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.

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.

What Sets Us Apart?

Unwavering Commitment To Excellence

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.

Editha R. Hechanova, Esq.

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

Editha 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. Recognised 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).

Editha is also the Managing Partner of Hechanova-Bugay-Vilchez & Andaya-Racadio, specialising 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.

Editha 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, Editha 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 organisations such as INTA, MARQUES, FICPI, ECTA, AIPLA and LES as well as local organisations 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. specialises 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.

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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 (Senior Partner), 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, Roger 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 (NAMFREL), 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 (BONIFACIO), 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 University and is a graduate of the Ateneo de Manila School of Law.

Firm Overview:

Our mission is to pursue at all times the path of excellence, to develop our capabilities to the fullest, and to extend ourselves to the limit.

Our vision is to faithfully adhere to the principles of dedicated service in the finest traditions and highest ideals of a learned and noble profession.

From a modest commercial law practice in downtown Manila at the turn of the 20th century, today we are one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the Philippines with a full offering of legal services, including advice and representation in banking and finance, capital market and securities, energy and infrastructure, immigration, intellectual property, labour and employment, litigation and arbitration, real estate and natural resources, taxation, and technology, media, and telecommunications.

We are composed of more than 100 lawyers – all of whom speak English fluently and a good number of whom have received training and graduate degrees from universities abroad. Our lawyers are also active officers and members of professional business and civic associations in the Philippines and around the world.

We are the sole Philippine member of Lex Mundi, a global network of about 160 independent law firms, with a combined total of more than 21000 lawyers in all commercially significant jurisdictions throughout the world. We are also the TRACE partner firm in the Philippines and join other TRACE firms around the world in providing practical and cost-effective anti-bribery compliance to global businesses.

Firm History:

ROMULO traces its roots to the law firm which Allison D. Gibbs and William Kincaid established in 1902. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, Allison D. Gibbs and William Kincaid arrived in the Philippines as part of the Colorado and Nebraska volunteers, respectively. After the war, they decided to settle in the Philippines and engage in the practice of law. They hung their shingle in the business centre of Manila in No. 9 Plaza Moraga.

The firm was reorganised several times until Charles McDonough was admitted into the partnership. Allison D. Gibbs’ sons, Findley and Allison J., would later join the firm as assistant attorneys while an upstart Filipino lawyer by the name of Roman Ozaeta was admitted as partner in 1931.

The firm, then known as Gibbs McDonough and Ozaeta, had an extensive practice in commercial law. It handled cases involving banking, corporation law, insurance, and public utilities. It pioneered in the law on intellectual property and successfully handled cases involving infringement of trademarks and copyright.

While Allison D. Gibbs became a well-known corporate lawyer, the firm also developed a reputation for outstanding trial work and appellate practice. Charles McDonough earned a name for himself as an outstanding trial lawyer while Roman Ozaeta earned renown for his meticulous and excellently composed pleadings and briefs.

In 1936, Roman Ozaeta resigned from the firm to become judge of the then Court of First Instance. He went on to become Solicitor General in 1938, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1941, Secretary of Justice in 1946, and again an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court from 1948 to 1950.

After retiring from public service, Roman Ozaeta joined his son Herminio, Allan O’Gorman, and Carlos Romulo, Jr. in private practice. Following the plane crash that claimed the lives of Alan O’Gorman and Carlos Romulo, Jr. in 1957, Allison J. Gibbs joined the Ozaetas and formed the firm Ozaeta Gibbs and Ozaeta.

Carlos Romulo Jr.’s brother, Ricardo J. Romulo, would later become Senior Partner himself and, following a previous rule of practice which limited the name of a law office to those of its active and living partners, the firm was renamed Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles.

In October 2002, ROMULO celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding with the descendants of Allison D. Gibbs.

Elmar B. Galacio

Elmar Galacio is our exclusively recommended Dispute Resolution expert in the Philippines on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Elmar directly using the contact details above.

A senior litigator, Elmar is the Firm’s primary litigator in banking fraud cases. His Certified Fraud Examiner license is a most sought-after expertise in the field, especially in commercial, civil, criminal and labor litigation, exemplified by his being lead external counsel representing the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, among other notable clients and some major banks, in their must-win complex cases.

Elmar heads the firm’s Arbitration Practice Group. He acts either as arbitrator or lead counsel in arbitration proceedings.  He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a member of the International Chamber of Commerce, Institute of World Business Law, Asia Pacific Institute of Experts, and of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration. He obtained his Oxford Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration in London. In the Philippines, he is accredited arbitrator with the Construction Industry Arbitration Commission, Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution, Philippine Institute of Arbitrators, and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. He has extensive practice in construction and commercial arbitration, both domestic and international, and both ad hoc and institutional arbitration, spanning almost 20 years now.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Law in 1997 where he was member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honour Society, his Master in Public Policy from Saitama University in Japan in 2000 as Monbusho scholar, and his Bachelor of Arts from the Holy Name University in Bohol where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992.

Firm Overview:

The firm’s lawyers are highly respected by their peers for providing sought after legal guidance to leaders of our nation, captains of industry, and even the common man. All 20 partners, together with the firm’s associates and non-legal personnel, who count among the very best in the profession, are bound by a commitment to deliver the highest quality of service to help the firm’s clients attain success and contribute to nation building.

Together, practicing law as one firm, Cruz Marcelo and Tenefrancia provides unparalleled legal representation in various fields of law as a full-service firm.