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Welcome to the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2020!

 

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Date:  20 November 2020
Location: Virtual

Following the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we would like to let you know that sadly, we won’t be able to meet in person this year as we have done for a number of years now. The ALB Philippine Law Awards shall be hosted virtually this year on 20 November 2020. This was not an easy decision, but the right one in the interests of our guests’, attendees' and employees’ health.

Asian Legal Business (ALB) is proud to present the 5th Annual ALB Philippine Law Awards 2020! Held online on 20 November 2020, this virtual award promises to be a memorable celebration of the outstanding work done by private practitioners and in-house teams across the Philippines and the region.

Come and celebrate legal excellence with us.

WINNERS REVEALED! CHECK THE LIST IN THE "WINNERS" TAB.

For queries regarding submission/event
Contact: Lokesh Bogati at lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com

For sponsorship opportunities and audience profiles in the past awards
Contact: Amantha Chia at amantha.chia@tr.com or +65 6973 8258  

AWARD CATEGORIES

Please note that submissions for ALB Philippine Law Awards 2020 are closed.

DEAL CATEGORIES  
1. Debt Market Deal of the Year 
2. Equity Market Deal of the Year 
3. M&A Deal of the Year 
4. Finance Deal of the Year 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES 
1. Dealmaker of the Year 
2. Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
3. In-House Lawyer of the Year 
4. Managing Partner of the Year  
5. Woman Lawyer of the Year
6. Young Lawyer of the Year 

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES  
1. Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
2. Construction and Real Estate In-House Team of the Year 
3. Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year
4. Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year (NEW!)
5. PMFTC Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year  
6. Manufacturing and Trade In-House Team of the Year(NEW!)
7. Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
8. Transportation and Logistics In-House Team of the Year  
9. Philippine In-House Team of the Year  

FIRM CATEGORIES  
1. Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
2. Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
3. Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
4. Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
5. Immigration Law Firm of the Year 
6. Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
7. International Law Firm of the Year  
8. Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year  
9. Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
10. Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
11. Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year  
12. Philippine Deal Firm of the Year 
13. Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year  
14. Rising Law Firm of the Year 
15. Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
16. Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
17. Philippine Law Firm of the Year 
 

                   SUBMISSIONS MATERIALS                   

Submissions are closed

                        IMPORTANT DATES                         

Opening of submissions | 26 August 2020
Deadline for submissions | 25 September 2020
Online announcement of finalists | 3rd week of October 2020
Awards ceremony | November 20 2020

                 SUBMISSION INQUIRIES                       

Mary Carousel "Caryl" Aquino
Awards Manager 
Phone: +632 982 5938
Email: mary.aquino@tr.com

Lokesh Bogati
Events Researcher
Email: lokesh.bogati@tr.com

 

JUDGING PANEL 

Each year, ALB invites an independent judging panel of senior and expert legal industry leaders from various sectors corresponding to the diverse list of award categories. ALB is pleased to introduce some of the distinguished judges. The rest of the panel will be revealed on the evening of the awards.

April


April Raimundo
Legal and Compliance Director, Greystar

April Raimundo is the Legal and Compliance Director for Greystar’s Asia-Pacific business and its first employee in Singapore. In this role, she oversees Greystar’s Code of Conduct and regulatory compliance program in the region. In addition, April spearheads legal structuring, investor documentation, and acquisition activities as Greystar, the global leader in residential housing starts to invest across the region. Prior to Greystar, April spent 8 years at EFA Group as Chief Legal and Compliance officer and served as a member of the company’s executive committee. During her private practice career, April was in the corporate and commercial group of Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker McKenzie.

April is qualified to practice law in England, Wales, and the Philippines. She was named one of 5 in house counsels in the 2016 edition of ALB’s 40 Under 40 Asia’s best young lawyers. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines where she was awarded the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence. She also has a BS in Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University and attended executive development courses in various institutions including Harvard Business School. She sits in the International Relations Committee and Public Law Help Committee of the Law Society of Singapore. 

