Jose M. Layug, Jr.

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Jose M. Layug, Jr.

Senior Partner

Practice Areas


  • Expropriation
  • Local Government, Election, and Administrative Litigation

Corporate and Special Projects

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Process Outsourcing
  • Competition Law and Anti-Trust
  • Construction and Infrastructure
  • Corporate Governance, Regulatory Practice and Compliance
  • Corporate Restructuring
  • Corporate Services, Housekeeping, and Directorship
  • Energy
  • Environment and Natural Resources
  • Foreign Investments
  • Public-Private Partnership and Joint Ventures
  • Media, Entertainment, and Sports
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Project Finance
  • Public Bidding and Procurement
  • Transportation and Maritime Law

Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Construction Industry Arbitration

Tax and Estate Planning

  • Tax Advisory

E-Commerce and Technology

  • Blockchain and Other Distributed Ledgers
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Data Privacy

Legal Education, Legislative Advocacy, and Policy Reform

  • Trainings and Seminars
  • Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
  • Representation in Legislative Hearings
  • Bills, Policies, and Position Papers

Professional Background

  • Dean, University of Makati School of Law
  • Former Senior Partner, Puno and Puno Law Offices
  • Former Chairman, National Renewable Energy Board
  • Former Undersecretary, Department of Energy
  • Former Legal Manager, Chevron Malampaya LLC
  • Former Senior Associate, SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan
  • Former Foreign Lawyer, Sullivan & Cromwell (New York, USA)

Educational Background

  • Master of Laws (with Honours), Cornell Law School, New York, USA
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of the Philippines College of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Economics (Cum Laude), University of the Philippines


  • International Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Cornell Law School Young Alumni Committee