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sy & Partners

Experience & Expertise

Responsive & Proactive

Innovations & Solutions

About us

Sy & Partners joined the global network of *Nishimura & Asahi in 2023

The Firm is helmed by Felix Sy, a leading lawyer with over 20 years of experience and expertise in advising and assisting corporates, project developers, and financial institutions (both international and domestic) in the banking, financing, energy / renewables, infrastructure, and insurance sectors.

From complex financing and security transactions to developing infrastructure and energy /power /renewable projects, to mergers and acquisitions and bancassurance transactions among banks and insurers, to real estate joint ventures, our extensive experience and expertise as well as excellent working relationships with market players and regulators equip us to provide clear, concise, responsive, timely, and innovative advice to allow you to find working solutions to your business concerns so you can continue to focus on entering and expanding exponentially in your markets within the Philippines and beyond.

*Nishimura & Asahi is Japan’s largest law firm, covering all aspects of domestic and international business transactions and corporate/commercial activities. The firm has more than 800 professionals with a presence in over 19 locations around the world. Through the firm’s domestic and global networks, the firm is ideally placed to provide its clients with a seamless, one-stop, and multi-jurisdictional service all over the world.



Of Counsel


Our Services

What we do

Banking & Finance


Capital Markets
Insurance and Bancassurance

Law Reform and Government Advisory

Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Energy/Renewables, Infrastructure and Utilities
Tax Advisory and Advocacy
Customs and International Trade

Wealth Management

Data Privacy
Anti-trust and Competition Law
Labour and Employment/Immigration


Intellectual Property

Our Team

Meet our lawyers

Felix Sy

Managing Partner

+63 917 122 5322

Felix’s practice focuses on Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate/Commercial, Banking & Finance, and Technology, including fintech, insuretech, digital assets, cryptocurrency, payments, and e-commerce. He advises on Insurance and Bancassurance transactions and products. In addition, Felix specializes in Projects (Power/Energy, Renewables, Infrastructure/Utilities), including project finance, privatization, project development and operations, build-operate-transfer/Public Private Partnership and its variant arrangements.

Maria Tara Mercado


+63 917 128 9536

Tara has extensive experience advising domestic and foreign companies on a variety of matters, including structuring of foreign investments, corporate structuring, corporate governance, compliance and regulatory issues, employee relations, and taxation. Tara’s practice focuses on corporate transactions in various sectors, including telecommunications, mining, oil and gas, real estate, and gaming and entertainment. She has served as the lead client contact and has executed ground-breaking transactions in mergers and acquisitions, initial public offerings, equity and debt issuances, project financing, and public bidding.

Roland Glenn Tuazon


+63 917 128 9419

Glenn’s practice focuses on international and domestic litigation and arbitration. He appears before various courts, including the Philippine Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Sandiganbayan, and trial courts, as well as arbitral tribunals constituted under the rules of the ICC, SIAC, HKIAC, and CIAC, among others. Glenn handles contractual, corporate, property, construction, energy disputes, and various transactions involving asset or share acquisitions focused on oil, gas, energy, mining, and public infrastructure. He also advises on regulatory compliance matters, including compliance with tobacco, mining law, competition law, anti-dummy, and anti-corruption laws.

Odette Rachelle Padre-Isip

Senior Associate

+63 917 864 9965

Rachelle has experience in governance and compliance, commercial and transactional law, data privacy, mergers and acquisitions, tax, labor, public procurement, securities, blockchain and cryptocurrency law.

Jonas Josh Cabochan


+63 917 109 7719

Josh has worked on general tax planning and various tax matters, including tax dispute resolution, regular audit assessments, tax exemption requests, and tax compliance for domestic and international clients. He also worked on dispute resolution and litigation matters in relation to commercial law, real estate and patent-related matters. He assists and advises clients across sectors including financial institutions, infrastructure, technology, consumer goods and retail, industrials, manufacturing and transportation.

Claudine Allyson Dungo


+63 917 314 3503

Claudine has experience handling corporate/commercial, data privacy and security, criminal law, and intellectual property matters, along with mergers & acquisitions.

John Malcolm Aniag


+63 917 794 2190

Since joining the firm in 2023, Malcolm has worked on corporate/commercial transactions and litigation, data privacy compliance and breach responses, mergers & acquisitions closing, and financial restructuring. Between 2019 to 2022, Malcolm handled land-related disputes in the Philippine Department of Agrarian Reform. Before beginning his legal studies, Malcolm had experience on financial calculations (financial modeling, agrarian redemption and just compensation cases) and business consulting (Philippine business compliance, budgeting, people management, and marketing plan preparation).

Samantha Claire Cepeda


+63 917 710 3313

Samantha has experience in corporate/commercial law, data privacy, intellectual property, mining, immigration, mergers & acquisitions, business closures, and civil litigation.

Celine Sato


+63 917 103 7939

Celine has experience in corporate/commercial law, intellectual property, immigration, and criminal and civil litigation.

Bernice Marie Salvador Violago


+63 917 128 1838

Bernice has experience in the following practice areas: Corporate Law, Public- Private Partnership Projects (PPPs), Mergers and Acquisitions, Labor, Litigation, Intellectual Property, Banking and Finance, and Competition Law.

Rosabell Toledo


+63 917 128 3464

Rosabell has experience in corporate/commercial law, capital market transactions, and taxation.

10th Floor, Tower 1, High Street South Corporate Plaza, 26th corner 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig 1634, Metro Manila, Philippines

+63 2 7214 2470

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