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

AV. JOAQUIM EUGÊNIO DE LIMA, 447, SÃO PAULO, SP, CEP 01403-001, BRAZIL
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Work +55 11 3147 7600
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www.mattosfilho.com.br
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

While best known for its project finance work, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados provides a broad range of services, and is ‘well-versed in banking regulation’. A recent highlight was advising Goldman Sachs on financing a receivables fund to settle obligations of Nubank’s cardholders with merchants, and to enable the acquisition of credit card receivables from Nubank. The group also advised Banco do Brasil, Itaú Unibanco and Banco da Amazônia on the project financing of the construction of a R$950m waterway logistics project. In São Paulo, José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz, Marina Anselmo Schneider and the ‘knowledgeable’ Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo are recommended. Rio de Janeiro based Pablo Sorj is the name to note for project finance.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

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

The restructuring and insolvency team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados works alongside members of the firm’s banking, M&A and litigation departments, and was bolstered by the arrival of Alex Hatanaka from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2016. Creditors and investors account for a high proportion of the team’s client base, although it also has experience representing companies in financial distress. A team led by Marcelo Ricupero acted for a group of private creditors in relation to the high-profile restructuring of Oi.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

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

A leader in the area, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad practice covering equity and debt offerings, securitisation, fund formation, derivatives and regulatory matters. On the project bonds side, Marina Anselmo Schneider led advice to COMGAS on an issue of three different classes of tax-exempt infrastructure debentures with a total value of R$592m. Jean Marcel Arakawa and Vanessa Fiusa were involved in the first public equity offering of 2016, leading advice to Banco BTG Pactual, Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Santander and others as underwriters on Energisa’s issuance of common and preferred shares worth approximately R$1.5bn. Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca is ‘experienced and committed’, and is recommended along with Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo, José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz and Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr. -

Leading lawyers

Sergio Spinelli Silva - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next generation lawyers

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has an ‘excellent’ competition practice, maintaining a broad workload across merger notifications and behavioural work and also ‘highly recommended for antitrust compliance and internal investigations’. Its strong reputation and well-established client base of major companies ensure regular roles in high-profile transactions; among recent examples, Marcio Dias Soares acted for ChemChina on its proposed acquisition of Syngenta, which drew intense scrutiny from CADE. Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto represented Novafarma and Fresenius Kabi in relation to a significant investigation into public procurement for drugs acquisition, which reached a settlement agreement with CADE in 2016. Also recommended are Amadeu Ribeiro and Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella, who made partner in 2016.

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

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

Well established as a leading firm in Brazil, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a steady track record in M&A and is equally at ease on the buy and sell side of transactions. João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro and Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias led a multi-disciplinary team advising Bradesco Seguros on its joint venture with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, involving the transfer of the client’s large risks portfolio to the joint venture company; and, in a cross-border transaction involving Brazil and Greece, Daniel Calhman de Miranda advised Titan Cement Company on its acquisition of 50% of the capital stock of Companhia Industrial de Cimento Apodi. Private equity transactions are another area of strength for the department. The standalone corporate and M&A team includes 18 partners following the arrival of Adriano Castello Branco from an in-house position at Eneva. He joined the Rio de Janeiro office, where Claudio Oksenberg and Kevin Altit are also based. Leading figures in the São Paulo office include Paula Vieira de Oliveira and Moacir Zilbovicius.

Leading lawyers

João 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
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

