SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Legal Services | Philippines
tel: (63 32) 233 1211 | fax: (63 32) 233 1682
4th Floor, Keppel Center | Cardinal Rosales Avenue cor. Samar Loop St., Cebu Business Park | Cebu City | 6000 | Philippines

Main Contacts

Hector M. De Leon

Managing Partner

Alan C. Fontanosa

Partner in Charge

Simeon Ken R. Ferrer

Head of Corporate Services Department


SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is one of the largest law firms in the Philippines with branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City, and the Subic Freeport Zone. It is a full-service law firm and was founded in 1945.

We offer a broad and integrated range of legal services, including those in the following fields:

* M&A and Special Projects
* Banking, finance and securities
* Corporate services and general commercial law
* Employment law and immigration
* Litigation and dispute resolution
* Tax
* Intellectual property

SyCipLaw has specialists in key practice areas such as anti-trust and competition, energy, infrastructure, real estate, data privacy, natural resources, government contracts, insurance, international arbitration, and TMT.

We represent clients from almost every industry and enterprise, and the firm’s client portfolio includes local and global business leaders. We also act for governmental agencies, international organizations, and non-profit institutions.

SyCipLaw is ranked as a top tier firm by Chambers Asia-Pacific, Chambers Global, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, Asialaw Profiles, IFLR1000, and the ALB M&A rankings.

We maintain links with established and leading firms based in other jurisdictions, including the United States, and countries in Europe and Asia.

Lawyers Worldwide: 152


Areas of Practice



Alan C. Fontanosa

Alan C. Fontanosa

Partner in Charge



MAP guidelines for double taxation disputes

The Philippines is currently a party to 43 double taxation agreements (DTAs), all of which contain a mutual agreement procedure (MAP) provision. The Department of Finance recently issued Revenue Regulations (RR) No. 10-2022, which took effect on 23 July 2022. RR No. 10-2022 prescribes the guidelines for filing a MAP request for assistance in resolving DTA disputes. What is a MAP? The MAP article in DTAs allows the competent authority or authorities of the contracting state or states to resolve disputes arising from action by one or both of the contracting states that results or will result in taxation that is not in accordance with a relevant DTA...

Various Bills Filed to Address Waste Management Concerns

Republic Act No. 9003, also known as the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, is a landmark environmental legislation designed to meet the country’s waste management problems. It requires local government units to achieve 25% waste reduction through re-using, recycling, and composting activities and other resource recovery activities. However, two decades after its enactment, solid waste management remains to be a major challenge. The Philippines produces over 21 million metric tons of garbage every year, with the National Capital Region as the biggest producer of garbage...

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SyCipLaw Contributes the Philippine Chapter of ASEAN SDG Bond Toolkit Launched at ASEAN Capital Markets Forum in Cambodia

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) Partners Jose Florante M. Pamfilo and Bhong Paulo A. Macasaet authored the Philippine chapter of the ASEAN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Bond Toolkit, a primer for the issuance of SDG bonds in the ASEAN, launched during the 37th ASEAN Capital Markets Forum (ACMF) Chairs' Meeting and the ACMF International Conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in October. The conference was jointly organized by the ACMF, the Securities and Exchange Regulator of Cambodia, and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Phnom Penh. In this chapter, Mr. Pamfilo and Mr...

SyCipLaw Lawyers Recognized in Asia Business Law Journal 2022 A-List of Top 100 Philippine Lawyers

Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) has released its list of top 100 Philippine lawyers in private practice. The list includes six partners and two of counsel from SyCipLaw. Hector M. de Leon, Jr., Managing Partner Corporate/M&A, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy, Finance, Tax Rocky Alejandro L. Reyes, Partner and Head of Special Projects Corporate/M&A, Finance, Projects, Infrastructure and Energy Rose Marie M. King-Dominguez, Partner M&A, TMT, Data Privacy, Investments, General Corporate & Business Law; Consumer Law Leslie C. Dy, Partner Employment Law, Arbitration & Litigation, Corporate Services, M&A, Data Privacy, Family Law Carlos Roberto Z...

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