Kristine Torres

Leaders in Law endorses Kristine Torres as our exclusively recommended M&A Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Kristine, please use the contact information provided above.

Practice Areas: Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking, Finance, and Capital Markets, Securities, Corporate and Commercial Law, Technology Media & Telecommunications, Project Finance.

Kristine T. Torres is a Partner of the Firm, and a member of the Corporate and Technology Media and Telecommunications departments. Kristine specialises in mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, corporate and business law, banking, finance, and securities law, technology, media, and telecommunications, as well as project finance. She has led a number of complex and significant mergers and acquisitions and capital markets transactions, and regularly advises clients on the entry of foreign investments to the Philippines, various cross-border and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, capital markets, legal and regulatory compliance, technology law, as well as equity and debt capital raising transactions, corporate restructuring and tech licensing agreements.

Kristine’s legal expertise has been recognized by various international organizations. She was awarded with the prestigious Young Lawyer of the Year award by the Asian Legal Business in the 2023 Philippine Law Awards. She has been shortlisted for two consecutive years for the same category at the ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards. She was also recognized by the Legal 500 as Next Generation Partner in Technology, Media and Telecommunications, and as a Recommended Lawyer in other practice areas – Corporate and M&A, Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Projects and Energy. Kristine was also recognized as a Rising Star Partner in M&A by the IFLR 1000 in 2023, and one of the Asia’s 40 under 40 list of most accomplished lawyers in Asia by the Asian Legal Business.

Kristine handled significant and highly complex transactions where she:

  1. Acted as transaction counsel for issuers and underwriters in the Philippines in connection with initial public offerings and capital markets transactions.
  2. Acted as legal counsel for sellers and buyers in various mergers and acquisitions and asset purchase transactions. assisted clients in intellectual property acquisition and tech licensing transactions.
  3. Acted as Philippine counsel in various corporate and commercial transactions such as the formation of joint ventures, foreign investments, cross-border transactions, project development, and infrastructure projects.
  4. Advised clients on the legal, regulatory, and licensing requirements for electronic money issuer, virtual currency exchange, merchant acquirer license, and other applications with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Kristine was admitted to the Philippine bar in 2013. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from San Beda University of Law in 2012 and a Bachelor of Arts in LegalManagement from the University of Sto. Tomas, where she graduated cum laude. She is a member of the Manila chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the Inter-Pacific Bar Association.

Kristine also holds a Certification in Finance from the Asian Institute of Management and attended certificate coursesand a masterclass in mergers and acquisitions at the University of Hong Kong, as well as in Singapore. She alsoobtained her Certification in Corporate Finance, Financial Markets, and Mergers and Acquisitions from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business.

Firm Description

Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra is a top-tier full-service law firm in the Philippines, internationally ranked and recognized for its excellent legal services. The Firm is positioned to be the Philippines’ leading law firm and takes pride in delivering exceptional, solutions-based, innovative, and efficient legal services. We are highly recognized for our client-centric approach in providing our services through having an unparalleled understanding of our client’s needs for proactive management of business matters, seeking collaborative partnerships to maximize the provision of workable legal solutions by observing the highest professional standards, delivering personalized and solutions-based service that efficiently meets every client’s needs, and nurturing long-term relationships founded on mutual respect and integrity.

Through our team’s combined expertise, competence, and commitment to excellence, the Firm creates value-adding legal representation for our clients, aimed at supporting their growth and success.


Editha R. Hechanova

Leaders in Law endorses Editha R. Hechanova as our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch Editha, please use the contact information provided above.

Editha is the President and CEO of the company who oversees and manages trademark and patent prosecution, copyright registration, trademark valuation, searches and other non-contentious IP matters. Recognised from 2010 to 2014, Hechanova & Co., Inc. was listed among the top filers for both patents and trademarks by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Editha is also the Managing Partner of Hechanova-Bugay-Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio, specialising in IP litigation, licensing, border control and corporate, and employment law. She is a lawyer, certified public accountant, and a certified patent agent after having passed the first patent agent qualifying examination done by the government for lawyers in 2008 administered by IPOPHL.

