R.P. DE VERA
For the office to be able to provide more and sustainable economic opportunities to the Filipino people by using our legal skills as a tool to achieve the same.
Achieve and retain its position to provide quality, world-class and comprehensive legal and business services to entrepreneurs and businesses for the next 50 years.
Ronald P. de Vera, LLB, LLM
Atty. Ronald de Vera previously worked in two of the largest and most recognized law firms in the Philippines, the SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and Castillo Laman Tan Pantaleon & San Jose Law Offices. He likewise worked at the Office of the General Counsel of the Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. before venturing into his own law practice in 2013.
Atty. de Vera received his law degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law (with honors) in 2004 and placed second in the national bar examinations that was given that same year. He was also a graduate of, and a former assistant professor at the School of Management of Ateneo De Manila University.
In 2010, as a recipient scholar of the Monbukagakusho (Japanese Government Scholarship), he finished his Master of Laws on International Law (Japanese Program) at Kyushu University's Graduate School of Law. He also has received training in international legal practice and has worked in several international law firms based in Japan.
In 2009, he became an honorary member and scholar of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association. He continued his participation in the academe as a professor at the College of Law of Lyceum of the Philippines University. His research article on secured credit transactions has been published in the Philippine Law Journal of the UP College of Law. He also now serves as the Head of the Legal Department of Sumitomo Metal Mining Philippine Holdings Corporation.
He comes from a family of lawyers and accountants, is married to Atty. Katharina Cases-de Vera, and has supportive in-laws who are Philippine and foreign based lawyers. He is fluent in English, Filipino, and Japanese.
Contact Number: +(63 2) 8845 1290
Cases-de Vera, JD
Atty. Katharina de Vera joined the firm in 2014 after working as an Associate at one of the most recognized law firms in the country, Siguion Reyna Montecillo & Ongsiako (SRMO). Before her work at SRMO, she worked as a Research Assistant for the Principal Counsel of Asian Development Bank.
She has a Juris Doctor degree and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. She also comes from a family of Philippine and foreign based lawyers.
She specializes in labor practice and litigation before the Labor Arbiter, the National Labor Relations Commission, the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. She was involved in negotiating terms of settlement in labor, civil and criminal cases. She is practiced in drafting and reviewing employment policies, employment benefits, company rules and procedures, as well as various commercial contracts. She is adept in due diligence work and corporate housekeeping, and in preparing legal memoranda and briefs on various issues of law. She has personally managed civil and criminal litigation from inception to completion, involving among others the drafting and filing of voluminous pleadings, motions, appeals, and others in cases that were resolved before the lower courts, the appellate courts and the Supreme Court.
Rustico P. de Vera II, LLB, MBA
Atty. Rustico de Vera II has a specialization in Labor Law and Contract Review. As Special Counsel, his work with the firm is mainly focused on litigation.
Prior to joining the firm as a Special Counsel, Atty. Rustico worked as an Associate Lawyer in two equally respected law offices based at Ortigas Center, Pasig, namely, Balgos Gumaru and Jalandoni Law, and Ledesma Gonzales Law Office. He is currently an In-House Counsel of Axeia Development Corporation, Axeia Group of Companies, and of MC Home Depot.
Atty. Rustico de Vera II received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Humanities from the University of Asia and the Pacific. In 2009, he received his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the De La Salle University. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2013 after finishing his Law Degree from the University of the East College of Law in 2012.
Naizette Marie M. Balanquit, JD
Atty. Balanquit took the Bar Examinations for the first time in February 2022, and soon started working as an Associate of the firm in May 2022. Since then, she has been involved in various engagements for the office’s clients, such as data privacy compliance (acting as lecturer in a data privacy training, audit, registration with the National Privacy Commission, and drafting of privacy policies); corporate law (handling of reportorial requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission, closure of business); real property due diligence work over vast tracts of land in Palawan; litigation in civil cases, labor cases, and criminal cases (including annulment of marriage, appellate practice before the National Labor Relations Commission and the Court of Appeals); settlement of estate (availment of tax amnesty and securing documentary requirements); competition law (litigation and appearances before the Philippine Competition Commission); and property law/management (transfer of titles, handling of business permit requirements and payment of real property taxes for clients).
She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – College of Law, where she was a Core Member of PUP Law’s Office of the Legal Aid and was elected as a Year-Level Representative and Vice President for Internal Affairs of the PUP Law Student Council.
Atty. Balanquit finished her Juris Doctor degree with her thesis “Pag-Adya Kay Lam-Ang: Shielding and Revitalizing the Intangible Treasures of the Philippines” where she provided suggestive legislative action from the government in order to protect and conserve the country’s oral tradition.
Contact No.: (+63 2) 8845-1290
Ma. Cristina P. de Vera
Cristina de Vera is a Certified Public Accountant who is currently handling audit consultancy and property management. Prior to joining, Cristina worked as an Internal Controller for multinational firms such as PMFTC, Inc., a local affiliate of Philip Morris International, and Total Philippines Corporation, a local affiliate of Total S.A., both of which are one of the world’s leading international tobacco and oil companies.
She started her professional career in audit in July 2008 at Punongbayan and Araullo (P&A), member firm within Grant Thornton (GT) International Ltd. During this time, she was able to work with both publicly-listed and local clients in different industries, such as, but not limited to manufacturing, drilling and mining, banking, manpower, and government entities.
Her extensive 9-year experience in internal audit engagements elevated her familiarity and competence with Sarbanes-Oxley 404 (SOX), compliance with international regulations (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act & Fiscal Compliance) and other various best practices. She was able to perform various financial, operational and compliance audits, including fraud investigations, during her career as an internal auditor for affiliates in both the Philippines and Thailand.
Cristina is a double degree holder. She received her Accountancy degree from De La Salle University Manila in 2008 and passed the board at that same year. She is also a graduate of Ateneo de Manila University, with a degree in Management, Major in Communications Technology Management, with a minor in Marketing.
Contact Number : (+63 2) 8845 1290