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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

Recent work for the ‘very talented’ lawyers at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão includes assisting Abengoa in the renegotiation of debt with over 3,000 creditors, and advising primary copper producer Paranapanema on the refinancing of its obligations with 11 banks. On the lender side, clients include BHP Billiton, Banco PSA and Banco BTG Pactual. The team is also active in M&A transactions involving financial institutions. Rafael D’Avilla Dutra is experienced in infrastructure financings; Paulo Figueiredo is notable for his work with fintech companies; and Anna Carolina de Oliveira Malta is increasingly active in the area of corporate compliance. Camila Goldberg leads the 16-strong group.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão stands out as a full-service firm capable of taking on debtor-side restructuring mandates, and has been investing heavily in its team in recent years; in a significant move in 2017, Eduardo Guimarães Wanderley joined from Veirano Advogados, and his arrival further bolsters the department’s capabilities for creditor-side work. The firm has also gained prominence through its role as lead counsel for Oi Group in its court-supervised restructuring; Sergio Savi and Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea have been leading the team on this matter.

Next generation lawyers

Eduardo Guimarães Wanderley - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘very business-savvy’ Camila Goldberg leads BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s ‘service-oriented’ capital markets team. It assisted Lojas Americanas in relation to an offer, issuance and sale of common and preferred shares with restricted placement efforts; and advised the initial purchasers, including J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Santander, on an issuance of senior notes by Raizen Fuels Finance. Founding partners Paulo Cezar Aragão and Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos are also recommended.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s continuing investment in the practice area was marked by the promotion to partner of Marcos Exposto in 2017. The team has had a hand in the majority of major cartel investigations in the market, as well as in cases related to the Lava Jato scandal, and its combined capabilities in M&A and antitrust ensure a regular flow of instructions in merger filings. Among its recent highlights in this space, practice head Barbara Rosenberg advised Brazilian stock exchange B3 (previously BM&F Bovespa) on the acquisition of clearing house Cetip; the transaction was approved with commitments by the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) in March 2017. José Inácio Ferraz de Almeida Prado Filho is another active member of the team, with a broad competition law practice taking in litigation and compliance.

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 (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 1

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Noted for its ‘high-quality, responsive and ethical legal advice’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is consistently involved in the largest and highest-profile corporate transactions in the market. It is highlighted for its ‘understanding of the approaches and expectations of international private equity clients’, and is well known for the strength of its practice before CADE, the Brazilian competition authority, with its expertise in this space enabling it to handle mergers and acquisitions from the earliest stages through to final approval. Fabiana Fagundes led a team of corporate, environmental, regulatory and real estate lawyers advising Solvay on the Brazilian aspects of the sale of its global polyamide business to BASF. Elsewhere, Henrique Vargas Beloch acted for UBS on the purchase of a 60% stake in family office Consenso, as part of the Swiss bank’s expansion in Brazil. Other leading figures in the department include Francisco Müssnich, Paulo Cezar Aragão, Plinio Simões Barbosa, Monique Mavignier and Luiz Antonio Campos. Senior partner Carlos Frederico Lucchetti Bingemer co-heads the infrastructure practice and has vast experience in energy-related M&A. Under the leadership of corporate partner Dominique Héléne Bétourné Walter, the firm has established a dedicated French desk; the multidisciplinary team assists French investors on all aspects of their operations in Brazil. Adriana Dantas leads the corporate ethics and compliance department, which is well versed in negotiating leniency agreements, designing compliance programmes and handling sensitive investigations. Roberto Dias Carneiro re-joined the firm from Dias Carneiro Advogados in March 2017.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Müssnich - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Paulo Cezar Aragão - 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

The ‘highly qualified’ lawyers at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão provide ‘first-class services’. The team represented Alstom before the Superior Court of Justice in a claim against Mitsui Sumitomo Seguros to obtain the recognition and enforcement of a foreign ICC arbitral award. Luiz Fernando Fraga and Sergio Fagundes, who is ‘convincing, and excellent at setting up strategies’, lead the team. The ‘highly technical’ André Abbud is ‘extremely smart, with great international expertise’, and founding partner Francisco Müssnich stands out for his arbitration experience. Eduardo Wanderley joined from Veirano Advogados in October 2017.

