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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



SyCipLaw Employment & Immigration Update 2017 Q1
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2017

SyCipLaw''s Employment & Immigration Update (Volume XV, Issue 1) features updates and articles on issuances from the Department of Labor & Employment (DOLE), including the new guidelines on contracting and subcontracting, and the implementing rules and regulations of theAnti-Age Discrimination in Employment Act,the Data Privacy Act of 2012, and those governingthe employment and working conditions of collectors in the debt collection industry. The issue also contains summaries of Supreme Court decisions, labor and immigration updates, and other SyCipLaw resources and announcements...

BIR Guidelines on Credit/Debit/Prepaid Card Payment of Internal Revenue Taxes
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2017

On January 12, 2016, Former Secretary of Finance Cesar Purisima issued Revenue Regulation ("RR") No. 3-2016 prescribing the policies and guidelines on the adoption of credit, debit, and prepaid cards as an additional mode of payment for internal revenue taxes. Credit, debit, and prepaid cards were made available as an additional mode of payment in order to ease the burden to taxpayers in the payment of their taxes. However, payment through this mode is limited to Philippine-issued cards by authorized agent banks under the name of the taxpayer...

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Maynilad Wins Arbitration Against the Republic of the Philippines under the Undertaking Letter
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2017

SyCip, Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, as lead counsel, represented Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) in an arbitration case against the Republic of the Philippines, which was represented by the Office of the Solicitor General and Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP. This arbitration case was an UNCITRAL-governed international arbitration held in Singapore. The case against the Republic was an offshoot of an earlier rate rebasing arbitration case filed by Maynilad as Concessioanire against a Republic-owned water utility, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)...

IFLR: “Philippines land ownership rules impact FDI”
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, July 2017

SyCipLaw Managing Partner Hector M. de Leon, Jr. was interviewed for an article in the May 2017 issue of the International Financial Law Review (IFLR). The article, entitled "Philippines land ownership rules impact FDI" discusses foreign land ownership as a challenge to the country's inbound M&A activity. Read the article online at the IFLR website (www.iflr.com/Article/3718033/Philippines-land-ownership-rules-impact-FDI.html). Registration is required to read the entire article. Hector M. de Leon, Jr. is the managing partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan...

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