Awards and Accolades

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ALB Philippine Law Awards (2017)

C&G won:

C&G was a finalist for:

ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards (2017)

C&G was a finalist for:

ALB Philippine Law Awards (2016)

C&G Law won:

C&G Law was a finalist for:

Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards

C&G Law was a nominee for Philippines’ Law Firm of the Year in 2015.

ALB Southeast Asia Law Awards (2014 and 2015)

C&G Law was a finalist for Philippine Project Finance Deal of the Year and Philippine Deal Firm of the Year in both 2014 and 2015.

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Chambers Asia Pacific (2019 Edition)

The rankings on C&G Law released by the Chambers Asia Pacific are highlighted below.

Corporate and M&A

What the team is known for:

Talented team concentrating on foreign investments and share and asset acquisitions, as well as regulatory and compliance issues. Also experienced in assisting clients with the establishment of local businesses. Frequently advises on a range of corporate matters in the energy, food, technology and mining sectors across multiple jurisdictions, including Myanmar, Japan and Vietnam. Clients benefit from its wide regional coverage.

Strengths:

A client speaks highly of the team, saying that they “offer excellent service and we are very satisfied with their performance; they are available at any and all times of the day to offer legal advice and render legal services.”

Another source notes that the lawyers “ensure that they are updated on the market so they can provide us with appropriate and timely legal advice.”

 

Dispute Resolution

What the team is known for:

 Robust team able to advise on the full life-cycle of a dispute. Noted for arbitration expertise, assisting particularly frequently with ICC-administered arbitrations, and recognised for its representation of leading conglomerates. Well equipped to handle the full range of litigation matters, including contractual disputes, medical malpractice and environment cases, before local courts and the Supreme Court. Also experienced in conducting audits for compliance checks and leading internal investigations.

 Strengths:

A satisfied client notes: “We engaged them and were delighted with the results.”

Significant Clients:

Viacom International Media Networks, Metro Rail Transit Corporation

 

Employment

What the team is known for:

Well-known team that regularly advises on employee misconduct, employee termination and the defence of discrimination cases. Acts for clients in a range of sectors including technology, energy and finance.

 Strengths:

One client appreciates that the team “ensures that they are updated so they can provide us with appropriate and timely legal advice,” adding that “they issue an alert whenever there are developments which they think are applicable to us.”

A number of other clients comment that “they can always give us simple and good advice.”

Significant Clients:

HP, American Express.

 

Projects, Energy & Infrastructure

 What the team is known for:

Recognized and respected in the market for its activity in the infrastructure and energy arenas. It is particularly highlighted for its project finance know-how along with its noteworthy experience in PPP projects. It advises both public and private sector clients, including government bodies, significant financial institutions and major corporates. Also acts for domestic businesses on outbound investments in the region.

 Strengths:

Clients praise the team for it’s knowledge, with one noting: “It takes time to acquire such in-depth knowledge, which covers the technical aspects, the energy players both downstream and upstream, and the politics behind the industry.”

 

Tax

 What the team is known for

Remains prominent in tax disputes, with notable experience in challenging tax assessments. Also offers considerable expertise in advising clients from the energy, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries. Recently increased its activity on advisory matters, assisting clients with the tax aspects of transactional matters, including on cross-border aspects.

 Strengths

A client notes that the team “delivers highly competent and relevant services” and also appreciates that “they issue an alert whenever there are developments which they think are applicable to us.”

Significant Clients:

Sanofi Pasteur, Metro Rail Transit Corporation.

 

 

 

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IFLR1000 (2018 Edition)

C&G Law is ranked as a leading firm in IFLR 1000 (2018 Edition) in the following areas:

 

  • Project Development (Tier 2)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (Tier 3)
  • Project Finance (Other Notable)

 

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Chambers Asia Pacific (2017) Edition

The rankings on C&G Law released by the Chambers Asia Pacific are highlighted below.

Corporate/M&A (Band 2)

What the team is known for

Versatile practice with core expertise in merger transactions and share-based acquisitions and dispositions. Areas of strength include public bidding and project structuring. Caters to an impressive roster of clients in the energy, natural resources and media industries.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“We are very happy with their performance. They give correct, exact and practical advice to go hand in hand with the legal advice. They are extremely responsive to our questions.”

