Part Time
Contact No.: 
+63 (02) 577-9499

Aris specializes in corporate and commercial transactions, particularly mergers and acquisitions. He is also well-immersed in public contracts and government procurement after having accumulated a wealth of experience in advising sponsors and lenders in relation to the financing of important government projects in Manila, Singapore, Vietnam, and Tokyo. 
In recent years, Aris has been active in Philippine procurement projects, having represented both sides (i.e., government and bidders) in the bidding process. Aris has advised the Philippine government and private bidders on various flagship Public-Private Partnership projects (including a dike-expressway-reclamation project, metropolitan light rail transit system and the Philippines' second largest airport).
Aris also has substantial experience in trade regulation (particularly ASEAN trade law) and competition law (having assisted Harry First, the former Chief of the Antitrust Bureau of the Office of the Attorney General of New York, in analyzing global trends in antitrust law enforcement). 
Aris is admitted to practice in the Philippines and in New York. He was also previously licensed as a foreign legal practitioner in Vietnam from 2006 to 2011.
Areas of Specialization: 
  • Corporate-Commercial Transactions (specifically Mergers & Acquisitions)
  • Infrastructure
  • Competition Law
  • ASEAN Trade
  • Fashion, Entertainment, and Media (FEM) Law 
Professional Association & Recognition: 
  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines (since 2004)
  • New York County Lawyers’ Association
  • Leading Lawyer, Chambers & Partners, Projects, Infrastructure & Energy (2016)
  • Leading Individual, The Legal 500, Real Estate (2016)
  • Recommended Individual, The Legal 500, Corporate/M&A (2016)
  • Leading Lawyer, Chambers & Partners, Corporate/M&A (2016, 2015)
  • Arthur T. Vanderbilt Scholar, NYU School of Law (2010)
  • Donald Brown Scholar, NYU School of Law (2010)
  • NYU Journal of International Law & Politics (2010-2011)
  • Silver Medal for Best Thesis, Ateneo Law School (2006)
  • Second Honors, Ateneo Law School (2006)
  • Ateneo Law Journal, Editor (2000-2003)
  • Best Oralist, Asia Cup Moot Court, Tokyo (2001)
  • Honorable Mention, Ateneo de Manila University (1999)
Courses Taught: 
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Law on Sales
  • ASEAN Economic Law I & II
  • Foreign & Comparative Law
  • Law on Public-Private Partnerships
Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Trade Regulation, New York University School of Law, 2011; Juris Doctor, Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, with honors 2003; Bachelor of Science, Major in Legal Management, Ateneo de Manila University, Honorable Mention, 1999