Fomos reconhecidos na edição 2022 do guia The Legal 500 Latin America, com 15 práticas ranqueadas. Publicado por um dos diretórios mais prestigiados do mercado jurídico internacional, o guia reúne os escritórios e advogados com atuação de excelência em mais de 18 países.
BANKING AND FINANCE
Dias Carneiro Advogados has established a notable practice in advising multilateral lenders, including the IFC and the Inter-American Development Bank. This has led to a good grounding in cross-border financings, including infrastructure projects across key sectors such as renewables, oil and gas, mining, sanitation, ports and telecoms. Corporate finance work also features prominently, advising borrowers and lenders on M&A, restructurings and structured finance. Practice head Thiago Vallandro Flores receives strong support from Ricardo Sanches on project finance, as well as Gustavo Junqueira and Paulo Leme.
‘Good availability of the partners and excellent quality of the work delivered by the firm.’
‘Very pro assets, pro business and creative in the judicial solutions to issues that arise.’
‘Thiago Flores – Gustavo Junqueira – Rodrigo Murussi – Arthur Fontoura: Everyone is very proactive, available and creative to face the legal issues presented by the transactions.‘
Dias Carneiro Advogados represents issuers from across a range of industries, including energy, agribusiness and real estate. The team is especially experienced on the debt capital markets side, regularly advising on the issuance of debentures, real estate receivables certificates and agricultural receivables certificates, as well as international bond listings. Finance partner Thiago Vallandro Flores leads the team, which includes Gustavo Junqueira and Paulo Leme.
COMPETITION AND ANTITRUST
Dias Carneiro Advogados advises national and international companies on merger control, antitrust investigations and competition compliance. Practice head Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves specialises in antitrust and compliance, and is particularly active in bid-rigging investigations, where she draws on her previous experience working for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Court of Audit of the State of São Paulo. Associate Tayná Gasparotto Rodrigues focuses her practice on antitrust and anti-corruption, and is often involved in the department’s key mandates.
Dias Carneiro Advogados’ compliance team acts for a diverse mix of clients operating in the logistics, life sciences and financial services sectors, among others. Practice head Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves specialises in both compliance and competition, making her well placed to advise on the anti-corruption and antitrust aspects involved in public bid procedures, in addition to handling crisis management, compliance programmes and corporate investigations. Counsel Andrea de Sousa Machado is regularly involved in the department’s key mandates, as is labour and social security expert André de Melo Ribeiro.
CORPORATE AND M&A
‘A very responsive team with a great understanding of the clients’ needs’, Dias Carneiro Advogados maintains an active corporate and M&A practice, acting on significant acquisitions, mergers, joint ventures and reorganisations, in addition to assisting clients in day-to-day corporate matters. The team has recently been particularly active in the renewable energy and technology sectors, though its broad practice also sees it working on a range of deals beyond these sectors. The firm’s diversity committee organises roundtable talks on relevant D&I issues, and the firm supports a number of projects and organisations, including Incluir Directo and Best Buddies Brasil, a non-profit that promotes the social inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The department has seen some changes, with the arrival of corporate, M&A and debt restructuring expert Paula Seabra Carvalho Reis in May 2020 and the departure of Eduardo Zilberberg in April 2021. Artur Fernandes Andrezo has notable experience in large M&A and private equity deals; Débora Trovões Cabral is a key contact at the associate level.
‘Very technical team in the corporate area, delivering a perfect job without errors.’
‘A very responsive team with a great understanding of the clients’ needs. Thiago Flores and Gustavo Junqueira are both great professionals, with a lot of experience in M&A transactions and great understanding of the clients’ needs.’
‘Experience of working with US based venture capital investors.’
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: LITIGATION
Dias Carneiro Advogados is instructed by clients from an array of industries, including banking, construction, energy, life sciences, agribusiness and insurance. Led by ‘excellent litigator’ Antonio Nachif and the highly regarded Laura Mendes Bumachar – whose areas of expertise cover restructuring and insolvency, litigation and arbitration – the department is particularly active in corporate and commercial disputes. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Álvaro Brito Arantes from Muriel Medici Franco Advogados.
‘Dias Carneiro’s team is experienced and knows the industry very well. The litigation team always presents viable and reasonable strategies. Antonio Nachif has great technical knowledge.’
‘Knowledge of the subject. Antonio Nachif is an excellent litigator, closely monitors the processes that he is responsible for and is always available for any meetings or clarifications.’
‘The litigation team has a high technical capacity to act in complex cases. Excellent service. Antônio Nachif is recommended.’
Offering transactional and regulatory advice, the team at Dias Carneiro Advogados has notable strength in the negotiation of project contracts, M&A and financing deals. Several active players in the renewable energy market, particularly those involved in wind and solar generation, frequently seek the team’s advice in relation to regulations, investments, project finance and development. Ricardo Sanches receives instructions from domestic and foreign energy companies, financial institutions and investment funds, which seek assistance with public procurement, project finance and regulatory matters. He jointly leads the practice with Thiago Vallandro Flores, who ‘stands out in the Brazilian legal market in the area of energy and project financing’.
