Announcement of New Litigation Department Head

August 15, 2012

Ricardo Ma. P. G. Ongkiko

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ricardo Ma. P.G. Ongkiko as the new head of the firm’s Litigation Department. Mr. Ongkiko replaces Nelson T. Antolin, who retired from the partnership last May 2012. Mr. Antolin continues to assist the firm as Of Counsel.

Mr. Ongkiko joined the firm in 1988 and has been a partner since 1997. His practice areas include international and domestic arbitration, construction arbitration, mediation, civil and commercial litigation, corporation law, and contract law. He has handled and tried a broad range of cases involving contract disputes, corporate restructuring, debt recovery, infrastructure and engineering disputes, intra-corporate controversies, insurance cases, and tort. He also has extensive experience in international and domestic arbitration dealing with commercial and construction disputes.

Mr. Ongkiko earned his Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1984, magna cum laude) and Bachelor of Laws (1988, cum laude, class salutatorian) from the University of the Philippines. He earned his Master of Laws (1992) from the University of Michigan.

He is a member of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (East Asia Branch) and the Makati Chapter of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, where he was director from 1997 to 1999 and secretary from 1999 to 2001. He is a trustee and current vice president for development, and accredited arbitrator, of the Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, and a trustee, assistant corporate secretary, and accredited arbitrator, of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Center, Inc. He is also an accredited arbitrator of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines and the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, and is a Supreme Court-accredited mediator for the Philippine Court of Appeals.