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

Headed by Rocky Alejandro Reyes, the team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan regularly advises its clients on regulatory matters relating to the Philippine Competition Act, and it is also well-equipped to handle complex transactions and greenfield issues. The group has extensive experience analysing the competition law aspects of various vertical restraint arrangements, including resale price restrictions and sole supply agreements, and is also active in policy development. Its client portfolio features local corporations, large global companies, and international law firms. Arlene Maneja is a key figure in the team, and is particularly adept in advising on the antitrust implications of proposed acquisitions and business ventures. January 2023-promoted partners Roshni Balani and Mark Xavier Oyales are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes

Key clients

Aboitiz Group

Alten Europe

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Arthaland Corporation

Battery Grade Materials Inc.

Credit Corp Group Limited

Daelim Philippines, Inc.

Del Monte Philippines Inc.

Dentsu Aegis Network

DP World

ENEOS Corporation (Japan)

Equinix Asia Pacific Pte. Limited

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, Inc.

Global Payments Process Centre, Inc.

Grab Holdings, Inc.

JERA Asia Private Limited and JERA Co., Inc.

Jobstreet.com Philippines, Inc.

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

KKR Asia Limited

Manila Electric Company

Metro Pacific Group

Mirova

Mitsui

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Naval Group

Navigator Holdings Ltd

Nova Asia Company

PayPal Inc.

PH Global Jet Express, Inc.

Red 5 Limited

San Miguel Corporation

Shelbyville Limited

Shiseido Company Limited/Shiseido Philippines Corporation

Surge Ventures III

ThomasLloyd Group Limited

TPG Growth III SF Pte Ltd

wpd Philippines, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising on the private acquisition by San Miguel Equity Investments Inc. of Eagle Cement Corporation, a listed company, and the public acquisition (through a tender offer) of the shares of the minority shareholders.
  • Acted as Philippine counsel to Aboitiz InfraCap in a joint venture with EdgeConneX in relation to the development and operation of hyperscale data centers.
  • Acting as Philippine competition law counsel for Mitsui and KDDI.

Philippines > Transport Tier 1

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has a strong aviation financing practice, which typically advises on the loan transaction and security documentation aspects of various major deals; in regards to loans, it also advises on the numerous remedial options that are available to clients in the event of a default. In addition, it frequently advises its client roster, which is formed in large part of foreign and local banks as well as financial institutions, on their obtaining a license to do business in the Philippines, wherein it assists with the Civil Aviation Authority registration process and with the obtaining of a foreign air carrier’s permit. The group excels in litigation also. Philbert Varona is the practice head and both Melyjane Bertillo-Ancheta and Bhong Paulo Macasaet are also well-regarded team members.

Practice head(s):

Philbert Varona

Testimonials

‘The team is very capable and competent when advising on aviation matters and providing local law advice and on-the-ground assistance. They are prompt and efficient and solutions-oriented.’

‘Bhong is a capable attorney who works diligently and has a good grasp of aviation matters as they impact on the Philippines.’

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

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 1

Under the leadership of Philbert Varona, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has a stellar reputation for its work with various foreign and local banks and financial institutions on a wide range of matters. Assisting borrowers and issuers on a variety of key deals such as acquisition and project financing, securities issuances and listings, forms as much part of the firm's strengths as advising on corporate notes, bonds, major syndicated loans and re-financings. Another core area of focus is in aviation financing, where the practice is regularly mandated by leading aircraft lessors, financiers and local operators. In addition, the practice works closely with international law firms on significant cross-border banking deals and advises clients on investment-related projects in the renewable energy and infrastructure arenas. Among the key names to note are Jan Celine Abaño-Ranada  and Bhong Paulo Macasaet. Roshni Balani and Mark Xavier Oyales were promoted to the partnership in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Philbert Varona

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

AC Energy, Inc.

Arthaland Corporation

Asia United Bank Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Bank of America

Bank of Commerce

Bank of Singapore

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BDO Unibank, Inc.

Capital International Private Equity Fund

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Del Monte Philippines, Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines Inc.

GIV Capital Holdings Corp.

Hanwha Global Asset Corp.

JP Morgan Chase

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Kingfisher Mobile Limited

Light Rail Manila Corporation

Markham Resources Corporation

Merrill Lynch (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

PH Global Jet Express, Inc.

Philippine National Bank

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Robinsons Bank Corporation

San Miguel Corporation

Security Bank Corporation

Science Park of the Philippines, Inc.

