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Get to Know our Diverse Team

Our team of lawyers, each with his own distinct practice areas, are all experts in their respective fields. They met as colleagues working in one of the largest law firm in the country and have since gone on to further develop their practice.

Kesterson T. Kua

Partner

E ktkua@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Kesterson is one of the founding partners of SKY Law.He specializes in immigration and labor law with extensive experience in labor and employment claims, collective bargaining negotiations, labor dispute resolution, illegal work stoppages and interruptions, labor audits, international secondments, and work visa and immigration requirements. He has appeared before the National Labor Relations Commission, the Department of Labor and Employment, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, and the Bureau of Immigration on behalf of clients. He also teaches at the University of the Philippines College of Law as a senior lecturer.

Kesterson worked as a lawyer at Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz, one of the Philippines’ largest law firms, where he handled labor issues and concerns for some of the country’s largest multinational corporations.

Education: 

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

University of the Philippines School of Economics, B.S. Economics; magna cum laude

Affiliations:

Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
Director —Youth Committee (2021)

Chinese- Filipino Business Club Inc.
Assistant Secretary General 

Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. (under the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry), Legal Advisor

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Quezon City Chapter
Member

Anvil Business Club
Member

PI Gamma Mu Honor Society
Member

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Member

Languages:

English, Filipino, Fujian and Mandarin 

Awards and Recognition:

Finalist, Young Lawyer of the Year, Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards 2020

Champion, Best Oralist, Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition – East Asian Regional Round (Seoul, South Korea) 2014

Quarterfinalist, Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (Florida, United States of America) 2014

Champion, Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition – East Asian Regional Round (Seoul, South Korea) 2013

Quarterfinalist, Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition (Florida, United States of America) 2013

 

Edson Byron K. Sy

Partner

E eksy@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Edson Sy specializes in general corporate work, foreign investments, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, anti-trust, banking and finance, real estate, and renewable energy laws, among others. He advises clients on the formation, structuring, and incorporation of various entities in the Philippines – including those engaged in business process outsourcing, logistics, manufacturing, real estate, renewable energy, and retail trade. He handles registration of foreign investments with Board of Investments, Philippine Economic Zone Authority, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and Maritime Industry Authority, among others. He has been involved in various acquisitions and sale of assets and shares by local and multinational companies. He has also served as counsel for the underwriters in connection with stock rights offering by listed companies. He regularly provides legal advice on compliance with anti-trust law and merger control requirements, as regulated by the Philippine Competition Commission.

Edson Sy is also a licensed real estate broker.

Education:

Ateneo De Manila University College of Law, Juris Doctor

Ateneo De Manila University, BS Management, Major in Legal Management with Minors in Chinese Studies and International Business

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Quezon City Chapter
Member

Languages:

English and Filipino

Awards and Recognition:

2022 Asian Legal Business’ 10 Philippines Client Choice

Finalist, Data Privacy and Protection Lawyer of the Year, Asian Legal Business – Philippines 2021

 

Kurt Glen T. Yeung

Partner

E kgyeung@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Kurt Yeung assists local and multinational clients in registering, maintaining, and protecting their intellectual property portfolios. He also advises on issues concerning intellectual property and data privacy, reviews technology transfer arrangements, and opposition and cancellation cases before the Intellectual Property Office.

He is the current managing partner of SKY Law.

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

University of the Philippines, College of Arts and Letters, BA English Studies, cum laude

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Manila IV Chapter
Member

Languages:

English and Filipino

Awards and Recognition:

Finalist, Managing Partner of the Year, Asian Legal Business – Philippines 2021

Finalist, Managing Partner of the Year (Emerging Trends), Asian Legal Business –  Southeast Asia 2022

Michael Marlowe Uy

MAIADR. MPIArb. ACIArb. Partner

E mguy@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Marlowe’s practice focuses on dispute resolution, particularly civil ligation, criminal litigation, commercial arbitration, and construction arbitration. He has represented individual and corporate clients before various trial courts, arbitral tribunals, and quasi-judicial agencies. Aside from his primary focus on dispute resolution, Marlowe also has significant experience in providing advisory work to multinational clients on matters relating to doing business in the Philippines and also handles M&A and regulatory compliance. 

