We were recognized in the 2021 edition of Chambers Latin America. Published by one of the most prestigious directories in the international legal market, the guide brings together law firms and lawyers with excellent services in over 20 countries.
CORPORATE/M&A: HIGHLY REGARDED
Active transactional practice handling a significant volume of mid-market M&A deals, acting for buyers and sellers. Also advises on joint ventures as well as investment rounds for Brazilian start-ups. Clients include private equity firms, banking groups and fintechs, as well as notable names from the energy and pharmaceutical sectors. A source applauds the lawyers for “their client service, their diligence and their ability to negotiate without creating conflict between the parties.” Notable practitioners: Artur Fernandes Andrezo and Eduardo Zilberberg.
BANKING & FINANCE
Well-regarded head of department Thiago Vallandro Flores is described by a client as “extremely assertive, very diligent and knowledgeable about finance mandates.” He often represents international lenders in cross-border loans and project finance deals. A source enthuses: “Thiago is always responsive and able to explain complex issues in a very clear way,” concluding that “he is also very good at forging solutions to problems.”
LABOUR & EMPLOYMENT
Clients appreciate André de Melo Ribeiro ‘s “ability to explain complex Brazilian labour laws to international clients in a clear and direct manner.” He is frequently retained by domestic and foreign companies from an array of industries to assist with matters relating to employment contracts. “André benefits from significant negotiation skills,” declares a source.
Established practice group recognised for its strong abilities assisting international development banks, as well as companies particularly in the energy sector, with the development and financing of projects. Team demonstrates particular skills providing counsel on the full range of related contracts, including the drafting, negotiation and execution of O&M and supply agreements. A client states: “The lawyers are hands-on, always available and have excellent knowledge of the law and the market.”
According to market commentators, co-head of department Ricardo Sanches is “very active on financing mandates” and “very skilled and rigorous when analysing the risks of a project.” Sanches assists key clients of the firm in the energy sector with a range of contracts for the financing and development of projects.
According to a client, co-head of department Thiago Vallandro Flores is “an excellent lawyer, as well as very knowledgeable of the local law, the business and the technical matters,” and they add: “He identifies the relevant and key issues, simplifying and streamlining the financing process.” Another interviewee reports: “He is very focused on financings and has a strong name in the market.”
Solid department frequently instructed by companies stemming from the real estate, packaging and pharmaceutical industries to issue legal opinions on PIS, COFINS and ICMS matters. Regularly retained to assist with the tax aspects of corporate mandates, including reorganisations and acquisitions, as well as administrative disputes involving tax assessments. An interviewee reveals: “We feel extremely confident in the solutions presented by the firm. They are available and assertive in their recommendations.”
Department co-head Antonio Amendola often advises domestic players from a range of industries on customs and direct and indirect tax issues such as those related to ICMS, PIS and COFINS, and social contributions. A client says: “He is an extremely knowledgeable professional who always keeps himself up to date with the constant changes in this area.”
Rodrigo Maito da Silveira draws upon more than 20 years’ experience advising clients on numerous fiscal issues, including tax planning, PIS and COFINS credits and the tax implications of corporate reorganisations. He is recognised by a client as “a technically impeccable professional.”Other sources highlight his scholarly profile, with one identifying: “He has a growing reputation in the academic sphere.”
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