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John Regalado is a senior associate in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation and Arbitration practice group, and has been ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer for Dispute Resolution by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017).

Mr. Regalado specializes in commercial arbitration, having represented clients in disputes before the International Chamber of Commerce-International Court of Arbitration, the Philippine Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, ad hoc arbitral tribunals, and the Philippine courts in applications for interim relief. Mr. Regalado has: (1) represented a foreign corporation before an ICC Arbitral Tribunal that confirmed its entitlement for damages against domestic fruit growers and suppliers, (2) represented a foreign contractor before a Philippine court that confirmed the contractor’s entitlement to interim relief against a domestic company in relation to the construction of an ethanol plant, (3) represented a foreign bank, which was non-party to an arbitration agreement, before a Philippine court in opposing an application for interim relief sought to be issued and enforced against it, and (4) advised a foreign investment company in a potential shareholder derivative arbitration.

Mr. Regalado also specializes in product liability cases. He has successfully defended, and continues to represent, an international automobile manufacturer in product liability suits filed by consumers before (1) the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry and trial courts, and (2) prosecutors’ offices for crimes arising out of alleged violations of consumer laws.

Mr. Regalado is also experienced in commercial and criminal litigation, and he has handled and tried cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals, Sandiganbayan, trial courts, the Department of Justice, and prosecutors’ offices.

Mr. Regalado is also a member of the firm’s Special Projects and Tax practice groups. His corporate practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, and foreign investments.


Mr. Regalado was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2010.


English and Tagalog


He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also a member and a junior officer of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators. 


Mr. Regalado received his Bachelor of Science in Commerce (cum laude) from De La Salle University-Manila and his Juris Doctor (second honors) from Ateneo de Manila University.  

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan‘s disputes team complements its first-rate commercial practice by representing foreign and domestic banks and companies from numerous industries in a full range of contentious commercial matters. The group has a proven track record advising on the largest disputes in the projects and energy sector; a recent highlight is the ongoing representation of Manila Electric Company in an investigation for alleged anti-competitive behaviour and abuse of market power filed in the Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission. Ricardo Ongkiko leads the team, which includes also includes Carlos Lopez, and maintains a varied practice involving contract disputes, restructuring, debt recovery, torts and insurance. John Regalado is one of several members of the team to possess expertise in arbitration, having represented clients in complex, high value disputes before the ICC International Court of Arbitration. Emmanuel Lombos retired as partner in 2020, but continues to advise on disputes in the energy and infrastructure sectors.