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Welcome to the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018!

 

Date:    Friday, Oct 26, 2018
Time:    6:30PM (Sharp)
Venue:  Makati Shangri-La, Manila - Rizal Ballroom, Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines 

Asian Legal Business is hosting the 3rd annual ALB Philippine Law Awards on Ocotber 26. The event aims to recognise and reward the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams that have significantly contributed to the ever-evolving legal landscape of the country. 

The nominations are now closed. We would like to thank all the law firm partners and in-house counsel, including their business development and marketing teams as well as PR and media advisers for painstakingly working with us throughout the research process.  

The months-long research process will culminate in an awards night and black-tie gala dinner that will be graced by illustrious members of the bench, legal associations and business circles, law firms, in-house departments, and the legal academe in the Philippines.

Come and celebrate legal excellence with us! For queries about the event, please contact Caryl Aquino at mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com or +632 982 5938.

SAVE THE DATE!!!

 


 

 

AWARDS

 INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

1. Dealmaker of the Year

2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

3. In-House Lawyer of the Year

4. Managing Partner of the Year 

5. Woman Lawyer of the Year

6. Young Lawyer of the Year

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES 

1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year

2. Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year

3. Innovative In-House Team of the Year (New!)

4. Insurance In-House Team of the Year

5. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year

6. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year (New!)

7. Philippine In-House Team of the Year 

DEAL CATEGORIES 

1. Debt Market Deal of the Year

2. Equity Market Deal of the Year

3. M&A Deal of the Year

4. Project Finance Deal of the Year

5. Philippine Deal of the Year 

FIRM CATEGORIES 

1. Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

2. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year

3. Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

4. Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

5. Environmental and Natural Resources Law Firm of the Year (New!)

6. Immigration Law Firm of the Year

7. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

8. International Law Firm of the Year (New!)

9. Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year

10. Litigation Law Firm of the Year

11. Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year (New!)

12. Matrimonial and Family Law Firm of the Year

13. Philippine Deal Firm of the Year

14. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year (New!)

15. Rising Law Firm of the Year

16. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

17. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year

18. Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

19. Philippine Law Firm of the Year

 

 

 

 

                            SUBMISSIONS materials:                           

 (1) Research Methodology Summary

 (2) Submission Forms 

Individual Categories | In-House Categories | Deal Categories |

Firm Category - Philippine Law Firm of the Year

Firm Category - Philippine Deal Firm of the Year

Firm Categories - All Other Firm Categories 

- Download all files in .zip -

 

                            IMPORTANT DATES :                          
Opening of submissions | July 23
Deadline for submissions | August 24
Online announcement of finalists | Mid-September
Awards ceremony | October 26

 

                SUBMISSION INQUIRIES                       

 Mary Carousel "Caryl" Aquino
Senior Events Researcher 
Phone: +632 982 5938

 

 

AMONG THE JUDGES

Each year, ALB invites an independent judging panel of senior and expert legal industry leaders from various sectors corresponding to the diverse list of award categories.

ALB is pleased to introduce some of the distinguished judges who reviewed the submissions, together with the rest of the panel who will be revealed on the evening of the awards.

 

Daisy P. Arce
President, Capital Markets Integrity Corporation

A corporate lawyer with extensive experience in organizing and restructuring business corporations, mergers, divisions and acquisitions, capital restructuring, and their customized documentations, Ms. Arce was a partner in Quasha Ancheta Pena and Nolasco, one of the oldest law firms in the Philippines and had charge of its Banking and Corporate Finance group handling diverse and complex financial transactions of local and international investors covering syndications, FX loans and facilities, project financing, structuring security and collateral arrangements, remedial strategy and asset recovery. As legal counsel to and negotiator for foreign and local investors, she handled financial arrangements and restructuring agreements involving IT, power generation, telecommunications, steel manufacturing.

She subsequently set up her own practice, concentrating on arbitration, securities and special projects for foreign banks. She was legal advisor to the Philippine Stock Exchange and the latter’s wholly-owned subsidiary and regulatory arm, the Capital Markets Integrity Corporation.

Currently she is President of the Capital Markets Integrity Corporation.

