Manila Business Specialist

Johann V. Espiritu is a partner who is working with the Project Development & Finance, and Technology, Media & Telecom departments. His practice focuses on project development and finance; technology, media and telecommunications; and corporate law.

Johann regularly advises entrepreneurs and their families on wealth protection, tax strategies, estate planning, family trusts, international market entry, and offshore investment.

Johann has established numerous family trusts, both onshore and offshore. He has also advised domestic and foreign corporations on corporate law, commercial law, foreign investments, infrastructure projects, energy or power projects, telecommunications, and mergers and acquisitions.

Johann served as General Counsel to a defense company located in Washington, DC, where he drafted and negotiated convertible notes and purchase agreements to raise capital for a start-up corporation in the defense arena. He also drafted complex contracts for the supply of geospatial intelligence software for use by the U.S. Government and handled intellectual property matters for a high-technology start-up.

Johann is a lecturer at the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law where he teaches Information Technology Law and Venture Capital Transactions. He is also the Director of Career Development in the same university. He currently sits as a member of the Advisory Board of the Georgetown University Law Center.

Johann received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1995 and his juris doctor degree from the same university in 2000. He then received his master of laws degree from Georgetown University in 2004, where he graduated with distinction. He joined the firm in 2000. He was admitted to the Philippine bar in 2001 and the New York bar in 2005.