Manuel Z. Gonzalez

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, power and infrastructure, mergers and acquisitions and cross border transactions.

Mr. Gonzalez is ranked by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a “Leading Individual” in Projects and Energy since 2019. He is also consistently recognized as a “Recommended Lawyer” by the Legal 500 for Capital Markets and has likewise been cited for his work in Banking and Finance.

In the area of Capital Markets, his expertise covers initial public offerings, backdoor listings and listings by way of introduction, rights offering, and top-up transactions among others. Mr. Gonzalez most recently represented two issuer’s in their initial public offerings – one is engaged in developing and operating a nationwide grocery and retail business, while the other is a real estate development company, which established only the second REIT company to be listed with the Philippine Stock Exchange. Mr. Gonzalez further completed the reverse takeover of a company, engaged in the development and operation of renewable energy projects, listed with the Philippine Stock Exchange.

For Projects and Energy, Mr. Gonzalez actively advises some of the largest  renewable energy companies in the country on their project finance requirements, expansion and diversification initiatives through acquisition and development of greenfield and brownfield projects. He also acts as advisor and represents some of the largest petroleum companies in the country in their acquisition, expansion and diversification initiatives. 

In the field of Mergers & Acquisition, Mr. Gonzalez has advised on the acquisition of a well-known international consumer brand. He was also involved in the partnership by another client with a major Japanese telecommunications company.  In another acquisition, Mr. Gonzalez led a team that acquired five different companies that owned and operated various power plants across the country. Recently, he advised a client on its merger/joint venture with a major international petroleum company for its mid-stream and downstream petroleum business.

On the development and infrastructure front, Mr. Gonzalez has extensive exposure in public biddings for government projects. Under the Public-Private Partnership Program of the government, he advised clients in bids for the modernization of the orthopedic hospital of the Department of Health, the building of schools of the Department of Education, as well as the takeover and rehabilitation of the second largest international airport in the country and the development and operation of a major transportation terminal consolidating rail and bus operators serving Metro Manila, both projects of the Department of Transportation and Communications, among others.

Mr. Gonzalez has always been keen in helping foreign investors in the Philippines. He serves as Director, Corporate Secretary and counsel to some of the largest foreign business process outsourcing companies, advising them on investment structuring, intellectual property rights, and on requirements and procedures for registration with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority, the Board of Investments, and other government agencies.

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

Skills & Experience

  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Securities
  • Capital Markets
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Outsourcing
  • Business Formation & Foreign Investment
  • Intellectual Property
  • I.T. / E-Commerce
  • Projects and Energy

Education

    • University of the Philippines, Bachelor of Laws (1993)
    • New York University, B.A. Political Science and Economics, cum laude (1988)

Affiliations

    • Member, Integrated Bar of the Philippines