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Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles
30th Floor, Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas
Makati City, Metro Manila


1973: Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree, from the University of Pennsylvania, specialized in Trusts and Estates. Master's Theses: "Philippine Trust Law: The Significance of Article 1442 of the New Civil Code"

1969: Admitted to the Philippine Bar

1968: Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree, Second Honors

Editor-in-Chief, Ateneo Law Journal, from Ateneo de Manila University

1964: Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree, Cum Laude, from Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines


Dec. 1994 - Present: Partner, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Co-chairman of the Banking Group. Participated in mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions; corporate restructuring and bail-outs; securitization of receivables; active in bank litigation; estate planning and post-mortem estate planning and probate cases; provided legal support and justification for banking and other financial products and services, particularly those offered by the Trust and Investment Departments.

1983 - Dec. 1994: Senior Associate, Romulo Mabanta Buenaventura Sayoc & de los Angeles

Member of the Tax, Litigation and Banking Groups. Worked on tax assessments and refunds of corporations and individuals; represented foreign corporations in legislative hearings; engaged in banking loan documentation and establishment security interests.

1982: Solo Private Law Practice

Incorporated non-governmental organizations on housing, such as the De La Costa Housing Project of Freedom to Build; Legal Counsel of Federation of Free Workers; headed the Legal Aid Office and of the Human Rights Center of the Ateneo Law School.

1977-1982: Trust Officer/Vice President, Land Bank of the Philippines

Established the Bank's trust department; took part in the securitization of FNCB's receivables; designed trust arrangements and investment outlets for Land Bank bond holders;

1979-1980: General Counsel, National Home Mortgage

Finance Corporation (in a concurrent capacity)

Organized the legal structure of the then voluntary Home Development Mutual Fund and of the National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation's attempt to create a secondary market for home mortgages; Participated in the drafting of legislation as well as implementing rules and regulations.

1975-May 1977: Assistant Vice President, Trust Investments Division

Far East Bank & Trust Co. (Headed the Personal Trust and Estate Department)

1972-1973: Trust Administrator, Provident National Bank in Philadelphia, PA.

1970-1972: Assistant Trust Legal Counsel, Far East Bank &Trust Company

1969-1970: Special Assistant to the Secretary, Department of Justice of the Philippines


2009: Bar Reviewer in Taxation - UP Law Center and UP College of Law

2003: Bar Examiner in Taxation (Justice Jose Vitug, Chairman)

2001: Bar Examiner in Taxation (Justice Sabino de Leon, Chairman)

2010: Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Lectures

June 24, 2010 - The REIT Law (R.A. No. 98S6) and Implementing Regulations, Le Souffle, Makati City

February 12, 2010 - The PERA Law (R.A. No. 9505) and Implementing Regulations, Le Souffle, Makati City

2009: Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Lectures

August 28, 2009 - The Recent Developments in Tax Law and Practice, Le Souffle, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

April 2, 2009 - The New PDIC Law, Le Souffle, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

February 11, 2009 - Prospects in 2009 of Banks and Clients, Le Souffle, Paseo de Roxas, Makati City

1973-1995: Professor, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law (Handled regular course in Taxation, Pre-Bar and Pre-Week Reviewer in Taxation and Labor Relations)

1989: Chief of Staff to Ricardo J. Romulo, Member of the Davide Commission

1986: Chief of Staff to Ricardo J. Romulo, Member of the Constitutional Commission

January-February 1985: Panel Discussant on "The New International Economic Order" at the Conference on "Development and Labor Relations in the ASEAN", sponsored by the Brotherhood of Asian Trade Unionists, Bangkok

February 1982: Reactor to lecture on "Important Roles of Legal Clinical Educational and Legal Aid", U.P. Law Center Seminar-Workshop

September 1978: Lecturer and Course Designer of the 1st Seminar Workshop on Trust Operations organized by the Supervision and Examination Institution of the Central Bank of the Philippines

1977: Lecturer, 5th SEACEAN banking Course on "Inspection and Supervision of Financial Institutions," Central Bank of the Philippines

1977: Chairman, Committee on Proposed Trust Regulations, created by August Barcelon, President, Bankers Association of the Philippines

1974: Lecturer on "Trust Functions and Allied Undertaking of Banking and NonBanking Institutions", U.P. Law Center's First Institute and Banking Laws

1974: Lecture published in Banking Laws and Development, U.P. Law Center

1969-1971: Professor, Ateneo de Manila University, School of Law (Handled Legal Philosophy, Legal Bibliography, Legal Writing and Research)

1964-1967: Lecturer, Ateneo de Manila University, College of Arts and Sciences,
Philosophy Department

Lecturer/Guest Speaker on various occasions of the Tax Specialization Center, Inc., PhilAm Life Symposium on Professionalism of the PhilAm Life Sales Underwriters, Rotary Club of the University District, Manila, Rotary Club of Makati North, Money Market Association, De la Salle University Professional Chair Grant, Trust Institute of the Philippines, Ateneo Law School Continuing Legal Education Program, Personnel Managers Association of the Philippines, FINEX

Lectured before the Computer Society of the Philippines, COMDAP, etc.

Computer-Related Experience Conducted The First Course of the Law and Computers at the Ateneo Law School


September 2005-present: Columnist, "The Trust Guru", Manila Standard Today, Business Section every Wednesday

January 1988: "Significant Provisions of the 1988 Electoral Reforms Law Affecting the Electoral Process", Manila Bulletin

November 1987: "Year-End Tax Avoidance, Courtesy of Your Friendly Tax Man", The Lawyer's Review, Vol. 1, No. 11

July 8 &19, 1986: "1982 Tax Reform Program - Pro-Rich", Business Day

1983: "Bar Reviewee's Study Guide to Fundamentals of Taxation", co-author with Roman Umali

1982: "Cases and Materials on Fundamentals of Taxation"

December 1981: "Year-End Tax-Savings Opportunities", Business Day

1979: "An Introduction to Estate Planning in the Philippines", National


Member, Philippine Association of Law Professors and Bishops-Businessmen's Conference on Human Development


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