Next generation lawyers

André Abbud - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a strong practice in relation to contaminated sites, infrastructure concessions and protected areas, and is also active on major industrial and infrastructure projects. It assisted Evolution Power Partners in obtaining the permit for a 1,600MW thermal plant and a floating storage regasification unit. The group is also representing Estaleiro BrasFELS in a public civil action filed by the public prosecutor’s office concerning the biological invasion of sun coral in the bay of Ilha Grande. Beatriz Paulo de Frontin and Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto are recommended. The ‘dedicated’ Márcio Pereira joined from Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados in August 2017.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘excellentBMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a ‘very strong, responsive and practical’ IP team which includes lawyers, scientists and engineers. Its international experience enables it to manage and coordinate the international IP portfolios of its clients, and it also stands out for its strength in data privacy. A range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters feature in its recent workload. Antonella Carminatti and Claudia Schulz attract strong praise, and senior associates José Eduardo Pieri and Pedro Frankovsky Barroso are also key members of the team, often leading on complex transactions.

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’s Adriana Dantas has a broad practice that takes in international trade and corporate ethics and compliance. João Paulo Muntada Cavinatto brings significant customs and indirect tax expertise. The team (including senior associate Marcia Cristina Derre Torres Fernandes Pulcherio) continued to act for the Brazilian government in WTO disputes concerning tax incentives in the automobile industry.

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

Noted for its ‘outstanding business orientation’ and ‘creative solutions’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s labour team is recommended for advice on the development of compliance systems and human resources policies. New clients include Energisa, Supergasbrás Energia and Fleury. The names to note are Cibelle Goldfarb and Luiz Marcelo Góis, who has ‘deep knowledge of labour law’.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Recent work for BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão includes advising on the financing of wind farms and transmission lines. The group has both project finance expertise, with Camila Goldberg and Rafael Dutra the standout names, and experience in public law matters, for which Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto is recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is highlighted for its ‘fast’ and ‘excellent’ advice. It is particularly strong in government disputes, including administrative proceedings and judicial review. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto benefits from over 15 years’ experience in regulatory and public law, and José Guilherme Berman is also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Cristiane Mamprin de Castro Guerra and Cristiana Moreira co-head the real estate group at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão and have extensive experience in urban and rural real estate deals, acting for a range of Brazilian and international clients. The team also stands out for the quality and experience of its senior associates, several of whom – including Gustavo Maia do Nascimento – have previous in-house experience in real estate companies.

Next generation lawyers

Gustavo Maia do Nascimento - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Nothing short of excellent’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s team is ‘responsive, creative and forward-looking’. On the telecoms side, it provides advice related to submarine cables, telecoms towers and satellites. Recent work highlights include advising Omnispace on the assignment of S band frequencies, and assisting Samsung with licensing matters related to the provision of telecoms services. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto ‘sees solutions rather than obstacles’.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘outstanding professionals’ at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão are ‘dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeable’. The group is well known for its advice on the tax aspects of large, complex and often cross-border M&A deals, and is also active in tax consulting and litigation. In recent work, Daniel Abraham Loria advised Abengoa Concessões Brasil Holding on tax issues involved in its court-supervised debt restructuring. Tax litigator Lígia Regini da Silveira is highly recommended, and Maurício Pereira Faro and Luiza Sampaio de Lacerda Benjó are also key contacts on the contentious side. Department head José Otavio Haddad Faloppa has extensive experience in transactional tax; and Hermano Notaroberto Barbosa is a member of the firm’s French desk and assists French investors.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão regularly handles financings and transactions in the power sector. On the contentious side, a highlight was representing Abengoa before ANEEL in relation to a number of potential regulatory penalties, while other work included advising Prumo on the construction and operation of a thermoelectric power plant. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto is the name to note.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows 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 AdvogadosEduardo 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 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Recent work for the ‘very talented’ lawyers at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão includes assisting Abengoa in the renegotiation of debt with over 3,000 creditors, and advising primary copper producer Paranapanema on the refinancing of its obligations with 11 banks. On the lender side, clients include BHP Billiton, Banco PSA and Banco BTG Pactual. The team is also active in M&A transactions involving financial institutions. Rafael D’Avilla Dutra is experienced in infrastructure financings; Paulo Figueiredo is notable for his work with fintech companies; and Anna Carolina de Oliveira Malta is increasingly active in the area of corporate compliance. Camila Goldberg leads the 16-strong group.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão stands out as a full-service firm capable of taking on debtor-side restructuring mandates, and has been investing heavily in its team in recent years; in a significant move in 2017, Eduardo Guimarães Wanderley joined from Veirano Advogados, and his arrival further bolsters the department’s capabilities for creditor-side work. The firm has also gained prominence through its role as lead counsel for Oi Group in its court-supervised restructuring; Sergio Savi and Felipe Evaristo dos Santos Galea have been leading the team on this matter.

