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Basch & Rameh is a specialist in asset finance, and is experienced in advising banks and other financial institutions on the acquisition and sale of aircraft. It recently advised foreign financiers on the leasing of Embraer and Airbus aircraft to a Brazilian carrier. Renata Duarte Iezzi and founding partner Carlos Rameh are the names to note.

The ‘diligent’ team at specialist aviation firm Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados is recommended for its experience advising airlines operating in Brazil on obtaining permits, and negotiating commercial agreements and airport operation concessions. Its key clients include airport operators, aircraft manufacturers, insurers and lenders. Ricardo Bernardi and Carla Cristina Schnapp are ‘dependable’.

The team at maritime boutique Escritório Jurídico Carbone acts on the full range of shipping matters for clients including shipowners, trading companies, salvage companies and P&I clubs. Artur Carbone and Claudia Iabrudi are the standout practitioners in the group.

Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados is a shipping boutique focused on salvage operations of ships that have run aground, as well as other accidents. In 2017, the firm was engaged by SMIT Salvage to assist in the preparation of contracts for the removal of a container vessel wreck, following a collision with a pusher tug near the riverside town of Obidos. Founding partners Roberto Porto Farinon and Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva are recommended alongside José Augusto Mendes Marques.

Praised for its ‘knowledge’, ‘efficiency’ and ‘dedication’, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados is one of the leading shipping practices in Brazil. The group regularly advises shipowners on accidents, arrests, pollution, and maritime and customs matters. Other recent work includes assisting the owner of a Brazilian power plant in the drafting and negotiation of a long-term charter and operational agreement relating to floating storage and regasification units. The ‘excellentGodofredo Mendes Vianna, Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Iwam Jaeger, and the ‘proactive and well organisedLucas Leite Marques act for an impressive roster of clients including SolstadFarstad, TechnipFMC and Otto Candies.

Boutique firm Shipping Consultoria is highly regarded for its work relating to accidents, customs procedures and maritime law disputes, acting for ports, P&I clubs and shipyards, as well as oil exploration and import/export companies. Fernando Sobrino Porto is recommended.

With an ‘outstanding’ level of responsiveness, DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff Advogados is an aviation specialist well versed in advising major airlines. The group is advising CFLY Consultoria e Gestão Empresarial on an assignment agreement for the joint venture construction of an open-air hangar and exclusive terminal at São Paulo’s international airport. Ana Luisa Derenusson is ‘one of the most knowledgeable aviation experts in Brazil’.

The ‘excellent’ team at Felsberg Advogados delivers ‘timely and practical solutions’, and has a wealth of experience assisting clients in aircraft and engine transactions. It recently assisted Waypoint Leasing in the refinancing and securitisation of a transaction with Lombard relating to a Sikorsky S76 C+ helicopter. Practice head João Paulo Servera and senior associate Marcela Corrêa are the names to note.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has an excellent aviation practice led by Fabio Falkenburger, and is also recommended for shipping. It assisted Maersk Line with share and asset acquisitions, and advised Ultrapetrol on its restructuring and debt reorganisation.

Highly regarded for its ship finance practice, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados counts Karoon, Elcano and Maersk Line among its clients. It assisted the latter in relation to regulatory issues involving the registration of foreign-flagged vessels in Brazil and related transfers of ownership. Giovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are recommended.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ team is ‘very professional’ and ‘creative’. Its specialism is aviation finance, where it counts Citibank, Boeing Capital and Credit Suisse among its clients. It is advising LATAM Airlines on subleasing four A350 aircraft to Qatar Airways, as well as advising the client on lease terminations and aircract refinancings. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano are the names to note.

With offices in Rio Grande, Pelotas and Porto Alegre, shipping boutique Advocacia Rocha Baptista is highly regarded for its work in relation to vessel arrests and cargo claims. It advises shipowners, insurers and agents, as well as importers, exporters and freight forwarders. Arthur Rocha Baptista and Rafael Nogueira Simas are recommended.

With its ‘excellent network’, specialist maritime firm Siano & Martins Advogados Associados covers the full range of shipping work, including accidents, cargo loss and damage, and salvage matters. The names to note are founding partners Luiz Roberto Leven Siano and Fabiana Simões Martins.

The team at Veirano Advogados is ‘very responsive’, and provides ‘timely advice at reasonable fees’. It is particularly recommended for ship finance, but also covers rail and maritime matters. The ‘efficient and knowledgeableMarcelo Mattos and Otavio Carneiro are the names to note.

Bernardo Mendes Vianna’s team at Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados covers the full range of shipping work, including casualties, cargo claims, insurance, environmental matters, and customs regimes. Its recent work includes advising Odebrecht Oil & Gas on the emergency response to the explosion of a boiler on one of its drillships. Other clients include BW Offshore, Seadrill and Yara.

The aviation team at ASBZ Advogados provides a level of service that is ‘second to none’. It continues to assist several major airlines in negotiations with the public prosecutor’s office of Guarulhos in relation to greenhouse gas emissions. Other clients include United Airlines, Air France, LATAM, American Airlines and Emirates. Regulatory expert Guilherme Amaral is ‘a quick thinker’.

With an excellent reputation for shipping-related disputes and accidents, the team at Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados is ‘responsive and knowledgeable’. Its client portfolio includes shipping companies Brasbunker Participações and Fugro Brasil, as well as international carriers such as SwissMarine. Olympio de Carvalho e Silva is recommended.

The ‘efficient and cost-effective’ team at Demarest Advogados covers disputes and corporate/finance work in the shipping and aviation sectors, and recently advised DSV on the $1.35bn acquisition of UTi Worldwide. Practice head Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz is recommended alongside Luciana Goulart Penteado and André Freire, who joined from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados in June 2017.

A standout name for mass litigation, Di Ciero Advogados acts for numerous airlines including Emirates, Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch. The specialist aviation firm was founded by the ‘hardworking’ Simone Di Ciero, and is based in Rio de Janeiro.

Led by Neil Montgomery, Montgomery & Associados offers aviation-specific tax and employment advice. It represents Turkish Airlines in judicial litigation as well as passenger and environmental claims, and handles passenger claims for Air New Zealand, Insel Air and South African Airways.

Rio de Janeiro based Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A), founded by Pedro Calmon Filho, is a maritime law specialist. Its client portfolio includes numerous P&I clubs.

The aviation team at Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados is experienced in aircraft leasing and warranty negotiations. It recently issued a writ of mandamus concerning the tax assessment of the lease of an aircraft flight simulator and an operator. Ricardo Alvarenga is ‘excellent’.

Clients of Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown can count on ‘short response times’ and ‘plenty of attention’. Julio Costa advised Avianca on the implementation of new air carriage regulations. As well as advising airlines, the group acts for airport operators, ground handlers, lessors, insurer and reinsurers, and aircraft financiers.

With particular expertise in contentious matters, Almeida Advogados recently represented Louis Dreyfus in indemnity litigation concerning a collision between a bulk carrier and a terminal’s shiploader. ‘Excellent maritime lawyer’ Breno Garbois is ‘attentive, accurate and commercially minded’.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados provides ‘clear communications on complex legal issues’. Its recent work includes advising Seadrill on the debt restructuring of a $1.45bn secured credit facility intended to ringfence other entities in the group. Rafael Baleroni is recommended for ship finance.

Trench Rossi Watanabe advises various offshore industry clients on maritime and shipping matters. Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois is recommended.

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