Mr. Larry S. Esguerra IV is Director for Credit Programs at the Ateneo-BAP Institute of Banking, Program Director for Finance and Accounting at the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education and a Professor of Finance at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business. He is also Chief Financial Officer of a multinational construction and engineering firm and a diversified group of companies.
Mr. Esguerra has spent the greater part of his professional career in the financial services industry in the United States. Prior to his return to the Philippines, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Bay Federal Credit Union, a California-based, federally chartered credit union servicing the financial needs of military personnel and federal employees of the United States government. He also served as Vice President and Controller of Franklin Bank in Menlo Park, California; Associate Director of Capital Strategies Limited, a Hong Kong-based investment banking firm; and Resident Auditor of Citibank, N.A. in the Philippines.
Mr. Esguerra holds a Bachelors degree in accounting from the University of the Philippines and a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Gavin Lee is facilitator at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business-Center for Continuing Education. He is also an Assistant Professor at the Cesar E.A. Virata School of Business (VSB) (formerly College of Business Administration) at the University of the Philippines – Diliman where he teaches Accounting and Finance. He has conducted numerous seminars and trainings for various institutions, including the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE), Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), Institute of Internal Auditors – Philippines (IIA-P), and the Ateneo Center for Continuing Education (CCE).
Aside from his involvement with educational activities, Gavin is an Adviser at Unicapital Securities, Inc. for Equity Research. He is also a Director at Dearest1, an online jewelry company that focuses on custom-made wedding rings and engagement rings, and an Adviser for TripZeeker2, an online bazaar of travel experiences, activities, and tours that connects travelers with multiple tour operators across the globe.
Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Accountancy and a Master of Science degree in Finance from the VSB at the University of the Philippines – Diliman.
He also holds the following professional certifications: Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Philippines, Certified Internal Auditor (CIA ®), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA ®).
Mr. Christian Canlas is the Director & Head of Financial Markets Sales Philippines Standard Chartered Bank, Philippines. He nurtures the bank’s relationship with corporations and financial institutions for financial markets. Further, he recommends financial solutions utilizing a wide range of spot, derivatives and structured products on foreign exchange, rates, and credit, and liaises effectively with trading and structuring teams.
Prior to this, he was the Head of Product Structuring Department of Sales and Structuring Division of the Metropolitan Bank & Trust Company (Metrobank). He also has teaching experience through the Derivatives Workshop of Metrobank, Basic Derivatives Seminar for End-users of the Money Market Association of the Philippines, and Interest Rate Derivatives and Basic Financial Mathematics Modules of the Ateneo Bankers Association of the Philippines.
Mr. Canlas earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Applied Mathematics, major in Mathematical Finance, from the Ateneo de Manila University. He is a Certified Treasury Professional and a Certified Fixed Income Salesman
Ms. Ida Ceniza Tiongson is the CEO-President of OPAL Portfolio Investments (SPVAMC) Inc. Starting as a traditional banker, her expertise ranges from turning around businesses, corporate banking, to fund-raising, spanning 22 years of experience with National Australia Bank and Philippine National Bank. She is presently sitting as the Trustee of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Fintech PH Association and Fintech Alliance PH. She is also the Vice Chairperson of Governance at the Management Association of the Philippines, and sits in various boards: Publicly listed Xurpas Inc and Fin Tech Global Resources Inc. Past board seats include Vitarich Corporation. She has also been involved in drafting various business laws including the Financial Rehabilitation and Insolvency Act and the Revised Corporation Code.
Atty. Mark S. Gorriceta is the Managing Partner, Head of the Corporate Group and Head of the Technology Media and Telecommunications Group of Gorriceta Africa Cauton & Saavedra. With over 17 years in private practice, Mark has developed an extensive expertise in complex corporate transactions, commercial contracts and regulatory matters in a range of areas that impact businesses – whether for start-ups or for Top 1000 companies in the Philippines. He is a leading lawyer in the Philippines in the fields of Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions and Securities Law. He is also considered the foremost Tech lawyer in the Philippines. With pioneering expertise on the law on digital assets, fintech, blockchain, virtual currencies, e-commerce, data privacy, and artificial intelligence, he is legal counsel to the biggest and most impactful technology and online companies in the Philippines.
A multi-awarded legal practitioner, Atty. Gorriceta has been recognized as one of the Philippines' Top 100 Lawyers for 2020 by the Asia Business Law Journal (ABLJ) and also awarded as the Philippines' Managing Partner of the Year for 2020 by Asian Legal Business (ALB). Under his aggressive leadership, he has steered his Firm to be a Top Tier Firm in the Philippines and become the undisputed leader in the field of Technology Media and Telecommunications Law, having won the award back-to-back (2019 and 2020) for both ALB and ABLJ's Philippine Law Awards.
