Ma. Patricia B. Paz-Jacoba

Ma. Patricia B. Paz-Jacoba is a Partner in SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Her practice areas are dispute resolution and commercial arbitration. She has represented clients in all levels of the Philippine judiciary, before international and domestic arbitral tribunals, as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies in the highly regulated water, mining, environmental protection, energy, land use, and telecommunications sectors.

Ms. Paz-Jacoba is a significant contributor in many of the firm’s most complex and high-value cases. She has recently been involved in defending the country’s largest power distribution public utility company in anti-trust litigation before the energy sector regulator; representing a project owner in a dispute under the HKIAC rules involving hundreds of millions of dollars; advising several foreign clients in a national public inquiry on the human rights implication of climate change; defending an international organization’s immunity rights in criminal suits against its high ranking officials; and securing a favorable award against both the project owner and its surety in construction arbitration initiated against the client-contractor.

Admission to the Bar

2010, Philippines


UP Diliman (B.A., cum laude, 2005; J.D., 2009)


Co-author, “Enforcing Contracts” for “Doing Business 2020”, World Bank, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
Co-author, “Enforcement of Foreign Judgment Guide”, Multilaw Litigation Practice Group (LPG), 2019.
Co-author, "Filing a Complaint in the Philippines" for the “Benchmarking Public Procurement 2016 Project”, World Bank, 2016
Co-author, “Complaints mechanism concerns,” IFLR, April 2015.
Co-Contributor, Philippine Chapter, International Product Liability 2011, Juris Publishing, Inc.

Professional Activities

Philippine Institute of Arbitrators
U.P. Women Lawyer's Circle
Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Quezon City

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