Alexander B. Cabrera

Chairman and Senior Partner

Alex, both a Certified Public Accountant and lawyer, is the Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC Philippines since 2013. His exposure in public practice lies in audit, tax, business advisory and legal services. He specializes in tax planning and business mergers and acquisitions.

He is currently a board member in PwC’s Southeast Asia Regional Consulting practice.

Before becoming Chairman and Senior Partner, he was Tax Managing Partner since 2006. He is the managing partner of Cabrera & Company, a law firm he founded in 2002.

Under his helm, PwC Philippines was recognized with an advanced rating in Integrity by Integrity Initiative, organized by the Makati business Club and European Chamber of Commerce.

Alex is a columnist of the Philippines’ leading print and digital newspaper, The Philippine STAR, with his “as easy as ABC” column published every Sunday which tackles legal, commercial and social issues.

Alex launched the Developmental Social Enterprise Awards in 2014 in partnership with BCYF that recognize, award and support developmental social enterprises. It aims to increase awareness on these businesses that help society and to help them scale up.

He spearheaded the Philippine Gems campaign, a nationwide search to identify the country’s next wave of tourist destinations. It is one of five Gold finalists in the 2014 Asia-Pacific SABRE Awards.

He likewise led Philippine Resiliency: a Gem Uncovered project that sought the insights of top Filipino CEOs in the Philippines. It won an Asian Publishing Award for the firm in 2010.

The Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants recognized him twice with an Outstanding CPA in Public Practice Award in 2015 and a Young Achiever in Public Practice Award in 1998.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the Philippine School of Business Administration, which in 2006 named him as one of its outstanding alumni. He earned his Juris Doctor at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1994 and became a lawyer in 1995. Alex attended a leadership and management program at Harvard Business School in 2006. He is currently completing Wharton University’s CEO Global Transformation program.

He currently chairs the Educated Marginalized Entrepreneurs Resource Generation (EMERGE) program, an initiative of the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP) to fund and help selected marginalized entrepreneurs become successful. He earlier chaired the tax committee of MAP. He also chairs the Franchise Excellence Awards.

Experience

  • Power and energy
  • Consumer and industrial products
  • Telecommunications
  • Media
  • Financial services
  • Real estate
  • Mining

Specialty

  • Audit
  • Tax planning
  • Business mergers and acquisitions
  • Business advisory
  • Legal services

Education

  • Harvard Business School - Leading Change and Organizational Renewal Program; Ateneo de Manila University - Juris Doctor; Philippine School of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (Cum Laude)
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