides key insight into the appellate stage of dispute resolution in the Philippines.
  • The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2018

    The Philippine chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to: Patents 2018 was contributed by SyCipLaw partners Enrique T. Manuel and Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan . The chapter answers key questions on patent enforcement, patent amendment, licensing, patent term extension, patent prosecution and opposition, border control measures, and antitrust laws and inequitable conduct. It also gives an overview on current patent developments in the country.
  • IBA Taxes Committee: “Developments in Philippine Tax Laws and Regulations”

    The International Bar Association’s (IBA) Taxes Committee published its annual update on tax developments by jurisdiction for 2017. The 2017 update includes a Philippine report by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan entitled “Developments in Philippine Tax Laws and Regulations”. The Philippine report summarizes recent updates related to tax treaty relief, passed-on gross receipts tax, alternative modes of paying taxes, reduction of real property tax on independent power producers, and case law, as well as upcoming tax reform developments.
  • ALB: “Enforcement Update: Philippine Competition Act”

    The August 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB)  includes a Philippine regional update by SyCipLaw partner  Arlene M. Maneja entitled, “Enforcement Update: Philippine Competition Act”. The article summarizes the administrative, civil and criminal penalties that apply to companies that have yet to comply with the Philippine Competition Act (PCA). The transitional clause of the PCA to enable parties to renegotiate agreements or restructure their businesses to comply with the law expired on August 7, 2017.
  • CPO: “Philippines: To Be or Not To Be a Data Protection Officer (DPO)”

    Chief Privacy Officer (CPO) Magazine, an online publication owned by Data Privacy Asia, featured an article by SyCipLaw partner Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez . Entitled “Philippines: To Be or Not To Be a Data Protection Officer (DPO) ”, the article discusses the qualifications and responsibilities of a DPO as outlined in the Philippine Data Privacy Act of 2012. It also outlines difficulties companies may experience in the appointment of a DPO.
  • ALB: “Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines”

    The July 2017 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes a Philippine regional update by SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan and associate Jo Margarette W. Remollo entitled, “Guidelines on Related Party Transactions for Insurers in the Philippines ”. The article summarizes the Insurance Commission’s compliance guidelines on related party transactions, as set out in Insurance Circular Letter No. 2017-29. The Circular covers insurers, reinsurers, branch offices of foreign insurers, mutual benefit associations, pre-need companies, and health maintenance organizations and their intermediaries.
  • Philippines Chapter in The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5

    The Philippines section of The Tax Disputes and Litigation Review - Edition 5 contains information on commencing disputes, including national and local taxes; courts and tribunals; penalties and remedies; tax claims, including recovering overpaid taxes, challenging administrative decisions, and claimants; costs; alternative dispute resolution; anti-avoidance; double taxation treaties; areas of focus; and outlook and conclusions. The section was contributed by SyCipLaw partner  Carina C. Laforteza  with support from associate  Mark Xavier D. Oyales .
  • IFLR: “Philippines: Acquiring insurance brokers”

    The April issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner  Hiyasmin H. Lapitan  entitled “Philippines: Acquiring insurance brokers”. The article discusses the new requirement by the Philippine Insurance Commission (IC) for advance approval to acquire a stake in a Philippine corporation that is licensed as an insurance broker or reinsurance broker. This requirement is noted in the IC’s circular letter number 2017-09 dated February 14, 2017, which prescribes guidelines on the documentation requirements for acquiring a domestic insurance or reinsurance broker.
  • SyCipLaw Tax Bulletin: Philippine BIR Rules on Proper Tax Treatment of Passed-on Gross Receipts Tax

    On June 13, 2016, the then Commissioner of Internal Revenue issued Revenue Memorandum Circular No. 62-2016 purporting to clarify the proper tax treatment of percentage tax or gross receipts tax (GRT) due on transactions covered by Sections 1211 and 1222 of the Tax Code which are shifted through contractual stipulations to borrowers/customers/clients (“passed-on” GRT). Banks, non-bank financial intermediaries performing quasi-banking functions are subject to GRT under Section 121 while financing companies and other financial intermediaries not performing quasi-banking functions are subject to GRT under Section 122. The effectivity of this circular was suspended on July 1, 2016 by the new Commissioner of Internal Revenue. However, on November 15, 2016, the suspension was lifted by RMC No. 127-2016 rendering RMC No. 62-2016 effective immediately.