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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Banking & Finance

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What the team is known for

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is a top-flight legal team that receives praise for its expertise across a range of banking, finance and capital markets issues. Based in the Philippines, it gives advice on cutting-edge acquisition financing and corporate financing, among others. Further noted for its strong track record on major syndicated loans and highly experienced in advising on complex cross-border securitisation transactions. Considerable expertise in debt and equity capital markets, advising on company floats, bond offerings and corporate notes issuances. Also has experience in project finance. Often acts on deals in the real estate and technology sectors. BDO Unibank and Grab are among the firm's clientele.


One source comments that "even if the deal is complicated and out of the box, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is there to assist us and immediately understands the commercial aspects."

Work highlights

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan represented BPI Capital in its social bonds issuance in the Philippines of PHP21.5 billion BPI CARE Bonds.

The firm also advised Hyperion on its receipt of a USD260 million loan, used to purchase 100% of shares in Philippine Tank Storage International from Government Service Insurance System, Langoer Investment and Macquarie Infrastructure.

Notable practitioners

Melyjane Bertillo is experienced in share registration and securities offerings. She has been particularly noted for her work on bond issuances.

Mia Gentugaya continues in her of counsel role. She remains well known for her expertise in banking and finance matters.

Vicente Gerochi is particularly active on capital markets matters. He is experienced in bond issuances in the Philippines.

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Our Banking, Finance & Securities group has been consistently recognized by the financial and business community as the Philippine leader in this practice. It is a mainstay in country surveys as a top choice for local counsel. We represent and advise most of the major banks and financial institutions, both local and foreign, in all types of financing transactions and regulatory matters. 

The group is a pioneer in banking and finance as a specialization for a full-service firm, with one of its first major projects being our engagements as counsel to all creditor banks of the Republic of the Philippines in relation to the country's 1980s debt moratorium. Today, we are assisting clients in Fintech projects, from payment services to virtual currency to online lending, and the latest regulations on cyber security and privacy. 

On regulatory matters, we provide advice and accomplish jurisdictional questionnaires for foreign clients on topics ranging from licensing, inward investments (especially in light of the most recent liberalization of our banking laws that allow up to 100% equity for foreign banks) to specific products including lending, securities or commodities trading, securities custodial services, online trading, and financial advisory

Our experience in financing work cuts across not only in terms of structures – from bilaterals to syndicated and club-type financings – but also in industries.


Ramos-Añonuevo, Marievic G (Head of Department)

Barreto, Maria Jennifer

Bertillo, Melyjane

Bertillo-Ancheta, Melyjane

De Leon Jr, Hector

Encarnacion, Rafael

Ferrer, Simeon Ken

Gentugaya, Mia

Gerochi, Vicente

King-Dominguez, Rose Marie

Laforteza, Carina

Lapitan, Hiyasmin

Larcina, Franco Aristotle

Maneja, Arlene

Manguiat, Imelda

Medalla Jr, Rolando V

Mercado-Ferrer, Maria Teresa

Pamfilo, Jose Florante

Panigbatan, Benedicto

Reyes, Rocky Alejandro L

Riturban, Aaron Roi

Salita Jr, Angel

Varona, Philbert


Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Bank of the Philippine Islands

BDO Unibank, Inc.

Black River Asset

Clifford Chance

Credit Suisse


PNB Capital and Investment Corporation

Standard Chartered Bank





Financial Services


Pharmaceuticals & Life Sciences

Real Estate




Banking & Finance

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan


SyCipLaw Center

105 Paseo de Roxas

Makati City

Metro Manila



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Ranked Lawyers

Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.


Banking & Finance

Mia Gentugaya
Senior Statespeople
Vicente Gerochi
Band 2

Banking & Finance: Capital Markets

Melyjane Bertillo
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Vicente Gerochi
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