Ocampo & Manalo Law (OMLAW), a firm committed to provide focused legal solutions to its clientele, celebrates its 25 years in the legal business. Founding Partner, Atty. Carlos Ocampo and Managing Partner, Atty. Manolito Manalo, products of the University of the Philippines College of Law, continues to lead the Firm in offering a unique brand of legal service as global changes continue to challenge clients in the Philippines, the region and the world.
Since 1997, OMLAW has consistently provided valuable advice and counsel to clients seeking to solve complex issues across various businesses. Major players in such industries as aviation, energy, real estate and construction, finance, insurance, manufacturing and transportation, to name a few, remain loyal clients of the Firm through the years as they continue to benefit from the Firm’s objective of protecting client interest while building strong business relationships.
“Our philosophy remains the same. The firm will do its best to understand our clients, their business goals and objectives, aiming to provide them quality and focused legal solutions to help them achieve their goals. We remain in the business for the past 25 years because our clients believe in us, in the values we have as a firm and the quality of consultancy we provide,” said Atty. Ocampo.
With the developmental challenges that the country faces, OMLAW positions itself as a business law firm that is ready to provide its clients focused legal solutions. Atty. Ocampo played a leading role in opening Philippine skies to other local airlines, offering a larger part of the population flying within the Philippines and the region a budget-friendly option. Through the years, Atty. Ocampo continues to direct the firm’s corporate M & A practice. Atty. Manalo, oversees the management of the firm as well as its commercial litigation and labor practice. Atty. Juan Victor S. Valdez, the firm’s litigation partner, is charged with administering the firm’s commercial litigation and arbitration cases.
“The aviation industry was our gateway to get more and more clients in different industries, which proved that the kind of legal consultancy we provide is what helped us expand and still be in the business,” said Atty. Manalo. Over the years, the firm’s practice expanded as it included legal assistance in infrastructure and project development, international trade law, banking and financial sector, retail trade, clean energy and natural resources.
Through its focused legal solutions, OMLAW has been at the forefront of legal consultancy of various major ventures in and out of the country. The Firm was part of a number of infrastructure projects such as the consortium that developed the MRT-7, the NAIA-3 project (representing a leading Japanese construction company), and the construction of the Marcelo Fernan bridge in Cebu City. A leading local hospital sought the assistance of OMLAW in their expansion projects in UAE, Guam, Clark, Iloilo, and
Pangasinan. The firm has also provided legal advisory to a 15-billion Euro Austrian Corporation regarding high-tech engineering, energy, and real estate projects.
OMLAW’s expertise has been acknowledged by several international and local legal directories in several fields of law. It has been ranked as a first tier firm and has been highly recommended by The Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asia Law Profiles, and Worlds Law for its excellent practice in aviation, corporate, energy & natural resources, and labor law.
To continue OMLAW’s legacy of competent legal service and broaden its horizons, the firm envisions targeting new industries and ways of doing business involving high technology. As the world advances with growing technological business platforms, it seeks to reinvent, continue to develop, and meet clients’ ever-changing needs, challenges, and goals. Furthermore, as the world continues to contract with increased information obtained from the internet and social networking, it aims to immerse in global developments and positively contribute in solutions that address global issues such as the pandemic and global warming, among others.
As OMLAW celebrates its 25th year, the firm is enthusiastic to share its rich experience in successful lawyering to start-up legal firms who are keen to know the secrets to a thriving practice. To commemorate the firm’s silver anniversary, the firm is set to donate iMac units to their alma mater’s Law Library and to the university that was instrumental in shaping their legal minds. The gift is offered with the hope that young lawyers will be formed to enrich the future legal landscape of the Philippines.