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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
SYCIPLAW CENTER, 105 PASEO DE ROXAS
1226 MAKATI CITY
METRO MANILA 1226
Philippines

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Leading firm SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has strength across the board, and antitrust and competition is no exception. It has been involved in a high number of clearance decisions issued by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). Also of note is the firm's experience in analyzing competition law issues in various types of vertical restraints, including resale price restrictions, exclusivity and non-compete provisions. Among a long list of recent transactions was its representation of Grab in the motu proprio review conducted by the PCC in relation to Grab’s acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian assets and businesses, which was cleared by the PCC based on Grab’s voluntary commitments; Arlene Maneja led the team. Franco Aristotle Larcina is another key contact.

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

Aboitiz Power Corp.

Nova Asia Company

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

TPG Growth III SF Pte Ltd

Alipay

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

Aviation Tier 1

The aviation department at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides a broad service to its clients, which include leading banks and owners and lessors of aircraft. In addition to assisting clients with applications to - and hearings before - the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), it handles a broad range of leasing and financing projects and regulatory matters. On the contentious side, its work includes remedial actions in the event of defaults and litigation. In a recent highlight, the team advised PK AirFinance on the financing, delivery and lease of four A321-271N aircraft to Philippine Airlines, which represented the first batch of A321neo aircraft ordered by the airline under its fleet renewal programme. Carina Laforteza and Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo head the team, which expanded at partner level with the promotion of special projects, banking and aviation expert Bhong Paulo Macasaet in 2019. Melyjane Bertillo-Ancheta has recently taken a lead role on several of the team's key projects, and of counsel Mia Gentugaya is another key practitioner.

Key clients

BDO Unibank, Inc.

BBAM Singapore Pe. Ltd.

China Bank Capital Corporation

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Intrepid Aviation Management LLC

Nordic Aviation Capital A/S

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Banking and finance Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's banking group expanded at the partner level with the promotions of Leah Abutan, Bhong Paulo Macasaet and Joan Mae To-Conejos to the partnership in January 2019. The department has experience acting for local and international financial institutions as well as borrowers, and it stands out for its ability to handle innovative transactions and analyse new financial products. Sector specialisms include TMT, energy, infrastructure and aviation, where the team is often called on to advise on financing projects. In a cross-border matter, the team acted for Citigroup Global Markets, Standard Chartered Bank and Citibank in the €260m facility loan to ICTSI Middle East DMCC, which secured a 20-year contract to operate, manage and develop a port in Sudan. Vicente Gerochi is the practice head.

Key clients

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation/BDO Unibank

PNB Capital & Investment Corporation/Philippine National Bank

BPI Capital & Investment Corporation/Bank of the Philippine Islands

Standard Chartered Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

San Miguel Corporation

Capital markets Tier 1

A leading firm for capital markets transactions in the Philippines, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has impressive experience in debt and equity deals. In recent significant work, the team assisted BPI Capital Corporation and Standard Chartered Bank in their capacity as joint lead managers and bookrunners in the $90m green bonds issuance by International Finance Corporation (IFC), which represented the first green bond in the Philippines and the first Philippine bond issued by the IFC. The sizeable group saw organic growth in 2019 with the promotions of Leah Abutan, Bhong Paulo Macasaet and Joan Mae To-Conejos to the partnership. Vicente Gerochi heads the banking, finance and securities department; also key is Simeon Ken Ferrer, who advises on equity, debt and derivative securities issues and securitisation transactions.

Key clients

BDO Capital & Investment Corporation/BDO Unibank

PNB Capital & Investment Corporation/Philippine National Bank

BPI Capital & Investment Corporation/Bank of the Philippine Islands

Standard Chartered Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

San Miguel Corporation

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has established itself as one of the top firms in the Philippines; it is equipped to handle significant and complex corporate transactions, and its corporate and M&A practice benefits from the firm's broader expertise in tax and competition law. Its client base includes household name multinational companies and leading domestic companies, and it regularly works with well-known foreign law firms in cross-border matters. In a high-profile, multi-jurisdictional transaction, the firm assisted Grab in its acquisition of Uber's assets in Southeast Asia; managing partner Hector De Leon, Arlene Maneja and Franco Aristotle Larcina led the team. Rocky Alejandro Reyes heads the special projects department and has particular strength in the energy, power and infrastructure sectors. The firm saw organic growth with several partner promotions in 2019; new partners include banking, corporate services and special projects expert Leah Abutan.

