Manzanares & Partners Law Offices

Our Practice


General Professional Partnership

Manzanares & Partners Law Offices is a general professional partnership registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of the Republic of the Philippines. The Partnership was founded as Manzanares & Associates Law Offices before the partnership name was changed to its current form to reflect its lateral growth and its professional relationship with Special Counsels and Advisors with whom it jointly undertakes projects through collaborating and correspondent agreements.


Bar Associations

We are members of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP), the national organization and mandatory Bar association for lawyers in the Philippines established in 1973. We are also members of the Philippine Bar Association (PBA), the oldest voluntary national organization of lawyers in the Philippines tracing its roots to the Colegio de Abogados de Filipinas organized on April 8, 1891 and the bar association organized by American lawyers in the Philippines in 1900.


Private Clients

We operate strictly on a private referral basis. Our clients are referred by clients with whom we have standing relationships, professional, personal, or otherwise. We select the projects we take on because we want to have time for the causes we believe in and we have decided from the outset that these are life’s non-negotiables.


General Practice Areas

Collaborating and Correspondent Work


The General Practice areas of the Partnership today are 10 areas: Regulatory Affairs, Corporate and Compliance, Taxation and Customs, Real Estate, Government Consulting, Insurance and Reinsurance, Mining and Energy, Information Technology, Civil and Criminal Litigation, and Public Relations and Crisis Communications



We, as a Professional Partnership, specialize in Social Enterprise and Cooperative Law. We leverage our experience, knowhow, and network from our General Practice in providing strategic legal advisory services and other resources to enterprises in the field of social business or social ventures.


We advise co-operatives, social venture corporations, mutual benefit societies, social entrepreneurs, non-profits, and start-ups committed to the Seven Cooperative Principles and the Triple Bottom Line as core values. We help them scale and succeed. We believe they make the impact we want to see most in the world.


More than the legal tools, our field of specialization needs anyone to study hard, think like social enterprises themselves, network with the most important stakeholders and first-movers, and put actual boots on the ground, so to speak. We believe there is a tremendous amount of innovation that is waiting to be untapped and economic values to be unlocked in the area of cooperatives and social enterprise. The more number of people with potential to benefit, the more challenge, the more we like it.


It is not always easy, but nothing worth doing is usually that easy. We believe that the Seven Cooperative Principles of Voluntary and Open Membership, Democratic Member Control, Member Economic Participation, Autonomy and Independence, Education, Training and Information, Cooperation among Cooperatives, and Concern for Community and the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet, and Profit are ten very good standards any human endeavor can be measured against.


Thomas L. Friedman, in The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, has a good description of what a social enterprise is. “One of the newest figures to emerge on the world stage in recent years is the social entrepreneur. This is usually someone who burns with desire to make a positive social impact on the world, but believes that the best way of doing it is, as the saying goes, not by giving poor people a fish and feeding them for a day, but by teaching them to fish, in hopes of feeding them for a lifetime. I have come to know several social entrepreneurs in recent years, and most combine a business school brain with a social worker’s heart. The triple convergence and the flattening of the world have been a godsend for them. Those who get it and are adapting to it have begun launching some very innovative projects”

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus has a much more nuanced definition of social business. We subscribe to both definitions.


Other Side of Practice

Special Projects


Public-Private Knowhow

We have had a long and fruitful experience helping technocrats in government lead through our government consulting practice. On the other side of the fence, as we assist private parties—individuals or corporations—pursue and arrange opportunities, we are guided by that experience and knowhow. Commercial objectives are multi-faceted and rarely straight-forward to execute. Our role is to organize and simplify the processes involved as early as possible. We bring to bear our internal expertise. We work equally well with external domain experts needed to ensure our own benchmarks are met. Our role is either to jumpstart a project or to be there on its last mile.


Public Relations

We are legal advocates. But often, to do effective legal advocacy today requires a proactive public advocacy method. Our experience tells us that communications is part and parcel of the modern legal practice. We have embraced it because we believe that is in the best interests of our clients. Some say public relations is an art, some say it is science. We simply say it is about leveling the playing field in the public medium. We want the most fair of chances to convey our client’s point of view as clearly as possible. We simply call it strategic communications. We simply say it is preemptive communications. Or we simply recognize it as crisis communications. In the end, we simply do what the situation requires.


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