Edsel F. Tupaz, is a Partner of the Firm. A dual-qualified lawyer in the Philippines and the US, Edsel’s practice focuses on infrastructure law, technology, public policy, regulatory affairs, and select questions of international and comparative law.
Edsel was head of the right-of-way acquisition and enforcement division at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and a member of the DPWH Central Office Bids and Awards Committee for Civil Works. He intermittently served as officer-in-charge (OIC) Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Priority Projects and OIC Director for Legal Services of the department. He provided advisory work and led right-of-way acquisition for priority projects under the Php 8-9 trillion (US$ 160-200 billion) Build Build Build program of the Philippine government, the most ambitious infrastructure program in Philippine history. Edsel has counseled on general infrastructure law and policy, procurement, project development, and contract administration in a variety of areas, including public private partnership (PPP) transactions, concession agreements, and toll operation agreements.
Upon admission to the Philippine Bar, Edsel worked as an attorney at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. Thereafter, he clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. and Justice Ma. Alicia Austria-Martinez of the Philippine Supreme Court. He later served as director of a legislative office at the Philippine Senate. He designed and taught a course on International Development Law and Policy at the New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts, and has since taught in several law schools in the Philippines. In 2008-2009, Edsel became Managing Technical Editor of the Harvard Human Rights Journal.
A member of the Philippine Bar and the New York Bar, Edsel received his Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Honors Program, cum laude) and Juris Doctor from the Ateneo de Manila University (Second Honors, St. Thomas More Most Outstanding Award). He studied the business economics and application of blockchain technologies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Sloan School of Management.