Key Experience

  • Has represented international and domestic clients in a range of corporate matters in emerging and frontier markets involving complex international trade and policy issues for more than 25 years.
  • Has significant experience advising clients on managing sanctions risk relating to their business and transactions.
  • Firmwide professional development partner and member of the firmwide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council.


Melissa represents clients in joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), financings and corporate governance matters. With deep experience in emerging markets, she is skilled at advising clients and negotiating cross-border transactions, particularly those involving complex international trade and policy issues. Melissa is recognized for her skill at addressing complex international trade control issues in cross-border transactions involving parties from multiple jurisdictions around the world.

Representative Work

  • Advised numerous funds with respect to the Russian, Venezuelan and other sanctions programs, including with respect to pending legislation.
  • Advised numerous investment funds on compliance with U.S. sanctions regarding Venezuelan sovereign and PdVSA bonds.
  • Advised numerous borrowers on sanctions and anticorruption provisions in financings both at the time of negotiation of the provisions and upon findings of potential violations.
  • Advised on sanctions and international trade control risks in connection with M&A transactions and equity offerings, including negotiation of related agreements.
  • Advised multinational companies with global footprints on U.S. sanctions compliance issues, particularly in light of Russian counter-measures to sanctions.


Public Service and Affiliations