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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



A global financial institution on its PHP36.9bn (USD783m) acquisition of approximately 20% of Security Bank, the Philippines’ fifth-largest lender by market value. This is the largest equity investment to date by a foreign party into the Philippines financial services sector.
Debt capital markets

Debt capital markets

A group of financial institutions on the establishment of, and drawdowns under, Union Bank of the Philippines’s USD1bn MTN programme.
Equity capital markets

Equity capital markets

Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation on its PHP18.4bn (USD375m) IPO which is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange.


Bank of China and BDO on the acquisition financing of Udenna Group’s acquisition of a company developing a USD1bn 177 hectare logistics hub in the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines.


Asian Development Bank and Development Bank of the Philippines (who in turn advise the Government of the Philippines Department of Transportation and Communications, and Philippine National Railways), in an advisory capacity on the North-South Railway Project – South Line.


A Philippine national corporation in UNCITRAL arbitration proceedings concerning the development and operation of a Philippines geo-thermal power plant.

News and insights

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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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Awards & accolades

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

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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.

Our global coverage

Click on the regions in the map below to find out more about the jurisdictions we cover across the world.

  • 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.