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María Luisa Cánovas


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  • Southern Methodist University (LL.M. 1996); Tufts University (M.A. 1995; Fulbright Scholar); Universidad Pontificia de Comillas (Economics Degree 1992; Erasmus Scholar; Law Degree 1991)

Bar Admissions

  • New York

María Luisa Cánovas has more than 20 years of experience in a diverse corporate practice focused on cross-border M&A, infrastructure M&A, joint ventures, private equity, and financings. She has worked on transactions in the energy, infrastructure, media, and hospitality sectors, representing clients in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

María Luisa has worked on substantial matters with public companies such as News Corporation and PepsiCo; private equity funds such as Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst and Playa Hotels & Resorts; and Latin American-based companies such as Betesh International and Livsmart Américas. She routinely negotiates matters in Spanish, Portuguese, and French and drafts agreements in English governed by New York law.

Prior to joining Jones Day, María Luisa's representative experience included advising News Corporation in a series of transactions with DirecTV, Globo, Grupo Televisa, and Liberty Media that restructured by means of divestitures, mergers, and liquidations, the platforms of DirecTV and News Corporation in Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Colombia.

María Luisa is a regular speaker at international legal conferences and a frequent author on articles on cross-border M&A. She is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and the Latin America Council of the New York State Bar Association.

Honors & Distinctions

  • Ranked in Chambers Latin America: Latin America's Leading Lawyers for Business for corporate/M&A (2016-2018)

    Chambers Global: "Leaders in their Field" for corporate/M&A, Latin America-wide (2018)

    Ranked in Legal 500 as a leading lawyer and as a leading U.S. lawyer with Mexico focus (2016-2018)

    "Top 50 Female Lawyers in Latin America," Latinvex (2012-2018)

    "Private Equity Deal of the Year 2012," Latin Lawyer


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