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Philippines

We have extensive experience in the Philippines through working with major Philippine conglomerates, banks, the Philippine government, government-owned and controlled corporations and other privately controlled corporations on their transactions throughout the past 25 years.

This has given us an unparalleled track record, expertise and contacts in the market as well as a top tier ranking in the leading legal directories.

Whilst, in common with all international law firms, we do not practice Philippine law, the volume of transactions and disputes that we advise on with a Philippine nexus means we have a very close relationship with the country. This work, has given us an in-depth understanding of Philippine legal, business and cultural practices. We also have specialist expertise to advise on a diverse range of transactions including anti-trust, TMT and specific regional experience.

Our experience

M&A

M&A

General Atlantic on its Series C fundraising investment into Kumu, a Philippines-based livestream platform.

Debt capital markets

Debt capital markets

The dealer manager on Jollibee Food Corporation’s  tender offer to purchase for cash its USD600m guaranteed senior perpetual capital securities listed on the SGX-ST.

Equity capital markets

Equity capital markets

Emperador Inc on its secondary listing by way of introduction on the Mainboard of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited (SGX-ST). Emperador had an estimated market capitalisation on the PSE of approximately SGD6.8 billion on the day prior to its secondary listing on the SGX-ST and is the first PSE-primary listed company to conduct a secondary listing on the SGX-ST Mainboard.

Banking

Banking

BDO Unibank in relation to a USD870m financing to Frontier Tower Associates (a portfolio company of KKR’s) for the acquisition of 3,539 telecom towers from Globe Telecom in the Philippines.

Projects

Projects

A Philippine conglomerate  as sponsor on its proposed investment into and development of a solar power project in the Philippines.

Disputes

Disputes

Baggerwerken Decloedt En Zoon NV, a subsidiary of one of the world’s largest dredging companies, in a dispute with the Republic of the Philippines concerning the wrongful cancellation of a contract to dredge the Laguna Lake, outside of Manila. The Philippines was found to have violated the applicable Treaty and damages were awarded to our client. This is the first successful ICSID claim against the Philippines. 

News and insights

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News: 13 March 2024

Allen & Overy and Standard Chartered launch second edition of Guide to Payment Regulations

Allen & Overy and international banking group Standard Chartered have launched the second edition of Guide to Payment Regulations for corporates and fintech customers navigating the evolving payments…

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Publications: 01 December 2022

Podcast: ASEAN data protection and privacy developments: Episode 1 – An overview

In the first episode, our team of ASEAN data experts gave a high level update on the latest happenings in the region. Among other developments, we know that: 

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Blog Post: 26 April 2022

New Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules Forum established by APEC CBPR members

On 21 April 2022, seven economies participating in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) System announced the launch of the Global CBPR Forum to facilitate…

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Recognition

Awards & accolades

  • We have been recognised as “International Deal Firm of the Year” four years running, in 2016 to 2019 and 2022 at the ALB Philippine Law Awards.
  • Tier 1 - Foreign Firms, The Legal500 Asia Pacific 2023
     

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We have a leading reputation in the Philippines acting as international counsel. This is demonstrated by us being named “International Deal Firm of the Year” two years running in 2017 and 2016 at the ALB Philippine Law Awards.

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  • Europe
  • Africa
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East
  • North America
  • Latin America

In addition to countries where we have offices, we also have a number of International Desks advising clients on large scale international transactions in Europe.

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Global Experts and Markets

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Our Global Experts and Markets bring together lawyers from across Allen & Overy with significant experience of working on deals in key regions and markets – they support our clients with their business needs across any region by mobilising international teams as well as selecting and maintaining our ties with our chosen relationship law firms. As our network of relationship law firms has grown, we have committed to build an enduring bond that will bring value to them, us and ultimately to our clients. 

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Grace Zhang
Grace Zhang

Senior Comms & Marketing Manager, APAC

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