SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan > Manila, Philippines > Firm Profile

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

Philippines > Antitrust and competition Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides advice on all matters related to the Philippine Competition Act to a vast client base covering all key industries, including defense, automobile, banking, energy, insurance, media, real estate, retail, and technology. The team has been involved in landmark deals, which resulted in the first anti-trust clearance under the regular merger control regime, and the first transaction to undergo a phase 2 review. Other key services include advice on competition law implications of vertical agreements such as resale price restrictions, exclusivity and non-compete provisions, and sole supply arrangements. Arlene Maneja regularly advises clients on antitrust implications of acquisitions, business ventures, and non-compete arrangements. Franco Aristotle Larcina specialises in issues involving merger control, cartels and abuse of dominance.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

Archipelago Capital

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

TPG Growth III SF Pte Ltd

Alipay

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

Work highlights

  • Represented Infineon Technologies AG (Infineon) in its €9.6 billion acquisition of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation (Cypress).
  • Represented ADP in the acquisition of 49% of the share capital of GAL. The transaction involves the purchase by ADP of 49% of the share capital GAL which was completed in two phases: a first phase for the acquisition of 24.99% stake, and a second phase, subject to certain regulatory conditions, for the acquisition of 24.01%.
  • Represented San Miguel Corporation in a proposed purchase of 85.73% of the total outstanding and issued capital stock of Holcim Philippines, Inc. by San Miguel Corporation (through its subsidiary) from LafargeHolcim Ltd.

Philippines > Aviation Tier 1

The aviation group at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan assists in registrations with the Civil Aviation Authority and provides advisory services covering the legal framework of doing business in the Philippines. Specifically, the team handles the tax treatment of international air carriers, business licenses, foreign permits and the drafting of finance and operating documents. In addition, clients can source pre-litigation advice (including remedial actions in the event of default) and expert representation in hearings before the Civil Aeronautics Board. Co-leads Carina Laforteza  and Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo lead the offering while Bhong Paulo Macasaet  is another key practitioner.

Practice head(s):

Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo; Carina Laforteza

Other key lawyers:

Bhong Paulo Macasaet

Testimonials

As a client, it is important for us to be able to communicate well with our counsels, and this is what the individual partners or associates of SyCip provide us. They are responsive in terms of the quality of the advice and the timeliness of the replies.’

The partners are fully invested, present for closing calls even after-hours of the Philippine Market.’

We engage SyCip for numerous transactions because we trust that they can well represent and advocate for us in negotiations. They are able to address the issues of the transaction, and raise only the relevant points for our consideration.’

Key clients

BBAM Singapore Pe. Ltd.

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Voyager Aviation Holdings (formerly Intrepid)

Nordic Aviation Capital A/S

SMBC Aviation Capital Limited

Dubai Aerospace International

Philippine National Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited through SAF Leasing II on the Philippine subleasing of an aircraft between CIT Aerospace International and Philippine Airlines, Inc.
  • Advised Avolon Aerospace AOE108 on the leasing of one airbus to Philippine Airlines, Inc.
  • Advised BBAM Aircraft Leasing & Management through Fly Aircraft Holding Twenty Two Limited on the repayment of existing debt and refinancing related to an aircraft on lease to Philippine Airlines, Inc.

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 1

Led by Vicente Gerochi , SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan acts for foreign and local banks as well as key financial institutions. Increasingly active in the issuance of hybrid securities, it also has extensive experience handling shares, notes, bonds, hybrid securities and derivatives. Working closely with law firms in North America, Europe and Asia, its recent capital markets transactions cover the food and beverage, real estate and port operations industries. Bhong Paulo Macasaet  and Jan Celine Abaño-Ranada  are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Vicente Gerochi

Other key lawyers:

Bhong Paulo Macasaet; Jan Celine Abaño-Ranada

Testimonials

The team was very responsive and made sure all legal items were covered.’

The team is very professional and accessible to the client. They are knowledgeable of the subject matter and are able to identify the key issues that the client needs to know. We also trust them to represent us well in negotiations.’

As a client, it is important for us to be able to communicate well with our counsels, and this is what the individual partners or associates of SyCip provide us. They are responsive in terms of the quality of the advice and the timeliness of the replies.’

