Jude is a Philippine attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and tax. Jude has assisted a number of global and ASEAN multinationals in multi-jurisdictional reorganizations and has advised many clients on complex mergers and acquisitions.
He holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard University where he received the Ayala Scholarship Grant, the Lopez Scholarship Grant, and the Landon H. Gammon Fellowship for Academic Excellence. He also earned a Master of Business Administration degree (Finance and Supply Chain Management) from UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School where he was a UNC Kenan-Flagler Fellow. He is a graduate of, and a former professorial lecturer on tax law and constitutional law at the University of the Philippines College of Law.
A corporate and tax lawyer with more than two decades of experience in the Philippines and abroad, Jude held senior director or partner positions in several Big 4 firms in the Philippines (KPMG), Central Asia (Deloitte) and in Europe (E&Y) He was, until 2015, a regional tax director and deputy head of regional tax of DFDL, an international law firm focusing on high-growth Asian markets.
He also served in the Philippine government. From 2004 to 2005, he was Assistant Secretary for Legal Affairs of the Republic’s Trade and Industry Department and Finance Department.
He writes on investment law for Lexis Nexis and tax law for IBFD. He also contributes to the Linklaters global data privacy protection guide.
Jude has been consistently recognized by Asialaw Profiles as a Leading Lawyer on M&A and Corporate Law. He has also been named among the Top 100 Lawyers of the Philippines by Asia Business Law Journal in 2020, 2021 and 2022.