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Rosa Michele C. Bagtas

Senior Partner

Practice Areas

Capital Markets


Corporate and Commercial Law




Mergers & Acquisitions


Property Development & Real Estate Transactions


Securities Regulation & Finance


Tax Advisory

Professional Background

Ms. Bagtas is a Senior Partner in our Corporate & Commercial Law Department and heads the Property Development and Immigration Practice Groups.

Ms. Bagtas has acted as counsel in a number of M&A deals and cross border transactions, whether share sale or share purchase, asset acquisition or disposition, merger, joint venture or spin-off, involving companies in a variety of industries (such as manufacturing companies, life and non-life insurance companies, telecommunications companies, public utilities, pharmaceutical companies, BPOs, exporters, mining companies, real estate developers, among others).

In the field of Property Development, Ms. Bagtas has advised and assisted clients in a variety of real estate transactions and projects, from the simple to the complex, such as the bulk acquisition and disposition of condominium units in Metro Manila, the development of a residential subdivision in Quezon City and La Union, the acquisition of a mixed-use subdivision and an industrial zone in Batangas, the development of a master-planned community in Laguna, the acquisition of lands for use as power plants in Davao del Sur, Batangas and Tarlac, among others. Ms. Bagtas has assisted clients in undertaking property-for-shares transfers.

The projects that Ms. Bagtas has handled required legal due diligence, contract structuring, drafting and negotiation, implementation, and amendment, management of internal revenue tax and local tax issues, dealings with local government units, addressing of labor issues, dealings with Philippine regulators and other government agencies. Ms. Bagtas ensures that clients receive practical advice and that they understand the nuances of Philippine law and regulations.

Ms. Bagtas also has extensive practice in Philippine commercial law, taxation, infrastructure development, immigration, and inward foreign investments.

Ms. Bagtas’ expertise was publicly recognized as follows:

  1. Key Lawyer in Real Estate & Construction by Legal 500.
  2. Recommended and Key Lawyer in Corporate and M&A by Legal 500.

Ms. Bagtas is a member of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines, the Philippine Bar Association, the Ateneo Law Alumni Association and the Ateneo Alumni Association.

Rosa earned her Juris Doctor degree, second honors, from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law in 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science degree, Major in Legal Management, from the Ateneo de Manila University where she graduated Cum Laude in 1994.