Maria TanPedersen

Partner

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Maria Pedersen is an international projects and commercial lawyer with an extensive and diverse background in international and U.S., domestic commercial, M&A, capital markets, joint venture, and financing transactions and international arbitration. She has counseled government, public, and private clients in more than 35 countries worldwide and practiced in the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Maria is a native Tagalog speaker with many years of experience advising on high-profile inbound and outbound commercial and project-related transactions in the Philippines and Indonesia, across Southeast Asia, and in Europe and the Americas, across a number of industries, including energy and infrastructure, consumer goods, technology, and real estate.

Maria is regularly recommended and recognized as a top-ranking lawyer by leading publications such as International Financial Law Review, Chambers Asia Pacific, and Legal 500 Asia Pacific and has been the lead lawyer in a number of internationally recognized "Deal of the Year" transactions and projects.

Experience

  • Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines proposed Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike ProjectJones Day, in association with ARC Consultants International Pty Limited, was appointed by the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines to provide legal, financial and bid management support on a proposed US$2.82 billion Laguna Lakeshore Expressway-Dike Project.
  • SSI Group completes IPO on Philippine Stock ExchangeJones Day advised SSI Group, Inc., a leading specialty retailer in the Philippines, in connection with its PHP 7.4 billion (US$166 million) initial public offering on the Philippine Stock Exchange.
  • Saka Indonesia Pangkah acquires Ujung Pangkah assets from Hess Corporation for $650 millionJones Day advised Saka Indonesia Pangkah B.V. (“Saka Pangkah”), an Amsterdam-based, wholly owned subsidiary of PT Saka Energi Indonesia (“SEI”) on the acquisition of the Ujung Pangkah assets from the Hess Corporation for a total after-tax consideration of $650 million, comprising of the sale of equity interests in certain holding entities and certain inter-company debts.
  • PT Saka Energi acquires 37.825 percent working interest from BP in Sanga-Sanga gas production block in IndonesiaJones Day advised PT Saka Energi, an upstream division of Indonesian national gas company PGN, in its acquisition of a 37.825 percent working interest from BP Plc in the Sanga-Sanga gas production block in Indonesia.
  • Strait Capital purchases and restructures $30 million Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Note and Warrants to purchase Common Stock from U.S.-based global mobile payments companyJones Day represented Strait Capital Service Ltd. in connection with the purchase and restructuring of a $30 million Senior Secured Convertible Promissory Note and Warrants to purchase Common Stock from a U.S.-based global mobile payments company with subsidiaries located throughout the world.
  • SSI Group acquires stake in Landmark Management Services Ltd.Jones Day advised SSI Group Inc. on the acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Landmark Management Services Ltd. ("Landmark") by its wholly owned subsidiary, SKL International Limited.
  • Xurpas acquires minority interest in Micro Benefits LimitedJones Day advised Xurpas, Inc. in its $10 million acquisition of a 23.53 percent stake in Micro Benefits Limited, a Hong Kong-based company providing innovative mobile HR solutions to Fortune 500 companies in China, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Micro Benefits Financial Consulting (Su Zhou) Co. Ltd ("MB China").
  • Ayala Corporation subsidiary Integrated Micro-Electronics acquires 80 percent interest of STI Enterprises LimitedJones Day advised Ayala Corporation in its acquisition by subsidiary, Integrated Micro Electronics, Inc., of an 80 percent interest in STI Enterprises Limited, a printed circuit board manufacturer based in the United Kingdom with global operations.
  • Global Emerging Markets North America invests in Abra Mining and Industrial CorporationJones Day is advising Global Emerging Markets North America Inc. in its PHP700 million (US$44.5 million) investment in Abra Mining and Industrial Corporation, a company listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange.
  • BPI Capital completes follow-on public offering on Philippine Stock Exchange by Ayala Corporation subsidiaryJones Day advised BPI Capital Corporation in connection with the $85 million follow-on public offering of Common Shares on the Philippine Stock Exchange by Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc., an electronics manufacturing services company and subsidiary of the Ayala Corporation.
