Atty. Anthony B. Peralta

Atty. Anthony B. Peralta is our exclusively recommended IT Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Anthony directly using the contact details listed above.

Atty. Peralta is a Senior Partner and the head of the Firm’s Corporate Law and Intellectual Property Departments. His practice involves a broad range of areas such as: banking and finance, business process outsourcing, capital markets, commercial litigation, government contracts and procurement law, data privacy and protection, mergers and acquisitions, project finance, securities, energy law, environmental law, taxation, and transportation law. Atty. Peralta also has experience in commercial and criminal litigation, having appeared in various cases involving insolvency, corporate rehabilitation, disputed tax assessments, unfair competition, and trademark and patent infringement. He notably served as a private prosecutor in the impeachment case of former President Joseph Estrada and in his plunder case before the Sandiganbayan. He previously argued before the Supreme Court in a case involving the foreign ownership issue involving the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company.

Atty. Peralta has been recognised by Who’s Who Legal, a London-based publication, as a global leader in Information Technology law. As part of his practice, he has assisted in the structuring of settlement agreements for technology, intellectual property, and privacy cases. He has represented various global companies in negotiating and drafting software, hardware, internet, cloud, cyber security, and other information technology transactions.

Atty. Peralta is a member of several local and international organisations, such as the Asian Patent Attorneys Association, Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines, International Trademark Association, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Rizal Chapter, and the Intellectual Property Professors Association. He is the current country representative of the Information Technology Law Association (ITECH Law) and is a Director and past President of the Licensing Executives Society Philippines. He was also the previous president of the Intellectual Property Alumni Association. He has been a faculty member of the De La Salle University College of Law since 2011. He served as Associate dean from 2017-2022. He teaches Corporation Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Credit Transactions, Cyber Law, Intellectual Property, Land Titles & Deeds and Legal Forms.

Firm Overview:

Calleja Law Office offers a strong team of high-calibre lawyers from various backgrounds and specialisations, bringing with them wealth of experience and triumphs, bound by the same passion for commitment, excellence and integrity.

Founded in 2008 by Atty. Howard M. Calleja, CALLEJA PERALTA JIMENEZ SAN LUIS UY & ULIBAS (CALLEJA LAW OFFICE) has evolved into one of the fastest growing full-service law firms in the Philippines. It attributes its rapid growth to continued adherence to its core principles of Commitment, Excellence and Integrity. The extremely volatile business environment prevailing in the Philippines has presented new challenges and opportunities for its clients in the energy, financial services, medical services, real estate, tourism, technology, media, telecommunications sectors. Now more than ever, clients require and demand individualised representation of the highest quality from their legal counsel.

Our goal is for each of our clients to meet their business objectives by providing the highest quality legal services, which is timely, responsive and cost effective. The strength of our client list and endurance of our client relationships attest to our success in meeting that goal. We treat each and every one of our clients as business partners and we combine top rate professional skills and solid business judgment in order to play an active role in ensuring our clients’ success.

After building its reputation by successfully representing clients in significant landmark cases, the firm has metamorphosed into a full service firm with a diverse range of practice areas: Arbitration, Banking and Finance, Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Business Process Outsourcing, Capital Markets, Corporate Law, Data Privacy and Protection, Election Law, Estate Planning, Family Law, Foreign Investments, Government Contracts, Immigration Law, Intellectual Property, Labour and Employment Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Project Finance, Technology Media and Telecommunications, Taxation and Transportation.

Mila Federis

Mila Federis is our exclusively recommended Trademark Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mila directly using the contact details listed above.

Ms. Federis is the co-founder and managing partner of Federis & Associates Law Office, a boutique law firm. Federis & Associates is one of just a handful of Philippine law firms whose practice is exclusively focused on IP law.

Ms. Federis works with clients from a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods, hotel, leisure, electronics, automotive, telecommunications and IT. Her extensive experience in an IP-focused practice involves copyright, trademark and design prosecution, enforcement, licensing, advertising and privacy issues. She manages a range of trademark work, from clearance to prosecution and maintenance. Her enforcement work includes cease and desist letter campaigns, raids, coordination with government officials and court actions.

Ms. Federis began her IP career during her first job after law school. At that firm, she handled a large portfolio of trademark and patent applications. She also prepared pleadings and memoranda in trademark oppositions, interference, cancellations, unfair competition and trademark infringement actions. Furthermore, Ms. Federis collected and presented evidence in cases, prepared complaints and affidavits for search warrant applications and coordinated with criminal enforcement agents in raids against counterfeiters.

Her initial training in IP was supplemented by several years of experience working in a law firm in the United States with more than 120 lawyers. She managed the filing of trademark applications with the US Patents & Trademarks Office (USPTO). She also handled and coordinated applications filed in foreign jurisdictions, supervised trademark disputes in different countries, prepared and filed post-registration maintenance Affidavits of Use with the USPTO.

