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SMIC ready to work with rival Ayala group

Warring Ortigas factions prepare to lock horns

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SM Investments vice chair Teresita Sy-Coson (second from left): A matter of working together

MANILA, Philippines—SM Investments Corp. (SMIC) is prepared to “work together” with the new board of OCLP (Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership) Holdings Inc., which is now controlled by allies of Ayala Land Inc., following a general meeting on Friday that is set to result in a fresh legal conflict between two Ortigas factions.

Siblings Teresita Sy-Coson, SM Investments vice chair, and Hans Sy, president of real estate arm SM Prime Holdings Inc., gave similar statements on the potential collaboration with the family faction known as the Rafael Ortigas Group, which is backed by Ayala Land.

SM’s allies, led by the faction of Fernando Ortigas, were left with a minority vote after the Roman Catholic Church, a shareholder with a tie-breaking position, “supported” the group of Rafael Ortigas on Friday.

The Church’s holdings are mainly held through the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila.

“In the end, it’s a matter of working together,” Teresita Sy told reporters in a chance interview Friday at a thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

SM Investments, which last year sought to buy out shareholders of the company in a deal valued at $1 billion, did not “desire control” of OCLP Holdings, she added.

For his part, Hans Sy was positive over the prospects of working with the Ayala group.

The comments were made as the Inquirer learned that Fernando’s camp is preparing legal action against Rafael’s faction for violating a shareholders’ agreement they signed in 2010.

Because of the support it had amassed on the board, Rafael Ortigas’ group replaced OCLP Holdings’ incumbent president and chief financial officer, Rowell Recinto and Emmanuel Rapadas, respectively, with trusted allies during Friday’s meeting.

But the meeting was allegedly in violation of the shareholders’ agreement, which requires that a common slate for the board, including the president, should have been agreed upon by both sides, which was not the case on Friday, a source with knowledge of the matter said.

A lawsuit would, nonetheless, complicate plans for OCLP Holdings to go public, earlier planned by March 2014, the source said.

With Ayala Land’s strategic partner now in control, the Zobel-led developer would have access to OCLP Holdings’ enviable 55 hectares of prime land in Metro Manila. These holdings include parts of the Ortigas Business District and the “crown jewel”, the 16-hectare Greenhills Shopping Center.


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Tags: Ayala group , business rivalry , Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership , SM Investments Corp.

  • tugas

    Daming pera ng Simbahang Katoliko pero kapag ipapagawa ang CR ng simbahan hihingin pa sa second collection. mY DEAR Catholic Church when will you give alms to the poor.

  • joboni96

    kastilaloy vs. intsik switik
    funded by pilipino kayamanan

    yang lupain na yan
    ni landgrab lang ng kastilaloy sa pilipino

  • Prangka

    You see how rich this Roman Catholic Church? And yet when they speak out about the poor parang sincere. HIndi nagbabayad ng buwis pero hindi sila bawal pumasok sa business. Lahat na lang ng bentahe nasa kanila. Nakikisawsaw pa sa pamamalakad ng gobyerno kahit malinaw sa ating batas ang separation ng church and state.

  • Guest

    The daughter of Henry Sy, Tessie Sy-Coson, looks like Janet Lim Napoles.

    Intsik + Catholic church + Castilaloy = Oligarky

  • east west

    Is the Philippines run for the good of its people or for the interests of a few rich families that control politics and the economy. This is the 21st century not the 17th. If PH wants to develop and attract foreign inward investment it has to encourage the participation of foreign investors family feuds and vested interests do not illustrate a modern economy.

  • UrHONOR

    >>>The Church’s holdings are mainly held through the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila.<<<

    YAN ang isa sa mga TNL na kayamanan ng mga naka-sayang puti na sinasarile nila para sa kanilang kapakanan lamang at sa kapakanan ng SALVE ROMA. Para sa mahihirap….'ika nga ng mga kano, TOKEN….opo, token lamang…..ambon dito, angge doon para may masabi lamang na maka-mahirap sila habang naka-upo sa mga "gintong trono" nila. At may lakas pa kamo ng loob at tapang ng apog na magsabi na tulungan ng pamahalaan ang mahihirap….dahil wala sa programa nila ang ipamahagi ang kayamanan nilang pinatataba sa mga financial institutions at investment houses. PSHAW!!! "Mapalad kayong mahirap dahil mahal kayo ng diyos namin. Kami? Malas kami dahil ma-datong kami!" Emen,

  • bit coin

    Castillaloys rules!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    mabuti pa si Paqui, pa faquing-faquing lang. walang pakialam sa mundo. as long as he has an unlimited supply of chimays and muchachas, Paqui Ortigas will be happy.

  • boboposter

    God’s will… don’t fight it…

  • walangusername

    money changes everything….



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