Maria Donoso

London, U.K.

Maria Donoso assumed the role of Business Operations Coordinator at Cleveland & Co in January 2024, overseeing the Operations and HR Department at the London office. In this role, she plays a vital part in supporting our team amid its continuous growth while ensuring the maintenance of up-to-date systems with a focus on compliance, reporting, processes, procedures, and data analysis.

Hailing from Ecuador, Maria is a qualified lawyer with a rich background encompassing 4 years of experience in IP, Corporate, and Real Estate Law. Her expertise extends to project management, conducting due diligences, orchestrating restructuring arrangements, and facilitating domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. Maria harbors a notable interest in Business Development, evident in her commitment to driving growth within Cleveland & Co.

Before joining our firm, Maria served as an Associate at Perez Bustamante & Ponce, an Ecuadorian law firm. There, she advised on various corporate, IP, and Real Estate processes, steering numerous large-scale transactions and managing legal documentation and regulatory issues. This experience equipped her with the skills to navigate diverse situations with diligence, proficiency in communication, and unwavering composure.

Over the course of her career, Maria has honed her abilities in client communication, contract drafting, and negotiation, providing legal counsel to high-profile clients across various legal domains. Recognized for her client-centric approach, Maria places clients at the core of her endeavors. Colleagues commend her for being empathic, ethical, and detail-oriented.

Beyond her professional pursuits, Maria finds balance through pilates, demonstrating her commitment to maintaining both physical and mental well-being. Her multifaceted skills, dedication to excellence, and client-focused ethos make Maria an invaluable asset to Cleveland & Co.


Over and above her career as a lawyer, Maria has developed a keen interest in operations, and has developed her expertise in:

  • Corporate
  • Real Estate and Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Compliance
  • HR
  • Project Management
  • Communication
  • Networking


  • Perez Bustamante & Ponce: Assisting clients with the legal review, advice and counsel during legal corporate procedures and transactions. Coordinated and conducted due diligence with cross company teams. Drafting and legal review of commercial contracts, Intellectual Property, tech and service agreements, management of legal due diligence process and SPA negotiations under M&A transactions. Managed client-oriented solutions for trademark registration and renewals, conducting trademark portfolio analysis for diverse companies including retail and consumer goods.

Professional Appointments/Memberships

  • ICC – Young Ecuadorian Attorneys (Corporative and Compliance) 

Qualifications & Courses

  • Qualified as an attorney-at-law with Ecuador Bar Association  LLB Law (Universidad San Francisco de Quito)


  • Spanish
  • English