Firm Profile > Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) > Manila, Philippines

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)
30/F 88 CORPORATE CENTER
SEDENO CORNER VALERO STREETS
SALCEDO VILLAGE, MAKATI CITY 1227
Philippines

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

Complimenting the firm's broader corporate practice, the competition and antitrust team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) has developed a strong merger control offering. The practice has recently expanded in scope and now also handles investigation work. The group has advised on the competition elements of several significant M&A deals in the food and drink, manufacturing and technology sectors. Founding partner Norma Margarita Patacsil is the key practitioner, while senior associates Jillienne Grace Sotto and Andrea Katipunan are other valued members of the team.

Key clients

LafargeHolcim Ltd./Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp.

Projects and energy Tier 1

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)'s first-rate practice is sought out by energy companies, developers and banks to assist with a vast array of power and infrastructure projects, including airports, cement mills, liquefied natural gas terminals, power plants and rail systems. In a recent highlight, the team, which comprises experts in corporate, disputes and tax, advised First Gen Corporation on the development and maintenance of a new LNG facility. One of the founding partners of the firm, Jaime Renato Gatmaytan leads the corporate practice and advises on lending, security and financing for large infrastructure projects. Ben Dominic Yap, also a founding partner, leads on contentious work and has experience of both litigation and arbitration in a construction context. Annalisa Carlota is instructed on energy projects across Asia, including those financed by sovereign debt.

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Key clients

First Gen Corporation

AC Energy Philippines, Inc.

Leighton

Republic Cement Iligan, Inc.

Ingrid Power Holdings, Inc.

Bank of the Philippine Islands

Aboitiz group of companies

Global Business Power Corporation

Retail Electricity Suppliers Association

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) has a strong reputation for advising on complex issues in the real estate field, handling issues relating to restrictions involving special classes of property, conversion of land to other uses and complex regulatory requirements. The group also has extensive construction experience, advising on projects for the construction of airports, cement mills, seaports and toll roads. Jaime Renato Gatmaytan maintains a truly international practice, having assisted developers and sponsors with tenders for large regeneration projects in China and Thailand. Albert Vincent Yu Chang and founding partner Norma Margarita Patacsil are corporate specialists; both advise companies active in the sector on IPOs, divestment of shares and fee deficiencies.

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Key clients

First Gen Corporation

Ayala real estate investment trust

Leighton

Republic Cement Iligan, Inc.

Frasers Property Ltd.

Bank of the Philippine Islands

De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Inc.

Tax Tier 1

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises multinationals and domestic companies on tax matters, including providing assistance with the tax implications of transactions as well as representing clients in disputing tax assessments. The practice is led by Anthony Gutierrez, who acts in both contentious and non-contentious taxation matters. Roxanne Tadique is another key contact in the team, and also has a broad practice.

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Key clients

LafargeHolcim

Metro Rail Transit Corporation

Sanofi-Aventis Europe and Sanofi S.A.

Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.

Sanofi-Aventis Philippines Inc.

TeaM Energy

Therma South, Inc. (which is a member of the Aboitiz Group)

Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Banking and finance Tier 2

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises a client base of domestic and international banks on lending operations, including loan facilities and investments. The practice is led by Jaime Renato Gatmaytan, who also leads the firm's corporate and commercial team; elsewhere, Annalisa J. Carlota advises on project financing work across Asia.

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Key clients

DBS Bank Ltd.

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Dispute resolution Tier 2

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) provides 'balanced, sober and principled advice' on a wide variety of commercial litigation matters including contractual disputes, banking and securities issues, tax and corporate rehabilitation. Jesus Paolo Protacio co-leads the team and has a broad practice that spans complex, high-value disputes involving  product liability, torts, land and the enforcement of foreign judgments. The firm also operates an extensive arbitration practice, most particularly in the manufacturing and energy sectors. Co-practice head Ben Dominic Yap is the key partner in this regard; Yap has previously been appointed by the ICC to act as a neutral expert in an arbitration governed by Philippine law.

Key clients

Metro Rail Transit Corporation

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat and SN Aboitiz Power-Benguet

TeaM Energy Corporation

Mactan Enerzone Corporation

Casecnan Water and Energy Company, Inc.

SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation

Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc.

TeaM Sual Corporation

STEAG State Power, Inc.

Labour and employment Tier 2

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) acts for employers in contentious labour cases, as well as providing advice on a range of labour issues. The team is active in advising multinationals on ensuring that their hiring and contracting arrangements comply with domestic law, as well as on the employment implications of M&A and reorganisations. The practice is led by Cesar Santamaria Jr, who handles contentious and non-contentious matters; Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro is the other partner in the team and specialises in labour disputes. Associate Katrine Paula Suyat advises on issues including employment termination and employment policy handbooks.

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Testimonials

‘The team is responsive and knowledgeable. They are also able to give practical advice, incorporating commercial considerations, assisting the client to have more nuanced advice.’

‘We are extremely satisfied C&G Law’s services. C&G Law is very dependable and they are always available to address our concerns. They have been very responsive and proactive and their team is well-staffed and well-trained. Their client service is outstanding. They certainly have commercial awareness and offer practical but legal solutions to issues. We derive excellent value for money from them.’

Key clients

Allegis Group

American Express International, Inc.

Arcadis / Hyder Consulting Middle East Limited

Brenntag Ingredients, Inc.

CalEnergy International Services, Inc.

