Editha R. Hechanova, Esq.

Editha R. Hechanova is the President and CEO of the company who oversees and manages trademark and patent prosecution, copyright registration, trademark valuation, searches and other non-contentious IP matters. Recognized from 2010 to 2014, Hechanova & Co., Inc. was listed among the top filers for both patents and trademarks by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

Atty. Hechanova is also the Managing Partner of Hechanova-Bugay-Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio, specializing in IP litigation, licensing, border control and corporate, and employment law. She is a lawyer, certified public accountant, and a certified patent agent after having passed the first patent agent qualifying examination done by the government for lawyers in 2008 administered by IPOPHL.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration major in Accounting from the University of the East and is a Certified Public Accountant. She then obtained her law degree from Ateneo de Manila University and was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1990. She is candidate for MBA in Ateneo de Manila.

Having known prolific writer, she regularly contributes articles on IP Asia Leading and Managing Intellectual Property on Philippine current legal IP decided cases and trends. She has been a member of various international organizations such as INTA, MARQUES, FICPI, ECTA, AIPLA and LES as well as local organizations like Japan Institute for promoting Invention/Innovation, Makati Business Club, Philippine Chamber of Business, American Chamber of Philippines, and Association of PAQUE Professionals.

Firm Overview:

Hechanova & Co., Inc. specializes in patents and trademarks prosecution and maintenance, search services, review of license agreements and other IP related-documents, renewals, intellectual property recordals, customs recordation, food and drug product registration, plant variety protection, copyright registration, domain name registration, and intellectual property consulting.

Rainier Mamangun

Atty. Rainier R. Mamaňgun, formerly a lawyer for the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs, DFA, worked on labor, civil and criminal cases involving migrant workers and overseas Filipinos in distress. In this connection, he spearheaded various legal missions abroad to such countries as Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Nepal, India, and Saudi Arabia. His work involved diplomatic representations with foreign governments as well as appearances before a foreign court. During his stint with the DFA, he was instrumental in rescuing countless victims of human smuggling and trafficking and in saving the lives of Filipinos on death row abroad.

Prior to this, Atty. Mamaňgun worked as a legal consultant to the National Federation of Labor Unions, NAFLU, one of the biggest labor federations in the Philippines.

In 2003, he was chosen by the Office of the Vice-President of the Philippines to be part of the Drafting Committee composed of distinguished professors of the University of the Philippines Law Faculty and representatives from concerned government agencies to draft the “Magna Carta for Seafarers”— a bill that aims to promote the welfare of millions of Filipino seafarers worldwide.

His experience in dealing with OFW concerns and involvement in the labor movement made him adept at tackling civil, criminal, immigration and labor matters.

Affiliations:

Atty. Mamaňgun is a member in good standing of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He belongs to the pool of lawyers par excellence of the Fraternal Order of Utopia – an academic organization based at the Ateneo Law School. He renders free legal service to indigent OFWs and their families as a volunteer lawyer for the Kanlungan Centre Foundation. He is also a member of Singles for Christ – a Catholic group composed of individuals committed to living a life in Christ. He was also member of U.P. HARIBON – an organization dedicated to the protection of the environment.

Professional Experience:

Atty. Mamaňgun is adept at handling cases in and out of court. His training with the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs enabled him to hone his diplomatic skills which now prove crucial in his dealings and negotiations with the court and the opposition. His skills at legal drafting and the defense of existing legislation were developed through years of service at the Office for Migrant Workers Affairs and in appearances at Congressional hearings and various inter-agency meetings that dealt with law and policy formulation. He had, for instance, defended the constitutionality of the “Migrant Workers’ Act” before the Regional Trial Court and the Court of Appeals, in coordination with the Office of the Solicitor General.

Publications:

Atty. Mamangun’s work on “The Policies and Laws Governing Filipino Seafarers,” co-authored by Dean Merlin Magallona, was published in in 2003 in the official organ of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He likewise authored the article entitled “Comparative Analysis of the Philippine Arbitration Law and the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (Part I)” published at Hieros Gamos.

Education:

It was at the University of the Philippines where Atty. Rainier Mamaňgun took up his bachelor’s degree in Political Science as a “Iskolar ng Bayan,” or State Scholar. He was a consistent College Scholar and University Scholar at the said University. He served as the Deputy Academic Chairman of the Fraternal Order of Utopia in SY1997-1998 at the Ateneo Law School. In high school, he graduated with honors at the Don Bosco Technical College and was the recipient of the coveted St. Dominic Savio Award for excellence in conduct. He was class valedictorian in grade school and a Leadership Awardee – a distinction given to the most promising youth leaders of the country.

