Erika B. Paulino, partner, is a member of the Firm's Corporate and Commercial Group, with special focus on banking & finance, corporate law and securities.
Since the start of her practice, Ms. Paulino's exposure has been in corporate and project financing. She has participated in all types of financing arrangements (loan syndications, corporate notes and bonds issuances) in numerous industries and has gained considerable insight from serving as counsel to both lenders and borrowers.
Another practice focus is in the area of securities. Ms. Paulino handles debt and equity transactions, including private placements, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and placing and subscription transactions. In addition, she regularly deals with equity based employee benefit plans, from stock options and stock appreciation rights, to stock purchase plans, restricted stock units and other capital accumulation programs, especially those involving multinational corporations in respect of their Philippine legal vehicles.
Ms. Paulino also has significant experience in M&A, having advised on structuring, modes of investment and doing business in the Philippines, and post-acquisition transition/integration matters. As internal counsel to a major player in the Philippine oil and gas industry, Ms. Paulino handled the completion activities relating to the company's offshore acquisition, which involved the conduct of an offshore tender offer, acquisition financing, integration and transition.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Paulino was an associate at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos Law Office until 2006. Ms. Paulino graduated with a degree in A.B. Social Science from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2000. She completed her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines and was admitted to the Philippine bar in 2005.