Canon Marketing (Philippines), Inc.

Cargill Limited

CEVA Logistics Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation

China National Offshore Oil Corporation

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.

Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S

Dell Global BV

Evyap Sabun PH Distribution, Inc.

Fieldcore Services Solutions International LLC

Givaudan Singapore Pte. Ltd.

InterGlobe Technologies Philippines, Inc.

IDNPlay

Juul Labs Singapore Holdco Pte. Ltd.

Kalbe International Pte. Ltd.

Kitz Corporation of Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Lixil Philippines Ltd. Co., Inc.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.

Moet Hennessy Philippines, Inc.

NEXCO Philippines

OceanaGold Philippines, Inc.

OEP Philippines, Inc.

PACC Shipping Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Software One Philippin

Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises clients on issues including the incorporation of new entities, structuring and legal audits. Capable of serving numerous sectors, the group is particularly active in the manufacturing, food and drink, technology and energy industries. Founding partner Jaime Renato Gatmaytan co-leads the team and advises on equity investments, share and asset acquisitions, security and other financing arrangements. Co-head Norma Margarita Patacsil's expertise extends beyond mainstream corporate work to competition law and antitrust issues. Deborah Sobrepeña-Lacson was promoted to partner in January 2020.

Key clients

LafargeHolcim Ltd/Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Hitachi-Omron Terminal Solutions Corp.

Fraser Property Ltd.

AC Energy Philippines, Inc.

Global Business Power Corporation

Ingrid Power Holdings, Inc.

TMT Tier 3

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises domestic and multinational clients on regulatory issues related to the use of telecoms equipment, online advertisements and cybersecurity. The firm also has a strong data privacy practice, providing training, audit assistance, document drafting and notification services. Mary Thel Mundin advises technology companies on a full range of commercial matters, including banking, investments and M&A. Deborah Sobrepeña-Lacson, who was promoted to partner in 2020, is another name to note.

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Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) is a full-service law firm with over 40 lawyers in the Philippines specializing in corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration, taxation, as well as labor and employment.  It was established in February 2007 by Alfredo Benjamin S Caguioa, Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan, Ben Dominic R Yap, Norma Margarita B Patacsil, Anthony Mark A Gutierrez, and Jesus Paolo U Protacio, each of whom brought significant experience and expertise in a broad range of practice areas and in diverse fields of law.  Cesar E Santamaria, Jr, Mary Thel T Mundin, Jess Raymund M Lopez, Albert Vincent Y Yu Chang, Kristine N L Evangelista, Vladi Miguel S Lazaro and Annalisa J Carlota have since become partners of the firm.

C&G Law was formerly known as Caguioa & Gatmaytan.  The change of name was brought about by Mr Caguioa’s withdrawal from the firm in January 2013 following his appointment as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and subsequently as Secretary of the Department of Justice by Philippine President Benigno C Aquino III  In January 2016, Mr Caguioa was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court.

C&G Law is a member firm of the Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s largest legal network.

Department Name Email Telephone
Corporate and commercial Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan jrbgatmaytan@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Norma Margarita B Patacsil nmbpatacsil@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Albert Vincent Y Yu Chang albert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Annalisa J. Carlota annalisa.carlota@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Kristine N. L. Evanglista kristine.evangelista@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Ben Dominic R Yap bdryap@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Jesus Paolo U Protacio jpuprotacio@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Jess Raymund M Lopez jrmlopez@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro vmslazaro@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Taxation and customs Anthony Mark A Gutierrez amgutierrez@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Labour and employment Cesar E Santamaria Jr cesantamaria@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Japan desk Tomoko Okazaki tomoko.okazaki@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Project finance, energy and infrastructure Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan jrbgatmaytan@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Project finance, energy and infrastructure Annalisa J. Carlota annalisa.carlota@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Project finance, energy and infrastructure Albert Vincent Y Yu Chang albert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Competition and antitrust Norma Margarita B Patacsil nmbpatacsil@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
M&A Annalisa J. Carlota annalisa.carlota@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
M&A Kristine N. L. Evanglista kristine.evangelista@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
M&A Norma Margarita B Patacsil nmbpatacsil@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
M&A Mary Thel T Mundin thel.mundin@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
M&A Albert Vincent Y Yu Chang albert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Real estate Albert Vincent Y Yu Chang albert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Real estate Mary Thel T Mundin thel.mundin@cagatlaw.com +632 88940377 to 79
Photo Name Position Profile
 Anthony Mark A. Gutierrez  photo Anthony Mark A. Gutierrez Partner
 Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan  photo Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan Partner
 Norma Margarita B. Patacsil  photo Norma Margarita B. Patacsil Partner
 Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr.  photo Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr. Partner
 Annalisa J. Carlota  photo Annalisa J. Carlota Partner
 Kristine Ninotschka L. Evangelista  photo Kristine Ninotschka L. Evangelista Partner
 Jess Raymund M. Lopez  photo Jess Raymund M. Lopez Partner
 Ben Dominic R. Yap  photo Ben Dominic R. Yap Managing Partner
 Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro  photo Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro Partner
 Mary Thel T. Mundin  photo Mary Thel T. Mundin Partner
 Jesus Paolo U. Protacio  photo Jesus Paolo U. Protacio Partner
 Albert Vincent Y. Yu Chang  photo Albert Vincent Y. Yu Chang Partner
Number of lawyers : 40+
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