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Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula
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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 > Banking and finance

Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula is known for its work advising banks on loan agreements, including regular and syndicated loans. Managing partner Lily Gruba recently advised a bank on the maiden issuance of bank bonds. Antero Jose Caganda is sought out to assist with transactions involving banks, while Jorge Alfonso Melo is currently serving as general counsel to a publicly listed bank alongside his position at the firm. Angelo Advincula is another name to note.

Philippines > Dispute resolution

Specialising in tax disputes, Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula represents banks and major corporate clients both in the court of tax appeals and in the Supreme Court in appeals for tax credit and refunds as well as the cancellation of tax assessments. The group also has arbitration experience, having previously acted for a multinational bank before the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre. In a recent highlight, Antero Jose Caganda successfully challenged, in the Supreme Court, a $14m VAT assessment on behalf of G&W Architects, Engineers and Project Consultants Co. Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente‘s tax expertise spans both contentious and non-contentious issues.

Philippines > Tax

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Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula stands out for its experience in contentious tax matters, frequently representing clients before the Court of Tax Appeals and the Supreme Court. In addition to acting for companies based in the Philippines, the team also acts for multinationals; its ability to do so is bolstered by its membership of the WPG Law Network. The team is also active in non-contentious matters. The practice is led by Lily Gruba, Antero Jose Caganda, Angelo Patrick Advincula, Jorge Alfonso Melo, and Juan Miguel Victor De La Fuente.