María Peña is the Head of Legal, Risk and Compliance at Symbiotics, a Swiss based asset management company specialised in impact investments, dedicated to financing micro-small and medium enterprises and low-and middle-income households in emerging and frontier markets. María joined Symbiotics in 2014 and she is responsible for the legal, risk and compliance activity of the group. As member of the senior management team, María contributes to the operational strategy, governance and risk management of the Symbiotics group.
Prior to Symbiotics, María worked for 12 years as an in-house legal counsel in the private and investment banking sector in Geneva (Switzerland) and Luxembourg (Grand Duchy of Luxembourg). María started her professional career in the Legal Service of the European Parliament, in Luxembourg.
María holds a master in law from Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid (Spain), a master in European Studies from Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium) and a Diplôme d’Etudes Juridiques et Economiques de l’Union Européenne from the Université de Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne, Paris (France). She speaks Spanish, English and French.