Cesar L. Villanueva
ATTY. CESAR L. VILLANUEVA re-joined in 01 July 2016 the Law Firm VILLANUEVA GABIONZA & DY immediately at the end of his tenure as CHAIRMAN & CEO of the GOVERNANCE COMMISSION FOR GOCCS (GCG), which is the government agency tasked to implement the objectives of R.A. No. 10149, otherwise known as the “GOCC Governance Act of 2011,” to act as the central advisory, monitoring, and oversight body with authority to formulate, implement and coordinate policies governing the GOCCs, GFIs and GCEs in the country. He was a original Founding Partner of VILLANUEVA GABIONZA & DY, 20/f 139 Corporate Center, 139 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City 1200, until his appointment to the GCG, which was a Cabinet-level rank.
On 05 May 2016, named as the first recipient of the Ambassador Cesar B. Bautista Award for Good Governance in recognition of the many achievements pioneered as the first Chairman of the Governance Commission for GOCCs (GCG), from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
On 23 June 2016, Secretary Villanueva was awarded the PRESIDENTIAL MEDAL OF MERIT by H.E. PRESIDENT BENIGNO S. AQUINO III at formal ceremonies held at Malacañan, for “outstanding, dedicated work and exceptional leadership as the Chairman of Governance Commission for GOCCs; for support of the administration’s platform of clean and honest governance; and for choosing to thread the straight and righteous path, in good service to the Filipino people.”
Secretary Villanueva was the Dean of the ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL from 2004 to 2011, and remains a professorial lecturer in Corporation Law, Agency & Trusts, Partnerships & Joint Ventures, and Law on Sales. Shortly after his Law Deanship, he was awarded in November 2011 by the LEGAL EDUCATION BOARDwith the first Outstanding Law Dean (Gold Category) for “a consummately impressive superintendence of the ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL.”
Dean Villanueva was the Chairman of the Commercial Law Department of the PHILIPPINE JUDICIAL ACADEMY (PHILJA) of the Supreme Court, and was a member of its Academic Council.
He was a member of the Governing Board of the MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION (MCLE) of the Supreme Court. He was also a member of the Technical Panel for Legal Education of the COMMISSION OF HIGHER EDUCATION (CHED) from October 2005 to January 2010.
In 2011, he was appointed the Executive Secretary for the ADMINISTRATIVE TRIBUNAL of the ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK (ADB).
Dean Villanueva was a member of the Board of Directors of the Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC), and the Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy), Chairman of the Board of Clark Development Corporation (CDC), a independent director of Makati Medical Center and the Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. before his appointment to GCG.
He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the INSTITUTE OF CORPORATE DIRECTORS (ICD), of which he remains a Fellow. He is also a Fellow of the AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE ON COMPANY DIRECTORS (AICD).
Dean Villanueva was a founding member and remains a member of the Board of Trustees of the KAPAMPANGAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (KDF).
On 11 December 2011, received the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award from the Provincial Government of Pampanga.
In February 2012, received the Anvil Award of Merit in Public Relations Tools for the coffee table book, “VERITAS, INTEGRITAS, JUSTITIA: 75 YEARS OF THE ATENEO LAW SCHOOL” from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, for presenting a panoramic view of how gallant the Philippines’ legal profession has progressed in 75 years, from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines. He also received in November 2011 the “Philippine Quill Award” Category 20 from the INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS COMMUNICATORS (IABC) PHILIPPINES as co-publisher of the said coffee-table book.
Dean Villanueva obtained his Accounting degree (B.S.C.) from HOLY ANGEL UNIVERSITY (magna cum laude) in 1977, and his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from ATENEO DE MANILA LAW SCHOOL (valedictorian, cum laude). He sat for the Philippine Bar Examinations in November, 1981 (placing 2nd), and the following May, 1982 took the CPA Board Examinations (placing 6th).
