Mabanta, Buenaventura, Sayoc & De Los Angeles
its roots to the law firm of Gibbs, McDonough and Ozaeta which practices law in
the Philippines in the early 1990s. Alison D. Gibbs was a well-known tax and
corporate lawyer and Charles A. McDonough was a name in criminal law practice.
Roman A. Ozaeta later became a distinguished Justice of the Supreme Court, and
his son, Herminio, an outstanding corporate lawyer in his own right,
reconstituted the firm in 1957. The firm underwent several name changes because
of a rule that limited the partnership name to living and active partners (which
rules was subsequently abolished), and eventually evolved into its present name.
current senior partners are: Ricardo J. Romulo, Roman Mabanta, Jr., Jose F.
Buenaventura, Jesus S.J. Sayoc and Eduardo de los Angeles. Mr. de los Angeles,
after assuming the presidency of the Philippine Stock Exchange for three years,
has resumed the practice of law in the firm. One partner, Exequiel B. Javier, is
on leave on account of having been elected for the fourth time as a member of
the Philippine Congress.
In his previous term, Cong. Javier served as Chairman of the Ways and
Means Committee of the House of Representatives. In addition, Mr. Gabriel C.
Singson, former Philippine Central Bank Governor, is an Of Counsel of the firm.
The firm presently has 68 lawyers.
firm has an office in Hong Kong, the only Philippine firm of attorneys with a
presence there. It provides international investors advice on Philippine law and
Philippine clients on international transactions. However, it is not permitted
to practice Hong Kong law.
firm maintains correspondence with foreign lawyers and law firms. It is the sole
Philippine member of Lex Mundi, a worldwide network of about 151 independent law
firm engages in the general practice of law, but its members individually
specialize in particular areas of law. A majority of the lawyers have received
training and graduate degrees from universities abroad. All of them speak
English fluently. Some of them also speak Chinese, Spanish and Japanese.
Michael G. Aguinaldo
Tel: (632) 849 2239
Perry L. Pe
Tel: (632) 848 0114