Key clients

BDO Unibank, Inc./BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

Philippine National Bank/PNB Capital & Investment Corporation

Bank of the Philippine Islands/BPI Capital Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

HSBC

Citigroup

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Deutsche Bank

San Miguel Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised BDO Capital & Investment Corporation on a PHP40bn, 10-year syndicated Term Loan Facility to Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels Inc. and Sureste Properties Inc.

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The corporate and M&A team of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan handles many of the largest investments and M&A deals in the Philippines. It offers an end-to-end service from initial structuring and due diligence to the preparation of shareholders’ agreements to the requisite regulatory processes. It boasts a client list covering almost all key industries, including defense, banking, construction, manufacturing, insurance, retail, technology, and utilities. The team is led by Rocky Alejandro Reyes, an expert in the power and energy sector. Managing partner Hector de Leon  Jr. specialises in oil and gas law, and service contracts granted by the Philippine government. Simeon Ken Ferrer and Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

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 Ltd

Alipay

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

AC Energy Philippines

Dairy Farm Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Assisted MPIC and MPLRC with an auction process, conducting sell-side due diligence and regulatory aspects of the investment.
  • Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. on the compliance issue in relation to its conduct of a telecoms tower business in the Philippines.
  • Advised MPIC and KIT on the Philippine law aspects of their purchase of Philippine Tank Storage International Holdings, Inc., which wholly owns Philippine Coastal Storage and Pipeline Corporation.

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The litigation team of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan works in unison with its renowned commercial law practice and offers advice on a wide range of contentious commercial matters. It represents foreign and local clients from a diverse set of industries, including mining, power, telecommunications, infrastructure, banking, pharmaceutical, and manufacturing. Ricardo Ma. Palma Gil Ongkiko heads the team and specialises in international and domestic arbitration dealing with commercial and construction disputes. Carlos Roberto Lopez has extensive experience in trials and pleadings before the Philippine Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals.

Key clients

First Pacific Company Ltd.

Citibank

PLDT, Inc.

Philex Mining Corporation

Manila Electric Company

Metro Pacific Investments Corporation

Philippine Stock Exchange

OceanaGold

Dow Chemical

Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

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 / CE Casecnan Water and Energy Co., Inc.

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

Toyo Construction

Hilton International

Delta Airlines

Qatar Airways

Grolier International

Wyeth

Colgate-Palmolive

Makati Medical Center

Asian Hospital and Medical Center

Adelaide and Meath Hospital

Lutheran Church Missouri Synod

AkzoNobel PNG Limited

GIC

Kia Motors

Grab Holdings, Inc. (MYTAXI.PH)

Chevron

Philippine Geothermal Production Co., Inc.

Delta Design Philippines LLC (Cohu)

ACG Automotive Philippines, Inc.

NTT Docomo, Inc.

JLL Mortgage Services Pty. Ltd.

Astronergy Solar Philippines, Inc.

Integrated Marketing Services, Inc.

Johanna Subic Seafoods Corporation

Johanna Seafoods Limited

Nokia Shanghai Bell Co., Ltd.

Globe Telecom, Inc.

KEB Hana Bank

Mabuhay Interflour Mill, Inc.

Huang Hsiang Development Corporation

Prinpia Co., Ltd

Vibal Group

Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation

ICCP Land Management Inc.

Wirecard AG

d&b audiotechnik GmbH

Aspen Philippines, Inc.

BAM International sarl

Firstsource Solutions Limited

Fordays Japan International Inc.

hibu (UK) Limited

Telus International Phils., Inc.

UPS Asia Group Pte Ltd.

Western Mindanao Power Corporation

Western Shipping Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Represented officers of Hawker Pacific Asia PTE LTD in a case for alleged violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. The Office of the Ombudsman’s dismissal of the charges was recently upheld by the Philippine Supreme Court.
  • Represented Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome, Inc. in their defence against a petition for a Writ of Kalikasan filed by individuals supported by their Provincial Government.
  • Represented OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc. in suits against local government units to enable the contractor to continue operating a major gold and copper mine pending the renewal of the first Financial and Technical Assistance Agreement with the Philippine Government under the 1987 Philippine Constitution.