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

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogadoscan be relied on to offer high-quality legal services come rain or shine’. Flávio Pereira Lima is acting for electricity producer CESP against the federal government concerning the payment of compensation for assets returned on the termination of the public concession of the Três Irmãos hydroelectric power plant. ‘Outstanding litigatorEduardo Damião Gonçalves has ‘broad knowledge’, and is ‘extremely competent and hardworking’, while ‘fierce litigator’ and newly promoted partner Flávio Spaccaquerche is recommended for infrastructure-related arbitration. Alex Hatanaka, a specialist in financial services disputes, joined from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves - 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 stands out for its expertise in relation to brownfield and contaminated sites, and the management of waste take-back schemes. Lina Pimentel Garcia has ‘both technical and practical knowledge’, and is currently defending SINOBRAS in litigation concerning environmental damage caused by the illegal acquisition of forestry raw material, in which the firm is trying to convert the largest fine ever levied by IBAMA into an environmental services programme. Luiz Gustavo Bezerra, who joined from Motta Fernandes Advogados, advised Votorantim on financial benefits to be obtained from environmental forestry assets. Associate Rafael Fernando Feldmann is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Rafael Fernando Feldmann - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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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 has a broad insurance, reinsurance and pensions practice, with recent work for the four-partner team spanning insurance and reinsurance litigation, regulatory matters and corporate transactions. In a recent highlight, Cassio Gama Amaral acted for Swiss Re in litigation concerning several surety bonds and credit insurance claims. He also worked alongside Luciana Dias Prado and Camila Leal Calais in advising IBM Brasil on a review of its life insurance programme. Practice head Marcelo Mansur Haddad is well known in the market, and is regularly singled out for praise. Up-and-coming associates include Mariana Cavalcanti Jardim, Jaqueline Suryan and Olivia Franco Searle. Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup joined from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in 2017.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Jaqueline Suryan - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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

With a great reputation in the pharma sector, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados represented Parmalat, as former master licensee of the ‘Parmalat’ trade mark, in litigation against subsidiary Lactalis. In another matter, practice head Fabio Kujawski led advice to Snapchat in relation to IP infringements and image rights.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 4

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a multi-disciplinary group of trade, antitrust and tax lawyers handling international trade matters. Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella is a key contact, with notable experience in trade remedies proceedings.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handles high-level strategic labour claims and the full range of non-contentious matters, assisting clients including Uber, J.P. Morgan, IBM and Goodyear. Vilma Toshie Kutomi and Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto are recommended along with the highly regarded Cleber Venditti, who was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Vilma Toshie Kutomi - 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

The sizeable and ‘very experienced’ team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines outstanding project finance expertise with public sector experience. It advised Pátria Investimentos as the successful bidder in relation to energy agency ANEEL’s procurement for the EPC agreement covering over 1,100km of transmission lines, worth approximately R$2bn. Another highlight was assisting the lenders, Banco do Brasil, Itaú Unibanco and Banco da Amazônia, in the project financing of a R$950m waterway logistics project operated by three SPVs controlled by Hidrovias do Brasil. Pablo Sorj and Bruno Werneck are recommended.

Leading lawyers

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

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ public law department comprises a group of multi-disciplinary lawyers, with a range of expertise that takes in infrastructure, regulatory and administrative law. It recently acted for Bombardier in the defence of an administrative proceeding concerning a subway line, with Bruno Dario Werneck taking a lead role. Associate Rosoléa Folgosi has a broad administrative and constitutional law practice. Compliance and corporate ethics is another specialism of the firm, with Thiago Jabor Pinheiro the name to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

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

The ‘very business-oriented’ team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has been active in residential, hotel and shopping centre projects, among others, with the firm’s full-service capabilities enabling it to take a multi-disciplinary approach, providing ancillary tax and environmental law assistance. A cross-departmental team that included Otávio Uchôa da Veiga Filho and Mariana Spoto Cobra – who made partner in 2017 – recently advised a landowner on the development of a new real estate project. Other clients include Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos, Blackstone and Jaguar Real Estate Partners. Rossana Fernandes Duarte heads the practice and is highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Mariana Spoto Cobra - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is particularly known for its work on regulatory matters in the telecoms sector, while its technology practice is also gaining in profile. A recent highlight was representing WhatsApp in litigation and investigations concerning the transfer of users’ data to Facebook and the company’s end-to-end encryption technology. ‘Very attentive’ telecoms and technology expert Fabio Ferreira Kujawski leads the group.

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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

Always up to date with the current tax discussions’, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados fields 16 partners, most of whom are based in São Paulo, although the firm also has significant resources in Rio de Janeiro as well as an office in Brasília. The team covers corporate tax planning, tax consulting and tax litigation, and has ancillary expertise in private client matters. Among a host of recent case highlights, Alessandra Gomensoro and João Marcos Colussi acted for White Martins in an annulment action to cancel a tax assessment concerning certain ICMS credits. On the transactional side, Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz and a team of corporate lawyers advised the Camargo Corrêa on the sale of an interest in Alpargatas to J&F Investimentos. Renata Correia Cubas, Paulo Camargo Tedesco and Marcel Alcades Theodoro are recommended.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: aviation - ranked: tier 3

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosGiovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are recommended for financings in the shipping sector. The group also acts in regulatory matters and disputes, and recently assisted in the negotiation of Svitzer’s shipbuilding contracts. On the aviation side, it acted for United Airlines, VRG Linhas Aéreas and Gol.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handles transactional and project finance work in the power sector, and also disputes. Highlights included advising Contour Global on the acquisition of all shares held by Neoenergia in six energy generation companies, and assisting Pátria Investimentos in relation to an ANEEL public auction. Pablo Sorj and Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito were involved in both matters, and also led advice to Enel Green Power Participações and Banco Santander on the first issuance of promissory notes by the former-mentioned company for the financing of three hydropower plants.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 1

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ ‘business-oriented and fast’ group handles a variety of oil and gas work including financings, asset purchases, project developments, and contractual and regulatory matters. It assisted CELSE – Centrais Eletricas de Sergipe in negotiating a construction, operation and maintenance contract as well as an LNG supply agreement with General Electric for the construction of a 1.5GW combined-cycle power plant. On the transactional side, the team advised Ultrapar on its R$2.8bn acquisition of LPG unit Liquigás Distribuidora from Petrobras. Giovani Loss is ‘well connected’, and senior associate Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres is ‘outstanding’.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handled due diligence matters and the sale of mining businesses and assets, and regularly assists clients, often on the lender side, in financing matters. Bruno Werneck led advice to Silver Wheaton on the negotiation of an amendment to a gold purchase agreement with Vale Switzerland.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogadoshas great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyerEduardo Damião Gonçalveshas deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire AdvogadosFernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategicMauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combativeAdriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

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

While best known for its project finance work, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados provides a broad range of services, and is ‘well-versed in banking regulation’. A recent highlight was advising Goldman Sachs on financing a receivables fund to settle obligations of Nubank’s cardholders with merchants, and to enable the acquisition of credit card receivables from Nubank. The group also advised Banco do Brasil, Itaú Unibanco and Banco da Amazônia on the project financing of the construction of a R$950m waterway logistics project. In São Paulo, José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz, Marina Anselmo Schneider and the ‘knowledgeable’ Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo are recommended. Rio de Janeiro based Pablo Sorj is the name to note for project finance.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

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

The restructuring and insolvency team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados works alongside members of the firm’s banking, M&A and litigation departments, and was bolstered by the arrival of Alex Hatanaka from Bank of America Merrill Lynch in 2016. Creditors and investors account for a high proportion of the team’s client base, although it also has experience representing companies in financial distress. A team led by Marcelo Ricupero acted for a group of private creditors in relation to the high-profile restructuring of Oi.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

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

A leader in the area, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad practice covering equity and debt offerings, securitisation, fund formation, derivatives and regulatory matters. On the project bonds side, Marina Anselmo Schneider led advice to COMGAS on an issue of three different classes of tax-exempt infrastructure debentures with a total value of R$592m. Jean Marcel Arakawa and Vanessa Fiusa were involved in the first public equity offering of 2016, leading advice to Banco BTG Pactual, Banco Bradesco BBI, Banco Santander and others as underwriters on Energisa’s issuance of common and preferred shares worth approximately R$1.5bn. Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca is ‘experienced and committed’, and is recommended along with Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo, José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz and Sergio Spinelli Silva Jr. -

Leading lawyers

Sergio Spinelli Silva - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Next generation lawyers

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has an ‘excellent’ competition practice, maintaining a broad workload across merger notifications and behavioural work and also ‘highly recommended for antitrust compliance and internal investigations’. Its strong reputation and well-established client base of major companies ensure regular roles in high-profile transactions; among recent examples, Marcio Dias Soares acted for ChemChina on its proposed acquisition of Syngenta, which drew intense scrutiny from CADE. Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto represented Novafarma and Fresenius Kabi in relation to a significant investigation into public procurement for drugs acquisition, which reached a settlement agreement with CADE in 2016. Also recommended are Amadeu Ribeiro and Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella, who made partner in 2016.

