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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 seven-partner team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for financial institutions such as BTG Pactual, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and HSBC, as well as for corporations. ‘One of the go-to lawyers for banking regulation’, Nei Schilling Zelmanovits assisted Ford in negotiations to amend its global credit agreement and Brazilian Master Facility Agreement, increasing the credit line by $1.2bn and including new sub-facilities. The team also advised Confidence Câmbio on its purchase of the assets and business agreements of Brazilian foreign exchange company Renova Câmbio, led by Eduardo Avila de Castro, who is experienced in insurance matters. Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira, a specialist in project and structured finance transactions, is regularly instructed by Invepar. Other standout names include founding partner José Roberto Opice, Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Nei Schilling Zelmanovits - 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 qualified and competent’ team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a popular choice for financial institutions, and also services a broader client base of distressed companies, potential investors and other parties including fiduciary agents and trustees. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio acted for the creditors in the debt restructuring of a company in the sugar and alcohol sector. The ‘smart’ and ‘dedicated’ Renata Martins de Oliveira is recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘very attentive’ and ‘technically prepared’ lawyers at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados recently acted for Telefónica on its public offering of R$16bn worth of common and preferred shares, and advised Banco Santander and Banco BTG Pactual on Estácio Participações’ third issuance of debentures, worth R$187m. In other work, it assisted Iberdrola with the sale of its minority participation of 8.5% in Coelba to Neoenergia. The ‘patient and technically excellent’ Eliana Helena De Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti heads a team of ‘outstanding lawyers’ which includes Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira and Eduardo Avila de Castro. Gustavo Rugani Do Couto e Silva made partner in March 2015.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The three-partner competition team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is experienced in high-value merger reviews; recent highlights in this space include practice head Tito Amaral de Andrade’s representation of Audi, BMW and Daimler before CADE in relation to the acquisition of HERE and NAVTEQ International from Nokia. On the investigations side, Maria Eugênia Novis acted for a pharmaceutical company in an investigation into an alleged cartel in the public procurement of certain medicines. The team also represents clients in the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements, and advises on compliance programmes. Former CADE commissioner Marcos Paulo Verissimo has strong expertise in regulated markets.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

One of the top firms in Brazil’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has built up a solid reputation in high-end M&A transactions, with clients also appreciating the firm’s broader corporate finance and capital markets expertise. The ‘well-respected’ team has experience acting for clients in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, chemicals and retail. Private equity is another area of strength, with the team offering experience on both the buy and sell sides. Among its recent high-value transactions, the firm acted for AVINTIV on its sale to Berry Plastics by The Blackstone Group, which resulted in the indirect transfer of control of publicly traded company Companhia Providência Indústria e Comércio; Carlos José Rolim de Mello led the advice. Guilherme Bueno Malouf has a broad corporate and private equity practice, and recently acted for Burger King do Brasil in the drafting and negotiation of an investment agreement for an investment and subscription by TEMASEK. Practice head Adriana Pallis Romano led an integrated team of corporate, tax and competition experts advising longstanding client Telefónica and three other telecoms companies on the incorporation of a joint venture which will expand 4G technology across the country. Name partner José Roberto de Camargo Opice has broad expertise that takes in corporate, banking and project finance; and ‘experienced lawyerArthur Bardawil Penteado is also recommended. Giovanni Cardoso Leite Biscardi left the firm to take up practice in the US, and José Samurai Saiani moved to Saiani & Saglietti Advogados. Since publication, Rolim de Mello has announced his departure to establish Rolim de Mello Sociedade de Advogados.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is well versed in representing investors, controlling shareholders and administrators in corporate and banking disputes, and also covers environmental, regulatory and antitrust cases. In a recent environmental case, Eliane Cristina Carvalho defended Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos against a civil class action filed by São Paulo’s public prosecutor’s office to avoid the building of the Mococa Residencial. The firm also acted for Seripatri, the owner of a helicopter which crashed in April 2015, in proceedings filed by the owner of one of the houses affected as well as in negotiations with the families of the deceased. Carvalho leads the team together with Gláucia Mara Coelho.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt leads the ‘accurate’ eight-lawyer environment team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, which acts in areas such as solid waste, contaminated land and climate change. It advises BR Properties on all environmental issues arising from its real estate portfolio, including solid waste management matters and environmental licensing processes; and is representing Samarco in class actions and individual claims seeking indemnification and injunctive relief in the aftermath of a dam breach in November 2015.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ group comprises banking, finance and insurance experts, and enjoys longstanding relationships with names such as Caixa Seguradora, MetLife, Bupa and AXA Seguros. It advised the latter on the acquisition of Sul América Companhia de Seguros Gerais, which was the first purchase by the AXA Group in Brazil since its return to the insurance market. Eduardo Avila de Castro is a key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Practice head Elton Minasse and senior associate Carla Castello are the names to note at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. The group successfully defended E! and HBO in a lawsuit brought by a screenplay writer alleging infringement of copyright. Other clients include Nissan, Sony and Warner Brothers. Since publication, Carla Castello has left the firm.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ labour group recently assisted Virbac in negotiations concerning the termination of employment of its CEO and the hire of a replacement; and acted for Votorantim Energia in collective negotiations with several labour unions aiming at reducing payroll costs. Other areas covered by the group include immigration, class actions and mass dismissals. Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Sólon de Almeida Cunha are the two partners in the team. Senior associate and ‘excellent negotiator’ Carolina Tavares Rodrigues gives ‘robust and practical advice’. Since publication, de Almeida Cunha and Tavares Rodrigues have left the firm.

