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Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

RUA DA CONSOLAÇÃO, 247, 10° ANDAR, 01301-903 SÃO PAULO SP, BRAZIL
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Work +55 11 3236 2600
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www.mmso.com.br

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘excellent and experienced’ team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is highly recommended for banking and finance regulation. Its main clients are banks, such as Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Itaú Unibanco, other financial institutions and insurers. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior led advice to ABN AMRO on the amendment and restatement of a facility granted to Allseas, while Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio led assistance to PDG Realty on a R$4bn debt restructuring and R$250m new financing. Also recommended are Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, Eduardo Avila de Castro, Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira and José Roberto Opice. Thais de Gobbi and Rafael Carretero made partner, increasing the number of partners in the team to nine.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados covers the gamut of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, from judicial recovery and out-of-court proceedings to non-performing loan portfolio acquisitions and distressed M&A. In an indication of the firm’s investment in the area, Renata Martins de Oliveira was promoted to the partnership in 2016. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is another leading figure in the multi-disciplinary team, and worked alongside José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Adriano Schnur Ferreira in representing a group of creditors in the restructuring of Odebrecht’s financial indebtedness.

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 has an ‘accessible and highly competent’ team, which ‘adds value to complex deals’. Recent highlights include advising Brasil Pharma on a R$400m public offering of common shares, with restricted placement efforts; and assisting Banco Bradesco BBI, as intermediary institution, in relation to Évora’s mandatory delisting public tender offer, valued at over R$143m. Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti, who ‘knows CVM regulations by heart’, heads an 11-partner team following the addition of Elie Sherique, from Jones Day, and Thiago Spercel, from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Also recommended are Eduardo Avila de Castro and the ‘exceptional’ Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira, who specialises in structured finance, and ‘combines technical skills with business acumen’.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Among the top law firms in Brazil’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘effective in conducting antitrust and regulatory cases’. Its impressive roster of clients includes leading multinationals across a variety of industries. Recommended partner Maria Eugênia Novis acted for Canon in the merger review procedure of its acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation. Practice head Tito Amaral de Andrade ‘applies himself vigorously to defend his clients’ interests’, and Marcos Paulo Verissimo is ‘talented, wise and sensible’. The team includes a dedicated pool of experienced associates.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados demonstrates ‘deep knowledge of the market and of the risks that a client should or should not worry about’, and is praised for its ‘very focused approach’. It stands out for its impressive track record in M&A, while the firm’s expertise in ancillary areas such as tax and real estate adds to its appeal. The department has an impressive portfolio of international and domestic private equity clients, and remained active in that area in 2016. Other sectors in which it has an established track record include retail, technology and pharmaceuticals. Practice head Adriana Pallis Romano and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior led a multi-disciplinary team advising a consortium of Asian investors on a US$16bn joint venture with Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN). Guilherme Bueno Malouf is ‘trustworthy’ and a ‘good negotiator’, and other key figures in the team include name partner José Roberto de Camargo Opice, Arthur Bardawil Penteado and Mauro Cesar Leschziner. The team added to its international experience in 2017 with the hire of two partners from US firms: Elie Sherique from Jones Day, and Thiago Spercel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Carlos José Rolim de Mello meanwhile left to establish his own practice, and Daniella Teixeira de Carvalho Tavares left for Lobo de Rizzo Advogados.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - 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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘smart lawyers’ are noted for their ‘diversified industry knowledge’ across corporate, banking, environmental, infrastructure and antitrust matters. Among its recent litigation cases, it is representing América Latina Logística in contractual disputes concerning railway concessions. On the arbitration side, it is representing LATAM Water Participações in proceedings brought by joint venture partner Odebrecht over the potential exclusion of LATAM from the joint venture after the failure to reach an agreement on a financial restructuring. The ‘experienced’ Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho are recommended along with newly promoted partners Renata Martins de Oliveira and Lucas de Moraes Sant’Anna.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘committed’ team provides ‘swift replies’ and covers areas such as biodiversity, solid waste, contamination, climate change and crisis management. The group continues to defend Samarco against a R$155m claim and approximately 80 public civil actions concerning the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster of 2015. Azul Linhas Aéreas, Fertilizantes Heringer and Gerdau also instructed the ten-strong team, which includes the ‘very client-focused’ Roberta Danelon Leonhardt and newly made-up partner Daniela Stump.

