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Practice Departments

Corporate & Special Projects

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

Cited by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2015 as TOP-TIER FIRM for Capital Markets

Cited by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2015 as Recommended for Banking & Finance, Corporate and M&A, Projects & Energy, Real Estate & Construction, Shippping and Technology, Media & Telecommunication (TMT)

Cited by Legal 500 Asia Pacific in 2014 as Tier 1 in Construction & Real Estate

Asialaw Profiles in 2014 as a Highly Recommended firm for Banking & Finance, Capital Markets, Competition & Anti-Trust, Construction & Real Estate, Corporate/M&A, 
Energy & Natural Resources, Restructuring & Insolvency

Chambers Asia Pacific in 2014 as Band 1 for Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A

Legal 500 in 2014 as Tier 1 for Construction & Real Estate

Corporate International in 2014 as Philippine Law Firm of the Year for M&A

IFLR 1000 as Tier 1 for Restructuring & Insolvency (2006 to 2013) 
and Tier 1 for Capital Markets, Restructuring and Insolvency (2013)

Eusebio V. Tan
Head

Judy Hao
Andre B. Navato, Jr.
Monitors

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.

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