South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

UBS AG

Union Bank of the Philippines

Work highlights

  • Acting for Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, Inc. (as borrower)/Pinnacle Towers Holdings Inc. (Pinnacle Towers) (as parent) in a  deal involving the sale and lease-back by Globe of over 7,000 towers.
  • Acted as counsel for the joint lead arrangers, Philippine Commercial Capital, Inc. and SB Capital Investment Corporation in a deal.
  • Acted as counsel for the lenders in the PHP 3bn financing of the Carbon Market Redevelopment Project.

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Spearheaded by Rocky Alejandro Reyes, the outstanding team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has acted on many of the largest investments and M&A deals in the country. It is adept at advising on foreign investments and frequently advises leading global companies on establishing their businesses in the Philippines. The group has an excellent track record of advising on competition law (including merger notifications), anti-money laundering regulations, data privacy and other e-commerce issues. In addition, it regularly works with international law firms on key projects and transactions. The agile team currently works with numerous major local corporations and foreign companies, in almost all the key industries. Imelda Manguiat is another notable member of the department who specialises in foreign investments and mergers and acquisitions, as well as power and infrastructure projects. Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez has particular expertise in TMT matters. Managing partner Hector De Leon and of counsel and corporate services head Simeon Ken Ferrer are other key contacts. Senior partner Marievic Ramos-Añonuevo retired from the firm in 2022.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes

Other key lawyers:

Imelda Manguiat; Rose Marie M King-Dominguez

Key clients

Aboitiz Group

Alten Europe

Archer Daniels Midland Company

Arthaland Corporation

Battery Grade Materials Inc.

Credit Corp Group Ltd

Daelim Philippines, Inc.

Del Monte Philippines Inc.

Dentsu Aegis Network

DP World

ENEOS Corporation (Japan)

Equinix Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, Inc.

Global Payments Process Centre, Inc.

Grab Holdings, Inc.

JERA Asia Private Ltd and JERA Co., Inc.

Jobstreet.com Philippines, Inc.

JP Morgan Chase & Co.

KKR Asia Ltd

Manila Electric Company

Metro Pacific Group

Mirova

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Fudosan

Naval Group

Navigator Holdings Ltd

Nova Asia Company

PayPal Inc.

PH Global Jet Express, Inc.

Red 5 Ltd

San Miguel Corporation

Shelbyville Ltd

Shiseido Company Ltd/Shiseido Philippines Corporation

Surge Ventures III

ThomasLloyd Group Ltd

TPG Growth III SF Pte Ltd

wpd Philippines, Inc.

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 1

The ‘organised and thorough’ team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is ably led by Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko. It represents foreign and local clients from a wide range of industries, and has a particularly strong appellate and Supreme Court practice. The group has been involved in numerous landmark commercial cases in the Supreme Court in recent years too. In addition, it has a first-class arbitration practice, and frequently represents clients before various administrative agencies. Carlos Lopez has particular experience in high-value intra-corporate disputes and commercial arbitration. Ma. Patricia Paz-Jacoba has a vast array of experience in complex commercial contract, intra-corporate and shareholders’ disputes. Paz-Jacoba is also highly regarded for her work on white-collar crime investigations and prosecutions. John Regalado specialises in commercial arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko

Testimonials

‘Very good team with very experienced individuals.’

Ma. Patricia B. Paz-Jacoba – great to work with and gives very good advice.’

‘The team are able to navigate through the difficult litigation process.’

‘The breadth and depth of the team’s expertise makes SyCipLaw a one-stop shop that provides clients with a high level of confidence that all bases are covered, all available options are thoroughly considered, and relevant risks are meticulously identified and addressed accordingly.’

‘The SyCipLaw members that I have worked with for over two decades share that passion, candour and professionalism to provide only quality and on-time service to their clients. They are forthright in their engagements, always making sure that our rights and interests are enforced and protected to the full extent of the law.’

‘Competent; proactive; accessible; patient; intuitive; great attention to detail.’

‘The professionalism of SyCip Law is impeccable. It has successfully built a relationship of trust with us and sustained a collaborative spirit in working with our organisation.’

‘Ma. Patricia Paz-Jacoba has been an exceptional colleague who has attended to our needs with high-quality client service and reliable expertise.’

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

Jet Aviation (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 Ltd

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 Ltd

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.

Light Rail Manila Corporation

BAM International sarl

Firstsource Solutions Ltd

Fordays Japan International Inc.

hibu (UK) Ltd

Telus International Phils., Inc.

UPS Asia Group Pte Ltd

Western Mindanao Power Corporation

Western Shipping Pte. Ltd.

