• Our Partners

    JOSE VICENTE B. SALAZAR

    Senior Partner

     

    Harvard University

    Master in Public Administration

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Juris Doctor

     

    University of the Philippines (Diliman)

    Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering

     

    Key Experience:

    Former Undersecretary, Department of Justice (DOJ)

    Past National President, Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)

    Chairman, Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)

    Former Head, Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution (OADR)

    Former Board Member, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)

    Representative of the Philippines, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (Paris, France)

    Commission on Arbitration and ADR

    Accredited Arbitrator, Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution (PICCR)

    Accredited Arbitrator, Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. (PDRCI)

     

    Specialization:

    Regulatory Issues

    Power & Energy

    Government and Industry Relations

    Commercial and Construction Arbitration

    EDWIN R. ENRILE

    Senior Partner

     

    Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania

    Master in Business Administration, Major in Finance, with Honors

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Juris Doctor, Batch Salutatorian

    First Place, 1999 Bar Examinations

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Management Economics, Magna Cum Laude

     

    Key Experience:

    Former Undersecretary, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG)

    Former Deputy Executive Secretary for General Administration, Office of the President

     

    Specialization:

    Banking and Finance

    Commercial Transactions

    Government Contracts
    Procurement Law

    ARTHUR R. DEFENSOR JR.

    Senior Partner

     

    Ateneo de Manila University College of Law

    Juris Doctor

     

    University of the Philippines (Diliman)

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Philosophy

     

    Key Experience:

    Former Representative, House of Representatives, Third (3rd) District of Iloilo

    Former Consultant, Office of the President

    Former Director, Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO)

     

    Specialization:

    Public Policy and Legislation

    Election Law

    Corporate Litigation

    Contract Law

    Intellectual Property

    Corporate Special Projects

    ARCHIVALD F. DE MATA

    Managing Partner

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Legal Management

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation and Appellate Practice

    Former Consultant, Undersecretary for International Trade and Economic Cooperation of the Department of Justice

     

    Specialization:

    Corporate, Criminal and Civil Litigation

    Business Law

    Entity formation, Governance, Risk and Compliance Management

    Corporate Housekeeping (Hierarchy)

    Intellectual Property

    Real Estate

    Estate Planning

    Family Law

    Labor Law

    Procurement

    Mining Law

    Law on Maritime Activities

    Special Projects

    ARTHUR C. YAP

    Senior Partner

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Juris Doctor

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Management and Economics, with Honors

     

    Key Experience:

    Former Representative, House of Representatives, Third (3rd) District of Bohol

    Former Chairman, Committee on Economic Affairs, House of Representatives

    Former Secretary, Department of Agriculture (DA)

    Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Philippine International Trading Corporation (PITC)

    Former Administrator, National Food Authority (NFA)

    Former National President, Philippine Association of Paint Manufacturers (PAPM)

     

    Specialization:

    Public Policy and Legislation

    Banking and Finance

    Corporate Restructuring, Mergers, Acquisitions

    Anti-Trust and Competition Law

    Securities Regulation

    Corporate Reorganization and Rehabilitation

    MARK M. AVERILLA

    Founding Partner

     

    University of Southern Queensland 

    Bachelor of Laws (Bridging Courses II)

     

    Griffith University

    Bachelor of Laws (Bridging Courses I)

     

    University of the Philippines

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    Bicol University

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science

     

    Key Experience:

    Corporate Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice

    Risk and Compliance Specialist, International Governance

    Member, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC) Institute (AU, HK & NZ)

    Aged Care and Retirement Villages Regulation Coordinator, Not-for-Profit

    Law Consultant, Australian Financial Services

    Consultant, Anti-Money Laundering/Counter-Terrorism Financing (AML-CTF)

    Consultant, Privacy and Data Breach

    Consultant, Winthrop Mason Lawyers (Australia)

    Former Consultant, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

    Former Consultant, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR)

    Former Consultant, Department of Justice (DOJ)

    Former Counsel, Mines and Adjudication Board

    Author

     

    Specialization:

    AML-CTF Compliance and Investigations

    Banking and Finance

    Contracts and Due Diligence

    Corporate Restructuring, Mergers, Acquisitions

    Corporate Governance, Risk and Compliance

    Directors’ Duties

    Employment and Benefits

    Entity Formation and Compliance Management

    Environment and Land Use

    Estate Planning

    Financial Services Regulation and Investigations

    Insurance

    International Not-for-Profit Regulation and Compliance

    Land Conversion and Development

    Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution

    Privacy and Right to Information

    Restructuring, Rehabilitation and Insolvency

    Special Projects

    WILLIAM T. ENRILE

    Founding Partner

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    Ateneo de Naga University

    Bachelor of Science in Commerce, Major in Accounting

     

    Key Experience:

    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Peñafrancia Sugar Mill

    AW Fishing Corporation

    Bicolandia Realty Development Corporation

    Peñafrancia College

     