Firm Overview:

Atty. Rainier R. Mamaňgun is a senior partner and founder of a full-service Philippine law firm involved in Civil Law, Family Law, Criminal Law, Labor Law, Immigration Law, Corporate Law, and special concerns.

In the general area of Civil Law, the Firm handles cases involving change of name or correction of entry in birth and marriage certificates; collection of sum of money; breach of contract; torts and damages; and ejectment, among others.

In the specific area of Family Law, the Firm handles cases involving child custody; spousal and child support; paternity suits; domestic or inter-country adoption; legal separation; annulment; declaration of nullity of marriage; recognition of foreign divorce; settlement of estate of the deceased; and reprobate of wills, among others.

In the area of Criminal Law, the Firm handles the prosecution or defense in cases of Adultery or Concubinage; Bigamy; Anti-Violence against Women & Children; Estafa or Fraud; Theft; Falsification of Documents; Libel or Oral Defamation; Threats; Coercion; Physical Injuries; Bouncing Checks; Violation of the Electronic Commerce Law, and verification of pending cases in court or the prosecutor’s office, among others.

In the area of Immigration Law, the Firm provides assistance and advice in applications for spousal or fiancée visa, Philippine passports, watchlist or hold-departure orders, and dual-citizenship acquisition; verification of derogatory records with the Bureau of Immigration; and preparation of parental travel consent affidavits, among others.

The Firm likewise attends to special concerns such as assistance in securing documentary requirements for marriage; assistance in DNA paternity tests; preparation of pre-nuptial agreements, last will and testament; demand letters, legal briefs or legal advisories; document preparation in real estate transactions; contract drafting and review; verification of titles with the Registry of Deeds; service of summons and notices from foreign courts; and notarial services.

“The passionate pursuit of legal excellence” is the Firm’s guiding theme. The same is evident in all aspects of the Firm’s dealings with its clientele, the opposition, the courts of justice, and the public in general.

The partners adhere to the tenet that as lawyers, they should, at all times, observe candor and fairness with their clients and serve them with competence, diligence, and zeal within the bounds of law. The Firm’s mission is to pursue its clients’ cause to the utmost of its abilities and, in the process, bring to realization its vision of according dignity to the legal profession and advancing the greater interest of justice.

Edgardo G. Balois

Edgardo G. Balois is a General Partner and the Head of the Corporate and Commercial Practice Group of the Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako. He also handles project finance and international commercial arbitration.

He has been rated as leading lawyer, recommended lawyer, leader-in-his-field by various legal publication such as Chamber & Partners, IFLR, Asia-Pacific Law 500, PLC Which Lawyer, Chambers Asia, and Global Law Asia.He was listed as one of the leaders in the Philippines for corporate and commercial transactions from 1999 to 2009 by the Chambers and Partners -Chambers Global – The world’s leading lawyers. He was also cited as one of the leading individuals in the Philippines for corporate mergers and acquisitions transactions from 2001 to 2009 by The Asia Pacific Legal 500. Further, he was chosen as one of the recommended lawyers in the Philippines for company and corporate transactions from 2002 to 2003 in the Global Counsel 3000 8th Edition Which Lawyer.

He is a member of the board in and/or corporate secretary of various wholly-owned subsidiaries of foreign multinational companies and Filipino owned or controlled local companies with varied business activities relating to power, mining, business process outsourcing, entertainment, construction, oil and gas, airport operation, advertisement and packaging.

Mr. Balois is a director and a corporate secretary of ABB Inc., York Refrigeration Philippines, Inc., Amcor Specialty Cartons Rizal Corporation, corporate secretary of Mincom, Inc. and Asmaco Inc. (companies where ABB has direct and indirect financial interest and investments), SPC Realty Corporation (a realty company 40% owned by Amcor Specialty Cartons Inc.), Datascope Philippines Communications Inc. and Reynafilms Inc., and director in PTT Trading Corporation and PTT Philippines Corporation (wholly owned subsidiaries by its ultimate parent, Petroleum Authority of Thailand), The Thompson (Philippines) Corporation), Treyna Holdings Inc., Lowe Inc, Open Corporation and Paradigm Corporation (all members of the Mullen-Lowe Group), Traveloka Philippines Inc., Adventus IT Services (Philippines) Inc., Armored Auto Group Philippines, Inc. and Arch Global Services Philippines, Inc.

