Dentons to add Thai, Vietnam, Philippine firms to its network this year

BY Aparna Sai |

Dentons plans to expand its network further in the ASEAN region this year by combining with a firm each in Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines, according to recent comments made by Gerald Singham, the firm’s global vice-chair and ASEAN CEO.

Latham stars in $420 mln Philippine thermal energy deal

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins has advised Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its proposed 20 billion Philippine peso ($420 million) acquisition of a stake in AC Energy Philippines.

Philippine boutique opens office in Cebu City

BY Aparna Sai |

Manila-headquartered boutique firm Gulapa Law has opened an office in Cebu City in the Philippines’ Central Visayas Region. The office will operate under the name Gulapa & Ismael.

ALB Conversations: Benjamin S. Tolosa, Jr., managing partner, TJ Law

BY Aparna Sai |

Benjamin S. Tolosa, Jr. is the managing partner and head of litigation and dispute resolution at Tolosa Javier Law Firm (TJ Law) in the Philippines. In this chat with ALB, he talks about how his firm has grown in less than two years of its founding, the importance of open and transparent communication to the firm, and how he wants TJ Law to solidify its reputation as a premier litigation firm in the Philippines.

5th ALB Philippine Law Awards celebrates legal luminaries

BY Aparna Sai |

The fifth edition of the Philippine Law Awards, a virtual event held on Nov. 20, showcased the work of the finest lawyers, firms, in-house teams and legal work in the country.

Difficult Conversations

BY Elizabeth Beattie |

As the pandemic drags on, redundancies as a result of COVID-19 have begun to rise in the region, with Zoom, Skype or email used at times to deliver the bad news. But employers must be careful to ensure they don’t cross the line or skip necessary steps during these extraordinary times. Lawyers around Asia weigh up the risks and considerations that firms should bear in mind.

ACCRALAW, A&O, Latham act on the Philippines’ first REIT IPO

BY Aparna Sai |

Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW), Allen & Overy and Dechert advised the Ayala Land-backed AREIT on its $276.65 million IPO, with Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos Law Offices and Latham & Watkins representing the lead managers and book runners.

Industry giants grace 4th ALB Philippine Law Awards

BY Aparna Sai |

It was a star-studded night at the fourth annual ALB Philippine Law Awards, as some of the biggest names in the industry came together to celebrate the outstanding contributions of private practitioners and in-house counsel in the country.

Finalists revealed: ALB Philippine Law Awards 2019

BY Asian Legal Business |

Asian Legal Business is proud to showcase the high-caliber law firms, in-house teams, and individual lawyers who made it to the shortlist for the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2019. They are evidence of the excellent performances of local and international legal practitioners who have made a positive impact in the Philippines.

Philippines: Legal industry veteran takes over as AirAsia’s country chairman

BY Aparna Sai |

Joseph Omar Castillo, a lawyer with experience at firms such as Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices (PJS Law), Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) and Baker McKenzie, has been named by budget carrier AirAsia Philippines as its chairman.

Latham, Freshfields, A&O, SyCip star in Philippines’ biggest cement M&A deal

BY Aparna Sai |

Latham & Watkins and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan have advised San Miguel Corporation (SMC) on its $2.15 billion acquisition of Holcim Philippines from LafargeHolcim, whose legal counsel was Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, with Allen & Overy and Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos representing the mandated lead arrangers and underwriters.

Employer of Choice: Asia's Best Law Firms to Work For


The ALB Employer of Choice Rankings were compiled talking into account responses from more than 2,500 private practice lawyers across Asia, ranging from managing partners to paralegals, as well as our own market knowledge.