Manila, Philippines, 14 February 2024 - Quisumbing Torres is delighted to announce the appointment of Alain Charles J. Veloso as the assistant head of the firm's Corporate & Commercial/M&A Practice Group (CCPG).

Alongside his new role, Charles also heads the firm's Capital Markets Group and the Financial Institutions Industry Group. He also participates in other initiatives of Baker McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific (AP) Antitrust & Competition, Capital Markets, Insurance, and Private Equity communities, and AP Data Center Taskforce.

With almost two decades of experience in the industry, Charles has consistently demonstrated his skills and dedication to his practice. His ability to navigate complex challenges, foster strong relationships with clients, and inspire colleagues has made him an invaluable asset to the firm.

Charles is also active in the firm's corporate social responsibility initiatives. He heads the firm's Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, and B-Green committees. He is currently the treasurer of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Makati Chapter, and currently serves as the chairperson of its Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Charles is a multi-awarded lawyer with recognitions from leading legal directories in the areas of antitrust and competition, capital markets, and corporate and M&A. He has been recognized as a Leading Individual for Capital Markets in 2020 to 2024, and Antitrust and Competition in 2024 by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He was also cited as one of the leading competition lawyers by Who's Who Legal: Southeast Asia 2022 to 2023 - Competition edition, and WWL’s Future Leader for Competition in 2022 to 2023. He was named in the Client Choice Awards for Competition by Lexology 2021 and 2022, and Young Lawyer of the Year by Asian Legal Business Philippine Law Awards 2020. The Asian-MENA In-House Community Counsels cited him as External Counsel of the Year in Asia in 2019, and he was ranked as a Next Generation Lawyer for Corporate and M&A by Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 2017 and 2018. He was also a 2018 Bench and Bar Awardee of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Leyte Chapter.

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.

Charles will support Maria Christina Macasaet-Acaban, partner and head of the CCPG practice. He will play a key role in overseeing the CCPG's operations, ensuring the highest standards of work delivery, and driving strategic initiatives to enhance our people and client experience.

About Corporate & Commercial/M&A Practice Group

As a member firm of Baker & McKenzie International, Quisumbing Torres' Corporate & Commercial/M&A practice combines deep local market knowledge and experience together with a regional and global perspective when advising clients in their transactions and projects and in doing business in the Philippines.

We help clients address challenges at all phases of a transaction from corporate setup, to forming joint ventures and partnership agreements, to merging with or acquiring private or public companies, to divesting non-core and other assets. As a full-service law firm, we also work closely with tax, competition, employment, intellectual property, data privacy, foreign investment, and commercial specialists to address all legal and regulatory implications of a transaction, minimize legal and business risks, and provide an end-to-end, high-value service.