Providing unparalleled legal representation for the betterment of the Philippines

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Providing unparalleled legal representation for the betterment of the Philippines

Legal services firms in the Philippines are playing an increasingly important role in facilitating economic growth. Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia (CMT) is dedicated to serving Philippine society.

This year saw the ‘Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018’ rank CMT as a ‘top tier firm’. Seven of the firm’s twenty partners were recognized as ‘leading individuals’ and reaffirmed CMT’s status as one of the nation’s top legal firms.

Chairman and chief executive officer, Simeon V. Marcelo, is one of the country’s top litigators having previously served as solicitor general and ombudsman.

“Our core values are built on integrity, professionalism and diligence”, says Marcelo. “Through our hard work, the agility to innovate and our reputation for providing the best legal advice, we have seen a year-on-year increase in foreign clientele”.

Japan - Hiroaki Wakui, Managing Director of Meiden Asia Pte Ltd and Ko Yamamoto, Managing Director of Meiden Singapore Pte Ltd

Simeon V. Marcelo,  Chairman and CEO of  Cruz Marcelo & Tenefrancia

This year, the government of the Philippines plans to amend its constitution to ease restrictions on foreign investments. With the country’s ‘build, build, build’ initiative driving large-scale infrastructure projects, foreign direct investment is expected to increase.

With an increasing number of deals being done, foreign companies, including a significant number of Japanese firms, require legal services on the ground in the Philippines.

“We established our Japan desk a number of years ago to facilitate Japan-Philippines trade”, says Marcelo. “We are happy to work with Japanese investors and indeed all of our friends from across the region. As to our present and future Chinese clients, we created our Chinese desk last year. CMT remains committed to meeting the needs of our growing multinational clientele”. In this connection, CMT has several partners who speak either Mandarin or Nihongo.

CMT intends to continue delivering high-quality legal representation, particularly with the use of tools provided by advances in Artificial Intelligence, combined with the utmost desire to exceed clients’ expectations.

The growth of the Philippines’ economy will continue to attract interest from around the world. CMT aims to guide leaders, captains of industry and the common man for the betterment of the Philippines.

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