Southeast Asia’s largest legal network expands to the Philippines

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Rajah & Tann Asia is expanding its reach to the Philippines with Metro Manila-based law firm C&G Law becoming a member firm from 1 January 2017.
Southeast Asia’s largest legal network as a result will include the law firms and lawyers in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
“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,” said Lee Eng Beng.
The Rajah & Tann Asia Chairman said that the organisation expects C&G Law to boost the network’s capabilities in helping clients navigate the diverse legal in Asia.
Officially known as Gatmaytan Yap Patacsil Gutierrez & Protacio, the Makati-based law firm specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, litigation and arbitration, taxation, and labour and employment.
It has more than 30 fee earners who service 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.
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.”
“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,” added the specialist in corporate and commercial transactions.
The senior lawyer concluded that joining the network “is not only timely, but necessary to meet the growing demands of our clients.”
The Rajah & Tann Asia network currently includes the law firms R&T Sok & Heng Law Office (Cambodia), Assegaf Hamzah & Partners (Indonesia, with offices in Jakarta and Surabaya), Rajah & Tann (Laos) Sole Co., Ltd, Christopher & Lee Ong (Malaysia), Rajah & Tann NK Legal Myanmar Company Limited, Rajah & 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).