SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan


SyCipLaw Center
105 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, 1226

+63 2 982 3500; 3600; 3700

+63 2 817 3896

Key contacts:

Managing Partner: Hector M. De Leon, Jr.
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Quick facts:

Number of lawyers: 132
Network memberships: Employment Law Alliance, First Law International, Interlex Group, Multilaw, Pacific Rim Advisory Council, World Law Group, World Services Group
Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean, Filipino

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan was founded in 1945. It is the largest law firm in the Philippines.

The firm offers a broad and integrated range of legal services, with departments in the following fields: banking, finance and securities; special projects; corporate services; tax; intellectual property; employment law and immigration; and dispute resolution.

Within this structure, SyCipLaw has specialists in key practice areas, such as mergers and acquisitions, energy, power, infrastructure, natural resources, government contracts, real estate, insurance, international arbitration, mediation, media, business process outsourcing, and technology.

The firm represents clients from almost every industry and enterprise, and the firm’s client portfolio includes local and global business leaders. The firm also acts for governmental agencies, international organizations, and non-profit institutions.

Banking, Finance & Securities:
Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo

Recent transactional highlights:

  • PHP15 billion fixed rate corporate notes facility for National Grid Corporation of the Philippines;
  • Financing for the construction of the Metro Manila Skyway – Stage 3;
  • US$650 million facility to finance (1) a subscription in exchangeable perpetual securities of Southern Isles Limited, and (2) an eventual equity infusion in Liberty Telecoms Holdings, Inc. to finance the acquisition of shares in Vega Telecom, Inc.;
  • Financing for the acquisition of Quorn Foods Limited, a U.K. Company;
  • Re-financing of a bridge loan for initial cost of project acquisition;
  • Financing for the construction and operation of a ground-mounted photovoltaic 58.98MWp power plant in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Philippines.

Corporate Services:
Simeon Ken R. Ferrer

Representative List of Clients:
Setting up a business presence in the Philippines for regional and international corporations, including:

  • Citibank, N.A.;
  • Clorox International Phils., Inc.;
  • Macquarie Capital Securities (Philippines) Inc.;
  • NTT Communications Corporation;
  • San Miguel Corporation.

Employment and Immigration:
Luisito V. Liban

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Successful settlement of notice of strike and signing of collective bargaining agreement for Team Energy-Sual;
  • Successful settlement of notice of strike and signing of collective bargaining agreement for Team Energy-Pagbilao;
  • Successful settlement of notice of strike and signing of collective bargaining agreement for sanofi-aventis Phils., Inc.;
  • Handling of various illegal dismissal and preventive mediation cases for sanofi-aventis Phils., Inc.

Intellectual Property:
Enrique T. Manuel

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Opposition proceeding involving the mark CHIANELLE for Chanel SARL;
  • Opposition proceeding involving the mark TIMIFLO for F. Hoffman-La-Roche AG;
  • Portfolio management, protection and enforcement for Colgate-Palmolive Company, F. Hoffman-La Roche AG, Abbott Laboratories, Inc., Merck & Co, Inc., Chanel SARL, Biofarma, Clorox, Rolex S.A., Total S.A., Gap Inc., Coach Inc.;
  • Opposition proceeding involving the marks DESIRE and DESIRE ME for Tupperware Products S.A.;
  • Opposition proceeding involving the mark RLX RALPH LAUREN for Rolex S.A.

Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Light Rail Train System – fare increase resulting from reduction in government subsidy, for Light Rail Manila Corporation and Metro Rail Transit Corporation;
  • Light Rail Transit System – extension of Line, for Light Rail Manila Corporation;
  • Supreme Court cases on the validity of the concession agreement for Maynilad Water Services, Inc.;
  • Arbitration between Insurance Companies and the Home Development Insurance Fund for HMDF Life Insurance Pool and HMDF Insurance Pool;
  • Intra-corporate dispute involving PhP1 billion stock rights offering of Listed Food Company for George E. SyCip.

Special Projects:
Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Joint venture of the Bases Conversion Development Authority and Filinvest Land Inc., for Filinvest Land, Inc.;
  • Financing for the rehabilitation and extension of the PhP65 Billion LRT1 Cavite Extension Project for Light Rail Manila Corporation;
  • Acquisition by the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) of a 100% equity interest in the Philippine Dealing System Holdings Corporation group of companies for The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.;
  • Digolas Solar Project for Hanwha Q Cells Corp;
  • Sacasun Solar Energy Project for Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. and SunEdison Helios BV as sponsors and San Carlos Sun Power Inc. (Sacasun) as borrower;
  • 300MW coal-fired power plant in Limay, Bataan.

Rolando V. Medalla, Jr.

Recent transactional highlights:

  • Various ongoing cases involving possible liabilities of US$42 million for real property taxes of a major Build Operate Transfer hydroelectric contractor;
  • Appeal from a ruling of the Bureau of Internal Revenue that re-interprets the requirements for a transaction to qualify as a tax-free exchange transaction in a transfer of assets for control of a corporation involving possible liabilities of US$21 million;
  • Disposition of interests in a Philippine corporation with significant geothermal energy assets by a major energy multinational;
  • US$100 million investment in a Philippine manufacturing facility for the production of mobile electronics batteries using cutting-edge technology;
  • Ongoing case involving airline industry issue of what constitutes taxable income of offline carriers.

  • Agriculture
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Construction and materials
  • Consumer goods and services
  • Energy
  • Financial services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Food and beverage
  • Forestry
  • Gaming
  • Government and public policy
  • Healthcare
  • Industrials
  • Insurance
  • Investment management
  • Media
  • Mining
  • Natural resources
  • Oil and gas
  • Pharm and life sciences
  • Real estate
  • Shipping
  • Social infrastructure
  • Tech and telecoms
  • Transport
  • Utilities

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J. P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada
Davao City 8000 Davao
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