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 energy, projects & infrastructure area as follows
- FORTUN NARVASA & SALAZAR
- GATMAYTAN YAP PATACSIL GUTIERREZ & PROTACIO
- PUNO & PUNO
- PUYAT JACINTO & SANTOS LAW OFFICES
More than two decades old, Puyat Jacinto & Santos Law Offices (PJS) is a full-service firm with nearly 50 lawyers that has an exceptional reputation for its energy and infrastructure and banking and finance practices.
Frank Thiel, managing director of Quezon Power, believes PJS Law is without question one of the top law firms in the Philippines for its work in energy, projects and infrastructure. “Quite happy with the expertise and services provided by PJS,” says Thiel, noting their “knowledge of the subject matter” and “customer focus”.
Founded in 1984 by Ricardo Puno Sr, a former minister of justice in the Philippines, Puno & Puno provides advisory across practice areas. However, it is among the most respected firms in the energy, infrastructure and utilities practice, which is led by its managing partner, Roderico V Puno.
Fortun Narvasa & Salazar (FNS), which is celebrating 25 years in business, is widely acknowledged for its expertise in the mining and energy sectors. It has an impressive roster of global and domestic clients, across practice areas.
Ian R Holzberger executive chairman of Metals Exploration, recommends FNS “unreservedly” as a top law firm in the energy, projects and infrastructure space. Among the notable cases it handled was acquittals of a sitting senator and senior officials of regulatory agencies in accusations of graft and corrupt practices before the Sandiganbayan (anti-graft court), and the dismissal of various graft cases against a local mayor before the ombudsman.
“The firm not only understands the law but the business of mining as well, which enables it to provide practical legal advice,” says Norman Tiongson, counsel at Philippine Gold Processing and Resources Corporation. This year, the firm has expanded with seven new lawyers and created a new arm specializing in patent protection and commercialization.
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