Elmar B. Galacio, CFE, FCIArb

Leaders in Law endorses Elmar Galacio as our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Elmar please use the contact information provided above.

A senior litigator, Elmar is the Firm’s primary litigator in banking fraud cases. His Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) license is a most sought-after expertise in the field, especially in commercial, civil, criminal and labor litigation, exemplified by his being lead external counsel representing the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), among other notable clients and some major banks, in their must-win complex cases.

Elmar heads the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group. He acts either as arbitrator or lead counsel in arbitration proceedings.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Institute of World Business Law, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts (APIEx), and of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). He obtained his Oxford (CIArb) Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration in London. In the Philippines, he is accredited arbitrator with the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission (CIAC), Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution (PICCR), Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb), and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP). He has extensive practice in construction and commercial arbitration (including information technology, mining and energy), both domestic and international, and both ad hoc and institutional arbitration, spanning almost 20 years now.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1997 where he was member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society, his Master in Public Policy from Saitama University (now Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies) in Japan in 2000 as Monbusho scholar, and his Bachelor of Arts from the Holy Name University in Bohol where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992.

Elmar Galacio was Deputy General Counsel of the IBP.

Firm Overview:

The firm’s lawyers are highly respected by their peers for providing sought after legal guidance to leaders of our nation, captains of industry, and even the common man. All 20 partners, together with the firm’s associates and non-legal personnel, who count among the very best in the profession, are bound by a commitment to deliver the highest quality of service to help the firm’s clients attain success and contribute to nation building.

Together, practicing law as one firm, Cruz Marcelo and Tenefrancia provides unparalleled legal representation in various fields of law as a full-service firm.

United by common ideals and shared values

Ours is a true partnership of accomplished professionals dedicated to building a legal institution that will carry on the torch of professionalism, meritocracy and mutual respect that transcend individual interests – principles befitting true practitioners of the noble profession of law.

Our core values

Our core partnership values translate into our governance principles and are both integral to ensuring that our lawyers are able to deliver the highest quality of service to help our clients attain success.

Vision

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia is an enduring legal institution founded on the core values of integrity, professionalism, meritocracy, and mutual respect in providing unparalleled legal representation in various fields of law that extends to the broader context of Philippine Society.

Mission

We are committed to consistently deliver the highest quality of effective legal representation that efficiently meets every client’s needs, observing the highest professional standards, through a continuous enhancement and development of expertise, coupled with an understanding of the client and its business, in an environment that fosters creativity, mutual respect, and teamwork.

 

Raymond Joseph D. Pascua, MCIArb, MPD

Leaders in Law endorses Raymond Pascua as our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in the Philippines  If you wish to get in touch with Raymond please use the contact information provided above.

Raymond began his law practice in the fields of Corporate Law and Taxation, and was instrumental in setting up and structuring a number of Business Process Outsourcing companies and obtaining the applicable tax incentives for them.

He continues to recommend various courses of action concerning some business transactions of his corporate clients.  He actively participates in managing the internal affairs of various corporate clients concerning the relations between and among stockholders, directors, and corporate officers, as well as corporate relations with general public.  He has likewise served as turnaround consultant for a number of them, resulting in those companies gaining efficiencies, cost savings, and value to their business.

While having a strong background in business law, corporate structuring, and taxation, Raymond has also served as arbitration counsel in ad hoc and institutional arbitration proceedings.  He has extensive experience advising both individuals and business owners in various areas of law and asset protection strategies, especially those areas involving property, estates and trusts, taxation, intellectual property litigation, and corporate rehabilitation.

He has a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the Lyceum of the Philippines University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree, major in Management Economics from the Ateneo de Manila University.

Raymond is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Prime Dispute, and the International Bar Association.

 

Rafael A. Morales

Leaders in Law endorses Rafael Morales as our exclusively recommended Financial Services expert in the Philippines  If you wish to get in touch with Rafael please use the contact information provided above.

