Gulapa Law Office was established by Aris L. Gulapa in September 2015 after he left a Makati-based firm where he was a partner for four years. Before this, Aris was an associate in Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo, 2008-2010); Kelvin Chia Partnership (Singapore and Vietnam, 2006-2008); and SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan (2003-2006).
Aris was joined by Charmaine Haw-Lim (who was promoted as partner in 2017), Melissa Chavez, Angel Machuca, Yasmin Sanchez, Aileen Sanguir, Dake Mandocdoc, and Janine Mesina, who all worked closely with Aris on various international and local corporate and commercial transactions in their former firm. Subsequently, New York-based counsel Oliver Baclay, Jr. joined the firm to establish its intellectual property practice. In less than a year, the firm was recognized by legal organizations and ranked as a leading Philippine law firm by international legal publications.
In February 2017, the firm became the first Philippine-based law firm to establish an office in New York City through its affiliate, Gulapa & Baclay LLP.
Earlier in 2017 as well, the firm sought to expand its capabilities, particularly by developing its litigation practice. The firm desired a legal practitioner who had its own boutique litigation practice and found this in Rico Paolo R. Quicho. Rico has been managing his own emerging litigation law firm, Quicho & Angeles, for more than twelve years. With his bustling litigation practice in innovative areas, Rico was the perfect choice to head the litigation practice of the firm. Thus, beginning November 2017, the firm officially changed its name to “Gulapa & Quicho (Gulapa Law)”.
To date, Gulapa Law has more than doubled its size from eight to seventeen lawyers, including its lawyers in New York. With a view to harnessing its lawyers’ talents and tapping into global markets, the firm actively rotates its lawyers in its New York office for training and capacity building.
Gulapa Law continues to expand globally, transcending borders and servicing more international clients, in line with its vision to continuously innovate, achieve and excel.