Firm Profile > Quisumbing Torres > Manila , Philippines

Quisumbing Torres
12TH FLOOR, NET ONE CENTER
26TH STREET CORNER 3RD AVENUE, CRESCENT PARK WEST
BONIFACIO GLOBAL CITY, TAGUIG 1634
Philippines

Antitrust and competition Tier 1

The competition focus group at Quisumbing Torres advises clients on the gamut of antitrust and competition issues, covering everything from horizontal and vertical arrangements to cartels to merger clearance. Its industry coverage is likewise broad, and the firm has advised companies in the consumer goods, pharma, manufacturing and financial services sectors (among others) on competition matters and processes. The firm also actively participates in public consultations on antitrust law and policy. Practice head Christina Macasaet-Acaban provides competition training sessions for clients. Alain Charles Veloso is another key practitioner in the team.

Capital markets Tier 1

The 'skilled and experienced team of lawyers' at Quisumbing Torres have strong knowledge of securities laws and regulations and handle a range of debt and equity transactions. Outside of its transactional work, the team provides advice on stock exchange compliance, securities registration and corporate governance. The firm has a unique position in the Philippines due to its alliance with Baker McKenzie; many of its key clients are multinationals, though the team also maintains strong relationships with local companies and financial institutions. Capital markets practice head Alain Charles Veloso is also well versed in corporate and competition law; among his sector specialisms are energy, infrastructure, natural resources, real estate and TMT. TJ Mendoza is another key practitioner in the team.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

The team is professional and knowledgeable‘.

Charles Veloso is very hardworking and puts his heart into whatever he is doing. He is very meticulous and focuses on every detail‘.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 'responsive and helpful team' at Quisumbing Torres advises domestic and international companies on M&A, foreign investments and joint ventures. The firm maintains industry-focused groups, and each member of the team specialises in specific industries; key strengths include financial services, energy, infrastructure, retail, life sciences and transport. The firm has also established a fintech focus group. Complementing the corporate practice group's broad expertise is its knowledge of competition law, a burgeoning area in the Philippines. As a member firm of the Baker McKenzie network, the firm has access to a broad international office network, which proves particularly beneficial in cross-border corporate transactions. The sizeable team is led by Christina Macasaet-Acaban, who also heads the competition group. Other key practitioners include Pearl Liu, Dennis Quintero and Alain Charles Veloso.

Testimonials

The firm provides an efficient service‘.

Alain Charles Veloso and associate Diane Maxima Singayan-Mallillin always provide an efficient service‘.

Key clients

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

BigDish

Pfizer

Johnson & Johnson

Telstra Corporation Limited

State Grid Corporation of China

Energy Development Corporation

Dispute resolution Tier 1

The 'agile' and 'flexible' dispute resolution team at Quisumbing Torres 'offers a remarkably personal approach to its clients'. It regularly handles high-stakes and complex litigation and arbitration, and has broad experience in civil, commercial, criminal, regulatory and administrative disputes. The team has recently taken on high-value cases in the pharma, energy, transport and manufacturing industries. Practice head Donemark Calimon has acted as counsel or arbitrator in numerous commercial arbitrations, in addition to handling a varied range of litigation. Ramon Quisumbing is the managing partner of the firm and Miguel Galvez heads the compliance group. Michael Macapagal - who made partner in 2019 - and senior associate Marvin Masangkay are also noted. The firm has an alliance with Baker McKenzie, and its clients include multinational companies that are leaders in their fields.

Testimonials

The firm learns the client’s business, understands its commercial needs and make recommendations based on actual experience, balancing legal risk mitigation with the commercial objectives of the client‘.

Michael Macapagal is a superstar; he is a gifted legal writer and is thoughtful but confident when giving a legal opinion‘.

Miguel Galvez and Marvin Masangkay impress with their aggressive yet pragmatic approach in resolving disputes with regulators‘.