Barney


Barney Almazar
Head of Commercial Practice, Gulf Law Philippines, UAE, UK and Portugal

Barney Almazar is the Philippines' inaugural ALB Young Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and Young Lawyer of the Year for South East Asia in 2017.

He is the head of the commercial practice of Gulf Law in the Philippines, UAE, UK and Portugal.

Just recently, he was appointed as chief counsel for a US$ 1.5 billion acquisition of a payment aggregator group with operations in the Middle East and Europe. He is also teaching business law at Ajman University in the United Arab Emirates. 

Barney Almazar was awarded as one of Philippines’ The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) for law and commended by the Philippine Senate for his contribution in protecting the interests of more than 3 million overseas Filipino workers. 

Daisy Arce


Daisy P. Arce
President, Capital Markets Integrity Corporation

A corporate lawyer with extensive experience in organizing and restructuring business corporations, mergers, divisions and acquisitions, capital restructuring, and their customized documentations, Ms. Arce was a partner in Quasha Ancheta Pena and Nolasco, one of the oldest law firms in the Philippines and had charge of its Banking and Corporate Finance group handling diverse and complex financial transactions of local and international investors covering syndications, FX loans and facilities, project financing, structuring security and collateral arrangements, remedial strategy and asset recovery. She was legal advisor to the Philippine Stock Exchange and the latter’s wholly-owned subsidiary and regulatory arm, the Capital Markets Integrity Corporation.
 
Currently she is President of the Capital Markets Integrity Corporation.
 
An active member of Zonta International, she lectures on the Rights of Women, the Rights of Children, Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children and spearheaded for Zonta, together with like-minded organizations, the building of sustainable housing for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). In this time of the pandemic, with the help of other club members, she has raised donations to provide computers or other devices for at least 115  qualified students in  three public high schools in Quezon City and urged club members to participate in a feeding program, finally ensuring nutritious meals for 120 children and their families for the next 10 months.

Hector Martinez


Hector A. Martinez
Co-Managing Partner; Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro & Leaño

Atty. Hector A. Martinez obtained his law degree in 1963 from the University of the Philippines College of Law where he graduated cum laude and salutatorian. He was, during his fourth year in the law school, chairman of the Philippine Law Journal, the official law review of the UP College of Law. He placed second in the 1963 Bar Examination among more than a thousand examinees. He then went to the United States where he obtains his LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School. He worked as an associate lawyer for more than a year at Winthrop Stimson Putnam and Roberts, one of the largest law firms in the US and based in Wall Street New York City. He returned to the Philippines in 1967 and joined the Siguion Reyna Montecillo and Ongsiako Law firm. Rising from the rank, he became a senior partner and head of the tax department of the Siguion Reyna Law firm. In 1996, he resigned from the Siguion Reyna Law firm and together with seven other lawyers, established the Platon Martinez Flores San Pedro and Leano law firm. He is currently a co-managing partner and head of the tax group of the Platon Martinez law firm.

Fernando Penarroyo


Fernando S. Penarroyo
Group Legal Counsel and General Manager for Business Development, Polyard Petroleum International Group

FERNANDO S. PEÑARROYO is currently the Group Legal Counsel and General Manager for Business Development of Polyard Petroleum International Group Co. Ltd, a Hong Kong-listed company that operates the Alegria petroleum project, the Philippines’ first and only commercial onshore oil development and production. He was the former Managing Partner at the Puno and Peñarroyo Law Offices. He practices in the area of energy, resources, environment, infrastructure, and corporate law and possesses the required legal, financial, and technical educational background and experience having worked for the government (Department of Energy) and private sector, both locally and internationally (Australia). 

He is the former President of the Geological Society of the Philippines, current Vice President of the Philippine Mining and Exploration Association, and former Director of the International Geothermal Association. He is actively involved as an officer and legal counsel in industry associations like the National Geothermal Association of the Philippines, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines, Philippine Petroleum Association of the Upstream Industry, and Philippine Chamber of Coal Mines. He regularly contributes articles and commentaries on legal, regulatory, and policy issues on resources, energy, and infrastructure to the Philippine Resources Journal. His commentaries are also archived at his personal blog site - https://penarroyo.com/.

