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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

PRAIA DO FLAMENG, 200, 11¬ļ ANDAR, RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ , CEP 22210-901, BRAZIL
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Brasilia, London, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados¬†houses a 'very attentive and specialised' banking practice, which is well weighted between regulatory and transactional matters. On the regulatory front,¬†Renato Schermman Ximenes de Melo¬†represented several private and public companies in¬†negotiating agreements with the Brazilian Securities Commission to suspend administrative procedures involving market manipulation accusations. In another regulatory highlight, Bruno Mastriani Sim√Ķes Tuca¬†advised Mercado Pago, MercadoLibre's payment platform, on¬†the restructuring of Mercado Cr√©dito Merchant Fundo de Investimento em Direitos Credit√≥rios. On the transactional side,¬†Marina Anselmo Schneider¬† -whose support ‚Äėgives clients the edge in complex mandates‚Äô- advised the lenders on the¬†structuring of a security package granted by Brazil Tower Company's Brazilian subsidiaries in connection with a $104m loan. In addition, Frederico Kerr Bullamah, noted as¬†'always available, very helpful and very specialised', advised the financing parties on a cross-border acquisition financing to support¬†Carlyle and GIC's acquisition of the specialty chemicals business of AkzoNobel. The multidisciplinary practice also benefits from the senior experience of highly regarded project-finance expert Pablo Sorj, administrative law expert¬†Alex Hatanaka¬†and managing partner¬†Jos√© Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz.

Next Generation Partners

Frederico Kerr Bullamah - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The multidisciplinary team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines knowledge and experience in banking, corporate transactions and litigation, while the firm‚Äôs full-service offering ensures the input of tax and capital markets specialists when relevant. The firm is particularly strong in distressed transactions, drawing on the firm‚Äôs well-known and leading corporate M&A practice. In one highlight, Marcelo Sampaio G√≥es Ricupero and a team advised TPG Strategic Infrastructure in the acquisition of Abengoa Group unit UPI Operacional through a competitive proceeding. Marina Anselmo Schneider has extensive experience in financing techniques and transactions. Bruno Mastriani Sim√Ķes Tuca is another key name.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

‚ÄėFast, pro-business and solution-oriented‚Äô, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados¬†secures rave reviews for its ‚Äėvery fine-tuned team‚Äô. The practice takes in all the key pillars of capital markets matters, with deep experience in debt and equity deals, investment funds and securities regulation.¬†Bruno Mastriani Sim√Ķes Tuca, who is¬†‚Äėvery knowledgeable in debt transactions‚Äô, had a banner year which included advising Petrobras Distribuidora on its R$961.7m public offering of certificates of agribusiness receivables.¬†Marina Anselmo Schneider¬†is held up by some as ‚Äėa benchmark for debt capital markets advice‚Äô and, together with Tuca, advised the underwriters on the first issuance of senior quotas of FIDC Contour Global. On the equity side,¬†Jean Marcel Arakawa, together with ‚Äėvery technical and knowledgeable‚Äô¬†up-and-coming partner¬†Vanessa Fiusa, advised Arco Platform on its headline IPO. Other senior names include¬†Jos√© Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz¬†and Renato Schermman Ximenes de Melo.

Leading individuals

Marina Anselmo Schneider - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Vanessa Fiusa - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The 'first-rate competition team' at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is 'highly experienced' and 'excellent to deal with'. Highlights from a busy 2018 caseload include the team's representation of Fibria in the high-profile merger with Suzano Papel e Celulose, and its representation of Wabtec in the merger with GE Transportation. Cartel and abuse of dominance cases also feature. In one example, the team advised Toshiba Samsung Storage Corporation on an investigation into an alleged international cartel in the optical disk drivers market; after a long investigation, the client was acquitted. 'Top practitioner' Marcio Dias Soares is 'smart, user-friendly, responsive and good with clients'; and 'master strategist' Amadeu Ribeiro, who is based in New York, is 'well versed in the procedures of CADE'. Recently promoted partner Michelle Marques Machado is noted for her 'clear and reliable advice'. Associate Frederico Carrilho Donas is also recommended. Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella and Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto are also leading lawyers in the team.

Next Generation Partners

Michelle Marques Machado - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Compliance
Compliance - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has 'an extremely good knowledge of the Brazilian market and market practices', and clients also highlight the firm's technical skills as a 'key competitive advantage'. With a team is split between the São Paulo, Brasília and Rio de Janeiro offices, the broad compliance and corporate ethics practice covers everything from prevention to crisis management. Highlights included representing an oil-and-gas company in a multilateral investigation into allegations of bribery and in the negotiation of a leniency agreement. Thiago Luís Sombra focuses his practice on anti-corruption, public law and data protection. Thiago Jabor Pinheiro, Renato Tastardi Portella and Kevin Michael Altit are recommended.

