Ms Aida Araceli G. Roxas-Rivera > Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia > Manila, Philippines > Lawyer Profile

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Work Department

•Corporate and Commercial Law •Mergers & Acquisitions •Gaming


Senior Partner


Ms. Rivera is a Senior Partner in our Corporate and Commercial Law Group and heads the Firm’s Retainer, Corporate Governance & Regulation and Gaming practice groups. Representing both local and foreign clients in connection with their investments in the Philippines, she has demonstrated expertise in addressing legal issues involving ownership and nationality restrictions, national and local taxes, and regulatory compliance, among others. She has extensive experience in assisting foreign clients in setting-up their business entity in the Philippines, establishing joint ventures with Philippine partners, and in ensuring compliance with relevant government regulations imposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Department of Trade and Industry, Board of Investments, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, National Telecommunications Commission, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, among others, and local government units. She has also actively assisted clients in the negotiation, preparation, drafting, review and implementation of various contracts and agreements, including the conduct of due diligence and assistance in mergers and acquisitions, whether asset or share purchase transactions. She also has extensive experience in government relations due primarily to the various positions she has held in the Philippine Government: Assistant Secretary for Legal (Department of National Defense) from January 2005 to November 2006; Undersecretary (Office of the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and Office of the Executive Secretary) in the Office of the President of the Philippines from December 2003 to January 2005; and Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs (Presidential Management Staff) in the Office of the President from September 2001 to December 2003.


Ms. Rivera is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Philippine Bar Association, U.P. Women Lawyers’ Circle, Federacion Internacional de Abogadas (Phil.) and the Women Lawyers Association of the Philippines. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1996.


Ms. Rivera obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 1995, ranking sixth in her class and graduating with a Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. She was also a consistent member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society. Ms. Rivera also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of the Philippines, where she graduated in 1989.

Lawyer Rankings

Philippines > Corporate and M&A

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Aida Roxas-Rivera

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia ‘delivers in a timely manner and with reasonable rates‘. The corporate team handles a varied mix of corporate, energy and infrastructure projects for its foreign and local clients, which include transport, agriculture, real estate, construction and energy companies. Among its recent highlights was the team’s advice to Asian Terminals on the establishment of a PEZA Integrated Port Facility backed with service level agreements for provision of port terminal services; the firm assisted with the drafting of transaction documents and establishing the project company and its post-registration requirements. Aida Roxas-Rivera heads the corporate practice; Rosa Michelle Bagtas and associate Fernand Joseph Miranda are recommended.

Philippines > Real estate and construction

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia has experience in commercial, residential, industrial, and mixed-use real estate projects, and its clients include multilateral international organisations, local government units and private corporations. The team often advises on the purchase (including the due diligence) of real estate. Recently, Divina Gracia Pedron and a team assisted the Korean Embassy in the Philippines in the negotiation of a sale agreement for the acquisition of land and/or office condominium units in Metro Manila for the use of the Korean Cultural Center Philippines. Aida Araceli Roxas-Rivera and Manuel Manaligod are names to note.