Elmar B. Galacio, CFE

Senior Partner

Practice areas

  • Litigation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking Litigation
  • Labor & Employment

Professional Background

A Senior Partner in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Department, Mr. Galacio is our firm’s litigator in bank fraud cases and is in-charge of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution (including construction and commercial arbitration) and of labor and employment.

He ranked 8th in the Class of 1997 of the University of the Philippines College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Purple Feather Honor Society. As a Monbusho Scholar, Mr. Galacio earned his Master in Public Policy from the Saitama University (now Graduate Research Institute for Policy Studies), Japan in 2000. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the Holy Name University in Bohol, where he graduated summa cum laude in 1992.

Mr. Galacio was a Supervising Lawyer at the Office of Legal Aid of the University of the Philippines College of Law. He represents the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in its successful prosecution of criminal cases against the executives of the Legacy Group of Companies whose multi-billion peso syndicated estafa is regarded as the biggest fraud in Philippine banking history. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) based in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Galacio’s extensive experience as an ADR practitioner includes being Chairman of arbitral tribunal and counsel in mostly commercial and construction arbitration cases spanning over 15 years. Aside from his admission to membership in the Paris-based International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Institute of World Business Law, he has also qualified for and completed the ICC Arbitration Masterclass, the Advanced Commercial Arbitration and Accreditation Course, and the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation Masterclass.