Prior to joining BlackRock Kelso Capital, Mr. Paredes served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Porter Novelli, Inc., an Omnicom Group Inc. agency and a global public relations firm with 17 North American offices and a network of nearly 100 international offices.
While at Porter Novelli, Inc., Mr. Paredes was responsible for the legal affairs of the firm, including commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, employment and labor law, advertising and marketing law, intellectual property law, government contracts, and corporate compliance. Mr. Paredes was also responsible for the development of many of the firm's policies involving ethics, business conduct, and best practices.
Before joining Porter Novelli, Inc., Mr. Paredes was with the law firms of Spitzer & Feldman P.C. and Beckman, Millman & Sanders LLP, where he practiced corporate, securities and investment management law.
Mr. Paredes is admitted to the Bars of the States of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, as well as the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Mr. Paredes received his B.A. (Economics) from Hobart College and his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
He also serves as a Trustee of the Rye Country Day School, as well as President of the Rye Country Day School Alumni Executive Board.