Work highlights

  • Representing The Manila Electric Company (MERALCO), the country’s largest power distributor, against a petition filed by the Office of the Solicitor General in the Supreme Court assailing the validity of a settlement agreement between MERALCO and the National Power Corporation, a government owned and controlled corporation.
  • Defended officers of Hawker Pacific Asia (now Jet Aviation) against charges of conspiracy and violation of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act (Republic Act No. 3019) in relation to contracts to inspect and overhaul Bell 412 helicopters of the Office of the President of the Philippines. The charges were dismissed by the Office of the Ombudsman and the dismissal was upheld by the Supreme Court.
  • Representing Barrick Gold Corporation and Placer Dome, Inc in their defence against a petition for a writ of kalikasan filed by certain individuals supported by their provincial government.

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 1

The first-rate team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has considerable expertise in IP portfolio management, enforcement and in all aspects of licensing and tech transfers. The practice is also experienced handling trademark and copyright protection work. Under the guidance of Vida Panganiban-Alindogan, the group continues to advise on a myriad of complex issues, including acting on cases of alleged unfair competition or copyright infringement. Anthony Dee is another known name in the market; Dee has extensive experience in IP-related litigation, arbitration and enforcement of rights cases. In addition, the group has substantial experience in acting in administrative proceedings before the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines.

Practice head(s):

Vida Panganiban-Alindogan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG

Colgate-Palmolive Company

Dyson Technology

Gap Inc.

AbbVie Inc.

Rolex S.A.

The Clorox Company

Pfizer Inc.

Tupperware Brands Corporation

Bostik Philippines, Inc.

Acer Incorporated

Sony Corporation

Philippines > Labour and employment Tier 1

Entrusted by significant banking, healthcare, pharmaceutical and tech clients amongst others, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s key strengths lie in handling disciplinary actions and terminations, employment contracts as well as advising on work visa and permit-related issues. Head of the group Dante Pamintuan and Leslie Dy specialise in labour litigation and bargaining, whilst Amer Mambuay is informed on employment issues in corporate mergers and acquisitions. Easter Princess Castro and Emmar Benjoe Panahon are well-versed in occupational safety and health standards, whilst Russel Rodriguez advises clients on employee benefits, labour standards and personnel movements.

Practice head(s):

Dante Pamintuan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Leslie Dy is a seasoned legal adviser, especially in the area of labour and employment.’

‘Leslie Dy is truly someone we can trust and rely upon to provide the best legal advice for our business and our people.’

‘The team is very capable. They can deliver even when the deadline is tight.’

‘They provide organised and thorough discussions of the topics.’

‘They are competent, proactive, patient, and intuitive, with great attention to detail.’

‘They are very dynamic, supportive, and business enabling.’

‘They are knowledgeable, precise, and have integrity.’

Key clients

ADP Philippines Inc.

Adidas

Advokatfirmaet Schjødt AS, filial

Agents Only Technologies Inc.

AIA Philippines

Allens Linklaters, Australia

Atlas Copco (Philippines), Inc.

Asian Development Bank

Boeing International Corporation

British Council

Burberry

Cargill Philippines Inc.

Chubb Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Clorox International Phils., Inc.

City Savings Bank

Citizen Machinery Philippines, Inc.

Connell Bros. Co. LLC

DTCC

ESS Manufacturing Company, Inc.

E-Trading Software Services

Firmenich Philippines, Inc.

Firstsource Solutions Limited – Philippine Branch

Fluor Daniel, Inc. – Philippines

Ford Group Philippines

Fordays Japan International, Inc.

Gardenia Bakeries (Philippines), Inc.

Green Cross Inc.

HAVI Logistics Philippines Inc.

HCL Technologies Ltd.

iGlobal Law

Innodata Knowledge Philippines, Inc.

Isuzu Autoparts Manufacturing, Inc.

Kering Asia Pacific Limited

Korn Ferry

Kroll LLC

Linklaters Singapore Pte Ltd

LF (Philippines), Inc.

Loyola House of Studies, Inc.

Macquarie Capital Securities (Philippines) Inc.

Mitsubishi Corporation – Manila Branch

Mori Hamada & Matsumoto LPC

OceanaGold (Philippines), Inc.

Omnicom Media Group – Philippines

Principal Financial Group, Inc

Qatar Airways

Quantrics Enterprises, Inc.

Quezon Power (Philippines) Limited

Refinitv Asia Pte. Ltd.

S Division Holdings, Inc.

sanofi aventis Philippines, Inc.

