For this year, the Asia Business Law Journal’s A-List recognized ten (10) of the Firm’s lawyers among the country’s Top 100 Lawyers. The A-List all foreign legal counsel, advisors and/or consultants practicing in the Philippines. The list of the ranked lawyers is based on Asia Business Law Journal’s extensive research and feedback from international and local peers and clients.
Included in the list are Founding Partners Teodoro D. Regala † and Avelino V. Cruz, Of Counsels Victor P. Lazatin, Luis A. Vera Cruz, Jr. and Eusebio V. Tan and, and Senior Partners Francisco Ed. Lim, Emerico O. De Guzman, Alex Ferdinand S. Fider, Maria Iolanda B. Abella, and Patricia-Ann T. Prodigalidad.
Prior to his demise in June 2019, Mr. Regala continued to advise clients on special projects. Through his years of practice, he established his name as a leading lawyer in corporate law practice. Mr. Cruz is also a pioneer in complex commercial transactions. With their co-Founding Partners, the late Manuel G. Abello, late Senator Edgardo J. Angara and Jose C. Concepcion, they established ACCRALAW in 1972 to serve the Filipino businesses. Today, the Firm has grown and expanded its clientele to include regional and global industry leaders.
Mr. Lazatin is renowned in the fields of dispute resolution, commercial and construction arbitration. He serves as either counsel or arbitrator.
Mr. Vera Cruz specializes in criminal and civil litigation. On top of his law practice, he teaches constitutional law.
Mr. Tan specializes in the areas of corporate law and investment law. He is the President of Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines, Inc.(FINEX).
Mr. Lim is recognized for his expertise in corporate law and litigation. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Philippine Stock Exchange from 2004 until 2010.
Mr. De Guzman is the Firm’s Managing Partner. His practice is focused on labor and employment matters.
Mr. Fider is respected in the field of intellectual property. He is the Head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Department.
Ms. Abella is one of the resident partners of the Cebu Branch. Her practice covers both corporate and litigation matters.
Ms. Prodigalidad specializes in litigation and dispute resolution, particularly in the areas of commercial litigation, international commercial and construction arbitration, and intellectual property, among others.