SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Imelda A. Manguiat, a senior partner of the firm, as the new head of its Corporate Services (CS) Department, effective on June 1, 2021.

Ms. Manguiat will succeed Mr. Simeon Ken R. Ferrer as department head following Mr. Ferrer’s retirement as a senior partner at the end of May 2021. Mr. Ferrer will be of counsel of the firm starting June 1, 2021.

The firm's CS Department provides a full range of services for corporates, from establishing and maintaining corporate vehicles suitable to the unique elements of each commercial venture, to adapting to, and reorganizing due to, changes in laws and regulations. Lawyers in SyCipLaw’s CS Department have the experience and systems for servicing special types of corporates such as public companies, companies possessing secondary licenses or registrations, and non-stock non-profit corporations including educational institutions and foundations.

With a career spanning over 25 years, Ms. Manguiat is an expert in foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, energy, infrastructure, and government contracts. Her projects cover various industries, including telecommunications, real property development, and manufacturing. She was involved in numerous major infrastructure and power projects in the Philippines, such as the MRT 3 rail transit system, the 1200 MW Ilijan natural gas power plant and the 200 MW Cebu coal-fired power plant.

Ms. Manguiat serves as director or corporate secretary for a number of companies in the Philippines. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Ms. Manguiat’s predecessor as CS Department head is Mr. Ferrer, who headed the department from December 1, 2014. Mr. Ferrer is one the leading banking and finance lawyers in the Philippines, and has been cited by IFLR and The Legal 500 for his expertise in these fields. He is corporate secretary of several publicly listed companies in the Philippines and is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors. 

About SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCipLaw was founded in 1945, making it one of the oldest law firms in the Philippines. It is the only law firm in the Philippines that has been ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021 as “Band 1” in 10 practice areas – Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets, Corporate/M&A, Real Estate, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Intellectual Property, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy, and Tax. The firm is also recognized by IFLR1000, Legal 500, and Asialaw Profiles as a “Top Tier” law firm in the Philippines.

SyCipLaw is one the largest firm in the Philippines. Its principal office is in Makati City, and it has branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City, and the Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

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