Founded in Manila in 1901 and one of the oldest in the Philippines, Siguion Reyna, Montecillo & Ongsiako (â€œSRMOâ€) is an institution in Philippine law practice.
The firmâ€™s reputation and expertise comes from having dealt with a wide range of clients. With a solid domestic client base consisting of the Philippinesâ€™ largest corporations as well as some of its most eminent individuals and families, the firm also represents clients from all over the world.
The firm counts many Fortune 500 companies from the United States, Canada, Europe (primarily the UK, Germany, Sweden and Italy), Japan and Southeast Asia (primarily Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong) among its international clients, together with a majority of the Philippinesâ€™ Top 200 corporations. Its clients have interests in various industries, including airlines, international banks, manufacturers, telecommunication companies, media, and power and utility companies.
The firmâ€™s offices are located in the Philippinesâ€™ central business district. It has one of the largest private law libraries in the Philippines (recognized by the Supreme Court as one of three Centennial Law Libraries), and one of the largest in Asia.
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The oldest in the Philippines, the firm was founded at the turn of the century by Mr. Charles Cohn, and Mr. John W. Hausserman, formerly of the U.S. Judge Advocate General's Office. In 1903, the firm was appointed as the Philippine Branch of Coudert Brothers, New York (and for the most part of this century, the firm's cable address remained as "TREDOUC" the reverse of "COUDERT").
In 1907, Coudert Brothers closed their Philippine Branch, but Mr. Hausserman and Mr. Cohn continued their practice. They later merged with the law firm of Ortigas and Fisher, and became known as "Hausserman, Ortigas, Cohn & Fisher". Mr. Hausserman later on established Benguet Consolidated, the pioneer in gold production in the Philippines, while Mr. Fisher later on became a justice of the Philippine Supreme Court.