The global law firm Jones Day has announced that Maria Sendra has joined the Firm as a partner in the Private Equity Practice, resident in the Firm’s San Diego Office. Ms. Sendra comes to Jones Day from the San Diego office of Baker & McKenzie, where she was a partner and co-chair of the firm’s North America Life Sciences M&A subcommittee.

Ms. Sendra advises clients on initial public offerings, SEC compliance, mergers and acquisitions, anti-takeover, complex licensing, and corporate alliances. She has represented clients in transactions tapping into emerging markets all over the world, including Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. In the U.S., Ms. Sendra has worked on numerous venture capital and private equity transactions, and has managed more than 50 initial and secondary public offerings on the NASDAQ and NYSE. For the past several years, Oxford University has invited her to participate in their annual Silicon Valley panel on emerging technologies and entrepreneurship that includes key executives and/or founders from some of the preeminent technology companies around the world.

With Ms. Sendra’s arrival, Jones Day has now added 20 lateral partners and of counsel from other law firms across its five California offices in 2011. The San Diego Office now has 41 legal professionals.

“Maria’s work with emerging technologies and markets leverages global capital markets and technology relationships in key jurisdictions around the world, which is an excellent fit with Jones Day’s commitment to global client service,” said Robert Brewer, Partner-in-Charge of Jones Day’s San Diego Office. “Her specific experience advising clients regarding pharmaceutical products, drug delivery systems, biotechnology, medical device, emissions reduction, and renewable energy provides our San Diego Office with even greater depth in these strategically important areas.”

Ms. Sendra earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University, a graduate degree from Indiana University, and her law degree from U.C. Berkeley’s Boalt Hall.

“Maria’s experience representing buyers and sellers in a variety of private equity transactions is a terrific addition to our global team and will be especially valuable to our clients seeking to capitalize on business opportunities in emerging markets around the world,” saidChuck Hardin, practice leader of Jones Day’s Private Equity Practice.


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