Firm Profile > Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula > Manila, Philippines

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
27/F 88 CORPORATE CENTER
141 SEDEÑO STREET, SALCEDO VILLAGE
MAKATI CITY 1227
Philippines

Tax Tier 1

The 'expert tax lawyers' at Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula have significant experience before the Court of Tax Appeals and Supreme Court in tax litigation, acting for companies in various industries. The team also advises on non-contentious tax matters. Since 2017, the firm has benefited from a strategic alliance with Singapore-based law firm WongPartnership, as well as the WPG Law Network. Lily Gruba represents companies in deficiency tax assessments at the administrative and judicial levels, and is also an expert in tax planning. Antero Jose Caganda is 'attentive and quick to revert', and Angelo Patrick Advincula is another leading practitioner in the department.

Practice head(s):

Lily Gruba; Antero Jose Caganda; Angelo Patrick Advincula

Other key lawyers:

Jorge Alfonso Melo; Juan Miguel Victor dela Fuente

Testimonials

The expert tax lawyers attend to queries quickly‘.

The team led by Antero Jose Caganda has always been hands on when it comes to our tax cases. He is our “go to” person‘.

Key clients

Sabre Travel Network (Philippines) Inc.

Island Quarry and Aggregates Corporation

G&W Architects, Engineers and Project Consultants Co.

Grand Plaza Hotel Corporation

Asia United Leasing and Finance Corporation (AULF)

Banking and finance Tier 2

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula regularly advises banks on regular and syndicated loans and is particularly active in project financing transactions. The firm has maintained an alliance with WongPartnership LLP in Singapore since 2017, making it the sole affiliated Philippine member of the WPG Law Network; member law firms collaborate to advise clients in the ASEAN region, China and the Middle East. Jorge Alfonso Melo was appointed General Counsel (GC) of a publicly listed commercial bank; he takes on GC responsibilities in addition to his active practice with the firm. Managing partner Lily Gruba is another key practitioner, and her clients include borrowers and lenders.

Practice head(s):

Jorge Alfonso Melo; Lily Gruba; Antero Caganda

Other key lawyers:

Angelo Advincula

Key clients

Asia United Bank Corporation

Philippine Bank of Communications

Bank of Philippine Islands

Antitrust and competition Tier 3

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula provides advice on the requirements and standards imposed by the PCC and assists in securing the necessary approvals in M&A transactions. In one highlight, the team acted for Cosco Capital as seller in the sale of shares of a local liquified petroleum gas company; the PCC ruled that the acquisition would not likely result in substantial lessening of competition within the relevant market. Angelo Patrick Advincula is a name to note.

Practice head(s):

Angelo Patrick Advincula

Other key lawyers:

Juan Miguel Victor Dela Fuente; Michael Stephen Lao

Key clients

Cosco Capital

Philippine Bank of Communications

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula acts for domestic and international companies as buyers and sellers in M&A transactions, and is also equipped to advise on merger control processes. The firm benefits from an alliance with Singapore-based law firm WongPartnership LLP and membership of the WPG Law Network, where firms in seven countries collaborate to provide clients in China, the ASEAN region and the Middle East with legal services. Lily Gruba specialises in corporate and commercial law. Other key partners in the team include Antero Jose Caganda and Angelo Patrick Advincula.

Practice head(s):

Lily Gruba; Antero Jose Caganda; Angelo Patrick Advincula

Other key lawyers:

Jorge Alfonso Melo; Michael Stephen Lao

Key clients

Cosco Capital

DZ Card Philippines

DZ Philippines Holding Corporation

The firm: ZGLaw was founded in 1993 by the late Atty Daisy G Zambrano and Atty Lily K Gruba, who is the firm’s managing partner. In 2002, Atty Antero Jose M Caganda and Atty Angelo Patrick F Advincula were admitted to the partnership. In 2011, Atty Jorge Alfonso C Melo joined the firm as its fourth partner, followed by Atty Juan Miguel Victor C dela Fuente in 2013.

