SyCipLaw: Announcement of New Partners

November 5, 2012

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) is pleased to announce the admission of Benedicto P. Panigbatan and Franco Noel A. Manaig to the partnership.

Benedicto P. Panigbatan

Mr. Panigbatan has been with the firm since December 1997. He specializes in mergers and acquisitions, foreign investments, corporate structuring and reorganization, sale and purchase of non-performing assets of banks and financial institutions, securities regulation, documentation of loans and security arrangements, real estate joint ventures and financing, and taxation (including estate planning and availment of reliefs and exemptions under various tax treaties). He also handles mining and construction projects, general corporate services, legal due diligence exercises, and general contract drafting, review and negotiations. Mr. Panigbatan is acting as corporate secretary or assistant corporate secretary in various companies in the fields of real estate, investment house business, pharmaceuticals, tollroad business, mining, and business process outsourcing.

Mr. Panigbatan earned the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of the Philippines where he ranked 7th in the graduating class of 1997 and received the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. He is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He was a lecturer on “Contract Writing and Contract Review” for the firm’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program accredited by the Supreme Court. He has contributed legal articles on banking, finance and securities to several international publications.

Franco Noel A. Manaig

Mr. Manaig joined the firm in 2000 and specializes in intellectual property, franchising and distribution. He has extensive experience in intellectual property rights enforcement, technology transfer, and portfolio management. He is a member of the Asian Patent Attorneys’ Association and the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines.

He also handles general commercial and corporate matters, contract drafting and review, corporate housekeeping services, and renders legal opinions on a range of disciplines including commercial and banking laws. He has participated in various high profile trans-border projects in such fields as mergers and acquisitions, project finance, and the conduct of legal due diligence audits. In his corporate practice, Mr. Manaig has served as board chairman, director, corporate secretary and assistant corporate secretary for various companies.

Mr. Manaig received his LL.B. from the University of the Philippines where he received the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. He is an accredited lecturer for “International Law” of the Philippine Supreme Court’s Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program. Mr. Manaig’s articles have been published in various international and local legal publications.