Maria Jayne Steeples

Of Counsel | Singapore

msteeples@mofo.com | 65 69222027

msteeples@mofo.com
65 69222027

Maria Steeples has over 16 years’ experience, including more than 13 years in Singapore, in a wide range of corporate matters, including M&A, private equity, strategic alliances and joint ventures. She also leads the firm’s global warranty and indemnity insurance practice.

Warranty & Indemnity Insurance (W&I)

Maria is universally recognised in the market as the leading expert in Asia on W&I. Since 2008, she has advised leading insurers on the majority of all of the W&I policies issued in South and Southeast Asia. She has built the firm’s W&I insurance practice into a global business, expanding throughout Asia, Europe and the US. She has worked on high profile transactions for multi-national clients including AIG, Beazley, Liberty GTS, Berkshire Hathaway, Ironshore, Brockwell Capital Limited, Fusion and Allied World.

Maria has been integral to the development, industry understanding and use of the W&I Insurance in M&A deals in the region. She works closely with clients and prospective clients, helping them to 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.

M&A

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, telecoms, energy and private equity. She has advised on a series of significant transactions for some of the world’s leading companies including AXA, Ace (now Chubb), HSBC, and Axiata. The transactions she has advised on cover a wide range of matters from complex cross border M&A to shareholder and investor arrangements across many jurisdictions in South East Asia.

Commended by clients as “a vital business partner, …[the] best in class”, with a “rare mix of interpersonal skills, technical acumen and commercial awareness…” and “a pleasure to work with”, Maria is ranked as a “Next Generation Partner” and a recognised practitioner for insurance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and Chambers Asia Pacific 2020 respectively. She is also ranked as a recommended practitioner for M&A in Singapore by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2020 and was named Client Choice Lawyer of the Year in 2018 and 2019 consecutively.

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