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Since our foundation, our firm has been praising technical excellence and trust, working side by side with our clients seeking strategic solutions for their business, always in an integrated fashion in the most diverse sectors of the Brazilian economy.

Headquartered in the city of S?o Paulo and for more than twenty (20) years present in New York, the firm is committed to providing high quality corporate law services, with a multidisciplinary approach within the four main areas of law: Corporate, Labor, Tax and Litigation. With a strong business mind and a solid relationship with clients and business partners, in Brazil and abroad, the firm has advised and continues to advise multinational companies from the most diverse economic segments that have established and continue to establish themselves in Brazil.

Our relationship with relevant foreign firms provides a great network of contacts that allows us to assist our clients in other countries, as well as to offer an exchange experience for our professionals abroad.

Founded in 1948 in the city of S?o Paulo, under the leadership of Duarte Vaz Pacheco do Canto e Castro, the firm has since then started to build itself in the market as a reference for Brazilian law. At the time, Brazil had a still incipient industry and the economy was taking its first steps toward internationalization with the arrival of the first multinationals in the country.

With a fast-paced industry development in the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in the pharmaceutical, automotive, infrastructure, machinery and equipment sectors, Brazil reached significant levels of economic growth and a bold group of lawyers consolidated in the market, providing legal support for our customers' business growth.

In the 1990s, renamed Peixoto & Cury Advogados, the firm repositioned itself in the market, with the development of new practice areas, creating unique business opportunities and supporting several of our clients' business growth that have become major corporations over the years with the assistance of the legal services rendered by our firm.

With the fast change of the Brazilian economy, legal support for several business models, widely used today, was the result of our lawyers' creativity. The firm stood side by side with its clients overcoming crises, adapting to change and, in particular, guiding them towards a solid and sustainable market growth.

Areas of practice

Our firm has historically been well regarded in Corporate/M&A, where our practice has seen steady growth in the past few years from middle market transactions. Our Corporate/M&A area is well known for its technical expertise in corporate restructuring, inbound/outbound transactions and M&A projects, with a solid presence and availability of its partners. Pedro Cury has a deep knowledge of the Brazilian corporate law, with a lot of experience in international transactions, overseeing the firm's practice area, with a closer contact with large clients from the advertising industry where Renato Valen?a also plays a vital role. Jos? Ricardo is the head for the Corporate/M&A practice and is responsible for the main clients of the firm. Rafael Villac is also a key contact and is responsible to directly manage the firm's most complex cases, defining strategic structures to enable a variety of local and international projects. Both Jos? Ricardo and Rafael are currently listed in the editorial of the Corporate/M&A Session.

Ana Luisa Borges and Rodrigo Castro head our arbitration and litigation practice has seen a spike of high caliber litigation in the past years deriving from alternative methods of conflict resolution, and lateral hires have strengthen our practices to serve clients in a wide array of dispute resolution, spanning from cases involving shareholders' litigation, insolvency and commercial disputes.

The labor and employment practice continues to be a driving force of our firm, where we represent large multinational corporations not only in labor litigation but as well as in labor and employment advice, complex labor arrangements, union negotiations, and matters involving other governmental agencies such as the Labor Prosecutors' Office and Ministry of Labor and Employment. Luiz Vicente de Carvalho and Antonio Carlos Aguiar are the head of the department and are responsible to manage highly complex cases. Partners Andre Villac Polinesio, Marcel Alves and Carlos Eduardo Dantas are also part of the team and often cited by clients in connection with their expertise.

Our tax team has recently been reinforced by the hiring of Renato Faria as the head for the tax practice, along with Milton Fontes. Faria brought a great deal of experience on matters of income tax, capital markets and real estate transactions and is responsible for attracting and managing a high volume of tax planning. In addition to general tax advice for industries spanning from construction, real estate, advertisement, heavy machinery, and food services, our tax team is responsible for the defense of multimillion cases in the administrative and judicial levels. Renato Faria is currently mentioned in the editorial of the Tax Session.

More recently, our firm, mainly through partner Jos? Ricardo Martins, has also gained new assignments for complex compliance work deriving from the Car Wash Operation where we have assisted in the negotiation and settlement of the first leniency agreement involving different entities within the federal administration. We have also been assisting clients with compliance programs and training, monitoring and participating in external overseeing committees.

Above material supplied by Peixoto e Cury Advogados.

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