Manuel Z. Gonzalez

Manuel Z. Gonzalez

Head, Capital Markets Practice Group

Mr. Gonzalez has over 20 years of experience in corporate and commercial law, specializing in securities and capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and cross border transactions. He served as counsels for both issuers and financial advisors / underwriters in some of the biggest and most successful offerings in recent years.

His expertise covers initial public offerings, backdoor listings and listings by way of introduction, rights offering, and top-up transactions among others. In the field of mergers and acquisition, Mr. Gonzalez was most recently involved in the acquisition of a listed company, successfully concluding a tender offer in the process. He also advised a client in its acquisition of a well known international consumer brand and was involved in the partnership by another client with a major Japanese telecommunications company.

Mr. Gonzalez has been recognized by Asia Legal 500 in the field of Banking and Finance, and in Capital Markets.

Mr. Gonzalez has always been keen in helping foreign investors in the Philippines. He serves as Director and Corporate Secretary / external counsel to some of the largest foreign business process outsourcing companies who have established a presence in the country, advising them on structuring investments, requirements and procedure for registration with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and the Board of Investments, and intellectual property rights.

On the development and infrastructure front, Mr. Gonzalez has considerable exposure in public bidding for projects under the Public-Private Partnership Program of the government advising the client in bidding for the modernization of the orthopedic hospital of the Department of Health, the building of schools of the Department of Education Culture and Sports, the rehabilitation of a major airport and the automated fare collection system, both of the Department of Transportation and Communications, among others.

Prior to joining the Firm in 2006, Mr. Gonzalez was a partner at Picazo Buyco Tan Fider & Santos.

Skills & Experiences

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Securities
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • IT, E-Commerce & Outsourcing
  • Business Formation & Foreign Investment
  • Intellectual Property

Education

  • University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Laws (1992)
  • New York University, B.A. Political Science and Economics, cum laude (1988)

Affiliations

    • Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines