Asia Business Law Journal reveals the Philippines’ best lawyers from the top law firms in the Philippines. Wilda Fong reports

To be one of the Philippines’ top lawyers, you have to be a “fast, expeditious lawyer who reacts promptly in providing solutions to issues and challenges faced within a constrained time environment,” according to Kenson Watt, senior legal counsel of ABB, when describing Maria Concepcion P Simundac, a partner at Villaraza & Angangco. Jason Wu, a senior associate at Dechert in Hong Kong adds, “I worked with Maria on an important matter in the Philippines and was impressed by her expertise and quick response.”

Mary Rose Tan, AVP associate general counsel at San Miguel Corporation in the Philippines, says you need to be able to “communicate to the client the practical effects of possible results”, when describing Alexander Poblador, founding partner of Poblador Bautista Reyes. “He is precise and meticulous in his approach and offers comprehensive and effective strategic litigation advice,” she adds.


Maria Theresa Huschka, the project development manager of Conergy Philippines, has this to say about Rodolfo Tuazon, a partner at MOSVELDTT: “[Rodolfo] is good in his field of expertise, and he is easy to deal with.”

Comments such as these, submitted to Asia Business Law Journal by the clients of Filipino lawyers, suggest that they not only look for lawyers with an extensive knowledge of the law, but also those who have exceptional communication skills, provide practical and strategic advice, and offer solutions tailored to a challenging business environment.

In addition, most international clients seek out Filipino lawyers with an international mindset and experience.

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