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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



Asia Business Law Journal: "Build or Bust?"
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2017

SyCipLaw Senior Counsel Andres G. Gatmaitan and SyCipLaw Partner Angel M. Salita, Jr. were interviewed for an article in the March-April 2017 Issue of the Asian Business Law Journal (ABLJ). The article, entitled "Build or Bust?", tackles the challenges faced by the current administration in planning and developing infrastructure projects in the Philippines because of the structure of the PPP regulation in the country.   Read the article online.   Andres G. Gatmaitan is senior counsel at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Mr...

Export Development Canada's "First 5 Calls: Philippines"
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2017

From a regulatory and legal point of view, what do Canadian companies need to know about doing business here? The Philippines is a party to several treaties, including a tax treaty that applies to Canadian suppliers that want to sell goods to the Philippines. There are special laws for investors depending on the type of activity they plan to engage in. Manufacturers and companies in the renewable energy sector could be entitled to tax incentives. Mining operations are generally subject to nationality restrictions, requiring at least 60 per cent Filipino ownership...

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10 SyCipLaw Lawyers recognized in Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2017
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2017

Ten of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's lawyers are included in the Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2017. The list features the prominent practitioners in 18 practice areas in 24 jurisdictions in the Asia-Pacific region. Results are based on an extensive survey of in-house counsel, corporate executives and lawyers at local, regional and international law firm. The SyCipLaw lawyers featured in the list are: - Hector M. De Leon, Jr., managing partner Market-leading Lawyer for Corporate, and Acquisitions - Emmanuel M. Lombos, partner Leading Lawyer for Dispute Resolution and Litigation - Ricardo Ma. P.G...

SyCipLaw and CDC EAD conduct seminar for Clark Freeport Zone foreign employers and local employees
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2017

SyCipLaw's Subic Office and Employment & Immigration Department (EID), in partnership with the Clark Development Corporation External Affairs Department (CDC EAD), held a seminar for foreign employers and local employees in the Clark Freeport Zone last June 30 at the Widus Hotel & Casino. Entitled "Clark Freeport Zone Requisites for Securing/Renewing Employment Permit for Expats and Fostering Harmony in the Workplace between Foreign Employers and Local Employees", the whole-day seminar was attended by 200 participants representing 110 companies. The session was opened with welcome remarks and special messages from CDC AVP for External Affairs Rommel C...

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan 

Exoteric (adj). – suitable for or communicated to the general public; Exoterica (noun) – ideas, principles, writings or the like, of an exoteric nature. This blog features developments in, and articles on, Philippine law and jurisprudence. It focuses on decisions of the Philippine Supreme Court and...

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