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

Aboitiz Power Corporation

Nova Asia Company

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

TPG Growth III SF Pte

Alipay

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

Dispute resolution Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation and arbitration; it is equipped to handle disputes at all court levels, with notable expertise in appellate and Supreme Court litigation. Its client base is comprised of well-known companies - both domestic and multinational - with operations in numerous industries. Sector strengths include, but are not limited to, water, natural resources, infrastructure, pharma and food and beverage. The team has been acting for Maynilad Water Services in the enforcement of an arbitral award against Metropolitan Water Sewerage System (MWSS); the dispute concerned Maynilad's petition for an upward rate rebasing adjustment. Ricardo Ongkiko heads the sizeable department, with Emmanuel Lombos and Carlos Lopez also leading figures. John Regalado made partner and Austin Claude Alcantara was promoted to senior associate in January 2019, while former partner Luisito Liban retired from the practice in May 2019.

Key clients

First Pacific Company

Citibank

PLDT

Philex Mining Corporation

Manila Electric Company (MERALCO)

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

Philippine Stock Exchange

OceanaGold

Maynilad Water Services

Chamber of Mines of the Philippines

Lepanto Consolidated Mining Corporation

Manila North Tollways Corporation

North Luzon Expressway Corporation

Pacific Ores Metals & Chemicals

Philippine Gold Processing & Refining

Keppel Group of Singapore

Cal Energy

Ormat Power

San Roque Power

Del Monte

BMW AG

Ford Motor Company

Volkswagen AG

United Coconut Planters Bank

Bank of America

Export-Import Bank of the United States

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Filminera Resources

Philip Morris

Hawker Pacific

NSC Holdings

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Marubeni Corporation

Tokyu Construction

Immigration Tier 1

Sitting within the broader employment and immigration department, the immigration practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises on visas and permits, citizenship issues and adversarial proceedings involving deportation and blacklisting. The team also benefits from the firm's renowned corporate and tax practices, allowing it to provide comprehensive legal services to its multinational companies active in - or seeking to enter - the Philippine market. Recent work has included advising health and wellness products company Fordays on visa and permit issues and processes for its foreign staff. Dante Pamintuan heads the practice, which also includes Rodelle Bolante, who specialises in immigration, labour and business outsourcing.

Key clients

Fragomen Singapore

Colgate-Palmolive

US Wheat Associates

Bell Canada

Envoy Global

Fordays Japan

US Auto Parts

Turkish Airlines

Thomson Reuters Asia PTE

Sarimonde Foods Corp.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Widely recognised for IP work in the Philippines, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan covers trade marks, patents and copyright, handling a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. It has recently secured a number of successes for clients in trade mark opposition proceedings. The firm has strength across the board, and its TMT and corporate M&A know-how are of benefit in licensing, technology transfers and other IP-related transactions. The team counts household name companies and brands among its clients, many of which have been seeking the team's assistance in IP matters for over 10 years. Vida Panganiban-Alindogan heads the sizeable team. Former practice head Enrique Manuel retired in 2018, but continues to act as of counsel.

Key clients

Colgate-Palmolive

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Dyson Technology

Gap Inc.

AbbVie

Chanel SARL

Rolex

Total

Pfizer

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Labour and employment Tier 1

The employment and immigration department at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan expanded its already sizeable client base by attracting several new clients, including Firmenich Philippines and the University of Rhode Island. Its labour work spans contentious, bargaining, compliance and transactional contexts, and among its particular strengths are compulsory and voluntary arbitration and grievance handling, drafting of company rules and policies and employee retention programmes. In recent work, Leslie Dy and a team assisted Union Bank of the Philippines in the collective bargaining negotiations with a union, representing about 700 employees across more than 300 branches nationwide; the bank and union concluded a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) after less than six months of negotiations. Lusito Luban retired from practice in 2019; Dante Pamintuan - whose expertise spans industrial relations, collective bargaining, strikes and lockouts - is now the practice head.