In 2016, the firm name was changed to Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula. The firm continues to grow in size and in its practice fields while keeping its core values of excellence, diligence, innovation and service foremost.

Recently in 2017, ZGLaw agreed to collaborate and enter into a strategic alliance with WongPartnership LLP, one of the top law firms in Singapore and the region, with practices in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Middle East.

Areas of practice: ZGLaw is a mid-sized, full-service law firm representing and advising various local and foreign clients in the Philippines. In the past years ZGLaw has been consistently recognised by its peers and legal publications as a recommended firm in the following practice areas: taxation, banking and finance, corporate and M&A, dispute resolution.

Taxation: the firm specialises in both litigious and non-litigious matters in taxation. For litigious matters, the firm handles claims for tax refunds or issuance of tax credit certificates, and cases for cancellation of deficiency tax assessments. For non-litigious matters, the firm handles the tax audit process, tax compliance, and reconciliation for and settlement of deficiency tax assessments.

Banking and finance: the firm is regularly consulted by domestic universal and commercial banking institutions on tax, operations, compliance and other related matters. As external counsel, the firm is regularly engaged by its client-banks to document multimillion-dollar loan transactions.

Corporate and M&A: the firm acts as adviser and counsel for businesses setting up offices in the Philippines. It is likewise on retainer by hundreds of companies for corporate housekeeping and regular corporate matters. In M&A, the firm acts as adviser and transaction counsel for multimillion-dollar asset and share acquisition deals.

Dispute resolution: the firm handles civil and criminal litigation before the lower courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court for its various clients. It likewise participates in arbitration proceedings in local and foreign arbitration tribunals. The firm currently handles numerous tax cases before the Court of Tax Appeals and the Supreme Court.

Department Name Email Telephone
Arbitration Jorge Alfonso C Melo
Arbitration Angelo Patrick F Advincula
Banks, banking and finance Lily K Gruba
Banks, banking and finance Antero Jose M Caganda
Business and company formation Antero Jose M Caganda
Business and company formation Jorge Alfonso C Melo
Constitutional Joaquin G Bernas
Corporate Lily K Gruba
Corporate Antero Jose M Caganda
Energy Angelo Patrick F Advincula
Foreign investment Antero Jose M Caganda
Foreign investment Angelo Patrick F Advincula
Government bidding and tenders Angelo Patrick F Advincula
Intellectual property Antero Jose M Caganda
Joint ventures Antero Jose M Caganda
Joint ventures Angelo Patrick F Advincula
Labour Juan Miguel Victor C dela Fuente
Labour Artemio P Calumpong
Litigation Jorge Alfonso C Melo
Litigation Artemio P Calumpong
Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures Lily K Gruba
Mergers, acquisitions and divestitures Antero Jose M Caganda
Tax Lily K Gruba
Tax Angelo Patrick F Advincula
Tax Juan Miguel Victor C dela Fuente
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Angelo Patrick Advincula  photo Mr Angelo Patrick Advincula Commercial Law, Commercial Litigation and Arbitration, Government Policy, Taxation.
Mr Antero Jose Caganda  photo Mr Antero Jose Caganda Corporate Law, Tax Advisory, Banking.
 Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente  photo Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente Taxation, Corporate Practice.
Prof Lily Gruba  photo Prof Lily Gruba Commercial Transactions, Banking, Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions.
Mr Jorge Alfonso Melo  photo Mr Jorge Alfonso Melo Court Litigation, Dispute Resolution, Special Projects.
Number of lawyers : 24
English
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Contacts : Antero Jose M Caganda
Contacts : Angelo Patrick F Advincula

As part of the Firm’s Corporate Social Responsibility, the Firm renders legal services to several non-stock non-profit religious institutions. The Firm’s legal services generally comprise legal advisory in all aspects of their day-to-day operations, which includes tax advisory, assistance in securing Certificate of Tax Exemption Rulings from the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue, and general corporate work and compliance. Notably, the Firm has been assisting these organizations in successfully defending them in various tax audits conducted by the Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue.