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 Welcome to the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2019! 

 

Date:    November 22, 2019 (Friday) New Event Date!
Time:    6:30 PM  sharp
Venue:  Makati Shangri-La, Manila - Rizal Ballroom C
        Ayala Avenue corner Makati Avenue, Makati City, 1200, Philippines  
 

Asian Legal Business is hosting the 4th annual ALB Philippine Law Awards on November 22. 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 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. 

 

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GUEST OF HONOUR
 

DOMINGO EGON Q. CAYOSA
National President
Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Domingo Egon Q. Cayosa is a corporate and litigation lawyer and a leading advocate for environmental protection, alternative dispute resolution, and human rights.  He was President of IBP Cagayan Chapter and Chairperson of various IBP national committees.  He is a member of the Asean Law Association, Philippine Bar Association, and of the Vanguards of the Philippine Constitution.  He was elected unanimously as IBP Executive Vice President in May 2017 and assumed as IBP National President (2019-2021) on July 1, 2019.

A multi-awarded civic leader, public servant and educator, Atty. Egon finished Bachelor of Laws, Masters in Business Administration, A.B. Economics, and Military Science and Tactics at the University of the Philippines where he was a cadet officer, student leader, and a scholar.   He graduated valedictorian at the San Jacinto Seminary, Tuguegarao, Cagayan and valedictorian at the Pamplona Central School.

His advocacies and accomplishments merited major citations: Presidential Lingkod Bayan Award, Outstanding Cagayano Award, Outstanding Alumnus Award (San Jacinto Seminary), Philnabank Gawad Dangal Award, and Professional Achievement Award (U.P. Vanguard Fraternity).

He and his wife, Atty. Maria Milagros Nolasco Fernan of Cebu City are blessed with four children: Andre, Marco, Clara and Niña.

HERE to access the speech delivered by Atty. Cayosa during the awards night.>

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

 

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 TEAM CATEGORIES 

  1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
  2. Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year
  3. Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year (New!)
  4. Innovative In-House Team of the Year (New!)
  5. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
  6. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year 
  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. Finance Deal of the Year (New!)

FIRM CATEGORIES 

  1. Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
  2. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
  3. Boutique Law Firm of the Year
  4. Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
  5. Immigration Law Firm of the Year
  6. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
  7. International Law Firm of the Year 
  8. Innovative Technologies 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 
  12. Philippine Deal Firm of the Year
  13. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year 
  14. Rising Law Firm of the Year
  15. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
  16. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
  17. Philippine Law Firm of the Year
 
 

                     SUBMISSIONS MATERIALS:                   


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                         IMPORTANT DATES :                        

Opening of submissions | July 22
Deadline for submissions | October 18
Online announcement of finalists | Mid-October
Awards ceremony | November 22

                 SUBMISSION INQUIRIES                       

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

 

JUDGING PANEL

ALB is pleased to introduce some of the distinguished judges. The rest of the members of the panel will be revealed on the awards ceremony.

 

Jose Luis V. Agcaoili
Immediate Past President
Philippine Bar Association

Jose Luis V. Agcaoili was designated Managing Partner of the firm AGCAOILI & ASSOCIATES in April 2001.  He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from De La Salle University and graduated with honors in 1981. He obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Civil Law in 1987, and passed the Bar Examination taken during the same year. He joined the firm as Associate Attorney in 1988 and has since had an extensive practice in Aviation and Aircraft Finance, Banking, Corporate and Commercial law, Criminal law, Family law, Labor law,  arbitration and litigation.

Concurrent with his active law practice, Mr. Agcaoili worked as Chief of Staff at the Philippine Senate from the years 1992 to 1998, and trained in the areas of legislative research, policy formulation and various proceedings of the Committees on Health, Banking, Ways and Means, Games and Amusement, and Foreign Relations.

Mr. Agcaoili is the immediate Past President of the Philippine Bar Association, having served in that capacity from September, 2018 to October, 2019.  He was chosen by the Asia Business Law Journal as one of the Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers for 2018 and 2019.
 

