Practice Departments

Corporate & Special Projects

On the cutting edge of the latest legal developments in the corporate and business world

Cited by the Legal500 Asia Pacific as a Top-Tier Firm for Real Estate and Construction and Capital Markets (2016-2018)

Recommended for Shipping by the Legal500 Asia Pacific (2016-2017) and cited as a Top-Tier Firm (2018)

Recommended by the Legal500 Asia Pacific for Banking and Finance, Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT), Projects and Energy (2016-2018)

Recommended by the Legal500 Asia Pacific for Corporate/ Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) (2016-2017)

Banking Law Firm of the Year by the Global Awards of Corporate Livewire Awards (2017)

M&A Insider Awards 2017 by Corporate Insider (2017)

The Corporate and Special Project was Awarded by The Lawyer International Global Awards of Legal 100 (2016-2017)

Cited by Asia Law Profiles as Outstanding Firm for Corporate/M&A (2016-2017) and for Capital Markets (2016)

Cited by Asia Law Profiles as Highly Recommended for Banking & Finance, Competition & Antitrust, Construction & Real Estate, Energy & Natural Resources, IT, Telco & Media, and Restructuring & Insolvency (2016-2017); and for Capital Markets (2017)

Recommended by Asia Law Profiles for Financial Services Regulatory (2016-2017) and Projects & Infrastructure (2017)

Cited by Chambers Global and Chambers & Partners as Band 2 for Corporate & Finance; and Band 3 for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (2016-2017)

Cited by Chambers Asia-Pacific and Chambers & Partners as Band 1 for Banking & Finance: Capital Markets (2016-2017) and Corporate/M&A (2016); Band 2 for Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A: Real Estate; and Band 3 for Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (2016-2017)

Cited by ILFR1000 as Top Tier Firm for Financial and Corporate (2016); Tier 1 for Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency (2016-2017); Tier 2 for Banking, Energy & Infrastructure and M&A; and Tier 3 for Project Finance (2016-2017)

Banking & Finance Law Firm of The Year in The Philippines and Investment Law Firm of The Year in The Philippines by The 2016 Corporate International Magazine Global Award (2016)

Cited by Asian-Mena Counsel as In-House Community Firm of the Year for the Anti-Trust/ Competition, TMT (2016-2017), Energy & Natural Resources, Insurance (2017), Real Estate/ Construction (2016); and Honourable Mentions in Philippines for Corporate/ M&A (2016)


Judy Hao

Joselito M. Bautista
Chrysilla Carissa P. Bautista

The Corporate and Special Projects Department (CSPD) handles corporate and commercial transactions of the Firm's clients, and other referrals which do not fall within the services offered by the Firm's other practice departments.

In this context, the Firm's CSPD lawyers have developed expertise in various transactions including the following:

  • Capital Markets

    CSPD lawyers have been involved in Initial public offerings of many local companies, including pre-initial public offering (IPO) restructurings.  They have advised clients on securities laws and regulations, as well as the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).  The PSE has retained the services of the Firm in its demutualization and its legally mandated IPO.  CSPD lawyers have also handled the establishment of mutual funds and securitization projects, as well as the establishment of leisure and country clubs and the registration of their shares for sale to the public.  The Firm continues to act as counsel in various international public offerings of equity (including American Depositary Receipts and Global Depositary Receipts) and debt securities of leading companies.

  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings

    The Firm has been involved in landmark M&A transactions in the Philippines, including the restructuring of the whole coconut industry in the 1970s and 1980s to the current diversifications of top Philippine companies into areas other than their core businesses, The Firm is also involved In complex restructurings of conglomerates in preparation for their IPOs.  An area of expertise is the structuring of companies to comply with Filipino requirements for landholding, public utilities, exploitation of natural resources, and other activities Included in the Foreign Investments Negative List.

  • Establishment of Business Enterprises

    Aside from the establishment of business ventures in general, CSPD lawyers are experts in Philippine laws on foreign investments, and routinely advise foreign investors on doing business issues, choice of business entities, appropriate structures to comply with Filipino ownership requirements, and possible availment of Incentives.  The Firm's CSPD has assisted Filipino, as well as foreign, investors in establishing joint ventures in the Philippines, and is thoroughly versed with the intricacies of joint venture relationships from inception to dissolution.