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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 a sizeable team of ‘outstanding lawyers’ dedicated to projects and infrastructure matters, with recent work including advising Rio Energy on a R$652m long-term financing granted by BNDES. While its focus is on project finance work, the team also regularly assists clients in relation to bidding procedures, contract negotiations and joint ventures. José Virgílio Lopes Enei and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior lead the ten-partner team, which saw the departure of Silvia Rajsfeld Fiszman to Campos Mello Advogados in March 2015.

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 combines public law, infrastructure and project finance expertise, and has picked up a number of new clients including Samarco Mineração and Pátria Investimentos. In a recent highlight, José Virgílio Lopes Enei and Lucas Sant’Anna advised the International Finance Corporation on the structuring of a PPP transaction for the operation and maintenance of the BA-052 road system in the state of Bahia. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior is another key contact.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘very knowledgeable on real estate law, and is large enough to provide precise support on related matters such as environmental and civil law’. The real estate team is regularly instructed in relation to high-value acquisitions and disposals, working alongside colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams of corporate, tax and capital markets specialists. Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli is highly rated, and noted for her ‘motivation, ethics, perseverance and efficiency’.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados recently assisted Lenovo in negotiating an agreement with Digiboard Eletrônica Da Amazônia for the supply of four million motherboards. Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior is experienced in sports work, and advised HBS Host Broadcast Services on the broadcasting of the FIFA World Cup and the subsequent dissolution and cessation of activities.

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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 Advogados fields an 11-partner team led by well-known tax-litigator and practice head, Daniella Zagari, and also including newly promoted partner Fernando Colucci. Providing ‘a high-quality service’ which ‘inspires trust in its clients’, it has a diverse practice and is ‘strongly recommended for any kind of tax litigation issue in Brazil’. Indirect tax is another area of strength, with Camila Galvão Anderi Silva and Fernanda Sá Freire Figlioulo the main contacts. The team regularly advises on the tax elements of high-value corporate transactions, and recently advised Telefónica on its high-profile acquisition of GVT Participações from Vivendi, with Fernando Tonanni and Raquel Novais leading the advice. Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira and Mario Graziani Prada are also recommended.

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 is particularly recommended for aviation financing matters, with Fabio Falkenburger the name to note. The firm also has a highly-rated maritime and offshore practice, acting for Ultrapetrol, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC, among others.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

With a strong infrastructure and natural resources team, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a heavyweight practice in the renewable energy sector. In 2015 it assisted several wind and solar developers with public bids; and advised Vale on entering into a joint venture with CEMIG for the operation of hydropower plants. As well as acting on energy auctions and transactions, the group covers dispute resolution and regulatory work for a strong client roster including Casa dos Ventos, Canadian Solar and ContourGlobal. 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

Noted for its ‘excellent response times’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados advises on the full life-cycle of oil-and-gas matters. José Virgílio Lopes Enei and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior co-head the team. Daniel Szyfman, who delivers ‘client-tailored advice’ and has ‘deep industry knowledge’, recently assisted Parnaíba Gás Natural in negotiating joint bidding agreements, culminating in the award of a R$109m exploration, development and production contract.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