Editha graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration major in Accounting from the University of the East and is a Certified Public Accountant. She then obtained her law degree from Ateneo de Manila University and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1990. She is candidate for MBA in Ateneo de Manila.

Having known prolific writer, Editha regularly contributes articles on IP Asia Leading and Managing Intellectual Property on Philippine current legal IP decided cases and trends. She has been a member of various international organisations such as INTA, MARQUES, FICPI, ECTA, AIPLA and LES as well as local organisations like Japan Institute for promoting Invention/Innovation, Makati Business Club, Philippine Chamber of Business, American Chamber of Philippines, and Association of PAQUE Professionals.

Areas of Expertise

  • Patents,
  • Trademarks
  • Copyright
  • Enforcement
  • IP Litigation

Firm Overview:

Hechanova & Co., Inc. specialises in patents and trademarks prosecution and maintenance, search services, review of license agreements and other IP related-documents, renewals, intellectual property recordals, customs recordation, food and drug product registration, plant variety protection, copyright registration, domain name registration, and intellectual property consulting.


Anthony B. Peralta

Leaders in Law endorses Anthony B. Peralta as our exclusively recommended Intellectual Law expert in Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Anthony, please use the contact information provided above.

Anthony B. Peralta is a Senior Partner and the head of the Firm’s Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Departments. His practice involves a broad range of areas such as: banking and finance, business process outsourcing, capital markets, commercial litigation, government contracts and procurement law, data privacy and protection, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, securities, energy law, environmental law, taxation, and transportation law.

Atty. Peralta also has experience in commercial and criminal litigation, having appeared in various cases involving insolvency, corporate rehabilitation, disputed tax assessments, unfair competition, and trademark and patent infringement. He notably served as a private prosecutor in the impeachment case of former President Joseph Estrada and in his plunder case before the Sandiganbayan. He previously argued before the Supreme Court in a case involving the foreign ownership issue involving the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.

Atty. Peralta has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal, a London-based publication, as a global leader in Information Technology law. As part of his practice, he has assisted in the structuring of settlement agreements for technology, intellectual property, and privacy cases. He has represented various global companies in negotiating and drafting software, hardware, internet, cloud, cyber security, and other information technology transactions.

Atty. Peralta is a member of several local and international organizations, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, International Trademark Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Rizal Chapter, and the Intellectual Property Professors Association. He is the current country representative of the Information Technology Law Association (ITECH Law) and is a Director and past President of the Licensing Executives Society Philippines. He was also the previous president of the Intellectual Property Alumni Association. He has been a faculty member of the De La Salle University College of Law since 2011. He served as Associate dean from 2017-2022. He teaches Corporation Law, Mergers & Acquisditions, Credit Transactions, Cyber Law, Intellectual Property, Land Titles & Deeds and Legal Forms.

Areas of Expertise

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Capital Markets
  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Data Privacy and Protection
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy
  • Estate Planning
  • Foreign Investments
  • Government Contracts and Procurement
  • Labor Law, Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Project Finance
  • Securities Law
  • Technology Media and Telecommunications
  • Taxation and Transportation.

Firm Description

Calleja Law Office offers a strong team of high-calibre lawyers from various backgrounds and specializations, bringing with them wealth of experience and triumphs, bound by the same passion for commitment, excellence and integrity.

Founded in 2008 by Atty. Howard M. Calleja, CALLEJA PERALTA JIMENEZ SAN LUIS UY & ULIBAS (CALLEJA LAW OFFICE) has evolved into one of the fastest growing full-service law firms in the Philippines. It attributes its rapid growth to continued adherence to its core principles of Commitment, Excellence and Integrity. The extremely volatile business environment prevailing in the Philippines has presented new challenges and opportunities for its clients in the energy, financial services, medical services, real estate, tourism, technology, media, telecommunications sectors.  Now more than ever, clients require and demand individualized representation of the highest quality from their legal counsel.