Key clients

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Publicis Groupe

UHS Essential Health Philippines

Johnson & Johnson

Immigration Tier 1

The immigration practice at Quisumbing Torres forms part of the Baker McKenzie network's global immigration and mobility team. The group is able to advise on the planning and implementation of large global transfers into the Philippines or abroad. In other work, the team assists clients with offshore visa applications, alert list lifting and securing Alien Employment Permits (AEP) for concurrent positions in related companies. It has recently worked with companies in the energy, tech and consumer goods sectors, among others. Labour law is another strength, where the firm has a recommended practice. The 'very reliableMiguel Galvez heads the immigration group and is also a member of the dispute resolution practice. Senior associate Anna Carmi Calsado-Amoroso is also active in the immigration and dispute practices.

Testimonials

Miguel Galvez is very reliable and supportive‘.

Intellectual property Tier 1

Baker McKenzie member firm Quisumbing Torres maintains a broad and busy IP department. It stands out for its high-profile and innovative work in the IP space, particularly with regards to anti-counterfeiting measures. In an example, a team led by practice head Bienvenido Marquez assisted Hyundai Mobis in its global anti-counterfeiting programme, which involved the coordination of raids against three establishments in Manila. The firm uses a global IP management (GIPM) web-based tool to effectively and efficiently manage substantial client portfolios. Bienvenido Marquez III  and Divina Ilas-Panganiban are key partners in the practice, and Reena Mitra-Ventanilla is a new partner in the team.

Key clients

Business Software Alliance

Nikon Corporation

Pfizer

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

WD-40 Manufacturing Company

Brit-Phil Enterprise Limited / Sarapino Global Foods Limited

Novartis AG

Labour and employment Tier 1

Advising across the gamut of labour law issues, Quisumbing Torres has established itself as one of the leading firms in the Philippine market. Areas of expertise include employment litigation, occupational health and safety, trade union negotiation procedures, and the HR aspects of corporate transactions. As a member of the Baker McKenzie network, it has access to the firm's global expertise, and can work alongside overseas offices to handle multi-jurisdictional projects. It has notable strength in the IT sector, where employment practice head Kenneth Chua is a key contact. Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr.  is noted for his 'sound and practical advice', and associate Marianne Ko-Tibayan  is also recommended.

Testimonials

The Quisumbing Torres sincerely takes into consideration the client’s comments, and finds ways to professionally address those comments in the pleadings to be submitted to court. This trait shows how grounded and humble the team is, in spite of its very high reputation as one of the top three law firms in the Philippines‘.

This team is very accommodating and provides relevant advise. This, coupled with the team’s knowledge of the practice and current developments, makes it a good partner for in-house lawyers‘.

Eliseo Zuñiga Jr is a highly competent lawyer but is also humble and gracious‘.

Kenneth Chua is a deeply experienced and distinguished employment lawyer within the legal circle. He has the talent of providing simple and effective solutions to difficult and complex issues‘.

Key clients

Takeda Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

UHS Essential Health Philippines, Inc.

Projects and energy Tier 1

Quisumbing Torres has industry-focused groups, one of which is the firm's leading energy, mining and infrastructure practice, which is led by the highly experienced Dennis Quintero. The team has seen an uptick in transactions in renewable energy, and also remains active across the mining, oil and gas and infrastructure sectors. Quintero and a multi-disciplinary team of finance, corporate and tax lawyers advised Changi Airports International (which is a member of the consortium which won the bid for the Clark International Airport operations and maintenance contract) on the Philippine regulatory framework and consortium matters. Lourdes de Leon retired from the firm. Donemark Calimon heads the firm's industrials, manufacturing and transportation industry group and specialises in dispute resolution, often acting in mining and environment-related litigation.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Key clients

Korea Water Resources Corporation

Hero Future Energies Asia Pte. Ltd.

Metex Mineral Resources Corporation

Felix Petroleum Pte Ltd.

Bluebird Merchant Ventures/Egerton Mining

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation

Cleantech Energy Corporation Pte Ltd

Acciona Energia S A

Changi International Airport Pte. Ltd.

