About Us

Operating from the heart of one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, we reach out to the world with our comprehensive range of legal services in both established and emergent practice areas, as well as our in-depth knowledge and extensive transactional experience in specialized fields such as energy, infrastructure, corporate/ mergers and acquisitions, banking, finance and capital markets, and conflict resolution.

David Emmanuel B. Puyat

1967-2010, Founding Partner

Our dynamic and diverse team of legal practitioners and professionals create a formidable workforce committed to upholding our core values of competence, integrity, relationship, commitment, and leadership in all aspects of operations. Guided by a deep sense of responsibility, accountability and a steadfast commitment to our shared values, we continuously innovate and create effective solutions that comply with the unique needs and specifications of each and every client.

Whether they are government agencies or private entities, industry leaders or up-and-coming game-changers, local players or foreign investors, our clients have grown to rely on us for more than just legal advice. Being exceptionally adept at the technical and financial nuances of focused industries, we are widely recognized as strategic partners that contribute value in any phase of the transaction — from the drawing board to the balance sheet.

We strive to learn at every turn. Members of our team are constantly exposed to working with prominent lawyers from leading international and local firms, top executives and managers form multi-national companies, frontunners in government service, as well as consultants and specialists that represent a wide range of disciplines such as accounting, banking and finance, architecture, engineering, public policy reform and economies – greatly enriching our knowledge and understanding of specialized fields of practice.

PSJLaw takes pride in being consistently ranked in the top tier by some of the world’s most influential legal and financial publications.

Guided by a deep sense of responsibility, accountability and a steadfast commitment to our shared values, we are – and will continue to be – partners joined in strength.


“Perhaps the PJS standard is very high, some would say too high. Perhaps. But if you are going to set a standard, why make it a comfortable one? You have to raise your personal bar. Do not be content with your personal achievements. The moon was deemed unreachable once upon a time. But now that it has been reached, landing on the moon is no longer a compelling objective.”

“You have to go further out. Going past the moon will be a bumpy ride. But that is the price of excellence. I hope to see you at the launch pad.”

History

It must be true what the sages wrote in the Tao Te Ching: The flame that burns twice as bright burns half as long. Dave Puyat worked with so much zeal and passion to create what he envisioned as “something special, something great and something truly exceptional” in the legal profession that his career as a lawyer, while unfortunately short, could never be described as anything else but trailblazing.

Dave received his degree in Law from the University of the Philippines in 1995 and obtained the 4th highest ranking in the bar examinations that same year. He was admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1996 and was barely a year into his legal practice when he left the prominence and security of a renowned law office to establish his own firm. In 1997, together with his colleagues Reggie and Roy, he co-founded Puyat Jacinto & Santos – the beginning of what is now PJS Law.

From its modest beginnings, PJS Law flourished into the realization of something Dave had always wanted: a professional environment that thrived on diligence, mutual trust, and unwavering commitment to the highest standards of quality in performance and service. “We don’t want to be the biggest,” as he had often said. “We just want to be the best.”

Dave continues to live in every partner, associate, paralegal and staff member of PJS Law as we honor and uphold the vision and core values of firm – the same fundamental principles we all share and aspire for. More than just a founding partner, Dave Puyat was and will always be our friend, mentor and guiding light.

And for us who are left to carry out his dream of revolutionizing the legal landscape through the tireless pursuit of excellence, innovation and professional ethics, Dave continues to rally and inspire with a call to distinction that faithfully endures.

Notable Awards & Recognition

Over the years, PJS Law has gained international recognition as one of the leading firms in it’s various practice area and has been consistently cited in AsiaLaw Profiles, Chambers and Partners Global, IFLR1000, and The Legal 500.

2019

Outstanding, Energy Sector

AsiaLaw Profile

Outstanding, Construction

AsiaLaw Profile

2018

Tier 1, Projects and Energy

Legal 500 Asia Pacific

Tier 1, Project Development

IFLR1000

Corporate Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines – 2018

2018 Corporate Intl Global Awards

Energy Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines

2018 Global Law Experts Award

Editor’s Choice – Energy Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines

Legal 100 Asia – 2018 Awards

Corporate Disputes Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines

2018 Corporate Intl Global Awards

2017

Philippine Deal of the Year

Asian Legal Business – Philippine Law Awards

M&A Deal of the Year

Asian Legal Business – Philippine Law Awards

Debt Market Deal of the Year

Asian Legal Business – Philippine Law Awards

Woman Lawyer of the Year

Asian Legal Business – Philippine Law Awards

Tier 1, Projects and Energy

Legal 500 Asia Pacific Guide

Outstanding, Energy & Natural Resources

AsiaLaw Profiles

2016

Energy Law Firm of the Year – Philippines

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Corporate Disputes Law Firm of the Year – Philippines

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Corporate Law Firm of the Year – Philippines

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Banking and Finance Firm of the Year – Philippines

Corporate LiveWire

Most Innovative Law Firm – Philippines

Acquisition International Magazine

Best Full-Service Law Firm – Philippines

AI Legal Awards

Recognised Leader in Banking Law – Philippines

AI Legal Awards

2015

Corporate Law Firm of the Year

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Energy Law Firm of the Year

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Corporate Dispute Law Firm

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Full Service Law Firm of the Year

ACQ Globl Awards

PPP Law Firm of the Year

ACQ Globl Awards

Award for Continued Excellence in Energy Law The Philippines Intellectual Property – Top Tier Firm

The Legl 500

2014

Best in Infrastructure and Energy Law

Acquisition International Offshore Excellence Awards

Banking Law Firm of the Year

Acquisition Interntional’s M&A Awards

Foreign Investment Firm of the Year

Finance Monthly M&A Awards

Editor’s Choice – Energy Law Firm of the Year in the Philippines

KMH Media Group, Global 100

2013

Corporate Law Firm of the Year

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Energy Law Firm of the Year

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Foreign Investment Firm of the Year

Corporate INTL Legal Awards

Foreign Investment Firm of the Year

Acquisition International’s M&A Awards

Best Firm in the Philippines

Asia Women in Business Law Awards

2011

Firm of the Year in Energy and Natural Resources

Asian-MENA Counsel