An active member of Zonta International, she lectures on the Rights of Women, the Rights of Children, Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children and spearheaded for Zonta, together with like-minded organizations, the building of sustainable housing for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

 

Dante Miguel V. Cadiz
General Counsel and Vice-President, San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation

Dante Miguel V. Cadiz is the General Counsel and Vice-President of San Miguel Yamamura Packaging Corporation (“SMYPC”) and a Professor in Ateneo de Manila University Law School.

SMYPC provides total packaging solutions across the globe. It has a wide range of quality products - glass, plastics, metal, flexibles, PET, molds, and paper, as well as reliable services and technical expertise. Its plants and facilities provide a dynamic, strategically accessible, and world-class supply base, creating a sustainable competitive advantage in its global business. SMYPC combines the competencies of two recognized Asian brands - one of Southeast Asia's biggest conglomerates, San Miguel Corporation and Japan's Nihon Yamamura Glass Company, Ltd., and has facilities all over the Philippines, as well as in Australia, New Zealand, China, Vietnam, and Malaysia. 

By providing strategic and innovative legal advice and management to SMYPC, Dante ensures that the needs of the business are balanced with its legal compliance.

Before joining SMYPC, Dante was a legal consultant to the World Bank and was previously a labor and litigation lawyer with Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & Delos Angeles Law Offices and Angara Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices. He is an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania (Law School & Wharton Business School), Ateneo de Manila University Law School, and University of Sto. Tomas.

 

Ferdinand M. Casis
Professor, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

Ferdinand M. Casis is a public sector reform advocate with years of leadership experience in development work. A pioneer of alternative legal practice in the Philippines, he co-founded the Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal (SALIGAN) in 1987 and helped lay the foundation of the Alternative Law Groups, Inc., a nationwide coalition of law groups engaged in the practice of developmental law. He is a member of the Board of Trustees and Council of Advisers of SALIGAN. He is also the Board Secretary and Legal Officer of the National Confederation of Cooperatives (NATCCO), the biggest network of credit and savings cooperatives in the Philippines. He is also the Corporate Secretary of the Caucus of Development NGO Networks, Inc. (CODE NGO), the largest coalition of civil society organizations in the country.

Atty. Casis is a recognized expert in agrarian law, administrative law, labor relations and trade unionism. He held key position in the Philippine Government, serving as Director and Legal Consultant at the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). He also served as Chief of Staff and Adviser of Legislators at the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Atty. Casis is a Professor at the Ateneo College of Law, the Far Eastern University (FEU) Institute of Law and the Ateneo de Manila School of Management. He is also a Lecturer of Center for Global Best Practices.

Atty. Casis is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, where he finished Bachelor of Laws in 1986 and Bachelor of Science in Management Engineering in 1981.

Jose Maria G. Hofileña 
Dean, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law

Jose Maria G. Hofileña (“Joey”) is Dean of the top-tier Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, a Jesuit educational and research institution in the Philippines, and is likewise a member of its Commercial Law and Intellectual Property Department.  His areas of instruction include Corporation Law, Banking, Insurance and Foreign Investment Laws.  He is at the same time a Visiting Professor for Commercial Law at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University's College of Law.

Joey obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila in 1983 and proceeded to the Ateneo Law School where he completed his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987 as Class Valedictorian. In 1990, he was conferred a Master of Laws degree by Harvard Law School.  One month after taking the November 1987 national Bar Examinations (ranking 10th), Joey joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and became partner thereat from 1996 through 2012, practicing within the firm’s Corporate department, focusing on general corporate law, banking, finance, securities and capital markets. He also had stints as a foreign attorney at Johnson & Gibbs in Dallas, Texas and at McDermott, Will & Emery in New York City.  

Joey serves on the Editorial Board of the Law Journal of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

 

Marianne Malate-Guerrero
Senior Vice President and Group Head for Legal Services, United Coconut Planters Bank Philippines

Atty. Marianne (“Ianne”) Guerrero carries with her almost thirty years of legal experience, having started her legal career in 1989 as an associate in one of the top ranking law firms in the Philippines, Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon and San Jose. During those nine years with the firm, she honed her skills in corporate litigation, contract drafting and negotiations, mergers and acquisitions, labor and intellectual property.  Subsequently, she began her career as an in-house counsel when she was invited by a banking institution, Solidbank Corporation, to be its first General Counsel.  Two years into that role, Ms. Guerrero moved on to a senior role in a Singaporean bank, United Overseas Bank, as Senior Vice President and Legal Head for its Philippine operations.  After five years with UOB, Ms. Guerrero joined the largest conglomerate in the Philppines, the SM Group.  There she took on the role of Senior Vice President and Legal Head of its mother company, SM Investments Corporation.  During her eleven years  with SM, her legal team serviced almost all the subsidiaries and affiliates of the SM Group.

