NAJHA KATRINA J. ESTRELLA

Received her Bachelor of Laws (Ll.B.) degree from the University of the Philippines in 2005 and her Bachelor of Secondary Education (major in English, minor in Journalism) from the same University in 2001. She was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 2006. She served as law clerk for Associate Justice Teresita Dy-Liacco Flores of the Court of Appeals.

Relevant Experiences

  • Provides advice to local energy generation companies in relation to the operation and development of their hydroelectric and coal-fired power plants. Work includes drafting and review of operational contracts (e.g. Power Supply Agreement, Replacement Power, Back-up and Feedback Power Supply Agreement, Ancillary Services Procurement Agreement, Transmission Services, Metering and Connection Agreement), representation before various government agencies and private entities including the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Transmission Corporation (TransCo), the National Power Corporation (NPC), the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) and the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC), review of and advise on licenses and permits issued by and contracts with government agencies and administrative bodies, advice on intellectual property laws and regulations in relation to its licensing and technology transfer agreements, assistance in corporate and social responsibility programs, advice on labor matters including drafting and review of management and service agreements, advice on fiscal and non-fiscal incentives specific to the power generation industry.
  • Acted as local legal counsel to a foreign publicly-listed corporation in relation to its petroleum (oil and gas) and coal exploration, development and operating contracts in the Philippines. Work included the conduct of due diligence review of contracts covering local energy interests, advise on local regulatory requirements, representation before various government agencies including the DOE, review of and advise on licenses and permits issued by and contracts with the government, farm-in arrangements with local and foreign exploration companies.
  • Provides advice to local energy development companies in relation to the development and implementation of their renewable energy projects in the Philippines including ethanol and wind resources. Work includes preparation and drafting of due diligence reports, assistance on equity structuring and advice on Philippine law and regulatory requirements.
  • Provides advice to investors in the Philippine energy industry, including investments in the petroleum (oil and gas), coal and mining industry, relating to regulatory compliance and matters involving corporate, commercial, property, litigation, investments, environmental, tax, labor, and contracts law. Work includes contracts review, advice on possible investment structures, representation before various government agencies including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, advise on regulatory framework in relation to farm-in and other contracts over Philippine service contracts and mining agreements, preparation and drafting of due diligence reports.
  • Provides assistance in review of contract documents and government approvals in relation to various energy projects. Work includes providing assistance in the sale and purchase of power plants including the privatization of NPC generation assets, review of project documents and preparation of due diligence reports.
  • Acted as part of the local legal team in a consortium of consultants advising the DOE in its program for increased private sector investment in the rehabilitation and management of distribution utilities in various areas in the Philippines. Work included assisting in the review and revision of investment management contracts for electric cooperatives.
  • Assisted several companies in various aspects of taxation and tax structuring. Work included advice on the structuring of affiliated corporations and streamlining of operations for optimum tax efficiency of transactions, facilitating applications with the Bureau of Internal Revenue for Tax Treaty relief and coordinating with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for foreign currency exchange with the local banking system and compliance with reportorial requirements for foreign loans.
  • Acted on behalf of clients in applications for trademark registration with the Philippine Intellectual Property Office.
  • Acts as corporate secretary, assisting corporate secretary and general counsel to various stock corporations. Work includes drafting documents for various corporate transactions and approvals, filings before various government agencies, assistance on various labor-related issues including drafting and review of employment contracts and advice on employee relations.
  • Acted as counsel for the servicing of loan accounts held by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Work includes representation before the Philippine Mediation Center, the prosecution of collection cases, providing effective solutions towards the satisfaction of SPV collectibles.