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

Philippines > Antitrust and competition Tier 1

The competition and anti-trust team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) has developed a strong merger control offering, alongside its corporate and M&A practice; the two teams, in unison, provide holistic advice on Philippine competition law and M&A matters. Key services include advice on investigations related to PCC, audits, competition law compliance, and training. The team is led by Norma Margarita B. Patacsil , who is an expert in handling mergers and acquisitions, and adept at advising on competition law. Andrea Katipunan specialises in corporate transactions for local and multinational clients, public-private partnerships, and government procurement. Senior associate Jillienne Grace Sotto assists with due diligence reviews and drafting of definitive agreements.

Key clients

Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) and its subsidiaries

Work highlights

  • Advised ALI on its five-way merger. This involves ALI, a land developer in the Philippines with a market capitalization of approximately USD 10 billion and four of its subsidiaries/affiliates, namely, Cebu Holdings, Inc., Asian I-Office Properties Inc., Arca South Commercial Ventures, Corp., and Central Bloc Developer, Inc., with ALI as the surviving entity.
  • Advised ALI affiliates CHI and CPV on their merger.

Philippines > Projects and energy Tier 1

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)‘s projects, infrastructure and energy practice is one of its most active, advising a diverse number of both public and private companies. The team, lead by Ben Dominic R. Yap and Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan has handled a variety of infrastructure projects ranging from liquified natural gas terminals to seaports and toll roads. Especially highly regarded in the energy sector, the firm has acted as counsel for many of the largest power generation companies operating in the Philippines such as the Aboitiz group of companies and the Lopez group of companies. The firm is representing the Aboitiz group of companies, amongst others, in proceedings before the Supreme Court regarding the validity of certain laws and regulations relating to electricity spot charges in which Ben Dominic R. Yap is one of lead partners on the matter. Annalisa J. Carlota specialises in energy, having started her legal career assisting and advising foreign and local companies in the implementation of independent power projects in the Philippines.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FGEN LNG Corporation

SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet

AC Energy Philippines

First Gen Ecopower Solutions

First NatGas Power Corporation

Retail Electricity Suppliers Association

SN Aboitiz Power-Magat

AP Renewables

East Asia Utilities Corporation

TeaM Energy Corporation

STEAG State Power

TeaM Sual Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised FGEN LNG Corporation, a leading Philippine power generation group on an over $1bn LNG infrastructure development project with onshore and offshore components.
  • Advised SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet, Inc. on the issuance of fixed-rate corporate notes worth PHP$18bn and prepaid in full the project loans for its 105MW and 140MW hydroelectric power plants in Benguet, Philippines.

Philippines > Real estate and construction Tier 1

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) has a strong reputation for advising on special classes of property, complex issues related to land conversion, and regulations governing housing and property development projects. The firm is advising Ayala Land on its five-way merger with four of its subsidiaries and affiliates, with Norma Margarita B. Patacsil the lead counsel on the matter. The practice is lead by founding and managing partners Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan and Ben Dominic R. Yap .

Key clients

Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI)

FGEN LNG Corporation

Robinsons Land Corporation

SM Prime Holdings

TeaM Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising FGEN LNG Corporation, a leading Philippine power generation group, on an over $1bn LNG infrastructure development project with onshore and offshore components.
  • Advising Ayala Land, Inc. on the corporate law/regulatory, as well as competition law, aspects of its five-way merger.
  • Representing a member of a prominent family in a dispute with a real estate development company and a scion of a prominent Filipino architect.

Philippines > Tax Tier 1

Led by Anthony Gutierrez, the team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) acts both for domestic conglomerates and multinationals, drawn from an array of sectors, in disputing tax assessments related to internal revenue taxes before state authorities, administrative tribunals, the Court of Tax Appeals and the Supreme Court. Additionally, the group specialises in tax compliance issues as well as the implementation of complex tax structures in high-value M&A, large-scale infrastructure projects and energy mandates. Another name to note is Roxanne Tadique, who also displays capabilities in tax incentive, tax treaty relief and audit investigation matters.

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

FGEN LNG Corporation

Aboitiz Group of Companies

SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Robinsons Land Corporation

Ayala Group of Companies

TeaM Energy Corporation

CE Casecnan Water and Energy Company, Inc.