Mr. Morales is a renowned corporate law practitioner specializing in banking and financial law, project financing, M&A, securities transactions and contract law. He has had much recognition for his legal work, including citations in Euromoney Legal Media Group’s “Guide to the World’s Leading Banking Lawyers” and Asian Legal Business’ “List of 100 pre-eminent Asia-Pacific Lawyers.” He has been cited as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Asia Pacific, Asialaw Profiles and Who’s Who Legal. Chambers Asia Pacific considers him as an Eminent Practitioner in Banking and Finance.

Mr. Morales carries with him a wealth of experience gained not only from his legal work in the Phllippines, but also from stints abroad. He trained as a foreign attorney at Rosenman Colin Freund Lewis & Cohen in New York (1978-1979). He later on became a foreign attorney at Anderson Mori & Rabinowitz in Tokyo (1984-1986). He was also a visiting professor at the School of Law of La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia (Summer, 2007).

Mr. Morales was president of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, an organization of lawyers from more than 65 jurisdictions and with interest in the Asia-Pacific region. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Philippine Bar Association, the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, the New York State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

He authored two books: The Philippine General Banking Law (Annotated) and The Philippine Securities Regulation Code (Annotated), as well as numerous legal articles.

Firm Description

Morales & Justiniano is a full-service Philippine law firm offering comprehensive legal solutions and representation across a broad range of practice areas. The Firm integrates the qualifications, training and experience of seasoned and top-tier legal industry experts from premier Philippine and international law firms, as well as the support of well-trained next-generation lawyers, to deliver efficient, sound and effective professional services to domestic and global clients from a vast spectrum of industries and enterprises and to assist them with their diverse requirements in a dynamic landscape.

Our unique practice groups are focused on Commercial Law and Corporate Services; Banking, Finance and Securities; Trade, Investments, Mergers and Acquisitions; Islamic Finance; Tax; Regulatory and Compliance; Employment, Labor Relations and Immigration; Intellectual Property; Energy, Mining and Natural Resources; Telecommunications and Transportation; Government Affairs and Policy Development; and International and Cross-Border Matters, all of which are fully supported by trial-ready litigators handling all types of controversies, disputes or negotiations in any court, tribunal or forum anytime.

 

Jose Miguel de Leon, LL.M.

Leaders in Law endorses Jose Miguel de Leon as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the Philippines  If you wish to get in touch with Jose please use the contact information provided above.

Jon is an IP lawyer based in the Philippines. He is the Managing Partner of De Leon IP Law Firm, a boutique intellectual property law firm in the Philippines that exclusively handles intellectual property work.

Jon obtained his B.S. Computer Science degree (major information technology) from De La Salle University (DLSU) and his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) School of Law. After being admitted to the Philippine Bar, he pursued his graduate studies at the National University of Singapore (NUS) with a specialization in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. He received a certificate on CopyrightX from the distance-learning initiative of Harvard Law School and Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society; and a certificate on Patent Information Search from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Jon is a staunch supporter of intellectual property protection. He studied in Singapore, the IP Hub of Asia, to study how he can help improve the legal landscape of the Philippines with regard to IP law. Jon conducts talks and seminars about IP Law. He is passionate about this specific branch of law and believes that intellectual property is as important as physical property. He has extensive experience in various stems of IP law and has been winning cases in the IP battlefield for several years. He worked for a boutique IP firm based in Bonifacio Global City handling diverse cases for big brands and SMEs. He also provides assistance to start-up companies who are in the dark about how to protect their IP assets.

Jon specializes in responding to Registrability Reports and handling inter partes cases (i.e., filing and defending oppositions and petitions for cancellation), as he handled most of the inter partes cases of the local IP firm that he previously worked for. He gained in-depth knowledge in handling trademark prosecution matters through working for a foreign firm that handles the same. Jon also has experience in the franchising industry. He is proficient in drafting and reviewing Franchise Agreements and has provided legal advice to both franchisors and franchisees.

Firm Description

De Leon IP Law Firm is a boutique intellectual property law firm based in the Philippines that exclusively handles intellectual property work. The IP firm provides a full range of IP services, including, among others, trademark prosecution; patent, utility model and industrial design prosecution; copyright registration and deposit; trademark opposition and cancellation (inter partes) cases; intellectual property violation (IPV) cases; drafting and reviewing franchise agreements; trademark clearance searches; due diligence studies; IP enforcement; and registration of IP rights with the Bureau of Customs (border control measures).

Great ideas should always be protected at all costs. To some, it might be intimidating to go through the intricate steps in ensuring that your IP rights are protected. We understand your hesitation and we are more than eager to help you in every step of the way. We aim to provide straightforward and cost-efficient solutions to answer your custom IP needs.

Our legal team is composed of lawyers and IP specialists who are adept in the field of Intellectual Property law. We work closely with the Intellectual Property of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and other relevant government agencies to ensure that your IP rights are protected.

Virtually all law firms take pride in being experts in their field. What defines us from the rest is our deep commitment to our client. We build a good rapport with them and we treat their concerns like our own. Having a unique sense of ownership makes us best in what we do.

De Leon IP Law Firm is your source for IP solutions in the Philippines.

 

Serafin U. Salvador, Jr.

Leaders in Law endorses Serafin Salvador as our exclusively recommended Tax Planning Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Serafin please use the contact information provided above.

After heading the Tax Division of the largest professional services firm in the Philippines, Serafin U. Salvador, Jr. propelled SLB to be one of the leading commercial law firms in the country. Currently with the world’s largest independent tax organization providing quality integrated tax advice worldwide, SLB can be considered as one of the highlights of Mr. Salvador’s illustrious career in taxation.

Mr. Salvador’s invaluable knowledge of taxation has provided local and international clients with advice instrumental to firmly establishing their businesses in their respective industries. His expert insight has helped small to medium-sized enterprises and multinational corporations to effectively deal with complex issues and rapid changes in a highly competitive global market.

His extensive experience and knowledge in the field of taxation has been recognized on a national level through his previous appointments as the president of the Tax Management Association of the Philippines and as a Bar Examiner in Taxation Law. An invaluable source of taxation expertise even among his peers in the global stage, Mr. Salvador was tapped to become a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters.

Contributing to the education and training of the younger generation in the intricacies of taxation has always been Mr. Salvador’s passion. He teaches at the country’s top law schools, the UP College of Law and the Ateneo Law School. He also taught at the De La Salle – FEU MBA-JD Program, St. Scholastica’s College of Commerce, the University Of Manila College Of Law, and the Philippine Women’s University College of Liberal Arts.

Mr. Salvador is a lecturer at the UP Law Center’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. He also served as a speaker and lecturer in SGV Management Tax Seminars, the Rotary Clubs of Makati, Quezon City, San Juan, and Pasig, and seminars sponsored by the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Tax Management Association of the Philippines, and the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr. Salvador has written for the CCH Journal of Asia-Pacific Taxation, the SGV Tax Division’s “Tax Files” column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and several local publications, expanding the reach of his contribution to the field of  Philippine taxation.

Education, Experience & Training

  • Graduate Tax Program, New York University – Graduate School of Law
  • Master in Business Administration, Ateneo de Manila University
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Ateneo de Manila University
  • TOP Management Program, Asian Institute of Management
  • Director, Bases Conversion and Development Authority
  • Director and Chairman, Habitat Philippines Inc. Board of Trustees
  • Managing Multinational Enterprises, INSEAD Fontainebleu, France
  • Senior Adviser, SGV & Co.
  • Tax Partner and Tax Division Head, SGV & Co.

Affiliations

  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines
  • Tax Management Association of the Philippines
  • Management Association of the Philippines

Firm Description

Built on Trust. Strengthened by Integrity.

Almost two decades ago, Salvador & Associates (S&A) was established by some of the country’s best minds in taxation and commercial law. The firm has built a solid reputation as one of the Philippines’ foremost firms in tax and corporate law practice.

