Judy Hao
Partner
Transactions/Cases Handled: 
Ms. Hao has advised on the entry of foreign investments to the Philippines including the establishment of branch offices, subsidiaries, representative offices and regional operating headquarters of foreign enterprises. She has advised counseled and assisted in the registration of incentives with the Board of Investments and the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, including Clark Special Economic Zone. Ms. Hao has provided advice on various business transactions of clients involving joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, legal due diligence reviews, privatization, reorganization, build-operate-transfer projects, franchising and licensing agreements, construction contracts, and real estate transactions, among others. Ms. Hao has been involved in acquisitions covering, among others, a toll road project, an airport development project and metro railway construction and development project. Ms. Hao has provided banking advisory services to local and foreign banks and has assisted in the preparation and documentation of loans, other credit transactions and security documents. Ms. Hao is also actively involved in advising clients on projects involving the Real Estate Investment Trust Act and securities laws and has represented issuers and underwriters on equity and debt capital raising transactions, such as the offering of bonds, stock rights offering and private placements, among others.
Education/Academic Attainments: 
Ms. Hao obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 1996 where she graduated as a dean’s medalist. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the same university in 1992 where she graduated cum laude. Ms. Hao also has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Michigan which she obtained in 2002.
Professional Membership & Affiliations: 
Ms. Hao is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Philippine Bar Association, Federacion International de Abogadas and University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS:
Ms. Hao has been cited by IFLR 1000 as one of the leading lawyers in the field of corporate and mergers and acquisitions.

In 2015, the Asia Pacific Legal 500 Editorial recommended Ms. Hao for the Practice Areas of Banking & Finance and Capital Markets.

Asialaw Leading Lawyers 2015 has identified Ms. Hao as one of the most highly acclaimed legal experts in the field of Capital Markets.