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Lefosse Advogados

RUA TABAPUÃ, 1227, 14TH FLOOR, SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014, BRAZIL
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Work +55 11 3024 6100
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www.lefosse.com
Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados handles regulatory work as well as structured and project finance transactions, and has a strong roster of domestic and international clients including Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Itaú BBA and Commerzbank. Practice head Renata Cardoso is ‘very experienced’.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados is regularly instructed by major Brazilian banks in bankruptcy and restructuring procedures, and combines transactional and dispute resolution capabilities; Roberto Zarour and Renata Cardoso both draw on past in-house experience in large banks, and work closely with colleagues in litigation on complex mandates. Raphael Nehin Corrêa leads the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados’ nine-partner team is an undisputed leader in the capital markets arena. It has particular expertise on the equity side, advising on 11 equity offerings in 2017. Regularly acting for underwriters, it advised Banco Itaú BBA, Deutsche Bank, Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Santander and others on the primary and secondary public offerings of preferred shares issued by Azul. Another highlight was assisting Banco Santander and other underwriters with a R$2bn secondary public offering. Carlos Barbosa Mello heads the group, which includes Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira, Ricardo Prado and Mauricio Paschoal.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Barbosa Mello - Lefosse Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

At Lefosse Advogados, José Carlos da Matta Berardo has broad experience in high-profile competition matters, including conduct cases and mergers, and counsel Paulo Lilla is also a key member of the team; his practice takes in antitrust, regulatory law, anti-corruption and compliance. Together with senior associate Juliana Daniel, they recently acted for a German-based multinational in cartel investigations. Clients also turn to the team for advice on corporate compliance policies and training.

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

The ‘excellent’ team at Lefosse Advogados ‘exceeds expectations’ and ‘always looks out for the client’s best interests’. It scores well in terms of both value and number of deals, and has had a hand in several high-profile transactions in the market. Its clients include many private equity firms and listed companies. Highlights in 2017 included advising J&F Investimentos on the sale of its shares (held directly and indirectly) in Eldorado to CA Investment, a subsidiary of Paper Excellence; Carlos Barbosa Mello led the team. Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira has a strong corporate and capital markets practice; Mirella Abe has broad experience in M&A, restructurings and foreign investment; André Calumby has ‘excellent technical skills’; and senior associate Pablo Arana is recognised for his ‘great diligence’. Christian Roschmann, Luiz Octavio Duarte Lopes, Maurício Paschoal and Sergio Machado are other names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Mirella Abe - Lefosse Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados’ dispute resolution group is led by Pedro Maciel, who regularly acts in international arbitrations and is noted for ‘focusing on the most important matters’. The firm is representing Shell in arbitration initiated by PetroRio in a dispute concerning the termination of the purchase and sale of an interest in certain oil fields. On the litigation side, the group represented Mantiq Investimentos, as manager of investment fund InfraBrasil, in litigation over an issuance of debentures by PST Energia. Raphael Nehin Corrêa is the second partner in the team. Carlo Verona joined Demarest Advogados in December 2017.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

Aloizio Ribeiro Lima’s team at Lefosse Advogados acts for numerous national and international clients including Reckitt Benckiser and Royal Bank of Scotland. It provides day-to-day advice to Barry Callebaut, and recently defended the company against a civil public action.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados ‘stands out for its knowledge of the financial sector and its implications in real estate matters’. The team regularly advises on the real estate aspects of large corporate transactions and restructurings, and is also sought out for standalone real estate advice. Practice head Andréa Caliento is noted for her ‘hands-on approach and constant concern for clients’ interests’. Senior associate João Henrique Dias de Castro also attracts praise.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

The standalone, full-service tax practice at Lefosse Advogados excels in tax consulting, transactional tax and litigation. Among its differentiating qualities are the strong accounting and finance background of many of its lawyers, and the level of cooperation between individual team members, who have an emphasis on litigation or consulting and collaborate closely with one another. The practice focuses on high-end work, where it is instructed by major players in the Brazilian market as well as large multinationals. Gustavo Lian Haddad and Gustavo Paes advised Aegea Saneamento e Participações and a subsidiary on the tax aspects of its first issuance of international bonds. Bruno Carramaschi, Ricardo Bolan and tax litigation expert Marcos de Carvalho are also names to note.

