The synergy of legal professionals of various expertise has equipped the firm with organized capability to handle special projects of varying magnitude and nature that span the wide spectrum of legal service.
Project finance is a major practice area of the firm. In the first build-operate-transfer (BOT) transaction in the Philippine power sector in the late eighties, the firm acted as counsel for the World Bank’s investment arm, the International Finance Corporation. The firm’s practice in this field has since experienced tremendous growth. In 1997, the firm was named “Regional Law Firm of the Year” for its project finance work by Asia Law Magazine, a Euromoney Publication. The firm has likewise gained recognition as a leading law firm in project finance in the Philippines today, particularly in the following sectors, many of which involve pioneering work: power and energy, telecommunications, mass transportation, water distribution, and oil refining. Notable among the projects in which the firm has acted as leaders’ Philippine counsel are the 1200 MW KEPCO Ilijan Gas Project in Batangas, the US$480 Million Pilipinas Shell Refinery Asset Renewal in Tabangao Batangas, the 750 MW Pagbilao Hopewell Power Project in Quezon Province, the 1000 MW Sual Power Project in Pangasinan Province, the US$500 Million EDSA Light Rail Transit Project in Metro Manila, and the First Gas 1000 MW Sta. Rita and 500 MW San Lorenzo Projects in Batangas.
MERGERS ACQUISITION AND REORGANIZATIONS
The firm is one of the most active transaction lawyers handling the Philippine phase of many worldwide mergers, acquisitions and other forms of corporate reorganizations. Among the mergers and acquisitions handled by the firm involve pharmaceutical companies and telecommunications enterprises. Our lawyers have acted as counsel for corporate divestments, dissolutions, liquidations, spinoffs and other corporate reorganizations