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.

ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018 successfully concludes

BY Aparna Sai |

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan recorded 10 wins at the ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018, while Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) picked up five, including the prestigious Philippine Law Firm of the Year award.

FINALISTS REVEALED: ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018


Asian Legal Business (ALB) is pleased to reveal the list of finalists for the 3rd annual Philippine Law Awards, the foremost awards event for the country’s legal profession. The winners will be announced at a black-tie event on Friday, Oct 26, 2018, at Makati Shangri-La, Manila.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSING SOON: ALB Philippine Law Awards 2018


Asian Legal Business is hosting the 3rd annual ALB Philippine Law Awards on Ocotber 26. The event aims to recognise and reward the outstanding performance of private practitioners and in-house teams that have significantly contributed to the ever-evolving legal landscape of the country.

Philippine legal luminaries Puno, Gatmaitan pass away

BY Aparna Sai |

The Philippines lost two giants of its legal industry on July 25: former judge and minister Ricardo Puno, Sr. and Andres G. Gatmaitan, senior counsel at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

Philippine boutique Gulapa Law opens rep office in San Francisco

BY Aparna Sai |

Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law), a boutique law firm headquartered in the Philippines, is set to open a representative office in San Francisco. This is the firm’s second presence outside the Philippines – as well as the second office in the U.S. – after New York City.