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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: 132

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

Joan Mae S. ToSenior Associate

Maria Viola Vista

Maria Viola B. VistaSenior Associate

Of Counsel



SyCipLaw TMT Bulletin: Philippine Central Bank Issues New FinTech Rules
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, March 2017

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) (the Philippine Central Bank) has issued two new circulars that will be of interest to companies engaged in remittance services, e-money, digital currency, and other fintech businesses. Both circulars amend portions of the BSP Manual of Regulations for Non-Bank Financial Institutions. BSP Circular No. 942 (issued on January 20, 2017) applies to operations and reporting obligations of non-bank entities engaged in remittance, money changing or foreign exchange dealing. In particular, the circular applies to remittance and transfer companies (RTC), remittance sub-agents, and money changers/forex dealers (MC/FXD)...

IFLR: “Philippines: Foreign Equity Ownership Decision”
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, March 2017

The March issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw Partner Jose Florante M. Pamfilo entitled “Philippines: Foreign equity ownership decision”. The article discusses the Philippine Supreme Court decision on the case of Roy v. Herbosa (GR no. 207246) to invalidate the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Memorandum Circular no...

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SMC’s Coal-Fired Plant Financing and AP Renewables’ Climate Bond in ABLJ 2016 Deals of the Year
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, March 2017

The Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) recognized two of the firm’s transactions in its inaugural Deals of the Year Awards. SMC’s coal-fired plant financing is one of seven featured Banking & Finance Deals of the Year, while AP Renewables’ climate bond is one of six featured Infrastructure Deals of the Year. SMC’s coal-fired plant financing refers to the US$400 million project financing of a new 300MW coal-fired power plant in Limay, Bataan of SMC Consolidated Power Corp. Read more information about this transaction at www.syciplaw.com/news/articles/fa/183. SyCipLaw acted as local counsel to the structuring banks in this transaction: DBS Bank Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd...

SyCipLaw wins 2017 IFLR Philippine Law Firm of the Year
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, March 2017

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan won the National Law Firm of the Year (Philippines) at the IFLR Asia Awards 2017. Marievic G. Ramos-Añonuevo, head of the Banking, Finance & Securities group, and Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes, head of the Special Projects group, received the award on the firm’s behalf. Partners Angel M. Salita, Jr.; Philbert E. Varona; and Melyjane G. Bertillo-Ancheta were also on hand to represent the firm. Two transactions handled by the firm were also shortlisted for deals of the year categories: Tiwi MakBan project bond for Debt & equity-linked deal of the year and Light Rail Manila Corporation’s LRT project for Project finance deal of the year...

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