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Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

AVENIDA BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA 3.144 11TH FLOOR, SÃO PAULO, SP, 01451-000, BRAZIL
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www.machadomeyer.com

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘experienced’ eight-partner banking and finance group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has recently handled numerous debt restructurings. Its client portfolio includes banks such as Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Itaú Unibanco, as well as other financial institutions and insurers. On the borrower side, the firm advised Vale Canada on securing a €200m public loan from the French Republic. Another highlight was assisting ABBI, the Brazilian national association of international banks, in commenting on the proposed regulation of cybersecurity and the hiring of IT services by financial institutions. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is ‘a great choice for complex financing agreements’, and is recommended along with José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira. Nei Schilling Zelmanovits and Eduardo Avila de Castro head the team.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Nei Schilling Zelmanovits - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Thais de Gobbi - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The highly regarded team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados receives praise for its ‘short response times’ and ‘broad knowledge’. In an illustration of the firm’s strong commitment to the bankruptcy and restructuring practice, it promoted Rafael Capelão Carretero to partner in 2017. Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado has been acting as outside counsel to Telefônica Brasil and others as creditors in the ongoing Oi Group judicial recovery. In another complex case, José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Carretero represented Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Banco Indusval in the debt restructuring of Unigel Group, which has seen the existing security agreement split into three independent parts to accommodate three groups of creditors. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is recommended. Rafael Capelão Carretero was promoted to partner in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Renata Martins de Oliveira - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘highly competent’ group offers the full range of capital markets services. It acted as Brazilian counsel to the underwriters, including National Bank Financial and Cormark Securities, on an offering of common shares by Brio Gold. Another highlight was advising construction firm Direcional Engenharia and XP Investimentos, as underwriter, on a public offering of real estate receivables certificates. Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti, Gustavo Rugani and the ‘exceptionalAdriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira are recommended. Rafael Carretero and investment fund specialist Luciana Costa Engelberg made partner in May 2017.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Recommended firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados covers the spread of antitrust and competition matters and is regularly engaged by leading clients in high-profile M&A deals. Among its recent highlights in this space, Maria Eugênia Novis advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the asset swap whereby the company swapped its consumer healthcare business for Sanofi’s animal health business; the transaction was submitted to CADE through two separate filings. On the investigations side, practice head Tito Amaral de Andrade and Marcos Paulo Verissimo successfully defended Azul Linhas Aéreas in the investigation of alleged price squeezes and refusal-to-deal conduct in the Brazilian tour operators market.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

A ‘well-known and hands-on’ firm, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados achieves a balance between domestic and international transactions, with a focus on high-end and high-visibility deals. Following an internal restructuring, the firm has a merged M&A, capital markets and corporate finance practice under the overall leadership of Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, who works alongside practice co-heads specialising in M&A, private equity and publicly traded companies. Adriana Pallis now heads the corporate law and corporate governance practice. The firm’s full-service offering allows the team to draw on expertise in areas including tax, real estate, labour and infrastructure. A combined tax and M&A team led by Guilherme Bueno Malouf, José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Gustavo Rugani advised ArcelorMittal on its agreement with Votorantim to combine their long steel businesses; under the agreement, Votorantim will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ArcelorMittal and will hold a minority stake in ArcelorMittal. The firm also advised Petrobras on the contracts for an alliance with Total, a significant deal within Petrobras’ divestment programme; Arthur Bardawil Penteado, Daniel Szyfman and Elie Sherique led the team. Mauro Cesar Leschziner and Gabriela Falcão Vieira are also recommended along with Luciana Costa Engelberg, who was promoted to partner in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Adriana Pallis - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Luciana Costa Engelberg - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Clients ‘really appreciate the services’ provided by Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, whose practice covers arbitration, litigation and conflict prevention. Its current work includes acting for logistics company Rumo in several declaratory actions, civil class actions and proceedings before the federal audit court concerning railway concessions and other contracts entered into with public entities. The group also continued to defend Samarco against claims related to the Fundão dam disaster. Lucas de Moraes Sant’Anna is ‘very responsive, always available and well prepared’, and is recommended along with Renata Martins de Oliveira, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Covering areas such as crisis management, climate change, biodiversity, solid waste and contamination, the team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘committed’ and ‘swift’. It continues to act in relation to the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster of 2015, defending Samarco against a R$155bn claim and approximately 80 public civil actions. In other work, it assisted BTG Pactual with the environmental due diligence concerning an acquisition of forest assets. The ‘client-focusedRoberta Danelon Leonhardt and Daniela Stump are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Daniela Stump - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados combines broad expertise in banking and finance, investment funds and capital markets. In addition to specialist insurance consulting, it assists clients in loss adjustment proceedings and other insurance litigation. Among its recent work, Eduardo Avila de Castro and associate Thais de Gobbi advised a client on insurance and reinsurance regulations concerning cut-through provisions, sanctions clauses and other matters.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘outstanding’ labour group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its ‘excellent advice and professional knowledge’. It is advising Saipem, an oil and gas industry contractor, in relation to the shutting down of its facilities by the Brazilian labour authorities. Other clients include General Electric, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Banco Múltiplo and Yahoo! do Brasil Internet. Rodrigo Seizo Takano has ‘good business knowledge’, and Caroline Marchi, Claudio Pieroni and Andréa Giamondo Massei Rossi are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Caroline Marchi - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has one of the largest projects and infrastructure teams in the market, regularly acting on air, rail, road, water, energy and other projects. The firm advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation on the regulatory, environmental, real estate and contractual aspects relating to the operation and financing of Brazil’s first private oil transshipment terminal. José Virgílio Lopes Enei has ‘deep knowledge of project finance and fundraising’, and co-heads the team with José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior. Mauro Bardawil Penteado and Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

José Virgílio Lopes Enei - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has strong experience in infrastructure projects, public law and regulatory matters. It is set apart by its ability to advise on the full life cycle of projects, from bidding processes to administrative and judicial litigation, and has a notable track record before the Court of Accounts and Superior Court. Lucas Sant’Anna advised Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias on the transition process in assuming a highway previously under Vianorte administration, and Mauro Bardawil Penteado and Rafael Vanzella advised Vale on an early extension process concerning railway concession contracts with the National Agency of Land Transport (ANTT). José Virgílio Lopes Enei leads the department.

Next generation lawyers

Rafael Vanzella - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has experience advising on the development of logistics centres, shopping malls, hotels, and residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, and acts for clients such as Cyrela Brazil Realty, Brio Investimentos Imobiliários and PSP Investments. Highlights included advising Equinix on the purchase of a data centre comprising two properties, and acting on the sale of certain forestry assets in Maranhão and Tocantins states; practice head Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli led on both deals.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for a diverse client base including Sony Entertainment Television, HBO Latin America, Samsung and Verifone. Guilherme Anders advised Endemol Shine Brasil on the licensing of television shows, and assisted Amazon in relation to video-on-demand regulation. Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior focuses on sports and entertainment matters.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogadosprovides excellent services in the tax area’, and ‘adds immense value to clients’ operations’. Fielding one of the largest tax departments in the market, it can handle a large volume of complex work, spanning contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Among a long list of standout transactions, the firm acted for Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional, with Celso Costa leading on the tax aspects. Other clients include Iberdrola, Telefónica, Siemens and Magazine Luiza. ‘Highly skilled’ partners Raquel Novais and Tiago Espellet Dockhornunderstand the client´s needs and concerns and are able to solve them technically’. Also recommended are Mario Graziani Prada, Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira, Fernando Tonanni and Fernando Colucci. Judicial and administrative litigation expert Daniel Monteiro Peixoto was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Celso Costa - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The infrastructure and natural resources group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is renowned for its financing work and its strength in the renewable energy sector. A recent highlight was assisting State Power Investment Corporation in the attainment and negotiation of a concession agreement for the operation of the 1.7GW São Simão hydroelectric power plant. The firm also assisted Siemens Energy with the due diligence of a joint venture project to develop, implement and operate a new thermal power plant. Ana Karina Esteves de Souza is recommended.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The oil and gas team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has ‘highly sophisticated industry expertise and experience’, and an ‘excellent grasp of what clients need’. A highlight was advising Petrobras in relation to negotiations, contracts and other matters concerning a strategic alliance with Statoil, including the sale of $2.9bn of assets. Daniel Szyfman has ‘deep knowledge in the sector’.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Szyfman - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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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 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘experienced’ eight-partner banking and finance group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has recently handled numerous debt restructurings. Its client portfolio includes banks such as Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Itaú Unibanco, as well as other financial institutions and insurers. On the borrower side, the firm advised Vale Canada on securing a €200m public loan from the French Republic. Another highlight was assisting ABBI, the Brazilian national association of international banks, in commenting on the proposed regulation of cybersecurity and the hiring of IT services by financial institutions. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is ‘a great choice for complex financing agreements’, and is recommended along with José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira. Nei Schilling Zelmanovits and Eduardo Avila de Castro head the team.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Nei Schilling Zelmanovits - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Thais de Gobbi - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The highly regarded team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados receives praise for its ‘short response times’ and ‘broad knowledge’. In an illustration of the firm’s strong commitment to the bankruptcy and restructuring practice, it promoted Rafael Capelão Carretero to partner in 2017. Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado has been acting as outside counsel to Telefônica Brasil and others as creditors in the ongoing Oi Group judicial recovery. In another complex case, José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Carretero represented Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Banco Indusval in the debt restructuring of Unigel Group, which has seen the existing security agreement split into three independent parts to accommodate three groups of creditors. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is recommended. Rafael Capelão Carretero was promoted to partner in 2017.

Next generation lawyers

Renata Martins de Oliveira - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘highly competent’ group offers the full range of capital markets services. It acted as Brazilian counsel to the underwriters, including National Bank Financial and Cormark Securities, on an offering of common shares by Brio Gold. Another highlight was advising construction firm Direcional Engenharia and XP Investimentos, as underwriter, on a public offering of real estate receivables certificates. Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti, Gustavo Rugani and the ‘exceptionalAdriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira are recommended. Rafael Carretero and investment fund specialist Luciana Costa Engelberg made partner in May 2017.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Recommended firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados covers the spread of antitrust and competition matters and is regularly engaged by leading clients in high-profile M&A deals. Among its recent highlights in this space, Maria Eugênia Novis advised Boehringer Ingelheim on the asset swap whereby the company swapped its consumer healthcare business for Sanofi’s animal health business; the transaction was submitted to CADE through two separate filings. On the investigations side, practice head Tito Amaral de Andrade and Marcos Paulo Verissimo successfully defended Azul Linhas Aéreas in the investigation of alleged price squeezes and refusal-to-deal conduct in the Brazilian tour operators market.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

A ‘well-known and hands-on’ firm, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados achieves a balance between domestic and international transactions, with a focus on high-end and high-visibility deals. Following an internal restructuring, the firm has a merged M&A, capital markets and corporate finance practice under the overall leadership of Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, who works alongside practice co-heads specialising in M&A, private equity and publicly traded companies. Adriana Pallis now heads the corporate law and corporate governance practice. The firm’s full-service offering allows the team to draw on expertise in areas including tax, real estate, labour and infrastructure. A combined tax and M&A team led by Guilherme Bueno Malouf, José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Gustavo Rugani advised ArcelorMittal on its agreement with Votorantim to combine their long steel businesses; under the agreement, Votorantim will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ArcelorMittal and will hold a minority stake in ArcelorMittal. The firm also advised Petrobras on the contracts for an alliance with Total, a significant deal within Petrobras’ divestment programme; Arthur Bardawil Penteado, Daniel Szyfman and Elie Sherique led the team. Mauro Cesar Leschziner and Gabriela Falcão Vieira are also recommended along with Luciana Costa Engelberg, who was promoted to partner in 2017.