Philippines > Immigration Tier 1

Working alongside its corporate department, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides a full-service immigration practice, advising on the provision of a range of work permits and visas, as well as occasional adversarial proceedings such as deportation and blacklisting. In partnership with non-profit organisation Justice without Borders, the firm provides multi-jurisdictional pro bono services to returning overseas Filipino workers, who seek compensation from their employers following labour exploitation. Key contact Rodelle Bolante has extensive experience representing banking and manufacturing companies in collective bargaining negotiations, as well as in performing immigration advisory work for business process outsourcing companies. Dante Pamintuan leads the practice alongside Bolante.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Fragomen Singapore

Colgate-Palmolive

US Wheat Associates

Bell Canada

Envoy Global

Fordays Japan International

US Auto Parts

Turkish Airlines

Thomson Reuters Asia

Sarimonde Foods Corp.

Work highlights

  • Advising Fragomen’s on in-country processing of work visas and work permits for multinational clients operating in the Philippines.
  • Advising Fordays Philippines on employment issues for its expatriates and other immigration matters and processes visas and permits for its foreign staff.
  • Advising B/E Aerospace on processing work visas and employment permits for key personnel assigned to Philippine operations.

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is particularly well known for advisory work on branding and trademark issues, specialized and strategic IP portfolio management, and IP protection and enforcement. The firm’s client list ranges from high-profile luxury goods to global pharmaceutical companies. The firm frequently represents clients such as H&M and Hallmark Cards in trademark infringement proceedings against opposing parties filing for similar trademarks. Vida Panganiban-Alindogan heads up the team, advising clients on domain name issues, as well as copyright and trademark issues in social media.

Practice head(s):

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

F. Hoffmann-La Roche

Dyson Technology

Gap

AbbVie

Chanel

Rolex

Total

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Pfizer

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Bostik Philippines

Work highlights

  • Represented H&M Hennes & Mauritz in a trademark infringement case before the Bureau of Legal Affairs of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

Philippines > Labour and employment Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan assists key players from banking and manufacturing sectors with a wide array of legal matters. Particular areas of expertise include the migration of employees, collective bargaining negotiations, preventive mediation and disciplinary action. In addition, the team is well versed in representation pertaining to strike action and covers the complexities of pension schemes, stock option plans, and other benefit programs. Led by Dante Pamintuan, other key names include Amer Mambuay, Marianne Miguel, and Leslie Dy.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘The team is very responsive and commercial. Our go-to local firm for anything critical or complex.’

‘Russel Rodriguez is very good.’

‘The team has the legal expertise that we seek. They are thorough and respond to queries and provide advice promptly.’

‘They are friendly and approachable. You won’t hesitate to reach out to them.’

‘They have extensive expertise across all areas where we need them.’

‘My dealings with Sycip are primarily related to labour litigation. I particularly appreciate their project management approach especially since courts in the Philippines are volatile with timelines. Good collaboration and insights on risk management, especially when handling difficult cases.’

‘Amer Mambuay – provides insight where management prerogatives will hold especially on new practices that we would like to implement within our company.’

Key clients

ABB, Inc.

ADP Philippines Inc.

Asian Development Bank

Boeing International Corporation

British Council

Cargill Philippines Inc.

City Savings Bank

Citizen Machinery Philippines, Inc.

EBAR, Inc.

ESS Manufacturing Company, Inc.

E-Trading Software Services

Federal Express

Firmenich Philippines, Inc.

Firstsource Solutions Limited – Philippine Branch

Flour Daniel, Inc. – Philippines

Ford ASEAN

Ford Group Philippines

Fordays Japan International, Inc.

G2 Ocean Ltd.-ROHQ

Gardenia Bakeries (Philippines), Inc.

Green Crosss Inc.

HAVI Logistics Philippines Inc.

HCL Technologies Ltd.

Innodata Knowledge Philippines, Inc.

Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing, Inc.

LF (Philippines), Inc.

TELUS International Philippines, Inc.

Medical Doctors, Inc. (Makati Medical Center)

Metropac Trucking Company, Inc.

OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc.

Omnicom Media Group – Philippines

Philippine American Life & General Insurance Company

Qatar Airways

Quantrics Enterprises, Inc.

Quezon Power (Philippines) Limited

Refinitv Asia Pte. Ltd.