Currently, Ms. Guerrero is the Senior Vice President and Group Head for Legal Services in United Coconut Planters Bank Philippines, one of the larger banks in the Philippines, which focuses on consumer loans.


Mario E. Valderrama
General Counsel, (Philippine) Construction Industry Arbitration Commission 

Atty. Valderrama is the General Counsel for the (Philippine) Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC).

He is the Chairman of the Philippine Chapter of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators East Asia Branch.

He is a Fellow, the Founder and First President of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators where he is currently President Emeritus. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and of the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators. 

He is a Member of the Faculty of the Arellano University School of Law, where he handles Alternative Dispute Resolution and Arbitration.

His practice areas include ADR and Arbitration, Corporate Law, Contract Law, Civil Law, Special Contracts, Insurance Law, Credit Transactions, Law on Sales, Transportation, Political and Constitutional Law, others.

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree at the Far Eastern University Institute of Law, from where he graduated valedictorian and magna cum laude in 1982. He thereafter passed the 1982 Philippine Bar Examination, placing 12th, and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1983. 


Oscar Franklin Tan
Legal Opinion Columnist, Philipppine Daily Inquirer

Oscar is a New York/Philippine-qualified M&A and capital markets lawyer focusing on Southeast Asia cross-border transactions with the Singapore office of DLA Piper, one of the world's largest law firms. He handles various types of acquisitions and financings, including private equity acquisitions, late stage venture capital rounds, high yield bond issues and liability management, and blockchain/cryptocurrency issues. 

He holds law degrees from Harvard Law School and the University of the Philippines (where he chaired the Philippine Law Journal) and a double-major in BS Management Engineering/AB Economics Honors from the Ateneo de Manila University, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst Level III candidate.  

Senate Resolution No. 73 (2015) honored Oscar as one of the Philippines' outstanding young lawyers. He previously won the JCI "Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World" (TOYP of the World), JCI Philippines "The Outstanding Young Men" (TOYM), "Singapore's most promising legal luminaries aged 40 and under," Singapore Business Review, and "Young Lawyer of the Year," Asia Legal Business SEA Law Awards (finalist). Oscar writes "Sisyphus' Lament," the legal opinion column of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

 

Roel Arco Refran
Chief Operating Officer, Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc

Atty. Roel Arco Refran is the chief operating officer of The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc, (PSE), recognized as the Best Stock Exchange for 2016, 2015 and 2013 by Alpha Southeast Asia Deal Awards. He is co-chairperson of the Philippines’ National Market Practice Group (PH NMPG), and chairs the Capital Market Development Committee of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Philippine Fulbright Scholars Association. He is the Vice Chairperson of the Commercial Law Department of the Ateneo Law School, where he is also a professor of law. He was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of the Philippines (UP) Virata School of Business where he is a professorial lecturer 1.  Atty Refran is a lecturer at De La Salle University College of Law and Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. Atty. Refran holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School (USA) where he was a Fulbright scholar. While at Emory University, Atty. Refran worked at the Emory Center for Alternative Investments. He earned his business administration and accountancy degree, magna cum laude, from UP, and his Juris Doctor degree, Second Honors, from Ateneo Law School. 

 

Solomon M. Hermosura
Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel, Ayala Corporation

Solomon M. Hermosura has more than three decades of solid experience in legal services. Currently with Ayala Corporation (“Ayala”), one of the largest and most respected business groups in the Philippines, Mr. Hermosura holds various senior leadership positions: Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary, Compliance Officer, Data Protection Officer and Corporate Governance Group Head of Ayala, CEO of AG Legal (the shared legal center of Ayala and its affiliates), Group General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Ayala Land, Inc. and Corporate Secretary of Globe Telecom, Inc., Manila Water Company, Inc., and Integrated Microelectronics, Inc.  He has been a member of the Management Committee and Investment Committee of Ayala and has taken an expanded role as a member of the Ayala Group Management Committee, with 19 directorial positions in various operating subsidiaries of Ayala.