With an excellent infrastructure practice, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados regularly acts on mining matters, and has an excellent reputation for financing work. Clients include Samarco, Vale and Votorantim Metais. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior is particularly recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitionerEduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The seven-partner team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for financial institutions such as BTG Pactual, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and HSBC, as well as for corporations. ‘One of the go-to lawyers for banking regulation’, Nei Schilling Zelmanovits assisted Ford in negotiations to amend its global credit agreement and Brazilian Master Facility Agreement, increasing the credit line by $1.2bn and including new sub-facilities. The team also advised Confidence Câmbio on its purchase of the assets and business agreements of Brazilian foreign exchange company Renova Câmbio, led by Eduardo Avila de Castro, who is experienced in insurance matters. Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira, a specialist in project and structured finance transactions, is regularly instructed by Invepar. Other standout names include founding partner José Roberto Opice, Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Nei Schilling Zelmanovits - 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 qualified and competent’ team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a popular choice for financial institutions, and also services a broader client base of distressed companies, potential investors and other parties including fiduciary agents and trustees. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio acted for the creditors in the debt restructuring of a company in the sugar and alcohol sector. The ‘smart’ and ‘dedicated’ Renata Martins de Oliveira is recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘very attentive’ and ‘technically prepared’ lawyers at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados recently acted for Telefónica on its public offering of R$16bn worth of common and preferred shares, and advised Banco Santander and Banco BTG Pactual on Estácio Participações’ third issuance of debentures, worth R$187m. In other work, it assisted Iberdrola with the sale of its minority participation of 8.5% in Coelba to Neoenergia. The ‘patient and technically excellent’ Eliana Helena De Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti heads a team of ‘outstanding lawyers’ which includes Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira and Eduardo Avila de Castro. Gustavo Rugani Do Couto e Silva made partner in March 2015.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The three-partner competition team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is experienced in high-value merger reviews; recent highlights in this space include practice head Tito Amaral de Andrade’s representation of Audi, BMW and Daimler before CADE in relation to the acquisition of HERE and NAVTEQ International from Nokia. On the investigations side, Maria Eugênia Novis acted for a pharmaceutical company in an investigation into an alleged cartel in the public procurement of certain medicines. The team also represents clients in the negotiation of leniency and settlement agreements, and advises on compliance programmes. Former CADE commissioner Marcos Paulo Verissimo has strong expertise in regulated markets.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

One of the top firms in Brazil’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has built up a solid reputation in high-end M&A transactions, with clients also appreciating the firm’s broader corporate finance and capital markets expertise. The ‘well-respected’ team has experience acting for clients in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, agriculture, chemicals and retail. Private equity is another area of strength, with the team offering experience on both the buy and sell sides. Among its recent high-value transactions, the firm acted for AVINTIV on its sale to Berry Plastics by The Blackstone Group, which resulted in the indirect transfer of control of publicly traded company Companhia Providência Indústria e Comércio; Carlos José Rolim de Mello led the advice. Guilherme Bueno Malouf has a broad corporate and private equity practice, and recently acted for Burger King do Brasil in the drafting and negotiation of an investment agreement for an investment and subscription by TEMASEK. Practice head Adriana Pallis Romano led an integrated team of corporate, tax and competition experts advising longstanding client Telefónica and three other telecoms companies on the incorporation of a joint venture which will expand 4G technology across the country. Name partner José Roberto de Camargo Opice has broad expertise that takes in corporate, banking and project finance; and ‘experienced lawyerArthur Bardawil Penteado is also recommended. Giovanni Cardoso Leite Biscardi left the firm to take up practice in the US, and José Samurai Saiani moved to Saiani & Saglietti Advogados. Since publication, Rolim de Mello has announced his departure to establish Rolim de Mello Sociedade de Advogados.

Leading lawyers

José Roberto Opice - Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is well versed in representing investors, controlling shareholders and administrators in corporate and banking disputes, and also covers environmental, regulatory and antitrust cases. In a recent environmental case, Eliane Cristina Carvalho defended Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos against a civil class action filed by São Paulo’s public prosecutor’s office to avoid the building of the Mococa Residencial. The firm also acted for Seripatri, the owner of a helicopter which crashed in April 2015, in proceedings filed by the owner of one of the houses affected as well as in negotiations with the families of the deceased. Carvalho leads the team together with Gláucia Mara Coelho.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt leads the ‘accurate’ eight-lawyer environment team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, which acts in areas such as solid waste, contaminated land and climate change. It advises BR Properties on all environmental issues arising from its real estate portfolio, including solid waste management matters and environmental licensing processes; and is representing Samarco in class actions and individual claims seeking indemnification and injunctive relief in the aftermath of a dam breach in November 2015.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ group comprises banking, finance and insurance experts, and enjoys longstanding relationships with names such as Caixa Seguradora, MetLife, Bupa and AXA Seguros. It advised the latter on the acquisition of Sul América Companhia de Seguros Gerais, which was the first purchase by the AXA Group in Brazil since its return to the insurance market. Eduardo Avila de Castro is a key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Practice head Elton Minasse and senior associate Carla Castello are the names to note at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. The group successfully defended E! and HBO in a lawsuit brought by a screenplay writer alleging infringement of copyright. Other clients include Nissan, Sony and Warner Brothers. Since publication, Carla Castello has left the firm.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ labour group recently assisted Virbac in negotiations concerning the termination of employment of its CEO and the hire of a replacement; and acted for Votorantim Energia in collective negotiations with several labour unions aiming at reducing payroll costs. Other areas covered by the group include immigration, class actions and mass dismissals. Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Sólon de Almeida Cunha are the two partners in the team. Senior associate and ‘excellent negotiator’ Carolina Tavares Rodrigues gives ‘robust and practical advice’. Since publication, de Almeida Cunha and Tavares Rodrigues have left the firm.