“They’ve been a wonderful support to us in M&A; without them the deal wouldn’t have gone through as successfully as it did. The transaction was very fast-paced and the scope of the work kept evolving; they kept their fees down while keeping up with the work.”

“They have been very helpful. They respond quickly and are able to give efficient and reliable advice.”

Significant clients

Dole Philippines, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum, Skycable, Sony, Unilever.

 

Dispute Resolution (Band 3)

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 2)

What the team is known for

A robust team, able to advise on the full life cycle of a dispute. Noted for arbitration expertise, assisting particularly frequently with ICC-administered arbitrations, and recognised for its representation of leading conglomerates. Also well equipped to handle Supreme Court litigation.

Significant clients

Aboitiz, Holcim, Green Cross, OceanaGold

 

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 2)

What the team is known for

The team continues to garner recognition and respect in the market for its activity in the infrastructure and energy arenas. It is particularly highlighted for its project finance know-how along with its noteworthy experience in PPP projects. It advises both public and private sector clients, including government bodies, significant financial institutions and major corporates.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

According to commentators, the firm is particularly “well known for infrastructure and PPP work.”

Another interviewee says that it is “the best local firm I have ever worked with in the region!”

Significant clients

IFC, Development Bank of the Philippines, Ernst & Young Solutions LLP, Pw, Aboitiz Power

 

Tax (Band 3)

What the team is known for

Remains prominent in tax disputes, with notable experience in challenging tax assessments. Also offers considerable expertise in advising clients from the energy, manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries.

Significant clients

Aboitiz, CalEnergy, Holcim, Sanofi-Aventis, OceanaGold

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Chambers Global (2017 Edition)

The rankings on C&G Law released by the Chambers Global are highlighted below.

  • Corporate & Finance (Band 3)
  • Project, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 2)
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IFLR1000 (2017 Edition)

C&G Law is ranked as a leading firm in IFLR 1000 (2017 Edition) in the following areas:

  • Energy & Infrastructure (Tier 2)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (Tier 3)
  • Project Finance (Other Notable)
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AsiaLaw Profiles (2017 Edition)

C&G Law is ranked in AsiaLaw Profiles (2017 Edition) in the following areas:

Highly Recommended Firm

  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Dispute Resolution & Litigation
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Project & Infrastructure

Recommended Firm

  • Banking & Finance
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Labor & Employment
  • Tax

 

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The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2017 Edition)

Real Estate and Construction (Band 1)

The ‘outstanding and very responsive’ practice at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio provides ‘very good advice’.  Jaime Gatmaytan (a ‘star’ with ‘deep market knowledge’) leads the team, which includes Norma Patacsil and Mary Mundin.

Tax (Band 1)

The ‘very quick’ Anthony Gutierrez and the ‘careful, attentive’ Jesus Protacio are the key partners at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio.  The ‘highly knowledgeable, responsive’ team advised Metro Railway Transit Corporation in a claim against the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) regarding a wrongful tax assessment.

Dispute Resolution (Band 2)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio’s ‘creative’, ‘highly knowledgeable’ team includes key partners; Jesus Protacio, Cesar Santamaria, Jr., the ‘sharp, trustworthy’ Ben Yap and the ‘very quick’ Anthony Gutierrez.

Employment (Band 2)

The ‘prompt, supportive’ department at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio is led by Cesar Santamaria, Jr.; he and Norma Patacsil have ‘superb knowledge of employment matters’.  Philippine AXA Life Insurance Corporation is a key client.

Projects and Energy (Band 2)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio houses a number of ‘experts in their field’, including Jaime Gatmaytan, Ben Yap and Jesus Protacio. Aboitiz Power and First Gen Corporation are clients.

Banking & Finance (Band 3)

The team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio advised International Finance Corporation and Development Bank of the Philippines on a bid to operate and maintain the LRT Line 2.  Jaime Gatmaytan leads the practice, which includes Norma Patacsil.

Corporate and M&A (Band 3)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio’s department advised Pearson on its Affordable Learning Fund’s capital infusion into Affordable Private Education Center, and acted for Ayala Healthcare Holdings on its PHP400m purchase of a 50% stake in a local pharmacy selling generic pharmaceuticals. Jaime Gatmaytan, Norma Patacsil and Mary Mundin are the key partners.

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Chambers Asia Pacific (2016 Edition)

The rankings on C&G Law released by the Chambers Asia Pacific are highlighted below.