Sanofi

TDK Philippines Corporation

Thomson Reuters Corporation Pte Ltd

Tupperware Brands Phils., Inc.

UBase 1 Philippines, Inc.

Vibal Group of Companies

Work highlights

  • Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co on the transfer of employment, immigration laws and reorganization of FTAP relating to its acquisition of Frontier Tower Associates Philippines.
  • Advised Island Quarry and Aggregates Corporation on a collective bargaining agreement.
  • Advised Cargill Philippines on regularization and illegal dismissal cases.

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has a strong reputation advising on private energy projects; the firm advised on the development of the first power plant project undertaken on a build-operate-transfer basis in the Philippines. Acting as counsel for numerous Philippine independent power projects, the firm advises developers and lenders representing a combined capacity of more than 6,000 MW. Rocky Alejandro Reyes is practice head of the special projects department and has particular expertise in infrastructure and mass transit projects. Hector de Leon focuses on corporate and commercial matters in the energy, mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

PLDT

Aboitiz Power Corp.

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

Bell Canada

United Laboratories

Marriott

TMI Associates

Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

MasterCard

Gilbert & Tobin

Mitsui & Co

Skadden Arps

Hyatt International

Eversheds

Work highlights

  • Advising consortium members and winning bidders on the management, operation and maintenance of the existing and the new passenger terminals of the Clark International Airport Project.

Philippines > Real estate and construction Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s experience in real estate and construction covers the simplest portfolio purchase to more complex deals and transactions, with clientele ranging from individuals and major real estate developers, hotel operators, landowners to foreign governments. The team led by Rocky Alejandro Reyes notably handled the sale of PLDT Smart Tower, which involved the proposed sale of two parcels of land and the commercial building constructed on top of the land in a private bidding, with John Paul de Leon and his team handling the due diligence and advised the client on the sale documentation and critical pre-closing and post-closing steps. Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo has a particular focus on land acquisition and development.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

San Miguel Corporation

PLDT

Aboitiz Power Corporation

Dentsu Aegis Network

Manila Electric Company

Bell Canada

United Laboratories

Marriott

Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsui & Co

Hyatt International

Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation

Science Park of the Philippines

Arthaland Corporation

Galaxy Entertainment Group

Chevron Philippines

Telus

Work highlights

  • Advised Mitsubishi Corporation on its acquisition of a 40% stake in a joint venture company for the development of a PHP15bn mixed-use project in Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa.
  • Advised the seller of PLDT Smart Tower on due diligence issues before the terms of reference for the bidding is released.
  • Advising Telus Philippines on all their real estate property deals.

Philippines > Shipping Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan advises on a broad range of cases involving maritime casualties and also represents clients in shipping-related disputes involving marine insurance, fraud, cargo claims, and ship arrests. Working closely with its corporate practice area, the firm has extensive experience handling the financing, sale, charter, crewing, and registration of vessels for both domestic and foreign companies. Following her recent promotion to partnership, Joanna Marie Joson has been working alongside Russel Rodriguez on landmark international arbitration proceedings in the UK, providing testimony on the breach of Philippine law following the potentially unlawful arrest of a ship in Filipino waters. The firm is noted for its ‘creative solutions‘ in complex matters. Leading the practice are Rocky Reyes, Vicente Gerochi, and Russel Rodriguez.

Testimonials

‘They provided assistance which was creative in nature when creative solutions were required and were prepared to back themselves when others may not have been prepared to do so.’

‘Russel Rodriguez was easy to work with, commercial and prepared to push the Court when necessary which was much appreciated.’

‘The team really studies the case, checks every side and possibility before coming up with an answer. They really coordinate with their team and client and they are knowledgeable in the area being discussed. Every step taken is calculated and planned very well.’

Key clients

7107 Islands Shipping Corporation

All Seas Marine

Berwin and Leighton Paisner

Crewcare

Delta Meco Crewing Services

El Victor Limited Ship and Crew Managers

Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction

Harbor Star Shipping Services

Keppel Subic Shipyard

Tsuneshi Shipyards

Frabelle Food Corporation

Hoya Marine Corporation

Keppel Batangas Shipyard

Melaleuca of the Philippines

Mayer Brown

Regal Ware

SCG International Corporation

Steamship Insurance Management Services

Stephenson Harwood

Work highlights

  • Assisted Mayer Brown acting for BNP Paribas with the registration of ship mortgages in the Philippines and in Panama.
  • Assisted Stephenson Harwood with arbitration proceedings following a ship arrest.
  • Acted for a major Philippine shipyard operator in the enforcement of a maritime lien.