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

With ‚Äėexcellent experience in M&A‚Äô, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados¬†has a thriving corporate law and M&A practice that is often involved in the most high-profile and high-value deals in the Brazilian market. It has seen steady growth in recent years; in 2018, this included the promotion of Manoela de Barros Pimentel Penteado de Almeida¬†and Eduardo Marques Souza. In the private equity space, the firm counts leading international private equity houses among its clients, which turn to the team for advice on strategic investments and regulatory matters. One such client is Advent International, which Rodrigo Figueiredo Nascimento¬†and a team advised on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Walmart Brazil for an investment vehicle. Elsewhere, a team led by Marcelo Sampaio G. Ricupero¬†acted for TPG Strategic Infrastructure on the acquisition of several energy transmission line companies from Abengoa Group in the context of the latter‚Äôs judicial recovery proceeding. Moacir Zilbovicius¬†draws on 25 years of experience; Pedro Whitaker De Souza Dias¬†has notable experience in M&A, inbound investments and regulatory compliance; and Claudio Oksenberg's broad practice spans corporate M&A, capital markets and finance. Senior partner Jo√£o Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro¬†and Paula Vieira de Oliveira¬†receive strong praise.

Leading individuals

Jo√£o Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Moacir Zilbovicius - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)
Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The 'exceptionally cohesive' team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is 'business-savvy, agile, and highly strategic in defending a case'; and 'in "bet the company" litigation, the team provides consistently high-quality legal advice and highly reliable tactical calls'. In addition, the firm has 'a real team of white collar litigators, defending individuals and companies in extremely complex judicial cases'; Rogério Taffarello is 'a world-class white-collar defence lawyer'. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves is a 'hugely impressive leader' who 'understands the corporate world very well', and Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente - who made partner in 2018 - is a 'tough advocate' who 'personifies the "your problem is my problem" philosophy and is a pleasure to work with'. 'Experienced' partner Flavio Pereira Lima 'is always fully available to help'; he and senior associate Bruno Barreto de Azevedo Teixeira are 'excellent lawyers, as technicians, as advocates and as advisers'.

Leading individuals

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Arthur Gonzalez Cronemberger Parente - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Fl√°vio Pereira Lima - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Rising stars

Bruno Barreto de Azevedo Teixeira - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados impresses clients with its 'availability' and prides itself with having a broad practice offering both consultancy and litigation services. The group has particular expertise advising on brownfield sites and site contamination, while it has also been active handling waste take-back matters in recent years. It represented Vale in a public civil action concering the responsibility for the spreading of sun coral, an invasive species; and acted for Dow Química concerning the environmental impacts of a sinkhole that occurred at a mining site. Demonstrating 'ample technical and practical knowledge', Lina Pimentel Garcia is recommended; however, Luiz Gustavo Bezerra moved to Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in October 2019.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados receives praise for its 'multidisciplinary and holistic client approach' and teamwork. The 'hardworking, humble and clever professionals' have vast experience in insurance, reinsurance and pensions. The group also benefits from the firm's full-service offering, allowing the team to collaborate with corporate, tax and employment specialists. Marcelo Mansur Haddad, Cassio Gama Amaral and Thais Arza Monteiro are recommended. Other key contacts include Camila Leal Calais and Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup. The team has also expanded at the senior associate level from 2018 into 2019, with several hires, including those of Karen Ferraz de Aguiar Schiavon and Roberto Panucci from Pinheiro Neto Advogados.

Leading individuals

Marcelo Mansur Haddad - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Camila Leal Calais - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Clients appreciate the 'high level knowledge of the partners' at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. Among its areas of expertise are litigation-prevention strategies, negotiations with labour unions and compliance. In litigation, the firm successfully defended a client with multinational operations in two class actions seeking payment for health hazard allowances and risk premium. Vilma Toshie Kutomi and Cleber Venditti are recommended. Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto acts for companies and individuals in employment litigation.

Leading individuals

Vilma Toshie Kutomi - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Cleber Venditti - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

'Experience, deep knowledge and negotiation skills' are what sets Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados apart from its peers. The leading practice combines knowledge of PPPs, construction and project finance with expertise handling transactions. It works across various sectors: highlights include assisting Gás Natural Açu with the drafting and negotiation of the development agreements for a combined cycle power plant; advising Bahia Mineração on the bidding procedure for a major railway project; and acting for Concessionária do Aeroporto de Salvador on the project finance and EPC contract for the expansion of the airport infrastructure. Thiago Fernandes Moreira is 'able to provide full assessments as he combines regulatory and finance knowledge'; and Pablo Sorj is recognised as a leading individual. However, Bruno Werneck moved to Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in March 2019, taking former senior associates Bruno Salzano and Mario Saadi with him.