He is a resident agent of certain foreign companies with branches in the Philippines such as FCO Worldwide Inc. and Heufft Asia.

He was a lecturer or speaker in the following local, regional and international conferences:

a) In-House Congress Manila 2005, Makati City, Philippines on Code of Corporate Governance and How it has Expanded the Liabilities of Directors and Officers;
b) The Legal Management Council of the Philippines, also in 2005, Makati City, Philippines, on Good Corporate Governance in Corporations: The Role of the Company Secretary;
c) It’s More Fun Investing in the Philippines – Some Legal Land Mines to Watch out for when Investing in the Philippines. TAG Alliances International Conference, October 16, 2014, Hong Kong SRA;
d) The Alternative Dispute Resolution System in the Philippines: Confirming, Modifying, Correcting or Vacating the Award. 1st Annual Symposium for Arbitrators and Mediators, December 2, 2014, Jakarta, Indonesia; and
e) The Impact of Takeovers, Mergers and Acquisitions on the Workforce: Is there a Choice or Protection for Employees?, First Regional Conference on Current Developments in Employment Law in Malaysia and the ASEAN Countries, January 13-15, 2016, Kutching, Sarawak, Malaysia

He is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Makati West (RY 2012-2013) and a Major Donor Paul Harris Fellow.

He was a member of the International Board of Advisers of TAGLaw (Board Term 2012-2015), a worldwide alliance of independent law firms with more than 140 member firms in nearly 100 countries with more than 9,000 lawyers. He has delivered lectures during TAGLaw International and regional conferences.

He is a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Philippine Constitution Association, Philippine Bar Association, UP Law Alumni Association, and IBP Makati City Chapter (President 1997).He was a member of the Organizing Committee of the IPBA 2018 Manila Conference held in Manila March of 2018.

Prior to joining the firm in 1976, he served as Senior Executive Assistant to Commissioner Efren I. Plana, of the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1975, ranking tenth in his class, and was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society, Phi Gammu Mu International Honor Society, and Phi Kappa Phi International Honor Society. He placed 17th in the Bar Examination of 1975. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree in 1970 from the Divine Word University with honors, magna cum laude.

Firm Profile:

We Are A Full-Service Firm
Our law firm provides the full range of legal services for any activity involved in doing business in the Philippines. Our practice areas cover a wide range of legal problems and issues: we have an extensive general practice in corporate and commercial law, labor and employment law, civil/corporate/labor/criminal litigation, alternative dispute resolution, banking, securities, insurance, intellectual property, tax, product liability, commercial real estate transactions, computer and internet law, aviation and maritime law.

We have been recognized by international publications as offering highly specialized services in areas such as dispute resolution, M&A, project finance, and labor relations.

Diverse Clients, Extensive Experience
Our expertise comes from having dealt with a wide range of clients and the legal challenges facing them. With a solid domestic client base consisting of the Philippines’ largest corporations as well as some of its most eminent individuals and families, we also represent clients from all over the world. The firm counts many Fortune 500 companies from the United States, Canada, Europe (primarily the UK, Germany, Sweden and Italy), Japan and Southeast Asia (primarily Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong) among its international clients, together with a majority of the Philippines’ Top 200 corporations. Our clients have interests in various industries, including airlines, international banks, manufacturers, telecommunication companies, media, and power and utility companies. A testament to our consistency and excellence is that some clients have been with us since the early part last century.

We are the Philippine member of the TAGLaw international alliance of law firms. The firm also regularly corresponds with several international law firms, and has acted as Philippine counsel for many international transactions.

Traditional Values, Modern Thinking
Our practice remains steeped in traditional values that have guided a century of law practice. While we have earned our reputation for professionalism and excellence, we also take pride in being “cutting edge.” We apply the latest legal and “out-of-the-box” thinking to a client’s problem, approaching it creatively, in a multi-disciplinary manner. This is due in large part to the fact that we hire and train lawyers not only on the basis of their excellent academic credentials from the finest schools (several of our lawyers have postgraduate degrees from foreign universities) but also on their ability to formulate innovative, unconventional solutions to legal problems. It is no surprise that many of our law firm’s alumni have gone on to contribute to the development of Philippine law, jurisprudence and politics, as legislators, cabinet secretaries, founders of new law firms, and Justices of the Supreme Court.