Ivy D. Patdu, MD, JD
Deputy Commissioner
National Privacy Comission

Ivy D. Patdu is a physician, lawyer and health privacy advocate. Before joining the Commission, she worked with the National Telehealth Center of the University of the Philippines-Manila in establishing legal frameworks for Telemedicine, use of electronic health records, and other eHealth initiatives. She is a member of the National Health Data Privacy Experts Group of the National eHealth Program, assisting in the development of the Privacy Guidelines for the Philippine Health Information Exchange, one of the first sectoral privacy regulation in the country. Her previous areas of practice include risk management for healthcare providers, medico-legal and health policy development.

 

Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr.
Chairman
Professional Regulation Commission

Teofilo S. Pilando, Jr. was law clerk to a Supreme Court Justice, policy consultant to the Senate President, assistant to the Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, trustee of the Asset Privatization Trust, and Deputy Executive Secretary in the Office of the President. He is currently the Chairman of the Professional Regulation Commission.

 While in private practice, he served as National President of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, arbitrator for the International Court of Arbitration, and consultant for World Bank and Asian Development Bank projects.

 

Benedicta ‘Dick’ Du-Baladad 
Governor
Management Association of the Philippines

Benedicta ‘Dick’ Du-Baladad is the Founding Partner, Chair and CEO of Du-Baladad & Associates (BDB Law), a tax law firm recognized by the International Tax Review as the 2018 Philippines’ Best Tax Dispute and Litigation Firm, and as the Asia Tax Policy Firm of the Year. 

Dick is ranked by Asia Business Law Journal, as one of the Philippines’ top 100 lawyers (2018-2019) and was named by the International Tax Review as one of the 2018 Women in Tax Leaders. She is also ranked as a Leading Lawyer in Tax by the Chambers and Partners and as an Elite Practitioner in Tax by the Asialaw Profiles.

Dick holds leadership role in various professional organizations. Currently, she is a Governor of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP), a Co-Chair of the Capital Markets Development Council and the Chairman of the FINEX Academy. She was the president of the Financial Executives of the Philippines (FINEX) in 2017 and the Tax Management Association of the Philippines (TMAP) in 2015. Previously, she was also the Chairman of the tax committees of PCCI and PICPA.

As a philanthropist, Dick believes that education is the solution to poverty. She created BDB law Foundation that focuses on building and donating school buildings and facilities to public schools in far–flung areas nationwide where access to good education and conducive learning environment is scarce, believing that ‘at least one college graduate for every Filipino home can save a whole family from poverty’. 

Dick has authored 3 books on the taxation of banks, financial institutions and insurance companies in the Philippines. These books served as valuable reference materials for tax professionals, fiscal policymakers, academe and those in the business of financial intermediation. Her book ‘Taxation of Financial Institutions in the Philippines’ won an Anvil Award of Merit. 

Dick is also a painter.  Her favourite medium is watercolour and her favourite subject is flower.   Dick is a mother to four boys. 
 

Lope Manuel, Jr.
Chief Compliance Officer, General Counsel and Vice President for Legal and Government Affairs
Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc.

Lope Manule, Jr. develops and defines the legal standards and policy framework of Pepsi Philippines to ensure a culture of compliance and integrity. He also currently holds leadership positions on international business associations and is known for advocating public policies and influencing outcomes among diverse stakeholders to create favorable business climate in the country. He is a regular resource person of the World Intellectual Property Organizations for their official missions in the Asia Pacific. 

Before joining Pepsi, he was the Head of Corporate Relations of Diageo, the largest alcohol company in the world. He is also well known for having created the ADR Office of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines as its first Executive Director and was instrumental in the country’s accession to the Madrid Protocol which was recently upheld in a landmark decision of the Supreme Court. 

Lope graduated on top of his class with a perfect GPA of 4.0 earning a Degree in International Business Laws from the consortium program of Chulalongkorn University, Kyushu University, Victoria University and University of British Columbia. He also has a law degree from the University of Toronto where he received an International Fellowship Award from the Centre for Innovation Law Policy.


