Mercedes represents technology companies, including Fortune 100 and 500 companies, as well as early-stage companies on domestic and complex cross-border compliance and trade regulatory enforcement matters. She has secured favorable results in a wide range of trade regulatory compliance matters, including export authorization and commodity classification filings, voluntary self-disclosures to OFAC and BIS, and CFIUS national security reviews of foreign investments.
Mercedes advises clients by obtaining national security approvals and export licenses, preparing voluntary disclosures to government agencies, designing and implementing strong global compliance programs to address requirements imposed by economic and trade sanctions regulations, conducting risk assessments and internal investigations, determining product classifications, and performing third-party and M&A due diligence. In addition, she is a trusted advisor on trading implications of government procurement provisions and supply chain compliance. Her clients include leading companies in the technology, consumer retail, life sciences, healthcare, artificial intelligence, and blockchain and cryptocurrency industries.
Prior to joining Fenwick, Mercedes worked at a leading global law firm in Washington, DC, focusing on trade remedies, trade regulatory and supply chain compliance. She also previously held positions within the federal government, including Senior Attorney with the U.S. Department of Commerce, providing legal support for the International Trade Administration in connection with the administration of the laws regulating unfairly traded imports into the United States. Mercedes began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Mercedes has received High Honor recognition for her pro bono work advising clients in family court matters and she serves on the Junior Board of the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project.