Philippines > Tax Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides the full spectrum of tax services for clients, which range from major corporations to high-net-worth individuals and estates. Tax department lead Carina Laforteza, managing partner Hector de Leon, customs expert Russel Rodriguez and tax litigator Ronald Mark Lleno count amount the headline names, advising on everything from the tax aspects of corporate transactions to administrative and judicial litigation, in which clients are defended against assessments for national, local taxes and customs duties. Also providing key support in this area is Maria Christian Ortuan-Ang, who was promoted to partner in January 2021. Rolando V. Medalla, Jr. is now of counsel and remains a vastly experienced figure across tax issues.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They have the legal expertise that we seek. They are thorough, and promptly provide advice.’

‘They are friendly and approachable. This is as important as their legal expertise.’

As a client, we are not after uniqueness but we want advice that will keep us away from trouble; there should be less friction cost and must be efficient and doable. They do this excellently.’

They are very competent in their field of expertise and will find ways to help in the fulfillment of the transaction. They are very honest in disclosing the limitations/consequences of the advice given.’

Philippines > TMT Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides comprehensive legal services to companies operating in the technology, media and telecommunications sector. The firm’s client list ranges from cloud services to e-commerce platforms. Rose King-Dominguez is a TMT specialist, particularly in the area of data privacy, and lead the practice with Rocky Reyes. Dominguez has acted for a leading social media platform on various matters including the roll-out in the Philippines of a ground-breaking multijurisdictional project, which involved the handling of content issues raised by users, and the establishment of a local representative office. The firm is also particularly active in advising fintech companies where John Paul de Leon is a key individual.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Metro Pacific Group

PLDT

Smart Telecommunications

Dentsu Aegis Network

Zalora

Thomson Reuters

San Miguel Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. on a variety of Philippine regulatory matters, including compliance with the various regulations issued by the Philippine Department of Information and Communications Technology for the conduct of a common tower business in the Philippines.
  • Providing general structuring, regulatory and employment law advice to the client, a global communication as a service, as well as due diligence, risk assessments, and advice on doing business.

Philippines > Capital markets Tier 2

Well-versed in capital markets‘, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan‘s banking, finance and securities group, fronted by Vicente Gerochi , acts for a range of foreign and domestic banks, financial institutions and issuers of securities, with a particular emphasis on the aviation, food and beverage, real estate and port operations sectors. Its workload spans the full gamut of equity and debt issuances, as well as registration issues and securities listings. Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo  is a regular advisor to local and international financial institutions. Additional names to note are counsel Simeon Ken Ferrer , who retired from the partnership June 2021, and Aaron Roi Riturban .

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Testimonials

The team is well-versed in capital markets, and they are able to provide proper legal advice on the relevant matters. They also represent us well in negotiations, and are able to identify the key issues for our consideration.’

As a client, it is important for us to be able to communicate well with our counsels, and this is what the individual partners or associates of SyCip provide us. They are responsive in terms of the quality of the advise and the timeliness of the replies.’

The team was very responsive and made sure all legal items were covered.’

Key clients

BDO Unibank, Inc./BDO Capital & Investment Corporation

Philippine National Bank/PNB Capital & Investment Corporation

Bank of the Philippine Islands/BPI Capital Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

HSBC

Citigroup

MUFG Bank

Mizuho Bank

Deutsche Bank

San Miguel Corporation

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

Work highlights

  • Advised BPI Capital Corporation and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited on the issuance and offer by Bank of the Philippine Islands of PHP21.5bn BPI COVID Action Response Bonds.
  • Advised BDO Capital & Investment Corporation, China Bank Capital Corporation, RCBC Capital Corporation, and First Metro Investment Corporation on the maiden offer and issuance by Del Monte Philippines, Inc.
  • Advised Merrill Lynch, DBS Bank Ltd., Standard Chartered Bank, and DB TrusteesLimited on the issuance by San Miguel Corporation  of $5bn senior perpetual capital securities under its $3bn Medium Term Note and Securities Programme.