 


April Raimundo
Legal and Compliance Director
Greystar

April Raimundo is the Legal and Compliance Director for Greystar’s Asia-Pacific business and their first employee in Singapore. In this role, she oversees Greystar’s Code of Conduct and regulatory compliance program in the region. In addition, April spearheads legal structuring, investor documentation and acquisition activities as Greystar, the global leader in residential housing starts to invest across the region. 

Prior to Greystar, April spent 8 years at EFA Group as Chief Legal and Compliance officer and served as a member of the company’s executive committee. She is credited for setting up EFA Group’s global legal and compliance framework. During her private practice career, April was in the corporate and commercial group of Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie.

April is qualified to practice law in England, Wales, and the Philippines. She was named one of 5 in house counsels in the 2016 edition of ALB’s 40 Under 40 Asia’s best young lawyers. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines where she was awarded the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence. She also has a BS in Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University and attended executive development courses in various institutions including Harvard Business School. She sits in the International Relations Committee and Public Law Help Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. 
 

Wan Marzimin
Group General Counsel
Malayan Banking Bhd

Wan Marzimin practised as a corporate lawyer for more than a decade before he took up the role as in-house counsel. He was the General Counsel for 2 Malaysian public listed companies (and spent a few years in the UAE as in–house counsel) before joining Maybank in 2015 as its Group General Counsel and Company Secretary. He leads a team of lawyers and corporate secretarial/governance officers throughout the South East Asia region, Hong Kong, China, US and UK to manage Maybank’s legal risk and to ensure good corporate governance is practised.

Maybank Legal Team won the Malaysian chapter for ALB’s Banking & Financial Services In-House Team of the Year for 2017 & 2018, and the Malaysian In-House Team of the Year for 2018 & 2019. Wan was awarded ALB’s Malaysian In-House Lawyer of the Year for 2019, and he went on to win the South East Asia’s In-House Lawyer of the Year for 2019.”

Antonius A. Tigor
Head of Legal Business Partner - Digital
Telkomsel

Antonius A. Tigor has extensive knowledge in corporate, commercial, digital data compliance, cloud business, fintech, regulatory, litigation and dispute management matters gained from over a decade-long in-house legal experience in the telecom, media, communication, technology, digital data and financial technology industries. He holds a successful record for working in a matrix organisation and in advising business and function leaders. He has a solid experience in managing legal teams with diverse expertise and skills.

In October this year, Antonius won the “In-House Lawyer of the Year” award at the ALB Indonesia Law Awards 2019 and was one of the awardees for the “Top Legal Leaders Award” at the Asia Pacific Conference in Singapore. Antonius assists Chambers and Partners (London) as a referee. He identifies and ranks the most outstanding law firms and lawyers in over 180 jurisdictions throughout the world. 

Antonius is an Indonesia-qualified lawyer with Master of Laws from the Queen Mary University of London and was a Chevening Scholar. He is a licensed intellectual property consultant at the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, Republic of Indonesia, a regular speaker at domestic and international forums and a policy adviser to stakeholders.


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

 

Dante Miguel V. Cadiz is Vice President and General Counsel 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. Recently, SMYPC engages in the bottling and discrimination of Australian wines in the Philippines.

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.

He is admitted to practice law in the Philippines and in New York.



 

 

FINALISTS*

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INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year
Aris L. Gulapa, Gulapa Law
Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Mark S. Gorriceta, Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Elmar B. Galacio, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Emmanuel M. Lombos, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Erasto Miguel de Guzman Aguila, Grab Philippines
Farah Repol, AIG Philippine Insurance
Michael Dana N. Montero, Concentrix CVG Philippines
Sheryl Molera, Jollibee Foods Corp
Vincent C. Juan, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp
William S. Pamintuan, Manila Electric Co 

Managing Partner of the Year
Joe Nathan P. Tenefrancia, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Mark S. Gorriceta, Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Charmaine Rose Haw-Lim, Gulapa Law
Lirene C. Mora–Suarez, International Container Terminal Services
Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime, Accenture 
Monalisa C. Dimalanta, Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Sylvette Y. Tankiang, Villaraza & Angangco 

