Mercedes Balado Bevilacqua graduated with honours from the University of Buenos Aires and holds a master’s degree in law (LLM) from University of Connecticut, School of Law, USA.
She has over 20 years of experience in business consulting focused on employment, social security, corporate management and human resources, both nationally and internationally.
In addition to her specialisation in labour law, Mercedes has been part of the elite team of lawyers of the National Treasury Prosecutor's Office, representing Argentina against foreign investors’ claims before the International Centre of Settlements for Investment Disputes (ICSID), an agency of the World Bank.
Mercedes has been featured among the leading lawyers, being the only woman, in her practice area by Chambers and Partners for the years 2010–2019, The Legal 500 Latin America for 2012–2018, and Who’s Who Legal 2015–2019 in the field of Labour and Employment and among the top four lawyers in the area of pensions and benefits.
She has been recently shortlisted by Chambers and Partners Diversity among the top six Argentine female lawyers for the award of “Inspiring Role Model for Furthering Women Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year” due to her active encouraging activity in favour of female lawyers in a male-dominated field.
Also, Mercedes has been singled out by Women in Business – WIB Worldwide as the “Most Influential Women in Employment Law – South America” and by Acquisition International magazine as 2018’s “Leading Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year, Argentina”.
Mercedes has been considered by Who’s Who Legal 2018 among the top five “Thought Leaders” in the area of Labour and Employment and among the two in pensions and benefits.
She has been appointed member of the Global Forum for Cross-Border Human Resources Experts (XBHR) as unique representative of Argentina.
In addition, Mercedes is a member of the Committee on Employment and Discrimination and senior newsletter editor of the Labour and Employment Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), member of the International Labour and Employment Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA), member of the Human Resources Committee of the Argentine-French Chamber of Commerce, member of Marianne Association, an organisation created by the French Embassy, Coordinator of the Research and Study Commission for the Master’s in Employment Law of Universidad Austral. She is also part of the Academic Evaluation Council of the International Commercial Arbitration Competition of the University of Buenos Aires.