Our offices have always been located in the Philippines’ central business district. Today, our offices are in Citibank Center – in the heart of the country’s financial center, Makati City – where our law library, the largest private law library in the Philippines and one of the largest in Asia, can also be found. We have invested heavily in information and communication technology infrastructure to enhance our ability to deliver accurate, efficient and timely legal services.

Ramon J. Quisumbing

Ramon Quisumbing is the managing partner of Quisumbing Torres. He is a member of the Dispute Resolution Practice Group and the Services (including Outsourcing) Industry Group of the firm. He has represented numerous multinational companies, including AT&T, The Dow Chemical Company, Cisco, Budget Rental, Occidental Chemical, Taisei, TeleTech, Agilent, Steelcase and Intel.

Practice Focus:

Ramon’s practice focuses on litigation, alternative dispute resolution, and international arbitration. He handles commercial, civil and appellate litigation.

Representative Legal Matters:

– Represents two of the world’s leading chemical companies in several cases filed by many thousands of banana plantation workers for the sterility they allegedly suffered from certain pesticides, which together constitute possibly the biggest damages/tort suits ever filed in the Philippines.
– Represents a Philippine subsidiary of a European sheet metals, industrial equipment and tools manufacturing company in a lease dispute with the owner-lessor of eight buildings leased by the client for its manufacturing plant.
– Represents and advises an international insurance brokering and financial services corporation based in the UK in litigation against a Philippine government-owned and controlled corporation to enforce a reinsurance agreement.
– Advises and represents an American multinational oil and gas exploration and production company in a suit filed by an international environmental organization before the Commission on Human Rights, seeking to hold many of the world’s largest oil, coal, cement, and mining companies liable for climate change-caused damages supposedly arising out of their carbon emissions.
– Represents the executors of a decedent’s estate in the probate of a foreign will and assist in the ancillary administration of properties in the Philippines.
– Represents private individuals in intestate proceedings and the administration of estates and real properties.

Professional Honors:

– Eminent Practitioner for Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014-2018
– Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2016-2018
– Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution and Dispute Resolution: International Arbitration, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2008-2013
– Leading Individual in Dispute Resolution, Chambers Global, 2008, 2010-2011

Professional Associations & Memberships:

– Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Member
– International Bar Association – Member
– New York State Bar Association – Member
– American Bar Association – Member

Admissions:

– Philippines (1991)
– New York~United States (1986)
– Virginia~United States (1980)
– District of Columbia~United States (1979)

Education:

– Georgetown University (J.D.) (1979)
– University of South Florida (B.S.) (1976)

Languages:

– English
– Filipino

Norieva De Vega

Atty. Norieva de Vega is the Managing Partner of Nicolas & De Vega Law Offices (NDV Law). She obtained her Juris Doctor degree in Law from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law where she graduated Class Salutatorian . She also received the Silver Medal Second Honors award. Moreover, she was bestowed the Silver Medal for Academic Excellence for her achievements in the field of academics. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines in Diliman. In addition, she has finished the Intellectual Property Law School Program of the Instituto de Estudos Europeus de Macau. Furthermore, she has successfully completed the Intellectual Property Training for Lawyers held in Tokyo, Japan and sponsored by the Japan Patent Office in coordination with the Association on Overseas Technical Scholarship. She also holds a Certificate from the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) for her completion of the WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property held in Daejeon, Republic of Korea.

A duly registered resident representative accredited by the Philippine Intellectual Property Office, Atty. de Vega primarily practices intellectual property law, including licensing and technology transfer agreements and the prosecution and maintenance of trademarks, copyrights, patents, utility models, industrial designs. She also specializes in all areas of local and international taxation, election law and entertainment law. She has extensive experience in litigation, particularly in the fields of tax law, family law, immigration law, intellectual property litigation and enforcement actions.

Before forming the firm, Atty. de Vega was connected with Carpio Villaraza & Cruz (CVC Law), where she practiced Intellectual Property Law, Corporate Law and Litigation.

Atty. De Vega is a law professor at the De La Salle Graduate School of Business -Far Eastern University Institute of Law, the Philippines’ first Juris Doctor-M.B.A. program, where she teaches Political Law Review to graduating law students and Constitutional Law to freshmen law students. She is also a thesis/dissertation defense panelist. Pertinently, she is duly accredited as a Trainer by the Licensing Executives Society International.