As head of Corporate Governance of Ayala, he provides guidance and promotes thought leadership in areas of good governance, corporate and business law, and leads the council on regulations which monitors and analyzes regulatory matters affecting the business of Ayala. He is also a faculty member of the San Beda College of Law, a teaching initiative he has taken as part of his personal advocacy to support legal education.

Hermosura graduated valedictorian with degree of Bachelor of Laws from San Beda in 1986 and ranked third in the 1986 bar examinations.  

 

Teodoro C. Pascua
Deputy Director General, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines 

Atty. Teodoro C. Pascua is currently the Deputy Director General (DDG) for Management Services, External Relations and Policy of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL). As Deputy Director General, he oversees the Documentation, Information, and Technology Transfer Bureau or the Innovation Bureau; Bureau of Copyright and Other Related Rights; Financial, Management and Administrative Services; Management Information Service; and Office for Strategy Management. He is responsible for Policy Formulation, International Relations, Bilateral and Multilateral Agreements, and Free Trade Negotiations, among others. Additionally, he is in charge of the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Office.

Atty. Pascua was previously Undersecretary for the Consumer Protection Group of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), from August 2016 to January 2018.

He was formerly Deputy Director General for Technical Education and Skills Development Operations of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) from 2010 to 2016.

He also served as a legal assistant in the Bureau of Employment Services of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in 1981. He had been involved in the legal matters of several private entities like the City land Development Corporation where he served as legal counsel. Until his engagement with government in 2010, he has been in active practice of law since 1983 in various law firms notably Bito Misa Lozada Law Offices, Misa Law Office & Pascua & Zuñiga Law Office and Yulo Aliling Pascua & Zuñiga Law Offices.

Atty. Pascua completed his Bachelor of Arts from the University of the Philippines (UP) Manila in 1978 and finished his Bachelor of Laws from the UP Law School in 1982.   

Teodoro Kalaw IV 
President Emeritus, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators

Teodoro Kalaw IV is the first and only Filipino to be installed as a Chartered Arbitrator as well as certified as an Accredited Mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) of the United Kingdom. A President Emeritus of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb), he is among the youngest to be elected a Fellow of CIArb, PIArb, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution. In legal practice for nearly two decades, he is admitted to the Philippine Bar, the New York State Bar, and the Bar of the United States Supreme Court. 

As Director of the Center for the Amicable Resolution of Disputes of the Lyceum of the Philippines University, a joint initiative with PIArb, he is responsible for designing and delivering the first graduate degree in professional dispute resolution in the ASEAN region. He also teaches corporate governance and intellectual property management at the Ateneo Law School.

Atty. Kalaw obtained his Bachelor of Science in Management and his Juris Doctor degrees from the Ateneo de Manila University, his Master in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines, his Master of Business Administration jointly from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University of the United States and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Business School, and his Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership from the University of Cambridge.


Valerie Feria Amante
Vice President & Head of Corporate Legal and Corporate Ethics, Jollibee Foods Corporation 

Valerie Feria Amante was awarded In-House Lawyer of the Year at the inaugural ALB Philippine Law Awards in 2016.  She is the Vice President & Head of Corporate Legal and concurrent Head of Corporate Ethics of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC).  As Head of Corporate Legal since 2007, she leads the global legal organization that is responsible for managing legal risks across the businesses of JFC, which span multiple jurisdictions.  As Head of Corporate Ethics since the office was established in 2016, she is responsible for designing and implementing JFC’s global ethics program. Before joining JFC, Atty. Feria Amante was legal counsel for Ayala Land, Inc., and prior to that, she was an associate at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.  She graduated Salutatorian from the University of the Philippines College of Law, and placed 7th in the Philippine Bar Examinations.

