IFLR 1000 (2021)

M&A - Tier 3
Project development - Tier 3
Project finance - Other notable

Leading Lawyer:
Jaime Renato Gatmaytan (Highly regarded) - Project finance, M&A

Founded in 2007, Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio (C&G Law) maintains an office in Makati City and is a member of Rajah & Tann Asia, the largest legal network in Southeast Asia. Ben Dominic Yap leads the firm as its managing partner.

The firm is recognised for its corporate and M&A, project development and project finance work. The firm sectors of activity include energy, technology, transport, manufacturing, oil and gas, banking and financial services, gaming and agriculture.

Key clients
The firm often acts for big names such as DBS Bank, Aboitiz Group, Standard Chartered Bank, Lopez group, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, Holcim Philippines, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines and Fraser Property.

Research period review: 30th edition (2019/2020)

During the research period the banking team frequently acted for banks as lenders in financings and also advised clients on regulatory compliance matters.

The corporate team took on regulatory compliance work and was also active for both buyers and sellers on acquisitions. An award-winning deal saw the firm advising the LafargeHolcim in divesting its stake in Holcim Philippines.

The projects team was recently active in sectors including oil and gas, transport, and energy. An interesting engagement saw the firm advising First Gen Corporation on the development of an LNG regasification facility.

Deal highlights: 30th edition (2019/2020)

  • AC Energy and ThomasLloyd Php2.8 billion acquis ion of ISLASOL
  • First Gen Corporation LNG terminal
  • Lotte Chilsung Beverage $80.9 million acquisition of stake in Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines
  • North Luzon Expressway
  • AC Energy and ThomasLloyd Php2.8 billion acquision of ISLASOL
  • San Miguel Corporation $2.15 billion acquisition of Holcim Philippines
  • Lotte Chilsung Beverage $80.9 million acquisition of a stake in Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines

Client feedback: 30th edition (2019/2020)

“Provides accurate risk assessments.”

“They kindly supported us in preparing the documents and explaining the scenario of our transaction. They had good communication with our partner and PCC and persuaded them to approve the transaction.”

Financial and corporate
“Speed - the Firm responds very promptly to queries and work. Proactive - the Firm has developed a good understanding of our needs, and proactively reaches out with information or offers of help when there are developments that affect our company/industry. Practical legal advice - the Firm has evolved to provide practical legal advice and work. Reasonable fees - in spite of the quick turnaround of work and prompt support, the Firm still charges reasonably.”

Restructuring and insolvency
“Polite, rigorous, prompt in answering, very responsive, very qualitative, and very precise. Extremely professional team of multiple experts. ”

Financial services regulatory
“Timely, accurate, and comprehensive feedback.”

“Responsiveness and subject-matter knowledge/competence.”

Albert Yu Chang
“Mr Yu Chang is very knowledgeable and provides timely and sound legal advice. He is able to identify potential risks and a range of solutions to mitigate those risks.”

Andrea Katipunan
“She explained the problems and how we could solve them very clearly to us. She accepted a lot of our requests even if in urgency and responded properly.”

Deborah Sobrepeña-Lacson
“Very accessible and responsive, reliable, takes feedback well and acts on it, and good legal work.”

“She is extremely good on multiple dimensions.”

Janelle Gomendoza
“Very responsive and hands-on. Always on top of our needs.”

Mary Thel Mundin
“Timely and relevant responses to queries and requests for assistance.”