Melissa Angela G. Velarde
Partner
Transactions/Cases Handled: 
Ms. Velarde specializes in general corporate work, acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign investments, securities, energy and mining law. Ms. Velarde provided legal advice in connection with the US$920 Million equity offering of a local conglomerate company in the Philippines, at that time the largest equity offering in the Philippines to date. She was also involved in the most recent stock rights offer of the largest banking institution in the Philippines. Ms. Velarde has provided legal advice to both the private and public sectors in connection with the Public-Private Partnership program in the Philippines. In particular, she has advised the Department of Education in the bidding for the Public School Infrastructure Project and the Department of Public Works and Highways in the bidding for the Cavite-Laguna Expressway Projects. She has also advised bidders for the Mactan-Cebu International Airport Project and the Davao Sasa Port Modernization Project, among others.
Education/Academic Attainments: 
Ms. Velarde obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 2005 and was part of the top ten of her graduating class. She completed her degree in Accountancy from De La Salle University, where she graduated cum laude in 2000. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, ranking seventh in the May 2001 CPA Licensure Examinations.
Professional Membership & Affiliations: 
Ms. Velarde is an active member of the Makati City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle.