About the Bloggers

(in alphabetical order)

DOMINADOR MAPHILINDO O. CARRILLO

Lindy Carrillo joined the law firm of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan in 1995 and is presently the resident partner of SyCip Law’s Davao City branch office.  His practice of law in Davao City began in 1990 and this has given him the opportunity to focus on criminal, civil, commercial, and labor law litigation.

He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (1984) from the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration and his Bachelor of Laws (1989) from the University of the Philippines College of Law. He also has a Master of Laws degree from the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida.

Lindy taught political and criminal law at the University of Mindanao School of Law and is a past president of the Davao del Sur chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He is currently an active member of the Rotary Club of East Davao as well as the Beacon Lodge No. 213 of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.

HECTOR M. DE LEON JR.

Hector de Leon Jr. obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines School of Economics and his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law.

After graduation from law school, he joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.  Several years later, he  went on study leave and obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He then returned to SyCip Law and taught part time at the University of the Philippines College of Law.  Years later, he went on leave from SyCip Law and worked as legal officer at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

After Geneva, Hector returned to SyCip Law and became a partner at SyCip Law around one year after his return. He has been with SyCip Law ever since. His areas of practice include mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, project finance and related commercial transactions. He has also returned to teaching at the University of the Philippines College of Law.

Chambers Global Guide 2012 named Hector as one of the leading lawyers in the Philippines in “Projects, Infrastructure & Energy”. Chambers Global Guide 2007 has also named him as one of the leading lawyers in the Philippines in the field of general business law. Hector is also mentioned in The Legal 500: Asia Pacific Guide to Asia’s Commercial Law Firms (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) and in Chambers Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012).

And yes, for those of you who read Philippine law books, he is the son of law book author Hector S. de Leon (who remains very active writing and revising law books).

ROSE MARIE M. KING-DOMINGUEZ

Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez is a partner of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.  She is a member of the firm’s Special Projects, Banking, Finance and Securities, and Litigation groups. Her specializations include investments, and mergers and acquisitions, telecommunications, media and advertising.   She has been included by Asialaw (a Euromoney publication) in its 2009 list of Asia’s leading lawyers in the fields of capital markets and corporate finance, and general corporate practice. She has also been cited in the 2009 Chambers Asia:  Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Rose is the country editor of Asia Legal Business, a regional publication, and has acted as country editor for Capital A$ia and Asian Counsel, other law-related international publications. From 2003 to 2005, she was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines and served as editor-in-chief of the IBP Journal.  Rose has co-authored the Philippine chapters of CCH Doing Business in the Philippines and the Digest of Commercial Laws of the World.  She contributed the Philippine chapters to The Euromoney Guide to World Equity Markets 2002, The Preston Gates Guide to Telecommunications Asia 2006, and Global Competition Review’s 2008 and 2009 Getting the Deal Through in Telecoms and Media.

She chairs SyCip’s training committee, which is in charge of orientation and development activities for the legal staff, particularly junior lawyers. Rose is a member of the Lyceum Law School faculty, where she teaches legal writing.  She is a member of the WILOCI.

Rose obtained her undergraduate degree (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines and her law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law.  She was Chair of the Student Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal.  From 1991-1992, she took a leave from the firm to work in the Philippine Senate.

LESLIE C. DY

Leslie Dy has been a partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan since 2000.  Her main practice area is employment and labor, which includes arbitration, litigation and collective bargaining negotiations, among others. She also handles family cases and civil litigation.

She provides advice to both local and foreign investors on Philippine labor laws in general, and assists various multinational companies on employee related issues and concerns. She gives lectures to personnel managers in top corporations, and has served as legal advisor to the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the Taiwan National Association in the Philippines.

Leslie received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the Dela Salle University and obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in 1989.

RAFAEL L. ENCARNACION

Pael Encarnacion is a partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He is a member of the firm’s Special Projects and Banking, Finance and Securities practice groups. He regularly advises on foreign investments, privatizations, mergers and acquisitions, securities regulation, corporate finance, and other commercial transactions. He has been mentioned in the 2008 Chambers Asia: Asia’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Pael obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1981 and his Bachelor of Laws degree (second honors) from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in 1989. In 1994, he was conferred a Master of Laws degree by the New York University.  He has had the opportunity to work as a foreign intern at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York City from1994 to 1995, and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom also in New York City from 1995 to 1996.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1990 and to the New York Bar in 1996.

Pael dreams of immortality and believes in the ancient formula (of disputed origin) for achieving that.  But while has sired a son and planted a tree, he has yet to but hopes to write a book.

VICENTE D. GEROCHI IV

Teng Gerochi is a partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. He is a member of the firm’s Special Projects and Banking, Finance and Securities groups.  His practice areas include finance and securities, foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and government contracts.  He was a lecturer in the Ateneo de Manila University Law School from 1995-1998, and served as director of its Legal Aid Program from 1996-1998.

Teng obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1988 and his Juris Doctor degree (second honors) from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in 1993.  He obtained his Master of Laws degree (with honors) from Columbia University in New York in 1999.