Next generation lawyers

Eduardo Guimarães Wanderley - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘very business-savvy’ Camila Goldberg leads BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s ‘service-oriented’ capital markets team. It assisted Lojas Americanas in relation to an offer, issuance and sale of common and preferred shares with restricted placement efforts; and advised the initial purchasers, including J.P. Morgan, Merrill Lynch and Santander, on an issuance of senior notes by Raizen Fuels Finance. Founding partners Paulo Cezar Aragão and Luiz Antonio de Sampaio Campos are also recommended.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s continuing investment in the practice area was marked by the promotion to partner of Marcos Exposto in 2017. The team has had a hand in the majority of major cartel investigations in the market, as well as in cases related to the Lava Jato scandal, and its combined capabilities in M&A and antitrust ensure a regular flow of instructions in merger filings. Among its recent highlights in this space, practice head Barbara Rosenberg advised Brazilian stock exchange B3 (previously BM&F Bovespa) on the acquisition of clearing house Cetip; the transaction was approved with commitments by the Administrative Council for Economic Defence (CADE) in March 2017. José Inácio Ferraz de Almeida Prado Filho is another active member of the team, with a broad competition law practice taking in litigation and compliance.

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 (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 1

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Noted for its ‘high-quality, responsive and ethical legal advice’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is consistently involved in the largest and highest-profile corporate transactions in the market. It is highlighted for its ‘understanding of the approaches and expectations of international private equity clients’, and is well known for the strength of its practice before CADE, the Brazilian competition authority, with its expertise in this space enabling it to handle mergers and acquisitions from the earliest stages through to final approval. Fabiana Fagundes led a team of corporate, environmental, regulatory and real estate lawyers advising Solvay on the Brazilian aspects of the sale of its global polyamide business to BASF. Elsewhere, Henrique Vargas Beloch acted for UBS on the purchase of a 60% stake in family office Consenso, as part of the Swiss bank’s expansion in Brazil. Other leading figures in the department include Francisco Müssnich, Paulo Cezar Aragão, Plinio Simões Barbosa, Monique Mavignier and Luiz Antonio Campos. Senior partner Carlos Frederico Lucchetti Bingemer co-heads the infrastructure practice and has vast experience in energy-related M&A. Under the leadership of corporate partner Dominique Héléne Bétourné Walter, the firm has established a dedicated French desk; the multidisciplinary team assists French investors on all aspects of their operations in Brazil. Adriana Dantas leads the corporate ethics and compliance department, which is well versed in negotiating leniency agreements, designing compliance programmes and handling sensitive investigations. Roberto Dias Carneiro re-joined the firm from Dias Carneiro Advogados in March 2017.

Leading lawyers

Francisco Müssnich - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Paulo Cezar Aragão - 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

The ‘highly qualified’ lawyers at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão provide ‘first-class services’. The team represented Alstom before the Superior Court of Justice in a claim against Mitsui Sumitomo Seguros to obtain the recognition and enforcement of a foreign ICC arbitral award. Luiz Fernando Fraga and Sergio Fagundes, who is ‘convincing, and excellent at setting up strategies’, lead the team. The ‘highly technical’ André Abbud is ‘extremely smart, with great international expertise’, and founding partner Francisco Müssnich stands out for his arbitration experience. Eduardo Wanderley joined from Veirano Advogados in October 2017.

Next generation lawyers

André Abbud - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a strong practice in relation to contaminated sites, infrastructure concessions and protected areas, and is also active on major industrial and infrastructure projects. It assisted Evolution Power Partners in obtaining the permit for a 1,600MW thermal plant and a floating storage regasification unit. The group is also representing Estaleiro BrasFELS in a public civil action filed by the public prosecutor’s office concerning the biological invasion of sun coral in the bay of Ilha Grande. Beatriz Paulo de Frontin and Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto are recommended. The ‘dedicated’ Márcio Pereira joined from Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados in August 2017.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘excellentBMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão has a ‘very strong, responsive and practical’ IP team which includes lawyers, scientists and engineers. Its international experience enables it to manage and coordinate the international IP portfolios of its clients, and it also stands out for its strength in data privacy. A range of contentious and non-contentious IP matters feature in its recent workload. Antonella Carminatti and Claudia Schulz attract strong praise, and senior associates José Eduardo Pieri and Pedro Frankovsky Barroso are also key members of the team, often leading on complex transactions.

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’s Adriana Dantas has a broad practice that takes in international trade and corporate ethics and compliance. João Paulo Muntada Cavinatto brings significant customs and indirect tax expertise. The team (including senior associate Marcia Cristina Derre Torres Fernandes Pulcherio) continued to act for the Brazilian government in WTO disputes concerning tax incentives in the automobile industry.