STADA Philippines, Inc.

TDK Philippines Corporation

TE Connectivity Manufacturing Philippines Inc.

TELUS International Philippines, Inc.

The Asia Foundation

TSB Enterprises, Inc.

Tupperware Brands Phils., Inc.

Union Bank of the Philippines

Work highlights

  • Acted as the legal advisor for Citibank on the sale of its retail banking business to UnionBank of the Philippines.
  • Represented Adidas Philippines, Inc. successfully in an illegal dismissal case filed by a former employee.
  • Represented Leighton Contractors (Asia) Limited – Philippine Branch successfully on an illegal dismissal case filed by a project employee who was repeatedly rehired.

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 1

Led by Rocky Alejandro Reyes, the highly regarded team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan has long-standing experience advising on key projects in the construction and infrastructure sectors. It has worked on major power generation projects, and has advised on the various phases of the mass railway transit system. The team also works on projects relating to toll roads and water infrastructure. On these projects, the group has acted for stakeholders such as project employers and project proponents. It has also advised banks and other financiers, as well as construction contractors. Hector De Leon is a significant member of the department who has significant experience working with clients in the energy, mining, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors. Roshni Balani and Mark Xavier Oyales both became partners in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Aboitiz Group

Bell Canada

Dentsu Aegis Network

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, Inc.

Gilbert & Tobin

Hyatt International

Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Manila Electric Company

Marriott

MasterCard

Metro Pacific Group

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsui & Co

PLDT, Inc.

San Miguel Corporation

Skadden Arps

TMI Associates

United Laboratories, Inc.

Philippines > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Land due diligence remains a key strength of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan‘s practice, which maintains its broad client roster of foreign governments, hotel operators and real estate developers. The team is also a key contact for land developers on a breadth of real estate projects including hotel developments, residential condominiums and multi-use projects. Rocky Alejandro Reyes spearheads the department and is adept in infrastructure in addition to power and energy mandates. Angel Salita is well-versed in special projects including oil and gas, telecoms and water, while John Paul De Leon and Bhong Paulo Macasaet are knowledgeable of financing.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes

Key clients

Aboitiz Group

Bell Canada

Dentsu Aegis Network

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, Inc.

Gilbert & Tobin

Hyatt International

Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Manila Electric Company

Marriott

MasterCard

Metro Pacific Group

Mitsubishi Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Mitsui Fudosan

Mitsui & Co

PLDT, Inc.

San Miguel Corporation

Skadden Arps

TMI Associates

United Laboratories, Inc.

Work highlights

Philippines > Shipping Tier 1

The shipping practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan handles the gamut of maritime casualty cases including those involving collisions, loss and salvages. The team is adept at handling a broad-range of disputes, namely involving issues relating to marine insurance, maritime fraud and cargo. The group also has considerable expertise enforcing maritime liens or security interests in cases where ships are placed under arrest. Under the leadership of Rocky Alejandro Reyes, Philbert Varona and Russel Rodriguez, the excellent team has substantial experience  handling transactions involving the financing, sale, charter, crewing and registration of vessels for both domestic and international corporations. The practice also works closely with leading international law firms in the United States, Europe and Asia on deals involving the cross-border fundraising of major Philippine companies.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes; Philbert Varona; Russel Rodriguez

Key clients

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.

Frabelle Food Corporation

Hoya Marine Corporation

Keppel Batangas Shipyard

Melaleuca of the Philippines, Inc.

Mayer Brown

Regal Ware, Inc.

SCG International (Philippines) Corporation

Steamship Insurance Management Services Limited

Stephenson Harwood LLP

Work highlights

  • Assisted its client in responding to a verified complaint in personam and in rem against a Papua New Guinea-flagged fishing vessel.

Philippines > Tax Tier 1

The superb team at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan provides the entire range of tax services. It is expertly led by Carina LafortezaHector De LeonRussel Rodriguez and Ronald Mark Lleno. The group is skilled at structuring the tax aspects of corporate transactions. It is also adept at advising on administrative and judicial litigation in relation to tax refunds, and at defending clients against assessments for national and local taxes, as well as in regards to customs duties. The group also assists the firm’s corporate clients with their compliance requirements. In addition, the department is developing considerable expertise in ESG tax work. Rolando Medalla is well-regarded. Maria Viola B. Vista advises clients on the tax implications of corporate transactions and structures in addition to her handling of tax assessments and refunds both at the administrative and court levels.

