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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 | 0 | 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

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



Suspension of PCC’s Motu Proprio Merger Review Powers Ends
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2021

On September 15, 2021, the one-year-long suspension of the Philippine Competition Commission’s (PCC) power to review mergers and acquisitions motu proprio under Republic Act No. 11494 (the Bayanihan to Recover as One Act, or the Bayanihan 2) ends. This means that starting September 16, 2021, the PCC may again review mergers and acquisitions motu proprio. This includes mergers and acquisitions that were entered into before September 16, 2021, and those that will be entered into thereafter, even if those transactions do not meet the Php50 Billion threshold for compulsory notification provided under Bayanihan 2, which remains in effect until September 15, 2022...

Tax Issues and Practical Solutions (T.I.P.S.) for August 2021
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, September 2021

1. May the Bureau of Internal Revenue issue assessments against a taxpayer based on third-party information? Yes, provided that such third-party information is verified or confirmed with the relevant customers or suppliers. In Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. Mercury Group of Companies, Inc. (CTA EB No. 2215 (CTA Case No. 9531), June 30, 2021), the Court of Tax Appeals En Banc (CTA En Banc) ruled that “[w] ithout conducting such confirmation or verification, the data gathered from the computerized/third party matching are left unsubstantiated, and the resulting assessment is void for lack of factual and legal basis...

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SyCipLaw's M&A, Tax Department Heads Discuss Investing in the Philippines in a Podcast Series
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, October 2021

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) partners -- Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes and Carina C. Laforteza -- are resource speakers in four episodes of the podcast series “In the Heart of the Matter - A Podcast on Legal Developments from Around the World”, by Conventus Law. They discussed key legal developments on investing in the Philippines. The podcast episodes are available on Spotify and iTunes and can be accessed through these links: Spotify: 1. Episode 17: Why invest in the Philippines? - https://open.spotify.com/episode/0wz3D5Tj5wnHhOPfjrbAxV?si=JtgnrdnyQDCwW3anr6skAw&dl_branch=1 2. Episode 18: Investment Incentives – https://open.spotify...

SyCipLaw Announces New Corporate Services Department Head
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, June 2021

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Imelda A. Manguiat, a senior partner of the firm, as the new head of its Corporate Services (CS) Department, effective on June 1, 2021. Ms. Manguiat will succeed Mr. Simeon Ken R. Ferrer as department head following Mr. Ferrer’s retirement as a senior partner at the end of May 2021. Mr. Ferrer will be of counsel of the firm starting June 1, 2021...

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