Maria Jennifer Z. Barreto
Ms. Barreto is a member of the firm’s special projects; banking, finance and securities; and employment and immigration departments. Her expertise in M&A and financing cover energy, mining, banking, gambling, manufacturing and business process outsourcing sectors. She has done significant work in natural resources, including the renewable energy space.
She has acted as counsel to investors in various Philippine mining projects such as the Rapu-Rapu Polymetallic Mining Project in the Province of Albay and the Far South East Gold–Copper Porphyry Project in Mankayan, Benguet. She has also worked on investments in hydro, wind, coal and biomass power projects, including the acquisition of the 600MW coal-fired thermal power plant in Masinloc, Zambales and the hydroelectric power station of Agusan Power Corporation in Agusan del Norte, Mindanao. Her other transactional work include the joint venture investment by a leading conglomerate in the Philippines and Genting Hong Kong in Resorts World Manila hotel, casino entertainment and integrated resort complex.
Ms. Barreto obtained her undergraduate degree (magna cum laude) from Ateneo de Manila University and her law degree from the University of the Philippines, where she received the Dean’s Medal for Academic Excellence. Prior to joining the firm, she worked as a clerk for Justice Mariflor Punzalan Castillo of the Philippine Court of Appeals. She lectures on accounting for the Finance and Accounting Department of the Ateneo de Manila University’s School of Management.
Admission to the Bar
Ateneo de Manila University (B.S., magna cum laude)
University of the Philippines (LL.B.)