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

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

Well established as a leading firm in Brazil, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a steady track record in M&A and is equally at ease on the buy and sell side of transactions. João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro and Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias led a multi-disciplinary team advising Bradesco Seguros on its joint venture with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, involving the transfer of the client’s large risks portfolio to the joint venture company; and, in a cross-border transaction involving Brazil and Greece, Daniel Calhman de Miranda advised Titan Cement Company on its acquisition of 50% of the capital stock of Companhia Industrial de Cimento Apodi. Private equity transactions are another area of strength for the department. The standalone corporate and M&A team includes 18 partners following the arrival of Adriano Castello Branco from an in-house position at Eneva. He joined the Rio de Janeiro office, where Claudio Oksenberg and Kevin Altit are also based. Leading figures in the São Paulo office include Paula Vieira de Oliveira and Moacir Zilbovicius.

Leading lawyers

João 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
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

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

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogadoscan be relied on to offer high-quality legal services come rain or shine’. Flávio Pereira Lima is acting for electricity producer CESP against the federal government concerning the payment of compensation for assets returned on the termination of the public concession of the Três Irmãos hydroelectric power plant. ‘Outstanding litigatorEduardo Damião Gonçalves has ‘broad knowledge’, and is ‘extremely competent and hardworking’, while ‘fierce litigator’ and newly promoted partner Flávio Spaccaquerche is recommended for infrastructure-related arbitration. Alex Hatanaka, a specialist in financial services disputes, joined from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Leading lawyers

Eduardo Damião Gonçalves - 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 stands out for its expertise in relation to brownfield and contaminated sites, and the management of waste take-back schemes. Lina Pimentel Garcia has ‘both technical and practical knowledge’, and is currently defending SINOBRAS in litigation concerning environmental damage caused by the illegal acquisition of forestry raw material, in which the firm is trying to convert the largest fine ever levied by IBAMA into an environmental services programme. Luiz Gustavo Bezerra, who joined from Motta Fernandes Advogados, advised Votorantim on financial benefits to be obtained from environmental forestry assets. Associate Rafael Fernando Feldmann is also recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Rafael Fernando Feldmann - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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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 has a broad insurance, reinsurance and pensions practice, with recent work for the four-partner team spanning insurance and reinsurance litigation, regulatory matters and corporate transactions. In a recent highlight, Cassio Gama Amaral acted for Swiss Re in litigation concerning several surety bonds and credit insurance claims. He also worked alongside Luciana Dias Prado and Camila Leal Calais in advising IBM Brasil on a review of its life insurance programme. Practice head Marcelo Mansur Haddad is well known in the market, and is regularly singled out for praise. Up-and-coming associates include Mariana Cavalcanti Jardim, Jaqueline Suryan and Olivia Franco Searle. Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup joined from Pinheiro Neto Advogados in 2017.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Jaqueline Suryan - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

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

With a great reputation in the pharma sector, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados represented Parmalat, as former master licensee of the ‘Parmalat’ trade mark, in litigation against subsidiary Lactalis. In another matter, practice head Fabio Kujawski led advice to Snapchat in relation to IP infringements and image rights.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 4

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a multi-disciplinary group of trade, antitrust and tax lawyers handling international trade matters. Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella is a key contact, with notable experience in trade remedies proceedings.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handles high-level strategic labour claims and the full range of non-contentious matters, assisting clients including Uber, J.P. Morgan, IBM and Goodyear. Vilma Toshie Kutomi and Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto are recommended along with the highly regarded Cleber Venditti, who was promoted to partner.

