GRUBA LAW is engaged in various merger and acquisition deals and has expertise for both domestic and international clients from distinctive and diverse industries. We successfully completed a number of transactions that involve significant amounts and assets and share acquisition deals.
In the retail industry
We acted as counsel of one of the Philippines’ leading retail supermarket chains on its USD 189 million initial public offering; represented a company engaged in the food industry on the sale of its rights over one of the largest fast food chains in the country and with a value of USD 26 million; represented another food company in an asset purchase agreement in favor of a publicly listed restaurant and with an approximate value of USD 15 million; assisted a management corporation in the acquisition of the 80% shares of an online distributor of alcoholic drinks in the Philippines; and represented a holding company in its acquisition of yet another liquor distribution company in the Philippines.
In the real-estate development industry
We advised and assisted a holding company in its share acquisition of a private port and its development into an international commercial port with an approximate value of USD 197 million; We represented a Singapore-listed company engaged in worldwide real estate investment and development, among others, for a share purchase transaction which extended to several jurisdictions and has an approximate value of USD 4 billion; We likewise assisted a real-estate company in the acquisition of a property comprised of a multi-storey commercial building and adjoining parcels of land, and which is highly sought after as it is strategically located in one of the prime central business districts in the Philippines and has a value of at least USD 84 million.
In the banking industry
We advised a high net-worth holding company on its acquisition of a majority stake in a publicly-listed commercial bank in a transaction valued at USD 100 million; We also advised a publicly-listed universal bank on its acquisition of a Singapore-based and licensed remittance company; We also provided legal services to a rural bank in relation to the assignment of a cooperative bank’s assets and the assumption of its liabilities; and We represented and advised a foreign-based holding company in the acquisition of a local bank with a value of USD 4 billion.
Other matters of significance
Other matters of significance which we worked on include representing a fast-growing retail holding company in the acquisition of a petroleum gas company, assisting in the acquisition of a company that is engaged in the business of importation and distribution of beauty products and food supplements in the Philippines, and representing a foreign-based holding company in the share-purchase of a local surety business in the Philippines.
To address the clients’ legal concerns outside of the Philippines, GRUBA LAW entered a strategic alliance with WongPartnership LLP, a top-tier law firm headquartered in Singapore. With this new alliance, we are now officially the Philippine member of the WPG Regional Law Network, the leading provider of legal services comprising prominent law firms from the Middle East, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and Singapore.