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Bachelor of Laws
University of the Philippines, 2005

Bachelor of Science in Accountancy
De La Salle University, 2000
cum laude

Melissa Angela G. Velarde

Ms. Velarde specializes in general corporate work, acquisitions, joint ventures, foreign investments, securities, energy, and mining law.

She has handled significant transactions where she:

  • acted as legal counsel for issuers and underwriters in equity offerings in the Philippines of companies in various industries, including, banking, real estate, gaming and logistics services;
  • acted as legal counsel to government agencies (such as the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Education) on various public-private partnership infrastructure projects; and
  • acted as legal counsel for sellers and buyers in various transactions for the acquisition of shares in Philippine companies, most recently in connection with the purchase of shares in a public utility corporation with a legislative franchise.

Ms. Velarde graduated among the top ten students of her graduating class. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant, ranking seventh among the successful examinees of the 2001 CPA Licensure Examinations.

Ms. Velarde was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2006 and is a member of the Makati City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle.