Atty. Maria Concepcion P. Simundac is a powerhouse in the corporate world. With particular expertise in mergers & acquisitions, power & energy, construction & real estate, infrastructure, regulatory compliance and banking & finance, Maria’s ability to consider every facet of complex issues and provide effective solutions has earned her the top spot on the podium in the Philippine legal sector. The younger breed of V&A’ Laws lawyers look up to Maria for her artistry in handling high-value transactions and complex regulatory issues with grace and ease.
Maria advises on, drafts and negotiates transaction documents, such as memoranda of agreement, share or asset purchase agreements, shareholders’ agreements, joint venture agreements, lease contracts, management agreements, credit facility arrangements and other bespoke contracts. She also performs due diligence investigations for acquisitions, mergers and initial public offerings where she highlights to clients crucial deal points and potential exposures. Maria has provided comprehensive legal services for the development, construction and operation of multi-billion-peso government projects and energy, infrastructure & real estate developments.
With her proven capability, Maria currently holds positions of director and corporate secretary in multi-national, domestic and non-profit corporations across industries where she gains in-depth understanding of the needs of clients and enables her to deliver commercial, practical and timely legal advice.
Her impressive work ethic and legal expertise earned her several distinctions from the legal community. Maria was named as one of The Philippines' Top 100 Lawyers (The A-List) by Asia Business Law Journal for 2018, 2019 and 2020. Asian Legal Business also recognized Maria as one of Asia’s 40 Under 40, which names young lawyers who have worked on some of the most significant deals and disputes. She was also chosen by The In-House Community as Commended External Counsel for 2020, a recognition based entirely on the votes and testimonials of in-house counsels.
From start to finish, her hands-on approach reaped praises from clients, commending her for being a "fast, expeditious lawyer who reacts promptly in providing solutions to issues and challenges faced within a constrained time environment" and “does her work with integrity, and professionalism”.
Maria obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University in 2009, where she graduated with honors and was among the top of her class. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the same university.