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Maria Concepcion P. Simundac specializes in the areas of Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions, Power & Energy, Construction & Real Estate Transactions, Infrastructure, Transportation & Public Utilities, and Banking & Finance. She 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. Ms. Simundac also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the same university. 
 
Ms. Simundac regularly advises foreign clients on various regulations relating to foreign direct investments in the Philippines and structuring of cross border transactions, particularly in the areas of construction, power & energy, infrastructure, government procurement and public and private partnerships (PPP). She provides various legal services in relation to development, construction and operation of complex multi-billion peso energy, infrastructure or real estate developments. She also assists clients from preparation and submission of bid documents to various government agencies up to award of contracts. She has experience with joint ventures with government instrumentalities, local governments and government-owned and controlled corporations.
 
Ms. Simundac also performs due diligence investigations in relation to acquisitions, mergers, and initial public offerings where she highlights to clients crucial points and potential exposures. Ms. Simundac 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 likewise advises clients in navigating increasingly complex regulatory frameworks and compliance in the areas of financial technology, data privacy and anti-financial crimes. 
 
Ms. Simundac currently holds positions of director and corporate secretary in various multi-national, domestic and non-profit corporations across industries where she gains in-depth understanding of the needs of clients which enables her to provide practical and timely legal advice on various business issues and concerns.
 
Ms. Simundac is named as one of The Philippines Top 100 Lawyers (The A-List) by Asia Business Law Journal. Clients praised her for being a "fast, expeditious lawyer who reacts promptly in providing solutions to issues and challenges faced within a constrained time environment" and were "impressed by her expertise and quick response".
 
Asian Legal Business also recognized Ms. Simundac as one of “The Next Generation of Asia’s Lawyers: 40 Under 40”. The list recognizes lawyers in the Asia Region “who have worked on some of the most significant deals and disputes in the past year and who have earned accolades from their peers, superiors and clients”. Ms. Simundac was commended by a client for “allowing [them] to successfully navigate the challenges of business”.

Simundac, Maria Concepcion P.

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mp.simundac@thefirmva.com