Louis Mercedes joined The Community Builders, Inc. board of directors in September 2015. Mr. Mercedes practices in the area of corporate law, concentrating on corporate finance and private equity. He has represented investors in private equity and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, and complex business transactions. He also has experience representing banks, financial institutions, and portfolio companies in loan transactions across various industries, including radio and television broadcasting, cable television, publishing, and wireless communications. In addition, he has assisted clients in a number of advisory capacities regarding investments and compliance in Latin America.
Prior to joining Jones Day in 2014, Louis represented the lead private equity investors in the equity, subordinated debt, and senior debt financings of a joint venture with Warner Bros. totaling $600 million (the transaction was awarded "Media Industry Deal of Year" by Investment Dealers' Digest). He also represented private equity funds or investors in: making a controlling investment in a Brazilian fiber company; acquisition of a money transfer business with operations in the U.S., Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain; acquisition of wireless PCS assets divested from Cingular Wireless and related financing; negotiation of controlling investments in a Puerto Rican cable TV operator; and the successful $160 million acquisition of a Puerto Rican wireless company pursuant to a Section 363 bankruptcy auction.
Louis is a member of the Boston, Mass., and American Bar Associations as well as the Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys. He is a board member of United South End Settlements, an organization devoted to improving the lives of low-income individuals.