Jollibee Foods Corporation is the largest Asian food service company, with a worldwide store network of more than 4,300 stores, under the following brands: Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Burger King (Philippines), Pho24, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Dunkin Donuts (China), Highlands Coffee, and Smashburger.  JFC also recently signed agreements to invest in the Tortas Frontera business in the US, and to bring Panda Express to the Philippines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FINALISTS

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

 

Dealmaker of the Year

Aris L. Gulapa - Gulapa & Quicho
Ma. Stella Alegre-Batungbacal - 
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Ramil E. Bugayong - Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Donemark Calimon - Quisumbing Torres

Emmanuel M. Lombos - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Joseph Omar A. Castillo - Puyat Jacinto & Santos

 

In-House Lawyer of the Year

Edgar S. Tordesillas – Sun Life of Canada (Philippines)

Juan Paolo E. Colet - China Bank Capital Corp
Lope R. Manuel, Jr. – Pepsi Cola Products Philippines

Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime - Accenture
Ricardo M. Pilares III – Metro Pacific Investments Corp
Sheila Quien – SM Investments Corp


Managing Partner of the Year

Hector M. De Leon, Jr. - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Mark S. Gorriceta - Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Nilo T. Divina - DivinaLaw
Rafael A. Morales - Morales & Justiniano

Ramon J. Quisumbing – Quisumbing Torres

Regina Jacinto-Barrientos - Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Roderico V. Puno – Puno & Puno

 

 Woman Lawyer of  the Year
Amanda Santos – Meer – Meer & Meer
Charmaine Rose K. Haw-Lim – Gulapa & Quicho
Lorybeth Baldrias-Serrano - Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban – Quisumbing Torres
Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo  - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime - Accenture
Monalisa C. Dimalanta - Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Richie Avigale A. Ramos-Pilares – Puno & Puno


Young Lawyer of the Year

Arlene M. Maneja - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Charmaine Rose K. Haw-Lim – Gulapa & Quicho

Juan Paolo E. Colet – China Bank Capital Corp

Lorybeth Baldrias-Serrano - Insights Philippines Legal Advisors

Paolo P. Macapagal – Sun Life of Canada (Philippines)

Ricardo M. Pilares III – Metro Pacific Investments Corp

Richie Avigale A. Ramos-Pilares – Puno & Puno

Timothy Joseph Mendoza – Quisumbing Torres


IN-HOUSE CATEGORY

 

Philippine In-House Team of the Year 

Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Accenture

Metro Pacific Investments Corp

Sun Life (of Canada (Philippines)

 

FIRM CATEGORIES 

 

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

DivinaLaw

Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year

DivinaLaw

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Insights Philippines Legal Advisors

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Gulapa & Quicho

Meer & Meer

Puno & Puno

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Meer & Meer

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

 

Immigration Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

DivinaLaw

Quisumbing Torres

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

DivinaLaw

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

International Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy
Clifford Chance
Herbert Smith Freehills

Latham & Watkins

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom

 

Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

DivinaLaw
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

DivinaLaw

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Philippine Deal Firm of the Year

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Gulapa & Quicho

Puno & Puno

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Rising Law Firm of the Year

Gulapa & Quicho

Insights Philippines Legal Advisors

 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Puno & Puno

Quisumbing Torres

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Gulapa & Quicho
Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gulapa & Quicho

Insights Philippines Legal Advisors

Meer & Meer 

 

Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Quisumbing Torres

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Philippine Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz 

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

DivinaLaw
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa & Quicho

Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco

 

DEAL CATEGORIES**

 

Debt Market Deal of the Year

 

BDO Unibank’s Senior Note Issuance

Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

Banks: Bank of America Merrill Lynch; HSBC; Mizuho Securities; MUFG; Well Fargo Securities

Clark Global City Corp’s Syndicated Term Loan

 

Law firms: Allen & Overy; APU Law; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Eversheds; Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan; Walkers

 

Financing for Udenna Group’s Acquisition of Prime Property in Clark Freeport Zone

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Kirkland & Ellis; Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan; Walkers

Banks: Bank of China; BDO; Philippine National Bank

 

Financing for Pilmico International’s Acquisition of Equity Interest in Gold Coin

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Herbert Smith Freehills

Banks: DBS Bank; Mizuho Bank; MUFG Bank; Standard Chartered Bank

 

Maynilad Water Loans

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Banks: Mizuho Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp

 