Webb Fontaine Group

Metro Rail Transit Corporation (MRTC)

Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advising FGEN LNG Corporation power generation group on a $1bn LNG infrastructure development project with onshore and offshore components.
  • Represented and obtained a favourable judgement for East Asia Utilities Corp in a tax case before the Supreme Court.
  • Advised a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aboitiz group on real property taxes assessed against its powerplant’s pollution control equipment, including the first coal dome built in the country, with a cost of around $20m to build, and with real property tax due thereon amounting to around $9m from 2016 to date.

Philippines > Banking and finance Tier 2

Advising a client base of domestic and international lenders, the banking team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) advises on financial structuring, documentation, closing lending and securities. In addition, it assists with IPOs, private placements, capital building exercises and advisory work in relation to both market entry and regulatory compliance.  Team lead Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan  is an expert in equity investments while Annalisa J. Carlota advises on regional public sector infrastructure projects.

Other key lawyers:

Annalisa J. Carlota

Key clients

SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet, Inc.

Mizuho Bank, Ltd.

Lendable SPC/Lendable Asset Management LLC

Standard Chartered Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet, Inc. on a PHP18bn notes facility.
  • Advised Mizuho Bank Ltd. on a $130m term loan facility to Metro Pacific Investments Corporation for the acquisition of Philippine Tank Storage International Holdings, Inc.
  • Advised Lendable SPC and Lendable Asset Management LLC on a $15m term loan facility to Uploan Asia Pte. Ltd.
  • Represented Standard Chartered Bank in its PHP1.12 billion claim against Philippine Guarantee Corporation, a government owned and controlled corporation, formerly known as Trade and Investment Development Corporation and Philippine Export-Import Credit Agency.

Philippines > Dispute resolution Tier 2

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) has a strong and extensive litigation practice that handles complex and high-value commercial disputes in the Philippines. The team covers a diverse range of subjects, such as contractual disputes, torts, intra-corporate controversies, environmental law, governmental impositions, corporate rehabilitation, and banking and securities law. Ben Dominic R. Yap specialises in commercial litigation and arbitration and co-heads the team with Jesus Paolo U. Protacio , who is experienced in representing clients before Philippine courts of all levels. Tax expert Anthony Mark A. Gutierrez is another key contact.

Testimonials

‘Atty. Jesus Paolo Protacio is an outstanding lawyer who thinks outside of the box. He delivers quality, reliable legal advice that is timely and useful for clients.’

‘Mr. Lazaro and his team are very professional and responsible.’

‘The team is focused and able to coordinate efficiently and effectively.’

‘Ben Yap takes a detailed approach to solving the legal challenges presented. He is able to hone into the main issues quickly, read between the lines and come up with clear plans of defence and attack as necessary.’

 

Key clients

Aboitiz Group of Companies

Standard Chartered Bank

Metro Rail Transit Corporation

TeaM Energy Corporation

STEAG State Power, Inc.

TeaM Sual Corporation

SM Prime Holdings, Inc.

Robinsons Land Corporation

Ayala Group of Companies

First Gen Group of Companies (including FirstNatGas Power Corp.)

East Asia Utilities Corp.

Work highlights

  • Represented Standard Chartered Bank in pursuing its PHP 1.12 Billion claim against Philippine Guarantee Corporation (a government owned and controlled corporation, formerly known as Trade and Investment Development Corporation and Philippine Export-Import Credit Agency).
  • Represented Metro Rail Transit Corporation in proceedings before various courts (including the Philippine Supreme Court) against the local governments of Makati City, Pasay City, Mandaluyong City and Quezon City.
  • Advised a wholly owned subsidiary of one of the key firms on the Philippine power industry with respect to real property taxes assessed against its powerplant’s pollution control equipment, including the first coal dome built in the country.

Philippines > Labour and employment Tier 2

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) provides advice on matters relating to labour standards, benefits compliance, terminations, internal investigations and various forms of misconduct. It also advises on the preparation and review of employment contracts, the formulation of company policies, redundancy and overseas deployment. The practice is led by employment litigation specialist Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr., and also includes Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro and associate Jamie Alexandria Santos.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Lawyers at the firm have extensive judicial expertise on employment terminations and the employment of Filipino personnel abroad under foreign principal, which translates into the ability to provide clients with strategical advice throughout the whole judicial proceeding and reliable risk assessments.’

