SyCipLaw Davao at 20

April 14, 2015

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Photo Caption: Left to right: SyCipLaw Davao Office lawyers Elaine B. de los Santos, Vincent C. Juan, Dominador Maphilindo O. Carrillo, and Izabel F. Seriña

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (SyCipLaw) opened its regional office in Davao City in June 1995. Mindanao was on the rise at the time and Davao City was its busiest and most progressive city. Founding a regional office in Davao City earned for the firm the distinction of becoming the first truly national law firm in the country.

SyCipLaw Davao was established at the 2nd floor of the Anthony Building along J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City. Dante T. Pamintuan was SyCipLaw Davao’s first resident partner, with Carlos Roberto Z. Lopez and Dominador Maphilindo O. Carrillo as its first associates.

In the past twenty years, SyCipLaw Davao has been part of the progressively increasing economic development of Davao City as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao. The Davao Office has been serving not only the legal concerns of Manila-based clients in Mindanao, but also addressing the growing demands of local industries for specialized and cutting edge legal knowledge best provided by a firm with extensive experience in various fields, capable of addressing specialized issues, and with a deep bench of legal knowledge.

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Photo Caption: View from SyCipLaw Davao Office.

Today, SyCipLaw Davao continues to provide effective counselling and top-notch assistance to its wide range of clients. SyCipLaw Davao has been retained by Philippine and foreign clients to handle various legal matters including for:

  • Corporate services such as acting as general counsel to business firms, assisting clients in setting up a new business in the Philippines, assisting clients with legal compliance and structuring issues as well as due diligence investigations;
  • Litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution involving commercial, civil, and criminal matters in all court levels, i.e., municipal and regional trial courts, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, as well as in various administrative agencies and international commercial and domestic arbitration bodies;
  • Employment, immigration & labor relations such as providing advice on all aspects of employments relations, representing clients in adversarial and non-adversarial labor proceedings before labor agencies and the courts, advising clients on matters of compliance and labor relations, the preparation and review of company employment policies, personnel manuals, rules and regulations, providing professional advice and assistance in the procurement and renewal of the proper visas and work permits; and
  • The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

The SyCipLaw Davao Office is now located at the Penthouse, 17th Floor of the Landco Corporate Centre at J.P. Laurel Avenue, Bajada, Davao City. Mr. Carillo currently serves as SyCipLaw Davao’s resident partner, while both Mr. Pamintuan and Mr. Lopez are based in the Makati Office. Assisting Mr. Carillo are associates Izabel F. Seriña, Elaine B. de los Santos, and Vincent C. Juan.

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Photo Caption: Left to right: Elaine B. de los Santos, Izabel F. Seriña, Dominador Maphilindo O. Carrillo, and Vincent C. Juan.

Some of SyCipLaw Davao’s alumni include: Edgar Dl. Bernal (10th placer, 1996 Bar), Aaron Philip Cruz (7th Placer, 1998 Bar), Charmian K. Gloria, Geraldine Quimosing-Tiu, Randy Peter Ceniza (6th Placer, 1999 Bar), Gary Teves, Emily Zen Chua, Hanniyah Sevilla, Vicente Dumbrigue, and Janette Ancog (4th Placer, 2010 Bar).