Marlowe has successfully represented clients in construction, manufacturing, food & beverage, energy & utilities, media & marketing, financial services, support services, real estate, and TMT sectors.   

Education:

Instituto Superior de Derecho y Economía (ISDE), Master in International Law, Foreign Trade and International Relations (candidate)

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

University of Asia and the Pacific, Master of Arts in Humanities with specialization in History; cum laude

University of Asia and the Pacific, Bachelor of Arts Major in Humanities; cum laude

Affiliations:

Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution (PICCR)
Deputy Secretary General for Operations

Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution (AIADR)
Member

Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (PIArb)
Member

Young Philippine Institute of Arbitrators (YPIArb)
Co-head, Capacity Building Committee for Students

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
Trained Tribunal Secretary

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Associate, East Asia Branch

Asian International Arbitration Centre Young Practitioners Group (AIAC-YPG)
Member

Asian Academy of International Law (AAIL)
Member

British Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines
Member

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Makati City Chapter
Member

Languages:

English, Filipino, Cebuano

Awards and Recognition:

Finalist for Young Lawyer of the Year, ALB Philippine Law Awards 2021 

Lex-Falcon Awardee 2021 and 2022

Rogelio Benjamin J. Redoble

Senior Associate

E rjredoble@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Mr. Redoble is a Senior Associate of SKY Law. He specializes in taxation, estates and trusts, as well as wills and probate. Mr. Redoble has advised and represented clients on various tax concerns relating to, among others, banking and financial products and services, internet transactions, power generation, tax incentives of investment promotion agencies like PEZA, import and export including business process outsourcing, Regional Operating Headquarters (ROHQs), real estate, foreign investment and repatriation, estate planning and settlement, and local government taxation. He has successfully defended clients against billions of pesos worth of tax assessments, as well as criminal tax charges. He also gives advice on estate planning and settlement.

Mr. Redoble has also handled matters relating to asset acquisitions, share purchases, merger notifications with the Philippine Competition Commission, labor audits and litigation, the drafting and review of various contracts and agreements, as well as providing clients legal advice and assistance in relation to the day-to-day business needs of clients.

Prior to joining SKY Law, Mr. Redoble served as Chief of Staff of ANGKLA Party-List, the first maritime congressional party-list in the Philippines. He was also a Senior Associate and Department Monitor in the Tax Department of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala and Cruz, one of the largest law firms in the Philippines.  Mr Redoble was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2013. 

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

Ateneo de Manila University, B.S. Management

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines Quezon City Chapter
Member         

Languages:

English, Filipino 

Awards and Recognition:

Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence (UP College of Law, 2013)

Jacinto Prize for Remedial Law (UP College of Law, 2013)

College Scholar (UP, 2010-2011, & 2012-2013)

Dean’s List (Ateneo de Manila University, 2006-2009)

1st Runner-up, Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition (Philippine National  Qualifiers, 2010-2011)

Mark John T. Yeung

Junior Associate

E jtyeung@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

John Yeung is a junior associate whose practice currently focuses on corporate and commercial transactions, and labor and employment matters.

John has participated in a number of labor law as well as corporate law matters. He has assisted in applications before government agencies such as the Securities and Exchange Commission. He drafted pleadings in criminal and labor cases. He participated in an arbitration case before Construction Industry Arbitration Commission. He also facilitated negotiations with San Miguel Corporation involving properties affected by the Metro Rail Transit 7 and Skyway Projects. 

