Atty. Barney Almazar – Illustrado 300 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf
Gamechanger – Atty. Barney Almazar
Atty. Barney Almazar is a high calibre international corporate lawyer and a passionate campaigner for the improvement of the lives of Overseas Filipinos.
A recipient of a TOYM (Ten Outstanding Young Men) award in 2015, and the Asian Legal Business Young Lawyer of the Year for the Philippines award in 2016, and in South East Asia in 2017, his accolades speak louder than words. Recently, he facilitated the USD 125 million acquisition of a UAE-based fintech company by a Philippine investment group. He also represents a syndicate of investors in the negotiation of founder shares in a retail strategic planning firm, operating in New York, London, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Berlin. Last year, he opened an office in Lisbon catering to European venture, while his offices in the UAE and Philippines continue to facilitate trade deals across the Middle East and South East Asia.
Moreover, he has been providing legal assistance to Philippine missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, assisting distressed Filipinos for the last six years, and his book, “The Essential OFW Guide to the UAE” has become a valuable resource for the community.
Atty. Barney shares, “In our country, human labor is considered an ‘export commodity’, a means to an end for the Filipinos around the world. This is why for the past 7 years, I have devoted my practice to bringing foreign investments to the Philippines, promoting our brands in the Middle East, creating more jobs back home.” He adds, “My ultimate wish is for us to be competitive with the rest of the world, so that our government need not restrict the mobility of OFs. Leaving the Philippines to work abroad is a personal choice, not a necessity.”
Barney Almazar Esq.
Despite his success as a Corporate Lawyer, Barney Almazar has taken upon himself the daunting task of helping out the UAEs Filipino community, an advocacy close to his heart while serving a growing international clientele. Well-reputed for handling the portfolios of some high-net-worth individuals across the Middle East oil and gas sector, as well as Southeast Asia, he also led the US$125 million Filipino acquisition of a UAE company, further cementing the Filipino presence in the international market. Thomson Reuter’s Asian Legal Business List also hailed Barney as one of the Top 40 Young Lawyers in Asia. And through all this, this lawyer also launched the 2nd edition ‘The Essential OFW Guide to UAE,’ and expanded his local legal aid clinics and interactive touch screen legal portals across the emirates.
“A well trained and educated person puts the nation in the right direction for nation-building. As a lawyer, I play the role of educating minds to achieve their dreams and become future agents of change in our country” Barney quotes.
His dedication, integrity and work ethic have made him stand out among the trailblazers and role models of today’s Filipino youth. He is renowned as a modern day hero, receiving recognition from far and wide. But for Barney, despite all the adornments and titles, the simple and pure joy of seeing a Filipino reunited with their family is enough to fuel his advocacy for kindness.
“Whether I am wearing my corporate hat or lawyer’s hat, I believe it is the kindness and looking after each other’s welfare that keeps humanity alive.”
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