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

Noted for its ‘outstanding business orientation’ and ‘creative solutions’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s labour team is recommended for advice on the development of compliance systems and human resources policies. New clients include Energisa, Supergasbrás Energia and Fleury. The names to note are Cibelle Goldfarb and Luiz Marcelo Góis, who has ‘deep knowledge of labour law’.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Recent work for BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão includes advising on the financing of wind farms and transmission lines. The group has both project finance expertise, with Camila Goldberg and Rafael Dutra the standout names, and experience in public law matters, for which Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto is recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is highlighted for its ‘fast’ and ‘excellent’ advice. It is particularly strong in government disputes, including administrative proceedings and judicial review. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto benefits from over 15 years’ experience in regulatory and public law, and José Guilherme Berman is also recommended.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Cristiane Mamprin de Castro Guerra and Cristiana Moreira co-head the real estate group at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão and have extensive experience in urban and rural real estate deals, acting for a range of Brazilian and international clients. The team also stands out for the quality and experience of its senior associates, several of whom – including Gustavo Maia do Nascimento – have previous in-house experience in real estate companies.

Next generation lawyers

Gustavo Maia do Nascimento - BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Nothing short of excellent’, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão’s team is ‘responsive, creative and forward-looking’. On the telecoms side, it provides advice related to submarine cables, telecoms towers and satellites. Recent work highlights include advising Omnispace on the assignment of S band frequencies, and assisting Samsung with licensing matters related to the provision of telecoms services. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto ‘sees solutions rather than obstacles’.

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

The ‘outstanding professionals’ at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão are ‘dedicated’ and ‘knowledgeable’. The group is well known for its advice on the tax aspects of large, complex and often cross-border M&A deals, and is also active in tax consulting and litigation. In recent work, Daniel Abraham Loria advised Abengoa Concessões Brasil Holding on tax issues involved in its court-supervised debt restructuring. Tax litigator Lígia Regini da Silveira is highly recommended, and Maurício Pereira Faro and Luiza Sampaio de Lacerda Benjó are also key contacts on the contentious side. Department head José Otavio Haddad Faloppa has extensive experience in transactional tax; and Hermano Notaroberto Barbosa is a member of the firm’s French desk and assists French investors.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 4

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão regularly handles financings and transactions in the power sector. On the contentious side, a highlight was representing Abengoa before ANEEL in relation to a number of potential regulatory penalties, while other work included advising Prumo on the construction and operation of a thermoelectric power plant. Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto is the name to note.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows 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 AdvogadosEduardo 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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    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to Private Joint Stock Company with Foreign Investments “Slobozhanska Budivelna Keramika” (“SBK ”) in connection with the restructuring and refinancing of SBK’s debt, valued at approximately EUR20 million. Atlas Advisors, an independent investment banking firm, acted as the exclusive financial advisor to the SBK’s shareholders in connection with the restructuring of the credit portfolio, attraction of financing for the debt’s refinancing, and buy-out of SBK’s shares.
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    AVELLUM acted as the Ukrainian legal counsel to the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine on the USD2 billion sovereign Eurobond issue consisting of two tranches with 5.5 and 10-year tenor. J.P. Morgan Securities, Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, and Citigroup acted as joint lead managers on the transaction.
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    The new anti-money laundering ( AML ) law of the UAE took effect at the end of October 2018. Containing features recommended by the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF ), the new law introduces subtle but important changes to the AML landscape in the UAE. 
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    The UAE federal government has recently issued a raft of important legislation, addressing and in many ways updating areas of law that are key to businesses in the jurisdiction. Amongst this legislation is Federal Decree-Law 14 of 2018 concerning the central bank and the organisation of financial institutions and activities (the New Banking Law ) and Federal Decree-Law 20 of 2018 concerning anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing (the New AML Law ). Both the New Banking Law and the New AML Law repeal and replace the previous legislation on their respective subjects. Importantly, the New Banking Law and the New AML Law have together enhanced the protection afforded to confidential information under UAE law, in particular where financial and legal service providers and their customers and clients are concerned. 
  • Israel Chapter in The Virtual Currency Regulation Review

    Earlier this year, the Israel Tax Authority (ITA) issued two circulars, one on the taxation of digital tokens and the second addressing the taxation of utility tokens in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Additionally, in March, the Israel Securities Authority (ISA) released a detailed interim report by the Committee for the Regulation of Public Offerings of Decentralized Cryptocurrency Coins (Report) (with a follow-up report due to come out around October 2018). Moreover, it is expected that before the end of 2018, legislation will come into force that for the first time will see Israeli primary legislation define virtual currencies as financial assets and mandate licensing for related services, as is later discussed in detail.
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