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Gil Roberto L. Zerrudo

Biography

Gil Roberto Zerrudo is a partner in the Employment Practice Group of Quisumbing Torres, where he is a member of its Management Committee, and co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group. Gil also participates in initiatives of Baker & McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Global Policy Committee, Nominating Committee, Inclusion & Diversity Committee, and Asia Pacific Regional Council.

In his more than 25 years of law practice, Gil is consistently cited as a Legal 500 and Chambers Asia Pacific Leading Individual for Employment. Gil’s strategic focus on Employment practice propelled his and the team's consistent top-tier ranking in The Legal 500 since 2006 to the present and the Chambers Asia Pacific since 2009 to the present.

Practice Focus

Gil regularly advises on employment agreements, employee benefits and compensation, executive compensation, transfers, and employment-related investigations and terminations. He also handles occupational health and safety matters, discrimination law advice, trade union recognition procedures, and labor litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients engaged in business process outsourcing, IT/telecommunications, and digital transformation in the pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Successfully assist an American health insurance company in implementing a redundancy in the Philippines.

  • Successfully assist and execute for a premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services and events the separation of a high-end level executive in the Philippines.

  • Represent and successfully defend the premier developer and operator of convergent social gaming platforms and games in a misclassification case filed by its independent contractor in the Philippines. Assist in various employment-related concerns arising from its establishment of a business presence in the Philippines.

  • Conduct an independent investigation for an international, non-governmental organization focused on human rights, law and law enforcement in relation to certain allegations disclosed to the organization regarding sexual abuse, sexual assault, and other misconduct committed by an ex-employee. Assess the sufficiency of client's policies and procedures on hiring, behavior, conduct, and disciplinary proceedings and investigation in addressing a situation similar to the matter.

  • Assist a public American electronics producer of audio communications equipment for business and consumers in the disciplinary investigation and dismissal of its highest ranking officer in the Philippines involved in significant fraudulent expense reimbursements. Represent client during conciliation-mediation conferences and submit pleadings before the labor court to defend the validity of dismissal.

  • Assist a mixed-signal and digital signal processing technology company in the disciplinary investigation of a high ranking officer, who is privy to human resources processes and policies.

  • Regularly advise and assist an American health care company offering health care products and insurance services in various labor standards, company policy, disciplinary and employment termination concerns, including handling of employment litigation cases.

  • Assist an American multinational entertainment company on Philippine employment laws on hiring and various employment-related issues, including corporate and employment tax obligations, in relation to the establishment and/or management of outsourcing operations in the Philippines.

  • Advise and assist a diverse industrial conglomerate on the substantial and procedural requirements on their employee-related decisions in view of the impact of COVID-19 new normatives on their operations and on various employment related issues and matters including review of employment and visitor´s policies, and employment contracts.

Professional Honors

  • Hall of Fame for Labor and Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2021 to 2022
  • Leading Individual for Labor and Employment, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2008 to 2020
  • Band 2, Leading Lawyer for Employment, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2020 to 2022
  • Band 1, Leading Lawyer for Employment, Chambers Asia Pacific, 2009 to 2019
  • Litigation Star for Labor and Employment, Benchmark Litigation, 2019 to 2022 
  • Distinguished Practitioner for Labor and Employment, asialaw Leading Lawyers, 2020 to 2022
  • A-List Lawyer, The Philippines' Top 100 Lawyers, Asia Business Law Journal, 2022

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Integrated Bar of the Philippines 
  • Inter-Pacific Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Employers' Confederation of the Philippines
  • European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
  • British Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines
  • Ateneo de Manila School of Law - Faculty (on leave)
  • Manila Polo Club - Legal Committee Member
  • Union Church Manila - Legal/HR Committee Member

Corporate Responsibility

Leveraging his firm management roles in Quisumbing Torres' Management Committee and the various global and regional committees of Baker McKenzie International, Gil drives socially relevant and meaningful initiatives of Quisumbing Torres' CSR / pro bono work. He led the team in mobilizing assistance and aid for the front liners since the beginning of the pandemic. His other CSR programs include organizing relief operations in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Odette in collaboration with the Philippine Coast Guard, where he is an Auxiliary Officer.  He also provides pro bono advice and assistance to an international organization focused on human rights in several cases involving the illegal trafficking of women and children. Gil is instrumental in promoting inclusion and diversity in the larger Philippine legal community in partnership with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines. Some initiatives include virtual events on relevant topics, such as Workplace Diversity and the Role of LGBTQ+ in Driving Business Transformation Beyond COVID-19, International Women's Day: #BreaktheBias Movement, and A Lawyer's Guide to Better Mental Health.  Gil champions the Quisumbing Torres' Women in Law series that celebrates the talent, mentorship, and advancement of the leading female lawyers of the firm.

Admissions

  • Philippines (1989)

Education

  • Ateneo de Manila University (LLB) (1988)
  • Ateneo de Manila University (BA) (1984)

Languages

  • English
  • Filipino

Presentations

Publications

  • Co-author, "What to Expect: ASEAN 2025-Forging Ahead Together," Asia Pacific Trade & Commerce Client Alert, Baker McKenzie, 2016

  • Co-author, Philippine Updates: Termination of Employment: An ASEAN Guide on Labor Regulations, Baker McKenzie, 2015

  • Contributor, Law Society Gazette, 2014

  • Co-author, AEC Termination Handbook, 2014