Mr Antero Jose Caganda > Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula > Manila, Philippines > Lawyer Profile

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Work Department



Corporate Law, Tax Advisory, Banking.


Atty. Caganda is a partner at the Firm specializing in Corporate Law, Tax Advisory, and Banking. He graduated with a Juris Doctor Degree from the Ateneo Law School in 1994, and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1995. His practice is focused on business entity formation/reorganization/winding up, crossborder transaction structuring, acquisitions and divestitures, debt financing arrangements, securities transactions, real property acquisition and conveyancing, and contracts.

Notable engagements of Atty. Caganda include: 1) Transaction advise on the acquisition of a major Philippine bank by way of a government privatization process; 2) Supervising a team a lawyers engaged by Project EMERGE of the USAID to review the Philippine government policy on Financial Sector taxation (First Module) (the study identified instances of tax arbitrage across different industries in the Philippine financial sector, with the purpose of eventually promoting a tax-neutral environment); 3) Transaction advise on the real property asset acquisition by a private equity fund, including tax advise on the structure of the inward investment and the capital and profit repatriation upon divestiture of the investment; and 4) Legal review of the Philippine operations of a multinational seed products and planting materials company.

Atty. Caganda also advised a Philippine business process outsourcing (“BPO”) company in the partial acquisition by a Fortune 500 company of a USD 15 million ownership stake and a China-based company in the USD 20 million acquisition of a mixed use leisure and resort park, where the Firm performed extensive due diligence, deal structuring, acquisition agreements drafting, and management of tax implications.

In addition, Atty. Caganda likewise advised the documentation and implementation of a USD 400 million capital infusion activity in a major Philippine Commercial bank and  a publicly-listed Philippine Universal bank in a USD 18.9 million acquisition-financing of Philippine collegiate educational institution.

Atty. Caganda also represented a manufacturing and distribution company in a USD 1 million divestment and sale of the entire business enterprise and also represented a publicly-listed Philippine Universal bank in a USD 705 thousand acquisition of 100% of ownership in a Singapore-based and licensed remittance company.


English, Filipino.


Ateneo de Manila School of Law – Juris Doctor
University of the Philippines – AB Philosophy.

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Tax

(Hall of Fame)

Antero CagandaZambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

A member of the WPG Law Network, Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula is particularly adept at disputing Bureau of Internal Revenue assessments, often appearing before the Supreme Court and the Court of Tax Appeals in high-value matters. On top of this longstanding strength, Lily Gruba  is noted for her wide-ranging expertise in tax planning and deficiency tax assessments; Angelo Patrick Advincula  specialises in assisting MNCs; Jorge Alfonso Melo  regularly represents Philippines Airlines in major tax issues; Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente  is well-versed in the tax audit process and tax compliance; while Antero Jose Caganda  handles a broad spectrum of tax issues.

Philippines > Dispute resolution

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula has extensive experience in all facets of litigation, with a strong focus on tax disputes. It offers advice on every step of the litigation process, including preparation of pleadings, representation, negotiation, trial, appeals, and enforcement of judgments. The team also has experience in arbitration, where it represents clients before the International Arbitration Centers in Singapore and Hong Kong. Antero Jose Caganda is experienced in representing clients before the Supreme Court and the Central Board of Assessment Appeals. Juan Miguel Victor Dela Fuente specialises in contentious and non-contentious taxation matters. Angelo Patrick Advincula and Jorge Alfonso Melo  are also recommended.