Key clients

Thomson Reuters Philippine Branch

Skyview Capital LLC

Union Bank of the Philippines

Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing, Inc.

Firmenich Philippines, Inc.

University of Rhode Island

Philippine Airlines, Inc.

Cargill Philippines, Inc.

Cargill Philippines, Inc.

Syngenta Philippines, Inc.

Law firms in Cebu Tier 1

The Cebu outpost of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is led by Thaddeus Alvizo, whose team advises clients on matters of industrial relations, labour disputes, civil and land disputes, real estate transactions, corporate services, special projects, immigration, and intellectual property.

Law firms in Davao Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's Davao office was bolstered by the arrival of special counsel Charmian Gloria from an in-house position with Fresh Del Monte Produce in 2019. The office was established in 1995; since then, it has established particularly active practices in litigation, labour law, and corporate M&A. The firm's litigators handle criminal cases, real estate disputes and the enforcement of foreign and domestic arbitral awards, among other areas. Highlights on the M&A side include advising Metro Pacific Investments Corporation on the acquisition of an additional 20% of the shares in Davao Doctors’ Hospital; after the acquisition, Metro Pacific became the majority owner of the hospital. Managing partner Amer Mambuay – who splits his time between Davao and Makati City – is another key contact.

Key clients

ADM Asia-Pacific Trading Pte. Ltd.

Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Univanich Agribusiness Corporation

Univanich Carmen Palm Oil Corporation

Wyeth Philippines, Inc.

Dole-STANFILCO

Deiro, Lynn

Haynes & Boone LLP

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

Davao Central College, Inc.

MEDVIL Farms, Inc.

Projects and energy Tier 1

The sizeable projects and energy practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan acts for major companies across the oil and gas, power, financial services, telecoms and water sectors. In addition to handling the gamut of regulatory, commercial, corporate and litigation issues relevant to these sectors, the firm also stands out for its ability to advice on more niche and uncommon issues, such as satellite regulations and agrarian reform exclusions. In high-profile work, a team led by Philbert Varona and Joan Mae To-Conejos advised MetroPac Water and Maynilad Water Services on the bid for the concession for the development, operation and maintenance of the water and wastewater infrastructure at New Clark City in central Luzon; the 9,450-hectare city is envisioned as the country’s first smart, disaster-resilient and sustainable city. Rocky Alejandro Reyes is the practice head.

Testimonials

Arlene Maneja has always been an asset to me and my team. Arlene has deep legal knowledge and an all-encompassing grasp of the deal from multiple angles, and she is also highly commercial in her thinking and structuring‘.

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

PLDT, Inc.

Aboitiz Power Corp.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

Bell Canada

United Laboratories, Inc.

Marriott

TMI Associates

Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

MasterCard

Gilbert & Tobin

Mitsui & Co

Skadden Arps

Hyatt International

Eversheds

Real estate and construction Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan services a diverse client base that ranges from individuals to foreign governments to real estate developers; for the latter, the team has experience advising on township projects, industrial parks, golf courses, hotels, residential condominiums and other developments. The full-service firm's leading practices in corporate and M&A and finance allow it to provide a comprehensive service. The team has recently advised on mixed-use real estate developments, land sales and acquisitions and leasing. John Paul De Leon has a strong focus on real estate; other key practitioners include Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo - who draws on over 30 years' experience - and Angel Salita Jr.

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

PLDT, Inc.

Aboitiz Power Corp.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

Bell Canada

United Laboratories, Inc.

Marriott

Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

MasterCard

Mitsui & Co

Hyatt International

Pueblo de Oro Development Corp.

Science Park of the Philippines

Arthaland Corporation

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Shipping Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's shipping practice spans contentious and non-contentious work; in particular, it advises on the possibility of arresting vessels for foreign claims, the establishment of shipping companies in the Philippines, and shipping-related disputes that involve marine insurance, maritime fraud, charter parties, bills of lading, freight and cargo claims, among other areas. Outside of the maritime sector, the team advises clients in the construction, aerospace, transport and tech industries. Domingo Castillo is a name to note; he is an expert in maritime law, insurance, international trade and customs.

Key clients

7107 Islands Shipping Corporation

All Seas Marine SA

Berwin and Leighton Paisner LLP

Crewcare, Inc.

Delta Meco Crewing Services, Inc.

El Victor Limited Ship and Crew Managers

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Inc.

Harbor Star Shipping Services, Inc.

Keppel Subic Shipyard, Inc.

Keppel Philippines, Inc.

Tsuneshi Shipyards, Inc.

Tax Tier 1

The highly experienced tax outfit at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises on the tax aspects of large corporate transactions and energy projects, and also advises its clients on diverse issues spanning customs duties, local tax and national tax. Its tax disputes practice is also of note, and clients include major power, utilities, TMT and financial services companies. Practice head Rolando Medalla Jr has experience in tax planning, tax compliance, refund claims and estate planning, as well as administrative and judicial litigation.

Key clients

FBM Systems and Electronics, Inc.

TMT Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's experienced TMT team advises on regulatory matters, commercial projects and corporate transactions. It has broad expertise in the TMT and IT aspects of numerous sectors, including fintech, online retail, logistics, IT services, banking, gaming, advertising and life sciences. Data privacy is a significant area at the firm, where clients often seek advice. Highlights on the transactional side include Rose Marie King-Dominguez and a team's advice to certain investors in the investment in PLDT’s financial technology unit Voyager Innovations. John Paul De Leon and senior associate Ruben Acebedo II are also key names in the department.

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

PLDT Inc.

Smart Telecommunications

Dentsu Aegis Network

Zalora

Thomson Reuters

San Miguel Corporation

The firm: SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was founded in 1945. It is the largest law firm in the Philippines. It has offices in Makati City, the country’s business and financial centre, as well as Cebu, Davao and the Subic Freeport.

The firm offers a broad and integrated range of legal services, covering the following fields: banking, finance and securities, special projects, corporate services, general business law, tax, intellectual property, employment and immigration, and dispute resolution.

The firm has specialists in key practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, energy, power, infrastructure, natural resources, transportation, government contracts, real estate, insurance, international arbitration, mediation, media, business process outsourcing, and technology.

Clients: the firm represents clients from almost every industry and enterprise, and its client portfolio includes local and global business leaders. It also acts for governmental agencies, international organisations and non-profit institutions.

Recognition and awards: recent professional awards include: Philippine Law Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2017; Philippine Law Firm of the Year, IFLR Asia Awards 2017; top tier firm, The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2017; top tier firm, Chambers Asia-Pacific Rankings 2017; top tier firm, Chambers Global Rankings 2017; highly recommended firm, Asialaw Profiles 2017; top tier firm, IFLR1000 financial and corporate rankings 2017; and Most Responsive Domestic Firm of the Year, Asian-MENA In-House Community Firms of the Year 2016.

Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and securities Vicente D Gerochi IV vdgerochi@syciplaw.com
Corporate services Simeon Ken R Ferrer skrferrer@syciplaw.com
Intellectual property Vida M Panganiban-Alindogan vmpanganiban@syciplaw.com
Employment and Immigration Dante T Pamintuan dtpamintuan@syciplaw.com
Litigation Ricardo Ma PG Ongkiko rmpgongkiko@syciplaw.com
Special projects Rocky Alejandro L Reyes ralreyes@syciplaw.com
Tax Rolando V Medalla, Jr rvmedalla@syciplaw.com
Photo Name Position Profile
Ms Jan Celine Abaño-Ranada  photo Ms Jan Celine Abaño-Ranada
Ms Leah Abutan  photo Ms Leah Abutan
Ms Maria Jennifer Barreto  photo Ms Maria Jennifer Barreto
Mr Rodelle Bolante  photo Mr Rodelle Bolante
Mr Domingo Castillo  photo Mr Domingo Castillo
Ms Easter Princess Castro  photo Ms Easter Princess Castro
Mr Il Young Choi  photo Mr Il Young Choi
Ms Leslie Dy  photo Ms Leslie Dy
Mr Anthony Raphael Jacoba  photo Mr Anthony Raphael Jacoba
Ms Joanna Marie Joson  photo Ms Joanna Marie Joson
Ms Carina Laforteza  photo Ms Carina Laforteza
Mr Luisito Liban  photo Mr Luisito Liban
Mr Carlos Roberto Lopez  photo Mr Carlos Roberto Lopez
Ms Arlene Maneja  photo Ms Arlene Maneja
Ms Imelda Manguiat  photo Ms Imelda Manguiat
Mr Enrique Manuel  photo Mr Enrique Manuel
Mr Michael Trance Joseph Nuñez  photo Mr Michael Trance Joseph Nuñez
Mr Jose Florante Pamfilo  photo Mr Jose Florante Pamfilo
Mr Benedicto Panigbatan  photo Mr Benedicto Panigbatan
Mr John Christian Joy Regalado  photo Mr John Christian Joy Regalado
Mr Angel Salita  photo Mr Angel Salita
Mr Ramon Songco  photo Mr Ramon Songco
Mr Nathaniel Andrew Uy  photo Mr Nathaniel Andrew Uy
Ms Maria Viola Vista-Villaroman  photo Ms Maria Viola Vista-Villaroman
Number of lawyers : 150
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Contacts : Hector M De Leon, Jr (managing partner)

SyCipLaw has a strong commitment to giving back to society.

(a) SyCipLaw is a member of TrustLaw, which is the global pro bono arm of the Thomson Reuters Foundation (http://www.trust.org/trustlaw/). SyCipLaw spent significant time on pro bono work sourced from TrustLaw.

Two pro bono matters handled by SyCipLaw are nominees in the 9th Annual TrustLaw Awards. The “Right to Work for Refugees” project of the firm won the TrustLaw Collaboration Award at the event’s awards night last November 12 2019.

These are:

1. The project “Right to Work for Refugees” of Asylum Access, HOST International, Nokia, DLA Piper, SyCipLaw, BTG Legal, Bae, Kim & Lee, and Baker & McKenzie is a nominee and awardee of the TrustLaw Collaboration Award.

According to TrustLaw, “the Collaboration Award recognizes highly collaborative working relationships between legal teams, NGOs and social enterprises that could dramatically increase the potential impact of projects as a result.”

2. The project “Land Rights in the Philippines” of Asia Foundation and SyCipLaw is a nominee for the TrustLaw Impact Award.
According to TrustLaw, the “TrustLaw Impact Award recognizes projects that demonstrate significant impact for an NGO or social enterprise, their community, and beyond.”

(b) SyCipLaw serves as legal counsel to, and/or corporate secretary of, various non-stock, non-profit organizations engaged in concerns such as poverty alleviation, education, health, and the environment. These include the Philippine Eagle Foundation, Advancement for Rural Kids Foundation, Inc., Habitat for Humanity Foundation Philippines, Inc. and Roots of Health.

(c) SyCipLaw performs transactional work under special fee arrangements for development financing agencies and multilateral agencies, and have rendered free legal advice to international organizations such as UNICEF and non-profit think-tanks such as the Vance Center.

(d) As in previous years, SyCipLaw supports three scholars at the University of the Philippines College of Law.

(e) SyCipLaw also has partnered with various organizations on community outreach projects, such as:

    • In December 2018, SyCipLaw hosted a Christmas Party and Gift-giving for children undergoing cancer treatment at the UP Philippine General Hospital (UP PGH). SyCipLaw also turned over to the UP PGH Department of Pediatrics, through the Child Foundation Inc., a donation that will be used for the needs of indigent child patients of the Hematology and Oncology section of the Department.
    • In May 2019, SyCipLaw participated in the “Ready for School” project of Philippine Business for Social Progress. Lawyers and staff members joined volunteers from other companies in painting of school chairs, covering of books and classroom clean-up at the Malabon Elementary School.
    • In June 2019, the Firm signed a Memorandum of Agreement with ARK (a social venture organization), where SyCipLaw committed to support the “ARK Lunch”. The ARK Lunch is a three-year self-sustaining lunch program that seeks to obliterate hunger and malnutrition, get kids back to school, and create much needed income for parents and the community. SyCipLaw committed to co-invest and start the ARK Lunch for three pioneering communities in Northern Palawan.

(f) In October 2019, the Firm became the first law firm to become a member of Philippine Business for Social Progress, which, according to its website (https://www.pbsp.org.ph/?page_id=9935) “is the largest business-led NGO at the forefront of strategic corporate citizenship and business sector leadership, contributing to sustainable development and poverty reduction.”

SyCipLaw MP nominated TrustLaw Lawyer of the Year 2018

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s Managing Partner Hector M. de Leon, Jr. is one of six finalists worldwide for TrustLaw’s Lawyer of the Year award. The award recognizes exceptional pro bono work.

Public online voting is open until August 31 (Friday) through this link: www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4496581/Vote-for-TrustLaw-Lawyer-of-the-Year-2018.


SyCipLaw joins PBSP’s ‘Ready for School’

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan joined the kick-off activity of the Philippine Business for Social Progress’ annual “Ready for School” campaign last May 26 at the Taguig National High School in New Lower Bicutan, Taguig City. SyCipLaw volunteers helped prepare the school in time for the opening of classes last June. The activities included repainting of school chairs and blackboards, covering of books, construction of reading nooks, and cleaning of classrooms.


9 SyCipLaw Lawyers Recognized in ABLJ List of Top 100 Lawyers in the Philippines

Asia Business Law Journal’s list of top 100 lawyers in the Philippines includes nine lawyers from SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. The list was based on extensive research conducted by the publication, including nominations made by professionals in Filipino and global companies and law firms.


SyCipLaw is an IAM Patent 1000 Recommended Firm

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has been ranked by IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2018 as a Recommended Firm. SyCipLaw IP department head Enrique T. Manuel and partner Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan are also ranked as leading individuals.


Highlights: WSG 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan hosted the World Services Group (WSG) 2018 Asia Pacific Regional Meeting last March 13-14, 2018. The meeting was attended by over 40 representatives from 22 member firms worldwide, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, and USA.


In Memoriam: Andres G. Gatmaitan

SyCipLaw mourns the passing of Andres G. Gatmaitan, a name partner and a former managing partner of the firm. He died at the age of 78.


Highlights: ELA Asia Pacific Client Conference

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan hosted the Employment Law Alliance (ELA) Asia Pacific Client Conference last March 13, 2018. The meeting was attended by 57 representatives from 26 Philippine companies, and by 27 representatives from ELA member firms in China, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Highlights: Multilaw Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting 2018

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan hosted the Multilaw Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting last March 12-13, 2018. The meeting was attended by 31 representatives from Multilaw member firms in Australia, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, and Vietnam.


SyCipLaw at the 1st Annual Center for the Amicable Resolution of Disputes International Conference

Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko, head of SyCipLaw’s Litigation Department, recently gave the Welcome Remarks for the 1st Annual Center for the Amicable Resolution of Disputes International Conference held last February 9, 2018 at The Bayleaf Intramuros in Manila, Philippines. The conference was jointly organized by the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) and the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb), of which Mr. Ongkiko was the immediate past President and presently Chairman.


SyCipLaw Partners Listed as 2018 Commended External Counsel

SyCipLaw partners Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez and Vicente D. Gerochi IV were nominated to the In-House Community’s Commended External Counsel of the Year, 2018.


Kapihan sa SyCip: “All Aboard the Train: A Kapihan on TRAIN”

SyCipLaw’s Tax Department hosted a seminar on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) last February 15 at the SyCipLaw Center. The event gathered 60 participants from 32 companies.


SyCipLaw is Tier 1 Firm in IP STARS 2018 Rankings

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was once again ranked by Managing IP’s IP STARS 2018 as a Tier 1 firm in Patent and Trademarks/Copyright in the Philippines. In addition, SyCipLaw partners Enrique T. Manuel and Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan are ranked as Trade mark star – Philippines. Mr. Manuel is also ranked as Patent star – Philippines.


