Andres B. Sta. Maria, Jr.
Andres B. Sta. Maria heads the firm’s Special Projects Group, which undertakes the firm’s project and transactional work, including mergers and acquisitions, energy, infrastructure, mining, telecommunications, transportation, and environmental law. His area of practice has been in acquisitions, energy, and infrastructure, but in recent years, he has been deeply involved also in wealth conservation and succession.
Mr. Sta. Maria was counsel to the developers of the 1200MW Sual and 700MW Pagbilao coal-fired power stations, the 1200MW gas-fired KEPCO-Ilijan power facility, the 728MW Caliraya-Botocan-Kalayaan pumped-storage power complex, the 100-MW Burmeister & Wayne barge-mounted diesel power stations, the Bakun mini-hydro power plant, and the 700MW Navotas gas-turbine power station, the Philippines’ first BOT project. He represented Manila Electric Company in proceedings before the Energy Regulatory Commission.
He acted for the winning bidders for Philippine Airlines (PAL), Philippine Shipyard and Engineering Corp., and Petron Corporation. He was counsel to the Argentine company Industrias Metalúrgicas Pescarmona S.A. and also to Mirant Corporation in the sale of their respective interests in the Philippine power sector, the most significant Philippine acquisitions in 2005 and 2007.
Mr. Sta. Maria acted for the Philippine Government for the implementation of a counter-trade program and for investors under the Government’s debt-to-equity swap program. He acted for several companies, including Ayala Land Inc., in connection with the initial public offering of their shares. He negotiated the purchase of aircraft for PAL as part of the company’s re-fleeting program.
He worked with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (New York) in 1976 and also Coudert Brothers (New York) in 1977.
He is a member of the American Chamber of Commerce, Asia Society, the European Chamber of Commerce, the Makati Business Club, the Philippine Council for Foreign Relations, and the Philippine Bar Association.
Admission to the Bar
University of the Philippines (B.S.B.A.; LL.B.)
New York University (LL.M.)