Our goal is for each of our clients to meet their business objectives by providing the highest quality legal services, which is timely, responsive and cost effective.  The strength of our client list and endurance of our client relationships attest to our success in meeting that goal. We treat each and every one of our clients as business partners and we combine top rate professional skills and solid business judgment in order to play an active role in ensuring our clients’ success.

After building its reputation by successfully representing clients in significant landmark cases, the firm has metamorphosed into a full service firm with a diverse range of practice areas: Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Business Process Outsourcing, Capital Markets, Corporate  Law, Data Privacy and Protection, Election Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Foreign Investments, Government Contracts, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Technology Media and Telecommunications, Taxation and Transportation.


Rainier Mamangun

Leaders in Law endorses Rainier Mamangun as our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in the Philippines. If you wish to get in touch with Rainier, please use the contact information provided above.

Atty. Rainier Mamangun’s expertise in family law and domestic relations covers representation and advisory services in annulment, declaration of nullity of marriage, recognition of foreign divorce, child custody, spousal and child support, adoption, and domestic abuse cases, among others. For almost two decades, he has worked on over 200 family law-related cases.

Atty. Rainier R. Mamangun is adept at handling cases in and out of court. His training with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs enabled him to hone his diplomatic skills which now prove crucial in his dealings and negotiations with the court and the opposition. His skills at legal drafting and the defense of existing legislation were developed through years of service at the Office for Migrant Workers Affairs and in appearances at Congressional hearings and various inter-agency meetings that dealt with law and policy formulation relating to the welfare of Filipinos overseas. He had defended the constitutionality of the “Migrant Workers’ Act” before the Court of Appeals in coordination with the Office of the Solicitor General.

Prior to establishing the Firm in 2004, Atty. Rainier Mamangun was a lawyer for the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) where he worked on labor, civil, and criminal cases involving migrant workers and overseas Filipinos in distress in coordination with Philippine Embassies and Consulates across the globe. He spearheaded various missions to Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Nepal, India and Saudi Arabia to protect the interest of the OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) ; undertook diplomatic representations with foreign governments in connection with the cases he handled, and appeared before foreign courts such as the Riyadh Grand Court – a rarity for Filipino lawyers. While at the DFA, he was instrumental in the rescue of countless victims of human smuggling and trafficking in Asia, and in saving Filipinos on death row in the Middle East.

In 2003, he was part of the Drafting Committee for the Magna Carta for Seafarers, a bill intended to promote the welfare of millions of Filipino seafarers worldwide. He also briefly worked at the Prosecution Division of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). He was also a Legal Consultant to the National Federation of Labor Unions (NAFLU), then one of the biggest labor federations in the Philippines. In 2013, Atty. Mamangun was the recipient of the Certificate of Selection in the area of Family Law from Legal’s Finest — a premier guide to the world’s leading attorneys based in the United Kingdom. In 2020, Atty. Mamangun was awarded the Certificate of Excellence from Advisory Excellence, a London-based organization which profiles the best legal advisers around the globe, for his outstanding performance in the area of Family Law. In 2021, Atty. Mamangun became one of the select few to be invited to the prestigious Asociacion Europea de Abogados, the largest network of lawyers in the world based in Alicante, Spain

Practice Areas

Bar Admission

Philippine Bar 2001


Member: Fraternal Order of Utopia based in Ateneo Law School


Filipino and English

Firm Description:

Law Office of Atty. Rainier R. Mamangun/Mamangun Law Office is a full-service law firm located in Pasig City, Philippines that offers a wide variety of legal services. Practice areas include family law such as annulment, legal separation, and child concerns, civil cases, criminal litigation, labor law, immigration, corporate law, medical malpractice, real estate and property law, and special projects.

Established in 2004, the firm is led by Rainier R. Mamangun, who has nearly 20 years of legal experience, along with substantial academic and professional qualifications. He has had training with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, which is valuable in current dealings and negotiations, has appeared at Congressional hearings and other meetings, and published papers on several subjects. Mamangun Law Office offers clients a team of lawyers with extensive experience and vast knowledge in a broad range of legal concerns. The firm is dedicated to competence with concern while providing customized services that are focused around clients’ interests.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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.


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