Deadline Extended: Justice Florentino P. Feliciano Arbitration Writing Competition

The submission deadline of the Justice Florentino P. Feliciano Arbitration Writing Competition has been extended to 5:00 pm of June 30, 2018. The competition is open to any student who, on the deadline for submission, is enrolled in the Juris Doctor or Bachelor of Laws program of any Philippine law school.


SyCipLaw Partner CRZ Lopez Recognized in Client Choice 2018

SyCipLaw partner Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez has been recognized at the Client Choice Awards 2018.  

The Client Choice Awards was established in 2005 to recognize law firm partners around the world who stand out for their excellent client service. This year, the Awards recognized 384 partners across 66 jurisdictions worldwide based on quality of legal advice, commercial awareness, industry knowledge, strategic thinking, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, value for money, responsiveness, effective communication, clarity of documentation, sharing of expertise, appropriate staffing, project management, use of technology, loyalty and ethics.


Announcement of New Senior Associate: ARV Jacoba

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony R.V. Jacoba as senior associate effective January 1, 2018.


ELA & SyCipLaw Contribution to Trinity Domus Funds in Dominica

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan joined fellow Employment Law Alliance (ELA) members in raising funds for the rebuilding and refitting of educational and daycare facilities in Dominica following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. SyCipLaw is ELA’s exclusive member firm in the Philippines.


Chambers Global 2018 ranks SyCipLaw as Band 1 Firm

Chambers Global 2018 has ranked SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as a Band 1 firm in Corporate & Finance and Projects, Infrastructure & Energy.


SyCipLaw named Philippine Law Firm of the Year at Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan was recognized as Philippine Law Firm of the Year at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2018. SyCipLaw partners Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes and Russel L. Rodriguez received the award on the firm’s behalf.


SyCipLaw supports “Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa” Storybook Donation Drive

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan collected a total of PhP55,100.00 and 169 books in support of the “Sa Pagbasa, May Pag-asa” storybook donation drive. The campaign advocates the exposure of public school children to a wide range of creative, interesting, and age-appropriate reading materials, and, in so doing, instill in them a culture of reading that is critical to the learning and development process.


Canadian Bioenergy Mission to the Philippines

SyCipLaw partner Arlene M. Maneja was a guest speaker on “Regulatory Framework for Renewable Energy” at the Bioenergy Mission to the Philippines co-organized by the Embassy of Canada in Manila and the Philippine Department of Energy.


Justice Florentino P. Feliciano Arbitration Writing Competition

The Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, in partnership with SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw), launched the first Justice Florentino P. Feliciano Arbitration Writing Competition.


Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 ranks SyCipLaw as Top Tier Firm

The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 has recommended SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as a TOP-TIER FIRM in 15 practice areas. In addition, 14 of its lawyers are listed in the elite "Leading Lawyers" list and 7 are in the "Next generation lawyers" list.


Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 ranks SyCipLaw as Band 1 Firm

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018 has once again ranked SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as a Band 1 Firm in Banking & Finance; Banking & Finance: Capital Markets; Corporate/M&A; Corporate/M&A: Real Estate; Dispute Resolution; Dispute Resolution: Arbitration; Employment; Intellectual Property; Projects, Infrastructure & Energy; and Tax.


SyCipLaw is listed in the Asialaw Profiles 2018

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is listed in various rankings in the Asialaw Profiles 2018. The firm is outstanding in Banking & Finance; Capital Markets, Construction & Real Estate; Corporate/M&A; Dispute Resolution & Litigation; Energy & Natural Resources; Intellectual Property; IT, Telco & Media; Labour & Employment; and Taxation. It is highly recommended in Projects & Infrastructure; and Shipping, Maritime & Aviation; and recommended in Competition & Antitrust.


Joint Trade Asian Insurance Regulatory Conference 2017

SyCipLaw partner Hiyasmin H. Lapitan was a panelist on “Critical Regulatory Issues and Update from Jurisdictional Insurance Regulatory Lawyers” at the Joint Trade Asian Insurance Regulatory Conference 2017 last October 20 at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore. Ms. Lapitan and other featured insurance regulatory experts from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Japan and South Korea discussed updates and shared insights on property/casualty insurance, life insurance and reinsurance developments in their respective countries.


