Lateral Hires Join Jones Day In Amsterdam And Boston; Houston Attorney Elected President Of EBA

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:39

Marielle Daudt, one of the leading business lawyers in The Netherlands, will join Jones Day’s Amsterdam office as a partner in the Labor & Employment Practice, effective May 1 of this year.

Joining Ms. Daudt at Jones Day as counsel will be her most senior team member, Franck van Uden, who advises and litigates on a broad range of Dutch and European employment law and employee benefits matters, including boardroom and partnership disputes, business restructurings and collective dismissals, executive remuneration, compliance and investigations, (European) works councils, restrictive covenants, and unfair competition and human rights issues including discrimination, whistleblowing, and the rights to free speech, privacy, religion, collective bargaining and industrial action. 

In addition to Mr. van Uden, Stephanie Spoelder, Selma Olthof, and Claire Reynaers all join as associates in the Labor & Employment Practice.

Within Ms. Daudt's international employment law practice, she has substantial experience in representing corporations, shareholders, and supervisory boards on various employment-related and corporate governance matters. In addition, Ms. Daudt is one of the leading Dutch legal advisors and litigators in the field of collective layoffs, major fraud cases, restructurings and reorganizations, post-merger integration, employee participation rights, incentive schemes and equity participation, the amendment and (intra-group) harmonization of employment conditions, secondment constructions, and international compliance programs. 

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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.

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.

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Jason Leif, a partner in the Houston office of global law firm Jones Day, has been elected president of the Energy Bar Association (EBA), a 2,600-member organization of attorneys, non-attorney professionals and students who are active in all areas of energy law.

EBA has seven regional chapters across the U.S., and 21 committees covering all areas of energy law. The EBA hosts two annual conferences, numerous educational seminars and other events to allow interaction and networking among its members.

Mr. Leif's practice focuses on issues related to pipeline and liquefied natural gas permitting and construction, rates and tariffs, asset acquisitions and divestitures, energy-related contracting matters, and investigations and compliance.