Today, as Salvador Llanillo & Bernardo (SLB), the firm proudly calls many of the country’s top 500 companies and various multinational corporations as clients. With services ranging from tax advisory, tax planning services, transfer pricing, employment and human relations, arbitration, and litigation, to commercial, corporate and intellectual property law, SLB continues to solidify its role as a true and trusted counsel for its clients.

The firm is powered by the collective excellence of highly qualified legal minds in the areas of taxation, commercial law, and litigation: ten partners, three senior associates, fourteen junior associates and counsels for immigration law, arbitration and litigation, as well as specialists in transfer pricing.

Affiliation

SLB is a member of TAXAND, a global network of over 2,000 leading tax advisors. As such, the firm has access to specialized and independent tax advice in 50 countries.

In its short but rich history, it has successfully handled hundreds of tax cases, amounting to billions of pesos. SLB now handles the most number of cases at the Court of Tax Appeals.

Beyond taxation, the firm is also engaged in commercial law practice with special projects like mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, initial public offerings, and the structuring and financing of investments. It likewise offers services in the areas of immigration, intellectual property, litigation and labor.

 

Mila Federis

Mila Federis is the co-founder and managing partner of Federis & Associates Law Office, a boutique law firm. Federis is one of just a handful of Philippine law firms whose practice is exclusively focused on IP law.

Ms. Federis works with clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, hotel, leisure, electronics, automotive, telecommunications and IT. Her extensive experience in an IP-focused practice involves copyright, trademark and design prosecution, enforcement, licensing, advertising and privacy issues. She manages a range of trademark work, from clearance to prosecution and maintenance. Her enforcement work includes cease and desist letter campaigns, raids, coordination with government officials and court actions.

Ms. Federis began her IP career during her first job after law school. At that firm, she handled a large portfolio of trademark and patent applications. She also prepared pleadings and memoranda in trademark oppositions, interference, cancellations, unfair competition and trademark infringement actions. Furthermore, Ms. Federis collected and presented evidence in cases, prepared complaints and affidavits for search warrant applications and coordinated with criminal enforcement agents in raids against counterfeiters.

Her initial training in IP was supplemented by several years of experience working in a law firm in the United States with more than 120 lawyers. She managed the filing of trademark applications with the US Patents & Trademarks Office (USPTO). She also handled and coordinated applications filed in foreign jurisdictions, supervised trademark disputes in different countries, prepared and filed post-registration maintenance Affidavits of Use with the USPTO.

Ms. Federis is involved in committee work for professional organizations. She organized a roundtable conference for the International Trademark Association (INTA), moderated an INTA conference panel discussion and represented INTA at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation IP Rights Experts’ Group consultation. She is a regular contributor to the Philippines section in INTA publications: Anti-Counterfeiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim, the International Oppositions Guide, Country Guides and the Madrid Practitioner’s Guide. Ms. Federis is also the regular contributor to the Getting the Deal Through: Patents Edition and Getting the Deal Through: Trademarks Edition.

In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Federis devotes time for pro-bono cases. She acted as defense counsel for students accused in anti-subversion cases and was defense counsel for seven women accused in a criminal case for malicious mischief. This case was filed by a prominent political family who illegally constructed fish pens in a lake that was declared by the government as a fish sanctuary. Ms. Federis is also a passionate proponent for the firm’s annual gift to the Office of Legal Affairs at the University of the Philippines College of Law and is a regular contributor to the funding of non-government organizations involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of street children.

FEDERIS LAW FIRM:

Leaders in Intellectual Property Law

Properly protecting and enforcing intellectual property is vital to the success of a company or product. Federis and its attorneys have been in a leading position in the IP legal market in the Philippines for many years.

Federis is one of the top filers of trademark and patent applications in the Philippines, as well as one of the highest in official fee remittances for the last three years. The firm has been identified as one of the top law firms for patent prosecution by Managing IP, and its attorneys have been cited by Asialaw Leading Lawyers as one of the leading experts in the Asia-Pacific region.

