Office Address

Phone Number

+63 2 982 3500

Fax Number

+63 2 817-3896

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SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan

Main Office Address

SyCipLaw Center
105 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City 
Philippines 1226

Office Locations

Manila, Cebu, Davao, and Subic, Philippines

Firm Phone Number

+632 982-3500; +632 982-3600; +632 982-3700

Firm Fax Number

+63 2 817-3896

Personal Background

Luisito V. Liban specializes in labor and employment, litigation, and special projects. Among the transactions in which he was involved include the acquisition of Mirant’s power plant assets in the Philippines by Crimson Power and the merger of Sanofi-Synthelabo Philippines, Inc. and Aventis Philippines.

Mr. Liban is a director in the following corporations: Newsweek Philippines, Inc., Silver Cosmo Limited, ROGO Realty Corporation, Zapper Services Pte. Ltd., Harbour Land Corporation, and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor-Mindanao, Inc. He is also a resident agent in the Philippines for Lutheran World Relief, corporate secretary for Grolier International Finance, Inc., and chair of the Educational Foundation, Inc.

Mr. Liban has contributed to the “Employment Terms and Conditions-Asia Pacific Report” of The Philippines Investment Manual and authored the Philippine Section of Watson Wyatt’s continuing report on Employment Terms & Conditions in Asia Pacific. He is a member of the International Bar Association. He is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee (since 2001), Conflicts Committee and Hiring Committee.

Firm Background

SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan is the largest and the leading full-service law firm in the Philippines, with its principal office in Makati, the financial and business center of metropolitan Manila, and branch offices in Cebu City, Davao City and Subic . Although the firm's practice centers on business activities, it has since its founding offered a broad and integrated range of legal services that cover such areas as family relations, constitutional issues, and other matters of law unrelated to commerce.

The firm's practice is diversified, as reflected in its seven principal departments: Banking, Finance & Securities, Corporate Services, Intellectual Property, Employment and Immigration, Litigation, Special Projects, and Tax. Within this structure, certain of the firm's lawyers are involved in further fields of specialization, such as immigration, shipping, and maritime law. Four of the firm's partners are admitted to the New York bar.

The firm represents enterprises in many fields, including construction, energy, manufacturing, mining, banking and financial services. In addition to domestic, foreign, and multinational business corporations, the firm represents individuals, non-profit institutions, governmental agencies, and multilateral organizations.

In the field of employment and immigration, the firm represents clients in compulsory and voluntary arbitration as well as in adversarial and non-adversarial labor proceedings, including strikes, unfair labor practice cases, standard complaints, employee money claims, and other conflicts between labor and management. The firm has long experience and a successful track record in collective bargaining in the banking, financial, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. The firm also advices clients on matters of labor and employment, whether in unionized or non-unionized settings, including issues involving the implementation of company policies and regulations, the effects of merger and other corporate restructuring, the adoption of labor-saving devices, and the organization of labor-management committees and councils. The firm also conducts labor audits and prepares and reviews company employment policies, personnel manuals, rules and regulations.

Firm Practice Areas

Banking, Finance & Securities, Corporate Services, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Employment and Immigration, Litigation, Special Projects, Tax, Construction, Energy, Manufacturing, Mining