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BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

AV. ALMIRANTE BARROSO, 52 - 31º ANDAR, CEP: 20031-000 - CENTRO, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 21 3824 5800
Web:
www.bmalaw.com.br
Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Camila Goldberg leads BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s ‘business-oriented’ banking and finance team, which has particular strength advising borrowers in financing transactions. It recently advised Rede D’Or São Luiz on a $85m loan transaction with JPMorgan Chase. On the debt restructuring side, it assisted Paranapanema in the restructuring of R$2.5bn of debt, and advised BHP Billiton on the restructuring of Samarco Mineração’s $4bn of debt. Project finance is another mainstay. Rafael D’Avilla Dutra and Anna Carolina de Oliveira Malta are recommended.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The team at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão expanded with the hire of Sergio Savi from Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados in 2016; ‘very client oriented’, Savi ‘easily understands clients’ needs’. 2016 saw the team further increase its debtor-side work, most notably with the representation of Oi in its R$65bn restructuring, on which Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea took a lead role. On the creditor side, the team – again led by Galea – represented a substantial grouping of creditors in the judicial restructuring proceeding filed by the OGX Group.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The team at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, led by the ‘excellent’ Camila Goldberg, is ‘very business savvy’. It assisted the initial purchasers, including Banco Bradesco BBI, HSBC Securities and Santander Investment Securities, in an issuance of $500m 7% senior notes due 2027 by Cosan Luxembourg; and advised Ultrapar International (as issuer) and Ultrapar Participações and Ipiranga Produtos de Petróleo (as guarantors) on an issuance of $750m 5.250% senior unsecured notes due 2026. Within the four-partner team, Paulo Cezar Aragão and Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos are recommended for their regulatory expertise.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘very knowledgeable’ and ‘business-oriented’ antitrust team at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is held in high regard by peers and clients alike. It continues to handle complex merger filings for major domestic and international companies, and is also active in cartel cases. Current work includes representing three leading telecoms companies in a preliminary investigation opened by the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE). ‘One of the greatest lawyers in the area’, practice head Barbara Rosenberg is ‘recognised by the regulators as a top professional, and has the requisite negotiation skills to come to solutions in difficult circumstances’. 2016 saw some internal personnel changes, with the departure of José Carlos da Matta Berardo to Lefosse Advogados and the promotion to partner of José Inácio Ferraz de Almeida Prado Filho. The team’s pool of dedicated associates includes Marcos Exposto and Camilla Paoletti.

Leading lawyers

Barbara Rosenberg - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Next generation lawyers

Marcos Exposto - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 1

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Full-service firm BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is consistently recognised among the country’s elite. Its corporate and M&A team is comprised of ‘diligent’, ‘high-level professionals’ with ‘strong business acumen’. It continues to attract instructions in high-profile transactions, acting for domestic and international companies, and has a particularly strong track record representing listed companies. The firm’s strength in competition and antitrust is another draw, allowing the team to see a transaction through to final approval from competition authorities. Among a raft of cross-border deals, it advised KORE Wireless Group on its acquisition of Wyless Group, a transaction that involved the US, the UK, Spain and the Netherlands; leading the advice was Francisco Müssnich, with assistance from Carlos Frederico Lucchetti Bingemer among others. In what was the first public M&A deal initiated by an unsolicited offer in Brazil, the team also advised Kroton Educacional on a binding offer for Estácio Participações; Paulo Cezar Aragão (‘one of the best experts on corporate law in Brazil’) led the team. The sizeable department includes a number of well-known figures in the market, among them Monique Mavignier, Plinio Simões Barbosa and Luiz Antonio Campos. Also attracting praise is Fabiana Fagundes, whose areas of expertise include the agribusiness sector and third sector, and associate Carlo Sivieri de Assis Rocha, who is ‘great at providing creative solutions’.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Müssnich - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Paulo Cezar Aragão - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Next generation lawyers

