Ms Kristin Charisse Siao > Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) > Manila, Philippines > Lawyer Profile

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Work Department

General Corporate, M&A, Tax, Real Estate, TMT, Capital Markets, Private Client




In her general corporate practice, Atty. Siao has advised and assisted clients on the full spectrum of legal issues in business concerns and in all aspects of regulatory compliance. She has extensive experience in the drafting, negotiation and review of all kinds of commercial contracts – ranging from the simple promissory notes and deeds of sale to the complex omnibus loan & security agreements and sale & purchase agreements.


As a CPA-Lawyer, Atty. Siao is also an expert in the field of Taxation – where she is able to provide her clients with adept advice on tax structuring and planning, transactional tax issues, as well as in tax audits and disputes. She has given lectures on numerous tax matters in various forums such as the basics of corporate income taxation, the effects of TRAIN on wages and benefits, estate planning and wealth management, and taxation of M&A transactions.


Atty. Siao also specializes in Mergers & Acquisitions and has actively participated in transactions spanning a wide variety of industries. Her other key practice areas include Property Development & Real Estate Transactions, Capital Markets, Technology Media and Telecoms (TMT) and Private Client. She serves as director and corporate secretary of a number of corporations.


Some of her recent work highlights include:


  • Provides comprehensive legal advice and assistance to Fountel Corp. on its significant investment in Professional Services Inc. (“PSI”), a public company which operates The Medical City (one of the largest hospital in the Philippines with operations all over the country and in Guam), beginning from its Cooperation and Shareholders Agreement in 2013 with a Singapore-based investor, through the increase in its shareholding within the next 5 years, the financing of such PSI share acquisitions, a proposed Mandatory Tender Offer (“MTO”) which it intends to launch together with the Singapore-based investor, and the successful holding of an election of a new board of directors amidst one of the more controversial intra-corporate disputes in the Philippines.


  • Acted as counsel for Jolliville Holding Corporation (“JOH”), a Philippine Stock Exchange (“PSE”)-listed company, in the block sale by JOH of its entire shareholding in Philippine H2O Ventures Corp. (“H2O”), another PSE-listed company to Udenna Corporation, including the clean-up of H2O’s assets through the spin-off of its water business.


  • Provides routine and transactional advice for Ayala Land, Inc., a leading property developer in the Philippines, on a broad spectrum of issues concerning its residential, commercial and mixed-use developments.


  • Provides tax advice (routine, structuring and transactional) to a wide range of clients, such as Emperador Distillers Inc., Ayala Land Inc., Seaoil Philippines Inc., Bank of Singapore, Credit Suisse, among others.


  • Assists businesses engaged in tech and e-commerce, such as Lalamove, Lalafood, Shopee and Garena, in navigating complex Philippine regulatory requirements concerning their structure and operations.


  • Provides routine advice and consultation to foreign companies with operations or subsidiaries in the Philippines, such as the Lee Kum Kee Health Products Group.


Advised a well-known international hotel brand on its contracts with Philippine partner for a proposed luxury island resort in the Philippines.


English and Filipino


Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Tax Management Association of the Philippines

Inter-Pacific Bar Association

UP Women Lawyers’ Circle

UP Portia Sorority

Philippine Bar Association


Juris Doctor, University of the Philippines College of Law (2008)

BS Accountancy, Silliman University (2003)

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Corporate and M&A

(Next Generation Partners)

Kristin Charisse SiaoVillaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law)‘s ‘strong, efficient‘ and ‘reliable‘ team provides a ‘comprehensive‘ service to both established multinationals and innovative new start-up companies. Complex and large-scale acquisitions are a speciality, and the firm is especially active in the telecoms, infrastructure, construction, technology and e-commerce sectors. The group has forged strong relationships with some of the largest conglomerates in the country, including Ayala Land, Inc. and Aboitiz Land, Inc., for which it handles a full range of corporate work. Raoul Angangco advises on real estate and construction issues in addition to corporate matters, while Sylvette Tankiang specialises in M&A, tax and energy and Kristin Charisse Siao is also noted.

Philippines > TMT

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) acts as local counsel for large international telecoms companies and advises on the corporate, regulatory and financial elements of transactions involving entry into the Philippine market. The group also assists domestic clients with issues such as the creation of new companies, joint ventures and anti-money laundering legislation. Sylvette Tankiang operates a broad practice that includes advising technology companies on tax and corporate issues. Kristin Charisse Siao advises on M&A transactions in the telecom sector.

Philippines > Tax

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) advises companies on the tax implications of restructurings, investments and joint ventures. Additionally, the team represents clients in challenging tax and custom assessments. The practice is led by Raoul Angangco, Sylvette Tankiang and Franchette Acosta, and frequently acts alongside partners from the firm’s corporate department. Maria Concepcion Simundac and Kristin Charisse Siao are also key contacts in the team.

Philippines > Capital markets

Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law) is active in advising on listings and IPOs, including cross-border work. The team’s client base is varied, including companies in sectors such as real estate, manufacturing, healthcare, and construction. Franchette Acosta leads on much of this work, alongside Kristin Charisse Siao and Paul Rodulfo Imperial.