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Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres advises multinational clients in regulatory proceedings before the CAB and CAAP. Other areas of expertise include aviation disputes, competition law and operating permits. Marvin Masangkay is the key member of the team. Rodrigo Quimbo retired from the partnership.

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Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres advises clients on project financing, asset and balance sheet financing, securitisation and insurance regulatory matters. Clients include multinationals, banks and financial institutions. Other areas of expertise include financial services regulations and governance. Lourdes de Leon heads the team alongside TJ Mendoza, who joined the firm as a partner from Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres advises on transactional and regulatory capital markets matters. Areas of expertise include debt and equity securities offerings, securities litigation, privatisation, specialised financial structures, real estate investment trusts and corporate governance. Alain Charles Veloso and Pearl Liu head the team. TJ Mendoza joined the firm from Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.

Leading individuals

Pearl Liu - Quisumbing Torres

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres ‘understands the requirements of US-based companies, is responsive and provides advice in keeping with the regulatory and risk environment’. It provides advice on all aspects of corporate and commercial transactions including foreign investment structuring, dispositions of corporate assets and reorganisations. The practice takes an industry-aligned approach and has a focus on the retail, energy, infrastructure, finance, industrial manufacturing and services sectors. The team also has particular expertise in healthcare sector work. Clients include Allianz, Johnson & Johnson and Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation. Christina Macasaet-Acaban heads the team, supported by Pearl Liu, Dennis Quintero and Alain Veloso, who was promoted to partner. Elizabeth Opeña left the firm. Timothy Mendoza joined from Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.

Leading individuals

Christina Macasaet-Acaban - Quisumbing Torres

Dennis Quintero - Quisumbing Torres

Pearl Liu - Quisumbing Torres

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres advises international clients on arbitration, commercial litigation, corporate and intra-corporate disputes, civil litigation and corporate compliance. Clients include Consolidated Iron Sands, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum and Publicis Groupe. Donemark Calimon and Ramon Quisumbing head the team with support from Miguel Galvez and associate Anna Calsado-Amoroso. Jay Santiago, who has ‘excellent writing skills and is easily accessible’, re-joined the firm as a senior associate. The team provides ‘top-notch legal advice’ and has ‘great response times’.

Leading individuals

Donemark Calimon - Quisumbing Torres

Ramon Quisumbing - Quisumbing Torres

Next Generation Partners

Anna Calsado-Amoroso - Quisumbing Torres

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Immigration - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

The ‘highly recommended’ practice at Quisumbing Torres is ‘knowledgeable about the legal requirements of work permit and visa applications for foreign nationals’. It is adept at obtaining visas for expatriates as well as offshore work permits and visa applications for foreign nationals who are classified as restricted. The firm advises a variety of large multinationals, domestic companies and individuals. Miguel Galvez is the key practitioner.

Leading individuals

Miguel Galvez - Quisumbing Torres

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres advises on the full range of IP matters including licensing and franchising, technology transfer, litigation and enforcement, trade mark registration, portfolio management, anti-counterfeiting, copyright, data privacy and cybercrime. Recently the firm has been particularly active on the enforcement side of IP law and over the years has achieved several successes in the Supreme Court. It represents multinational and domestic businesses in the key client sectors of retail, energy, mining and infrastructure, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, and media and telecoms. Bienvenido Marquez III  heads the team, supported by Divina Ilas-Panganiban and associate Reena Mitra-Ventanilla.

Leading individuals

Bienvenido Marquez III  - Quisumbing Torres

Divina Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres

Next Generation Partners

Reena Mitra-Ventanilla - Quisumbing Torres

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres acts for large multinationals in relation to all aspects of employment law including contracts, executive separation, transfers and terminations, occupational health and safety matters, discrimination laws advice, human resources (HR) matters and labour litigation. It represents clients in individual and collective actions, arbitrations, mediations and alternative dispute resolution. This year the firm dealt with a high number of executive transfers. Kenneth Chua, who is ‘responsive and provides practical advice’, heads the team alongside Gil Roberto Zerrudo and Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr..

Leading individuals

Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr - Quisumbing Torres

Gil Zerrudo - Quisumbing Torres

Kenneth Chua - Quisumbing Torres

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Projects and energy
Projects and energy - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres provides advice on project finance, development, transactions, policies and regulatory frameworks. The firm recently acted for Korea Water Resources on its joint venture with San Miguel to establish Luzon Clean Water Development, advising on Philippine law matters and negotiations. Other clients include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, Toyota Tsusho and Felix Petroleum. Dennis Quintero heads the team with support from Pearl LiuLourdes de Leon and Donemark Calimon. Senior associate Ina Alexandra Dominguez is another name to note.

Leading individuals

Dennis Quintero - Quisumbing Torres

Next Generation Partners

Ina Alexandra Dominguez - Quisumbing Torres

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Real estate and construction
Real estate and construction - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres advises clients on real estate finance, acquisitions and disposals, planning and land use, commercial leasing, corporate real estate, and development and construction law. Other areas of expertise include construction litigation and arbitration, real estate tax and real estate management agreements. Clients include Hero Future Energies Asia, Korea Water Resources, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum and PowerChina. Pearl Liu and Donemark Calimon are the key practitioners. Senior associate Michael Macapagal is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Pearl Liu - Quisumbing Torres

Next Generation Partners

Michael Macapagal - Quisumbing Torres

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TMT - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres adopts a multi-disciplinary, industry-aligned approach to the practice area of technology, media and telecoms (TMT). Areas of expertise include technology agreements and disputes, privacy and data protection, e-commerce, and outsourcing. The firm often acts for large multinationals that currently operate, or are looking to expand their operations, in the Philippines. Gil Zerrudo heads the team jointly with Bienvenido Marquez III; Divina Ilas-Panganiban, who is ‘level-headed, down-to-earth and listens well’, is another key practitioner.

Leading individuals

Bienvenido Marquez III - Quisumbing Torres

Divina Ilas-Panganiban - Quisumbing Torres

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Tax - ranked: tier 1

Quisumbing Torres

Quisumbing Torres handles a broad range of tax issues and is adept at dealing with regulatory matters. It represents clients against various government agencies and local government units, contesting assessments and claiming refund cases involving taxes. Client sectors include consumer goods and retail, energy, mining and infrastructure, financial institutions, healthcare, heavy industry, manufacturing and transportation, and technology, media and telecoms. Dennis Dimagiba heads the team with support from Ronald Bernas and associate Kristine Mercado-Tamayo.

Leading individuals

Dennis Dimagiba - Quisumbing Torres

Next Generation Partners

Kristine Mercado-Tamayo - Quisumbing Torres

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