    Specialization:

    Business Consulting

    Corporate Management

    Labor Law

    Manufacturing

    Negotiation and Settlement

    Real Estate

    LORENZ R. DEFENSOR

    Senior Partner

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of the Philippines Diliman

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science

     

    Key Experience:

    Representative, House of Representatives, Third (3rd) District of Iloilo

    Former Legal Officer, SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation

     

    Specialization:

    Energy Law, Power and Electric Utilities

    Project Finance and Construction

    Local Legislation

    MYRA JENNIFER D. JAUD-FETIZANAN

    Partner

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Literature

    Magna Cum Laude and Batch Valedictorian

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation and Appellate Practice

    Former Consultant, Department of Justice

    Former Consultant, House of Representatives

    Former Technical Assistant, Office of the President (Office of the Presidential Adviser for the Implementation of the Feliciano Commission Recommendations)

    Former College Instructor, Ateneo de Manila University

    Contributor, Cyberpreneur Philippines: Online Business Start-Up Guide, Published in 2016

    Former Articles Editor, UST Law Review

    Former Associate Editor, UST The Varsitarian

     

    Specialization:

    Corporate, Criminal and Civil Litigation

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Anti-Money Laundering

    Contract Law

    Tax and Customs Law

    Real Estate

    Procurement

    Special projects

    GLAIZA G. SARMIENTO

    Partner

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science

    Cum Laude

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation and Appellate Practice

    Licensed Real Estate Broker

     

    Specialization:

    Corporate, Criminal and Civil Litigation

    Labor Law

    Corporate Housekeeping

    Contract Law

    Real Estate

    Procurement

    Intellectual Property

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Special projects

    William T. Enrile II

    Founding Partner

    New York University (NYU) School of Law

    Master of Laws

     

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Juris Doctor

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Economic Management

     

    Key Experience:

    Admitted to the Bar, New York Bar Association

    Counsel, Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII)

     

    Specialization:

    Business Consulting

    Corporate Management

    Anti-Money Laundering

    Litigation

    Corporate Special Projects

    RAMON ALFONSO T. MUÑEZ

    Senior Associate

     

    San Beda College Alabang

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of Asia and the Pacific

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Humanities with Professional Certificate in Political Economy

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

     

    Specialization:

    Election Law

    Criminal Law

    Civil Law

    Labor Law

    Intellectual Property

    Contract Management and Administration

    RANDY C. OCHOA

    Junior Associate

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Science, Commerce major in Business Administration

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation and Appellate Practice

     

    Specialization:

    Corporate, Criminal and Civil Litigation

    Labor Law

    Agrarian Law

    Real Estate

    Contract Law

    Alternative Dispute Resolution

    Special Projects

    JENNEL L. CHU

    Junior Associate

     

    San Beda College

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    De La Salle University

    Bachelor of Science, Commerce major in Legal Management

     

    University of International Business and Economics

    Intensive Mandarin Language Course

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

    Licensed Real Estate Broker

    JULIUS REY CUSTODIO

    Junior Associate

     

    University of San Agustin

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of the Philippines-Visayas

    Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

    RAFAYELLE A. REGIS

    Associate

     

    Ateneo Law School

    Juris Doctor

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Arts Major in Legal Management

    Cum Laude

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

     

     

    Specialization:

    Civil Litigation

    Intellectual Property Law

    Anti-Money Laundering

    Settlement of Estate

    Taxation Law

    Contract Law

    AGNES ETHELWYN P. PILOTIN

    Associate

     

    University of Santo Tomas

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    University of La Salette

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing

     

    Key Experience:

    Registered Nurse

    Licensed Financial (Insurance) Advisor

    General Litigation

     

     

    Specialization:

    Labor Law

    Taxation Law

    Administrative Law

    Civil Law

    Criminal Law

    WILLIAM L. VILLEGAS

    Associate

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Juris Doctor

     

    Araullo University

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Political Science

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

     

     

    Specialization:

    Criminal Law

    Contract Law

    Taxation Law

    Intellectual Property

    Administrative Law

    Anti-Money Laundering

    SHEIGLA NERIE V. DAVID

    Associate

     

    San Beda College Manila

    Bachelor of Laws

     

    Far Eastern University Manila

    Bachelor of Science, Commerce, Major in Legal Management

    Most Outstanding Legal Management Student (2009)

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

     

    Specialization:

    Criminal Law

    Special Penal Law

    Civil Law

    Family Law

    Election Law

    Administrative Law

    Taxation Law

    Contract Management and Administration

    JANINE YSABEL A. GUZMAN

    Associate

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Juris Doctor

     

    Ateneo de Manila University

    Bachelor of Arts, Major in Communication

     

    Key Experience:

    General Litigation

     

     

    Specialization:

    Criminal Law

    Contract Law

    Intellectual Property

    Administrative Law

    Anti-Money Laundering