Firm Profile > Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia > Manila, Philippines
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia Offices
9TH, 10TH, 11TH & 12TH FLOORS, ONE ORION
11TH AVENUE, CORNER UNIVERSITY PARKWAY
BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY 1634, METRO MANILA
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia > The Legal 500 RankingsCruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia provides advice to an impressive range of domestic and foreign clients. Key work covers commercial, tax and banking litigation, alternative dispute resolution, appellate cases, administrative and regulatory litigation, and insolvency and rehabilitation proceedings. John Jerico L. Balisnomo heads the team and has experience in representing clients before every level of the judiciary and administrative venues. Simeon V. Marcelo handles high-profile tax, fraud, and hostile takeover cases. Miguel U. Silos handles a wide range of litigation and arbitration cases, while Rodel A. Cruz focuses on public policy-related disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘Miguel U. Silos and his team are very impressive.’
‘Miguel U. Silos is my go-to lawyer if I am looking for Philippine lawyers. I am very satisfied with his hard-working attitude.’
‘The CM&T team is very authentic on top of their very hardworking, legally proficient, and direct attitude.’
‘The team is very quick to respond to the client’s concerns and billing is never a problem as they are very efficient in their work.’
‘The unique approach of CMT encouraged me to be more insightful rather than being ’emotional’ which I think puts them above the competition.’
‘Billing wise, I am pleased with the accurateness and even the considerations they have extended to me. Very commendable, and very professional.’
‘Very professional and competent. Very sincere. I felt their support every step of the way.’
Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association
Secur Links Network and Technologies, Inc.
Alpha Plus Property Holdings Corporation
Dole Food Company, Inc.
Max’s Group, Inc.
Yujuico Group of Companies
Union Bank of the Philippines
Redco Properties Group Limited
‘The team is very responsive, professional and provides the needed information quickly.’
‘Great in providing insights, recommendations and always available.’
‘The team is attentive, responsive, and collaborative in its approach to engagement management. The team has a reliable network of foreign correspondent firms that facilitate trademark registration in other jurisdictions.’
‘Divina Pedron is a reliable and trusted adviser for matters involving intellectual property protection, particularly for our international franchising arm. Her responses to routine queries are always comprehensive and timely and we depend on her advice and assistance when dealing with material and urgent issues concerning the registration of our trademarks offshore. She has a good grasp of the commercial dimension of our engagements and considers the same in crafting the plan of action.’
PT. Inertia Utama (Dexa Group)
Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute
San Miguel Food and Beverage
Ayala Group Legal
Vice Cosmetics Group
University of the Philippines
Lazada E-Service Philippines
Oriente Express Techsystem Corporation
Chroma Hospitality/ Filinvest Hospitality Corporation
Makati Development Corporation
Marine Resources Development Corporation
‘The CMT team keeps itself and me abreast on the latest developments, not only in energy but in possible related concerns. They double-check the work before it’s given to me for review or consideration. They’re all amiable and very competent. They constantly upgrade their skills, showing that they have a desire to render the best possible service they can to clients. Their updates to me are also timely and well-coordinated.’
‘They have unique expertise and have garnered experience over many years in the practice of mining laws in the Philippines.’
‘Patricia Bunye and her team stand out as the foremost expert in mining laws, natural resources and related field in the country today. The wealth of their combined experience, diligence to details and comprehensive understanding of the issues placed them in a unique position a cut above the competition’.
Filminera Resources Corporation
Mt. Labo Exploration and Development Corporation
Green Energy Management Holdings
Nido Petroleum Philippines
Cemex Strategies Philippines
W Group, Inc./Portuguese Realty
Redco Properties Group
Red Core Geothermal
Green Tiger Software
Public-Private Partnership Center
C5 Mass Transit Corporation Limited
‘The team is very thorough in combing possible problems, conflicts, issues, and anticipating possible problems in the future. The team is also good in negotiating on our behalf with client lawyers. They have protected our interests by putting up all the necessary legal provisions without being too legalistic. Their background knowledge of business law, taxation, and the law of the land helped very much in giving us their advice so we could make objective decisions. I feel we are well protected legally in with the work of the team. ’
‘Rosa Bagtas who heads the team is very competent as well as Francis Fragante, Rosa’s protege who does most of the legal nitty gritty legal work. We find it very easy and comfortable to work with both of them. They are hardworking, prompt with deadlines, and well prepared. We are very satisfied with their performance.’