He obtained in 1989 his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from HARVARD LAW SCHOOL at Cambridge, Massachusetts. In October 2005, he was conferred a Diplomate in Juridical Science (D.J.S.) by the SAN BEDA GRADUATE SCHOOL OF LAW.
He is author of leading legal books: COMMERCIAL LAW REVIEW, PHILIPPINE CORPORATE LAW, AGENCY & TRUSTS, PARTNERSHIPS & JOINT VENTURES, LAW ON SALES, and LAW AND PRACTICE ON: PHILIPPINE CORPORATE GOVERNANCE, which won the 2009 National Book Award on Professions given by the NATIONAL BOOK DEVELOPMENT BOARD and the MANILA CRITICS CIRCLE.
Dean Villanueva has several published legal articles, which include:
The Great Restructuring of the Public Corporate Sector: The Rights, Duties and Responsibilities of GOCC Directors, Officers and Employees, 59 ATENEO LAW JOURNAL 41 (No. 1, June 2014).
Revised Code of Corporate Governance: A Reactionary Approach, IBP JOURNAL (Vol. 35 No. 1, August 2010).
The Evolution of Philippine Commercial Law System, 50 ATENEO LAW JOURNAL (No. 3, December 2005).
Judicial Activism in Commercial Laws, THE LAWYERS REVIEW (December 2003).
Revisiting the Philosophical Underpinnings of Philippine Commercial Laws, XLVI ATENEO LAW JOURNAL (No. 3 December 2001).
Revisiting the Philippine Law on Corporate Rehabilitation, XLIII ATENEO LAW JOURNAL (No. 2, May, 1999).
Philippine Law Governing Joint Ventures, 1997 Edition of the International Publication of the Center for International Legal Studies, Schwighmuhl Weg 6b, A-5020 Salzburg, Austria.
Comparative Study of the Judicial Role and Its Effect on the Theory on Judicial Precedents in the Philippine Hybrid Legal System, 65 PHIL. LAW JOURNAL (Nos. 1 & 2, March-June, 1990).
Cesar L. Villanueva
Santiago T. Gabionza, Jr
ATTY. SANTIAGO T. GABIONZA, JR. joined in 01 January 1991 as Senior Founding Partner of the Law Firm VILLANUEVA GABIONZA & DY and was the Managing Partner of the Firm from 1991-2001.
From 2010 to 2013, he served as Consultant to members of the House of Representatives, the National Irrigation Administration, and the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Atty. Gabionza was formerly the Corporate Secretary/Rehabilitation Counsel of Victorias Milling Company, Inc. from 2009 to 2013.
He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System from 2009 to 2011. He served as theRehabilitation Receiver of the Steel Corporation of the Philippines from 2006 to 2010 and was OIC-President/Director of the Maynilad Water Services in 2006.
He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and a member of the Board of Directors of various corporations such as Stratos Holdings, Inc., Apo Associated Radio Electronics and Communication Company, Inc., Capitol Masonic Corporation, Kontak One Management Exchange (KOMEX), Inc., Econo-Tech Investments, Inc., Herma Trading, Inc., Mask Trading, Inc., Jahro Holdings, Inc., LingapKawal Foundation, Inc., VGS Properties, Inc., Saga & Sons, Inc., VGS Land, Inc., VBG Insurance Agency, Inc., Rajah Tours Phils., Inc., VGS Holdings, Inc., Trustee of Masonic Charities for Crippled Children, Inc., and Corporate Secretary of Laboratory of Computer Medicine, Phils., Inc.
Atty. Gabionza is a lifetime Member of the INTEGRATED BAR OF THE PHILIPPINESand was a President of Integrated Bar of the Philippines-Makati Chapter from 1999 to 2005.
In 2012, he was the Centennial Grand Master of the GRAND LODGE OF FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS OF THE PHILIPPINES. He received the following awards: “Most Outstanding Mason in the Field of Corporate Law” on 10 April 2008, “Grandmaster’s Centennial Award”on 22 April 1999, and“Grand Master’s Award of Merit” on 28 April 1994.
