Drew-helmed regional law firm network adds Philippine member

BY Aparna Sai |

The Philippines’ Martinez Vergara Gonzalez & Serrano (MVGS) has become the latest firm to join Drew Network Asia (DNA), Singapore Big Four law firm Drew & Napier’s regional network.

K&S, Skadden lead on $1.6 bln Japan-Philippines power deal

BY Aparna Sai |

King & Spalding and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan have advised Japan’s Jera on its $1.58 billion acquisition of stake in Philippines’ Aboitiz Power from its parent company Aboitiz Equity Ventures (AEV), which was represented by Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia.

V&A Law partner moves to in-house role at ING Philippines

BY Aparna Sai |

Maria Concepcion Simundac, a former partner at Villaraza & Angangco (V&A Law), has joined banking and financial services company ING Philippines in Manila as lead legal counsel.

ALB Philippines Client Choice 2021

BY Asian Legal Business |

In its inaugural list of the ALB Philippines Client Choice list, we put the spotlight on the top lawyers in the country when it comes to client service. These lawyers were selected based on client recommendations sent directly to ALB. The list is in alphabetical order, and certain lawyers have been profiled.

A&O, Milbank act on Philippines’ largest-ever IPO

BY Asian Legal Business |

Allen & Overy has advised Philippine food maker Monde Nissin Corp on its 48.6-billion-peso ($1 billion) initial public offering, the country's largest-ever listing, with Milbank advising the joint global coordinators.

Romulo: Maintaining Excellence in IP [Brought to you by Romulo]

BY Asian Legal Business |

1) What are the ingredients to building a successful IP practice?

Dentons to add Thai, Vietnam, Philippine firms to its network this year

BY Aparna Sai |

Dentons plans to expand its network further in the ASEAN region this year by combining with a firm each in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to recent comments made by Gerald Singham, the firm’s global vice-chair and ASEAN CEO.

Latham stars in $420 mln Philippine thermal energy deal

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins has advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its proposed 20 billion Philippine peso ($420 million) acquisition of a stake in AC Energy Philippines.

Philippine boutique opens office in Cebu City

BY Aparna Sai |

Manila-headquartered boutique firm Gulapa Law has opened an office in Cebu City in the Philippines’ Central Visayas Region. The office will operate under the name Gulapa & Ismael.

ALB Conversations: Benjamin S. Tolosa, Jr., managing partner, TJ Law

BY Aparna Sai |

Benjamin S. Tolosa, Jr. is the managing partner and head of litigation and dispute resolution at Tolosa Javier Law Firm (TJ Law) in the Philippines. In this chat with ALB, he talks about how his firm has grown in less than two years of its founding, the importance of open and transparent communication to the firm, and how he wants TJ Law to solidify its reputation as a premier litigation firm in the Philippines.

5th ALB Philippine Law Awards celebrates legal luminaries

BY Aparna Sai |

The fifth edition of the Philippine Law Awards, a virtual event held on Nov. 20, showcased the work of the finest lawyers, firms, in-house teams and legal work in the country.

Difficult Conversations

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As the pandemic drags on, redundancies as a result of COVID-19 have begun to rise in the region, with Zoom, Skype or email used at times to deliver the bad news. But employers must be careful to ensure they don’t cross the line or skip necessary steps during these extraordinary times. Lawyers around Asia weigh up the risks and considerations that firms should bear in mind.