Energy Development Corporation

Real estate and construction Tier 1

Sitting within the broader corporate and commercial department, Quisumbing Torres's real estate and REITs practice group and hotels, resorts and tourism industry group provide a comprehensive service, covering everything from real estate finance to tax to commercial leasing. Construction litigation also features, and clients benefit from the firm's recently launched complimentary handbook, which assists companies in avoiding and managing construction disputes. Its clients include leading corporations from diverse sectors, often with multinational operations, and the team is able to leverage the Baker McKenzie firm network in cross-border projects. Pearl Liu and Julius Cervantes are leading figures in the team, and Michael Macapagal is a key contact at the associate level.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Tax Tier 1

The 'very responsive' tax department at Quisumbing Torres provides a comprehensive service, advising clients on local and national taxes, customs duties and tax litigation. It also stands out for its wealth management practice, advising clients on trusts, succession and taxation laws. In addition, the firm's busy corporate and finance departments ensure a steady flow of transactional work, where tax lawyers are also required, while its association with Baker McKenzie allows it to handle cross-border matters. Dennis Dimagiba and Ronald Bernas are the key partners, and new partner Kristine Mercado-Tamayo is another active member of the team.

Testimonials

A very responsive tax team‘.

Ronald Bernas provides clear insight and solutions to matters pertaining to local and international tax‘.

TMT Tier 1

Quisumbing Torres stands apart in the market for its industry-aligned approach. Its tech, media and telecoms (TMT) industry group is co-led by Gil Roberto Zerrudo and Bienvenido Marquez III and includes a multi-disciplinary team of IP, employment, finance and corporate and M&A lawyers, allowing it to provide a wide-ranging service to its TMT clients. The depth of the firm's data privacy knowledge is another distinguishing feature, and Divina Ilas-Panganiban is a name to note in this space. The team is also well versed in business process outsourcing (BPO), fintech, cloud services and the internet of things, among other areas.

Aviation Tier 2

Quisumbing Torres takes an industry-focused approach, allowing it to provide a comprehensive service to its clients. Aviation, aerospace and defence is a subsection of its broader industrials, manufacturing and transportation industry group, which is headed by dispute resolution expert Donemark Calimon. The full-service firm is able to advise its aviation-sector clients on financing and leasing arrangements, commercial agreements, corporate transactions, competition issues, employment law and regulatory matters. In litigation, the team has notable experience handling airline contract and tort claims. Senior associate Marvin Masangkay maintains a strong focus on aviation and often represents clients before the CAAP, CAB and the Manila International Airport Authority for regulatory issues.

Banking and finance Tier 2

A member firm of Baker McKenzie, Quisumbing Torres benefits from a broad international office platform; this allows the Philippines team to access global expertise in new and novel areas. The firm has a dedicated financial institution industry group in addition to a banking and finance practice group, and it also maintains a fintech focus group. Its client base comprises local and multinational financial institutions, which turn to the team for assistance in a range of financing, corporate and capital markets transactions and regulatory advice. TJ Mendoza heads the practice, which includes insurance expert Dennis Quintero and Alain Charles Veloso, whose practice spans capital markets, banking and finance and M&A. Lourdes de Leon retired from the firm in 2019.

Key clients

Energy Development Corporation

Consensys

Quisumbing Torres (QT) is the member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a Swiss Verein with member law firms around the world.

For more than five decades, QT has helped top multinational and domestic companies drive their growth in the country. The firm provides global reach with deep local roots, seamlessly delivering exceptional and effective legal advice and assistance to clients across borders.

Our lawyers specialize not only from the standpoint of practice areas but also from the perspective of the most relevant market industries.

Consumer Goods & Retail

Our services include advising and assisting with the establishment of corporate vehicles, government approvals, permits, licenses, and registrations for clients’ operations, preparing and negotiating and reviewing contracts for various commercial transactions, such as licensing agreements, distribution agreements, lease agreements, and other arrangements, brand protection, and compliance with international trade and customs regulations. We also advise clients on e-commerce, advertising, data privacy, competition and anti-trust, consumer protection, employment, transfer pricing, product regulations and recall, and disputes.

Energy, Mining & Infrastructure

Building on our wealth of experience in this sector, we understand the needs of both investors and financiers. Our transactional capability, coupled with our broad-ranging skills in project development, finance, corporate, tax, and environmental and competition law, means we can deliver commercially effective solutions at every stage of the process.

