21 Sep 2016

(MEDIA RELEASE) Rajah & Tann Asia extends reach to Philippines with C&G Law

Singapore, 21 September 2016 – Rajah & Tann Asia, Southeast Asia’s largest legal network, has extended its reach to the Philippines by bringing on board C&G Law.

C&G Law will become a member firm of Rajah & Tann Asia with effect from 1 January 2017.

C&G Law specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration, taxation, as well as labour and employment. The firm consists of over 30 fee earners servicing major Philippine conglomerates and multinational companies from a diverse range of sectors including banking and financial, infrastructure and project finance, energy, manufacturing, education, medical, and pharmaceutical.

Rajah & Tann Asia’s Chairman Lee Eng Beng said: “C&G Law is one of the most dynamic, progressive, and well-regarded law firms in the Philippines. We are delighted that they are joining Rajah & Tann Asia at a time when the Philippines’ economy is enjoying a resurgence and many international and regional companies are stepping up their investments in the country. C&G Law will certainly boost our capabilities in helping clients navigate the diverse legal landscape in Asia.”

C&G Law’s Managing Partner Mr Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan said: “We are excited to be part of the Rajah & Tann Asia network and look forward to serving our clients’ needs outside the Philippines. They will now have access to a complete range of service capabilities from top notch lawyers in the region.”

Mr Gatmaytan is a leading legal practitioner in corporate and commercial transactions, including on equity investments, share and asset acquisitions, lending, security and other financing arrangements, real estate transactions, and construction and infrastructure projects especially in the energy sector.

He added:“The Philippines’ economy is the best performer in Southeast Asia in recent years and the country is enjoying good growth in an otherwise lacklustre global environment. GDP growth in the Philippines has averaged between 6-7% for the past three years and we are seeing an increase of foreign investments into the country across a wide range of industry sectors.

“At the same time, Philippine business leaders have in recent years stepped up their overseas investments. Joining the Rajah & Tann Asia network is not only timely, but necessary to meet the growing demands of our clients."

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and now, the Philippines. The network of firms offers the highest standards of service to locally-based clients while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions.  With the addition of C&G Law, Rajah & Tann Asia’s clients will enjoy seamless access to around 650 fee earners who are qualified to practise local law in nine countries in ASEAN.

The other firms in the network are R&T Sok & Heng Law Office (Cambodia), Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (Indonesia, with offices in Jakarta and Surabaya), Rajah & Tann (Laos) Sole Co., LtdChristopher & Lee Ong (Malaysia), Rajah & Tann NK Legal Myanmar Company LimitedRajah & Tann Singapore LLP (with a representative office in Shanghai), Rajah & Tann (Thailand) Limited, and Rajah & Tann LCT Lawyers (Vietnam,with offices in Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi).

All the individual firms of Rajah & Tann Asia are fully qualified to advise on and practise the laws of their respective jurisdictions, and will collectively have 12 offices in the major cities of Southeast Asia and Shanghai.

About Rajah & Tann Asia – www.rajahtannasia.com

Rajah & Tann Asia brings together leading law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam, with each offering the highest standards of service to clients requiring assistance in each of their respective jurisdictions while collectively having the capacity to handle the most complex regional and cross-border transactions and to provide excellent legal counsel seamlessly across the region. With around 650 fee earners, all working towards one shared goal, we are lawyers who know Asia and who give our clients home advantage in each of the countries where our network is located.

About C&G Law

The full name of C&G Law is Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio. It was formerly known as Caguioa & Gatmaytan and continues to practise under the business style of “C&G Law”. C&G Law is a full-service law firm in the Philippines specializing in corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration, taxation as well as labour and employment. C&G Law is currently composed of seven partners, namely, Jaime Renato B. Gatmaytan, Ben Dominic R. Yap, Norma Margarita B. Patacsil, Anthony Mark A. Gutierrez, Jesus Paolo U. Protacio, Cesar E. Santamaria, Jr., and Mary Thel T. Mundin, and a full complement of associates and paralegals. C&G Law and/or its partners have been recognised in various fields by a number of prestigious international publications, such as Asialaw, Asian Legal Business, Chambers & Partners, the Global Arbitration Review, the International Financial Law Review, Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal.