We were recognized in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 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 18 countries.
BANKING AND FINANCE
Dias Carneiro Advogados represents a mix of lenders and borrowers, including major multilaterals. Its partners, including practice head Thiago Vallandro Flores and Paulo Leme, are noted for their strong expertise advising clients in the energy, infrastructure and agribusiness sectors. The team also has strong experience in cross-border financings, project finance and debt restructuring.
RESTRUCTURING AND INSOLVENCY
Dias Carneiro Advogados advises creditors and investors on judicial reorganisations and out-of-court debt restructurings. The team is also noted for its strong litigation expertise; practice head Laura Mendes Bumachar in particular has a strong reputation on the contentious side of insolvency proceedings. Other key partners include Eduardo Zilberberg and the recently promoted Antonio Nachif.
Laura Mendes Bumachar was also recognized as a Leading Individual – ‘Laura and her team stand out among their peers by bringing their clients a different approach from the vast majority of practices. Their negotiation skills, allied to their law knowledge, helps them developing new paths in several legal processes.’
Dias Carneiro Advogados offers strong experience in domestic and international debt capital markets work. It is especially active on the issuer side, and regularly advises on the issuance of debentures and real estate receivables certificates. The firm also has a good track record acting for clients in the renewables industry. Thiago Vallandro Flores, Paulo Leme and Gustavo Junqueira are names to note.
COMPETITION AND ANTITRUST
Dias Carneiro Advogados’ Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves has a combined antitrust and anti-corruption practice and is active in bid-rigging investigations and other conduct work. The firm is particularly strong in the technology sector; as such, the competition department is well versed in merger control in the context of technology transactions. André de Melo Ferreira and associate Tayná Gasparotto Rodrigues are often involved in the department’s key cases.
‘Joyce Alves, the partner in charge of competition and anti-trust matters, provided us with very fine legal advice combined with a high degree of availability.’
‘We faced a transaction in a jurisdiction far away from ours (and therefore with significant time difference) and with a different legal landscape and way of doing business. Having a clear and practical guidance from the local counsel in a timely and responsive manner was of the utmost importance.’
Dias Carneiro Advogados continues to handle a significant number of internal investigations and also advises clients on crisis management, compliance programmes and compliance in the context of public bids. Practice head Joyce Ruiz Rodrigues Alves is ‘an excellent advisor on compliance matters’. André de Melo Ferreira and counsel Andrea de Sousa Machado are also active members of the team.
‘Partner availability and involvement is remarkable. The quality of work delivery is really consistent.’
‘Joyce Alves is an excellent advisor on compliance matters. She has a lot of experience and practice on the field. She is a partner always available for her clients and gets personally involved in the work. Her team is well trained and occasional changes are smooth to clients.’
CORPORATE AND M&A
The ‘commercially astute’ team at Dias Carneiro Advogados has ‘one of the best’ venture capital practices in Brazil. Among the department’s recent work was its advice to venture capital fund Monashees Capital on the acquisition of a minority stake in Fazenda Futuro Produtos Alimentícios, a Brazilian plant-based ‘meat’ startup; well-regarded Eduardo Zilberberg led the team, which included associates Vivian Tito Rudge (Rising Star) and Luiz Fernando Silva Ramos Filho. Artur Fernandes Andrezo heads the M&A practice and is noted for his business sense. Paula Seabra Carvalho Reis joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in May 2020; her experience spans M&A, corporate restructurings and general corporate law.
‘Their venture capital practice is one the best in Brazil. Eduardo’s Zilberberg team have shown deep knowledge of VC funding best practices and contractual arrangements for the sector. They were able to quickly formulate effective strategies for each case, exceeding our expectations time and again.’
‘Eduardo Zilberberg stands out as one the most admirable, knowledgeable and dedicated venture capital lawyers we have ever worked with, setting the highest standards of work in his team. He is very personable and easily gains the trust of everybody on the negotiation table.’
‘Vivian Tito Rudge is a brilliant lawyer, an amazing problem-solving machine. She has superior analytical skills and can process large volumes of information, devising practical and clever solutions to move the deal forward. I cannot recommend her enough.’
‘I would highlight Artur’s knowledge of accounting aspects and commercial conditions of business conducted by my company. His team also is fully committed and I can totally rely on them.’
‘DCA’s corporate and M&A practice is strong. They regularly handle the local Brazilian aspects of cross border M&A and financing transactions and are also proficient when required to take the “lead counsel” role. Very responsive and commercially astute.’
DISPUTE RESOLUTION: LITIGATION
Dias Carneiro Advogados focuses on commercial and corporate litigation, and also provides advice on the prevention of conflicts. The team is jointly led by Laura Mendes Bumachar, whose experience covers litigation and arbitration, and recently promoted partner Antonio Nachif, who is often instructed by clients operating in a range of industries, including banking, energy, construction, insurance and agribusiness.
‘The team demonstrates a lot of dedication and effort to solve the cases, it is attentive to the judgments about similar cases in order to use any favourable precedent in the solution of the cases.’
‘The team is well organised and conducts extensive research of judgements in order to assist in all decisions. They answer questions immediately, which shows that they follow the processes and have knowledge of the procedures.’
‘They are easily accessible, respond to contacts very quickly. They are intelligent and studious, communicate very clearly and have extensive knowledge in the areas in which they operate. They follow the cases very closely, having knowledge of everything that occurs in the process and answer questions immediately, without having to research the current one.’
LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT
Dias Carneiro Advogados offers a reliable, full-service employment practice, with a good combination of litigation and strategic support. The team regularly represents clients in administrative and judicial disputes. On the consultancy side, it advises on labour union negotiations, company restructurings, senior employee compensation and stock options, as well as acquisitions and divestments. Practice head André de Melo Ribeiro oversees the department, with strong support from highly rated counsel and labour litigation head Cynthia Fernandes Guidotti.
‘An extremely qualified team, that acts with seriousness, giving security and reliability to the analyses and to what we need to implement.’
‘The team raises the bar by combining expertise with pragmatism. They are able to bring different perspectives and examples when asked to advise on how to solve issues in our business, regardless of the area of knowledge.’
‘They know who to assign the questions within their team and coordinate their process to come up with an assertive resolution to us on time, in a multi-discipline approach. Finally, the attention they give us, all the time, with no restriction, get us the confidence that we can get back to then anytime we need.’
PROJECTS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Dias Carneiro Advogados is regularly involved in domestic and cross-border financing and debt restructuring deals, as well as M&A transactions in the context of infrastructure projects. The practice is particularly experienced in providing advice to credit agencies and development banks, but also excels in a range of industries, including renewable energy, sanitation, mining, oil and gas, telecoms and ports. The service offering also covers the negotiation of project contracts and regulatory issues. The department is jointly headed by finance expert Thiago Vallandro Flores and Ricardo Sanches, whose legal background also includes public law. Gustavo Junqueira is noted for his expertise in financing and debt restructuring transactions.
Dias Carneiro Advogados’ active tax team handles an even mix of consulting and litigation work. The lawyers regularly advise on related social security issues and tax audits, and are experienced across a wide range of disputes, including customs claims at administrative and judicial levels. Tax structuring and risk management feature high on the agenda, both on domestic and cross-border transactions. Key partners include the versatile Antonio Amendola and Rodrigo Maito da Silveira.
ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES: ELECTRICITY
Dias Carneiro Advogados offers advice to clients in relation to project contract negotiations, domestic and cross-border project financing and regulatory matters. The practice demonstrates strength in project development and acquisitions, and M&A transactions pertaining to the power sector across various segments, encompassing traditional and renewable energy, particularly wind and solar power. The department is jointly led by Ricardo Sanches, who is proficient in transactions involving utilities and PPPs, and Thiago Vallandro Flores, who focuses on financing issues and private equity matters.
TMT: CYBERSECURITY AND DATA PRIVACY
Dias Carneiro Advogados has a successful track record in issues related to privacy and data protection, drafting and reviewing internal policies on behalf of clients, as well as negotiating international data transfers. Its clients range from banks to data-driven companies, start-ups and game developers. Vanessa Pareja Lerner co-ordinates the department, bringing to the table expertise in technology and commercial contracts.
‘The Dias Carneiro team are exceptional to work with, they are not only diligent with every detail but also understand our business to guide us through the issues that are important to us.’
‘We work closely with Juliana and Vanessa – both of which are great to work with. Our first engagement was a large, complex deal and both of them navigated the legal issues, all the while translating from Portuguese to English for us. They proved to drive closure by understanding both sides and determining the best course forward.’
‘Dias Carneiro raises the bar by combining expertise with pragmatism. They are able to bring different perspectives and examples when asked to advise on how to solve issues, regardless of the area of knowledge (labour, IP, tax, digital,…). They know who to assign the questions within their team and coordinate their process to come up with an assertive resolution to us on time, in a multi-disciplinary approach.’
TMT: TECH, INNOVATION AND DIGITAL BUSINESS
Adopting a multi-disciplinary approach, Dias Carneiro Advogados provides assistance in a wide range of issues pertaining to the technology sector, including regulatory matters, commercial agreements and the protection of IP assets. The team demonstrates particular strength in acting for companies from the video game industry in relation to e-sports regulation, which is an area of expertise for practice head Vanessa Pareja Lerner. Lerner, whose specialisms also include licensing agreements and technology transfers, leads the department alongside Eduardo Turkienicz.
‘The team is able to bring different perspective and examples when asked to advise on how to solve issues in our business, regardless of the area of knowledge (labour, IP, tax, digital,…). They know who to assign the questions within their team and coordinate their process to come up with an assertive resolution to us on time in a multidisciplinary approach.’
‘Dias Carneiro professionals build a strong relationship with our teams based on trust, commitment with time, quality and transparency. They go beyond what is asked and look for news, articles and other evidence to complement their advisory when getting back to us.’
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