Rolando V. Medalla, Jr.

Rolando V. Medalla, Jr.

Head, Tax Department


  • Advertising, Media & Entertainment
  • Banking, Finance & Securities
  • Corporate Services & Business Transactions
  • Insurance

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan


Bar Admissions

1980, Philippines


De La Salle University (A.B., summa cum laude); University of the Philippines (LL.B., cum laude); University of Michigan (LL.M.).
Areas of Practice

Advertising, Media & Entertainment | Banking, Finance & Securities | Corporate Services & Business Transactions | Insurance | Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions | Litigation & Arbitration | Mining & Natural Resources | Tax | Trade Law & Customs Regulation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

The law and leading lawyers worldwide 2003. Highly recommended lawyer. Highly regarded partner with expertise in most areas of tax including tax planning and tax litigation. Can advise on both domestic and international matters, and tax issues arising in mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, general commercial transactions and financial transactions in the Global Counsel Handbook - PLC Tax Law; Leading Individual in Tax Practice in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2007/2008 Edition); Leading Individual in Tax in the PLC Which Lawyer (Yearbook 2007); Highly recommended individual lawyer “ tax in the PLC Global Counsel 3000. 9th Edition, Volume 2 - Which Lawyer?; Rolando Medalla leads the practice and is appreciated by clients as “a very capable tax lawyer who gives “concise, specific and clear opinions" in the Chambers Asia Pacific; Asia Pacific's Leading Lawyers for Business (2011); Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan's respected tax group is led by Rolando Medalla, Jr. It advises its stellar list of corporate clients on tax structuring, litigates in tax assessments and refund cases, and has a designated customs practice group in the Tax Directors Handbook (2008)

Professional Associations

    Philippine Bar Association
    Tax Management Association of the Philippines

Tax Management Association of the Philippines (Director, 1986)

Professional Activities and Experience

Associate attorney (Foreign Lawyers Program), Tax Department, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York 10019, U.S.A.; August, 1982 to August, 1983. Areas of work: U.S. corporate and individual income taxation, international taxation.
Professorial lecturer in Taxation, College of Law, University of the Philippines. 1987 to 1991.
Professorial lecturer in Economics, De La Salle University, Manila. June, 1981 to May, 1982.
Graduate assistant, University of the Philippines Law Center. Summer, 1977.


Overall editor (Philippine portion), Doing Business in Asia (CCH Asia Pte. Limited)