News/Recent Transactions
Two of C&G's newest associates, Dianna Louise R. Wilwayco and Katrine Paula V. Suyat, placed second and seventh, respectively, in the 2013 Philippine Bar examinations.  The results were announced by the Philippine Supreme Court in March 2013.  Dianna and Kat join their fellow C&G associate, Jose Marie Angel P. Machuca, in placing among the top ten in the Philippine Bar examinations.  Angel placed fifth in the 2012 Philippine Bar examinations.

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C&G has an emerging practice in the field of public-private partnership (PPP) projects.  C&G has acted for bidders for the Mactan airport and CALA Expressway projects.  The firm is also representing the transaction adviser to the Grantors in the LRT 1 Cavite Extension Construction and O&M and the LRT 2 O&M projects.

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Norma Margarita B. Patacsil was a speaker at the GCR Live 3rd Annual Law Leaders Asia-Pacific conference held on March 6 to 7, 2014 at Maxwell Chambers, Singapore and organized by Global Competition Review.  Norge spoke on recent developments on Philippine competition law.  The conference assembled leading competition law practitioners in the Asia-Pacific region from law firms such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Herbert Smith Freehills, Rajah & Tann, and King Wood & Mallesons; companies such as Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Samsung; and regulators from Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines.     

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C&G welcomed Tomoko Okazaki as a foreign consultant to the firm in September 2013.  Tomoko was an associate at Linklaters' Tokyo, Japan office from December 2007 to 2013.  She specialized in capital market transactions and handled various corporate transactions.  Tomoko was admitted to the Japan Federation of Bar Associations in 2007

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C&G is pleased to announce the promotion of Jess Raymund M. Lopez to senior associate, effective January 1, 2014.

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In July 2013, C&G welcomed Mary Thel T. Mundin as a senior associate in the firm.  Prior to joining C&G, Thel worked at the Securities and Exchange Commission (2011 to 2013, as Securities Counsel III of the Company Registration and Monitoring Department and later as Chief Counsel of the Market Regulation Department); Kelvin Chia Partnership; Carpio Villaraza & Cruz and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

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In January 2013, Alfredo Benjamin S. Caguioa was appointed by President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III as Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and withdrew from C&G.  The firm changed its name from Caguioa & Gatmaytan to Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio.

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C&G is pleased to announce the promotion of Erdelyne C. Go to senior associate, effective January 1, 2013.

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Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio, formerly known as Caguioa & Gatmaytan (C&G), welcomed Aris L. Gulapa as a partner in the firm, effective October 17, 2011.

Aris specializes in corporate and commercial transactions, particularly banking and structured finance, real estate transactions, project finance, and investments.  He also has substantial experience in trade regulation (particularly ASEAN trade law), competition law (he assisted Harry First, the former Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of New York, in analyzing global trends in antitrust law enforcement), and licensing, distributorship, and other intellectual property concerns.  He has advised and assisted leading banks and financial institutions, multinational corporations and other clients in the course of his diverse practice in Manila, Singapore, Vietnam, and Tokyo.

Aris obtained his degree in Legal Management (Honorable Mention) from Ateneo de Manila University in 1999. He graduated with honors from its College of Law in 2003, ranking fifth in his class.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2004.  Aris obtained his Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Trade Regulation in 2011 at New York University, where he was a recipient of the Arthur T. Vanderbilt scholarship.

Prior to joining C&G, Aris worked at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (December 2003 to June 2006); Kelvin Chia Partnership (Singapore and Vietnam offices, July 2006 to June 2008); and Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo office, July 2008 to June 2010).

Aris has re-joined the faculty of Ateneo de Manila University College of Law, where he will teach trade regulation and other subjects.

Aris co-wrote the book “Indigenous Peoples and the Law: A Commentary on the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Act of 1997 (R.A. 8371)”, which CD Technologies Asia published in 2008.