BA, Toulouse-Le Mirail University
Diploma in English Studies, Cambridge University
Law Degree and Masters in Conflict Management and ADR, Barcelona University
Advanced Degree in Mediation, UPC Barcelona Tech University
Program of Instruction for Lawyers & Program on Negotiation Harvard University
Degree of Advanced Studies in Legal Philosophy and Diploma in Human Rights, Universidad Nacional a Distancia Spain
A practicing lawyer in Spain, Mercedes joins Accordence with a sound knowledge in management and corporate governance due to her background as past co-manager (1985-2000) and general counsel (1988-2004) of leisure and real estate family entrepreneurship. She is currently the founder of a firm specializing in international business advice, negotiation, and dispute resolution.
An experienced International Arbitrator and Mediator, Mercedes is the Spanish member of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. She is also Vice-president of the Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission, member of the Board of Management of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Consul of Barcelona’s Consolat de Mar (DR Center), member of the Barcelona Court of Arbitration and member of the Board of the Club Español del Arbitraje.
Much involved in Spain and Latin American domestic and international private dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration), her experience in the international arena together with her fluency in several languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian and Catalan and has a good knowledge of German and Portuguese) has brought her to the panels of arbitrators of ICDR, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre, Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission and several regional and domestic centres. Mercedes is also ODR Mediator in the RisolviOnline Project of the Camera Arbitrale di Milano.
Thoroughly committed to the development and strengthening of ADR, Mercedes is one of the members of the working group that assisted the European Commission’s Directorate General for Justice and Home Affairs in preparing a European Code of Conduct for Mediators. As Consul of Barcelona’s Consolat de Mar, in 2000 she provided Spain with the first set of institutional business mediation rules and has pioneered business mediation developments in Spain.