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, general corporate law, and public policy. Before joining the Firm, Edsel worked in all three branches of the Philippine Government. He was a senior public official at the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Republic of the Philippines, worked as a director at a legislative office of a Philippine Senator, and clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. Edsel briefly worked as an attorney at SyCip Salazar Hernandez & Gatmaitan. At DPWH, Edsel led right-of-way acquisition for priority projects under the Php 8-9 trillion (US$ 160-200 billion) Build Build Build program, the most ambitious infrastructure program in Philippine history. He intermittently served as officer-in-charge (OIC) Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Priority Projects and OIC Director for Legal Services. Aside from infrastructure, Edsel’s practice at the Firm includes FinTech and blockchain frameworks, digital assets, and e-commerce.
A dual-qualified lawyer under the Philippine and New York Bar, Edsel is a legal adviser to many of the most impactful technology companies in Southeast Asia. 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 completed executive education in technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.