Jose Maria G Hofileña


Jose Maria G Hofileña 
Dean, Ateneo Law School

Joey Hofileña is the current Dean of the Ateneo Law School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree (with honors) from the Ateneo de Manila in 1983 and proceeded to the Ateneo Law School where he completed his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987 as Class Valedictorian and recipient of the Evelio Javier Leadership Award. In 1990, he was conferred a Master of Laws degree by Harvard Law School.  One month after taking the November 1987 Bar Examinations (where he ranked 10th out of all successful examinees), Joey joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and was a partner thereat from 1996 through 2012, practicing within the firm’s Corporate department. He has also had stints as a foreign attorney at Johnson & Gibbs in Dallas, Texas, and at McDermott, Will & Emery in New York City. Aside from teaching full-time in ALS, Joey is a Visiting Professor for Commercial Law at Ateneo de Zamboanga University's College of Law. He is also currently serving on the IBP Law Journal's Editorial Board.

Maria Lim


Maria Lourdes P. Lim
Tax Managing Partner, PwC Philippines

Malou leads the tax practice of the Philippine office. She has more than 23 years of professional and extensive experience in providing tax services for various multinational and local companies of different industries such as Financial Services, Real Estate, Consumer & Industrial Products and Services (CIPS), Business Process Outsourcing, Energy, Oil & Gas.

Her core experience includes corporate structuring and taxation, with emphasis on in-bound and out-bound investment planning; cross-border acquisitions; advisory on the application and interpretation of domestic laws on tax, investment, corporate and securities regulations; restructuring/reorganization; mergers & acquisitions; tax due diligence/tax health check review; tax assessments and refund claims

Prior to joining the firm, her other professional experience includes working as an accountant and as a financial analyst. She earned her degree in Bachelor of Laws from San Beda University, Manila. Prior to law, she finished Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) at the Philippine School of Business Administration. She has completed the Comparative Tax Policy and Administration Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Asia Leadership Program at INSEAD Singapore and attended various PwC training & conferences.

Maria


Maria Rowena Espiritu, MBA, LL.B
Philippine Country Counsel, IBM Philippines

Maria Rowena Espiritu has been an in house lawyer for multinational and domestic companies in the Philippines for almost two decades. She is currently the Philippine Country Counsel and Data Protection Officer of IBM Philippines, Incorporated and its related companies.

Prior to IBM Espiritu was the Legal Affairs Director of Huawei Technologies Phils. for almost five years. She has also been a Resident Agent and Legal Counsel of VEECO APAC, INC. (Philippine Branch) Legal Manager of Directories Philippines Corporation; Assistant Corporate Secretary of Asian Terminals Inc. in previous years.

Espiritu holds a Postgraduate Diploma (With Merit) in Technology, Media, and Telecommunications Law from Queen Mary University of London (United Kingdom). She also finished various certification courses by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy (Switzerland), namely Advance Course on Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property, Advance Course on Copyright and Related Rights and Advance Course on Arbitration and Mediation Procedure. She also holds a Master degree in Business Administration from Ateneo de Manila Graduate School of Business (Philippines). Espiritu finished her Bachelor of Laws from Saint Louis University (Philippines) and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Far Eastern University (Philippines).

Espiritu has always been passionate about information and communications technology and related regulations. Her works as in-house lawyer have been duly recognized in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist 2019 - Southeast Asia. Prior to this, the Legal Team she led in Huawei was also included in The Legal 500 GC Powerlist - Southeast Asia Teams in 2018.

Maria Zarah


Maria Zarah R. Villanueva-Castro 
Vice President & Head, Corporate Legal, Manila Electric Company

Atty. Maria Zarah R. Villanueva-Castro is a Vice President and currently heads the Corporate Legal Office of the Manila Electric Company which renders corporate legal work for Meralco and its subsidiaries and affiliates.
 