Young Lawyer of the Year
Abraham Alonzo O. Guiyab, Abad Alcantara and Associates
Alain Charles Veloso, Quisumbing Torres
Camille Aromas, DivinaLaw
Christopher Louie D. Ocampo, Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz
Filemon Ray L. Javier, Tolosa Javier Law Firm
John Christian Joy A. Regalado, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Jon Anton Daryl Y. Chua, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Jose Maria Angel P. Machuca, Gulapa Law
Kristin Charisse C. Siao, Villaraza & Angangco
Lirene C. Mora–Suarez, International Container Terminal Services
Robenson D. Avenida, Avenida & Diaz 
Roberto Miguel D. Ramiro, Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Vincent C. Juan, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
BDO Unibank
MUFG Bank

Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year   
Ayala Corp
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp

Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year
3M Service Center 
Accenture 
FactSet Philippines
Nissan Philippines

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp 

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Accenture
International Container Terminal Services
JG Summit Holdings
Lazada E-Services Philippines
Manila Electric Co
Shell Companies in the Philippines 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
ABS-CBN Corp
Concentrix CVG Philippines

FactSet Philippines
Grab Philippines
Lazada E-Services Philippines 
Shopee PH 

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
Grab Philippines
International Container Terminal Services
Lazada E-Services Philippines
Light Rail Manila Corp
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp 

Philippine In-House Team of the Year
Aboitiz Equity Ventures 
Accenture
Ayala Group
BDO Unibank
Cemex Holdings Philippines
Concentrix CVG Philippines
Grab Philippines
International Container Terminal Services
Lazada E-Services Philippines
Manila Electric Co
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp

MUFG Bank
Shell Companies in the Philippines

 

FIRM CATEGORIES

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño
Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco 

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula 

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Abad Alcantara and Associates
Avenida & Diaz 

Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Tolosa Javier Law Firm 

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco 

Immigration Law Firm of the Year
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz
Avenida & Diaz
DivinaLaw
Puyat Jacinto & Santos 
Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco 

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year
Abad Alcantara and Associates
Disini & Disini
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Quisumbing Torres
Vasig Abarquez Lumauig Abarquez Puno Law Offices 

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz
Betita Cabilao Casuela Sarmiento Law Office
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño
Quisumbing Torres

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 

International Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy 
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins 
Milbank 
Shearman & Sterling
Stephenson Harwood 

Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz
DivinaLaw
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño
Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco 

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
Tolosa Javier Law Firm

Villaraza & Angangco 

Philippine Deal Firm of the Year
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano

Puno & Puno 
Puyat Jacinto & Santos
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
Fortun Narvasa & Salazar
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Puyat Jacinto & Santos 
Quisumbing Torres
Villaraza & Angangco 

Rising Law Firm of the Year
Abad Alcantara and Associates
Avenida & Diaz 
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Tiongco Siao Bello & Associates
Tolosa Javier Law Firm
Vasig Abarquez Lumauig Abarquez Puno Law Offices 

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
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Abad Alcantara and Associates
Disini & Disini
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Quisumbing Torres
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Villaraza & Angangco

Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
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 Law
Quisumbing Torres
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Villaraza & Angangco

 

DEAL CATEGORIES**

DEBT MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

AC Energy’s Inaugural Green Bond Issuance
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Milbank; Rajah & Tann; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: BDO Capital Corp; BPI Capital Corp; China Bank Capital Corp; HSBC, Singapore Branch; Merrill Lynch (Singapore) 

BDO Unibank’s Fixed Rate Bond Issuance
Law firms: Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank

BDO Unibank’s LTNCD Due 2024
Law firms: Martinez Vergara Gonzales & Serrano; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Bank: Deutsche Bank, Manila Branch 

BPI’s Debut Dollar Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Milbank; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: BPI Capital Corp; Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Branch; HSBC; J.P. Morgan Securities 

BPI’s Fixed-Rate Bond Issuance
Law firms: Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: BPI Capital Corp; HSBC 

China Banking Corp’s Fixed Rate Bonds Due 2021
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: Amalgamated Investment Bancorp; China Bank Capital Corp; DBP – Trust Banking Group

