Wet & dry shipping work; marine casualty & environmental claims; ship finance & commercial transactions; corporate & foreign investment; insurance & reinsurance
Joseph Rebano joined Del Rosario & Del Rosario in 1996 and currently heads the firm’s marine casualty practice. Joseph has a broad maritime focused practice. He acts for vessel owners and charterers, managers or agents, transport intermediaries, port terminals, protection and indemnity clubs, and other marine insurers in both contentious and non-contentious matters.
Joseph’s experience covers a wide range of shipping matters, including charter party disputes, ship casualties, marine environmental and pollution claims, defence of seafarer personal injury and death claims, ship arrest, ship finance or sale and purchase, and disputes involving carriage of goods or passengers.
He has been involved in numerous major marine casualties in the Philippines and other jurisdictions, including collisions, fires and groundings. Some of the significant maritime casualties he has been involved in are the “NOL Schedar” in 2000 (grounding or pollution incident resulted in major changes in Philippine maritime environmental legislation), “Solar 1” in 2006 (considered as the Philippines’ largest pollution incident), “Superferry 14” in 2004 (terrorist bombing), and “St Thomas Aquinas” in 2013 (potential wreck removal due to collision).
On the insurance side, Joseph advises clients on various types of insurance products, including regulatory and claim related matters.
Joseph also has considerable experience in commercial, corporate, regulatory and transactional matters specialising in maritime-related entities, including disputes arising from joint ventures, compliances and shareholder disputes.
Year on year, Joseph is recognised in the various legal directories. He is a hall of fame lawyer for shipping in Legal 500 and a distinguished practitioner for shipping in AsiaLaw.
Chambers Asia 2012 states: “Joseph Rebano is best known for his expertise in admiralty and related investigations. Sources describe him as ‘an outstanding lawyer, is very diligent and very thorough.’”
Since 2018, Joseph has consistently been recognised by Asia Business Law Journal as among The Philippines Top 100 lawyers.
He is a past president of the Philippine Maritime Law Association, former vice chairman of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA) Maritime Committee, a former core group member of the Draft Maritime Code project of the Philippine congress and a trustee in the Philippine Bar Association. He graduated in law from the University of the Philippines.