She also serves as the Corporate Secretary of the One Meralco Foundation, Meralco Pension Fund, Meralco Employees Savings and Loan Association, Meralco Employees Fund and Charity Inc., Comstech Integration Alliance, Inc.  and Pure Meridian Holdings, Inc.
 
As Head of Corporate Legal (for both Meralco and its subsidiaries, affiliates and foundations),  she is in charge of: monitoring, supervision and oversight on (a) contract documentation, review and negotiation; (b) provision of legal advice/opinions on corporate legal matters; (c) due diligence work on new businesses/acquisitions/mergers/joint ventures/projects; (d) regulatory and compliance work; (e) advocacy on legal developments; (d) incorporation of companies/SPVs; (e) corporate secretarial services and housekeeping; (g) management of corporate legal cases.  She and her team spearheaded a number of projects for Meralco and subsidiaries, among them, templating of recurring contracts and legal opinions, empowerment of key personnel on common contract issues and legal concerns thru regular roadshows, simplification of processes involving service and refund applications, among other things.
 
She obtained pre-law degree, BA Political Science, from the University of the Philippines and her law degree from San Beda University where she graduated as Class Valedictorian. She is also a professor of law at San Beda University and Ateneo de Manila University where she teaches Commercial Law Review. She is also an author and a bar review lecturer.

Roderick


Roderick R.C. Salazar III
Senior Partner, Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (FNS)

RODERICK R.C. SALAZAR III is a Senior Partner at FORTUN NARVASA & SALAZAR (FNS), a Philippine general service firm. With 33 years’ experience, Dicky specializes in corporate and commercial law, projects, mining, energy, natural resources law, and arbitration. Dicky leads FNS’ practice areas for Projects and Energy, Corporate and M&A; Real Estate & Construction.

Dicky was recently inducted into the inaugural 2020 The Legal 500’s Asia Pacific Hall of Fame in projects and energy. He is in the elite list of recommended lawyers for Corporate and M&A and Real Estate & Construction in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 Top Firms and Lawyers for Asia Pacific (Philippines). Dicky was recently included in the 2020 Asia Business Law Journal list of top 100 lawyers in the Philippines.  He was also listed in the 2020 and past editions of the International Who’s Who of Mining Lawyers for the Philippines. He was ranked as a leading lawyer in projects, natural resources and mining by Chambers Global 2019, Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019 and prior editions. Dicky teaches corporate and civil law at his alma mater, University of the Philippines College of Law, and the San Beda Alabang College of Law.

Roel Refran


Roel Arco Refran
Chief Operating Officer, The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc.

Atty. Roel Arco Refran is the Chief Operating Officer of The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc., (PSE). He chairs the Capital Markets Development Committee of Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Atty. Refran is a Professor of Law at Ateneo de Manila University. He was awarded the 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award by the University of the Philippines (UP) Virata School of Business where he is a Professorial Lecturer 1 for the MS Finance program.  Atty. Refran is also an Adjunct Faculty at the Asian Institute of Management (AIM). 

Atty. Refran holds an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School in the USA where he was a Fulbright scholar. While at Emory University, Atty. Refran worked at the Emory Center for Alternative Investments (ECAI) where he was involved in policy formulation as regards private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and other alternative investments.

Shirley Alinea


Shirley F. Alinea
Partner, Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS)

Shirley is a Partner at Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) where she heads its Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Intellectual Property (IP) and Immigration Groups.  

Shirley has for more than 20 years specialized in commercial arbitration and other ADR modes, debt restructuring and insolvency. She has been cited as a Leading Individual by the Asia Pacific Legal 500 in the field of Dispute Resolution. Shirley is currently a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI), and concurrently holds the positions of Deputy Secretary General, and Chairman of the Education Committee and the Committee tasked to review and update PDRCI’s current arbitration rules. 

Shirley is an accredited arbitrator of the PDRCI, the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She is a member of Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution and the Dispute Resolution Board Foundation. Other fields of expertise include IP and Immigration. Shirley established the Immigration practice of MVGS when she joined the Firm in 2009. 

