12-A, 12/F Marco Polo Ortigas
Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center
Pasig, Metro Manila 1605
Founding Partner: Aris L. Gulapa
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Number of lawyers: 18
Network memberships: IR Global; OAL
Languages: English, Filipino, Hokkien, Japanese
After practicing in Manila, Singapore, Vietnam, Tokyo, and New York for more than 12 years, Aris Gulapa set up Gulapa Law Office in September 2015. In 2017, the firm admitted two new partners and is now known as “Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law)”.
Within a short period, Gulapa Law was recognized by international publications (IFLR, Legal500, ALB, AsiaLaw Profiles, ABLJ) as a leading firm in construction/real estate, corporate/M&A, projects/energy, and competition/antitrust. The firm was named one of the “Firms to Watch” and “Best Boutiques” in 2017 by ALB.
Gulapa Law became the first Philippine firm to set up an office in New York in 2017 and San Francisco in 2018.
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Established in 2015 as a sole proprietorship intended to focus on infrastructure/construction work, Gulapa Law Office converted into a full service partnership with the name “Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law)” upon admission of two new partners in 2017.
Aris L. Gulapa heads the Infrastructure department while Charmaine Rose K. Haw-Lim heads the Energy department. Prior to setting up the firm in 2015, Aris worked on important PPP/PFI projects in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan for more than 12 years, particularly hospitals, townships, and seaports. Charmaine worked closely with Aris in their former firm on various PPP projects in the Philippines, including airports, seaports, toll roads, and rail projects.
Out of the firm’s 18 lawyers (with 5 more joining this year), 8 lawyers are dedicated to Energy and Infrastructure work. Each member of the team, including the younger associates, has been involved in at least 10 infrastructure projects.
The firm represents bidders in almost every flagship infrastructure project and government contract in the Philippines — from air to land to water. Since its establishment in 2015, the firm has been involved in more than 25 energy and infrastructure projects in the Philippines.
The firm’s recent recognitions and wins in Energy and Infrastructure include:
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