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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

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Managing Partner: Hector M. de Leon, Jr.
Number of partners: 40
Number of lawyers: 150
Languages: Chinese, English, Filipino, Japanese, Spanish, Korean

Firm Overview:
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan was founded in 1945 and is the leading full-service law firm in the Philippines. Its principal office is in Makati City, with branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. SyCipLaw maintains links with established and leading firms based in Asia, Europe, Canada, the US, Central and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. SyCipLaw was recognised as the ‘Philippine Law Firm of the Year’ at the Chambers Asia Pacific Awards 2018, Who’s Who Legal Awards 2017, IFLR Asia Awards 2017, and the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2017. SyCipLaw is ranked as a top firm by Chambers Global, Chambers Asia Pacific, IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate Rankings, Asialaw Profiles, ALB M&A Rankings, and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking, Finance & Securities:

SyCipLaw has represented clients in all types of lending, securities offerings, financing and credit transactions, as well as in restructurings and financial workouts. It provides advice on regulatory matters affecting banking and other financial institutions, and has assisted through the years in major bank acquisitions and mergers. SyCipLaw has also represented owners, lenders and advisors in major project finance transactions, including the financing of power plants, airports, mass transit railroads, toll roads, telecommunications facilities, and water and power distribution systems.
Contacts: Vicente D. Gerochi IV, Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo
Emails: [email protected], [email protected]

Corporate Services:
The firm assists both domestic and foreign clients in setting up business vehicles in the Philippines, such as subsidiaries, branches, representative offices, and regional headquarters. It also renders corporate services, such as acting as Corporate Secretary and having custody of corporate books and records, and provides advice on corporate governance, general business law, and compliance with reporting and other requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Contact: Simeon Ken R Ferrer
Email: [email protected]

Intellectual Property:
SyCipLaw assists clients in the registration and maintenance of their intellectual property rights with the Intellectual Property Office and provides advice on IP laws, technology, transfer rules and franchising. The firm acts for clients in seeking protection and other reliefs in inter partes cases, as well as infringement and unfair competition cases.
Contact: Vida M. Panganiban-Alindogan
Email: [email protected]

Employment & Immigration:
The firm has extensive experience in all aspects of employment relations, and in the labour-related aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions. Its ability to provide comprehensive and exceptional legal service and representation in the field of labour law springs from a uniquely vast experience in a broad range of adversarial, bargaining, compliance and transactional settings, involving a wide, often complex, variety of players.
Contact: Luisito V Liban
Email: [email protected]

Litigation & Dispute Resolution:
SyCipLaw has a wide-ranging litigation practice in all court levels — from the municipal trial courts and the regional trial courts, to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, as well as in various administrative agencies. The firm also has a very extensive arbitration practice, being involved in foreign arbitration, international commercial and other domestic arbitration and construction arbitration. SyCipLaw has been the Philippine counsel of choice in the most significant commercial law disputes in important fields and industries of national consequence — telecommunications, infrastructure, light rail systems, power distribution, food, pharmaceutical, insurance, water, toll ways, mining, banking, distilled spirits, hotels, airlines, hospitals, construction and many others. SyCipLaw has acted in disputes for and against the biggest economic players in the Philippines, including the Philippine government, state-owned enterprises of various countries, major multinational corporations, and top US, European and Philippine corporations.
Contact: Ricardo Ma P G Ongkiko
Email: [email protected]

Special Projects:
SyCipLaw has represented Philippine and foreign clients in some of the largest transactions in the Philippines, and in a wide range of industries. The firm’s projects include the acquisition of the country’s largest telecommunications company, the privatisation of the national airline, major acquisitions in the cement, mining and petroleum industries, the privatisation and sale of the largest tract of government-owned land in Metro Manila, and the setting-up of Philippine subsidiaries for several of the world’s major life insurance companies.
SyCipLaw also has unparalleled expertise in the energy and infrastructure areas. The firm has been involved in practically all the major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, including those relating to power generation, mass railway transit, toll roads and water systems. It is currently involved in the renewable energy space.
Contact: Rocky Alejandro L Reyes
Email: [email protected]

Tax:
SyCipLaw provides structuring and other advice on the tax aspects of various business transactions. It handles tax litigation and refund claims, anti-dumping cases, and other tax-related disputes. It also provides specialised advice on estate planning and on employee compensation and retirement benefits.
Contact: Rolando V Medalla, Jr.
Email: [email protected]

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