Shirley was a partner at Quisumbing and Torres (Baker & McKenzie) from 2007 to 2009. She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines in 1996 and was a member of its honour society, the Order of the Purple Feather. She graduated with a degree in B.S. Legal Management from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992. 

Solomon Hermosura


Solomon M. Hermosura
Managing Director, Ayala Corpoation

CURRENT POSITIONS

  • Managing Director, Chief Legal Officer, Compliance Officer, Data Protection Officer, and Member of the Management Committee, Investment Committee and Ayala Group Management Committee:  Ayala Corporation 
  • Group General Counsel: Ayala Land, Inc.
  • Corporate Secretary: Ayala Corporation, Ayala Land, Globe Telecom, Manila Water Company, Integrated Micro-electronics, Ayala Foundation, AC Energy Philippines and other Ayala group companies.
  • President & CEO:  Ayala Group Legal
  • Member of the Board of Directors: 18 companies in the Ayala Group

EDUCATION

  • A.B. in Political Science, with distinction, Adamson University, April 1982
  • Bachelor of Laws, valedictorian, San Beda College, April 1986 (3rd placer, 1986 Bar Examination)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Faculty member, San Beda College of Law, June 1987 to April 1999, July 2017 to present.  Subjects: Civil Law (1987 – 1999) and Corporation Law and Securities Law (1993 – 1999; 2017 to present) 
  • Faculty member, FEU Institute of Law, September to December 2012. Subject: Fundamentals of Corporate Governance
Teodoro Kalaw

Teodoro Kalaw IV. C. Arb.
Chartered Arbitrator & President Emeritus, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators

Teddy Kalaw is the first and only Filipino to be installed as a Chartered Arbitrator as well as certified as an Accredited Mediator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) of the United Kingdom. He is also the first and only Filipino diplomate in both international commercial arbitration and mediation of CIArb and is the only Filipino CIArb Fellow in both the international arbitration and mediation disciplines. He was the President of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb) in 2014 and 2015 and then the Chair of its Board of Trustees from 2016 to 2017. He is presently a President Emeritus of PIArb. He is among the youngest to be elected a Fellow of CIArb, PIArb, the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, and the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. since 2017.

Valerie Feria Amante


Valerie Feria Amante
Head, Global Legal and Ethics, Jollibee Foods Corporation  

Valerie Feria Amante was awarded In-House Lawyer of the Year at the inaugural ALB Philippine Law Awards in 2016.  She is the Head of Global Legal and Ethics of Jollibee Foods Corporation and leads a team of lawyers in the Philippines, North America, China, and Vietnam.  Before joining JFC, Atty. Feria Amante was connected with Ayala Land, Inc. and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.  She graduated Salutatorian from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 2000, and placed 7th in the Philippine Bar Examinations of the same year. She is also holds a Leadership Professional in Ethics and Compliance Certification from the US-based Ethics and Compliance Initiative. 

Winnie - Engie Asia Pacific


Ma. Winnie Lardizabal-Morales
Deputy General Counsel, ENGIE Asia-Pacific

Winnie is the Deputy General Counsel of ENGIE BU Asia-Pacific, a multinational electric utility company, headquartered in La Défense, Courbevoie, France. ENGIE is a global leader in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, renewable energy, natural gas, and client solutions.  Prior to joining ENGIE, Winnie started as an associate/senior associate in various top tier law firms in the Philippines. She then became the head of legal and compliance of CalEnergy/MidAmerican Asia-Pacific and thereafter assumed the role of General Counsel of Enfinity Asia-Pacific, both of which were engaged in the management, operation, maintenance, acquisition, and development of renewable energy projects in Asia-Pacific. Winnie’s legal practice is primarily focused on corporate/commercial, tax, and power/energy law related matters.

and many more... 
 

