Senior Partner

Maria Iolanda B. Abella


Master of Laws
University of Sydney, Australia, 2000 

Bachelor of Laws
University of San Carlos, 1990
cum laude

Bachelor of Science in Biology
University of San Carlos, 1986
magna cum laude

(6332) 231-4223, loc. 207

Ms. Abella specializes in corporate compliance, contracting and conveyancing, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, property law, litigation, and other corporate law/governance issues. She has argued before trial courts and all appellate courts, and represents clients in various quasi-judicial and administrative agencies.

    • Among her significant transactions are:

    • advises Lexmark International Technology, S.A. in the sale of its shares in Lexmark International Philippines, Inc., as well as its consequent employee reorganization, intellectual property issues and tax filings; and,
    • assists Kyocera in its acquisition of the software development operations of Epson in Cebu City, Philippines

Ms. Abella was a former lecturer in the Cebu Institute of Technology University, where she taught courses on contract law, corporation law, and partnership from 1991 to 1992.

Ms. Abella served as the director of the Cebu City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. She also seved as the former President of the Cebu City Chapter of the Federacion Internacional de Abogadas.

She also serves as director and officer of various corporations.

Ms. Abella was recognized by Chambers Asia 2010 as a Leading Individual in the Cebu legal market in the area of real estate where she was described by clients as “pleasant and keen to reach a practical commercial conclusion”. In Chambers Global 2014, Ms. Abella was also cited in the field of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate where she was described as “active on corporate and commercial law”

She was a recommended lawyer for Law Firms in Cebu and Davao by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 2020 and 2021.

Ms. Abella was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1991 and is a member of the Cebu City Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

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