Maia is an associate in the Firm’s Corporate & Securities and Motor Vehicle Groups with extensive experience representing both domestic and foreign companies on a wide variety of legal matters.
Her corporate and securities practice focuses on capital markets and securities matters, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and other strategic growth transactions, and general corporate counsel in a range of business issues, including contract negotiations, licensing agreements, corporate governance and general business planning matters.
Maia’s motor vehicle practice concentrates in motor vehicle franchise matters, including assisting clients with the appointment of new dealers, drafting and implementing new dealer agreements and operating standards, navigating the sale of a dealership and the manufacturer’s right of first refusal, and terminating a dealership and documenting the manufacturer’s repurchase obligations. In addition, Maia also advises clients in establishing key policies and programs such as brand standards and incentive programs.
Prior to joining Barack Ferrazzano, Maia practiced at Latham & Watkins LLP in Chicago and Singapore. During law school, Maia was Treasurer of the Japan Law Society and was involved in the Irwin Askow Housing Initiative at the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, where she provided legal representation to parties involved in affordable housing developments in the Chicago area.
Prior to attending law school, Maia was an archaeologist who excavated in Egypt and Turkey. She also worked at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, and the Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago.
Maia is proficient in spoken Japanese.