Leading lawyers

Adriana Pallis - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Luciana Costa Engelberg - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Clients ‘really appreciate the services’ provided by Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, whose practice covers arbitration, litigation and conflict prevention. Its current work includes acting for logistics company Rumo in several declaratory actions, civil class actions and proceedings before the federal audit court concerning railway concessions and other contracts entered into with public entities. The group also continued to defend Samarco against claims related to the Fundão dam disaster. Lucas de Moraes Sant’Anna is ‘very responsive, always available and well prepared’, and is recommended along with Renata Martins de Oliveira, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Covering areas such as crisis management, climate change, biodiversity, solid waste and contamination, the team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘committed’ and ‘swift’. It continues to act in relation to the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster of 2015, defending Samarco against a R$155bn claim and approximately 80 public civil actions. In other work, it assisted BTG Pactual with the environmental due diligence concerning an acquisition of forest assets. The ‘client-focusedRoberta Danelon Leonhardt and Daniela Stump are recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Daniela Stump - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados combines broad expertise in banking and finance, investment funds and capital markets. In addition to specialist insurance consulting, it assists clients in loss adjustment proceedings and other insurance litigation. Among its recent work, Eduardo Avila de Castro and associate Thais de Gobbi advised a client on insurance and reinsurance regulations concerning cut-through provisions, sanctions clauses and other matters.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘outstanding’ labour group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its ‘excellent advice and professional knowledge’. It is advising Saipem, an oil and gas industry contractor, in relation to the shutting down of its facilities by the Brazilian labour authorities. Other clients include General Electric, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Banco Múltiplo and Yahoo! do Brasil Internet. Rodrigo Seizo Takano has ‘good business knowledge’, and Caroline Marchi, Claudio Pieroni and Andréa Giamondo Massei Rossi are also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Caroline Marchi - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has one of the largest projects and infrastructure teams in the market, regularly acting on air, rail, road, water, energy and other projects. The firm advised Overseas Private Investment Corporation on the regulatory, environmental, real estate and contractual aspects relating to the operation and financing of Brazil’s first private oil transshipment terminal. José Virgílio Lopes Enei has ‘deep knowledge of project finance and fundraising’, and co-heads the team with José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior. Mauro Bardawil Penteado and Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira are also recommended.

Leading lawyers

José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

José Virgílio Lopes Enei - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has strong experience in infrastructure projects, public law and regulatory matters. It is set apart by its ability to advise on the full life cycle of projects, from bidding processes to administrative and judicial litigation, and has a notable track record before the Court of Accounts and Superior Court. Lucas Sant’Anna advised Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias on the transition process in assuming a highway previously under Vianorte administration, and Mauro Bardawil Penteado and Rafael Vanzella advised Vale on an early extension process concerning railway concession contracts with the National Agency of Land Transport (ANTT). José Virgílio Lopes Enei leads the department.

Next generation lawyers

Rafael Vanzella - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has experience advising on the development of logistics centres, shopping malls, hotels, and residential, commercial and mixed-use developments, and acts for clients such as Cyrela Brazil Realty, Brio Investimentos Imobiliários and PSP Investments. Highlights included advising Equinix on the purchase of a data centre comprising two properties, and acting on the sale of certain forestry assets in Maranhão and Tocantins states; practice head Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli led on both deals.

[back to top]

TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for a diverse client base including Sony Entertainment Television, HBO Latin America, Samsung and Verifone. Guilherme Anders advised Endemol Shine Brasil on the licensing of television shows, and assisted Amazon in relation to video-on-demand regulation. Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior focuses on sports and entertainment matters.

[back to top]

Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogadosprovides excellent services in the tax area’, and ‘adds immense value to clients’ operations’. Fielding one of the largest tax departments in the market, it can handle a large volume of complex work, spanning contentious and non-contentious tax matters. Among a long list of standout transactions, the firm acted for Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC on its acquisition of a 40% stake in Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional, with Celso Costa leading on the tax aspects. Other clients include Iberdrola, Telefónica, Siemens and Magazine Luiza. ‘Highly skilled’ partners Raquel Novais and Tiago Espellet Dockhornunderstand the client´s needs and concerns and are able to solve them technically’. Also recommended are Mario Graziani Prada, Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira, Fernando Tonanni and Fernando Colucci. Judicial and administrative litigation expert Daniel Monteiro Peixoto was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Celso Costa - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Aviation - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The infrastructure and natural resources group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is renowned for its financing work and its strength in the renewable energy sector. A recent highlight was assisting State Power Investment Corporation in the attainment and negotiation of a concession agreement for the operation of the 1.7GW São Simão hydroelectric power plant. The firm also assisted Siemens Energy with the due diligence of a joint venture project to develop, implement and operate a new thermal power plant. Ana Karina Esteves de Souza is recommended.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The oil and gas team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has ‘highly sophisticated industry expertise and experience’, and an ‘excellent grasp of what clients need’. A highlight was advising Petrobras in relation to negotiations, contracts and other matters concerning a strategic alliance with Statoil, including the sale of $2.9bn of assets. Daniel Szyfman has ‘deep knowledge in the sector’.

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Szyfman - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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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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