Corporate/M&A (Band 2)

What the team is known for

Well regarded for work across a variety of industries and experienced in assisting with asset and share acquisitions.  Frequently advises on a range of corporate matters in the energy and mining sector.  Offers considerable expertise on real property acquisition and development matters.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“The team are quick to respond and are thorough in their work. They also consistently deliver brief, well-researched and practical legal opinions.”

“The team is responsive and dynamic and provides quality legal service at reasonable cost.”

Significant clients

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, APO Production Unit, Holcim, JV Angeles Construction, Pearson.

 

Dispute Resolution (Band 3)

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration (Band 2)

What the team is known for

Skilled litigation team with breadth of experience in handling large commercial disputes.  Noted for arbitration expertise, assisting particularly frequently with ICC-administered arbitrations, and recognized for its representation of leading conglomerates.

Significant clients

AP Renewables, CE Casecnan, Energy Development Corporation, Green Cross, OceanaGold.

 

Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Band 2)

What the team is known for

Advising both public and private sector clients on their participation in PPP infrastructure projects in, amongst other areas, the transportation, reclamation and flood control spheres.  In addition, well regarded for its skilled handling of project finance mandates, particularly in the energy sector.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“They are very thorough in both their work and their research, so we feel confident in their opinion.”

Significant clients

Aboitiz Land, AC Infrastructure Holdings, APO Production Unit, Development Bank of the Philippines, JV Angeles Construction Corporation.

 

Tax (Band 3)

What the team is known for

Experienced team with strong tax dispute capabilities. Also offers considerable expertise in advising clients from the energy, manufacturing and pharmaceutical industries, and is recognized for its proven track record in challenging tax assessments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)

“All our tax matters were settled with minimal payments and we were very satisfied with both the quality and the outcomes of the services they have rendered.”

“They’ve proved energetic and persevering when it comes to providing legal options beneficial to our company.”

Significant clients

Aboitiz, CalEnergy, Holcim, Green Cross, STEAG State Power.

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Chambers Global (2016 Edition)

The rankings on C&G Law released by the Chambers Global are highlighted below.

  • Corporate & Finance (Band 3)
  • Projects, Energy & Infrastructure (Band 2)
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IFLR1000 (2016 Edition)

C&G Law is ranked as a leading firm in IFLR1000 (2016 Edition) in the following areas:

  • Energy and infrastructure (Tier 2)
  • M&A (Tier 2)
  • Project finance (Notable)
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Asialaw Profiles (2016 Edition)

C&G Law is ranked in AsiaLaw Profiles (2016 Edition) in the following areas:

Highly Recommended Firm

  • Construction & Real Estate
  • Dispute Resolution – International Arbitration
  • Energy & Natural Resources

Recommended Firm

  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate/M&A
  • Labor & Employment
  • Project Finance
  • Tax
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The Legal 500 Asia Pacific (2016 Edition)

Real Estate & Construction (Band 1)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio was involved in several large matters; in one highlight, Jaime Gatmaytan advised a consortium of four real estate conglomerates on the Laguna Lake Expressway–Dike Reclamation project, the Philippines’ largest PPP project to date.

Projects & Energy (Band 2)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio’s team is ‘knowledgeable, responsive and easy to work with’; Jaime Gatmaytan is among the partners singled out for his ‘practical advice’. One highlight was advising consortium APO Agua Infrastructura on a $267m joint venture with the Davao City Water District to design, construct and operate a large water treatment facility.

Tax (Band 2)

Anthony Gutierrez is the chief tax partner at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio; he and Jesus Protacio represented Metro Railway Transit at the Court of Tax Appeals regarding wrongful tax collection.

Dispute Resolution (Band 3)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio provides ‘good value for money’; Ben Yap is ‘client friendly and responsive’, and Jesus Protacio is ‘very sound technically’. Clients include First PV Ventures and First Philippine Electric.

Banking & Finance (Band 4)

Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio advises banks and institutions on structuring loans, and regulatory and compliance issues. The team assisted APO Agua Infrastructura with financing the construction and operation of a large water treatment facility in Davao.

Corporate and M&A (Band 4)

The team at Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio acted on M&A transactions in various sectors; it advised Ceneric (Holdings) on the sale of all its shares to Cosmic Technologies.