Atty. Sylvette Y. Tankiang has always been ahead of the curve. In an era when the field of corporate law was still predominantly male-driven, Atty. Tankiang took the helm in building V&A Law’s Corporate & Commercial Law Department into what it is today: one of the most trusted corporate and business law practices in the Philippines.
With particular expertise in the fields of taxation, mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, securities, real estate, mining, natural resources, and power and energy, it is no surprise that Atty. Tankiang has consistently been acknowledged by global and domestic legal publications, namely leading lawyer for Corporate and M&A and recognized practitioner for Tax by Chambers and Partners, Leading Individual for 2020 by the Legal500, Leading Lawyers of 2020 by AsiaLaw, and one of the Top 100 Lawyers of 2019 by Asia Business Law Journal, among others.
Never one to merely do things for the sake of doing, Atty. Tankiang’s ability to elegantly deliver decisive direction with meticulous attention to detail has earned the adoration, not just of her peers, but of clients here and abroad. Her clients have expressed that Atty. Tankiang is "a very experienced and all-rounded lawyer who has the expertise and skills in providing creative solutions to overcome challenges. Her knowledge and skills are beyond the spectrum."
Atty. Tankiang also makes time to give back to her community in various ways, serving as President of the Harvard Law School Association of the Philippines from 2009 to 2012, President of the Harvard Club of the Philippines, and President of the University of the Philippines Women Lawyers’ Circle, Inc. (UP WILOCI).
Atty. Tankiang now continues to guide a new era of emerging trailblazers as the Tax Department Chair and as the Firm’s Chief Financial Officer. Asked what advice she can give to junior lawyers, "persevere with hard work, and be excellent on purpose. Your work is measured by what you give of yourself. So choose each and every day to give without measure."
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