“ As a pioneer in the development of warranty and indemnity insurance across Asia, I have been uniquely positioned to help insurers expand their businesses in the region. Many of my clients see me as an integral team member rather than as a third-party adviser.
Maria Steeples has over 18 years of experience, with more than 14 of those years in Singapore, in a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, private equity, strategic alliances, and joint ventures. She also established and leads the firm’s global Warranty & Indemnity Insurance practice.
Maria is universally recognized in the market as one of the leading W&I experts in Asia with an unrivaled depth of experience advising W&I insurers in the region. Since 2008, she has advised leading insurers on W&I policies issued in Asia. She has built the firm’s W&I practice and has worked on high- profile transactions for multinational clients including AIG, Beazley, Liberty GTS, Berkshire Hathaway, Tokio Marine HCC, RiskPoint, Brockwell Capital Limited, and Fusion.
Maria has been integral to the development, industry understanding, and use of the W&I in M&A deals in the region. She works closely with clients and prospective clients, helping them navigate this complex product, educating them on its strategic benefits as a risk mitigation and deal facilitation tool. She has also presented alongside insurers and brokers at conferences around the world including in New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, and Malaysia.
In the Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022 edition, Maria is recognized as a Leading Individual for Insurance, with one client saying: “Maria is extremely responsive and commercial. Her approach is very client-centric and her focus on providing practical advice is well appreciated. Her high attention to detail without compromising on speed is well noted too. Her very positive personality is a big plus too!” Another source notes that her advice is about “more than providing legal input – but advising on risks.”
Maria has extensive experience in both buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions across Southeast Asia. She has worked across multiple sectors with a particular focus on financial institutions, telecommunications, energy, and private equity. She has advised some of the world’s leading companies on a series of significant transactions, including AXA, Ace (now Chubb), HSBC, and Axiata. The transactions cover a wide range of matters from complex cross-border M&A to shareholder and investor arrangements across many jurisdictions in Southeast Asia.
Commended by clients as “a vital business partner, . . . [the] best in class,” with a “deep understanding of the risks underwriters face with the commercial overlay in decision-making,” Maria is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” and a recognized practitioner for insurance by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020 as well as a leading individual by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021, respectively. She is also ranked as a recommended practitioner for M&A in Singapore by The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2020 and was named Client Choice Lawyer of the Year in 2018 and 2019.Show More
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022
The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific 2022
Client Choice Awards 2018 and 2019
Chambers Asia-Pacific 2022