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Specialist asset finance practice Basch & Rameh advises a broad range of banks and other financial institutions on the acquisition and sale of aircraft. It recently advised on helicopter refinance structures, and acted on the lease of an Embraer aircraft as well as approximately 30 next-generation Airbus aircraft to a Brazilian carrier. Renata Duarte Iezzi and founding partner Carlos Rameh are the names to note.

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

Maritime boutique Escritório Jurídico Carbone advises an impressive portfolio of shipowners, trading companies, salvage companies and P&I clubs on the full range of shipping matters. Within the five-partner group, Artur Carbone and arbitration specialist Claudia Iabrudi are standout practitioners.

Shipping boutique Farinon, Carvalho da Silva & Advogados Associados regularly acts on salvage operations of ships which have run aground and on other accidents. It advised Gard AS on the investigation into the spill into the sea of 2,500 litres of crude oil due to an accident caused by a storm. Founding partners Roberto Porto Farinon and Ruy Fernando Carvalho da Silva are recommended along with ‘great negotiator’ José Augusto Mendes Marques.

One of the most renowned specialist shipping firms in Brazil, Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados regularly advises shipowners on accidents, ship arrests, pollution, and maritime and customs matters. Godofredo Mendes Vianna represented shipowner Skuld in a redress claim filed by an insurance company in relation to damage caused to cargo during maritime carriage. Camila Mendes Vianna Cardoso, Iwam Jaeger and Lucas Leite Marques are also recommended.

Rio de Janeiro based shipping boutique Shipping Consultoria is regularly instructed in relation to accidents, customs procedures and maritime law disputes. Clients include ports, P&I clubs and shipyards as well as oil exploration and import/export companies. Fernando Sobrino Porto is the name to note.

Aviation specialist DDSA – De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados, under the lead of the ‘detail-oriented’ Ana Luisa Derenusson, advises several major airlines. Another significant source of work is assisting banks and other financial institutions in the acquisition and leasing of aircraft.

Felsberg Advogados is highlighted for its aircraft financing capabilities, with Waypoint Leasing a particularly active client. Practice head João Paulo Servera led assistance to Greenwich Aerogroup in the purchase and sale of two aircraft worth $10.2m. Senior associate Marcela Corrêa is also recommended.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has an excellent aviation practice and is also recommended for shipping, where it acts for clients such as Ultrapetrol, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC. Fabio Falkenburger led advice to CB Air, a provider of air taxi services, on the co-ownership and time-sharing of aircraft.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Giovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are recommended for financings in the shipping sector. The group also acts in regulatory matters and disputes, and recently assisted in the negotiation of Svitzer’s shipbuilding contracts. On the aviation side, it acted for United Airlines, VRG Linhas Aéreas and Gol.

Aviation finance is Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ specialism. It assisted LATAM in the development of new aircraft interchange structures; and, on the M&A side, advised CB Air on the acquisition of Global Táxi Aéreo. Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and associate Felipe Bonsenso Veneziano are recommended.

Shipping boutique Advocacia Rocha Baptista is experienced in vessel arrests and cargo claims. With offices in Rio Grande, Pelotas and Porto Alegre, the team is regularly instructed by shipowners, insurers and agents, as well as importers, exporters and freight forwarders. Arthur Rocha Baptista and Rafael Nogueira Simas are the names to note.

Maritime law specialist Siano & Martins Advogados Associados has ‘an excellent network in the sector’ and covers the full range of shipping work, including accidents, cargo loss and damage, and salvage matters. Founding partners Luiz Roberto Leven Siano and Fabiana Simões Martins are recommended.

The ‘very responsive and thorough’ team at Veirano Advogados covers rail and maritime matters, and is particularly recommended for shipping finance. Marcelo Mattos and Otavio Carneiro are ‘efficient and knowledgeable’. The latter recently led advice to Bank of China on the $19m refinancing of two vessels.

With a highly acclaimed aviation practice, ASBZ Advogados advises numerous airlines including American Airlines, Emirates, LATAM, TAP and United Airlines. Practice head Guilherme Amaral has notable expertise in out-of-court settlement negotiations, and has recently assisted several airlines in negotiations with the public prosecutor’s office of Guarulhos concerning greenhouse gas emissions.

At Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ Olympio de Carvalho e Silva has an excellent reputation for shipping-related disputes and accidents. Clients include international carriers such as SwissMarine, as well as other shipping sector companies such as Brasbunker Participações and Fugro Brasil.

Demarest Advogados covers corporate and finance work in the shipping and aviation sectors, as well as disputes. Practice head Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz and aviation specialist Luciana Goulart Penteado are recommended.

Specialist aviation firm Di Ciero Advogados, founded by the ‘hardworking’ Simone Di Ciero and based in Rio de Janeiro, stands out for its mass litigation expertise. Clients include major airlines such as Emirates, Lufthansa and KLM Royal Dutch.

Montgomery & Associados regularly defends airlines such as Air New Zealand, Insel Air, Turkish Airlines and South African Airways in passenger claims, and recently advised Avior Airlines on obtaining approval for regular flight operations to and from Brazil. Neil Montgomery’s team includes experts in aviation-specific tax and employment matters.

Maritime law specialist Pedro Calmon Filho & Associados (PCF&A) is regularly retained by P&I clubs. Founding partner Pedro Calmon Filho is the name to note.

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados advised Pacific Coast Group on the repossession of two Boeing 727 cargo aircraft leased to Total Linhas Aéreas. Ricardo Alvarenga regularly assists airlines and aircraft manufacturers in leasing transactions and warranty negotiations.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados’ ‘dedicated and competent’ team is particularly recommended for litigation in the maritime sector. Renato Otto Kloss and Fernando Villela de Andrade Vianna represented Rexam Amazonia in litigation against Aliança Navegação e Logística concerning the delivery of products through a different route, which permitted the detention of the products at the port of Navegantes.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados regularly acts in accident response matters. Practice head Bernardo Mendes Vianna is ‘an expert’ in maritime law, and is recommended for contentious matters.

Almeida Advogados’ shipping and port law practice has niche expertise in cruise operation matters, and represented Louis Dreyfus Company in an indemnity suit concerning a collision between a bulk carrier and the terminal’s shiploader. Breno Garbois is recommended.

With a focus on the financing of ships, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has seen an increase in ship mortgage instructions. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Mitsui on the acquisition of a multi-purpose offshore vessel.

The team at Trench Rossi Wanatabe mainly advises offshore industry clients on matters of maritime and shipping law. Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois is the name to note.

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