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Fortun Narvasa & Salazar

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 2

With a special focus on mining projects, Fortun Narvasa & Salazar has extensive experience advising on all aspects of mining ranging from exploration, project financing and construction to development and processing. The firm advises major foreign listed mining companies on key projects in the Philippines. Practice head Roderick Salazar has significant experience practicing in this sector and is also a trustee of the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association.

Practice head(s):

Roderick Salazar

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Key clients

FCF Minerals Corporation

Phil. Gold Processing and Resources Corporation

SEMCO Exploration and Mining Corporation

Rugby Mining Limited

Juwi Renewable Energy Projects

King&Wood Mallesons

Grand China Law Office

CD Processing


Makilala Mining Company

Work highlights

  • Advised Metals Exploration on the provision of finance for the restructuring of the existing senior and mezzanine debt facilities of the company and its subsidiaries Metals Exploration Pte. Ltd. and FCF Minerals Corporation.
  • Representing Phil. Gold Processing and Resources Corporation in its pending claims with the Court of Tax Appeals and the Philippine Supreme Court for tax refunds for $2.225m representing unutilized input VAT for certain years.
  • Representing FCF Minerals Corporation in its pending claims for tax refund with the Court of Tax Appeals for VAT and fees amounting to $1.150m on the importations of goods despite its tax-exempt status under its FTAA with the Philippine Government during the Recovery Period.

Philippines > Real estate and construction Tier 2

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar has extensive experience conducting due diligence on titles of properties, assisting in the drafting of sale agreements, and processing tax clearances and title transfers. The firm also advises one of the largest property consultancy and advisory firms on real estate matters. ‘An expert in his fieldRoderick Salazar and Carmen Babista-Lazaro lead the practice.

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‘Responds immediately especially during lockdown periods. Very personable and good customer service.’

‘Roderick Salazar has extensive knowledge of his field. He goes beyond his scope of work to help out at the quickest possible time.’

‘The firm values client opinion and they seek to collaborate to understand the situation.’

‘Roderick Salazar is quick to respond to each query or engagement. I consider him an expert in his field.’

Key clients

QED Philippines Holdings

Amalgamated Development Corporation

Xiang Lu Group of Companies

First SLP Holdings

Czark Mak Corporation

Blackley Holdings

Jones Lang LaSalle (Philippines)

Our Properties Ventures

One Dominion Ventures

Work highlights

  • Advised QED Philippines Holdings on the purchase of a 5,100 sq.m. property in San Pedro City, Laguna for a purchase price of $1m.
  • Advised First SLP Holdings on the purchase of a total of 4 hectares for $1.9m.
  • Advised Our Property Ventures on their purchase of $6,25m worth of contiguous real estate properties located in Paranaque City and in Taguig City.

Philippines > Immigration Tier 3

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar advises clients on visa options, helping clients with working visas to secure Alien Employment Permits with the Department of Labor and Employment. The firm also provides family law services to foreign clients who are espoused to Philippine citizens. The practice is lead by Mylene T Marcia-Creencia and Roderick Salazar.



Key clients

Lafayette Philippines

Pernod Ricard Phils

Multico Prime Power

Faith in God Recruitment, Placement & Manpower Services Corporation


Dentons Europe LLP

Philippine Foodservice Equipment & Supplies Corporation

NPK Medical Trading

GG&A Club Shares Brokers

Philippines > Intellectual property Tier 3

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar stands out for its patent work; drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications for universities and institutes such as the University of the Philippines Baguio and the Technological Institute of the Philippines, as well as technology and pharmaceutical companies. The firm’s patent team works closely with an independent intellectual property and technology company, Pinoy IP Works, which is a spin-off from the firm, comprising of scientists and engineers who are subject matter experts. Alongside Walter Go, Bayani B Loste leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Department of Science and Technology

J.S. Unitrade Merchandise

Fiberline Industries

Technological Institute of the Philippines

Sunley Technology Corporation

Herbanext Laboratories

University of the Philippines Baguio

Pharmain Corporation

Work highlights

  • Filed, drafted and prosecuted more than 50 patent applications for the Department of Science and Technology in 2020.

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Fortun Narvasa & Salazar provides a range of corporate and commercial expertise; company formations, registration of corporate vehicles, availing incentives, application for business licenses, and obtaining of government approvals. The team has expertise in drafting, reviewing, or revising contracts of all kinds, representing clients in contract negotiations and litigation. Senior partner Roderick R.C. Salazar III leads the mining, projects, and energy practice group, while Maria Carmen D Babista-Lazaro leads the corporate practice group.


‘The firm values the client’s opinion and they seek to collaborate to fully understand a particular situation.’

‘Atty. Rodeick RC Salazar III is quick to respond to each query or engagement. I consider him an expert in his field.’

‘Their services range from civil and criminal actions to full-service commercial transaction support, especially for mining, energy, BPO, and the property sectors.’

‘Atty. Roderick RC Salazar III provides solutions for the smallest to the biggest problems for his clients.’