Practice head(s):

Carina Laforteza; Hector De Leon; Russel  Rodriguez; Ronald Mark Lleno

Other key lawyers:

Maria Viola B. Vista; Diana Elaine Bataller; Rolando Medalla

Testimonials

‘The firm is top-notch in terms of expertise, negotiation strategy, output and follow through. Very bright, well-spoken and articulate.’

‘My team worked specifically with Maria Viola Vista and Diana Bataller. They helped us navigate a tricky matter with a regulatory agency. They gave clear strategic guidance on how to address the issue.’

‘I was very comfortable working with them and had a high-degree of confidence in my bargaining position because of the firm’s engagement with me and my team.’

‘They provide organised and thorough discussions of the topics endorsed to them.’

‘Competent; proactive; accessible; patient; intuitive; and with great attention-to-detail.’

‘The team is engaged and will keep you updated. It uses several unconventional communication means such as SMS and VOIP calls which is useful when you are out of the country.’

‘Both Viola and Diana are engaging and provide the information you need. They are likewise cognizant how slow is our judicial process and they manage our expectations.’

Philippines > TMT Tier 1

Operating under the leadership of Rocky Alejandro Reyes, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is particularly experienced in M&A pertaining to data centres as well as telecoms. The practice’s key strengths also lie in data privacy and cybersecurity, insure-tech, IP and satellite services matters. Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez is a key port of call for significant tech and media clients on market entry and regulatory matters. Franco Aristotle Larcina is knowledgeable of tech and data privacy as well as securities regulations, while John Paul De Leon is well-regarded for his expertise in the fintech sector. Arlene Maneja is well-informed on the antitrust implications of acquisitions, while Ricardo Jesus Gutierrez is seasoned in franchising and distribution.

Practice head(s):

Rocky Alejandro Reyes

Key clients

Aboitiz Group

Dentsu Aegis Network

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines, Inc.

Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd.

Metro Pacific Group

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

PLDT Inc.

San Miguel Corporation

Smart Telecommunications

Thomson Reuters

Work highlights

Philippines > Capital markets Tier 2

Philbert Varona spearheads the practice at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, which is praised for its skill at handling a broad range of complicated deals. The team often acts for international and domestic banks and other financial institutions, as well as for the issuers of securities, and has been involved in some key capital market transactions that span various sectors such as food, beverage and real estate. In addition, the team receives a steady stream of instructions from some major international law firms. Other recommended partners include Mark Xavier Oyales, Joan Mae To-Conejos as well as Vicente Gerochi IV.

Practice head(s):

Philbert Varona

Key clients

AC Energy, Inc.

Arthaland Corporation

Asia United Bank Corporation

Asian Development Bank

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited

Bank of America

Bank of Commerce

Bank of Singapore

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BDO Unibank, Inc.

Capital International Private Equity Fund

Citigroup

Credit Suisse

Del Monte Philippines, Inc.

Deutsche Bank

Frontier Tower Associates Philippines Inc.

GIV Capital Holdings Corp.

Hanwha Global Asset Corp.

JP Morgan Chase

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Kingfisher Mobile Limited

Light Rail Manila Corporation

Markham Resources Corporation

Merrill Lynch (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

MUFG Bank

National Grid Corporation of the Philippines

PH Global Jet Express, Inc.

Philippine National Bank

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation

Robinsons Bank Corporation

San Miguel Corporation

Security Bank Corporation

Science Park of the Philippines, Inc.

South Luzon Thermal Energy Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

UBS AG

Union Bank of the Philippines

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to ING Bank, N.V. and Philippine Commercial Capital, Inc. in their capacities as Joint Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners of (a) the establishment by Bank of Commerce (“BankCom”) of a Bond Programme for the offering and issuance of Bonds in one or several tranches to retail and institutional investors in the Philippines with an aggregate principal amount not exceeding PHP20bn and (b) the issuance by BankCom of Series A Bonds with an aggregate principal amount of PHP7.5bn due in 2024.
  • Acted as counsel to PNB Capital and Investment Corporation and SB Capital Investment Corporation in their capacity as Joint Issue Managers, Joint Lead Underwriters and Joint Bookrunners, for the offer in the Philippines by Citicore Energy REIT Corp. of Philippine Peso-denominated fixed rate ASEAN green bonds in the aggregate principal amount PHP3bn with an oversubscription option of up to PHP1.5bn due 2028.
  • Acted as counsel for BPI in its PHP20.3bn issuance of BPI RISE (Reinforcing Inclusive Support for MSMEs), with an ASEAN social bond label. The proceeds will be used to finance or refinance the business requirements of eligible MSMEs in line with BPI’s Sustainable Funding Framework.