‘Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr proved to be tremendously responsive and client-centric, with a valuable professional experience in the field that allows him to effectively lead the team to victory.’

Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro is extremely responsive and able to provide knowledgeable strategical advice in order to turn weaknesses into strengths when preparing the defence.’

Jamie Alexandria Santos is exceedingly responsive, timely, and client-centric. Despite having less years of experience compared to the other lawyers of the team we have been working with, she is able to handle complex cases well in an organized manner. Furthermore, she is hugely knowledgeable about the key points of what the defence should be based on and what our company would need to succeed at trial. ’

Key clients

Allegis Group

American Express International, Inc.

CalEnergy International Services, Inc.

Charoen Pokphand Foods Philippines Corporation

Dell Global BV

Fieldcore Services Solutions International LLC

Givaudan Singapore Pte. Ltd.

Moet Hennessy Philippines, Inc.

OceanaGold Philippines, Inc.

OEP Philippines, Inc.

PACC Shipping Philippines, Inc.

Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Software One Philippines Corporation

SolarWinds Software Asia Pte. Ltd.

Steag State Power, Inc.

STMicroelectronics, Inc.

TeaM Energy Corporation

Visa Worldwide Pte. Limited

Webb Fontaine Group FZ LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised a leading agro-industrial and food conglomerate on ongoing collective bargaining negotiations with a union representing 200 employees.
  • Advised a global technology company on the ongoing transfer of all the employees of its 2 existing subsidiaries into a newly formed subsidiary.
  • Advised a global technology operation on the discontinuation of the existing insurance coverage of its employees.

Philippines > TMT Tier 2

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) is known for its expertise in advising technology clients on compliance and regulatory issues. The firm counts an impressive number of leading social media platforms and fintech companies in its client list. Having recently separated the TMT and fintech practice from its general corporate practice group, the firm now offers highly focused services to its clients.  Partner Mary Thel T. Mundin now leads the practice group and Deborah Miriam Sobrepeña-Lacson is another notable name.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘Mary Thel Mundin gives much attention to detail and writes thorough and practical opinions.’

‘The team was very responsive and knowledgeable. They provide great value, especially when compared to other top-tier firms. ’

‘Mary Thel Mundin was responsive and provided value-adding commercially savvy advice. She was accommodating with budgets and still provided top service. ’

Key clients

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Philippines > Capital markets Tier 3

Steered by Norma Margarita B. Patacsil , the corporate group at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) has a proven track record in the capital markets space. Patacsil is particularly active in follow-up offerings, IPOs, private placements, among other capital building exercises.

Key clients

SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet, Inc.

Lendable SPC/Lendable Asset Management LLC

Work highlights

  • Advised SN Aboitiz Power – Benguet, Inc. on a PHP18bn notes facility.
  • Advised Lendable SPC and Lendable Asset Management LLC on a $15m term loan facility for Uploan Asia, the proceeds of which would be used to finance payroll loans originated and owned by its subsidiary.

Philippines > Corporate and M&A Tier 3

The corporate team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) handles high-value commercial transactions for clients from a variety of sectors such as real estate, aviation, energy, manufacturing, logistics, and BPO industries. It assists with both, incorporation of new entities and merger/acquisition of existing entities. Other services include advice on foreign and local investments in the Philippines, governance and compliance, legal audits, and due diligence. The team is led by founding partner Norma Margarita B. Patacsil , who advises on acquisitions, foreign and local investments, and joint ventures. Andrea Katipunan specializes in public-private partnerships and government procurement.

Testimonials

They are a competent team, able to provide concise advice.’

 

 

Key clients

Ayala Land, Inc.

Holcim Philippines, Inc.

Stellar

AC Energy Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) on the corporate law/regulatory, as well as competition law, aspects of its five-way merger.
  • Assisted Stellar with the Philippine aspects of its merger with Probe.
  • Advised Ayala Land, Inc. (ALI) and its subsidiaries on the merger of its two publicly-listed subsidiaries, CHI and Cebu Property Ventures and Development Corporation.