We boast a team of highly qualified attorneys, lawyers, licensed patent and trademark agents, engineers, paralegals and technical staff. The attorneys at Federis draw their skill and expertise from their unique experiences working exclusively in the field of intellectual property law.

We are proud of our reputation and look forward to the challenge of maintaining it every day—one satisfied client at a time.

 

Jehremiah Asis

Jehremiah “Jehri” Asis has acted as the lead local and international counsel of various corporate and finance transactions. His work is focused on project finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investment, real estate, infrastructure and general corporate work. Jehri is one of the trusted projects lawyers in the Philippines and is sought after because of his keen ability to combine sound legal advice with strategic business thinking. He was the most senior associate of the Banking & Finance Practice Group in Quisumbing Torres prior to forming Abuda Asis & Associates.

Jehri graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Economics degree from the University of the Philippines and became a member of Phi Kappa Pi and Pi Gamma Mu societies.  He obtained his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1998 where he was an awardee for Best Legal Paper.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar the following year. Jehri is a co-author of the Philippine chapter of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Project Finance 2014 and 2015 (third and fourth editions) and was a lecturer of Business Law in the University of the Philippines (2002) and of Tax Law at Ateneo de Manila University (2003-2004).  He is a product of the Philippine Science High School, where he ranked in the top 10 of his class.

Jehri is concurrently the President of Equi-Parco Holdings Corporation, an investment, holding, and management company of various businesses that are engaged in the power, water, and agricultural sector.  In that capacity, he also acts as president of other special purpose companies. He holds directorship positions in several renewable energy companies.

Areas of Practice:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Loans and Other Credit Facilities
  • Project Finance
  • Acquisition Finance
  • Financial Regulation
  • Power and Infrastructure Development and Other Special Projects
  • Real Estate Project Development
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Corporate/Commercial Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Compliance

 

Rogelio Nicandro

Leaders in Law endorses Rogelio Nicandro as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Rogelio please use the contact information provided above.

Rogelio Nicandro (Senior Partner), is a member of the Executive Board and the head of the Intellectual Property group. His practice focuses on intellectual property, litigation, and arbitration.

Roger started practicing law immediately after the bar when he was invited by his professor, William R. Veto, a commercial law authority and senior counsel of Tañada Carreon Tañada, to be his legal assistant. He handled civil and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level. He also handled insurance and intellectual property, variegated contracts, and prepared opinions for his banking clientele.

Roger joined the firm in 1969. In his early years, his practice was concentrated on litigation, civil and commercial, with some criminal cases. He was also into contracts, banking, corporations, intellectual property, and condominiums. He is a pioneer in condominium law practice, having been counsel for the earliest condominium projects in the Philippines.

Roger has acted as panel chairman and arbitrator in significant cases and has been elected since 1996 as trustee of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, the country’s foremost arbitration center.

In 1999, he became the head of the intellectual property department of the firm. He regularly attends international IP congresses where he often contributes country reports and position papers. He is past president of the Licensing Executives Society International, Philippine Group.

From 1987 to 2011, Roger was a legal consultant of the Asian Development Bank. He also taught Election Law in Ateneo Law School for eight years. He was lead counsel of the National Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL), particularly, for its successful accreditation as the citizen’s arm for the snap presidential elections of 1986 before the Marcos-controlled Commission on Elections. He likewise handled human rights cases and became Counsel General of the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to Combat Injustice and Oppression (BONIFACIO), a human rights lawyers’ group. He is past president of the Legal Management Association of the Philippines.

Roger received his A.B. Philosophy degree from San Beda University and is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

Firm Description:

Our mission is to pursue at all times the path of excellence, to develop our capabilities to the fullest, and to extend ourselves to the limit.

Our vision is to faithfully adhere to the principles of dedicated service in the finest traditions and highest ideals of a learned and noble profession.