Security Bank’s Establishment of MTN Programme
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 

SMC Global Power Holdings’ Consent Solicitation Exercise 
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins 

Universal Entertainment’s Note Issuance to Fund Okada Manila
Law firms: Anderson Mori & Tomotsune; Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra; Linklaters; Milbank; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; TMI Associates 
 

Vista Land & Lifescapes’ Corporate Notes Facility 
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: East West Banking Corp; Philippine National Bank, PNB Capital and Investment Corp

Vista Land & Lifescapes’ Fixed Bonds Due 2023 and 2025 
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de Los Angeles
Banks: China Bank Capital Corp; China Banking Corp - Trust and Asset Management Group; Multinational Investment Bancorp  

 

EQUITY MARKET DEAL OF THE YEAR

JBIC-Osaka Gas Equity Investment in AG&P 
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Ashurst Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo; Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio; Milbank; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaytan; Walkers 

LafargeHolcim’s Divestment of Shareholding in Holcim Philippines
Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio 

PNB’s Rights Offering
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Milbank; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: Deutsche Bank, Hong Kong Branch; J.P. Morgan Securities; PNB Capital and Investment Corp

San Miguel Food and Beverage’s Follow-On Offering
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Bank: BDO Capital; BPI Capital; Deutsche Bank; Goldman Sachs; J.P. Morgan; Morgan Stanley; Standard Chartered Bank; UBS

 

FINANCE DEAL OF THE YEAR

Euro Facility Loan to ICTSI Middle East DMCC
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: Citibank, Dubai Branch; Citigroup Global Markets; Standard Chartered Bank

Financing Facility for Cavite-Laguna Expressway PPP Project
Law firms: Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Banks: Bank of the Philippine Islands; BDO Unibank; Land Bank of the Philippines; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp; Security Bank Corp; Union Bank of the Philippines 

Financing for Philippine Tank Storage International (Holdings)
Law firms: Puno & Puno; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Bank: BPI Capital Corp

Loan Facility for Aboitiz Power’s Acquisition of AA Thermal
Law firms: Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio; Herbert Smith Freehills; Sidley Austin
Banks: DBS Bank; Mizuho Bank; MUFG Bank; Standard Chartered Bank 

Loan Facility for San Miguel Corp’s Acquisition of Holcim Philippines 
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: DBS Bank; Mizuho Bank; MUFG Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corp 

Loan Facility for Solaire North Project
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp; BDO Unibank; China Banking Corp; Metropolitan Bank and Trust Co; Philippine Bank of Commerce; Philippine National Bank; Robinsons Bank; Union Bank of the Philippines 

Omnibus Loan and Security Arrangement for AG&P
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Walkers 
Banks: China Banking Corp; Development Bank of the Philippines 

Omnibus Notes Facility and Security Agreement for Apo Agua Infrastructura
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: Bank of Commerce; Bank of the Philippine Islands; BPI Capital Corp; China Banking Corp; Development Bank of the Philippines 

PSALM’s Syndicated Term Loan Facility Agreement
Law firm: Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: Development Bank of the Philippines; Land Bank of the Philippines; Mizuho Bank; MUFG Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corp

Syndicated Loan Facility for South Luzon Thermal Energy Corp
Law firms: Abuda Asis & Associates; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp; BDO Unibank; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp; Security Bank Corp 

Term Loan Facility for Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Project 
Law firms: Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Banks: Bank of the Philippine Islands; Development Bank of the Philippines; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp; Robinsons Bank Corp; Security Bank Corp; Union Bank of the Philippines 

Term Loan Facility for San Miguel Consolidated Power’s Malita Power Plant Project
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: Asia United Bank Corp; Bank of Commerce; Rizal Commercial Banking Corp; Robinsons Bank Corp 

URC New Zealand Finance’s Term Loan Facility
Law firms: Chapmann Tripp; Linklaters Singapore; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Walkers 
Banks: ANZ Banking Group; Citibank, Manila Branch; Citigroup Global Markets Asia; Standard Chartered Bank

Widus’ Term Loan Facilities
Law firms: Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de Los Angeles
Banks: Asia United Bank; Union Bank of the Philippines