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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 a sizeable team of ‘outstanding lawyers’ dedicated to projects and infrastructure matters, with recent work including advising Rio Energy on a R$652m long-term financing granted by BNDES. While its focus is on project finance work, the team also regularly assists clients in relation to bidding procedures, contract negotiations and joint ventures. José Virgílio Lopes Enei and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior lead the ten-partner team, which saw the departure of Silvia Rajsfeld Fiszman to Campos Mello Advogados in March 2015.

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 combines public law, infrastructure and project finance expertise, and has picked up a number of new clients including Samarco Mineração and Pátria Investimentos. In a recent highlight, José Virgílio Lopes Enei and Lucas Sant’Anna advised the International Finance Corporation on the structuring of a PPP transaction for the operation and maintenance of the BA-052 road system in the state of Bahia. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior is another key contact.

[back to top]

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘very knowledgeable on real estate law, and is large enough to provide precise support on related matters such as environmental and civil law’. The real estate team is regularly instructed in relation to high-value acquisitions and disposals, working alongside colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams of corporate, tax and capital markets specialists. Maria Flavia Seabra Gemperli is highly rated, and noted for her ‘motivation, ethics, perseverance and efficiency’.

[back to top]

TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados recently assisted Lenovo in negotiating an agreement with Digiboard Eletrônica Da Amazônia for the supply of four million motherboards. Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior is experienced in sports work, and advised HBS Host Broadcast Services on the broadcasting of the FIFA World Cup and the subsequent dissolution and cessation of activities.

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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 Advogados fields an 11-partner team led by well-known tax-litigator and practice head, Daniella Zagari, and also including newly promoted partner Fernando Colucci. Providing ‘a high-quality service’ which ‘inspires trust in its clients’, it has a diverse practice and is ‘strongly recommended for any kind of tax litigation issue in Brazil’. Indirect tax is another area of strength, with Camila Galvão Anderi Silva and Fernanda Sá Freire Figlioulo the main contacts. The team regularly advises on the tax elements of high-value corporate transactions, and recently advised Telefónica on its high-profile acquisition of GVT Participações from Vivendi, with Fernando Tonanni and Raquel Novais leading the advice. Marcelo Paulo Fortes De Cerqueira and Mario Graziani Prada are also recommended.

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 is particularly recommended for aviation financing matters, with Fabio Falkenburger the name to note. The firm also has a highly-rated maritime and offshore practice, acting for Ultrapetrol, Norwegian Cruise Line and MSC, among others.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

With a strong infrastructure and natural resources team, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a heavyweight practice in the renewable energy sector. In 2015 it assisted several wind and solar developers with public bids; and advised Vale on entering into a joint venture with CEMIG for the operation of hydropower plants. As well as acting on energy auctions and transactions, the group covers dispute resolution and regulatory work for a strong client roster including Casa dos Ventos, Canadian Solar and ContourGlobal. 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

Noted for its ‘excellent response times’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados advises on the full life-cycle of oil-and-gas matters. José Virgílio Lopes Enei and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior co-head the team. Daniel Szyfman, who delivers ‘client-tailored advice’ and has ‘deep industry knowledge’, recently assisted Parnaíba Gás Natural in negotiating joint bidding agreements, culminating in the award of a R$109m exploration, development and production contract.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

With an excellent infrastructure practice, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados regularly acts on mining matters, and has an excellent reputation for financing work. Clients include Samarco, Vale and Votorantim Metais. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior is particularly recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitionerEduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.

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