During law school, John was invited to join the University of Philippines (UP) Law Bar Operations Commission (BOC) for the 2018 bar exam. He revised the UP BOC Special Proceedings Reviewer. As a law intern in UP Office of Legal Aid, he drafted and submitted numerous pleadings in several cases, did direct and redirect examinations, and assisted in formulating a legal defense that successfully resulted in the quashal of an information. For his work, he was nominated as one of the Outstanding Law Interns. 

John worked in a bank from 2011-2014 before entering law school.

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

Ateneo de Manila University, BS Management Major in Legal Management, Minors in Chinese Studies and IT

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Manila IV
Member

Languages:     

English, Filipino, Mandarin

Michaela L. Camitan

Junior Associate

E mlcamitan@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Michaela is a junior associate who passed the Philippine Bar Examinations in 2020. Her practice focuses on labor and employment issues, contract drafting and review, intellectual property, litigation, estate settlement, and general corporate matters. Her current work includes the preparation of various pleadings for labor, criminal, and civil cases. She has experience representing clients before various courts, arbitral tribunals, and quasi-judicial agencies. Prior to joining the firm, she was a legal intern at the University of the Philippines Office of Legal Aid.

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

De La Salle University – Manila, AB Psychology and BSC Advertising Management

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines Quezon City Chapter
Member

UP Portia Sorority

Languages:

English, Filipino 

Awards and Recognition:

Honorable Mention, Best Thesis in Advertising

Ma. Elaine E. Marcilla

Junior Associate

E eemarcilla@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

As an associate, Elaine helps advise clients on general corporate housekeeping, labor and employment issues, tax matters, and litigation. She has drafted various contracts and pleadings for labor, criminal, and civil cases. Since joining the Firm, Elaine has participated in due diligence exercises and in local and foreign acquisition projects. She also has experience assisting in settlement negotiations and brokering compromise agreements for clients.

While in law school, she was a member of the Editorial Board of the Philippine Law Journal.

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

Ateneo de Manila University, BS Management, Major in Legal Management and Minor in Japanese Studies

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – RSM Chapter
Member

Philippine Bar Association
Member

Languages:

English, Filipino, Japanese (JLPT N3)

Kathleen B. Babasa

Junior Associate

E kbbabasa@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Kathleen’s work in the firm includes drafting pleadings for civil, criminal, and special proceedings cases. She has handled labor, corporate acquisition, and estate settlement cases for the firm. She has also handled trademark registrations and applications for declaration of actual use in Intellectual Property matters. She conducts contract reviews for clients in the construction and food service industry, as well as prepares deeds, settlement documents, tax returns, and other legal documents. Before joining SKY Law in 2022, Kathleen was a legal intern at the University of the Philippines Office of Legal Aid where she assisted in drafting pleadings for indigent clients. She was an editorial intern for the Chairperson of Vol. 92 of the Philippine Law Journal. She was also a court intern at the Office of Supreme Court Associate Justice Alfredo Benjamin Caguioa and a legal intern at the Office of the Solicitor General where she assisted the State Solicitor.

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, J.D.

University of the Philippines College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Rizal Chapter
Member   

Languages:

English, Filipino, Bicol.

Awards and Recognition:

Exemplary Passer, 2020/2021 Bar Examinations

Michael Kent M. Matawaran

Junior Associate

E mkmatawaran@skylaw.com.ph

Overview:

Michael is a junior associate who passed the 2020/2021 Philippine Bar Examinations. His current work in the Firm includes the preparation of pleadings and affidavits for criminal, civil, and special proceedings cases. He also provides legal advice to the Firm’s clients on various labor and employment issues. During his internship with the University of the Philippines Office of Legal Aid, Michael represented indigent litigants before the courts. Michael was also an intern at the University of the Philippines Law Internship Center. He had also previously been a Research Assistant for Professor JJ Disini, where his research was focused on Data Privacy and Fintech regulations. 

Education:

University of the Philippines College of Law, Juris Doctor

De La Salle University – Manila, Bachelor in Science Major in Legal Management

Affiliations:

Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Bulacan Chapter
Member

Languages:

English, Filipino