Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso > Manila, Philippines > Firm Profile

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso’s team provides clients from varied sectors with assistance on M& A, corporate finance, securities, foreign investment, and capital markets. The team is led by the managing partner Ruelito Soriano, who has extensive experience in taxation and corporate matters, especially in the telecommunications and oil & energy sectors and Enrique Quiason , the head of the securities practice.

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‘Shifted immediately to fully remote working and did a very good job managing all our requirements.’

‘Very fast and very knowledgeable on all subject matters. Has the full trust of the board and management.’

‘We value the team’s experience and knowledge of the power and energy industry, the regulatory and political aspects, and ability to negotiate the best terms for our company.’

Key clients

First Philippine Holdings Corporation

First Gen Corporation

Energy Development Corporation

Transnational Diversified Group

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel for FPH in its tender offer for the shares in its parent company Lopez Holdings, Inc.
  • Acted for two global insurance brokerage firms; provided regulatory advice on the need for merger approvals from the Philippine Insurance Commission.
  • Provided a client with regulatory advice on the need for regulatory approval from the Philippine Insurance Commission with respect to a change of control of a non-resident reinsurance broker.

Philippines > Tax Tier 2

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 3

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso's practice is led by Enrique Quiason and Ruelito Soriano; Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo is also a key team member. The practice covers the full range of banking and finance and related regulatory matters in connection with fintech work.

Practice head(s):

Enrique Quiason; Ruelito Soriano

Other key lawyers:

Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo; Christine Aberin


‘QMBTI Law Firm is equipped with lawyers with expertise in different fields (ex. Taxation, Data Privacy, Legal Counsel) that can assist Banks and other financial institutions in their corporate and legal issues.’

‘Ruel Soriano and Christine Aberin have been helpful in reviewing contracts and addressing different bank related legal concerns.’

They are professionally competent, excellent in communication and negotiations, and provide excellent legal advice.’


Philippines > Capital markets Tier 3

Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra Sison & Damaso has a record of handling equity and debt capital markets deals in the Philippines, particularly in bond transactions. Enrique Quiason  and Ruel Soriano head up the department, which also includes Eileen Pangalangan-Pardo .  

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We value the team’s experience and knowledge of the capital market transactions, experience in securing the required regulatory approvals, and ability to negotiate the best terms for our company.’

They are professionally competent, excellent in communications and negotiations, and turn around documents efficiently. They also work with integrity and authenticity. We especially commend Ruel Soriano from their team.’

Key clients

Energy Development Corporation

2 Manila Electric Company

3 First Gen Corporation

Philippines > TMT Tier 3

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 4

Established on January 30, 1974 by Camilo D Quiason (who later served as Justice of the Supreme Court from 1993-1995) and Eduardo G Makalintal, the firm has grown to become one of the leading Philippine law firms. It counts on continued success – for the firm and its clients – by adhering to the principles that sustained its growth from its inception: reliable service, unfailing integrity, solid judgment, competence, and a genuine dedication to clients’ needs.

​The law firm and its lawyers have consistently been recognized in lawyer rankings for Asia- Pacific, including The Legal 500, Chambers & Partners, IFLR1000, AsiaLaw and Asia Law Business Journal.

Mergers & acquisitions Enrique I Quiason
Mergers & acquisitions Ruelito Q Soriano
Capital markets & Finance Enrique I Quiason
Capital markets & Finance Ruelito Q Soriano
General corporate practice Eduardo G Makalintal
General corporate practice Eileen C Pangalangan-Pardo
Energy Law Manuel LM Torres
Energy Law Miguel K Mathay
Immigration Miguel G Damaso
Intellectual property Joel L Espinueva
Litigation Orencio F Ibarra Jr
Labor Miguel G Damaso
Litigation Arecio R Rendor Jr
Litigation Cresencio III V. Cajalne
Taxation Wilfrido E Sanchez
Taxation Ruelito Q Soriano
Taxation Benedict R Tugonon
Telecommunications and mass media Miguel G Damaso
Number of lawyers : 21