Philippines > Immigration Tier 2

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan’s broad practice encompasses citizenship matters, deportation and blacklisting proceedings in addition to securing visas and permits. The team is also a key contact for sizeable domestic companies operating across various industries including banking, healthcare, insurance, and tech. Dante Pamintuan and Rodelle Bolante co-lead the group and the latter is particularly knowledgeable of the procurement and renewal of visa and work permits. Promoted to partner in January 2023, Emmar Benjoe Panahon is also highlighted.

Practice head(s):

Dante Pamintuan; Rodelle Bolante

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They provide organised and thorough discussions of the topics.’

‘They are competent, proactive, patient and intuitive, with great attention-to-detail.’

Key clients

Access Healthcare Services Manila, Inc.

ADP (Philippines), Inc.

AMMIC Philippines, Inc.

Colgate-Palmolive Philippines Inc.

Fordays Japan International, Inc.

Fragomen Singapore Pte. Ltd.

ISOC edotco Towers, Inc.

Quantrics Enterprises, Inc.

sanofi aventis Philippines, Inc.

TELUS International Philippines, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Assisted in the processing of work visas and work permits for Fragomen Singapore Pte. Ltd.
  • Advises Fordays Philippines on securing visas and permits for its foreign staff.
  • Assisted Quantrics Enterprises, Inc. on processing work visas and employment permits for personnel assigned to Philippine operations.

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 Bay 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, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, IFLR1000, asialaw Profiles, and International Tax Review, and Benchmark Litigation 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:

  • Band 1 Firm in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Employment, Intellectual Property, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy, and Tax, Chambers Asia Pacific Rankings 2023
  • Tier 1 Firm in Antitrust & Competition, Aviation, Banking and Finance, Corporate and M&A, Dispute Resolution, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Projects and Energy, Real Estate and Construction, Shipping, Tax, and Technology, Media and Telecoms (TMT), The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Rankings 2023
  • Ranked “Outstanding” in all 15 practice area categories, asialaw 2023
  • Most Outstanding Law Firm of the Year – Philippines, asialaw Awards 2023
  • Tier 1 Firm, Tax Controversy, International Tax Review (ITR) World Tax 2023
  • Band 1 Firm in Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy, Chambers Global Rankings 2022
  • National Firm of the Year: Philippines, IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2022
  • Philippine Tax Firm of the Year, International Tax Review (ITR) Asia Tax Awards 2022
  • Philippine Tax Disputes Firm of the Year, ITR Asia Tax Awards 2022
  • Tier 1 Firm, Trademark, Managing IP’s IP Stars 2022
  • Tier 1 Firm, Patents and Copyright/ Trademarks, Asian Legal Business (ALB) IP Rankings 2022
  • Gold ranking, World Trade Mark Research (WTR) 1000, 2022
  • Tier 1 Firm, Benchmark Litigation Asia Pacific, 2022
  • Antitrust & Competition Team of the Year, The Legal 500 Southeast Asia Awards 2020/21
Department Name Email Telephone
Banking, finance and securities Philbert E. Varona pevarona@syciplaw.com
Corporate services Imelda A. Manguiat iamanguiat@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 Carina C. Laforteza cclaforteza@syciplaw.com
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Number of lawyers : 115
English
Spanish
Japanese
Mandarin
Korean
Filipino
Employment Law Alliance
Multilaw
Pacific Rim Advisory Council
World Law Group
World Services Group
The Interlex Group
Managing Partner : Hector M. De Leon, Jr
Business Development Manager : Marie M. Ingcoco

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

J&T Express IPO Wins Equity Deal of the Year at 2024 IFLR AP Awards

IFLR Asia Pacific Awards 2024 recognized the J&T Express Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) as Equity Deal of the Year, in ceremonies held on March 20, 2024 at The St. Regis in Hong Kong.

SyCipLaw Featured in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Green Guide 2024

SyCipLaw has been featured for the first time in the recently launched The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Green Guide 2024.

SyCipLaw Corporate Services Bulletin

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has extended the deadline for applications for amnesty for late and non-filing of annual financial statements (AFS), general information sheets (GIS), as well as non-compliance with SEC Memorandum Circular No. 28, series of 2020 (Requirement for Corporations, Partnerships, Associations, and Individuals to Create and/or Designate E-mail Account Address and Cellphone Number for Transactions with the Commission) (MC28).

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.


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.

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.

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.


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 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.


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.


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.  


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