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: 151
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:

  • Multi-Facility Project Financing of a New 300MW Coal-Fired Power Plant of SMC Consolidated Power Corp. in Limay, Bataan, Philippines;
  • Financing for the Rehabilitation and Extension of the PhP65 Billion LRT1 Cavite Extension Project;
  • GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corporation’s Loan Facility to Refinance the Bid Premium and Construction and Operation of the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA);
  • Issuance by AP Renewables, Inc. (APRI) of a Landmark Climate Bond Worth PhP10.7 Billion; Extension to APRI of up to PhP1.8 Million Senior Secured Fixed-Rate Term Loan Facility by Asian Development Bank, Among Others, to Refinance a Portion of Invested Equity in the Tiwi and Makban Geothermal Power Plants Owned by APRI;
  • US$690 Million Sndicated Term Loan Extended by the New Lenderes to Clark Global Corporation to Fund the Latter’s Acquisition from The Port Fund LP of 100% of Outstanding Shares of GGDC Holdings;
  • PhP3.4 Billion Term Loan to Solar Philippines Calatagan Corporation to Refinance the Bridge Loans Obtained by the Borrower in Connection with the Development, Design, Engineering, Construction, Completion, Maintenance and Operation of a 63.3MW Solar Power Generating Facility in Barangay Paraiso and Barangay Biga in Calatagan, Batangas.

Corporate Services:
Simeon Ken R. Ferrer

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

  • Bank of America, N.A.
  • Macquarie Capital Securities (Philippines) Inc.
  • Manila Electric Company
  • 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 trademark NUDE for Monde Nissin (Australia) Pty Limited;
  • Opposition proceeding involving the trademark BACTRICIN for F. Hoffman-La-Roche AG;
  • Opposition proceeding involving the trademark COCOCLUB for Chanel SARL;
  • Opposition proceeding involving the trademark CUTBSP SPORT SUPPLIES for All Star C.V. [N.L.];
  • Portfolio management, protection and enforcement for Colgate-Palmolive CompanyF. Hoffman-La Roche AGDyson Technology, Chanel SARL,  Merck & Co, Inc.AbbVie Inc.Biofarma, The Clorox Company, Rolex S.A., Total S.A., Gap Inc.Coach Inc.

Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko

Recent transactional highlights:

  • PLDT – successful defense of Telco in Landmark Supreme Court Case on Ownership of Public Utilities;
  • NLEX Corporation and Cavitex Infrastructure Corp. – arbitration proceedings involving two Tollway Agreements with Philippine Government;
  • Filminera Resources Corp. – successful defense of major Mining Project in Environmental Case in the Court of Appeals;
  • Meralco – defense of largest Philippine power distributor in Economic Withholding Case; and
  • CCT-Toyo – arbitration and Supreme Court case involving construction project. 

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;
  • Advice on Philippine local and national taxes on client’s proposed businesses: (1) Importation of liquefied natural gas (“LNG”) (2) Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (“FSRU”) business, (3) Small scale LNG delivery service, and (4) Floating LNG power plant business;
  • Taxes in connection with the establishment of a mobile phone leasing/financing system in partnership with the telecommunications service provider in the Philippines similar to the programs offered in the USA (such as Sprint’s “iPhone for Life” program);
  • Taxes due on an unincorporated consortium to bid for the LRT Line 2 – East Masinag Extension Project, and the tax implications of the EPC contract between an unincorporated consortium and the Philippine government.

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  • 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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