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KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

AV. BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA 1355, 18º ANDAR, CEP 01452-002 SÃO PAULO, SP, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 11 3799 0000
Fax:
Fax +55 11 3799 8200
Web:
www.klalaw.com.br
Brasilia, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados is particularly strong in the real estate sector, regularly advising borrowers on development and construction financing. A highlight was advising Iguatemi Empresas de Shopping Centers on inter-company loan transactions. Fernanda Levy is ‘detail-oriented’, and Ricardo Higashitani is ‘helpful’.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

In 2017, KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados handled numerous issuances of real estate receivables certificates. Another recent highlight was advising Rádio e Televisão Bandeirantes on an issuance of debentures worth R$250m. Ricardo Higashitani, Fernanda Levy and Ricardo Stuber are the names to note.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 4

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados maintains a varied competition practice and is experienced in behavioural matters, mergers and compliance. In the former area, it recently acted for a multinational company and one of its executives in the investigation into an alleged cartel involving automotive spare parts; Tiago Cortez led the advice. The team also provides antitrust consultancy to its clients, advising on best practice, corporate policies and relationships with distributors. Department head Gianni Nunes de Araújo draws on over 20 years of experience.

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 3

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados was among the first firms to establish a compliance and anti-corruption practice; Isabel Francois extremely well versed in the FCPA, and has helped to tailor FCPA compliance programs for companies operating in Brazil’. She and Eloy Rizzo are noted for their ‘spectacular English skills, deep familiarity with US culture and rigorous standards’. In M&A, the team remains busy and is a popular choice for clients in the TMT, pulp and paper, and life sciences sectors. Melissa Kanô acted for Bamboo Capital Partners on its acquisition of Compara Online, a Chilean company with two Brazilian subsidiaries. Karin Alvo’s expertise includes venture capital matters, and Tania Liberman is also recommended. Miriam Machado left to join Felsberg Advogados in 2018.

Next generation lawyers

Eloy Rizzo - KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 5

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 3

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados is ‘very responsive on a consistent basis’, and Tiago Cortez is ‘business oriented, clear and straightforward’. Drawing on his expertise in antitrust matters, Cortez was part of a team acting in an appeal on behalf of Votorantim against a decision in a cartel case filed by antitrust agency CADE, which imposed a fine of R$3.1bn against various cement companies. Maria Cristina Junqueira led the defence of electric energy trading chamber CCEE in a civil claim filed by Centro Norte Energia Sociedade Anônima seeking the refund of the amount paid as a performance guarantee in a public bid for the generation and sale of renewable energy.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

In 2017, KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados assisted builder and developer CADAM in improving its environmental and health and safety policies at a mining and industrial plant. Vanessa Taflarenders excellent services’, and is recommended together with Paulo Prado. Marianne Albers is now with Felsberg Advogados.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

Tania Liberman heads the IP team at KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados, which provides a ‘very fast and accurate’ service. She and Maria Cristina Junqueira are defending a Brazilian company in litigation concerning an industrial design. Associate Fernando Bousso joined Felsberg Advogados in 2018.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

With ‘an excellent response time’ and ‘strong business acumen’, KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados has a focus on contentious work and primarily handles complex labour claims. Alexandre Pessoa and Ana Cristina Valentim co-head the department.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

Administrative and environmental law experts Paulo Prado and Vanessa Tafla co-head the practice at KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados, which saw the departure of Marianne Albers to Felsberg Advogados. Isabel Franco has a strong compliance and anti-corruption practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

The ‘high-quality’ team at KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados has ‘a great level of specialised knowledge in real estate’. Its recent transactional highlights include advising Tegra Incorporadora, previously Brookfield Incorporações, on the acquisition of real estate in Goiás state, and it is also advising Iguatemi Empresa de Shopping Centers on several matters relating to the development and administration of mixed-use real estate enterprises. Marc Stalder, Rodrigo Pontes and Pedro Cortez all attract praise. Real estate associate Tomaz Matheus is also a member of the firm’s German desk.

Leading lawyers

Pedro Cortez - KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Tomaz Matheus - KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados advised Seabras-1 in relation to the provision of telecoms services and submarine cable network infrastructure. Guilherme Ieno is recommended for telecoms matters, Tania Liberman for media-related issues, and Karin Alvo for technology advice.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados

KLA-Koury Lopes Advogados has an active practice, advising large multinationals as well as Brazilian companies and covering tax matters at the federal, state and municipal levels, special customs regimes and social security contributions. A multidisciplinary team including Henrique Lopes advised Newell Brands on the sale of its tools business to Stanley Black & Decker. Tatiana Vikanis heads the tax litigation team; Álvaro Lucasechi specialises in indirect tax; and Victor Polizelli is an expert in income tax and tax planning.

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