Fernando Q. Merino is a seasoned multicultural lawyer who works with multinational companies and investors operating in Latin America in a variety of matters ranging from compliance, investigations, and investment dispute resolution and related corporate and securities matters.
For more than 18 years, Fernando managed legal and compliance departments for major industrial and retail companies as well as financial institutions operating throughout Latin America. These roles included acting as general counsel for the largest retail and distribution company in Brazil and for one of the region’s largest conglomerates active in the steel, mining, railroad, and energy industries. He was also the regional general counsel and chief compliance officer for premier investment banks, supporting the development of their business and products while overseeing compliance with local and international regulations. In these roles, he worked on various complex cross-border, multijurisdictional matters such as acquisitions, disputes, and investigations. Prior to his in-house career, Fernando was an associate with prominent leading law firms in the United States and United Kingdom, where he worked on various transactional matters.
Fernando's diverse background has allowed him to establish a well-grounded reputation in the business and legal communities in the region.
- LL.M., Columbia University School of Law, 1994
- J.D. equivalent, University of the State of Rio de Janeiro, 1990
Areas of Practice
Moderator, "The Use of Technology in Internal Investigations," WFaria Advogados' 3rd Compliance and Internal Investigation International Meeting, São Paulo, Brazil, December 4, 2018
"Internal Investigations: The Top 10 Trip Wires and How Companies can Avoid Them," ACI's 8th Brazil Summit on Anti-Corruption, São Paulo, Brazil, May 23, 2018
"Financial Institution Compliance," LEC’s 6th International Compliance Congress, São Paulo, Brazil, May 10, 2018
"Attracting Foreign Investments to Infrastructure Projects in Brazil," NYU School of Law Brazilian Legal Society conference on "What is Next for the Brazilian Infrastructure Sector?," New York, NY, April 16, 2018
"Large-Scale and Strategic Dispute Management," 2nd Benchmarking Meeting for Leaders in Legal Department Management, Jurídico em Foco - DVW, São Paulo, Brazil, March 27, 2018
"International Anti-Corruption Compliance Programs," Intelijur's Dilemmas and Perspectives on Compliance Conference, São Paulo, Brazil, March 13, 2018
"Monitoring After Leniency Agreements - Scope and Challenges," WFaria Advogados' 2nd Compliance and Internal Investigation International Meeting, São Paulo, Brazil, October 5, 2017
News & Publications
September 12, 2018
October 31, 2017
International Law Advisory
February 28, 2019
By: Lucinda A. Low, Brittany Prelogar, Brigida Benitez, William L. Drake, Alexandra Melia, Fernando Q. Merino, Richard K. Wagner, Simon Hirsbrunner, Alexandra Baj, John C. London, Rachel B. Peck, Ronak D. Desai, Jessica Piquet Megaw, Evan T. Abrams, Elizabeth Arkell, Katherine M. Dubyak, Melissa Freeman, Chris Han, Peter Ibrahim, Tom Jackson, Jessica D. Maneval, Jillian Norton, A. Cherie Tremaine, Lin Yang, Bo Yue, Yasmin Almeida, Alexandrea Rahill
- Legal 500, GC Powerlist: Brazil (2016)
- Análise Editorial, Brazil's 50 "Most Admired" Legal Executives (2014, 2015)
- Fundação Estudar Scholarship - granted a scholarship to fund LL.M. course from the highly respected foundation established by the controlling shareholders of AB InBev and 3G Investment Fund