Maynilad Water’s Note Facility Issuance

Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Banks: BDO Capital and Investment Corp; BPI Capital Corp; China Bank Capital Corp

 

Petron’s Hybrid Securities Offering

Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Banks: ANZ Banking Group; DBS Bank; Deutsche Bank; HSBC; Standard Chartered Bank; UBS

 

Royal Capital BV’s Senior Perpetual Capital Securities Issuance

Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Linklaters; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan;

Banks: Citigroup Global Markets; Credit Suisse Securities (Hong Kong); Standard Chartered Bank

 

SMC Global’s Shelf-registration and Offer of Philippine-Peso Fixed Rate Bonds

Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 

Banks: BDO Capital and Investment Corp; BPI Capital Corp; China Bank Capital Corp; PNB Capital and Investment Corp; RCBC Capital Corp; Standard Chartered Bank 

 

Syndicated term loan extended to Clark Global City Corp

Law firms: Allen & Overy; APU Law; Eversheds; Conyers Dill & Pearman; Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan; Walkers

 

Union Bank’s MTN Programme and Senior Note Issuance

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 
Banks: Chian Bank Capital Corp; Citigroup; Standard Chartered Bank

 

VLL International’s High Yield Note Issuance

Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Maples and Calder (Hong Kong); Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year


BPI’s Stock Rights Offer of Common Shares 

Law firms: Cleary Gotlieb Steen & Hamilton; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: Bank of the Philippine Islands; BPI Capital Corp; Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Branch; Goldman Sachs (Singapore); J.P. Morgan Securities

DM Wenceslao & Associates’ IPO
Law firms: Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra; Jones Day; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Bank:BPI Capital Corp; Maybank ATR Kim Eng Capital Partners; Maybank Kim Eng Securities; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp

MTBC’s Stock Rights Offering
Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider and Santos
Bank: First Metro Investment Corp

RCBC’s Stock Rights Offering
Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Clifford Chance; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: RCBC Capital Corp; Credit Suisse

Wilcon Depot’s IPO 
Law firm: Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: BDO Capital; First Metro Investment Corp


M&A Deal of the Year


GIP’s Acquisition of Equis
Law firms: Clifford Chance; Puyat Jacinto & Santos; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan
Banks: Credit Suisse; JP Morgan

Grab’s Acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian Business
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Puyat Jacinto & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez and Gatmaitan

Japan Tobacco’s Acquisition of Mighty Corp and Wong Chu King Holdings’ Assets
Law firms: Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose; Morrison & Foerster; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Macquarie and Arran's Tender Offer for 31 Per Cent of EDC
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Clifford Chance; Hogan Lovells Lee & Lee; King & Wood Mallesons; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Quiason Makalintal Barot Torres Ibarra & Sison
Banks: ANZ; J.P. Morgan

Merger of Main Ayala Land Subsidiaries in Cebu
Law firm: Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio 

Pilmico International’s Acquisition of Equity Interest in Gold Coin Management Holdings
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance
Banks: DBS Bank; Mizuho Bank; MUFG Bank; Standard Chartered Bank

Robinsons Retail Holdings’ Acquisition of Rustan’s Supercenters
Law firms: Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De los Angeles; Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

San Miguel Corp’s Acquisition of Masin-AES
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Hunton & Williams; King & Spalding; Latham & Watkins; Loyens & Loeff; NautaDutilh; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Puyat Jacinto & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De los Angeles
Bank: Merrill Lynch (Singapore) 

Shang Properties - Robinsons Land Corp Joint Venture
Law firm: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz


Project Finance Deal of the Year

 

30MWp and 300MWp Solar Energy Power Plants in Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam
Law firms: Puyat Jacinto & Santos 

2x600MW Ultra-Supercritical Coal-Fired Power Plant in Quezon Province, Philippines
Law firms: Abuda, Asis & Associates; Latham &Watkins; Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Banks: Bank of the Philippine Islands; China Banking Corp; Land Bank of the Philippines; Philippine National Bank; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp; Robinsons Bank Corp; Security Bank Corp; Union Bank of the Philippines

GNPower Dinginin’s Second Unit of Supercritical Coal Fired Power Plant
Law firms: Abuda Asis & Associates; Hogan Lovells; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Puno & Puno

Philippine Deal of the Year
(To be announced on the night)

 

** COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organizations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party. For queries about the shortlist, please email Caryl at mary.aquino@tr.com.

