Poblador Bautista & Reyes

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Chairman: Alexander J Poblador
Managing Partner: Mario Luza Bautista
Number of Partners: 15
Number of Lawyers: 38
Languages:English, Hokkien, Mandarin

Firm Overview:
Poblador Bautista & Reyes is a professional partnership that was founded on 1 October 1994 by Alexander J. Poblador, Mario Luza Bautista and Gilbert Raymund T. Reyes.
It is a general practice and full-service law firm with lawyers who have extensive experience and expertise, particularly in the fields of litigation and commercial arbitration, corporations, real estate and construction, intellectual property, media and telecommunications, anti-trust and competition, insurance and banking, insolvency and restructuring, family law, taxation and immigration.
In all its 25 years of existence, the firm has been consistently regarded as belonging to the top tier in the area of Dispute Resolution and its partners have also been consistently cited as leading practitioners in the areas of Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Construction and Real Estate, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Mergers and Acquisitions, Tax, Labour and Employment, Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Media.

Main Areas Of Practice:
Dispute Resolution (including Arbitration, Real Estate, Civil, Criminal & Commercial Litigation, Insolvency & Rehabilitation, & Family Law):
12 partners, 32 fee earners
■ Representation of ABS-CBN Corporation (the country’s largest broadcaster) in Supreme Court proceedings involving the cancellation of its legislative franchise and in the House of Representatives for the renewal of the franchise
■ Representation in an international arbitration of one of the Philippines’ biggest conglomerates against a partner in the tollways business
■ Representation in an international arbitration of a major participant in the electric power industry against two state-owned corporations
■ Representation in an international arbitration of a Chinese corporation against the Republic of the Philippines and a state-owned corporation arising out of a dispute on a railway project
■ Representation in an international arbitration of Metro Rail Transit Corp. (operator of the light rail system on Metro Manila’s main thoroughfare) against the Republic of the Philippines
■ Representation of Camp John Hay Development Corp. (developer of the Camp John Hay tourism complex in the northern Philippines) in a local arbitration against a state-owned corporation
■ Representation in a local arbitration of a major accounting and auditing firm against a former managing partner
■ Representation of Ayala Land, Inc. (one of the country’s largest real estate developers) against various claims on its properties
■ Engagement by the House of Representatives of certain PBR lawyers to serve as prosecutors in impeachment proceedings against former President Joseph Estrada and former Chief Justice Renato Corona
■ Representation of Senator Grace Poe before the Supreme Court in petitions questioning her citizenship and residence qualifications as senator and as presidential candidate
■ Representation as defense counsel of former President Benigno Aquino III, in a criminal suit filed after his term
■ Engagement of certain PBR lawyers as defense counsel of former Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno in a petition for quo warranto
■ Representation of power companies of the San Miguel Global Power Holdings group (one the country’s largest power companies which contributes 17% to the national grid) in contractual disputes with the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation involving at least Php10 billion pesos; and in administrative and court proceedings involving the arbitrary adjustment of prices in the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market by the Energy Regulatory Commission
■ Representation of Petron Corporation (the country’s largest petroleum refiner and supplier of petroleum products) in a suit against the Philippine National Oil Company for the reconveyance of 266 parcels of land worth Php9 billion pesos and in a petition for declaratory relief to nullify a directive by the Department of Energy for petroleum companies to disclose the cost components of their products
■ Representation of the Philippine Provincial Bus Operators’ Association of the Philippines and some of its individual member-companies in seeking to enjoin the closure of their bus terminals located along EDSA, the major thoroughfare in Metro Manila, Philippines and the ban of its provincial buses along said road, by the concerned government agencies
Partners:
Alexander J. Poblador, Mario Luza Bautista, Gilbert Raymund T. Reyes, Dino A. Tamayo, Romeo Johann I. Fernandez, Nick Emmanuel C. Villaluz, Deogracias G. Fellone, Jose Antonio J. Hernandez, Brigitte da Costa-Villaluz, Anzen P. Dy, Justin Christopher C. Mendoza, Elizabeth L. Liceralde-Garcia
Key Clients:
San Miguel Group of Companies, National Grid Corporation, Ayala Land, Inc., ABS-CBN Corporation, Petron Corporation, Daikin Ltd., Japan, Levi Strauss Philippines, Inc., Global Estates Resorts, Inc., Skycable Corp., Dole Philippines, Inc. , Greenfield Development Corporation, Manila Water, Inc., Metro Rail Transit Corp.
Contacts:
■ Alexander J Poblador
Tel: +632 8893 7623, +632 8817 4616
Email: [email protected]
■ Mario Luza Bautista
Tel: +632 8893 7623, +632 8817 4614
Email: [email protected]
■ Gilbert T Reyes
Tel: +632 8893 7623, +632 8817 4640
Email: [email protected]
■ Dino A Tamayo
Tel: +632 8893 7623
Email: [email protected]

Mergers & Acquisitions:
3 partners; 25 fee earners
■ Assisted realty companies in the development of a residential condominium and a mixed-use project south of Metro Manila
■ Assisted various clients in the acquisition and divestment of shares in rural banks and a gas company
■ Assisted a client in the acquisition of liquefied petroleum gas companies
■ Conducted due diligence and advised clients on intended acquisitions
Partners:
Raymund C Rodriguez, Marie Cecile R. Quintos, Meghan G. de Guia
Key Clients:
Carmelray 2 Inc.; Geoestate Development Corporation; San Ramon Holdings, Inc., Myrose Victor, City Savings Bank

Tax, Estate Planning & Settlement:
5 partners
■ Representation of clients in protesting real property taxes (one case involving state-owned assets operated by client as concessionaire) and deficiency income taxes, with assessments amounting to billions of pesos, and refund of excise taxes; in one case, a client secured a favorable declaratory judgment in respect of taxes amounting to more than Php12 billion
■ Representation of clients in securing Bureau of Internal Revenue confirmation of tax-exempt status of their transactions (i.e., a merger worth almost Php10 billion, a transaction worth more than USD170 million)

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Alexander J Poblador
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Gilbert Raymund T Reyes
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Mario Luza Bautista
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Gilbert Raymund T Reyes
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Alexander J PobladorDispute Resolution
Mario Luza BautistaDispute Resolution
Gilbert Raymund T ReyesIntellectual Property
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Gilbert Raymund T ReyesDispute Resolution

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5th Floor, Sedcco 1 Building

120 Rada Corner, Legaspi Streets

Legaspi Village

Makati City

Metro Manila

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