Ms. Federis is involved in committee work for professional organisations. She organised a roundtable conference for the International Trademark Association (INTA), moderated an INTA conference panel discussion and represented INTA at an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation IP Rights Experts’ Group consultation. She is a regular contributor to the Philippines section in INTA publications: Anti-Counterfeiting in Asia and the Pacific Rim, the International Oppositions Guide, Country Guides and the Madrid Practitioner’s Guide. Ms. Federis is also the regular contributor to the Getting the Deal Through: Patents Edition and Getting the Deal Through: Trademarks Edition.

In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Federis devotes time for pro-bono cases. She acted as defence counsel for students accused in anti-subversion cases and was defence counsel for seven women accused in a criminal case for malicious mischief. This case was filed by a prominent political family who illegally constructed fish pens in a lake that was declared by the government as a fish sanctuary. Ms. Federis is also a passionate proponent for the firm’s annual gift to the Office of Legal Affairs at the University of the Philippines College of Law and is a regular contributor to the funding of non-government organisations involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of street children.

Jessamyn H. Uy-Ligan

Jessamyn H. Uy-Ligan is our exclusively recommended Corporate Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Jessamyn directly using the contact details listed above.

Ms. Uy is the partner-in-charge of corporate and special projects, immigration, estate settlement, and family law.

She earned her Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a Certificate of Specialisation in Business Law from the University of California – Berkeley School of Law in 2021. As an international student, Ms. Uy epitomised excellence and was privileged to be part of the Dean’s Circle. She was awarded Best Legal Memorandum when she earned her LL.M. degree.

Ms. Uy also graduated with honours in Juris Doctor from Ateneo De Manila University after completing her undergraduate degree in Legal Management at De La Salle University-Manila. Currently, with the sincere aim of offering her collective legal experience and expertise for the greater good, Ms. Uy is in her 3rd term as an elected official in a local public office.

The growing number of international clients, as well as multinational companies committing themselves to the quality service of Ligan & Uy, is by virtue of Ms. Uy’s distinguished experience in corporate practice. Before joining the Firm, Ms. Uy worked at one of the country’s best law firms known for handling complicated business and commercial projects and transactions.

Through her professional experience, Ms. Uy was able to assist clients in forming and structuring business entities, negotiating and finalising mergers and acquisitions, government biddings, and conducting complex due diligence.

Ms. Uy’s considerable expertise in corporate practice is further evidenced by her competent representation of a diverse array of clients. These clients include real estate developers, financial institutions, pharmaceutical, agricultural, and IT companies, foundations, industrial conglomerates, and product manufacturers. Having a strong family and business law background, Ms. Uy has also advised clients on matters involving family constitutions, property relations between spouses, and estate planning.

Excellent, professional, and with integrity—along with Mr. Ligan, Ms. Uy is the embodiment of our Law Firm’s establishing values.

Firm Overview:

Ligan & Uy is a full-service law firm positioned to provide legal services observing the most exacting standards. The Firm represents the integration of vast experiences and practices of two professional lawyers. James Russel D. Ligan and Jessamyn H. Uy possess professional qualifications in the practice of law. They achieved experience and expertise in their respective practice areas by having worked with top-tier and established law firms of international stature.

Ligan  &  Uy has a diverse clientele, which includes, multinational corporations, BPOs, emerging and medium enterprises, start-ups, real estate developers, manufacturing companies, health care professionals and hospitals, distribution and logistics companies, professional services firms, financial sectors, retailers and wholesalers, and those engaged in telecommunication, media and technology, and restaurant and food industries.

We have a thorough understanding of the industries in which our clients operate. The Firm is well placed to service the requirements of its clients across the Philippines in all fields of law and also adequately equipped to handle cross-border transactions. Particularly, the Firm has extensive experience in the areas of corporate law and specialises in representing major foreign and domestic corporations. We handle labour law, wills and estate, immigration, insurance, real estate, family law, and intellectual property issues.

We also offer our proven capabilities in litigation and dispute resolution, representing our clients in high courts and various quasi-judicial tribunals, including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, National Labour and Relations Commission, National Privacy Commission, Intellectual Property Office, Securities and Exchange Commission, and other adjudicatory bodies.

Our Firm is client-focused, and we take pride in our ability to respond quickly with quality legal services. Big firm expertise. Small firm attention.

Rogelio Nicandro

Rogelio Nicandro is our exclusively recommended Patent Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rogelio directly using the contact details listed above.

Rogelio is a member of the Executive Board and the head of the Intellectual Property group. His practice focuses on intellectual property, litigation, and arbitration.

Rogelio started practicing law immediately after the bar when he was invited by his professor, William R. Veto, a commercial law authority and senior counsel of Tañada Carreon Tañada, to be his legal assistant. He handled civil and commercial litigation at the trial and appellate level. He also handled insurance and intellectual property, variegated contracts, and prepared opinions for his banking clientele.

Rogelio joined the firm in 1969. In his early years, his practice was concentrated on litigation, civil and commercial, with some criminal cases. He was also into contracts, banking, corporations, intellectual property, and condominiums. He is a pioneer in condominium law practice, having been counsel for the earliest condominium projects in the Philippines.