‘Dias Carneiro is a medium-sized firm that provides first-rate legal services. They have a very strong team in the area of project finance and energy. Dias Carneiro, in particular, has a very strong regulatory team in the energy sector. Partners actively participate in calls and in reviewing documents, which consistently ensures the highest quality of services. Dias Carneiro is known for its attention to detail. The team is very integrated and proactive.’
‘In general, Dias Carneiro’s team is known for its technical excellence, speed and attention to detail. Thiago Vallandro Flores is excellent and very proactive, and stands out in the Brazilian legal market in the area of energy and project financing.’
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
Dias Carneiro Advogados has a small but focused practice that offers a good mix of strategic employment and litigation support. Practice head André de Melo Ribeiro has significant experience in judicial and administrative proceedings, and also advises on related transactional issues, HR policies and compensation procedures. Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti – who was promoted to partner in July 2021 – leads the labour litigation side of the practice, which regularly represents clients from a wide range of industries in individual and collective claims.
‘The labour department is always available to support our demands quickly and clearly, thinking about creative and pro-business solutions, facilitating risk analysis and decision-making.’
‘André de Melo Ribeiro, Pedro Xavier de Mendonça Bandeira Azevedo, Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti and Carine Barbara Korgul Silva are recommended.’
Dias Carneiro Advogados has extensive experience in public procurement procedures, government contracts and related dispute resolution. On the contentious front, the practice is skilled at representing companies before audit courts and handling administrative and judicial proceedings. Assisting clients with the assessment of risks in relation to joint ventures and transactions with public law and regulatory implications is another area of strength for the department led by Ricardo Sanches. Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves is a key individual, with expertise in administrative law and anti-corruption matters.
PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Dias Carneiro Advogados’ infrastructure and projects team is ‘known for its technical excellence, speed and attention to detail’. The firm is well positioned to advise stakeholders engaged in project finance matters and M&A deals involving infrastructure assets from both a domestic and an international perspective. The practice is particularly well regarded for its ability to lead on financing transactions and negotiations of project contracts pertaining to the energy sector, with a special emphasis on renewables. Project finance specialist Thiago Vallandro Flores oversees the department with Ricardo Sanches, who is routinely instructed by investors, financial institutions and development banks in project finance, PPPs and regulatory matters pertaining to the energy and transport sectors. Project and energy financing are also notable areas of practice for Gustavo Junqueira and Paulo Leme.
‘Dias Carneiro is a medium-sized firm that provides first-rate legal services. They have a very strong team in the area of project finance and energy. The partners actively participate in calls and in reviewing documents, which consistently ensures the highest quality of services. Dias Carneiro is known for its attention to detail. The team is very integrated and proactive.’
‘In general, Dias Carneiro’s team is known for its technical excellence, speed and attention to detail.’
‘Thiago Vallandro Flores is excellent and very proactive, and stands out in the Brazilian legal market in the area of energy and project financing.’
‘Team is very knowledgeable about the market and applicable legislation, in addition to being pro business. Paulo Leme and Thiago Vallandro Flores are great.’
The promotion of real estate specialist Paulo Afonso Tavares Rodrigues to partner in January 2021 was a clear indication of Dias Carneiro Advogados’ investment in this field; areas of expertise for the team include property acquisitions and sales, real estate developments and lease agreements.
RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY
Dias Carneiro Advogados stands out for its expertise in insolvency proceedings and out-of-court debt restructurings. The firm has an active debtor-side practice, and also represents trade creditors in major bankruptcies. The team is led by the highly regarded Laura Mendes Bumachar, and is especially strong in litigation, as well as in cross-border matters. It also provides a significant amount of non-contentious advice, and was particularly active in the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic, guiding clients through steps to avoid insolvency. Another key contact is Antonio Nachif, who has over 15 years’ experience in the market.
Laura Mendes Bumachar was also recognized as a Leading Individual – ‘Laura Bumachar is a phenomenal practitioner in this space. Her many years of practice combined with a responsive and pragmatic approach make her stand out.’
‘Laura Bumachar and her team are in the top echelons of bankruptcy practice in Brazil. They are knowledgeable, responsive and pragmatic. ‘
Dias Carneiro Advogados has a versatile tax practice with good expertise in direct, indirect and international taxation issues. The team is especially strong on transactional tax matters, where it works closely with the firm’s active corporate finance team. Non-contentious support on day-to-day issues, including social security contributions and state and municipal taxes, also feature prominently in the firm’s workload. Antonio Amendola and Rodrigo Maito da Silveira are also active in tax litigation.
‘Full service office of excellent quality, with great availability and attention from the partners. Expertise in specific sectors and in highly complex topics.’
‘Antonio Amendola – in addition to having excellent tax knowledge, he seeks to deeply understand the client’s business in order to offer the most adequate solution and protect their interests. His involvement in absolutely every job makes all the difference.’
TMT: CYBERSECURITY AND DATA PRIVACY
TMT: TECH, INNOVATION AND DIGITAL BUSINESS
Dias Carneiro Advogados advises start-ups and well-established technology companies on all aspects of their business operations, including product structuring, regulatory compliance, corporate transactions, commercial agreements, IP rights and data protection matters. Vanessa Pareja Lerner is singled out for her in-depth knowledge of the video game industry; she is instructed by a varied client base on transactional and commercial mandates. Eduardo Turkienicz is another name to note in the TMT team.
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