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Imelda A. Manguiat

Imelda A. Manguiat



  • Banking, Finance & Securities
  • Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions

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Among the power projects where Ms. Manguiat acted as legal counsel for the proponents are the 1200 MW KEPCO Ilijan natural gas power plant and the 200 MW KEPCO SPC Power Corporation coal-fired power plant. She has also advised a number of bidders, among them Korea Electric Power Corporation and SPC Power Corporation, in the privatization of the assets of the National Power Corporation by the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation.

She was also involved as co-counsel to Metro Rail Transit Corporation which built the MRT 3 rail transit system that runs along EDSA from North Avenue in Quezon City to Pasay City. She also acted as co-counsel to the lenders in the financing of the NAIA Terminal 3.

Ms. Manguiat is also active in mergers and acquisitions. Among others, she was counsel to NTT Communications Corporation in its acquisition of a minority stake in Smart Communications, Inc. and later, in Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company; to The Ascott Limited in its acquisition of the former Oakwood Premier Hotel (now Ascott Makati Hotel); and Kingdom Hotel Investments Limited in its joint venture with Ayala Land, Inc. for the Fairmont Hotel and Raffles Residences Project.

She is a director and/or Corporate Secretary in various companies in the Philippines. She has been practicing law for the past 24 years, including two years with Anderson Mori & Tomotsune in Tokyo, where she was a foreign legal associate. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan.

Bar Admissions

admitted, 1988, Philippines


University of the Philippines (A.B., cum laude; LL.B.).
Areas of Practice

Banking, Finance & Securities | Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions

Professional Career

Professional Associations

Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines.

Professional Activities and Experience

Foreign Attorney, Anderson & Mori, Tokyo, Japan, 1991-1993.

Lexology Aviation Navigator: Philippines
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, February 2018

Are there any notable recent developments or trends in the aviation sector in your jurisdiction? Air passenger traffic in the Philippines increased by approximately 10% during 2016. This passenger growth was caused mainly by the expansion of low-cost carriers and flights offered at minimal or affordable prices. However, growth could have been faster had it not been for infrastructure constraints at the country’s main airport, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, in Metro Manila...

Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2017
SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan, August 2017

SyCipLaw Partners Imelda A. Manguiat and Carina C. Laforteza, Senior Associate Bhong Paulo A. Macasaet, and Associate Maricar G. Ramos contributed the Philippine chapter of Getting the Deal Through: Aviation Finance & Leasing 2017. The chapter addressed pivotal questions about air law and aviation financing and leasing. The scope and rules and regulations of owning, leasing, securing, financing and operating an aircraft were also discussed...

Additional Articles

Contributor: Global Financial Service Regulators, International Financial Markets Guide, Journal of International Banking Law and Regulation


Lexology Aviation Navigator: Philippines
Posted on March 1, 2018
Practice Group: Aviation - Asia Pacific

With the continued increase of Air passenger traffic, new developments in the Aviation Industry occur quite often.

In the Philippines, there have been notable recent developments in the Aviation and Transportation sectors.

Some of the key issues to consider in the Philippines ...

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