Melissa has experience representing public and private issuers and underwriters in offerings in the United States pursuant to Rule 144A, and outside the United States pursuant to Regulation S, and SEC-registered equity offerings.
Melissa has also developed a strong track record advising on sovereign mandates, with a particular focus on Africa. Her significant experience, handling major debt offerings in often volatile and challenging markets, has made her a valued resource for sovereign clients across the continent.
Adept at navigating the legal intricacies of complex, cross-border transactions, she has advised on some of the most ground-breaking transactions in frontier markets in recent years, particularly in Africa.
This experience is no better demonstrated then by her work advising Nexii, a global impact investment advisory firm, regarding the drafting of a suite of template documents for social entrepreneurs to use when applying to list debt and equity offerings on the iX, the world's first publically regulated social stock exchange board. Melissa and her team's work for Nexii led to the Firm winning the Innovation Award at the 2012 Thomson Reuters Foundation Trust Law Awards.