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.


David Hannah

Leaders in Law endorses David Hannah as our exclusively recommended Tax Planning Law expert in the United Kingdom. If you wish to get in touch with David please use the contact information provided above.

As a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser David is One of the most respected commentators in the UK on tax matters, often quoted by the financial and property press, and consulted by accountants and tax counsel alike. David’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the UK tax legislation is matched to a commercial brain that allows him to see practical solutions to any problem he is presented with.


Powered by almost a century of collective expertise in UK tax advice, Cornerstone’s capability to deliver focused, measured and efficient outcomes for a diverse range of clients is unmatched in the UK.

Across a decade of working in the UK and around the world, Cornerstone has gone from strength to strength, helping thousands of clients achieve their goals with clear, succinct advice that neither patronises nor assumes knowledge. Every one of our clients is a valued individual, and every piece of advice and planning that we undertake is done based on the very specific and particular circumstances of that individual.

With a wealth of experience in Middle Eastern markets, and our current expansion into the Asian markets as well, Cornerstone is a firm with a truly global vision and focus. We believe that borders are for countries, not for your ambitions.


Gerard Neiens

As the Head of our Tax practice, Gérard Neiens’ focus is in international tax planning and restructuring, investment fund taxation, as well as IP and private wealth taxation. He advises large corporations, investment banks, financial institutions and private wealth clients on direct and indirect tax aspects of international real estate investments, private equity transactions, regulated and unregulated investment structures. He also provides tax advice on financing transactions, corporate acquisitions and disposals, reorganisation operations, as well as transfer pricing and VAT issues. Gérard also has significant experience in corporate law, focusing on M&A, corporate finance and restructuring deals, as well as general corporate advice. Legal 500 calls Gérard as ‘highly experienced’.

Before joining Hogan Lovells as one of the founding partners of the Luxembourg office in 2013, Gérard practised for over ten years within the tax department of one of the magic circle firms based in Luxembourg. Since then, he Heads the Tax practice of Hogan Lovells in Luxembourg which grows and develops under his skillful supervision.

Gérard is committed to helping the clients to surmount any challenge, maximise their tax benefits and other business opportunities. Experienced and reactive with high attention to detail he is always ready to offer an insightful advice.

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