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.
- 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
- University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law (J.D. 1990; Associate Editor, California Law Review; Associate Editor, International Tax and Business Lawyer; Co-president, International Law Society); University of Pennsylvania (B.A. cum laude 1987)
- District of Columbia and New York
IFLR 1000: recognized as "highly regarded" in banking & finance and energy (2020)
Legal 500: "recommended" in the categories of projects & energy, capital markets, and the Philippines (2019)
Chambers Asia: "foreign expert" in projects and infrastructure & energy (expertise based abroad) — Philippines (2019)
Chambers Global: "foreign expert" in projects and infrastructure in Vietnam; projects, infrastructure & energy in the Philippines (expertise based abroad) (2019)
- French (proficient), Tagalog (conversational), and Bahasa Indonesia (conversational)