 

M&A DEAL OF THE YEAR

Aboitiz Power’s Acquisition of AA Thermal
Law firms: Puyat Jacinto & Santos; Sidley Austin
Bank: Standard Chartered Bank

Establishment of Dito Telecommunity Corp
Law Firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Milbank; Puno & Puno; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Shearman & Sterling; Villaraza & Angangco

GT Capital's Divestment of 51 Per Cent Stake in Property Co of Friends
Law firms: DivinaLaw; Puno & Puno  

Investment in Voyager Innovations
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Bank: UBS 

Jollibee Foods’ Acquisition of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Kirkland & Ellis 

Meralco Marubeni and BCDA’s Joint Venture 
Law firms: Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz; Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Bank: Asian Development Bank 

Merger of Negros Navigation and 2GO Group
Law firm: Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano 

Sale of Liquigaz Philippines Corp
Law firm: Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula 

SMC's Acquisition of Holcim Philippines
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio; Latham & Watkins; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Wingtech’s Acquisition of Nexperia Holdings
Law firms: Houthoff; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

 

* The above list will be updated as may be necessary.  For queries about the shortlist, please email Caryl at mary.aquino@thomsonreuters.com.

**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. 

 

WINNERS

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES
 

Dealmaker of the Year
Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year
Emmanuel M. Lombos, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

In-House Lawyer of the Year
Vincent C. Juan, Pilipinas Shell petroleum Corp
William S. Pamintuan, Manila Electric Co

Managing Partner of the Year
Joe Nathan P. Tenefrancia, Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Lirene C. Mora–Suarez, International Container Terminal Services

Young Lawyer of the Year
Alain Charles Veloso, Quisumbing Torres

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES
 


Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year
BDO Unibank

Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year  
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp

Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year
3M Service Center

Innovative In-House Team of the Year
Accenture

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
ABS-CBN Corp

Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year
Grab Philippines

Philippine In-House Team of the Year
Aboitiz Equity Ventures


FIRM CATEGORIES
 


Arbitration Law Firm of the Year
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year
Villaraza & Angangco

Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Avenida & Diaz

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio

Immigration Law Firm of the Year
Quisumbing Torres

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

International Law Firm of the Year
Allen & Overy

Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

Litigation Law Firm of the Year
Villaraza & Angangco

Philippine Deal Firm of the Year
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year
Puyat Jacinto & Santos

Rising Law Firm of the Year
Tolosa Javier Law Firm

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year
Quisumbing Torres

Philippine Law Firm of the Year
Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz

 

DEAL CATEGORIES


Debt Market Deal of The Year

AC Energy’s Inaugural Green Bond Issuance
Law firms: Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Maples Group; Milbank; Rajah & Tann; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: BDO Capital Corp; BPI Capital Corp; China Bank Capital Corp; HSBC, Singapore Branch; Merrill Lynch (Singapore)

Equity Market Deal of The Year

JBIC-Osaka Gas Equity Investment in AG&P
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Ashurst Horitsu Jimusho Gaikokuho Kyodo Jigyo; Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio; Milbank; Mori Hamada & Matsumoto; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaytan; Walkers

Finance Deal of The Year

Loan Facility for San Miguel Corp’s Acquisition of Holcim Philippines
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Banks: DBS Bank; Mizuho Bank; MUFG Bank; Standard Chartered Bank; Sumitomo Mitsui Bank Corp

M&A Deal of The Year

SMC's Acquisition of Holcim Philippines
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio; Latham & Watkins; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

 

 

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ELIGIBILITY 

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

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ALB India Law Awards | February 28 2019 (Mumbai)
ALB Malaysia Law Awards | March 28 2019 (Kuala Lumper) 
ALB SE Asia Law Awards | April 11 2019 (Singapore) 
ALB China Law Awards | April 18 (Beijing) 
ALB Japan Law Awards | June 13 2019 (Tokyo) 
The Macallan ALB Hong Kong Law Awards | September 6 2019 (Hong Kong) 
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ALB Korea Law Awards | November 14 2019 (Seoul)
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