Manila, 20 June 2022 - Quisumbing Torres announces Alain Charles J. Veloso as the new head of its Financial Institutions Industry Group.
Charles is a partner in the firm's Corporate & Commercial/M&A Practice Group. He also heads the firm's Capital Markets Practice Group, and is a member of the Competition Focus Group, the Technology, Media & Telecommunications and Industrials, Manufacturing & Transportation Industry Groups. He participates in the initiatives of Baker McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Competition Steering Committee.
Charles has 15 years of legal practice, advising clients with regard to their transactions in the Philippines, including private and public M&A transactions, debt, and equity capital markets transactions, and structuring and establishment of their Philippine presence. He is also developing the firm's fintech practice, and handles various clients that are currently engaged in online travel, retail, financing, medical health, and insurance businesses in the Philippines.
Charles is also active in the firm's corporate social responsibility initiatives. He heads the firm's Inclusion & Diversity and B-Green committees. He is currently a director of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Makati Chapter, and currently serves as the chairperson of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He has been recognized as External Counsel of the Year in Asia by The Asian-MENA In-House Community Counsels in 2019, and cited as a Next Generation Lawyer for Corporate and M&A by Legal 500 for 2017 and 2018. He was also a 2018 Bench and Bar Awardee of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Leyte Chapter. He was awarded Young Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards 2020 and as a Leading Individual in Capital Markets by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 to 2022. He was awarded Client Choice Awards for Competition by Lexology 2021.
Charles studied law at the UP College of Law (cum laude and class valedictorian) and EU Competition Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2017. He is also a certified public accountant.