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Gil Roberto Zerrudo

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Baker McKenzie

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Gil Roberto Zerrudo is a member of Quisumbing Torres' Management Committee, and a partner in its Employment Practice Group. He also co-heads the firm's Technology, Media and Telecommunications Industry Group. Gil participates in initiatives of Baker & McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Regional Council, the Global ASEAN Economic Community Focus Group, and Global Policy Committee.


Gil regularly advises on employment contracts, employee benefits and compensation, employee terminations, and executive compensation, benefits, transfers and terminations. He also handles occupational health and safety matters, discrimination law advice, trade union recognition procedures, and labor litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients engaged in business process outsourcing, IT/telecommunications, pharmaceuticals and healthcare and manufacturing.

Representative matters:

Assist an American multinational company that specializes in streaming media and video-on-demand online on Philippine employment laws, specifically on hiring and various employment-related issues, in relation to the establishment of its outsourcing operations in the Philippines.

Advise and assist a global leading provider of diversified and innovative healthcare solutions, in various company policy issues, including handling numerous employment litigation cases and in dealing with various internal investigation of staff from across business groups of client. Assist in establishing its policy in handling claims against employees and in the revision of its absconding policy.

Advise and assist an American multinational conglomerate company that produce a variety of commercial and consumer products, engineering services and aerospace systems on the substantial and procedural requirements on dismissing employees due to partial closure and on various employment related issues and matters including review of employment handbook and policies, and employment contracts.  

Act for a global manufacturer of industrial equipment and tools manufacturing company in connection with the Labor Audit of its Philippine plant. Advise on various Philippine employment legal matters.

Assist and advise a global customer service software company on termination of probationary employment, separation pay and other employment legal matters due to employee misconduct and other related grounds. Represent client in employment litigation filed by its employees before National Labor Relations Commission and Department of Labor and Employment.

Assist a mixed-signal and digital signal processing technology company in the disciplinary investigation of a high ranking officer, who is privy to human resources processes and policies.

Assist a leading global payments and technology company negotiate the exit of its Philippine country lead.

Assist a leading producer of fresh fruit and vegetables in the separation of a long time expatriate in the Philippines.


Trained Philippines; qualified 1989; Mr Zerrudo has been with the firm since 1989; associate until 1996, promoted to partner 1996; is also highly active in Baker & McKenzie’s various global and regional committees.


  • Co-author, "What to Expect: ASEAN 2025-Forging Ahead Together", Asia Pacific Trade & Commerce Client Alert, Baker McKenzie (2016)
  • Co-author, "Philippine Updates: Termination of Employment- An ASEAN Guide on Labor Regulations", Baker McKenzie (2015)
  • Contributor, ‘Law Society Gazette’, (2014)
  • Co-author, ‘AEC Termination Handbook’, (2014)
  • Contributor, ‘Global Employer eAlert- APAC Contributions’, (2014)
  • Contributor, ‘Nikkei Employment Book 2014’, (update of English employment chapter for December 2014 edition).


English; Filipino.


  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Chairman, Committee on International Harmonization and Integration
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Director and immediate past President (Makati Chapter)
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Employers' Confederation of the Philippines
  • European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
  • British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
  • Ateneo de Manila School of Law - Faculty (on leave)
  • Manila Polo Club - Legal Committee Member
  • Union Church Manila - Legal/HR Committee Member


Ateneo de Manila University (LL.B.) (1988); Ateneo de Manila University (B.A.) (1984)


Labour and employment

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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