A member of the Philippine Bar, he graduated law with honors and holds a Bachelor of Arts - Political Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University. He completed certificate courses in Finance at the Asian Institute of Management. He completed certificate courses in Corporate Finance at Harvard University. He also completed several Masterclasses on Blockchain, Distributed Ledger & Smart Contracts in Singapore and Hong Kong. Atty. Gorriceta is a faculty member of the Ateneo de Manila University’s Center for Continuing Education. He teaches Mergers & Acquisitions for the Advanced Module Diploma Course in Corporate Finance.
Mr. Francis Chua is currently the First Vice-President and Head - of the Corporate Finance Group of the Development Bank of the Philippines where he oversees the Corporate Finance Group of the Development Bank of the Philippines where he oversees the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Departments of the Bank. Through the Investment Banking Department, the team provides financial and transaction advisory services to Government and private sector clients in relation to public-private partnerships, joint-ventures, privatizations, mergers and acquisitions, and other similar transactions; as well as structuring and syndicating project finance transactions.
Prior to heading the Corporate Finance Group, he led the Investment Banking Department where he served as the team leader of the transaction advisory team for several key infrastructure projects of the Government including the successful tenders of the NAIA Expressway Project PPP and the LRT1 Cavite Extension, Operations and Maintenance ProjectPPP. He was also part of the transaction team for the syndicated financing of the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) and the syndicated financing in relation to the privatization of Petron Corporation. FVP Chua has been with DBP since 2007 and is a product of the DBP's multi-awarded Management Associates Program.
Mr. Chua holds an MSc in International Development: Development Finance from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom and dual Bachelor's Degrees in Development Studies and Economics with Minors in Development Management and Chinese Studies from the Ateneo de Manila University. He also undertook executive courses from the Renewables Academy AG on Green Banking: Renewable Energy Financing; from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA on Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure; and from the Asian Institute of Management on Project Planning, Management, and Development, and on Practical Project Management in Public Investment from the same institute.
Ms. Noemi T. Villanueva is First Vice President and Head of Corporate Finance Team 2 of BDO Capital & Investment Corporation (“BDO Capita;”) where she leads a team in originating and executing capital market deals. She was formerly Head of Client Advisory of BDO Capital. She concurrently serves as Treasurer of Armstrong Securities, Inc. Prior to her assignment in BDO Capital, Ms. Villanueva was connected with PCI Capital Corporation for more than 20 years where she was involved in corporate finance, account management, and accounting and administration. Ms. Villanueva holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Ateneo Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Santo Tomas. She is a Certified Public Accountant.
Atty. Ronald Martin A. Ledesma received his Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila School of Law in 1997. In the same year, he joined the Tax Division of an established auditing firm, Sycip, Gorres, Velayo and Co., where he was involved in various tax advisory and corporate consultancy matters.
In 1998, he joined Villanueva, Bernardo and Gabionza Law Offices, where aside from tax advisory and corporate consultancy, he was involved in intellectual property cases, general and corporate litigation work before regular and appellate courts and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
In 1999, he joined Puno and Puno Law Offices. In addition to general and corporate litigation, taxation, and intellectual property, he was involved in various dealings, transactions and cases before regular and appellate courts, and various other government offices and agencies. For more than nine years, he has had extensive litigation experience successfully representing clients in various industries such as power, banking, securities, real estate development, insurance, retail, manufacturing, hotels, airlines and many others.
A great portion of his practice had been in remedial and advisory work for banks, financial institutions and debtors with respect to enforcement actions by or against debtors including but not limited to foreclosures, injunctive actions, actions for accounting, sum of money, torts and damages, annulment of security contracts and non-performing loan (NPL) sales, insolvency and corporate rehabilitation. He has also acted in an advisory capacity to financial institutions and debtors with respect to review of loan, security and other related contracts, debt restructuring, rehabilitation plans, negotiations and settlement of claims, and investigations of bank fraud. In terms of general litigation and administrative proceedings, he has handled various civil cases such as but not limited to specific performance, rescission, annulment of contracts, declaratory relief, forcible entry and ejectment, injunctive actions, torts and damages, and others.
In 2009, with Atty. Jorge D. Gonzales, he put up Ledesma Gonzales Law Offices continuing to service clients in advisory, remedial and general litigation practice. In the same year, he was appointed as Receiver for Overseas Freighters Shipping, Inc. (OFSI).
From 2009 to 2017, he has continued to handle various litigation concerns of several prominent banks and special purpose vehicles, condominium corporations, and other local and foreign companies.