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Kenneth Chua

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Kenneth Chua is a partner and the head of Quisumbing Torres' Employment Practice Group and Services Industry Group.


Kenneth’s practice focuses on general employment advice, compensation and benefits, pension funds, global equity services, and executive compensation and movement. He has represented multinational corporations in labor and employment matters.

Representative matters:

Successfully defended a multinational tire manufacturing company against its former employees that sued the client to ask the court to declare invalid the post-employment non-compete agreements that they signed.

Successfully assisted a wireless enterprise and broadband connectivity company with the Department (Ministry) of Labor and Employment (DOLE)'s surprise inspection of the client in May 2017, including remedial measures that the inspector required. The DOLE eventually issued an order clearing the client of any violations.

Assist a multinational corporation that provides insurance, reinsurance, employment benefits advice and brokerage services, in connection with the exit of its second most senior employee in the Philippines by reason of redundancy.

Assist a leading manufacturer of semiconductors and other electronic components in implementing the employee transfer following the merging of operations of its two companies within the same factory, with the view of minimizing the risk of illegal dismissal complaints.

Assist an international developer of video server systems and software on employment issues in relation to its headcount reduction exercise.

Advise a leading manufacturer of medical equipment and supplies on employment laws for the Philippine aspect of its headcount reduction exercise in Asia.

Advise a leading provider of project management software on the internal sexual harassment complaint filed by a junior employee against a senior officer.


Trained Philippines; qualified 1999; worked for the Manila Branch of Itochu Corporation 1989-1994; entered law school 1994; partner Quisumbing Torres 2009.

Publications to note:

- Co-author, 'Financial and Business Crime- Thomson Reuters: Practical Law', Thomson Reuters (2018)
- Co-author, 'Employment Section: Doing Business in the Philippines', Quisumbing Torres (2018)
- Author, 'Guide to Philippine Employment Laws for the Private Sector', Quisumbing Torres (2018)
- Author, 'Outsourcing Primer: Outsourcing in the Philippines', Quisumbing Torres (2017)
- Co-author, 'Philippine Updates- ASEAN Mobility Guide', Baker McKenzie (2016)
- Co-author, 'Philippine Updates- Termination of Employment an ASEAN Guide on Labor Regulations', Baker McKenzie (2015)


English; Filipino; Mandarin; Fookien.


Kenneth serves as the legal counsel representing Quisumbing Torres for the Global In-House Center Council Philippines (GICC) . He sits in the Tripartite Executive Committee of the Department of Labor and Employment as representative of the employer sector. He participates in the Technical Working Group on Labor and Social Policy Issues of the Employers Confederation of the Philippines.


Ateneo de Manila University (1989 BS Honours); Ateneo de Manila University (1998 JD cum laude, salutatorian).


Labour and employment

Within: Leading individuals

Kenneth Chua - Quisumbing Torres

Within: Labour and employment

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 ‚Äėresponsive and provides practical advice‚Äô, heads the team alongside Gil Roberto Zerrudo¬†and Eliseo Zu√Īiga, Jr..

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Singapore: Banking and finance

Banking and finance ‚Äď Foreign firms

Within: Banking and finance ‚Äď Foreign firms

Baker McKenzie Wong & Leow has a prominent reputation in Singapore for acquisition finance, project finance, real estate finance, trade and receivables financings, Islamic finance and restructurings. The team in Singapore is able to leverage the firm's sizeable Southeast Asia platform, which includes offices in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and elsewhere. The firm is also at the forefront of China's Belt and Road initiative, leading to key engagements such as advising PT Kereta Cepat Indonesia China (KCIC) on the development and financing of Indonesia’s first high-speed railway project connecting Jakarta and Bandung. Other highlights included advising on the banking aspects of LGT’s acquisition of ABN AMRO’s private banking business in Asia and the Middle East. James Huang acts for a number of regional borrowers and lenders, and is praised for 'going above and beyond expectations'. Emmanuel Hadjidakis acts for a number of key international lenders such as Standard Chartered and 'is extremely commercial and takes a very balanced and even approach'. Andrew Zaw has joined from Linklaters to bolster the firm's bank-side relationships, especially on the project finance side. Local principal Kenneth Chuah and associate principal Prashanth Venkatesh are also recommended.

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