Leading lawyers

Vilma Toshie Kutomi - 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

The sizeable and ‘very experienced’ team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines outstanding project finance expertise with public sector experience. It advised Pátria Investimentos as the successful bidder in relation to energy agency ANEEL’s procurement for the EPC agreement covering over 1,100km of transmission lines, worth approximately R$2bn. Another highlight was assisting the lenders, Banco do Brasil, Itaú Unibanco and Banco da Amazônia, in the project financing of a R$950m waterway logistics project operated by three SPVs controlled by Hidrovias do Brasil. Pablo Sorj and Bruno Werneck are recommended.

Leading lawyers

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

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ public law department comprises a group of multi-disciplinary lawyers, with a range of expertise that takes in infrastructure, regulatory and administrative law. It recently acted for Bombardier in the defence of an administrative proceeding concerning a subway line, with Bruno Dario Werneck taking a lead role. Associate Rosoléa Folgosi has a broad administrative and constitutional law practice. Compliance and corporate ethics is another specialism of the firm, with Thiago Jabor Pinheiro the name to note.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

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

The ‘very business-oriented’ team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has been active in residential, hotel and shopping centre projects, among others, with the firm’s full-service capabilities enabling it to take a multi-disciplinary approach, providing ancillary tax and environmental law assistance. A cross-departmental team that included Otávio Uchôa da Veiga Filho and Mariana Spoto Cobra – who made partner in 2017 – recently advised a landowner on the development of a new real estate project. Other clients include Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos, Blackstone and Jaguar Real Estate Partners. Rossana Fernandes Duarte heads the practice and is highly recommended.

Next generation lawyers

Mariana Spoto Cobra - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is particularly known for its work on regulatory matters in the telecoms sector, while its technology practice is also gaining in profile. A recent highlight was representing WhatsApp in litigation and investigations concerning the transfer of users’ data to Facebook and the company’s end-to-end encryption technology. ‘Very attentive’ telecoms and technology expert Fabio Ferreira Kujawski leads the group.

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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

Always up to date with the current tax discussions’, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados fields 16 partners, most of whom are based in São Paulo, although the firm also has significant resources in Rio de Janeiro as well as an office in Brasília. The team covers corporate tax planning, tax consulting and tax litigation, and has ancillary expertise in private client matters. Among a host of recent case highlights, Alessandra Gomensoro and João Marcos Colussi acted for White Martins in an annulment action to cancel a tax assessment concerning certain ICMS credits. On the transactional side, Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz and a team of corporate lawyers advised the Camargo Corrêa on the sale of an interest in Alpargatas to J&F Investimentos. Renata Correia Cubas, Paulo Camargo Tedesco and Marcel Alcades Theodoro are recommended.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: aviation - ranked: tier 3

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosGiovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are recommended for financings in the shipping sector. The group also acts in regulatory matters and disputes, and recently assisted in the negotiation of Svitzer’s shipbuilding contracts. On the aviation side, it acted for United Airlines, VRG Linhas Aéreas and Gol.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handles transactional and project finance work in the power sector, and also disputes. Highlights included advising Contour Global on the acquisition of all shares held by Neoenergia in six energy generation companies, and assisting Pátria Investimentos in relation to an ANEEL public auction. Pablo Sorj and Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito were involved in both matters, and also led advice to Enel Green Power Participações and Banco Santander on the first issuance of promissory notes by the former-mentioned company for the financing of three hydropower plants.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 1

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ ‘business-oriented and fast’ group handles a variety of oil and gas work including financings, asset purchases, project developments, and contractual and regulatory matters. It assisted CELSE – Centrais Eletricas de Sergipe in negotiating a construction, operation and maintenance contract as well as an LNG supply agreement with General Electric for the construction of a 1.5GW combined-cycle power plant. On the transactional side, the team advised Ultrapar on its R$2.8bn acquisition of LPG unit Liquigás Distribuidora from Petrobras. Giovani Loss is ‘well connected’, and senior associate Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres is ‘outstanding’.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados handled due diligence matters and the sale of mining businesses and assets, and regularly assists clients, often on the lender side, in financing matters. Bruno Werneck led advice to Silver Wheaton on the negotiation of an amendment to a gold purchase agreement with Vale Switzerland.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogadoshas great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyerEduardo Damião Gonçalveshas deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire AdvogadosFernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategicMauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combativeAdriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

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