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

The ‘reliable’ and ‘responsive’ insurance group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados sits within the firm’s broader corporate finance department, and is particularly noted for its capabilities in insurance M&A. Specialisms for practice head Eduardo Avila de Castro include banking and insurance regulation. At associate level, Thais de Gobbi and Pedro Corbucci Caldeira Nasi are key contacts, regularly taking a role on the team’s major mandates.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Appreciated for its ‘depth of analysis’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘outstanding’ labour group gained General Electric and Accenture do Brasil as new clients, and, among its work highlights, defended airline Azul in a class action brought by the labour union concerning a mass dismissal. Immigration is another area of expertise. Practice head Rodrigo Seizo Takano has ‘good business knowledge’, and Caroline Marchi and Claudio Pieroni are ‘dedicated specialists’. A former practice head at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados, Andréa Giamondo Massei Rossi joined the firm, bringing with her an excellent reputation as ‘one of the best labour lawyers in São Paulo’. However, the firm also saw the departure of Sólon de Almeida Cunha, who continues his career at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.

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

With one of the largest projects and infrastructure teams in the market, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados regularly acts on air, rail, road, water transportation and energy projects. In 2016, the group advised Itapoá Terminais Portuários on an issuance of debentures for the long-term financing for the expansion of the Itapoá port. José Virgílio Lopes Enei has ‘deep knowledge of project finance and fundraising’ and co-leads 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 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados saw organic growth with the promotion of two of its lawyers to partner: Rafael Vanzella, who ‘has great negotiations skills to deal with difficult situations’, and Lucas Sant’Anna, who ‘provides creative solutions for complex issues’. A leader in projects and infrastructure, the team has experience in a range of public law matters and regularly acts in relation to public bids and the formation of PPPs. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and José Virgílio Lopes Enei co-head the ‘excellent’ practice.

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 ‘an interdisciplinary team of lawyers able to provide clients with robust and comprehensive solutions’. The real estate practice benefits from the firm’s strong corporate department, although the standalone group handles a range of real estate matters beyond the M&A space. Practice head Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli ‘possesses in-depth knowledge and vast experience’, and is ‘capable of dealing with complex and multi-disciplinary tasks’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Júnior heads the media and entertainment practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, and is experienced in sports law. He led advice to Clube Atlético Paranaense on the international transfer of athletes. Other clients include FremantleMedia, HBO, Sony Entertainment Television, and Verifone and Vivo on the telecoms side.

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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

Very well-respected firmMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogadosdemonstrates very solid and reliable technical knowledge and business acumen’. Clients also highlight its full-service capabilities, which enable the team to ‘provide an integrated and holistic point of view’. One of the largest tax teams in the market, it has the experience and resources to handle a range of tax consultancy, transactions and litigation. In a significant case for the Brazilian tax environment and the oil and gas industry in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a team including Mario Graziani Prada, Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira and Camila Galvão has been representing major oil companies in discussions with and a lawsuit against the state government concerning VAT (ICMS) on the extraction of oil; Raquel Novais, ‘one of the most respected tax experts in Brazil’, has also taken a lead role on the case. ‘Probably one of the best lawyers in the business’, Celso Costa is ‘very humble’ and ‘always available’. Tax partner and professor of law at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School Fernando Colucci also attracts praise.

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 and is also recommended for shipping, where it acts for clients such as Ultrapetrol, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC. Fabio Falkenburger led advice to CB Air, a provider of air taxi services, on the co-ownership and time-sharing of aircraft.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ infrastructure and natural resources group is renowned for its financing work, and has particular strength in the renewable energy sector. On the transactional support side, it advised Empresas Públicas de Medellín on a financing granted by BNDES for the acquisition of equipment for the construction of a major Colombian power generation plant. Another highlight, led by Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, was assisting Canadian Solar in the development of three solar power clusters. Cemig, Norte Energia and Samarco Mineração are also clients.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘excellent’ Daniel Szyfman leads Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ oil and gas group, which has taken on a significant role advising Petrobras on its divestment; its work has included assisting the client in forming a strategic alliance with Total for the sale of a $2.2bn asset package, and advising it on the sale of over 100 onshore E&P blocks to multiple buyers. Other clients include Chevron, Parnaíba Gás Natural, and Shell.

