Lily K. Gruba

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Managing Partner

Practice Areas: Commercial Transactions, Banking, Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions.

Lily Gruba is the managing partner of the Firm. She graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Ateneo Law School in 1976 and was admitted to the Bar in 1977. She finished her Masters of Laws in Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1981.

Lily was the Undersecretary of the Department of Finance from 1998 to 2001. She was also a Philippine Bar examiner for Taxation Law in 2007 and for Commercial law in 2012.

Lily was formerly the Associate Dean of Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. Presently, she is the Executive Director of Fr. Joaquin, SJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education and is likewise a Professor on Taxation Law, Mergers & Acquisitions and Local Government Finance and a bar reviewer at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law. Lily is currently a Director of Asia United Bank.

In 2018, she was named as one of the 100 Top Lawyers in the Philippines by Asia Business Law Review.

Lily Gruba also authored the Taxation book entitled “Guide Notes and Cases on the General Principles of Taxation and the Organization of the B.I.R” released in 2016. Early this year 2019, she released her second book entitled “Guide Notes and Cases on Tax Remedies”. Lily's second book moves away from the foundational principles and focuses on the rights and reliefs available to taxpayers under the Taxation laws.

As part of her sports advocacy, Lily is also the team manager of the volleyball team "Creamline Cool Smashers", a top professional women's volleyball team contending in the national Premier Volleyball League (PVL).

Client acknowledged that “She provides relevant input to risk assessment and decision making." - Client Feedback, Asialaw Profiles (2019)

Lily advised Asia United Bank on regular loan operations including preparing, reviewing and finalizing loan and collateral documentation. - Asialaw Profiles (2018)

Between April 2015 and March 2016, Lily Gruba assisted Asia United Bank Corporation with over $554M-worth of loans to various borrowers. - The Legal 500 (2017) 

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