The firm: SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is one of the largest law firms in the Philippines with branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City, and the Subic Freeport Zone. It is a full-service law firm and was founded in 1945.

The firm offers a broad and integrated range of legal services, including those in the following fields:

    • M&A and Special Projects
    • Banking, finance and securities
    • Corporate services and general commercial law
    • Employment law and immigration
    • Litigation and dispute resolution
    • Tax
    • Intellectual property

SyCipLaw has specialists in key practice areas such as anti-trust and competition, energy, infrastructure, real estate, data privacy, natural resources, government contracts, insurance, international arbitration, and TMT.

SyCipLaw is ranked as a top tier firm by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000, asialaw Profiles, and ABLJ rankings.

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: Band 1 Firm, Chambers Asia-Pacific Rankings 2021 and 2022; Ranked “Outstanding” in all 15 categories in the 2022 asialaw Rankings for the Philippines; Philippine Tax Firm of the Year, International Tax Review Asia Tax Awards 2021; Top Tier Firm, Legal500 Asia-Pacific 2021; Top Tier Firm, IFLR1000 30th Edition; Philippine Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2021; Firm of the Year – Philippines, Benchmark Asia-Pacific Awards 2021; Best Overall Law Firm of the Year, ABLJ Philippine Law Firm Awards 2019-2021; Philippine Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2020; Philippines Firm of the Year, asialaw Awards 2020; and Client Service Excellence Award Firm of the Year (Philippines), asialaw Awards 2020

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Banking, finance and securities Vicente D Gerochi IVvdgerochi@syciplaw.com
Corporate services Imelda A. Manguiatiamanguiat@syciplaw.com
Intellectual property Vida M Panganiban-Alindoganvmpanganiban@syciplaw.com
Employment and Immigration Dante T Pamintuandtpamintuan@syciplaw.com
Litigation Ricardo Ma PG Ongkikormpgongkiko@syciplaw.com
Special projects Rocky Alejandro L Reyesralreyes@syciplaw.com
Tax Carina C. Lafortezacclaforteza@syciplaw.com
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Contacts : Hector M De Leon, Jr (managing partner)

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) champions diversity in the workplace. At the beginning of 2021, the firm admitted four female lawyers into the partnership. With the admission of these four women as partners, more than 40% of the partnership is now comprised of women.

SyCipLaw is committed to creating a positive difference not only for its clients but also for the community and the country. SyCipLaw makes active efforts to work collaboratively with stakeholders in the community and to enhance the well-being of others through pro bono initiatives and legal services, and other voluntary efforts.

The firm is very active in CSR work. It advised a number of local and international clients on various matters, including microfinancing and other programs intended to assist micro and small enterprises. This follows the firm’s membership in Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), a non-profit organization founded by the country’s biggest corporations to help strengthen the capabilities and governance structures of small and micro enterprises. SyCipLaw is the only law firm member of PBSP.

In September 2020, SyCipLaw signed a Cooperation Agreement with Justice Without Borders (a non-profit organization) pursuant to which SyCipLaw will provide pro-bono services in connection with cross-border claims by returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against their former employers in Hong Kong and Singapore. Through this agreement, OFWs who are victims of labor exploitation are able to get access to legal aid in order to seek proper and just compensation from their former employers.

SyCipLaw also has a history of engagement in the area of workers’ rights. SyCipLaw, together with Asylum Access, Host International, Refugee Access, and five other law firms from across Asia, conducted research on refugee access to fair and lawful work in eight Asian countries. This project has been recognized by TrustLaw, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global pro-bono legal service, and was given TrustLaw’s Collaboration Award in its 2019 awards.


SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) represents clients from almost every industry and enterprise, and the Firm’s client portfolio includes local and global business leaders. We also act for governmental agencies, international organizations, and non-profit institutions.

SyCipLaw maintains links with established and leading firms based in other jurisdictions, including the United States, and countries in Europe and Asia. We are an active member of various international lawyers’ associations Employment including:

  • Law Alliance (ELA)
  • The Interlex Group
  • Multinational Association of Law Firms (Multilaw)
  • Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC)
  • World Law Group (WLG)
  • World Services Group

Aside from the firm’s international networks, its lawyers are members of various international and local professional organizations and associations.

