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Biography

Mr Melhem joined Allende & Brea in 1994 while still a law student. After receiving his degree in 1995 at University of Buenos Aires, he joined this same law firm, becoming a member of our banking law department. In 2000, he obtained his LLM in banking and capital markets law from University of Illinois, College of Law.

He worked in the New York offices of Clifford Chance in 2000 and 2001 as a foreign associate in the cross-border finance and mergers and acquisition department, being involved in various financing operations and buy-outs in Latin America.

He returned to Allende & Brea, where he specialises in banking, commercial law and fintech law. He was made a partner of the firm in December 2003.

He is an expert on commercial and banking law and has advised local and international companies and banks in lendings, structured financings, commercial lendings and other collateral structures.

He also regularly advises clients on derivative transactions, foreign exchange regulations and regulatory issues involving the Argentine Central Bank. He has a long experience in the Argentine payment system and the credit and debit card industry. He was recently involved in many fintech projects related to online lending, e-payment, crowdfunding, financial scoring and information technology.

He is a former president of the Committee of Banking Lawyers of Argentina and Special Projects Officer of the Banking Committee of the IBA. Mr Melhem has participated in the foundation of the Argentine Fintech Chamber. He is currently professor of Fintechs and National Payment System within the postgraduate specialisation in banking law of the University of Buenos Aires.

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