Italpinas Development Corporation
Citigold Resources and Development Corporation
LuxPacific Realty Corporation
‘The team is cohesive and well-coordinated. The advice is very practical and multi-disciplinary (financial/ economic, political, ethical, long & short term).’
‘John Jerico L. Balisnomo is well rounded in his advice and is full of wisdom. He can work well with other lawyers outside of the CMT when the situation calls for it.’
‘Simeon V. Marcelo is a very good legal strategist. He always thinks ‘out of the box‘. ’
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation
Synchrogenix Philippines, Inc.
Asian Terminals, Inc.
W Group of Companies
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
Redco Properties Group Ltd.
Seven Bank, Ltd.
Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc.
Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.
BF Jade E-Services Philippines, Inc.
Sta. Lucia Land, Inc.
Unilever Group of Companies
Lazada E-Services Philippines, Inc.
Connected Freight Solutions Philippines, Inc.
Lamsan Holdings Corp.
Sony Global Business Services Inc.
DOLE Philippines, Inc.
PTFC Redevelopment Corporation
PayMongo Philippines, Inc.
Kepwealth Properties Philippines, Inc.
Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd.
Peak Support Global Enterprises, Inc.
Advanced Assembly Materials Philippines, Inc.
‘The lawyers are very competent and professional. They have provided our company with exceptional legal services over the past years.’
‘The lawyers are very competent. In addition, the lawyers are always available to address our needs. The lawyers also find ways to achieve our objectives.’
Technological Institute of the Philippines
Samsung Electronics Philippines Corporation
Quality Corrugated Box Manufacturing Corporation
Collabera Technologies Private Limited, Inc.
Formula Sports Inc.
Yujuico Group of Companies
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia > Firm Profile
The firm: 15 partners with sterling professional reputations, led by former Presidential Legal Counsel/Secretary of National Defence Avelino Cruz Jr and former Solicitor General/Ombudsman Simeon Marcelo, founded Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia to establish a lasting legal institution anchored on professionalism, meritocracy, innovation and mutual respect. Its leadership is rich in experience in both public and private sectors as well as in international organisations. The firm is committed to delivering the best legal services to help its clients attain optimum business success, as well as promoting public interest.
The firm’s lawyers have over three decades of experience in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, corporate and special projects, mining and natural resources, energy, infrastructure, transportation and public utilities, intellectual property, and taxation. By matching arduous training of its associates with the expansive experience of its partners (which also enables it to attract top legal talents), the firm has earned a reputation of delivering tailored solutions to its broad spectrum of clients, including established conglomerates, leading banking and financial institutions, multinational corporations and even entire industries and government regulatory institutions like the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines).
Areas of practice
Litigation and dispute resolution: regarded as a top litigation firm in the country, the firm consistently provides exceptional representation and advocacy in every forum, involving disputes of varying scope and complexity. The firm practises in the following areas: trial advocacy and commercial litigation; international commercial arbitration; banking and financial fraud litigation; tax litigation; appellate practice; corporate rehabilitation; labour litigation; regulatory litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Corporate and special projects: beyond providing in-depth legal solutions to complex legal and business issues and transactions that protect and add value to each client’s interests and business objectives, the firm functions to guarantee clients quality and timely service according to their needs in corporate and special projects including the following areas: mergers and acquisitions; capital markets; securities regulation and finance; banking and finance; debt restructuring and corporate reorganisation; gaming; property development and real estate transactions; tourism and leisure; infrastructure; trade and competition; and immigration.
Intellectual property: the firm’s IP lawyers are from diverse backgrounds representing the sciences, businesses and the arts and are equipped with the expertise and experience to counsel on protecting, enforcing and commercialising clients’ IP.