 

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year         

Ma. Stella Alegre-Batungbacal - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles

 

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year

Emmanuel M. Lombos - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

In-House Lawyer of the Year

Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime – Accenture

 

Managing Partner of the Year

Hector M. De Leon, Jr. - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Woman Lawyer of the Year

Marievic G. Ramos Anonuevo - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Young Lawyer of the Year

 

Arlene M. Maneja - SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Juan Paolo E. Colet – China Bank Capital Corporation

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Philippine In-House Team of the Year

Aboitiz Equity Ventures

 

FIRM CATEGORIES

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year

Quisumbing Torres

 

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Puyat Jacinto & Santos

 

Immigration Law Firm of the Year

DivinaLaw

 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

 

International Law Firm of the Year

Allen & Overy

 

Labour and Employment Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

 

Litigation Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

 

Philippine Deal Firm of the Year

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

 

Rising Law Firm of the Year

Gulapa & Quicho

 

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year

Puno & Puno

 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year

Villaraza & Angangco

 

Transactional Boutique Law Firm of the Year

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

 

Transportation & Logistics Law Firm of the Year

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

 

Philippine Law Firm of the Year

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

 

DEAL CATEGORIES

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Financing for Udenna Group’s Acquisition of Prime Property in Clark Freeport Zone

Law firms: Allen & Overy; Kirkland & Ellis; Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan; Walkers

Banks: Bank of China; BDO; Philippine National Bank

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year

MTBC’s Stock Rights Offering

Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider and Santos

Bank: First Metro Investment Corp

 

M&A Deal of the Year

Grab’s Acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian Business

Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Puyat Jacinto & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

Project Finance Deal of the Year

GNPower Dinginin’s Second Unit of Supercritical Coal Fired Power Plant

Law firms: Abuda Asis & Associates; Hogan Lovells; Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy; Puno & Puno

 

Philippine Deal of the Year

Grab’s Acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asian Business

Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher; Puyat Jacinto & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

 

 

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AWARDS INQUIRIES

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Phone: +632 982 5938

Email: mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com

 

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Senior Awards and Operations Manager

Phone: +852 2847 2046 

Email: tracy.li@thomsonreuters.com

   

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Event details:

Date:     Friday, Oct 26, 2017

Time:    6:30PM (Sharp)

Venue:  Makati Shangri-La, Manila - Rizal Ballroom C 

            Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

ELIGIBILITY 

How do I know if I am eligible to make a submission? 

We highly encourage all firms, individuals and in-house teams to submit, as we have numerous award categories to choose from. We welcome both past participants and newcomers to join the submission for the awards. 

Is self-nomination permitted?

Yes, we accept self-nominated submissions. We also accept third-party submissions, should you wish to nominate an external party or vice versa.

Is there a fee required to make a submission in the law awards?

No, there is no fee payment required for you or your firm/team to make a submission. 

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

When will the finalists and winners be announced?

The shortlist of finalists will be released around 4-8 weeks prior to the awards ceremony. The winners will be exclusively announced at the awards ceremony on Friday, Oct 28, 2018 in Manila.

When do the submissions open? When is the deadline to submit?

The submissions will open in July 2018. The final deadline to submit will be in Mid Aug. For any questions relating to submissions and deadlines, please contact mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com.

NOMINATION PROCESS AND ASSESSMENT 

How are the finalists chosen?

Asian Legal Business will compile all of the submission entries, and the ALB editorial and research teams will extensively review each submission to ensure the criteria are met in order to advance to the shortlist of finalists. We stress that this process is fair, impartial and not subject to external influences. 

How are the winners chosen? 

Once the shortlist of finalists have been announced, an independent judging panel will review and select their top three choices for the award categories they are assigned to. The scores for each award category will be tabulated, and the individual/firm/team with the highest score will be announced as the winner. 

Who will be on the judging panel for ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018

There will be an independent judging panel of at least 25 senior and expert legal industry leaders to review the submission materials. The judging panel will be selected on the basis of their expertise and knowledge, and will be comprised from various sectors to correspond to the diverse list of award categories. A partial list of judges’ names will be released prior to the awarding ceremony, and the remaining judges will be revealed on the evening of the awards. 