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)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogadoshas great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyer’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves ‘has deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Fernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategic’ Mauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combative’ Adriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘excellent and experienced’ team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is highly recommended for banking and finance regulation. Its main clients are banks, such as Banco Bradesco, Banco do Brasil and Itaú Unibanco, other financial institutions and insurers. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior led advice to ABN AMRO on the amendment and restatement of a facility granted to Allseas, while Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio led assistance to PDG Realty on a R$4bn debt restructuring and R$250m new financing. Also recommended are Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, Eduardo Avila de Castro, Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira and José Roberto Opice. Thais de Gobbi and Rafael Carretero made partner, increasing the number of partners in the team to nine.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados covers the gamut of bankruptcy and restructuring matters, from judicial recovery and out-of-court proceedings to non-performing loan portfolio acquisitions and distressed M&A. In an indication of the firm’s investment in the area, Renata Martins de Oliveira was promoted to the partnership in 2016. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is another leading figure in the multi-disciplinary team, and worked alongside José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and Adriano Schnur Ferreira in representing a group of creditors in the restructuring of Odebrecht’s financial indebtedness.

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 has an ‘accessible and highly competent’ team, which ‘adds value to complex deals’. Recent highlights include advising Brasil Pharma on a R$400m public offering of common shares, with restricted placement efforts; and assisting Banco Bradesco BBI, as intermediary institution, in relation to Évora’s mandatory delisting public tender offer, valued at over R$143m. Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti, who ‘knows CVM regulations by heart’, heads an 11-partner team following the addition of Elie Sherique, from Jones Day, and Thiago Spercel, from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Also recommended are Eduardo Avila de Castro and the ‘exceptional’ Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira, who specialises in structured finance, and ‘combines technical skills with business acumen’.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Among the top law firms in Brazil’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘effective in conducting antitrust and regulatory cases’. Its impressive roster of clients includes leading multinationals across a variety of industries. Recommended partner Maria Eugênia Novis acted for Canon in the merger review procedure of its acquisition of Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation. Practice head Tito Amaral de Andrade ‘applies himself vigorously to defend his clients’ interests’, and Marcos Paulo Verissimo is ‘talented, wise and sensible’. The team includes a dedicated pool of experienced associates.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados demonstrates ‘deep knowledge of the market and of the risks that a client should or should not worry about’, and is praised for its ‘very focused approach’. It stands out for its impressive track record in M&A, while the firm’s expertise in ancillary areas such as tax and real estate adds to its appeal. The department has an impressive portfolio of international and domestic private equity clients, and remained active in that area in 2016. Other sectors in which it has an established track record include retail, technology and pharmaceuticals. Practice head Adriana Pallis Romano and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior led a multi-disciplinary team advising a consortium of Asian investors on a US$16bn joint venture with Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN). Guilherme Bueno Malouf is ‘trustworthy’ and a ‘good negotiator’, and other key figures in the team include name partner José Roberto de Camargo Opice, Arthur Bardawil Penteado and Mauro Cesar Leschziner. The team added to its international experience in 2017 with the hire of two partners from US firms: Elie Sherique from Jones Day, and Thiago Spercel from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP. Carlos José Rolim de Mello meanwhile left to establish his own practice, and Daniella Teixeira de Carvalho Tavares left for Lobo de Rizzo Advogados.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - 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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘smart lawyers’ are noted for their ‘diversified industry knowledge’ across corporate, banking, environmental, infrastructure and antitrust matters. Among its recent litigation cases, it is representing América Latina Logística in contractual disputes concerning railway concessions. On the arbitration side, it is representing LATAM Water Participações in proceedings brought by joint venture partner Odebrecht over the potential exclusion of LATAM from the joint venture after the failure to reach an agreement on a financial restructuring. The ‘experienced’ Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho are recommended along with newly promoted partners Renata Martins de Oliveira and Lucas de Moraes Sant’Anna.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘committed’ team provides ‘swift replies’ and covers areas such as biodiversity, solid waste, contamination, climate change and crisis management. The group continues to defend Samarco against a R$155m claim and approximately 80 public civil actions concerning the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster of 2015. Azul Linhas Aéreas, Fertilizantes Heringer and Gerdau also instructed the ten-strong team, which includes the ‘very client-focused’ Roberta Danelon Leonhardt and newly made-up partner Daniela Stump.

