Paul Pery, Partner at Milbank in Hong Kong, said: “We enjoy working with their team and they have a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading commercial law firms in the Philippines, involved in almost every historical transaction.” Puno & Puno (PunoLaw) is one of the most respected companies in the energy, infrastructure and utilities sectors. The firm`s managing partner, Roderico Puno, leads the infrastructure practice and has advised leading national and international companies in all areas of the industry. Founded in 1984 by Ricardo Puno Sr., former Minister of Justice of the Philippines, it is a full-service company. In 2020, SyCipLaw celebrated its 75th anniversary, making it one of the oldest law firms in the Philippines. It has developed a portfolio of transactions that includes some of the largest and most challenging transactions in the country. With the Covid-19 pandemic still ongoing in much of Southeast Asia, the Philippines has had to adapt to the “new normal” both in everyday life and in regulatory terms. Due to travel restrictions, visa applications have dropped and immigration practices have been particularly affected. A revision of government guidelines now allows foreigners to apply for the 9(g) work visa and the 47(a)2 work visa while they are still abroad rather than at home, streamlining the process. Given these developments, the companies expect an increase in work visa applications from multinational clients. Joel Angelo Cruz, Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Petron Corporation, said: “As one of the most prestigious and established law firms in the Philippines, accralaw`s work is quite impressive.
The firm`s lawyers have a level of familiarity with their clients` transactions that allows them to provide competent advice on legal matters with an approach that is both practical and competent. Under the leadership of Nilo Divina, the full-service firm is best known for its expertise in financial law and is one of the leading law firms for banking and financial, restructuring and insolvency practices, with a renowned litigation practice. The firm hired six lawyers this year and has more than 50, including nine senior partners and 13 partners. At the end of this year, it`s time to take stock of the last 12 months. We are pleased to present our annual Philippine Law Firm Awards, which recognize the best in the country over the past year. Disini Buted Disini Law Offices is best known for its world-class technology, media and telecommunications practice. It is one of the most sought-after companies for its deep understanding of the industry and its ability to advise its clients at the cutting edge of technology. Many of the country`s largest companies, as well as global companies, trust the full-service company Accralaw. Emerico, the firm`s managing partner, and Salvador L Pea, the firm`s co-managing partner, have excellent backgrounds in litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, employment and corporate law and commercial law, having been involved in corporate transactions and historical litigation. Sarmiento Loriega Law Office (SL Law) is one of the youngest law firms in the country, established in 2020. The firm under the leadership of Maria Elizabeth Peralta-Loriega acquired skills in all areas of practice in a short time and developed into a full-service company. It has negotiated several high-profile transactions, claiming that its client and business portfolio has quadrupled in one year.
Tanada of Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines praises the firm`s aviation practice: “Ocampo Manalo is, in my opinion, the outstanding aviation law firm in the Philippines,” he says. Their expensive clientele, their links with industry and regulators at home and abroad, and their institutional knowledge generated by decades of experience in the field ensure their current and potential clients that their aviation concerns are addressed in the best and most comprehensive way possible. Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos, also known as Picazo Law, is one of the leading law firms in the Philippines in capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance. Romulo has a sophisticated practice recognized as one of the best in the country for banking and finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital, corporate and trade, as well as competition and antitrust law. The company`s customers include some of the largest national and international companies. The firm has two founding partners, three senior partners, four senior partners and five partners, and has prioritized the hiring of senior partners from leading firms with specialized experience in various fields. In November this year, the law firm signed a cooperation agreement with Andersen Global, an international association of legally distinct and independent member firms composed of tax and legal experts from around the world. The agreement allows the company to work together seamlessly and ensure that its customers around the world receive a full range of integrated services.
This is in line with Chan Robles` belief that customers are not just sources of income, but partners for life. As such, they are always treated openly, loyally and honestly – and always in the best interests of the customer. Vera Law is a specialist in maritime law and admiralty law. Today, it is headed by Valeriano del Rosario, the son of the company`s founder, and has expanded to other areas of law such as intellectual property, immigration and taxes. However, the company continues to be one of the best shipping companies in the country. The firm has four partners, one managing partner, three senior partners and three partners. Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako is one of the oldest law firms in the Philippines. It was founded in 1901 and is respected above all for its labour, employment and immigration practices.
With over 45 lawyers, it is a full-service law firm and has a long history of working in some landmark cases. In addition to President Rolando Mario Villonco and general partners Cesar Manalaysay and Edgardo Balois, the company has three senior partners and 18 partners, one of the lawyers, eight senior partners and 12 partners.