What will my contact information/my client’s information be used for?

All contact information provided will not be disclosed to external parties; and will only be seen by our ALB research team and the judges panel. We keep the information on record internally, in case we need to contact you or your client regarding any questions or discrepancies in the submission form. 

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Is my submission confidential?

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I would like to sponsor the ALB Law Awards.

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Please contact mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 982 5938.

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Please get in touch with our ALB Law Awards research team at mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com or call +632 982 5938.

Can I participate in Awards across the region?

Yes, you can participate in more than one market. Please note there may be specific criteria for each market; key dates for 2017 and information listed below.

ALB Malaysia Law Awards | March 22 2018 (Kuala Lumpur)
JC Consulting Thomson Reuters ALB China Law Awards | April 19 2018 (Beijing)

ALB Hong Kong Legal Marketing Awards | April 20 2018 (Hong Kong) 
ALB SE Asia Law Awards | May 10 2018 (Singapore)
ALB Japan Law Awards | June 13 2018 (Tokyo)
ALB SE Asia Legal Marketing Awards | August 2018 (Singapore) 
The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 7 2018 (Hong Kong)
ALB Indonesia Law Awards | October 4 2018 (Jakarta)
ALB Philippine Law Awards | October 26 2018 (Manila)
ALB Korea Law Awards | November 15 2018 (Seoul) 

Who should attend the Awards Ceremony? Can I attend?

We welcome all finalists and non-finalists to join the Awards Ceremony; please contact Amantha.Chia@thomsonreuters.com or (+65) 6870 3917.

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 GUEST OF HONOUR

SALVADOR S. PANELO
Presidential Spokesperson
Chief Presidential Legal Counsel 

Atty. Salvador S. Panelo is the Presidential Spokesperson and concurrently Chief Presidential Legal Counsel of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. Prior to that, he had an illustrious career as a private law practitioner with expertise in constitutional, criminal and remedial law. He was known for handling controversial and celebrated cases. He was also a professor of law at the Centro Escolar University, School of Law, University of the East, College of Law since 2003 and currently on leave at the College of Law, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

Atty. Panelo finished elementary school at the Murphy Elementary School and high school at the Roosevelt Memorial High School (AY 1959-1962).  He graduated at the University of Nueva Caceres with a degree in Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science.  Thereafter, he obtained a degree in law at the University of the Philippines.

He is married to Dr. Araceli Abrogina - Panelo—a highly regarded and a leading diabetologist in the country.  She is the Chairman of the Institute for Studies on Diabetes Foundation, Inc. (ISDFI), and a member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of the East.

Atty. Panelo is a member and/or officer of various organizations, including the following: Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Quezon City Chapter (Lifetime Member); Sigma Rho Fraternity, U.P. College of Law (Member); Movement of Attorneys for Brotherhood, Integrity Nationalism, Inc. or MABINI (Member); Kapisanan ng Makabagong Kabataang Pilipino or KMKP (Founding Chairman, 1970 – 1972); and Brotherhood of Mother’s Kids or BROMOKI—a spiritual group (Secretary-General).

Sec. Panelo was in-house counsel for United Laboratories for eleven (11) years. He had hosted various radio and television programs, including: “Magmahalan Tayo,” Eagle Broadcasting Corp. (1987 – 1999); “Broadcaster’s Bureau,” DWBR (2001 – 2002); “Pasada Sais Trenta,” (co-hosted with Pinky Webb, 2005); “By Request” (a musical show co-hosted with the late Aliw Awardee Arthur Manuntag, 2007 – 2008); and Counterpoint (a political commentary program, 2009 – 2010).  He hosted a Sunday night radio program at DZRJ and is currently on leave.  Further, he has been a columnist of Counterpoint, RJ TV, “OpinYon,” a weekly newspaper, and “Karapatang Batas ATBP,” Pilipino Mirror. 

His hobbies includes growing bonsai and he has a 700 square meter bonsai garden in his residence. He plays the piano and is a song writer. By way of helping certain organizations raising funds for their various social activities to help the poor, the victims of calamities and war and children with special needs, he has held musical concerts. 

 

 

 


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