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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Domingo G. Castillo

Domingo G. Castillo

Of Counsel


  • Aviation & Maritime Law
  • Insurance
  • Litigation & Arbitration
  • Trade Law & Customs Regulation

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Domingo G. Castillo is Of Counsel at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He specializes in maritime law, insurance, international trade, customs practice, and related litigation.

His expertise covers representation of manning agencies in both commercial transactions and dispute resolution, particularly in respect of claims by seafarers; admiralty matters such as registration, lien creation and arrest of vessels in the Philippines; investigation and cases arising from vessel mishaps; anti-dumping cases; and trade law issues. He also practices aviation law.

He handles several shipping retainers, providing regular assistance on general corporate matters, regular government filings and employment law issues.

Mr. Castillo is a maritime arbitrator accredited with Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI).

He was Chairman of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association’s Committees on Maritime Law and Aviation Law in 2010 and has served as the President of the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines. Mr. Castillo also trained abroad with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe (San Francisco, USA, 1981) and Sinclair Roche and Temperly (London, UK, 1982).

Bar Admissions

1978, Philippines


Preparatory education, University of the Philippines (B.S.B.A., LL.B.); New York University (LL.M.); City of London Polytechnic (Certificate in Maritime Law, with distinction).
Areas of Practice

Aviation & Maritime Law | Insurance | Litigation & Arbitration | Trade Law & Customs Regulation

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Named as one of Asia's leading lawyers in shipping and maritime law in Euromoney's Guide to the World's Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers (1998).

Professional Associations

  • International Bar Association

Maritime arbitrator, accredited by the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc..

Member, Inter-Pacific Bar Association (Vice Chairman, 2000-2003), Makati Law Foundation (Director, 1992-1993), Makati Chamber of Commerce (Director, 1998-1999), Maritime Law Association of the Philippines (President, 1995), Philippine Bar Association, Asean Law Association, and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Professional Activities and Experience

Foreign attorney, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, San Francisco (1981), Sinclair, Roche & Temperley, London (1982).

World Bank Group: "Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs"
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, January 2018

Doing Business 2018: Reforming to Create Jobs, a World Bank Group flagship publication, is the 15th in a series of annual reports measuring the regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. Doing Business presents quantitative indicators on business regulations and the protection of property rights that can be compared across 190 economies—from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe—and over time...

Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2017

The World Bank Group has released its Doing Business 2017: Equal Opportunity for All report. This is the 14th in an annual series of reports providing objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement in 190 economies...

Additional Articles

Mr. Domingo is the author of “Manual on the Best Practices in Handling Customs Tax Audits and Remedies,” 2014 and the Philippine chapter on “Movement of Goods, Transport and Shipping-Laws Relating to Inward and Outward Transport,” CCH, 2013. His articles on Maritime Law issues were recently included in the International Maritime Law Handbook, Wolters Kluwer, 2014. He contributed to the Philippine sections of the Maritime Law Handbook printed by Kluwer Law International (Netherlands) on Arrest of Vessels, Enforced Sale of Vessels, Registration of Vessels, and Mortgage on Vessels.

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