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KLA Advogados

CLN 315, BLOCO E, SALA 102, CEP 70774-550, BRASILIA-DF, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 11 3799 8100
Web:
www.klalaw.com.br
Brasilia, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

KLA Advogados

The 'very experienced and hard-working team' at KLA Advogados provides a 'highly personalised service', according to sources. The group, which is also lauded as 'incredibly responsive', acts for a relatively even split of lenders and borrowers, with restructuring transactions standing out as a sweet spot. Among its highlights, the firm assisted Imovelweb on the restructuring of all inter-company loans contracted by the company and other companies of the group. On the regulatory side, it advised Banco Brasil Plural on the regulatory aspects of foreign-exchange transactions. The firm has also recently undertaken work for Boart Longyear, Cred-System and Standard Bank. Ricardo Higashitani, who has 'extensive and impressive legal knowledge', and Fernanda Levy co-head the department.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados‚Äô houses a ‚Äėsolid team with good expertise‚Äô, which leverages the wider firm‚Äôs impressive real estate practice to shine in property-related matters, including CRI offerings and fund issues. In a recent example of its sweet spot,¬†Ricardo Stuber¬†advised Hotelaria Accor, as guarantor, on¬†√Āpice Securitizadora‚Äôs R$20m CRI issuance.¬†Ricardo Higashitani¬†and¬†Fernanda Levy¬†are also key contacts.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

KLA Advogados

Noted for its 'solid and strong technical legal knowledge', KLA Advogados¬†demonstrates 'excellent communication skills' and has a 'broad vision of the Brazilian legal framework'. The antitrust team advises domestic and international companies from various sectors on administrative proceedings before CADE, multi-jurisdictional merger filings and competition compliance and best practices.¬†'Experts in antitrust law', Tiago Cortez¬†and associate Maria Wagner¬†are 'very committed'. Associate and economist Marcelo Laplane¬†is also recommended. Gianni Nunes de Ara√ļjo¬†is the practice head.

Rising stars

Marcelo Laplane - KLA Advogados

Maria Wagner - KLA Advogados

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

The 'excellent and cohesive' compliance team at KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados can count on 'very skilled and experienced professionals' and is noted for its 'prompt responses'. It was one of the first compliance departments to be established in Brazil, thanks to the leadership of Isabel Franco, who moved to Azevedo Sette Advogados in 2019. With Eloy Rizzo now leading the department, it continues to provide a broad service in compliance, investigations and white collar matters. In other internal developments, the team hired risk assessment experts Catarina Rattes and Natália Amici from EY. In major work, the team assisted a company with multi-jurisdictional operations with a monitorship and the enhancement of its compliance program. The team also has notable experience in complex investigations and compliance training. White collar partner Filipe Magliarelli is an expert in criminal procedure and economic crime.

Next Generation Partners

Eloy Rizzo - KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 3

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados¬†'understands the client's needs very well' and is also noted for its 'great ability to negotiate with the other party'. The team has experience across myriad industries, but stands out in particular in the advertising and tech sectors. Highlights among the department's recent workload was its advice to IPG Photonics on an investment in IT company IDEA; Tania Liberman¬†led the team, which included key senior associate Patr√≠cia Braga. Other clients include Boston Scientific, Omnicom and General Mills.¬†The 'committed and dedicated' Karin Alvo¬†is 'a partner you can count on'. Mariana Cortez¬†often takes lead roles on the department's major transactions; Melissa Kan√ī¬†has an impressive track record in the advertising and renewable energy sectors; and Luiz Filipe Aranha¬†is active in domestic and cross-border¬†corporate transactions.

Rising stars

Patrícia Braga - KLA Advogados

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Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)
Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) - ranked: tier 3

KLA Advogados

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 5

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados' disputes department is 'highly technical, professional and knowledgeable'. It has 'extensive experience in complex cases', spanning commercial, competition, public law and real estate disputes. Maria Cristina Junqueira acts for international clients in litigation and alternative dispute resolution. White collar partner Filipe Magliarelli 'works well in a team and has the appropriate profile to lead people in large cases', and dispute resolution and antitrust expert Tiago Cortez 'understands the practical terms of a dispute and its consequences'. Associates Aline Adestro, Danilo Orenga and André Canuto Muriel Mendes de Almeida are also noted.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

KLA Advogados

At KLA Advogados, Paulo Prado is busy advising on forestry management issues. The topic was crucial when advising Suzano Papel e Celulose on the acquisition of real estate assets with 29,000 hectares of land. Vanessa Tafla left for an in-house position at GS Inima.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados  has a team of 'strategic thinkers'. While mostly handling transactions, the group has been expanding its litigation work; cases included defending Wieden+Kennedy against a case brought by the copyright owner of a musical composition allegedly used in an advertisement created by the agency. Recent client wins include Editora Melhoramentos, Banco Renner and GOL. Tania Liberman is 'always available' and provides a 'quick service'. Associate Vanessa Pirró also stands out.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

KLA Advogados

The 'result-driven' team at KLA Advogados has 'strong technical knowledge' and handles a broad range of labour issues. Alexandre Pessoa has 'outstanding communication skills and is business oriented'. Ana Cristina Valentim left for Felsberg Advogados.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 5

KLA Advogados

The 'business-oriented' and 'experienced' lawyers at KLA Advogados are 'always looking for alternatives to problems or obstacles'.  Administrative and regulatory law expert Paulo Prado heads the department. Vanessa Tafla left to take up an in-house position.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

KLA Advogados

The 'strong' real estate lawyers at KLA Advogados are 'able to communicate easily with lawyers and non-lawyers in a very professional way'. 2018 saw the well-established team acting for new and longstanding clients. For recent client SOMOS Educação, a team advised on the regularisation of 30 education units in various states. Elsewhere, Ricardo Stuber advised Habitasec Securitizadora on CRI-related matters. Pedro Cortez, Marc Stalder and Rodrigo Pontes are 'well-recognised and tested lawyers in the Brazilian market'. Associates Tomaz Matheus and Carla Fernandes are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Pedro Cortez - KLA Advogados

Rising stars

Tomaz Matheus - KLA Advogados

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TMT
TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy - ranked: tier 3

KLA Advogados

TMT: Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 4

KLA Advogados

KLA Advogados advises on license auctions, contracts and regulatory matters relating to telecoms work. Examples were assisting Smartmatic with applying for a telecoms authorisation; and acting for satellite communication and internet services provider EchoStar concerning the request for waiver of the satellite exploitation right in Brazil. Guilherme Ieno handles telecoms matters and Tania Liberman acts on data protection.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

KLA Advogados

Tax is a core area at KLA Advogados. The internationally focused team acts for both multinationals and Brazilian companies, and is especially active in the telecoms, life sciences, automotive and transport sectors, although it has experience across a broader range of industries. A cross-department team that included tax partner Henrique Lopes¬†advised¬†Seabras and Seaborn on¬†a high-speed submarine fibre cable system connecting New Jersey in the US and Praia Grande in Brazil. Victor Polizelli¬†and √Ālvaro Lucasechi¬†co-head the practice with Lopes.¬†Tatiana Vikanis left to establish her own firm.

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