Leading lawyers

Gustavo Lian Haddad - Lefosse Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Gustavo Paes - Lefosse Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados handles regulatory work as well as structured and project finance transactions, and has a strong roster of domestic and international clients including Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Itaú BBA and Commerzbank. Practice head Renata Cardoso is ‘very experienced’.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados is regularly instructed by major Brazilian banks in bankruptcy and restructuring procedures, and combines transactional and dispute resolution capabilities; Roberto Zarour and Renata Cardoso both draw on past in-house experience in large banks, and work closely with colleagues in litigation on complex mandates. Raphael Nehin Corrêa leads the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados’ nine-partner team is an undisputed leader in the capital markets arena. It has particular expertise on the equity side, advising on 11 equity offerings in 2017. Regularly acting for underwriters, it advised Banco Itaú BBA, Deutsche Bank, Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Santander and others on the primary and secondary public offerings of preferred shares issued by Azul. Another highlight was assisting Banco Santander and other underwriters with a R$2bn secondary public offering. Carlos Barbosa Mello heads the group, which includes Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira, Ricardo Prado and Mauricio Paschoal.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Barbosa Mello - Lefosse Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

At Lefosse Advogados, José Carlos da Matta Berardo has broad experience in high-profile competition matters, including conduct cases and mergers, and counsel Paulo Lilla is also a key member of the team; his practice takes in antitrust, regulatory law, anti-corruption and compliance. Together with senior associate Juliana Daniel, they recently acted for a German-based multinational in cartel investigations. Clients also turn to the team for advice on corporate compliance policies and training.

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

The ‘excellent’ team at Lefosse Advogados ‘exceeds expectations’ and ‘always looks out for the client’s best interests’. It scores well in terms of both value and number of deals, and has had a hand in several high-profile transactions in the market. Its clients include many private equity firms and listed companies. Highlights in 2017 included advising J&F Investimentos on the sale of its shares (held directly and indirectly) in Eldorado to CA Investment, a subsidiary of Paper Excellence; Carlos Barbosa Mello led the team. Rodrigo Azevedo Junqueira has a strong corporate and capital markets practice; Mirella Abe has broad experience in M&A, restructurings and foreign investment; André Calumby has ‘excellent technical skills’; and senior associate Pablo Arana is recognised for his ‘great diligence’. Christian Roschmann, Luiz Octavio Duarte Lopes, Maurício Paschoal and Sergio Machado are other names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Mirella Abe - Lefosse Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados’ dispute resolution group is led by Pedro Maciel, who regularly acts in international arbitrations and is noted for ‘focusing on the most important matters’. The firm is representing Shell in arbitration initiated by PetroRio in a dispute concerning the termination of the purchase and sale of an interest in certain oil fields. On the litigation side, the group represented Mantiq Investimentos, as manager of investment fund InfraBrasil, in litigation over an issuance of debentures by PST Energia. Raphael Nehin Corrêa is the second partner in the team. Carlo Verona joined Demarest Advogados in December 2017.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

Aloizio Ribeiro Lima’s team at Lefosse Advogados acts for numerous national and international clients including Reckitt Benckiser and Royal Bank of Scotland. It provides day-to-day advice to Barry Callebaut, and recently defended the company against a civil public action.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

Lefosse Advogados ‘stands out for its knowledge of the financial sector and its implications in real estate matters’. The team regularly advises on the real estate aspects of large corporate transactions and restructurings, and is also sought out for standalone real estate advice. Practice head Andréa Caliento is noted for her ‘hands-on approach and constant concern for clients’ interests’. Senior associate João Henrique Dias de Castro also attracts praise.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

The standalone, full-service tax practice at Lefosse Advogados excels in tax consulting, transactional tax and litigation. Among its differentiating qualities are the strong accounting and finance background of many of its lawyers, and the level of cooperation between individual team members, who have an emphasis on litigation or consulting and collaborate closely with one another. The practice focuses on high-end work, where it is instructed by major players in the Brazilian market as well as large multinationals. Gustavo Lian Haddad and Gustavo Paes advised Aegea Saneamento e Participações and a subsidiary on the tax aspects of its first issuance of international bonds. Bruno Carramaschi, Ricardo Bolan and tax litigation expert Marcos de Carvalho are also names to note.

Leading lawyers

Gustavo Lian Haddad - Lefosse Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Gustavo Paes - Lefosse Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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