Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles is one of the largest and oldest firms in the Philippines and achieved first-tier ranking in every practice area in the 2007 International Financial Law Review (IFLR) 1000 rankings. It maintains a constant presence in international transactions and is the only Philippine law firm with a foreign office (Hong Kong).
In 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009, the firm was awarded by Asian Legal Business (ALB) “Philippine Deal Firm of the Year.” In 2005, it was bestowed by the same institution with the “Southeast Asia Deals of the Year” award. It was also awarded as “National Law Firm of the Year for the Philippines” by the IFLR in 2005. In 2009, it was also given the award by ALB as “Employer of Choice.” In 2011, the firm was recognized by Chamber & Partners as “Law Firm of the Year” for the Philippines.
The firm is composed of 93 lawyers, all of whom speak English fluently and the majority of whom have received training and graduate degrees from universities out of the country.
The firm offers legal services across a comprehensive range of practice areas, including: aviation and admiralty; banking; corporate and business laws; capital markets and other financial transactions; energy; environmental laws; finance; foreign investments; infrastructure; intellectual property; labor laws; litigation; mining, gas, oil, geothermal and other natural resources; securities; and taxation.
Partners and associates of the firm are also active members and officers of business and civic associations and professional organizations such as: the American Chamber of Commerce; the APEC Business Forum; the Asian Neighbors’ Forum; the Asian Patent Attorneys Association; the Intellectual Property Association of the Philippines; the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property; the International Business Association; the Inter-Pacific Bar Association; the Makati Business Club; the Management Association of the Philippines; the Maritime Law Association of the Philippines; the Pacific Basin Economic Council; the Philippine-Thailand Business Council; the Philippine-Japan Business Council; the Philippine-Korea Business Council; the Philippine-Singapore Business Council; the Philippine-U.K. Business Council; the Philippine-U.S. Business Council; the Tax Management Association of the Philippines; the U.S. Trademark Association; Union Internationale des Avocats Asean Law Association; and various chapters of the Rotary Club.
The firm traces its roots to the law firm of Gibbs, McDonough and Ozaeta, which practiced law in the Philippines in the early 1900s. Allison D. Gibbs was a well-known tax and corporate lawyer; Charles A. McDonough was a name in criminal law practice. Roman A. Ozaeta, who later became a distinguished Justice of the Supreme Court, and his son Herminio, an outstanding corporate lawyer in his own right, reconstituted the firm in 1957. The firm underwent several name changes before it eventually evolved into Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles.