|Franco Noel A. Manaig is one of the partners of the firm. |
Mr. Manaig is a corporate, commercial and Intellectual Property lawyer with 15 years of experience in advising and addressing the legal requirements of multinational and local corporate clients across a vast range of industries including consumer products, food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics manufacturing, banking and finance, shipping and shipmanagement, gaming and recreation, business-process outsourcing and online business, among many others, over a very wide range of corporate and commercial disciplines including structuring and review of licensing, franchising, distributorship and technology transfer arrangements; brand management; consumer protection and product standards; regulation of food, drugs and cosmetics manufacture, importation, distribution and registration, Food and Drug Administration product registration and recall; intellectual property rights protection, enforcement and litigation, Intellectual Property portfolio registration, maintenance and management; data privacy and protection; labor and employment issues; structuring and incorporation or registration of business entities including joint ventures; corporate housekeeping, compliance and filings; and administration, review and management of all kinds of contracts and business agreements.
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From 2000 to 2014, Mr. Manaig was Partner, Senior Associate and Associate in the tier 1 band 1 ranked Intellectual Property, Banking Finance & Securities, Employment and Corporate practice groups of one of the Philippines’ leading law firms, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. During this period, he was able to serve as Chairman, Director and Corporate Secretary for various corporations. In 2009, he was accredited by the Supreme Court of the Philippines as lecturer for International Law in the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education program for Philippine lawyers. He co-authored the Philippines chapter of the Trademark Laws of the World published by the Oceania Publications, and his articles have appeared in various international and local legal publications including Asia Legal Business and Asia Law.
Mr. Manaig obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the Philippines in 1999, receiving the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence and the Order of the Purple Feather Honors. He also holds a Bachelor's degree in Agribusiness Management from the same university where he was consistently in the Dean's and President's lists. He completed his primary and secondary education as an honors graduate of the Saint Mary's University.