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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

Joan Mae S. ToSenior Associate

Maria Viola Vista

Maria Viola B. VistaSenior Associate

Of Counsel



Philippines: BIR Prescribes New Procedure for Claiming Tax Treaty Benefits for Dividend, Interest, and Royalty Income
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2017

On March 28, 2017, the Commissioner of Internal Revenue (“CIR”) issued Revenue Memorandum Order No. 8-2017dated October 24, 2016 (“RMO 8-2017”), which takes effect 90 days after signing.RMO 8-2017 amends Revenue Memorandum Order No. 72-2010 (“RMO 72-2010”) by providing for new procedures in claiming preferential tax treaty benefits on dividend, interest, and royalty income of nonresidents, following a system of self-assessment and automatic withholding of taxes subject to post-reporting validation, in lieu of obtaining a tax treaty relief application (“TTRA”) ruling under RMO 72-2010...

IFLR: Philippines: Amendments to the FX Regulations
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2017

The May 2017 issue of theInternational Financial Law Review (IFLR) includes an international briefing article by SyCipLaw partner Melyjane G. Bertillo-Ancheta entitled "Philippines: Amendments to the FX Regulations". The article discusses the circulars, issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the central monetary authority of the Philippines), amending the country's foreign exchange regulations. The circulars aim to provide greater ease in transacting foreign exchange, among other purposes...

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Digital Boundaries: What Every Board Needs to Know about Data Management and Cyber security Management
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2017

SyCipLaw partner Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez was one of the featured speakers at Breakfast Roundtable on "Digital Boundaries: What Every Board Needs to Know about Data Privacy and Cyber security Management" last May 5 at the Tower Club Makati. The event was organized by the Institute of Corporate Directors and AIG. Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez's specializations include telecommunications, media and technology (TMT), investments and business law, mergers and acquisitions, data privacy, and life sciences...

SyCipLaw to hold Labor and Immigration Kapihan in Subic
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2017

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, in coordination with the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority – Labor Department and Subic Bay Workforce Development Foundation, Inc. (SBWDFI), will be holding the "Kapihan with SyCip in Subic: Updates on Labor and Immigration Law" on June 30, 2017, from 8:00 am onwards, at the Subic Bay Travelers and Events Center, Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Topics that will be covered include data privacy in the workplace, post-employment issues and labor updates, and bridging cultural gaps. Breakout/consultation sessions will also be held after the program proper...

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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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