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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia Offices
9TH, 10TH, 11TH & 12TH FLOORS, ONE ORION
11TH AVENUE, CORNER UNIVERSITY PARKWAY
BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY 1634, METRO MANILA
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Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia > The Legal 500 RankingsCruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has a strong track record in commercial, tax and banking litigation, in addition to all forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It also has a thriving appellate practice, as well as a dynamic administrative, regulatory, insolvency and rehabilitation disputes practice. John Jerico Balisnomo leads the team and acts for a range of foreign and local clients, while Simeon Marcelo is well-regarded for his expertise in high-profile tax and fraud cases. Rodel Cruz has experience in commercial, corporate and tax litigation, while also garnering praise for its capability in handling enforcement cases. Senior partner Miguel Silos is another key contact in the group.
John Jerico Balisnomo
‘The team at Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia stands out for its professionalism and ease in communication. They are always ready to talk to us and come up with solutions.’
‘Miguel Silos is consistently reliable and presents practical options to problems.’
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
- Advised Alpha Plus Property Holdings Corporation on its concerns and issues involving real estate transactions.
- Advised Secur Links in a successful arbitration proceeding against the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) of the Republic of the Philippines for the latter’s continued failure and refusal to pay the total contract price.
- Advised Unicapital, Inc. in a case against a Philippine corporation involved in medical services, and its then-President and Chief Executive Officer, involving the non-payment of a loan which was incurred through the latter’s false representations.
‘Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia’s IP team is very collaborative and knowledgeable when it comes to the process of IP cases in the Philippines.’
‘Rowanie Nakan is somebody who will provide you with details, possible outcomes, and steps on what to do during worst case scenarios.’
‘Susan Villanueva has enlightened us and truly gave us good legal counsel. Her team is quick to aid and is always proactive in its approach.’
‘Susan Villanueva is one of the most brilliant individuals I know and she does not use her brilliance to intimidate or alienate, instead, she uses it to enlighten and give good counsel.’
‘Works quickly and efficiently, great overall knowledge base.’
‘Cruz Marcelo always reports deadlines ahead of time.’
‘Susan Villanueva manages the prosecution of our trademark portfolio. She has been exceptional, high attention to detail and proactive in reporting of issues.’
JT International SA
In-N-Out, Burgers, Inc.
PT. Inertia Utama (Dexa Group)
Department of Science and Technology – Technology Application and Promotion Institute
San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc.
United Laboratories, Inc.
Ayala Group Legal
Max’s Group, Inc.
Vice Cosmetics Group Inc.
University of the Philippines
Oriente Express Techsystem Corporation (“Cashalo”)
Chroma Hospitality Inc./Filinvest Hospitality Corporation
Makati Development Corporation
Marine Resources Development Corporation
Metromart Technologies, Inc.
- Represented Oceanic Empire Limited in obtaining favourable decisions involving oppositions to its applications for the “WGLOBALCENTER” and “WHIGHSTREET” marks.
- Represented In-N-Out Burgers in successfully opposing a trademark application filed by an international chain of restaurants/ café which appropriated its trade name and mark.
- Handled the patent portfolio of the Philippines’ national state university – The University of the Philippines.
Manuel Manaligod; Patricia Bunye
Filminera Resources Corporation
Sagittarius Mines, Inc.
Therma Visayas, Inc.
DMCI Power Corporation
Green Energy Management Holdings, Inc.
Nido Petroleum Philippines Pty Ltd
Cemex Strategies Philippines, Inc.
W Group, Inc./Portuguese Realty, Inc.
Redco Properties Group Limited
W Ventures, Inc.
Red Core Geothermal
Aboitiz Renewables, Inc.
Public-Private Partnership Center
C5 Mass Transit Corporation Limited
- Advising Sagittarius Mines, Inc. regarding the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project, prospectively the largest copper-gold project in the Philippines.
- Advising a consortium with respect to the unsolicited proposal for the construction and development of a light railway-based mass transportation system over an alignment traversing six key cities.
- Advising a consortium with respect to the unsolicited proposal for the construction and development of a light railway-based mass transportation system over an alignment traversing four key cities.
Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera; Rosa Michele Bagtas
‘The team has a diversity of expertise that covers most, if not all my legal concerns. I admire the practicality of the team in approaching problems outside of the legal framework and presenting to us the realities of going to court. Furthermore, the legal advice is always comprehensive as well as practical.’
‘Individually, I am very comfortable with my relationships with the lawyers of CMT. They are trustworthy, full of wisdom, proactive and they give sound advice.’
W Group, Inc.
Portuguese Land, Inc.
Abraham Holdings, Inc.
Italpinas Development Corp.
Baltimore Land, Inc.
Citigold Resources and Development Corporation
LuxPacific Realty Corporation
ILO Properties, Inc.
ILO Land, Inc.
Mapex Realty, Inc.
Asian Development Bank / Philippine Public-Private Partnership Center (PPPC)
PRI Realty, Inc.
Portuguese Land, Inc.
Haus Talk, Inc.
- Advised a real estate developer in its sale of two prime real properties in Metro Manila.
- Advised the Philippine Public-Private Partnership Center (through the Asian Development Bank), in the proposed development project of the Philippine Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.
- Advised a corporation in the tourism/hospitality industry in its proposed sale of its sprawling property in a prime location in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, worth approximately PhP1.4bn.
Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera
‘Readily available, reliable, consistent, deep knowledge of the issues and timely in responding.’
Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation
Certara Philippines, Inc.
Asian Terminals, Inc.
W Group of Companies
Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc.
Aboitiz Power Corporation
Seven Bank, Ltd.
Ayala Healthcare Holdings, Inc.
Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.
BF Jade E-Services Philippines, Inc. (ZALORA PH)
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.
Zed Financial, Inc.
- Advised Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. and Aboitiz & Co., Inc. in the acquisition of 27% stake in Aboitiz Power Corporation by JERA Asia Private Limited, with an amount of $1.5bn.
- Advised on the acquisition of an aggregate 75% stake by Sojitz Corporation in LBS Digital Infrastructure Corp. The transaction is estimated to amount to $63m.
- Advised and assisted Furukawa Japan in its: (a) the acquisition of all outstanding shares of Lemtech PH (the “Share Sale”); and (b) the merger between Lemtech PH and Furukawa PH (a wholly owned subsidiary of Furukawa Japan) after the completion of the Share Sale. The transaction amounted to $2.4m.
Elmar Galacio; Rogelio Torres
‘CMT Law is very competent and they have the best lawyers. They are professional and always provide the best legal advice. They handle our cases properly and we know that we are in good hands.’
‘The lawyers are very dedicated. They are always available and approachable. Elmar Galacio is a standout partner.’
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 has expertise 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|
|Ms 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.
Rehabilitation and liquidation proceedings in the PhilippinesWhat remedies are available to insolvent corporations/individuals in your jurisdiction? Under Republic Act No 10142 (Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act of 2010 (FRIA)), which governs proceedings for the rehabilitation and/or liquidation, insolvent juridical debtors may undergo: (1) rehabilitation; or (2) liquidation proceedings.