BOSTON, April 1 -- Louis Mercedes has joined the Boston Office of global law firm Jones Day as a partner in the Private Equity Practice. He was previously a partner in Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP's Boston office.

"Louis's broad experience in private equity and his track record on international deals will make a significant contribution to our strong transactional and financial practices," said Traci Lovitt, Partner-in-Charge of the Boston Office.

Mr. Mercedes has represented investors in private equity and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and in a variety of complex business transactions. On the finance side, he has worked with banks, financial companies and portfolio companies in connection with loan transactions. Mr. Mercedes also has significant experience advising on international investments and compliance, particularly in Latin America.

"Private equity activities are increasingly global in scope, and we have built a formidable global team, to which Louis is a very welcome addition," said Chuck Hardin, leader of Jones Day's Private Equity Practice.

A graduate of Boston College Law School (J.D.), Boston College Carroll School of Management (M.B.A.) and Boston College (B.A.), Mr. Mercedes was named a Massachusetts Rising Star in 2013 and a Boston Business Journal "40 under 40" in 2012. He is a board member of United South End Settlements.

Jones Day is a global law firm with 40 offices in major centers of business and finance throughout the world. Its unique governance system fosters an unparalleled level of integration and contributes to its perennial ranking as among the best in the world in client service. Jones Day provides significant legal representation for almost half of the Fortune 500, Fortune Global 500, and FT Global 500.