Our recent professional awards include:

  • Band 1 Firm, Chambers Asia-Pacific Rankings 2021 and 2022
  • Ranked “Outstanding” in all 15 categories in the 2022 asialaw Rankings for the Philippines
  • Antitrust and Competition Team of the Year, The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 20/21
  • Philippine Tax Firm of the Year, International Tax Review Asia Tax Awards 2021
  • Top Tier Firm, Legal500 Asia-Pacific 2021
  • Top Tier Firm, IFLR1000 30th Edition
  • Philippine Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2021
  • Firm of the Year – Philippines, Benchmark Asia-Pacific Awards 2021
  • Philippine Firm of the Year, Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards 2020
  • Philippines Firm of the Year, asialaw Awards 2020
  • Client Service Excellence Award Firm of the Year (Philippines), asialaw Awards 2020
  • Collaboration Award, TrustLaw 2019
  • Philippine Firm of the Year 2019, In-House Community
  • Philippine Law Firm of the Year, ABLJ Philippine Law Firm Awards 2019
  • Best Overall Law Firm of the Year, ABLJ Philippine Law Firm Awards 2019

SyCipLaw is Recognized as a Top Tier Firm by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is the Philippine law firm that received the most number of “Tier 1” rankings for 2022 in The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific.

SyCipLaw Announces New Corporate Services Department Head

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Imelda A. Manguiat, a senior partner of the firm, as the new head of its Corporate Services (CS) Department, effective on June 1, 2021.

SyCipLaw Admits Four New Partners

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the admission to the partnership of Easter Princess U. Castro-Ty, Joanna Marie O. Joson, Maria Viola B. Vista, and Maria Christina C. Ortua-Ang.

SyCipLaw Sweeps The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 Rankings Again

SyCipLaw was ranked top tier level in all the relevant practice areas by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021 ranking, the only Philippine law firm able to do so.

Announcement of New Senior Associates

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the promotion of eleven Associates to the position of Senior Associates: Eleanor N. BalaquiaoMark Kevin U. DellosaNorberto P. Geraldez, Jr.Anne Katherine P. NavaretteJavierose M. RamirezLoubelle L. RazonRamon I. Rocha, IVNikko Emmanuel D. SilvaApril Gayle U. SollerJericho R. Tiu and Nathaniel Andrew Y. Uy.

SyCipLaw’s rankings in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific Rankings has released its 2021 rankings of the leading law firms across the region. SyCipLaw is proud and honored to be listed alongside highly regarded firms in Asia-Pacific.

SyCipLaw’s LSIP Wraps Up with a Virtual Conversation with Social Entrepreneurs

SyCipLaw recently wrapped up its Lawyers for Social Impact Project (LSIP) -- a year-long program where lawyers of the firm worked pro bono for social enterprises selected and supported by the Innovation for Social Impact Project (ISIP) of Philippine S&T Development Foundation – Manila, Inc. (PhilDev) -- with a virtual staff meeting attended by SyCipLaw lawyers, PhilDev officers and staff, and representatives of the firm's clients under the project.

SyCipLaw Inks Cooperation Agreement with Justice Without Borders

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) has signed a Cooperation Agreement with Justice Without Borders (JWB), pursuant to which SyCipLaw may provide JWB with pro bono services in connection with cross-border claims by returning overseas Filipino workers against their former employers and/or recruitment agencies in Singapore or Hong Kong.

SyCip Lawyers Support PBSP’s Learning Continuity Project

Since 2017, SyCipLaw has supported the Ready for School program of the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), the largest business-led NGO in the country. These efforts have included sending teams to public schools to help prepare classrooms, paint chairs, sort and wrap books, and engage with teachers and students, all for the start of the school year. But this year, students will not be heading back to those classrooms. With the pandemic preventing most schools in the Philippines from holding regular classes to avoid infection outbreaks, schools will remain empty and the challenge for the country is how to push learning continuity for students and school-age children.

