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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.

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
12 partners, 32 fee earners
■ Counsel in international and local arbitration of: a Phil. conglomerate against a partner in the tollways business; a major electric power industry player against state-owned corporations; Chinese corporation against the Phil. government in a railway project dispute; Metro Rail Transit Corp. against the Philippine government; Camp John Hay Dev’t. Corp. against a state-owned corporation; a major accounting firm against a former managing partner
■ Representation of the country’s major realty developers in various claims on their properties
■ Representation of ABS-CBN Corporation in contract, intellectual property and freedom of speech cases
■ Engagement of individual lawyers as prosecutors in impeachment proceedings against a former President and a former Chief Justice and as defense counsel of another former Chief Justice in a quo warranto petition
■ Counsel for a Senator in Supreme Court petitions questioning her qualifications as senator and presidential candidate and counsel of another former President in a criminal suit after his term
■ Representation of the San Miguel Power group in contractual disputes with a stateowned corporation involving at least Php10 billion pesos
■ Representation of Petron Corporation in a suit against the Philippine National Oil Company to recover 266 parcels of land worth Php9 billion pesos
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, Global Estates Resorts, Inc.,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]

Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Organisation & Investments
3 partners; 25 fee earners
■ Assisted in the development of a residential condominium and a mixed-use project south of Metro Manila; acquisition and divestment of shares in rural banks and a gas company
■ Advised international organizations and multinationals on localization and restructuring of Philippine operations
Partners: Raymund C Rodriguez, Cecile R Quintos, Meghan G de Guia

Tax
5 partners, 10 fee earners
■ Representation of clients in protesting real property taxes and deficiency income taxes, with assessments of billions of pesos; and in securing confirmation of tax-exempt status of transactions (a merger worth almost Php10 billion, a transaction worth more than USD170 million)
Partners: Mario Luza Bautista, Raymund C. Rodriguez, Cecile R. Quintos, Meghan G. de Guia, and Elizabeth L. Liceralde-Garci

Intellectual Property
8 partners; 15 fee earners
■ Representation of Intel Corporation in opposing the misleading use of its well-known trademarks and trade names
■ Representation of Levi Strauss & Co. in trademark infringement actions, and seizure and destruction by the Bureau of Customs of infringing goods
■ Representation of Scotch Whisky Association in protecting Scotch Whisky as a Geographical Indication
■ Representation of Trek Bicycle Corporation in opposing the misleading use of its well-known “TREK” mark
Partners: Gilbert T Reyes, Dino A Tamayo, Johann I Fernandez, Nick C. Villaluz, Brigitte da Costa-Villaluz, Meghan G de Guia, Ma Elizabeth L Liceralde-Garcia
Key Clients: Intel Corporation, Levi Straus & Co., Scotch Whisky Association, Trek Bicycle Corporation, Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc., Pilmico Foods Corporation, Novartis AG, Nutri-Asia, Inc.
Contacts:
■ Gilbert T Reyes
Email: [email protected]
■ Brigitte da Costa-Villaluz
Tel: +632 8893 7623
Email: [email protected]

Labour & Employment
5 partners; 10 fee earners
■ Representation of SGV & Co. in its disputed termination of an officer; Advice and assistance to SGV & Co. and Ernst & Young in the separation, transfer, and secondment of employees
■ Advice to Energy Development Corporation in implementing its Manpower Reduction Program
■ Representation of Cathay Pacific in its collective bargaining negotiations
Partners: Alexander J Poblador, Mario Luza Bautista, Gilbert T Reyes, Johann I Fernandez, Deogracias G Fellone
Key clients: SGV & Co., Energy Development Corporation, Cathay Pacific, ISS Facility Services Philippines, Inc., International School Manila, Asian Hospital, Inc., United Doctors Medical Center, Ateneo de Manila University
Contacts:
■ Johann I Fernandez
Email: [email protected]
■ Deogracias G Fellone
Tel: +632 8893 7623
Email: [email protected]