  • Xurpas completes top-up share placement to Philippine and international institutional investorsJones Day advised Xurpas Inc., a leading Philippine technology company, in connection with a top-up share placement provided to Philippine and international institutional investors.
  • Investment firm seeks advice on potential investment in coal-fired plant in PakistanJones Day is advising an investment firm on a potential investment in a coal-fired power plant in Pakistan.
  • GEM Global Yield Fund invests in YuuZoo CorporationJones Day advised GEM Global Yield Fund in the provision of a SG$30 million (US$21 million) funding facility to YuuZoo Corporation, a SGX listed e-commerce and payments company.
  • Subsidiary of Indonesian conglomerate seeks counsel on potential geothermal project joint ventureJones Day is advising the subsidiary of an Indonesian conglomerate on a potential geothermal project joint venture with a U.S. geothermal project operator in Indonesia.
  • Philippines property firm settles arbitration for claims of breach of contract in real estate JV before SIAC tribunalJones Day represented a Philippines property firm in a dispute against its JV partner before a tribunal formed under the rules of the SIAC.
  • International investment bank defends claims of breach of loan agreement in AsiaJones Day is advising an international investment bank and certain of its current and former employees in connection with a lawsuit brought by other syndicate members for alleged breach of a loan agreement.
  • U.S. based alternative investment group in potential investment in IndonesiaJones Day is advising a U.S. based alternative investment group in its potential investment in a Jakarta Stock Exchange listed holding and investment company.
  • U.S. based alternative investment group in issuance of convertible debenture by Hong Kong listed companyJones Day is advising a U.S. based alternative investment group in connection with the issuance of a convertible debenture by a Hong Kong listed company.
  • U.S. based alternative investment group in its proposed investment in Hong Kong listed companyJones Day is advising a U.S. based alternative investment group in connection with a potential equity investment in a Hong Kong listed investment holding company.
  • PT Saka Energi Indonesia subsidiary acquires 36 percent working interest in 8,300 acres of Eagle Ford and Olmos shale formation rightsJones Day advised Saka Energi Fasken LLC, a subsidiary of PT Saka Energi Indonesia, an Indonesian state-owned upstream oil and gas entity, in the $175 million acquisition of a 36 percent working interest in the Eagle Ford and Olmos shale formation rights to approximately 8,300 acres in Webb County, Texas.
  • International Sports Capital acquires controlling interest in F.C. Internazionale MilanoJones Day advised Erick Thohir-led consortium International Sports Capital ("ISC") on the acquisition of 70 percent stake in F.C. Internazionale Milano S.p.A from its majority shareholder, Mr. Massimo Moratti's controlled Internazionale Holding S.r.l.
  • PT Exploitasi Energi Indonesia completes IDR 2.7 trillion rights offeringJones Day advised PT Exploitasi Energi Indonesia Tbk, an Indonesia-based energy company, in its IDR 2.7 trillion rights offering.
  • PT Exploitasi Energi Indonesia completes secondary placement with Lyceum Capital PartnersJones Day advised PT Exploitasi Energi Indonesia Tbk, an Indonesia-based energy company, in a secondary placement with Lyceum Capital Partners.
  • Recapital Investment acquires controlling interest in Ninh Van BayJones Day advised Recapital Investment Pte Ltd., an Indonesian investment group with interests in energy, property, and infrastructure, in connection with its acquisition and related financing of a controlling interest in Ninh Van Bay, the owner of a real estate portfolio containing Six Senses properties, a Vietnam-based luxury hotels and property group.
  • Indonesian SOE acquires energy interests in AsiaJones Day advised an Indonesian SOE on acquisitions of energy interests in Asia.
  • GEMS III restructures its investment in Bemobile LimitedJones Day advised GEMS III, one of the GEMS group of funds, on the restructuring of its investment in Bemobile Limited, the Papua New Guinean mobile telephone operator.
  • Investment holding company acquires Spanish five-star hotel and spa, development land, and championship golf courseJones Day advised an investment holding company in connection with the acquisition and related financing of a five-star hotel and spa in Málaga, land for expansion and the development of residential units and villas, and an 18-hole championship golf course.
  • Speaking Engagements

    • March 6, 2015
      Natural Gas Industry in the Philippines - Promoting Use of Natural Gas, Natural Gas Summit
    • September 27, 2013
      PPP in Southeast Asia and India Seminar
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