Arlene M. Maneja is a partner at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan and is a member of the Special Projects, Banking, Finance & Securities and Corporate Services groups. She specializes in investments and acquisitions, public-private partnerships (PPPs), infrastructure, power, renewable energy and competition law.
Ms. Maneja has been involved in rendering regulatory advice and documenting high-value deals, including the Php74.1 billion acquisition by the Philippine Long Distance Company of publicly-listed Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. Her other recent projects include the Php3.055Billion acquisition by TPG Growth III of 40% interest in One Network Bank and the Php2.85 billion sale of pharmacy chain South Star Drug.
She has also assisted leading Philippine conglomerates and their partners in bidding and negotiating PPP contracts in the transport and water industries. Her projects include the Php65 billion Manila Light Rail Transit Line 1 Extension, Operations and Maintenance Project, the Php17.5 billion Mactan Cebu International Airport Expansion, Operations and Maintenance Project and the Php23billion unsolicited proposal for the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project.
Ms. Maneja also advises clients regarding competition law and any anti-trust implications of proposed acquisitions, business ventures and similar activities and has acted as competition counsel in relation to merger filings with the Philippine Competition Commission, including in relation to Sanofi’s acquisition of the consumer health care business of Boehringer Ingelheim, which received the first merger approval under the implementing rules and regulations of the Philippine Competition Act. She has also helped clients design and implement antitrust audit and compliance programs.