From a modest commercial law practice in downtown Manila at the turn of the 20th century, today we are one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the Philippines with a full offering of legal services, including advice and representation in banking and finance, capital market and securities, energy and infrastructure, immigration, intellectual property, labor and employment, litigation and arbitration, real estate and natural resources, taxation, and technology, media, and telecommunications.

We are composed of more than 100 lawyers – all of whom speak English fluently and a good number of whom have received training and graduate degrees from universities abroad. Our lawyers are also active officers and members of professional business and civic associations in the Philippines and around the world.

We are the sole Philippine member of Lex Mundi, a global network of about 160 independent law firms, with a combined total of more than 21,000 lawyers in all commercially significant jurisdictions throughout the world. We are also the TRACE partner firm in the Philippines and join other TRACE firms around the world in providing practical and cost-effective anti-bribery compliance to global businesses.

“First, we are lawyers above all else and, as such, we must be votaries of the law, and as integral parts of the legal system, we are committed to make it work. Second, we are advocates and, as such, we must within reason defend and protect the legitimate interests of our clients. Third, we are professionals and, as such, we owe it to ourselves and the clientele we serve to pursue at all times the path of excellence, to develop our capabilities to the fullest, and to extend ourselves to the limit. We must bear in mind that every right implies a responsibility, every opportunity an obligation, every possession a duty.

“I would like our firm to exemplify one of my favorite passages from Justice Holmes:

‘They carry no banners, they beat no drums; but where they are, men learn that bustle and push are not equal of quiet genius and serene mastery.’”

(Excerpt from remarks of Mr. Ricardo J. Romulo, Senior Partner, on the occasion of the firm’s Anniversary in 1982.)

History

ROMULO traces its roots to the law firm which Allison D. Gibbs and William Kincaid established in 1902. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Allison D. Gibbs and William Kincaid arrived in the Philippines as part of the Colorado and Nebraska volunteers, respectively. After the war, they decided to settle in the Philippines and engage in the practice of law. They hung their shingle in the business center of Manila in No. 9 Plaza Moraga.

The firm was reorganized several times until Charles McDonough was admitted into the partnership. Allison D. Gibbs’ sons, Findley and Allison J., would later join the firm as assistant attorneys while an upstart Filipino lawyer by the name of Roman Ozaeta was admitted as partner in 1931.

The firm, then known as Gibbs McDonough and Ozaeta, had an extensive practice in commercial law. It handled cases involving banking, corporation law, insurance, and public utilities. It pioneered in the law on intellectual property and successfully handled cases involving infringement of trademarks and copyright.

While Allison D. Gibbs became a well-known corporate lawyer, the firm also developed a reputation for outstanding trial work and appellate practice. Charles McDonough earned a name for himself as an outstanding trial lawyer while Roman Ozaeta earned renown for his meticulous and excellently composed pleadings and briefs.

In 1936, Roman Ozaeta resigned from the firm to become judge of the then Court of First Instance. He went on to become Solicitor General in 1938, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1941, Secretary of Justice in 1946, and again an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1948 to 1950.

After retiring from public service, Roman Ozaeta joined his son Herminio, Allan O’Gorman, and Carlos Romulo, Jr. in private practice. Following the plane crash that claimed the lives of Alan O’Gorman and Carlos Romulo, Jr. in 1957, Allison J. Gibbs joined the Ozaetas and formed the firm Ozaeta Gibbs and Ozaeta.

Carlos Romulo Jr.’s brother, Ricardo J. Romulo, would later become Senior Partner himself and, following a previous rule of practice which limited the name of a law office to those of its active and living partners, the firm was renamed Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles.

In October 2002, ROMULO celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with the descendants of Allison D. Gibbs.

 

Rosella Puno Mapa

Managing Partner

BAR QUALIFICATIONS: 1987, Philippines.

EDUCATION: Ateneo de Manila University (B.A. Communication Arts, 1982; LL.B., with honors, 1986).

