Leo G. Dominguez


Some of Leo’s peers have described him as a “Thought Leader” in two Philippine industries: Mining and Franchising.

ABOUT Leo G. Dominguez



In 2010, when Leo retired as a partner of the law firm Quisumbing Torres (Member Firm of Baker & McKenzie International), he headed its Energy, Mining and Infrastructure Practice Group. He is considered a leading figure in the Philippine Mining Industry having co-authored the bill that became the Philippine Mining Act of 1995. After the Mining Act was passed, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) invited him to participate as a speaker in roadshows to Australia, Canada, and the U.S.A. to promote investments under the new law. Through Leo’s involvement with the Philippines-Australia Business Council, which he chaired for several years in the early 2000’s, he helped link the Australian Stock Exchange with the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). This led to the creation of the Philippine Minerals Reporting Code based on the Australasian JORC Code. The Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves (JORC Code) is a professional code of practice that sets minimum standards for Public Reporting of Minerals Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves. This project would not have been possible without the financial support of AusAid and the technical inputs of Australian and senior Filipino mining professionals, as well as the involvement of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission, the PSE and the DENR.


In the course of his career, Leo has acted for dozens of mining and metals companies in respect of their projects in the Philippines, ranging from applications for exploration permits, establishment of appropriate entities to do business, acquisition or transfers of mineral rights and contracts, including Mineral Production Sharing Agreements, Financial or Technical Assistance Agreements, Joint Ventures, to Sales Contracts, Offtake Agreements, Hedging Contracts, conducting due diligence, resolving tenement disputes, obtaining relevant national and local consents/approvals/permits, as well as complex Mergers and Acquisitions.


Leo is an active member of the Legal Committee of the Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. He has been legal adviser to the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association. He has played a key role in forming Diwata: Women in Resource Development, PMSEA and Land Rover Club of the Philippines into a partnership behind Tanging Tanglaw: Turning IP Grandmothers into Solar Engineers, a project in cooperation with the Government of India and Barefoot College of Tilonia, Rajasthan, India.





Leo is a Founding Trustee of the Philippine Franchise Association. Since the PFA’s establishment in 1995, Leo has served as a member of its Board of Trustees, Corporate Secretary, VP for Legal and Corporate Affairs, VP for Legal, Governance and Ethical Standards, and Director for Products and Allied Services. Leo led the drafting of the PFA’s Fair Franchising Standards and Code of Ethics. In the late 1980’s Leo was probably the first Filipino lawyer to lecture on Franchising.  In the early 1990’s the International Franchise Association appointed him as its Representative in the Philippines. During his career, Leo has advised a good number of international franchisors in respect of their Master Franchises in the Philippines, as well as several home-grown franchisors in respect of their local operations and expansions to foreign markets.



Foreign Work Experience


From 1984-1986, Leo worked as an Associate with the Singapore office of Baker & McKenzie, where he was involved in cross-border transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and in advising multinational clients in respect of their operations in several countries in the Asia Pacific Region.