SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is one of the largest and most established law firms in the Philippines, marking its 75th anniversary in 2020. It is full service and has been consistently ranked as a top-tier firm in the country for all practice areas by international legal practice guides.
SyCipLaw is the Philippine counsel of choice in the most significant commercial law disputes involving local transactions, and has represented clients at every court level including the Supreme Court. Among Philippine advisers it has unparalleled expertise in international and local arbitration. The firm’s litigation group also has experts in specialised proceedings and tribunals, such as those for tax and IP cases.
It is recommended and ranked by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 as a top-tier firm in dispute resolution. It was recognised as National Law Firm of the Year at the Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017 and as Arbitration Law Firm of the Year at the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2019. Its litigation department is ranked as outstanding in dispute resolution in the 2020 edition of Asialaw Profiles.
The firm is also ranked as a band one, top-tier, and highly recommended firm by Chambers Asia Pacific for dispute resolution, arbitration, and litigation.
Our team of specialists:
Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko
Head of the litigation department; senior partner
Ricardo Ongkiko has 32 years of experience handling a broad range of cases involving contract disputes, corporate restructuring, debt recovery, infrastructure and engineering disputes, intra-corporate controversies, insurance cases, and tort. He also has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration dealing with commercial and construction disputes. He has also provided corporate compliance services, having served as director and corporate secretary of several corporations. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is an accredited arbitrator in all Philippine arbitration institutions, as well as in several international institutions in, among others, Hong Kong, Seoul, Dubai, Vienna and New York. He continues to serve as trustee and leading officer of various Philippine arbitration organisations. He has co-authored several dispute resolution, and restructuring and insolvency guides that have been published in various international legal publications.
Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez
Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez is a partner who specialises in dispute resolution and commercial arbitration. His areas of practice include civil, criminal and administrative litigation, intra-corporate disputes, international commercial arbitration, patent infringement, estate proceedings, local taxation, mining, and general corporation law. He has almost three decades of experience in trials and appeals, hearings and pleading before the Philippine Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Office of the Ombudsman, trial courts, and numerous other government agencies. He has been cited as a leading dispute resolution and arbitration practitioner in the Philippines by various international legal practice guides. He teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law.
Ramon G. Songco
Ramon G. Songco is a partner and an experienced litigator. He is steeped in civil and commercial litigation, and in local and international arbitration. He handles cases involving complex issues that traverse various fields including tax, the environment, estate proceedings, contract disputes, and sports. He teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. He has been cited as a recommended lawyer for litigation and dispute resolution by The Legal 500, Chambers Asia-Pacific, and Asialaw.
Anthony W. Dee
Anthony W. Dee is a partner who has extensive experience in litigation and arbitration. He has represented clients at all court levels and in various government agencies including the Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights. He has handled, and continues to handle, landmark and noteworthy cases in the Supreme Court, involving land and contractual disputes. He also specialises in corporate rehabilitation and rescues. He served as the president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Makati Chapter for several years.
Russel L. Rodriguez
Russel L. Rodriguez is a partner who specialises in civil and commercial litigation. He heads SyCipLaw’s Subic Branch in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Olongapo City.
He has an extensive range of experience in tax, customs, maritime law, criminal litigation, dispute resolution, insurance, and employment and immigration law.
Ronald Mark C. Lleno
Ronald Mark C. Lleno is a partner in SyCipLaw. He is a trial and appellate lawyer. He handles cases before all levels of the Philippine judiciary, including the Supreme Court. His practice areas are litigation (civil, criminal, and administrative), employment, and taxation.
His recent work with other SyCipLaw lawyers on the Right to Work for Refugees – together with Asylum Access, HOST International, Refugee Talent and Nokia Singapore, DLA Piper, BTG Legal, Bae Kim & Lee, and Baker McKenzie – won Thomson Reuters’ TrustLaw Collaboration Award 2019.
John Regalado is a partner in SyCipLaw. He specialises in commercial and criminal litigation. He has represented clients in complex disputes before international and local tribunals and courts, including the International Court of Arbitration and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He is also a member of the firm’s special projects and tax practice groups.
Amer Hussein N. Mambuay
Amer Hussein N. Mambuay is a partner and is the head of SyCipLaw’s Davao City branch office. He has extensive litigation experience. His practice covers corporate rehabilitation and restructuring, maritime, asset recovery, debt recovery, contract disputes, arbitration, family disputes, intellectual property, enforcement actions, and white-collar crimes.
Marianne M. Miguel
Marianne M. Miguel is an employment law specialist. Her work experience covers a diverse range of issues, including dispute resolution, conciliation and mediation, compulsory and voluntary arbitration; compliance audits; restructuring; mergers and acquisitions; termination; collective bargaining; union-related issues; and immigration.
Dante T. Pamintuan
Dante T. Pamintuan heads the firm’s employment and immigration department. He specialises in employment, litigation, corporate services and special projects. He is a recommended lawyer in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Leslie C. Dy
Leslie C. Dy specialises in employment and labour where she handles arbitration, litigation and collective bargaining negotiations, among others. Her practice also includes civil litigation, family relations, estate planning and settlement, and land disputes.
Rolando V. Medalla, Jr
Rolando V. Medalla, Jr heads the firm’s tax practice group. His areas of expertise also include general litigation, mergers and acquisitions, mining, oil and gas, and insurance. He has been cited as a leading individual by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Roberto C. San Juan
Roberto C. San Juan is of counsel in SyCipLaw. He headed its litigation department until his retirement from the partnership in 2010. He continues to provide counsel to the firm’s litigation team, and is consistently ranked and cited as a senior statesman in dispute resolution in the Philippines by highly regarded international legal publications.
Nelson T. Antolin
Nelson T. Antolin is of counsel in SyCipLaw. He headed its litigation department until his retirement from the partnership in 2012. He is consistently cited as a leading lawyer and senior statesperson in dispute resolution and litigation. In 2018 and 2019, he was cited as one of the top 100 lawyers in the Philippines by an international legal publication.
Emmanuel M. Lombos
Emmanuel M. Lombos recently retired as a partner and is now of counsel in SyCipLaw. He has acted as counsel for various parties, including top US, European, and Philippine corporations, as well as state-owned enterprises of different countries, before various domestic and international arbitrations. He has argued and won precedent-setting cases for these and other major multinational corporations before the Philippine Supreme Court.
He has been consistently cited and ranked as a leading lawyer for dispute resolution and arbitration. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 listed him as one of the recommended and elite ‘Leading Lawyers’ in dispute resolution.
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