He was a Resource Person of the Securities and Exchange Commission and delivered a lecture entitled “Securities Regulated Cases and the Application of Civil Law Remedies” on February 2012.
He was recognized as one of the “ASIALAW Leading Lawyers 2008” in Restructuring; Insolvency & Bankruptcy published by Euromoney Institutional Investor, Hongkong.
Atty. Gabionza obtained his Bachelor of Arts-Economics degree from the COLEGIO DE SAN JUAN DE LETRAN (Summa Cum Laude) in 1977 and his Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL.B.) from ATENEO DE MANILA LAW SCHOOL (Second Honors, Silver Medal) in 1981.He sat for the Philippine Bar Examinations in November, 1981 and was admitted to the Bar in 1982.
Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Senior Associate in Balgos& Perez Law Offices from 1982 to 1990, was a Consultant of the Ministry of Human Settlements in 1983, and Tax Consultant of the Office of the Mayor, Bato, Catanduanes in 1980.
He was a Professional Lecturer/Reviewer on Business Law of the Philippine School of Business Administration in 1982 and College Instructor of The Catanduanes College in 1977.
He was a member of the Editorial Staff of ATENEO LAW JOURNAL in 1980 and in 1981 the Journal published his work entitled “Highlights of the National Security Code”, Volume XXV, No. 3. Likewise, he was a member of the Editorial Staff of Integrated Bar of the Philippines Law Journal in 1990.
Atty. Gabionza is a member of Asia Pacific Lawyers Association, Philippine Lawyers Literary Club, Inc., Asean Law Association of the Philippines, and Philippine Trial Lawyers Association.
He is also a member of Club Filipino, Quezon City Sports Club, Mimosa Golf and Country Club, Tagaytay Highlands Country, The Tower Club, and The Celebrity Club.
Santiago T. Gabionza, Jr
Alexander C. Dy
Senior / Managing Partneracdy@vgslaw.com
ATTY. ALEXANDER C. DY is the Managing Partner of the Law Firm VILLANUEVA GABIONZA & DY.
Atty. Dy specializes in the fields of Corporation Law, Project Finance, Public Private Partnerships, Mergers and Acquisitions, Securities Law, Commercial and Civil Litigation, Corporate Rehabilitation, Banking and Finance, and Real Estate Transactions.
He is the Corporate Secretary of the Makati Commercial Estates Association, Inc. (MACEA) and the Makati Parking Authority, Inc. (MAPA), among other corporations.
He is the External Vice President of the Legal Management Council of the Philippines (LMCP), and has been a Director since 2007. He was likewise a past Director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), Makati City Chapter.
Atty. Dy is a Bar Reviewer (Corporation Law, Sales) and a Professorial Lecturer (Commercial Law Review, Corporation Law, Sales, Banking, Legal Logic & Technique) at the Ateneo de Manila University Law School. He is a Professorial Lecturer at the FEU Institute of Law (Corporation Law), and the FEU-La Salle JD-MBA Program (Commercial Law Review, Corporation Law, Insurance).
He is likewise a Lecturer for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Program of the Supreme Court (Drafting Commercial Contracts, Effective Legal Writing and Research, Updates in Banking Laws).
Atty. Dy joined the Firm on 15 June 2001, after stints as a Legal Officer of Allied Banking Corporation in 2000-2001, a Junior Associate of Carpio Villaraza & Cruz Law Offices (CVC Law) in 1999-2000, and a Legal Apprentice of Angara Abello Concepcion Regala & Cruz Law Offices (ACCRALAW) in 1996.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1994; and his Juris Doctor Degree from the Ateneo de Manila University Law School (Second Honors) in 1998.
Alexander C. Dy
Senior / Managing Partner
Stanley B. Fabito
ATTY. STANLEY MARI B. FABITO joined the Law Firm of VILLANUEVA GABIONZA & DY on 09 May 2005 and was admitted to the Partnership as a Junior Partner last 01 May 2014.