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law), formerly known as Caguioa & Gatmaytan, is a full-service law firm in the Philippines specializing in competition and anti-trust, corporate and commercial transactions, energy and infrastructure, labour and employment, litigation and arbitration, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and construction, taxation as well as technology, media and telecommunications.

C&G Law currently comprises 17 partners, led by founding partners Jaime Renato B Gatmaytan, Ben Dominic R Yap, Norma Margarita B Patacsil, Anthony Mark A Gutierrez and Jesus Paolo U Protacio, as well as a full complement of associates and paralegals.

C&G Law is counsel to major Philippine and multinational companies which include banking and financial institutions, conglomerates, educational institutions, energy companies, investment companies, law firms, manufacturing companies, medical establishments, mining and cement companies, pharmaceutical companies, and special purpose vehicles and their servicing outfits.

Now in its 15th year of existence, C&G Law and its partners are highly regarded in various fields by a number of prestigious international publications, such as AsiaLaw, Asian Legal Business, Chambers and Partners, the Global Arbitration Review, International Financial Law Review, The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal. In recent years, the firm has also consistently been a finalist for the “Philippines Law Firm of the Year” category at the Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards, including the 2021 edition of these awards.

C&G Law is a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s largest legal networks. This offers C&G Law’s clients seamless access to over 800 fee earners who are qualified to practise local law in ten countries across the region, many of whom are highly regarded in their respective fields and jurisdictions.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Corporate and commercial Jaime Renato B Gatmaytanjrbgatmaytan@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Norma Margarita B Patacsilnmbpatacsil@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Albert Vincent Y Yu Changalbert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Annalisa J. Carlotaannalisa.carlota@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Corporate and commercial Kristine N. L. Evanglistakristine.evangelista@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Ben Dominic R Yapbdryap@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Jesus Paolo U Protaciojpuprotacio@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Jess Raymund M Lopezjrmlopez@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Dispute resolution and arbitration Vladi Miguel S. Lazarovmslazaro@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Taxation and customs Anthony Mark A Gutierrezamgutierrez@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Labour and employment Cesar E Santamaria Jrcesantamaria@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Japan desk Tomoko Okazakitomoko.okazaki@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Project finance, energy and infrastructure Jaime Renato B Gatmaytanjrbgatmaytan@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Project finance, energy and infrastructure Annalisa J. Carlotaannalisa.carlota@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Project finance, energy and infrastructure Albert Vincent Y Yu Changalbert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Competition and antitrust Norma Margarita B Patacsilnmbpatacsil@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
M&A Annalisa J. Carlotaannalisa.carlota@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
M&A Kristine N. L. Evanglistakristine.evangelista@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
M&A Norma Margarita B Patacsilnmbpatacsil@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
M&A Mary Thel T Mundinthel.mundin@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
M&A Albert Vincent Y Yu Changalbert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Real estate Albert Vincent Y Yu Changalbert.yuchang@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
Real estate Mary Thel T Mundinthel.mundin@cagatlaw.com+632 88940377 to 79
PhotoNamePositionProfile
 Anthony Mark A. Gutierrez  photo Anthony Mark A. GutierrezPartner
 Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan  photo Jaime Renato B. GatmaytanPartner
 Norma Margarita B. Patacsil  photo Norma Margarita B. PatacsilPartner
 Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr.  photo Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr.Partner
 Annalisa J. Carlota  photo Annalisa J. CarlotaPartner
 Kristine Ninotschka L. Evangelista  photo Kristine Ninotschka L. EvangelistaPartner
 Jess Raymund M. Lopez  photo Jess Raymund M. LopezPartner
 Ben Dominic R. Yap  photo Ben Dominic R. YapManaging Partner
 Vladi Miguel S. Lazaro  photo Vladi Miguel S. LazaroPartner
 Mary Thel T. Mundin  photo Mary Thel T. MundinPartner
 Jesus Paolo U. Protacio  photo Jesus Paolo U. ProtacioPartner
 Albert Vincent Y. Yu Chang  photo Albert Vincent Y. Yu ChangPartner
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