Financial Institutions

We provide financial institutions with sector-specific, pragmatic advice on tax structuring, M&A and joint ventures, intellectual property protection, IT, outsourcing, real estate portfolio management, employment, compensation schemes and pensions, data privacy compliance, regulatory compliance, investigations, financial crimes and dispute resolution.

Healthcare

Our healthcare lawyers bring a unique track-record and valuable insight from working with numerous healthcare companies on a variety of transactions. As trusted advisors to the world’s largest pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and healthcare services companies, our team works across jurisdictions, and practice areas to help industry players in various areas such as mergers and acquisitions, market entry, patents and brands protection, transfer pricing and tax planning strategies, product liability cases and complex disputes, regulatory compliance, clinical trials, competition and trade, commercial agreements, data privacy, and employment. Our knowledge of the industry, combined with awareness of local legal requirements around the globe, ensures that we provide industry tailored advice that minimizes risks while at the same time achieving objectives and maximizing opportunities.

Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation

With a wealth of experience across all relevant areas of law and a thorough understanding of the strategic and operational business challenges, our IMT lawyers help leading organizations implement their strategy by developing and delivering commercially effective and innovative solutions. Combining our full service approach with decades of industry experience, we deal with their corporate, transactional, employment, tax, IT, IP, Regulatory and Compliance, and dispute resolution matters.  We provide support in a number of sub-sectors, including agribusiness, aviation, aerospace and defense, automotive, chemicals, construction and building materials, industrial conglomerates, and transportation and logistics. We have valuable insights on current trends affecting clients in light of digital technology (Internet of Things, advanced analytics, e-commerce, blockchain trading, artificial intelligence), physical technology (autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics, new materials) and environmental challenges (environmental threats, trade uncertainty).

Technology, Media & Telecommunications

Leveraging on our deep industry knowledge and broad experience, we offer sophisticated legal advice and pragmatic solutions on a wide range of TMT issues which help forward-thinking companies remain innovative and profitable in a quickly evolving environment of technological advances, as well as guide them in finding strategic opportunities within the marketplace. We focus on three key areas – (1) Communications and Mobility (including licensing and regulatory matters, internet issues, and privacy / data protection), (2) Digital Media (including interactive entertainment, content and content delivery, broadcasting and transmission, and crisis and reputation management), and (3) Technology (including issues on artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing and e-commerce).

Department Name Email Telephone
Real Estate Group Julius Cervantes Julius.Cervantes@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194904
Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group Luisa Fernandez-Guina Luisa.Fernandez-Guina@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194977
Immigration Practice Group Miguel Galvez Miguel.Galvez@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194950
Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group Divina Ilas-Panganiban Divina.Ilas-Panganiban@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194961
Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group Bienvenido Marquez III Bienvenido.Marquez@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194936
Intellectual Property Practice Group Bienvenido Marquez III Bienvenido.Marquez@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194936
Banking & Finance Practice Group TJ Mendoza TJ.Mendoza@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194963
Financial Institutions Industry Group TJ Mendoza TJ.Mendoza@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194963
Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Industry Group Dennis Quintero Dennis.Quintero@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194962
Insurance Group Dennis Quintero Dennis.Quintero@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194962
Capital Markets Group Alain Charles Veloso Charles.Veloso@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194954
Dispute Resolution Practice Group Donemark Calimon Donemark.Calimon@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194920
Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Industry Group Donemark Calimon Donemark.Calimon@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194920
Employment Practice Group Kenneth Chua Kenneth.Chua@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194940
Services (inluding Outsourcing) Industry Group Kenneth Chua Kenneth.Chua@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194940
Tax Practice Group Dennis Dimagiba Dennis.Dimagiba@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194912
Corporate & Commercial Practice Group Christina Macasaet-Acaban Christina.Macasaet-Acaban@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194947
Competition Focus Group Christina Macasaet-Acaban Christina.Macasaet-Acaban@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194947
Healthcare Industry Group Christina Macasaet-Acaban Christina.Macasaet-Acaban@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194947
Managing Partner Ramon Quisumbing Ramon.Quisumbing@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194911
Technology Media & Telecommunications Industry Group Gil Roberto Zerrudo Gil.Zerrudo@quisumbingtorres.com +63288194916
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Ronald Bernas  photo Mr Ronald Bernas
Mr Donemark Calimon  photo Mr Donemark Calimon
Mr Julius Cervantes  photo Mr Julius Cervantes
Mr Kenneth Chua  photo Mr Kenneth Chua
Mr Dennis Dimagiba  photo Mr Dennis Dimagiba
Ms Ina Alexandra Dominguez  photo Ms Ina Alexandra Dominguez
Ms Ma. Luisa Fernandez-Guina  photo Ms Ma. Luisa Fernandez-Guina
Mr Miguel Galvez  photo Mr Miguel Galvez
Ms Divina Ilas-Panganiban  photo Ms Divina Ilas-Panganiban
Ms Pearl Liu  photo Ms Pearl Liu
Mr Michael Macapagal  photo Mr Michael Macapagal
Ms Christina Macasaet-Acaban  photo Ms Christina Macasaet-Acaban
Mr Bienvenido Marquez III  photo Mr Bienvenido Marquez III
Mr Timothy Joseph (TJ) Mendoza  photo Mr Timothy Joseph (TJ) Mendoza
Ms Kristine Anne Mercado-Tamayo  photo Ms Kristine Anne Mercado-Tamayo
Ms Reena Mitra-Ventanilla  photo Ms Reena Mitra-Ventanilla
Mr Dennis Quintero  photo Mr Dennis Quintero
Mr Ramon Quisumbing  photo Mr Ramon Quisumbing
Mr Alain Charles Veloso  photo Mr Alain Charles Veloso
Mr Gil Roberto Zerrudo  photo Mr Gil Roberto Zerrudo
Mr Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr.  photo Mr Eliseo Zuñiga, Jr.
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When It Comes to People