Joint Trade Asian Insurance Regulatory Conference 2017

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is named the 2017 Philippines Firm of the Year by Managing Intellectual Property (IP). The firm is also ranked in Patent, and Trademark and Copyright listings. SyCipLaw is Tier 1 in Trade Mark Prosecution, Trade Mark Contentious, and Patent. It is recommended in Copyright. 


SyCipLaw is Philippines Firm of the Year at the 1st asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was recognized as the Philippines Firm of the Year at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards 2017. SyCipLaw partner Leslie C. Dy received the award on the firm’s behalf.


SyCipLaw is largest Philippine firm in 2017 ALB survey

In its November 2017 cover story on the 2017 Asia Top 50, ALB lists SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as the largest law firm in the Philippines. ALB’s Asia Top 50 is an annual list of Asia’s largest law firms by headcount.


SyCipLaw is Tier 1 in 2017 Asia IP Rankings

Asia IP recognized SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice in its various 2017 rankings this year. SyCipLaw is a Top Tier Philippine Firm in: 

- Copyright, Asia IP Best of the Best: Copyright

- Trademark Prosecution and Trademark ContentiousAsia IP Asia’s Leading Trademark Firms

- Patent Prosecution and Patent ContentiousAsia IP Asia’s Leading Patent Firms


SyCipLaw is Top Tier Firm in IFLR1000 2018 Rankings

The IFLR1000 2018 rankings are out. SyCipLaw is ranked Tier 1 in all practice areas covered by their research. These are: Banking, M&A, Project finance, Capital markets, Project development, and Restructuring and insolvency.


SyCipLaw is Philippine Law Firm of the Year at the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017

For the second year in a row, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was named Philippine Law Firm of the Year, Arbitration Law Firm of the Year, and Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year at the 2nd ALB Philippine Law Awards. The firm also received the Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year, while SyCipLaw partner Emmanuel M. Lombos was named Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year.


SyCipLaw is National Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was recognized as the Philippine National Law Firm of the Year at the 2017 Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards. SyCipLaw partners Anthony W. Dee and Ronald Mark C. Lleno received the award on the firm’s behalf.


6 SyCipLaw Lawyers Included in Who’s Who Legal 2017 Experts Lists

Six of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s lawyers are listed in various Who’s Who Legal 2017 experts lists. Who’s Who Legal publishes 34 individual practice area guides covering corporate and commercial law, listing leading experts in these practice areas from over 150 national jurisdictions.


SyCipLaw receives 12 ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017 nominations

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) has been shortlisted in twelve categories of the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017. The firm is nominated for ten firm of the year categories, and two of its partners are nominated for lawyer of the year categories.


SyCipLaw receives Who’s Who Legal 2017 Country Award

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.


Limay Project Recognized as Best Power Deal in the Asia Pacific Region

The Limay, Bataan power project was recognized by IJGlobal as the “Best Power Deal in the Asia Pacific Region”. SyCipLaw acted as local counsel to DBS Bank Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Standard Chartered Bank, the structuring banks in the US$400 million Project Financing of a new 300MW coal-fired power plant in Limay, Bataan of SMC Consolidated Power Corp. Read more information on this transaction.


SIAC Rules 2016 Roadshow

The Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) held “The User’s Guide to the SIAC Rules 2016” last November 24, 2016 and the Young SIAC (YSIAC) Advocacy Workshop last November 25, 2016.


Announcement of New SyCipLaw Partners

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the admission of  Aaron Roi B. Riturban and Franco Aristotle G. Larcina to the partnership.


Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2016

Asialaw has released its 2016 edition of the Asialaw Leading Lawyers.

The publication lists the leading practitioners in 18 practice areas in 24 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. In-house counsel, corporate executives and lawyers at local, regional and international law firms participated in an online survey between December 2015 and February 2016. Respondents nominated individual lawyers who excelled in one or more of 18 practice areas based on their work and reputation.  


IFLR1000 2017 Financial and Corporate Rankings

Congratulations to SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan practice groups and partners ranked in the recently released IFLR1000 2017 Financial and Corporate rankings!