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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan  

Legal Services | Philippines

tel: +632 982 3600 | fax: +632 817 3896
SyCipLaw Center | Metro Manila | Philippines

Main Contacts

Hector De Leon

Hector M. De Leon, Jr.Managing Partner

Simeon Ken Ferrer

Simeon Ken R. FerrerHead of Corporate Services Department

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's Overview

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) was founded in 1945. It is the largest law firm in the Philippines. We offer a broad and integrated range of legal services, with departments in the following fields:

- Banking, finance and securities
- Special projects
- Corporate services
- General business law
- Tax
- Intellectual property
- Employment law and immigration
- Dispute resolution

Within this structure, we have 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.

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

  • Year this Office was Established: 1945
  • Number of Offices Worldwide: 4
  • Lawyers Worldwide: 152

Languages: Chinese, English, Filipino, Japanese, Spanish, Korean


Areas of Practice
  • Advertising, Media & Entertainment
  • Aviation & Maritime Law
  • Banking, Finance & Securities
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Corporate Services & Business Transactions
  • E-commerce & Technology
  • Employment, Labor Relations & Immigration
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • Food & Drug
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property, Franchising & Distribution
  • Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Mining & Natural Resources
  • Privatization
  • Real Estate
  • Tax
  • Telecommunications
  • Trade Law & Customs Regulation



Leah Abutan

Leah C. AbutanSenior Associate

Ruben Acebedo

Ruben P. AcebedoSenior Associate

Il Young Choi

Il Young ChoiAssociate

John Paul de Leon

John Paul V. de LeonSenior Associate

Joanna Marie Joson

Joanna Marie O. JosonSenior Associate

Bhong Paulo Macasaet

Bhong Paulo A. MacasaetSenior Associate

Maria Christina Ortua

Maria Christina C. OrtuaSenior Associate

Emmar Benjoe Panahon

Emmar Benjoe B. PanahonSenior Associate

Ma. Patricia Paz

Ma. Patricia B. PazSenior Associate

Jericho Tiu

Jericho R TiuAssociate

Joan Mae To Conejos

Joan Mae S. To ConejosSenior Associate

Maria Viola Vista

Maria Viola B. VistaSenior Associate

Of Counsel



The Legal 500 & The In-House Lawyer Comparative Legal Guide: Philippines: Mergers & Acquisitions
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2018

The Legal 500 & The In-House LawyerComparative Legal GuidePhilippines: Mergers & Acquisitions Country Author: Franco Aristotle G. Larcina, Partner, SyCip SalazarHernandez & Gatmaitan   1. What are the key rules/laws relevant to M&A and who are the key regulatory authorities? M&A activity is governed primarily by the Corporation Code of the Philippines (Batas Pambansa Blg. 68). In M&A transactions where any of the parties is a “public company” (i.e...

Philippines: RR No. 7-2018: Restoring the Notice of Informal Conference as a Due Process Requirement in the Issuance of a Deficiency Tax Assessment
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, April 2018

On January 31, 2018, Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez issued RR No. 7-2018 which restored the provision on Notice of Informal Conference as a due process requirement in the issuance of a deficiency tax assessment. RR No. 7- 2018 was published in the Manila Bulletin on February 1, 2018 and took effect on February 16, 2018. The Notice of Informal Conference is a written statement issued by the BIR informing the taxpayer of the discrepancies in the taxpayer’s tax payments for the purpose of conducting an informal conference wherein the taxpayer will be given an opportunity to present his side of the case...

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Kapihan sa SyCip: “All Aboard the Train: A Kapihan on TRAIN”
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2018

SyCipLaw's Tax Department hosted a seminar on the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) last February 15 at the SyCipLaw Center. The event gathered 60 participants from 32 companies. SyCipLaw partners Carina C. Laforteza, Russel L. Rodriguez, and Hiyasmin H. Lapitan discussed the effects of TRAIN on individual taxes, corporate taxes, and value-added tax, among others. Participants were able to subsequently discuss concerns and issues with the featured speakers. The seminar is part of SyCipLaw's Kapihan series, which are sessions for experts and stakeholders to discuss the most recent legal issues and developments. Carina C...

SyCipLaw Partners Listed as 2018 Commended External Counsel
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, May 2018

SyCipLaw partners Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez and Vicente D. Gerochi IV were nominated to the In-House Community's Commended External Counsel of the Year, 2018. Lawyers in the list were nominated entirely by in-house counsel and corporate decision-makers in the In-House Community and received outstanding recommendations from their clients. Mr. Lopez was noted as standing out "for his legal expertise and professionalism". Mr. Gerochi was cited for showing legal expertise, being highly professional, and being responsive to the needs of the clients. Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez specializes in dispute resolution and commercial arbitration...

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