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Integrated Bar of the Philippines; Federacion Internationale de Abogadas.

LANGUAGES: English and Filipino.

PRACTICE AREAS: Family Law (Nullity of Marriage, Annulment, Legal Separation, Adoption / Guardianship, Custody & Support, Anti-Violence Against Women & Children, Marital Property Relations)

 

Patricia Bunye

Ms. Bunye heads the Mining & Natural Resources Department and the Energy practice group, and is also a Partner in the Intellectual Property Department.

Her Intellectual Property practice is focused on trademarks and IP commercialization, including licensing and franchising, and the registration of food, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products with the Food & Drug Administration.

She is currently a Vice President of the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI). Previous to her appointment to the LESI Board, she held positions in the Asia Pacific Committee of LES International, the most recent of which was as Chair for two consecutive terms. She is also a past President of LES Philippines. She has spoken in many countries on IP licensing in the Philippines.

In her Mining & Natural Resources practice, she is recognized among the foremost mining lawyers in the Philippines. In the 2012 edition of the Chambers directory, Patricia is cited as “an excellent strategist with a solid understanding of the industry.”

She is an active member of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines’ Legal Committee and is a regular speaker in the Mining 101 course of the University of the Philippines lecture series. She is the current President of Diwata-Women in Resource Development, Inc., a non-government organization advocating the responsible development of the Philippines’ wealth in resources, principally, through industries such as mining, oil and gas, quarrying, and other mineral resources from the earth for processing.

Patricia has likewise served in the Integrated Bar of the Philippines in various capacities, including as Chapter President. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 1993. She also holds a degree in Bachelor of Science, Major in Legal Management from the same University.

Her socio-civic involvements include her work as a Director of the Catholic Mass Media Awards. She is also a member of Zonta International.

Mining & Natural Resources Law Practice:

The firm is recognized for its conscientious, proactive, and highly skilled mining and energy team.

In our mining practice, we provide counsel to leading mining and exploration companies on a broad range of matters, including compliance with nationality and capitalization requirements, obtaining government approvals, licenses and registrations required for the commencement of mining activities, preparing and reviewing applications for mineral agreements and exploration permits, and drafting, negotiating and reviewing contracts pertinent to the mining industry, such as joint ventures, operating agreements and other suitable business arrangements. We also have experience in rendering title opinions, advice on land tenure and ancestral domain issues, and mining litigation, among others.

In our energy practice, we advise investors, private equity funds, lenders, contractors and suppliers on the appropriate transaction and governance structures of mergers and acquisitions, including development, financing, operation, sale and distribution projects in the power and energy sector. Our lawyers have represented various clients in successfully obtaining required government accreditation and permits and also routinely negotiate, draft and review agreements and contracts necessary to implement complex transactions in this field.

With a sustainable environment in mind, our lawyers have rendered advice on investments and laws governing renewable sources of energy, including hydro, wind, geothermal, solar and biofuels.

A multi-disciplinary approach, often involving collaboration with the firm’s other departments, allows the team to effectively service all its clients’ business needs.

The team has been consistently commended for offering concise, relevant and insightful advice born from a precise understanding of the needs of foreign companies doing business in the Philippines. The group also possesses distinct competencies and resources that give it the ability to forge strategic partnerships with relevant agencies and organizations.

Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia:

Building upon the founding principles that brought success to a partnership that spanned over 33 years, a group of 15 partners led by Avelino J. Cruz, Jr., former Secretary of National Defense and Simeon V. Marcelo, former Ombudsman and Solicitor General – exceptional lawyers with impeccable professional reputations – founded Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia.

United by common ideals and shared values, ours is a true partnership of accomplished professionals dedicated to building a legal institution that will carry on the torch of professionalism, meritocracy and mutual respect that transcend individual interests – principles befitting true practitioners of the noble profession of law.

Our core partnership values translate into our governance principles and are both integral to ensuring that our lawyers are able to deliver the highest quality of service to help our clients attain success.