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Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)


Managing Partner


Ben is a founding partner and the managing partner of C&G Law.

Ben specialises in litigation and arbitration, and also has experience in corporate and commercial transaction work in the energy sector.

Ben’s litigation and arbitration experience led him to be named by Asialaw Profiles as a leading Philippine lawyer in dispute resolution and litigation from 2015 to 2018, and as Disputes Star of the Year for the Philippines for 2018. His experience in these fields also led him to be named by Chambers Asia Pacific as a leading Philippine lawyer in Dispute Resolution: Arbitration in its 2015 to 2018 Asia Pacific publications, as well as a leading Philippine lawyer in Dispute Resolution in its 2018 edition. He has also been recognised as a leading Philippine individual in Dispute Resolution by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific from 2015 to 2018. In addition, Ben’s corporate and commercial work earned him citations as a leading Philippine lawyer in the corporate/commercial field by Chambers Asia Pacific in its 2012 to 2014, and 2018 publications.


English, Filipino


Integrated Bar of the Philippines 
Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc.
Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb)


Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, Juris Doctor (Class of 1997, class salutatorian, and recipient of Evelio Javier Leadership Award)
Ateneo de Manila University, Bachelor of Science in Management, Major in Legal Management (Class of 1993)
Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1998

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals)

Ben Dominic YapGatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law)

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.

Philippines > Projects and energy

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.