Atty. Ma. Carla P. Mapalo is a Senior Associate with more than five years of experience in corporate and commercial law. She has extensive experience in domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions of public and private companies engaged in various industries, such as telecommunications, real estate and construction, power and energy, banking and finance, mass media, and logistics. In the 2020 The Legal 500 Asia Pacific Rankings, Carla was recognized as a Rising Star for Labor and Employment.
A significant component of her commercial law practice involves rendering advice on corporate restructuring and foreign investments in the Philippines, specifically, market entry or expansion and regulatory compliance. She acted as the lead senior associate of the team that handled the successful entry of the third major telecommunications provider in the Philippines.
Carla has also devoted special focus in the developing field of competition law where she advises on anti-trust and competition law concerns and represents clients before the Philippine Competition Commission.
Her other areas of expertise include property development, construction, real estate transactions, energy, securities regulation and labor. Clients advised include one of the largest real estate developers in Japan in relation to its first development project in the Philippines, and other conglomerates engaged in various industries. She also handles corporate and commercial matters of publicly listed companies and ensures their compliance with the reportorial, listing and disclosure requirements of the Philippine Stock Exchange.
Currently, Carla is a lecturer of Labor Law at the University of the Philippines and of Legal English at Philippine Law School.
Carla obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines in 2014, where she was awarded the Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence and the 2014 Salvador T. Carlota Prize for Best Paper in Administrative Law and the Law on Public Officers. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the same university, where she graduated cum laude.