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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.  

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Philippines > Dispute resolution

(Next Generation Partners)

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