Rogelio has acted as panel chairman and arbitrator in significant cases and has been elected since 1996 as trustee of the Philippine Dispute Resolution Centre, the country’s foremost arbitration centre.

In 1999, he became the head of the intellectual property department of the firm. He regularly attends international IP congresses where he often contributes country reports and position papers. He is past president of the Licensing Executives Society International, Philippine Group.

From 1987 to 2011, Rogelio was a legal consultant of the Asian Development Bank. He also taught Election Law in Ateneo Law School for eight years. He was lead counsel of the National Movement for Free Elections, particularly, for its successful accreditation as the citizen’s arm for the snap presidential elections of 1986 before the Marcos-controlled Commission on Elections. He likewise handled human rights cases and became Counsel General of the Brotherhood of Nationalistic, Involved and Free Attorneys to Combat Injustice and Oppression, a human rights lawyers’ group. He is past president of the Legal Management Association of the Philippines.

Rogelio Nicandro received his A.B. Philosophy degree from San Beda College and is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

Mary Ann T. Juco

Mary Ann Juco is our exclusively recommended Family Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Mary Ann directly using the contact details listed above.

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The Law Firm’s Managing Partner, obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from De La Salle University (1995-1998) and her Bachelor of Laws degree from the San Sebastian College of Law (2000-2004). She has extensive exposure to taxation, government contracting, corporate organisation, family law, judicial recognition of foreign judgment, annulment and divorce.

She has worked successively with the Court of Tax Appeals and with the Court of Appeals as an Attorney, developing her expertise in her areas of practice.

Attorneys Jorge Juco and Mary Ann Juco have decades of combined legal experience in a number of fields and are prepared to advise and assist clients with their legal requirements. They build a positive and informed relationship with clients, with dedication to their interests and a focus on results.

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We are a Philippine Law Firm that builds a positive and informed relationship with our clients that goes beyond the rendering of legal advice.

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Rainier Mamangun

Rainier Mamangun is our exclusively recommended Real Estate and Property Law expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Rainier directly using the contact details listed above.

The Law Office of Atty. Rainier Mamangun was established in 2004 and has provided services to a multitude of clients, Filipinos and foreigners alike, in the areas of Property Purchase; Guidance in Investments on Real Properties in the Philippines; Transfer & Registration of Title; Expropriation; Due Diligence; Contract Drafting & Review; cases before the Human Settlements Adjudication Commission (formerly HLURB); and cases filed with the regular courts such as for Ejectment, Cancellation of Title, Reconstitution of Lost Title, Petition for Issuance of New Title, Reconveyance, Removal of Encumbrance, Cancellation of Adverse Claim, Breach of Contract, and Settlement of Estate, among others.

His Firm provides advisory, due diligence, and litigation services in real estate transactions and property concerns.  Its services likewise cover the preparation and review of contracts, agreements, and instruments relating to the purchase and acquisition of real properties, including purchases made by foreign nationals when allowed by law. It also engages in negotiations with property developers or parties to a real estate transaction, deal with rescission and nullification of contracts, as well as pursue claims under the Maceda Law and other relevant legislation.

Its years of experience allow it to address its client’s concerns effectively and facilitate a cost-efficient and successful accomplishment of their objectives.  The Firm’s lawyers, associates, paralegals, interns, and support staff are trained, skilled in their line of work, and dedicated to their craft.   Embedded in the Firm’s culture is the genuine concern for the client’s cause. Thus, the Firm renders tailor fit solutions to respond to the client’s specific needs. Given the pandemic and its impact on people’s finances, the Firm also understands the need for reasonable and flexible rates while maintaining the quality of service that it provides.

Prior to establishing the Firm, Atty. Rainier Mamangun was a lawyer for the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) where he worked on cases involving migrant workers and overseas Filipinos in conjunction with the Office for Migrant Workers Affairs and the concerned Embassies and Consulates.

Atty. Mamangun’s adeptness at handling cases in and out of court could be attributed to his stint at the DFA where he honed his diplomatic skills that now prove crucial in his dealings with the courts and the opposition.

His skills at legal drafting and the defense of existing legislation were also developed through years of service at the DFA and in appearances at Congressional hearings and various inter-agency meetings that dealt with law and policy formulation relating to the welfare of Filipinos overseas.  He had, for instance, defended the constitutionality of the “Migrant Workers’ Act” before the Court of Appeals in coordination with the Office of the Solicitor General.  He was also part of the Drafting Committee for the Magna Carta for Seafarers, a bill intended to promote the welfare of millions of Filipino seafarers worldwide.

While at the DFA, he was also instrumental in the rescue of countless victims of human smuggling and trafficking in Asia and in saving Filipinos on death row in the Middle East.  For these purposes, he spearheaded various legal missions to Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Nepal, India and Saudi Arabia to protect of the interests of the Overseas Filipino Worker; undertook diplomatic representations with foreign governments; and also appeared before foreign courts.

He also briefly worked at the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

For several years, he was a Legal Consultant to the National Federation of Labor Unions (NAFLU), previously one of the biggest labor federations in the Philippines.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Political Science and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Utopia based in Ateneo Law.