In addition to teaching, Atty. De Vega is a media practitioner and a member of the Kapisanan nang mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas. In fact, she has hosted the radio show “Mind Your Own Business” at DZRJ 810 AM, the first English format AM station in the Philippines from 2011 to 2015. She is also a regular columnist at FranchisingPH, one of the leading resources in franchising in the Philippines. Moreover, she also writes for OFWHotjobs, a magazine devoted to Filipino overseas workers. Pertinently, Atty. De Vega has appeared in numerous television shows and radio programs as a legal expert in various fields of law such as business, labor, election, family and the like.

Atty. de Vega is also active in the community. At present, she is the President of the prestigious Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry – Mandaluyong . She is likewise the Chairman of the Advocacy Committee of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce & Industry – NCR (PCCI-NCR), an organization of all chambers of commerce in the National Capital Region. Moreover, she is the Vice- Chairman of the Mandaluyong Micro Small Medium Enterprise Development Council (MSMED Council).

Currently, she serves as a Director of the Valle Verde VI Homeowners’ Association and Chairman of its Grievance Committee. In addition, she is a Director of the Philippine National Police Mandaluyong Station Advisory Council on Police Transformation and Development. She is also a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Federacion Internacional De Abogadas, Licensing Executives Society (LES Philippines), Association on Overseas Technical Scholarship Alumni Association, The Law Association for Asia and the Pacific (LAWASIA)International, LAWASIA Philippines, Legal Management Council of the Philippines, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management and Sigma Delta Phi.

A humanitarian leader, Atty. De Vega has implemented numerous service and charitable projects in the community of Mandaluyong pertaining to nutrition, maternal health, legal aid, education, etc. as a past President of the Rotary Club of Mandaluyong Uptown (RY 2013-2014) and District Chairman for Public Image of Rotary District 3800 (RY 2015 – 2016).

Roderico V. Puno

Bar Qualifications:

– 1990, Philippines

Education:

– Ateneo de Manila University (A.B. Political Science, 1985; LL.B., 1989)
– Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago Illinois, U.S.A. (Master of Laws with honors)

Professional Associations:

– Integrated Bar of the Philippines

Languages:

– English
– Filipino

Work Experience:

– Corporate Secretary: BDO Private Bank, 2004-2015
– Corporate Secretary: BDO Securities, Inc., 2004-2015
– Corporate Secretary: First Gen Corporation, 1998- 2015
– Corporate Secretary: First Gas Holdings Corporation, 1995-2015
– Vice President and General Counsel: First Philippine Holdings Corporation, 2001- 2003
– Director: GT Capital Holdings Inc.
– Director: Global Business Power, 2003-2013
– Corporate Secretary: Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development Corporation; Rustan Supercenter, Inc.; First Philippine Industrial Park
– Asst. Corporate Secretary: Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank), 2015

Practice Areas:

– Energy (Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Power Generation, Distribution and Transmission, Regulatory Approvals)
– Banking and Finance (Acquisition Finance, Derivatives and Financial Products, Financial Services, Loans and Credit Facilities, Project Finance, Securitization and Structured Finance)
– Bankruptcy / Financial Restructuring (Corporate Rehabilitation, Debt and Capital Restructuring, Foreclosure)
– Mergers and Acquisitions (Mergers / Corporate Reorganizations, Joint Ventures, Tender Offers, Strategic Investments and Acquisitions, Strategic Alliances, Hostile Deal Making)
– Privatization (Public Utility Regulation, Public Bidding / Negotiated Sale)
– Securities (Debt Capital Markets)
– Corporate and Commercial (Commercial Law)
– Dispute Resolution (International and Domestic Arbitration)
– Mining (Mining and Metals, Mineral Processing)
– Infrastructure (Roads and Tollways, Engineering, Procurement and Construction, Commercial and Industrial Developments)
– Legal Advocacy (Governmental and non-governmental Relations, Legislative Affairs)

Law Firm:

PUNOLAW has a history deeply rooted in its core values of excellence, integrity and professionalism. In their “Practice of Doing Good” as a fundamental tenet, PunoLaw’s lawyers imbibe the principles of perceptive determination, creative analysis, utmost diligence, profound faith and incisive legal acumen as they advance the client’s interests with a keen sense of contribution to social reform and nation-building.