Leading individuals

Pablo Sorj - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Thiago Fernandes Moreira - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The 'responsible' and 'efficient' public law lawyers at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados are 'always personally engaged'. It has a broad infrastructure practice, and also advises its clients on administrative contracts, negotiations with governmental authorities and in administrative proceedings. The 'polite and intelligent' Thiago Luís Sombra 'has a strong name in this area', and 'great attorney' Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto 'solves problems quickly'. Bruno Dario Werneck has an active infrastructure and public procurement practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The sizeable team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has broad experience in real estate M&A, build-to-suit agreements, real estate financing and leasing. Clients include investors, developers and corporates, and the team stands out for its expertise in transactions involving shopping centres. In other recent work, Rossana Fernandes Duarte and associate Marcela da Fonte Freire advised Pearson Education do Brasil on the lease agreement for its new offices in São Paulo. Mariana Spoto Cobra is another name to note.

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TMT
TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

TMT: Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has invested strongly in the technology and data privacy fields and its service offering now covering the full range of services. Fabio Ferreira Kujawski focuses on telecoms and Thiago Luís Sombra has a strong track record for internet and data privacy regulation. Paulo Brancher joined in July 2018, increasing the partner count to three.

Leading individuals

Paulo Brancher - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Tax Litigation - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

'Up-to-date with current trends', the tax department at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados 'has a very good reputation in Brazil'. Blue-chip companies turn to the team in complex tax matters, both contentious and non-contentious. The firm also stands out for its dedicated private wealth and wealth planning practice. Internal developments in 2018 included the promotion of Tatiana Morais Penido and the arrival of Mario Prada from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados and Gil Mendes from EY. Transactional highlights included advising Advent International on the acquisition of an 80% stake in Grupo Walmart Brasil; the team included Rodrigo Figueiredo Nascimento, Luciana Pietro Lorenzo, Andrea Bazzo Lauletta and Eduardo Marques Souza. On the litigation side, Roberto Quiroga Mosquera and a team represented a client in a lawsuit that involved questions around goodwill resulting from an acquisition. Other key tax litigators include Alessandra Gomensoro, Ana Paula Schincariol Lui Barreto, Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino and Paulo Camargo Tedesco.

Leading individuals

Roberto Quiroga Mosquera - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Aviation - ranked: tier 4

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

The 'experienced and skillful' team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados¬†has a broad take on shipping matters, assisting private equity funds and financial institutions as well as ship owners, shipping companies, terminals and service providers. A recent highlight saw the team assist Maersk with crew management, and with the chartering, sale and purchase of vessels. The firm is actively investing in the area, with¬†Adriana Sim√Ķes joining from¬†Abdalla & Zimmermann Advogados¬†in early 2019 and the 'always available and very knowledgeable'¬†Nilton Mattos¬†being promoted to partner in April 2019.¬†Giovani Loss¬†is another name to note. Aviation work includes¬†aircraft purchase and sale transactions as well as joint ventures.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 2

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

‚ÄėEfficient, responsive and attentive‚Äô,¬†Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados‚Äô is distinguished by its partners‚Äô ‚Äėtotal availability and dedication‚Äô. The practice is particularly weighted towards regulatory matters but its recent experience also spans project development, M&A and project finance. Among its highlights, key contact¬†Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito represented eight distribution companies controlled by CPFL Energia in a judicial discussion concerning the settlement of energy development account credits with Eletrobras.¬†Pablo Sorj¬†is also recommended.

Next Generation Partners

Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Hydrocarbons
Hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 1

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

According to sources,¬†Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados‚Äô¬†‚Äėefficient, responsive and practical‚Äô team is composed of ‚Äėimpeccable lawyers‚Äô, who all demonstrate ‚Äėexcellent expertise and knowledge about the hydrocarbons industry‚Äô. The enviably balanced practice¬†is routinely engaged by major industry participants - particularly oil and gas companies, oilfield service providers, investors and financial institutions - across a comprehensive range of transactional and regulatory matters, including corporate finance, project development and litigation. In 2018, the firm advised BP Energy do Brasil, Ecopetrol and ExxonMobil Explora√ß√£o Brasil on their bids¬†in the fifth production-sharing bid round. The work included two¬†successful bids for the Pau-Brasil block (which saw BP and Ecopetrol team up with CNOOC) and the Tit√£ block (which saw Exxon pair up with QPI Brasil Petr√≥leo); Giovani Loss¬†advised BP and the ‚Äėbusiness-oriented and knowledgeable‚Äô¬†Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres¬†advised ExxonMobil. The same team also advised Petrovida (a joint venture between Vitol Investment Partnership II, Africa Oil and Delonex Energy)¬†on the local aspects of its $1.5bn acquisition of 50% interest in Petrobras Oil & Gas. The firm also benefits from an impressive second line of senior associates, with¬†Danielle Ludwig¬†and ‚Äėoutstanding young lawyer‚Äô¬†Bruno Chedid¬†standing out as rising stars.

Leading individuals

Giovani Loss - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Rising stars

Bruno Chedid - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Danielle Ludwig - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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