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

The ‘reliable’ and ‘responsive’ insurance group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados sits within the firm’s broader corporate finance department, and is particularly noted for its capabilities in insurance M&A. Specialisms for practice head Eduardo Avila de Castro include banking and insurance regulation. At associate level, Thais de Gobbi and Pedro Corbucci Caldeira Nasi are key contacts, regularly taking a role on the team’s major mandates.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Appreciated for its ‘depth of analysis’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘outstanding’ labour group gained General Electric and Accenture do Brasil as new clients, and, among its work highlights, defended airline Azul in a class action brought by the labour union concerning a mass dismissal. Immigration is another area of expertise. Practice head Rodrigo Seizo Takano has ‘good business knowledge’, and Caroline Marchi and Claudio Pieroni are ‘dedicated specialists’. A former practice head at Lobo de Rizzo Advogados, Andréa Giamondo Massei Rossi joined the firm, bringing with her an excellent reputation as ‘one of the best labour lawyers in São Paulo’. However, the firm also saw the departure of Sólon de Almeida Cunha, who continues his career at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados.

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

With one of the largest projects and infrastructure teams in the market, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados regularly acts on air, rail, road, water transportation and energy projects. In 2016, the group advised Itapoá Terminais Portuários on an issuance of debentures for the long-term financing for the expansion of the Itapoá port. José Virgílio Lopes Enei has ‘deep knowledge of project finance and fundraising’ and co-leads 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 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados saw organic growth with the promotion of two of its lawyers to partner: Rafael Vanzella, who ‘has great negotiations skills to deal with difficult situations’, and Lucas Sant’Anna, who ‘provides creative solutions for complex issues’. A leader in projects and infrastructure, the team has experience in a range of public law matters and regularly acts in relation to public bids and the formation of PPPs. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and José Virgílio Lopes Enei co-head the ‘excellent’ practice.

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 ‘an interdisciplinary team of lawyers able to provide clients with robust and comprehensive solutions’. The real estate practice benefits from the firm’s strong corporate department, although the standalone group handles a range of real estate matters beyond the M&A space. Practice head Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli ‘possesses in-depth knowledge and vast experience’, and is ‘capable of dealing with complex and multi-disciplinary tasks’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Júnior heads the media and entertainment practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, and is experienced in sports law. He led advice to Clube Atlético Paranaense on the international transfer of athletes. Other clients include FremantleMedia, HBO, Sony Entertainment Television, and Verifone and Vivo on the telecoms side.

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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

Very well-respected firmMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogadosdemonstrates very solid and reliable technical knowledge and business acumen’. Clients also highlight its full-service capabilities, which enable the team to ‘provide an integrated and holistic point of view’. One of the largest tax teams in the market, it has the experience and resources to handle a range of tax consultancy, transactions and litigation. In a significant case for the Brazilian tax environment and the oil and gas industry in the state of Rio de Janeiro, a team including Mario Graziani Prada, Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira and Camila Galvão has been representing major oil companies in discussions with and a lawsuit against the state government concerning VAT (ICMS) on the extraction of oil; Raquel Novais, ‘one of the most respected tax experts in Brazil’, has also taken a lead role on the case. ‘Probably one of the best lawyers in the business’, Celso Costa is ‘very humble’ and ‘always available’. Tax partner and professor of law at Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School Fernando Colucci also attracts praise.

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 and is also recommended for shipping, where it acts for clients such as Ultrapetrol, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC. Fabio Falkenburger led advice to CB Air, a provider of air taxi services, on the co-ownership and time-sharing of aircraft.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ infrastructure and natural resources group is renowned for its financing work, and has particular strength in the renewable energy sector. On the transactional support side, it advised Empresas Públicas de Medellín on a financing granted by BNDES for the acquisition of equipment for the construction of a major Colombian power generation plant. Another highlight, led by Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, was assisting Canadian Solar in the development of three solar power clusters. Cemig, Norte Energia and Samarco Mineração are also clients.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘excellent’ Daniel Szyfman leads Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ oil and gas group, which has taken on a significant role advising Petrobras on its divestment; its work has included assisting the client in forming a strategic alliance with Total for the sale of a $2.2bn asset package, and advising it on the sale of over 100 onshore E&P blocks to multiple buyers. Other clients include Chevron, Parnaíba Gás Natural, and Shell.

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)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogadoshas great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyer’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves ‘has deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Fernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategic’ Mauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combative’ Adriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

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