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Michael T. Macapagal

Michael Macapagal is a partner in Quisumbing Torres' Dispute Resolution Practice Group. He is a member of the Energy, Mining & Infrastructure Industry Group, the Compliance and Competition focus groups. He has 13 years of legal practice involving arbitration, construction, healthcare disputes, compliance, civil and criminal litigation, labor law, intellectual property law, public private partnerships, project finance and joint venture matters. Michael received the sixth highest score in the 2008 Philippine bar examinations. He has been recently cited as a Next Generation Partner in Dispute Resolution as well as Real Estate and Construction by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for 2020 and 2022. He is also the Deputy Secretary General for Case Administration of the Philippine International Center for Conflict Resolution (PICCR). Michael teaches civil and criminal law courses at leading Philippine law schools. He is also a regular lecturer on international arbitration and competition law at the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) sessions hosted by the University of the Philippines Law Center. He has also acted as speaker and moderator at various arbitration-related and construction-related events. He co-authored the Philippine chapter of Baker McKenzie's Global Guide to Competition Litigation and Chambers Construction 2021 Guide. Previously, he was an associate counsel at the Singapore International Arbitration Centre and an associate solicitor at the Office of the Solicitor General. As an associate solicitor, he was part of teams that assisted government agencies in right-of-way acquisitions for expressways and other infrastructure projects. He was also part of teams that assisted in arbitrations involving the Philippine government.

On 12 May 2022, the President issued Executive Order No. 169, which seeks to intensify government efforts in strengthening the franchising industry and to help businesses, especially micro, small and medium enterprises, by developing a transparent and business-friendly environment, and promoting fair and equitable practices.