FINALISTS*

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES

Dealmaker of the Year 
Aris L. Gulapa – Gulapa Law
Mark S. Gorriceta - Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Sylvette Y. Tankiang - Villaraza & Angangco

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Alexander J. Poblador - Poblador Bautista & Reyes
Elmar B. Galacio - Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Enrique V. Dela Cruz, Jr. - DivinaLaw
Oliver L. Pantaleon – ACCRALAW
Oscar Carlo F. Cajucom - Gulapa Law
Ramon André F. Cedro - Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Salvador Paolo A. Panelo, Jr. - Panelo Law Office

In-House Lawyer of the Year 
Camille Aromas - Huawei 
Cecily Nerisse C. Ramirez-dela Cruz – 3M Philippines
Heaven Leigh P. Basa – Startek Philippines
Michael Dana Montero – Concentrix Philippines
Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime – Accenture

Managing Partner of the Year  
Charmaine Rose Haw-Lim – Gulapa Law
Mark S. Gorriceta - Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Paolo E. Abarquez – VAL Law
Salvador Paolo A. Panelo, Jr. - Panelo Law Office

Woman Lawyer of the Year 
Anna Cristina Collantes-Garcia - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles 
Cecily Nerisse C. Ramirez-dela Cruz – 3M Philippines 
Lily K. Gruba - Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula 
Melissa Ester E. Chavez-Dee – Gulapa Law 
Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime – Accenture 
Rowena Garcia-Flores – ACCRALAW 
Susan D. Villanueva - Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia 

Young Lawyer of the Year
Benjamin S. Tolosa, Jr. – Tolosa Javier Law Firm
Camille Aromas - Huawei 
Cecily Nerisse C. Ramirez-dela Cruz – 3M Philippines
Christopher Louie D. Ocampo - ACCRALAW
Hardy Aquende – AYALA Law
Heaven Leigh P. Basa - Startek Philippines
Jacques S. Lynn - Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Jeifan-Ira Dizon – ZEN Rooms
Jose Maria Angel P. Machuca – Gulapa Law
Kesterson T. Kua – Kua Sy & Yeung
Lars O. Serzo – Disini Buted Disini 
Marvi R. Abo - Abo and Peñaranda Law 
Paul Rodulfo B. Imperial - Villaraza & Angangco
Salvador Paolo A. Panelo, Jr. - Panelo Law Office

 

IN-HOUSE CATEGORIES

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
ING Philippines
MUFG Bank

Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year
3M Service Center
Aboitiz Equity Ventures
Alorica Philippines
Concentrix Philippines
ING Philippines

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year 
Aboitiz Power Corporation
Shell Companies in the Philippines

PMFTC Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year  
Accenture 
Alorica Philippines
ING Philippines
Shell Companies in the Philippines
ZEN Rooms

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
Accenture 
FactSet Philippines 
PayMaya Philippines
PLDT

Philippine In-House Team of the Year  
Aboitiz Equity Ventures
Aboitiz Power Corporation
Accenture
Concentrix Philippines
ING Philippines
Shell Companies in the Philippines

 

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
DivinaLaw
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Poblador Bautista & Reyes
Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Villaraza & Angangco
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia 
DivinaLaw 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra 
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors 
Puyat Jacinto & Santos 
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles  
Villaraza & Angangco 
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula 

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
Avenida & Diaz 
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Meer Meer & Meer
Panelo Law Office
Tolosa Javier Law Firm

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Villaraza & Angangco

Immigration Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Avenida & Diaz 
DivinaLaw
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Quisumbing Torres
VAL Law
Villaraza & Angangco

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Bengzon Negre Untalan
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
DivinaLaw
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Hechanova & Co.
VAL Law

International Law Firm of the Year  
Allen & Overy
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Herbert Smith Freehills
Latham & Watkins
Milbank

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year  
Disini Buted Disini 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
VAL Law
Villaraza & Angangco

Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW 
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia 
DivinaLaw 
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra 
Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako  
Tolosa Javier Law Firm 
VAL Law 
Villaraza & Angangco 

Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
DivinaLaw
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Panelo Law Office
Poblador Bautista & Reyes 
Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Tolosa Javier Law Firm
VAL Law
Villaraza & Angangco

Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year  
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Quisumbing Torres
Villaraza & Angangco

Philippine Deal Firm of the Year 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra 
Gulapa Law 
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles  
Villaraza & Angangco 

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year  
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra 
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Puyat Jacinto & Santos 
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles  
Tolosa Javier Law Firm 
Villaraza & Angangco 

Rising Law Firm of the Year 
Abo and Peñaranda Law 
Avenida & Diaz 
AYALA Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Kua Sy & Yeung
Panelo Law Office
VAL Law

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
VAL Law
Villaraza & Angangco
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Disini Buted Disini 
DivinaLaw
Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra
Gulapa Law
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors
Puyat Jacinto & Santos
Villaraza & Angangco
Zambrano Gruba Caganda & Advincula

Philippine Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW 
DivinaLaw 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra 
Gulapa Law 
Puyat Jacinto & Santos 
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles  
Villaraza & Angangco 

 

DEAL CATEGORIES**

Debt Market Deal of the Year 

AEV’s Bond Issuance
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Rajah & Tann Singapore
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.; BPI Capital Corp.; China Bank Capital Corp.; DBS; HSBC Singapore; Mizuho Securities; MUFG Securities Asia; Standard Chartered Bank

AYC’s Perpetual Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Maples and Calder (Hong Kong); Milbank Hong Kong; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

BDO’s MTN Program
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano; Milbank

JG Summit’s Bond Issuance
Law firms: Conyers Dill & Pearman; Linklaters; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: Credit Suisse Singapore; Standard Chartered Bank; UBS Singapore

Jollibee’s First Offshore Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Manila Water’s Senior Note Issuance
Law firms: Dechert; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Banks: BPI Capital Corp.; Citibank; Credit Suisse; HSBC; Mizuho; UBS

Phoenix Petroleum’s Issuance of Series 4 Preferred Shares
Law firm: Puyat Jacinto & Santos 
Banks: China Bank Capital Corp.; PNB Capital and Investment Corp.

PLDT’s Dual-Tranche Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Gledhill; Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Republic of the Philippines’ Dual-Tranche Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Robinsons Land Corporation’s Fixed Rate Bonds
Law firms: Fernandez-Estavillo Cruz; Rogero Gancayco & Associates; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.; BPI Capital Corp.; China Bank Capital Corp.; First Metro Investment Corp.; Standard Chartered Bank

UnionBank’s Tier 2 Note Issuance
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos

Vista Land & Lifescapes’ Fixed Rate Bonds 
Law firms: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Banks: China Bank Capital Corp.; PNB Capital and Investment Corp.; SB Capital Investment Corp.

 

Equity Market Deal of the Year 

AllHome’s IPO
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles
Banks: China Bank Capital Corp.; Credit Suisse Singapore; CLSA; PNB Capital and Investment Corp.; UBS Singapore

AREIT’s IPO
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Banks: BPI Capital Corp.; PNB Capital and Investment Corp.; SB Capital; UBS Singapore

Cemex Holdings’ Rights Offering
Law firms: Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.; HSBC Singapore

Voluntary Tender Offer in First Gen Corporation
Law firm: Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Bank: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.

 

M&A Deal of the Year 

China Telecommunications – Udenna’s Joint Venture 
Law firms: Milbank; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Shearman & Sterling; Villaraza & Angangco; WongPartnership  

Del Monte’s Divestment of 12 Percent Stake into SEA Diner
Law Firms: Allen & Gledhill; Milbank

KKR and GIC’s Investment in Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings
Law firms: Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Simpson Thacher & Bartlett; Sycip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
Bank: Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Udenna's Acquisition of Chevron 
Law firms: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Herbert Smith Freehills; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; TSMP Law Corporation; Villaraza & Angangco 
Bank: Morgan Stanley

Warburg Pincus’ Investment in Converge ICT Solutions
Law firms: Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
Bank: UBS

 

Finance Deal of the Year 

AboitizPower’s Fourth Tranche Bonds
Law firm: Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.; China Bank Capital Corp.; First Metro Investment Corp.