Key clients

IXWA Investments Limited

Verizon Communications (Philippines), Inc.

Alkem Laboratories Corporation

Astec Consumer Power Product, Inc.

BD Agriculture (Philippines), Inc.

Jones Lang La Salle (Philippines), Inc.

Canon Business Service Center Philippines, Inc.

First SLP Holdings, Inc.

Ociusnet, Inc.

Our Property Ventures, Inc.

One Dominion Corporation

Verizon Communications (Philippines), Inc.

Xiang Lu Dragon Group

Taiyo Plastic Corporation of the Philippines

Shinhan Bank Manila Branch

Roedl Philippines, Inc.

NERA Philippines, Inc.

Pernod Ricard Philippines, Inc.

Otsuka (Philippines) Pharmaceutical, Inc.

Otsuka-Solar Philippines, Inc.

Maccaferri Philippines, Inc.

GHL Systems Philippines, Inc.

FCF Minerals Corporation

Mhe-Demag (P), Inc.

CD Processing (Philippines), Inc.

SEMCO Exploration and Mining Corporation

Toyota Financial Services Philippines

Work highlights

  • Advised IXWA Investments Limited on the sale of its shares and assignment of subscription rights to Clipstone Investments Limited worth US$677,000.00.
  • Assisted BD Agriculture (Philippines), Inc. with the increase in its authorised capital stock to P148,000,000.00 or US$3,083,333.
  • Assisted Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., LTD.Otsuka-Solar Philippines, Inc. (OSPI) with the setting up of a joint venture between Otsuka Pharmaceuticals Co., LTD. and Solar Corporation.

FORTUN NARVASA & SALAZAR (FNS) was formed in June of 1993 by a group of young, bright, and aggressive lawyers who spent their early professional years with the largest law firm in the country. Driven by the desire to carve their own niche in the legal profession, a dream they shared in their early years together in one law firm, the Partners of the Firm, finally ventured on their own to fulfill this dream. The growth of the Firm is phenomenal.

In over two decades of providing legal services to the public, FNS has evolved to become one of the more distinguished and prominent law firms in the Philippines, hurdling legal battles of historical importance with its innovative and ingenious approach to client-problems.

Housed at the 23rd Floor of Multinational Bancorporation Centre at the heart of the Makati Business District, FNS opened its first branch office in Cavite, Philippines in 1999 and a liaison and referral office in Hongkong known as the Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (H.K.) Services Limited in 2002. Its Baguio City branch office was likewise opened in August 2003 to better serve its clients in Northern Luzon.

With its diversified practice ranging from the prosecution of individual and corporate civil and criminal actions to assisting clients in commercial transactions to providing valued advice in the fast-growing global field of electronic commerce and telecommunications, the Firm provides individualized and cost-effective legal service without compromising the exacting demands of professional excellence and quality.

With FNS, you are assured of quality legal service done through efficient and economically sound processes.


Creative and innovative in addressing client-problems and in resolving complicated legal issues, our Firm dissects each case and project with surgical precision, explores all areas of concern and uncovers every angle necessary to protect your interests. Thorough and determined, we focus on your peculiar needs with the aim of providing you an ingenious, practical, expedient and intelligent solution to your legal challenges.

As the laws evolve, so does each FNS lawyer bearing in mind that your interests are continuously affected by every legal development, technological advancement and historical and political changes. Our lawyers regularly participate in various local and international fora in order to continually develop our legal knowledge and provide you with a current and well-informed response to each of your concerns.

By nurturing our experience and proficiency in the legal profession, we will help you blaze a trail in your respective fields upon which others can only follow.


Our Firm constitutes a single cohesive team working together to achieve one common objective – to provide legal services of the highest quality.

This closely-knit group comprised of bright and dynamic lawyers is ably supported by well-trained and seasoned support staff. Each team member coordinates closely with the others to serve your needs in an effective and cost-efficient manner.

But the teamwork does not stop with us. We understand that the best formula can be arrived at only if we work with you. With our reliable and personable lawyers and staff, we develop a deeper and more meaningful attorney-client relationship to enable us to act with you in a more efficient way.

With us, you are supported, not just by one mind, but by a team imbued with a culture of brilliance, dedication and consistency.


Our Firm does not put much stock on the saying “Nothing personal, just business”, because for us, your business is personal.

In this fast-changing and complex world, the services of your lawyer have become an indispensable key to continued success not just to win legal battles and achieve corporate goals but more importantly to prevent disputes at the earliest possible stage and attain synergies in commercial transactions. By understanding your peculiar circumstances, interests, and preferences, we tailor-fit our legal service to suit your particular needs instead of providing you with the standard legal advice given by our colleagues. This we do because we want to provide you not only the best legal service we can offer, but the most suitable and practical one as well.

Dedicated and loyal, we make your business our personal and primary concern.

Managing Partner Mylene T.
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ASEAN Law Association
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The Inter Pacific Bar Association (IPBA)
IBA (International Bar Association)
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
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