We are committed to diversity and inclusion in our people, support and development of their talent, and dignity and safety in our workplaces. As a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, a signatory to the UN Global Compact, we are committed to align our policies and operations with ten principles in the areas of human rights, fair labor, the environment and anti-corruption.

Diversity and Inclusion

We strive to nurture a respectful, inclusive environment that encourages diverse individuals to thrive personally and professionally as full contributors to the success of the firm and the clients we serve. We do not permit or tolerate discrimination in our workplaces. This means:

  • All personnel decisions must be: a) respectful of differences among employees and potential employees, b) based on factors relevant to their ability to perform the work they are, or would be expected to do, and c) in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • This includes decisions related to the recruiting, hiring, assignment, compensation, training and development, promotion and dismissal of personnel, as well as other terms and conditions of employment.
  • Applicable local laws, which we follow, vary, but differences that we strive to overlook in personnel decisions include race, color, creed, religion, citizenship, national origin, ethnicity and/or cultural background, age, sex, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy and disability.

While our approach to diversity and inclusion is multi-faceted, three areas where we have specific policies are:

Ethnic & Cultural Diversity

Ethnicity means different things in different countries, so a single approach to ethnic and cultural diversity is ill-advised. This is why we build practices from the ground up, taking local cultural sensitivities into consideration wherever we practice law. Despite the challenges, we have a strong desire to address a lack of equity around the world and encourage each of our offices to define race/ethnic diversity in a way that suits their local culture, politics, clients and business environment.

Gender Diversity

We believe women must be leaders at all levels of our Firm. We seek to foster women leaders in our senior global roles but we are also focusing on ensuring that women are leaders of our most significant client relationships. Since 2012, we have adopted a gender policy designed to encourage the recruitment and retention of more women, and provide greater opportunities and support for women to assume leadership roles. At the partner level, we have set gender diversity aspirational targets – we are working to ensure that women comprise at least 40% of local/national partners and at least 30% of principals and those in leadership positions.

LGBT Diversity

Everyone should feel comfortable in the workplace, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. We are committed to creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes equal opportunity for advancement and development within the firm regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and the equal provision of benefits to same and opposite sex partners or spouses.

We have made great strides in encouraging equality in our Firm and in engaging in these crucial conversations on a global basis. Our seven basic principles include:

Principle 1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality;
Principle 2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination;
Principle 3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers;
Principle 4. Promote education, training and professional development for women;
Principle 5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women;
Principle 6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy; and
Principle 7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.