María forms part of the Financial Markets team at Simmons & Simmons and heads the Regulatory practice in the Madrid office, as part of the international regulatory team. She belongs as well to the Simmons & Simmons international Asset Management and Investment Funds team, having an in-depth understanding of the asset management industry. Prior to joining Simmons & Simmons in 2012, she formed part of the Financial Regulation Department of an international leading law firm, as responsible for the investment fund practice. Before that, she worked during 7 years as in-house lawyer at Allfunds Bank, in both the parent company in Madrid and its Italian branch in Milan. In her area of practice (investment services, financial instruments, asset management, insurance products, investment funds and market regulation), she is considered an experienced and recognised practitioner. She regularly provides advice in relation to cross-border regulatory projects including passporting procedures and the obtaining of the required local licences from relevant supervisory authorities. She is recurring speaker in regulatory financial events and frequently collaborates with specialised publications.