Carlo Sivieri de Assis Rocha - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão handled numerous contractual disputes in the infrastructure and construction sectors, including representing Galvão Engenharia in an arbitration regarding additional services performed in the construction of a waterway terminal. Other recent work includes representing BHP Billiton in several cases concerning the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster. Luiz Fernando Fraga and Sergio Fagundes lead the group, which grew to eight partners with the arrival of Sergio Savi from Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados. Name partner and corporate lawyer Francisco Müssnich is recommended for his experience in large national and international arbitrations.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Recent work for BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, on the M&A side, includes advising Ipiranga and Ultrapar on the environmental aspects of the acquisition of gas distribution company ALE Combustíveis. Elsewhere, the experience of its emergency response team in handling environmental accidents came to the fore when advising Terminal Químico de Aratú on the environmental repercussions of a fire incident at Latin America's largest fuel tank storage facility, which is operated by the client. Senior associate Beatriz Paulo de Frontin and Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto co-head the practice, following the departure of former practice head Miriam Mazza in September 2016.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Recognised for its ‘unrivalled professionalism’, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão acts for an impressive roster of clients including Blackberry, L’Oréal, Raízen, Starbucks and Vodafone. In an indication of its international capabilities, it advised the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, which is responsible for the delivery of infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, on its trade mark portfolio. Antonella Carminatti, the ‘extremely clear, swift and focused’ Claudia Schulz, and senior associate Pedro Frankovsky Barroso are recommended. Former senior associate Paula Mena Barreto left to become a partner at Campos Mello Advogados in September 2016.

Next generation lawyers

Pedro Frankovsky Barroso - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is making its mark in the international trade field in Brazil, having been instructed in a series of high-profile proceedings. Highlights in 2016 included assisting the Brazilian government in disputes at the WTO which have significant implications for the Brazilian automobile and technology industries; key figure Adriana Dantas led the team, which included João Paulo Cavinatto and Marcia Cristina Derre Torres Fernandes Pulcherio.

Next generation lawyers

Marcia Cristina Derre Torres Fernandes Pulcherio - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is experienced in identifying risks and developing human resources policies and compliance systems in order to avoid litigation. Expedia and Mylan Laboratórios are active clients. Following Maurício Pessoa’s departure to found Pessoa & Pessoa Advogados Associados S/C, Cibelle Goldfarb and Luiz Marcelo Góis co-head the practice.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has recently been involved in the financing of wind farms and transmission lines. Camila Goldberg and Rafael Dutra are the names to note on the project finance side, while Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto adds public law expertise.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

At BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto has substantial experience in government affairs, public law and regulatory matters. As part of a full-service firm, the department is able to draw on the expertise of the firm’s environmental law, dispute resolution and M&A lawyers.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s well-known M&A capabilities make for a steady flow of corporate real estate transactions. The real estate practice has experience in a multitude of projects, including shopping centres, business centres, hospitals and hotels. Cristiane Mamprin de Castro Guerra advised RCN Empreendimentos Imobiliários on a partnership agreement for the development of an urban allotment. Cristiana Moreira co-heads the practice.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Particularly recommended for telecoms matters, BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão represented Centennial Torres in administrative proceedings held by ANATEL concerning a conflict with Nextel over the use of radio access network sharing towers. ‘Smart’ regulatory expert Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto is ‘very pleasant to work with’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 4

BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

2016 was another busy year for the tax department at BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, which attracted instructions from new and longstanding clients in tax litigation and a range of non-contentious tax matters. The team saw organic growth through the promotion of three partners, including the ‘very talented’ Luiza Sampaio de Lacerda Benjó. Transactional highlights included advising Kroton Educacional on its binding offer for Estácio Participações; José Otavio Haddad Faloppa advised on complex tax issues including the tax treatment of the goodwill expected to arise as a result of the combination. Lígia Regini da Silveira and Maurício Pereira Faro lead the tax litigation practice from São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro respectively.

Next generation lawyers

Luiza Sampaio De Lacerda Benjó - BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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