Mining and natural resources: the firm’s young and dynamic mining and natural resources department is recognised for its highly-skilled mining lawyers and a conscientious, responsive and proactive team. Its exceptional work in the mining industry has placed the firm at the legal forefront of the country’s mining industry.
Energy: the firm’s energy department advises investors, private equity funds, lenders, contractors and suppliers on the appropriate transaction and governance structures of mergers and acquisitions, including development, financing, operation, sale and distribution projects in the power and energy sector. Its lawyers have represented various clients in successfully obtaining required government accreditation and permits and also routinely negotiate, draft and review agreements and contracts necessary to implement complex transactions in this field.
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Simeon V Marcelo|
|Litigation and dispute resolution||Rodel A Cruz|
|International arbitration||Simeon V Marcelo|
|International arbitration||Elmar B Galacio|
|Corporate and commercial||Manuel L Manaligod Jr|
|Corporate and commercial||Aida Araceli G Roxas-Rivera|
|Intellectual property||Susan D Villanueva|
|Intellectual property||Patricia A O Bunye|
|Intellectual property||Divina Gracia E Pedron|
|Intellectual property||Rowanie A Wakan|
|Mining and natural resources||Patricia A O Bunye|
|Mining and natural resources||Pancho G Umali|
|Energy||Patricia A O Bunye|
|Energy||Pancho G Umali|
|Labour||Elmar B Galacio|
|Taxation||Aida Araceli G Roxas-Rivera|
|Taxation||Rosa Michelle C Bagtas|
|Taxation||John Jerico L Balisnomo|
|Taxation||Victor E M Pangilinan|
|Infrastructure, transportation and public utilities||Manuel L Manaligod Jr|
|Infrastructure, transportation and public utilities||Pancho G Umali|
|Gaming||Manuel L Manaligod Jr|
|Gaming||Aida Araceli G Roxas-Rivera|
|Immigration||Rosa Michele C Bagtas|
|Real estate and construction||Rosa Michele C Bagtas|
|Real estate and construction||Pancho G Umali|
|Ms Rosa Michele C. Bagtas||•Corporate and Commercial Law •Mergers & Acquisitions •Property Development & Real Estate…||View Profile|
|Ms Patricia A. O. Bunye||•Intellectual Property •Mining and Natural Resources / Energy||View Profile|
|Mr Rodel A. Cruz||•Head, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department •Deputy Managing Partner (Personnel) •Senior Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Elmar B. Galacio||Senior Partner||View Profile|
|Rowanie Nakan||Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Victor Emmanuel M. Pangilinan||Senior Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Divina Gracia E. Pedron||•Intellectual Property||View Profile|
|Ms Aida Araceli G. Roxas-Rivera||Senior Partner||View Profile|
|Mr Pancho G. Umali||Partner||View Profile|
|Ms Susan D. Villanueva||•Intellectual Property •Taxation •Trade||View Profile|
Staff FiguresNumber of lawyers : 58
LanguagesEnglish Filipino Japanese Mandarin
MembershipsInter-Pacific Bar Association INTA AIPPI APAA AIPA LESI
OtherContacts : Joe Nathan Tenefrancia Contacts : Rodel A Cruz Contacts : Manuel L Manaligod Jr Contacts : Susan D Villanueva Contacts : Patricia A O Bunye
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia Diversity Statement
At Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia, we believe that diversity and inclusion nurture creativity and innovative problem-solving, which are among the pillars of the Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia brand of service. We value the range of perspectives and experiences that having a diverse pool of human resources provides. We understand that inclusive organizations attract and retain top talents. Thus, we are committed to fostering a workplace environment where teamwork is valued and differences are considered advantages.
Our Hiring and Company Policies reflect our commitment to inclusion and diversity. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from various backgrounds, whether grounded in gender, orientation, abilities, age, faith, cultural background and other characteristics, we have created a vibrant firm that is consistently able to provide creative and quality advice to, and representation of, our clients.
As advocates for diversity and inclusion, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia undertakes to promote diversity initiatives at all levels in the legal profession and the broader business community.