Prior to joining the Firm, he was a Junior Associate with the Fortun Narvasa and Salazar Law office from 2004 to 2005.
He is a Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines - Makati Chapter and currently serves as its Secretary and as Co-Chairman of the Legal Aid Committee. He had previously served as a Director of the Chapter for 2013 to 2015.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Major in Political Science from the UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES – DILIMAN in 1999, and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from the ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW in 2003. He sat for the Philippine Bar Examinations in October 2003 and was admitted to the Bar in 2004.
He was a member of the Board of Editors of the ATENEO LAW JOURNAL where he was a Member of the Executive Committee (2003) and served as Notes and Comments Editor (2002).
He is presently a Member of the Faculty of the LYCEUM COLLEGE OF LAW, Makati.
Stanley B. Fabito
Emil M. Ocfemia
ATTY. EMIL M. OCFEMIA rejoined the Law Firm of Villanueva Gabionza & Dy on 01 March 2012 after serving as Director III of the Investigation Security and Law Enforcement Staff of the Department of Transportation & Communications (DOTC) from September 2010 to 31 January 2012.
During his time at the DOTC, he likewise held the positions of:
- Acting Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) from October 2010 to 31 January 2012.
- Head Executive Assistant of the Land Transportation Authority from May 2011 to June 2011.
- Member, Bids and Awards Committee of the DOTC from 2010 to 2011.
- Member, DOTC-MRT 7 Coordination Team from 2010 to 2012.
- Member, DOTC-CMT Technical Working Group from 2010 to 2012.
- Member, Metro Manila Traffic and Transport Summit-Technical Working Group from 2010 to 2011.
- DOTC Representative, National Risk Reduction Management Council from 2010 to 2011.
- Member, Multi-Agency Task Force on the Observance of Araw ng Kagitingan for the years 2011 and 2012.
After re-joining the Firm, he also served as a Consultant to the CAAP where he assisted the Director General with investigating and dealing with violations of Philippine Civil Aviation Regulations.
He is a Member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Makati Chapter.
Prior to joining the Firm in 2008, he was a Junior Associate at Cayañga Zuñiga & Angel Law Offices from February 2008 to July 2008.
He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree Major in Political Science from the University of the Philippines Diliman in 2002, and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from the Ateneo De Manila University School of Law in 2007. He sat for the Philippine Bar Examinations in September 2007 and was admitted to the bar on May 2008.
While obtaining his J.D., Atty. Ocfemia served as a Legal Assistant to the De Vera Law Office from April 2006 until December 2006
Emil M. Ocfemia
Vincent Patrick R. Cruz
ATTY. VINCENT PATRICK R. CRUZ is a Junior Partner in the Law Firm of Villanueva Gabionza & Dy which he joined on 03 January 2011 immediately after taking the 2010 bar examinations.
Atty. Cruz is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Makati Chapter, a position he likewise held from 2011–2013 and 2015–2017. He is also the Assistant Corporate Secretary of Philippine School of Business Administration located at Sampaloc, Manila.
In 2014, he was a Guest Lecturer for Partnership and Corporation Law for the College of Business and Accountancy, Holy Angel University in Angeles City, Pampanga.
Atty. Cruz obtained a degree in Management Information Systems (B.S.) from Ateneo de Manila University in 2005 and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Ateneo de Manila Law School in 2010. He obtained a Diploma in Corporate Finance from the Ateneo de Manila University Graduate School of Business – Center for Continuing Education in 2016.
While obtaining his J.D. degree, Atty. Cruz served as a Legal Intern for Bernardo and Placido Law Offices (2008) and the Ateneo Legal Services Center (2008-2010). He also served as the President of the Campus Ministry Office – Volunteers Organization for SY 2009–2010.
Prior to law school, Atty. Cruz worked as a Project Specialist for Smart Broadband, Inc. (formerly Meridian Telekoms, Inc.) under its Project Management Department.