AEV’s Bond Issuance
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Rajah & Tann Singapore
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.; BPI Capital Corp.; China Bank Capital Corp.; DBS; HSBC Singapore; Mizuho Securities; MUFG Securities Asia; Standard Chartered Bank

Financing for Riau IPP Power Plant
Law firms: Assegaf Hamzah & Partners; Linklaters; Milbank; Widyawan & Partners
Banks: Asian Development Bank; International Finance Corp.; MUFG; SMBC

Joyson Safety Systems’ Senior Facilities Agreement
Law firms: Abuda Asis & Associates; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

 

* The above list will be updated as may be necessary.  For queries about the shortlist, please email Lokesh at lokesh.bogati@thomsonreuters.com.

**COMPLETENESS AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION. Please note that the inclusion of banks and legal advisors in the transactions essentially reflects the information provided by nominating organizations. Therefore, any omission of a party involved in any of these transactions should not be taken as a commentary on the role assumed by that party.

WINNERS

 

INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES 

Dealmaker of the Year
Sylvette Y. Tankiang - Villaraza & Angangco

Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year 
Alexander J. Poblador - Poblador Bautista & Reyes

In-House Lawyer of the Year 
Millicent Joie Desiderio-Dime – Accenture

Managing Partner of the Year  
Mark S. Gorriceta - Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Woman Lawyer of the Year
Anna Cristina Collantes-Garcia - Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & De Los Angeles 

Young Lawyer of the Year
Christopher Louie D. Ocampo - ACCRALAW

IN-HOUSE TEAM CATEGORIES  

Banking and Financial Services In-House Team of the Year 
ING Philippines

Data Privacy and Protection In-House Team of the Year
Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Energy and Resources In-House Team of the Year 
Shell Companies in the Philippines

PMFTC Award Innovative In-House Team of the Year  
Accenture 

Technology, Media and Telecommunications In-House Team of the Year
PayMaya Philippines

Philippine In-House Team of the Year 
Shell Companies in the Philippines

LAW FIRM CATEGORIES  

Arbitration Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW

Banking and Financial Services Law Firm of the Year 
Villaraza & Angangco

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 
Tolosa Javier Law Firm

Construction and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Immigration Law Firm of the Year 
Quisumbing Torres

Intellectual Property Law Firm of the Year 
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

International Law Firm of the Year  
Latham & Watkins

Innovative Technologies Law Firm of the Year  
Disini Buted Disini 

Labor and Employment Law Firm of the Year 
Villaraza & Angangco

Litigation Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW
Poblador Bautista & Reyes 

Transportation and Logistics Law Firm of the Year  
Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

Philippine Deal Firm of the Year 
Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles  

Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Law Firm of the Year  
Villaraza & Angangco

Rising Law Firm of the Year 
Insights Philippines Legal Advisors

Tax and Trusts Law Firm of the Year 
ACCRALAW

Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law Firm of the Year 
Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra

Philippine Law Firm of the Year
ACCRALAW

DEAL CATEGORIES  

Debt Market Deal of the Year 
Jollibee’s First Offshore Bond Issuance
Law firms: Allen & Overy; Clifford Chance; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Equity Market Deal of the Year 
AREIT’s IPO
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Allen & Overy; Latham & Watkins; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos
Banks: BPI Capital Corp.; PNB Capital and Investment Corp.; SB Capital; UBS Singapore

M&A Deal of the Year 
China Telecommunications – Udenna’s Joint Venture
Law firms: Milbank; Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles; Shearman & Sterling; Villaraza & Angangco; WongPartnership  

Finance Deal of the Year
AEV’s Bond Issuance
Law firms: ACCRALAW; Latham & Watkins; Milbank; Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos; Rajah & Tann Singapore
Banks: BDO Capital & Investment Corp.; BPI Capital Corp.; China Bank Capital Corp.; DBS; HSBC Singapore; Mizuho Securities; MUFG Securities Asia; Standard Chartered Bank

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