Philippines

About

The Philippines is a vibrant emerging market with a young workforce, a tech-savvy population and a growing middle class. Accelerated economic activity has led to rising consumer spending, ambitious infrastructure development and robust inflows of foreign direct investment from across Asia-Pacific and globally. Clients look to White & Case to help assess and deliver opportunities, streamlining the complexities of investing in the Philippines.

White & Case has been active in the Philippines for more than 30 years advising on high-profile cross-border transactions and disputes leveraging the collective knowledge and resources of our lawyers across our 45 offices in 31 countries. We support international investors and financial institutions on their inbound transactions into the Philippines, as well as Philippine conglomerates both in the Philippines as well as on their outbound investment ambitions around the world.

We have advised on many of the country's large-scale energy & infrastructure development projects, as well as on a string of high-profile and successful disputes in the infrastructure sector for the Republic of the Philippines. Our team is active on a wide range of corporate, M&A, financing, international trade, capital markets, project development and disputes matters in the power, infrastructure, oil & gas / LNG, real estate, telecoms, transport, aviation and mining industries.

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Tier 2 – Philippines: Foreign Firms

Having expanded its Philippine practice in recent years, White & Case now covers various sectors with a particular focus on infrastructure and power projects. Matthew Osborne is a specialist in this area with almost two decades of experience advising grantors, sponsors, JV participants and financiers in relation to the delivery of major power, infrastructure and construction projects, particularly in the energy, resources, utilities and transport sectors. The firm also has extensive experience advising Philippine conglomerates on outbound investments, as well as multinational companies and private equity firms on their inbound investments and cross-border activities involving the Philippines.
The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022

Band 3 – Philippines: Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (Expertise Based Abroad)

White & Case has notable experience advising international entities on project development and financing in the Philippines, with a focus on transportation infrastructure, LNG and renewable energy legal matters. Also advises on projects-related disputes. Its Singapore team often leads Philippines-focused work, with assistance from its other bases across the Asia-Pacific region.
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022

Experience

Representation of the Republic of the Philippines in securing three consecutive victories for the Philippines on a decade-long dispute concerning Terminal 3 at the Manila International Airport.

Representation of Asian Development Bank as transaction adviser to the Philippines National Oil Company (PNOC) on its proposed development of an LNG power project in the Philippines.

Representation of a Philippine conglomerate on the development and project financing of a large copper / gold project in the Philippines.

Representation of an international infrastructure developer on a joint venture with a Philippine conglomerate for the development and operation of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport on a build, operate and transfer basis pursuant to a 25-year concession.

Representation of the mandated lead arrangers on a €370 million refinancing term loan to a subsidiary of a Philippines conglomerate with an international spirit manufacturing, bottling and distributing business.

Representation of an international renewable energy developer on the project financing of a solar project in the Philippines.

Representation of a Philippine conglomerate on a billion-dollar land reclamation project in the Philippines.

Representation of a Philippines conglomerate on its renewable development activities in Vietnam.

Representation of an international infrastructure developer on the sale of its interest in the 800MW combined cycle gas turbine power plant on Jurong Island, Singapore, to a Philippines conglomerate.