SyCipLaw becomes first law firm member of PBSP

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was formally introduced as a member of Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), during PBSP’s annual members’ meeting and 49th founding anniversary celebration held last January 28. SyCipLaw is the first Philippine law firm to be admitted as a member of PBSP

SyCipLaw Kicks-off 75th Anniversary Celebration with Pasasalamat and Justice VV Mendoza’s Reflection

SyCipLaw, which marks its 75th year this 2020, kicked off its jubilee celebration with “Pasasalamat”, an all-hands gathering at the SyCiplaw Center. Its highlights were a jubilee message from Hector de Leon, Jr., the firm’s managing partner, a thanksgiving Mass and interfaith prayers, and a special talk from retired Supreme Court Justice and SyCiplaw alumnus Vicente V. Mendoza.

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 Receives 4 asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards Nominations

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) received nominations for the Philippines Firm of the Year; Banking & Finance Firm of the Year; IT, Telecoms & Media Firm of the Year; and South-east Asia Firm of the Year categories of the inaugural asialaw Asia-Pacific Legal Practice Awards.


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.


Highlights: PRAC 60th International Conference in Manila

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan hosted the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC) 60th International Conference last September 24-27, 2016. The Conference gathered 43 delegates from PRAC member firms in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and the United States of America. The conference program provided delegates with various learning and networking opportunities.


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!


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.

The IJGlobal Awards celebrates the outstanding transactions and institutions in infrastructure finance. The Asia-Pacific dinner was held on March 3, 2016 in Singapore. Visit the IJGlobal Awards website for more information and the full list of winners


SyCipLaw Shortlisted for the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016

SyCipLaw has been shortlisted for the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016 in three categories. The firm was nominated as National Law Firm of the Year and Best Domestic Arbitration Firm of the Year. SyCipLaw partner Emmanuel M. Lombos was nominated as Disputes Star of the Year.


SyCipLaw Advises Borrowers in Pagbilao LNG Power Plant and Hub Terminal Project

SyCipLaw is acting as borrower’s counsel for Energy World Corporation in the P6.75 billion financing package to partially fund the development of the first phase of the proposed 650-megawatt liquefied natural gas combined cycle power plant in Pagbilao, Quezon Province.


ALB M&A Rankings 2016

SyCipLaw is ranked once again as a tier 1 firm for M&A in the Philippines by Asian Legal Business (ALB). The full results of ALB's M&A Rankings 2016 was published in its September 2016 issue.


PRAC 60th International Conference in Manila

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is hosting the Pacific Rim Advisory Council (PRAC) 60th International Conference in Manila on September 24-27, 2016 at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati City.


SyCipLaw Advises Borrowers in Tiwi-MakBan Geothermal Plants Project

SyCipLaw acted as borrower's counsel for AP Renewables, Incorporated (APRI), a unit of Philippine energy company Aboitiz Power, in the issuance of a landmark climate bond worth P10.7 billion ($225 million) for the Tiwi-MakBan geothermal power facilities.


SyCipLaw Shortlisted in 11 ALB Philippine Law Awards 2016 Categories

SyCipLaw has been shortlisted in eleven categories of the ALB Philippine Law Awards:


SyCipLaw Partner Wins Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Star of the Year

SyCipLaw partner Emmanuel M. Lombos wins Dispute Star of the Year for the Philippine jurisdiction at the Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2016.


SyCipLaw advises Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation and Manila North Tollways Corp.

SyCipLaw acted as counsel to Metro Pacific Tollways Development Corporation (MPTDC) in relation to its unsolicited proposal for the design, development, financing, construction, operations and maintenance of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road.


ALB Philippine Law Awards 2016

SyCipLaw won the Philippine Law Firm of the Year award at the first ALB Philippine Law Awards. The firm was also named Arbitration Law Firm of the Year and Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year.


Hector M. de Leon, Jr. is new SyCipLaw Managing Partner

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce that Hector M. de Leon, Jr. has been elected as the firm’s managing partner. Mr. de Leon joined SyCipLaw in 1988 and has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee since 2014.


ALB: “SyCip Sweeps First-Ever ALB Philippine Law Awards”

The December 2016 issue of the Asian Legal Business (ALB) includes an article entitled “SyCip Sweeps First-Ever ALB Philippine Law Awards”. The article, located on page 30 of the issue, discussed SyCipLaw’s received awards during the event, including Philippine Law Firm of the Year, Arbitration Law Firm of the Year, and Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year.


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.