Lars completed a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Philippines College of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in European Studies (major in International Relations) from the Ateneo de Manila University, and is part of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines – Kalinga Chapter.
Prior to joining the Firm, she completed internships with the Office of the Solicitor General, and a law firm specializing in intellectual property. During her first year at the Firm, Lars and her team represented a media company in the Supreme Court where they successfully defended the media company’s fundamental rights to freedom of the press and access to information.
Lars regularly advises clients on TMT (technology, media, and telecommunications), corporate M&A, data privacy, and commercial transaction matters. She has relevant experience in assisting clients involved in IT, FinTech, and digital platforms on regulatory, transactional, and corporate restructuring projects and issues. She leads regulatory and compliance projects for several fintech companies in relation to Central Bank regulations for remittance, electronic money issuers, virtual currency exchanges, and advises companies engaged in payment services and P2P lending activities.
From 2017 to 2018, Lars has been cited by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a New Generation Lawyer in the area of Tech, Media, and Telecommunications. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, she was also cited as a Next Generation Partner in the same category.
Her passion in helping young entrepreneurs led to Lars’ spearheading the firm’s legal education initiatives for the growing community of Philippine-based startups. Together with other lawyers in the firm, she leads training sessions and seminars on laws and regulations relevant to startups, investors, and other entrepreneurs. She is also a consultant in the Technology Law and Policy Program of the University of the Philippines Law Center where she does research and policy work on legal issues concerning e-commerce, fintech, and data privacy.
As a Partner in the Firm, she heads the firm’s fintech practice, and co-heads the firm’s technology law practice.