With a mastery of the law combined with an appreciation for novel yet practical solutions, Atty. Franchette M. Acosta has navigated cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions amidst multi-faceted regulatory issues. Franchette’s well-rounded proficiency in commercial law enables her to guide clients in foreign direct investments market entry or expansion, finance and project development, the rapidly growing fields of competition and data protection laws, and government contracts in innumerable industries, such as telecommunications, financial services, real estate, power/energy, mining, and manufacturing. She has also successfully acted as lead counsel for borrowers in syndicated loan agreements and project financing, and for underwriters in initial public offerings in various global exchanges.
Franchette’s immeasurable dedication to the individual causes of her clients have impressed legal publications here and abroad, landing her regular recognition as a leading lawyer in Corporate & Commercial Law in the Philippines by Chambers & Partners, the Legal500 and IFLR1000. She is also recognized as one of the Philippines’ Top 100 Lawyers, and as In-House Community Commended External Counsel.
Franchette now sits as the head of V&A’s Corporate & Commercial Law Department, where she commandeers a tight ship of highly competent, adaptive, and zealous changemakers in the world of corporate law. Her firm but gentle leadership and dedication to identifying and nurturing talent in the younger breed of corporate lawyers has allowed her to establish herself, not only as a mentor nonpareil, but as a paragon of professionalism in the practice of law.
Franchette graduated as class valedictorian, cum laude, of her class in the University of the Philippines College of Law, ranked 3rd in the Philippine bar exams, and received her Masters of Law from New York University on full scholarship. She also obtained a diploma in Business Economics from the UP School of Economics, graduating magna cum laude.