Becoming a top legal adviser requires firms to go beyond giving solid legal advice and ensure timely completion of tasks. Asia Business Law Journal names the top firms in the Philippines for 2018. We have identified four winners in aviation area
- DIME & EVIOTA
- OCAMPO MANALO BERNABE VALDEZ & LIM
- PLATON MARTINEZ FLORES SAN PEDRO LEAÑO
- QUISUMBING TORRES
Dime & Eviota has had a busy year including moving into new offices, a former art gallery in Makati City, and making an effort to move away from paper in a purely digital office. It has also renewed its commitment to its international affiliate, Wajdi Mohamad Yusri & Co of Malaysia, with whom it has decided to form an association of law firms in Asia.
The law firm and its founders, Ronald Dime and Edward Albert Eviota, come highly recommended by clients who say they are “proactive” in providing companies with “much-needed direction in navigating the Philippine laws”.
Ocampo Manalo Bernabe Valdez & Lim
Ocampo Manalo Bernabe Valdez & Lim (O&M) has built an enviable roster of aviation clients. It boasts both domestic and international airlines as clients, many of which are household names across the region.
The firm has provided advice on regulatory matters and assisted in the organization and reorganization of international carriers such as AirAsia, Xiamen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Jeju Air, Air Seoul, OK Air, Tianjin Airlines, Hainan Air and Tigerair Taiwan, as well as domestic carriers such as Philippines AirAsia, Air Swift, Phoenix Petroleum and Pacific Global One.
The firm also advised maintenance repair and overhaul operator Macro Asia for its ecozone status at the Cebu Mactan Airport area.
China’s Xiamen Airlines uses O&M as their general legal consultant, and are satisfied with their expertise and services, says Qiao Dan, senior legal counsel at Xiamen Airlines. “They are not only the experts of aviation law, but also have rich practical experience to provide tailored legal solutions,” says Qiao, adding that O&M assisted Xiamen Airlines in the preparation and attendance of Philippines Senate Hearings, and their expertise and services exceeded expectations.
Platon Martnez Flores San Pedro Leaño
A 22-year old firm offering a full suite of legal services with 12 partners and 24 lawyers, Platon Martnez Flores San Pedro Leaño has built a reputation among its peers for its strong aviation practice.
While it advises several large domestic and international businesses, its aviation client list is impressive, with the likes of Air France, Swiss Air, China Airlines, Eva Airways, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Airlines, Malaysia Airlines among others relying on the firm for legal counsel.
Quisumbing Torres, a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International (a Swiss verein), headed by Ramon J Quisumbig, has built a reputation across practice areas, however its aviation practice is highly respected by clients and other law firms. It has advised both airlines and aircraft leasing companies.
Notable deals for the firm in the sector include: representing a leading US carrier in connection with its operations in the Philippines, including obtaining a foreign air carrier’s permit from the Civil Aeronautics Board; and obtaining a validation of air operator certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). The firm has also represented several aircraft leasing companies in disputes with airlines and CAAP.
See other top law firms in other categories:
- Law Firm of the Year
- Best New Law firm
- Best Overall Law Firms
- Banking & Finance
- Capital Market
- Competition & Antitrust
- Corporate & Commercial
- Dispute Resolution
- Labour & Employment
- Energy, Projects & Infrastructure
- Insurance & Reinsurance
- IP Enforcement
- IP Protection
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Private Equity & Venture Capital
- Real Estate
- Restructuring, Refinancing & Insolvency
- Shipping & Maritime
- Structured Finance & Securitization
- Technology, Media & Telecoms
THE JUDGING PROCESS
The winners of Asia Business Law Journal’s Philippines Law Firm Awards were selected based on votes, references and qualitative information received from in-house counsel and other legal professionals in the Philippines and around the world.
A voting form was posted on our website and thousands of in-house counsel, lawyers at international law firms and other Philippines-focused professionals were invited to vote. At the same time, Philippine law firms were asked to make submissions in support of their candidacy for awards. These submissions, combined with research by Asia Business Law Journal’s editorial team, played a supporting role in the judging process.
All Philippines law firms were automatically eligible for inclusion in the awards process. As always, there were no entry fees or any other requirements for entry. Read the full list of The Philippines Law Firm Awards 2018 here