Teng is a Fellow of the Center for International Legal Studies, a non-profit research, training and law publications institute based in Salzburg, Austria.  He authored the Philippine chapter of the International Securities Law and Regulation publication of the CILS.

JOSE MARIA G. HOFILEÑA (blogger until December 31, 2012)

Joey Hofileña obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1983 and proceeded to the Ateneo de Manila University Law School where he completed his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1987 as Class Valedictorian. In 1990, he was conferred a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) by Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

One month after taking the November 1987 Bar Examinations (where he ranked 10th out of all successful examinees), Joey joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan in 1988. He was admitted as a partner in 1996 and retired early in 2013. He used to practice with the firm’s Corporate department with principal focus on finance and capital markets. He has had the opportunity to work as a foreign attorney at Johnson & Gibbs in Dallas and McDermott, Will & Emery in New York City.

Joey is also a paddler with the Manila Dragons Dragonboat Rowing Team.

CARINA C. LAFORTEZA

Caren Laforteza is a lawyer and a certified public accountant. Caren is a partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan which she joined in 1993. She is a member of the corporate department in SyCip Law and does commercial, banking, financing and tax work. Her current areas of practice include foreign investments, acquisitions, tax structuring and tax-related litigation.

Caren obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy (cum laude) from the University of the Philippines College of Business Administration. She obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree (cum laude, valedictorian) from the University of the Philippines College of Law. She ranked second and third, respectively, in the CPA licensure examinations and bar examinations.

Caren worked as an auditor with an accounting firm for a few months before she decided that she was more interested in law. She has co-authored the Philippine chapter on Tax of CCH Doing Business in Asia and the Philippine chapter of The Asia-Pacific Restructuring and Insolvency Guide 2006. Caren has been a lecturer at Mandatory Continuing Legal Education seminars. She is currently a lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Law.

CARLOS ROBERTO Z. LOPEZ

Tito Lopez is a litigation partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan which he joined in December 1990.  He helped open SyCip Law’s Davao City Branch from 1996 to 1997. His current practice focuses on litigation, arbitration, and general corporate law services.

He graduated with a B.S. Business Economics degree cum laude from the University of the Philippines School of Economics in 1986 and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law. He was Chair of the Student Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal in academic year 1987-88 and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1991.

Tito was a director of the Makati Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines from 2001 to 2003 and from 2005-2007.  He has been a lecturer in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education seminars.

IMELDA A. MANGUIAT

Imee Manguiat is partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan specializing in foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and government contracts.

She joined the firm in 1988 after finishing her Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of the Philippines College of Law.  She placed number 9 in the 1987 Bar Examinations. Her undergraduate degree was Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, which she also took up at the University of the Philippines School of Economics, cum laude.

She worked for two years as a foreign associate at Anderson Mori in Tokyo, Japan.

RICARDO MA. P.G. ONGKIKO

Ricky Ongkiko is a litigation partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

He obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of the Philippines School of Economics in 1984, graduating magna cum laude.  He then obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1988, graduating Class Salutatorian and cum laude.  He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1989.  He later obtained his Masters in Laws Degree from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A. in 1992.

He entered SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan in November 1988, and became partner in 1997.  His practice areas include International and Domestic Arbitration, Construction Arbitration, Mediation, Civil and Commercial Litigation, Corporation Law, and Contract Law.

He is a member of the Makati Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, where he was a Trustee from 1997 to 2001, and Secretary from 1999 to 2001.  He is currently a Trustee of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc., as well as the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators.  He is an Associate Member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  He is also an Accredited Mediator of the Philippine Court of Appeals.

He is a radio host of Kasangga Mo sa Batas-Veritas Action Line, a legal aid program at Radio Veritas.

RAMON G. SONGCO

Mon Songco joined SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan as an associate in December 1990 and established a career primarily as a litigator, culminating in his admission as partner in January 2000. He handles all types of litigation and arbitration cases.

He took up his undergraduate studies at the then La Salle College (now University of St. La Salle) in Bacolod City graduating with two degrees (A.B. Economics and B.S.C. Marketing Management) in 1985. He then entered the Ateneo de Manila University Law School where he got his Bachelor of Laws degree, graduating with Second Honors (ranked third in his class) in 1990. He passed the 1990 Bar Examinations where he placed 5th among all successful examinees.

Mon also served as a director of the Makati Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, from 2003 to 2005.   He has been a lecturer in Mandatory Continuing Legal Education seminars.

PHILBERT E. VARONA

Philbert Varona is a partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.  He is a member of the firm’s Special Projects and Banking, Finance and Securities groups.  His practice areas include mergers and acquisitions, finance and securities, foreign investments, and infrastructure and government contracts.  He was a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University from 1998-1999.

Philbert obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1993.  He obtained a Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School in 1997, graduating with honors, and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1998 (ranking eighth out of all successful examinees for the 1997 Bar Examinations).

Philbert has contributed several articles to Asia Legal Business and other publications.  He co-authored the Philippine chapter of M&A in Asia, an upcoming publication on the legal framework on mergers and acquisitions in the region. Philbert also worked as a foreign attorney at Mori Hamada & Matsumoto in Tokyo, Japan in 2007.

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