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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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has a broad banking and finance practice including regulatory matters and project finance. It recently advised Goldman Sachs and Fortress Investment Group on a cross-border, multi-currency transaction involving the increase of Nubank’s credit line to R$455m; Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo led the advice on this, and also assisted Visa in developing an internal regulatory framework concerning authorisation proceedings for payment schemes and card networks. Having ‘excellent negotiatorMarina Anselmo Schneider as an adviser ‘makes a difference in a complex finance deal’, and project finance expert Pablo Sorj is ‘particularly good’. Also recommended are Alex Hatanaka, who specialises in administrative proceedings, and José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados fields a sizeable multidisciplinary team with capabilities in debt restructuring, distressed M&A and bankruptcy-related litigation. It was further strengthened in 2017 by the promotion to partner of capital markets and restructuring specialist Frederico Kerr Bullamah. Its work highlights included representing Odebrecht Realizações Imobiliárias e Participações in the restructuring of debt with Itaú Unibanco and Banco Bradesco, with Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca leading the advice. Marcelo Ricupero, Marina Anselmo Schneider and Alex Hatanaka are also key figures in the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ nine capital markets partners offer a particularly broad range of services, covering equity and debt offerings, securitisation, fund formation, derivatives and regulatory matters. Among the team’s highlights in 2017, it acting as special Brazilian counsel to JSL on an issuance of $325m worth of senior notes; and advised sugar and ethanol producer São Martinho on a public offering of agribusiness receivables, with the ‘committedBruno Mastriani Simões Tuca leading the advice on this. José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz, Vanessa Fiusa and Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo are recommended for securities matters, while Marina Anselmo Schneider and Jean Marcel Arakawa stand out for their work on structured finance transactions.

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 a broad and active antitrust practice, covering merger control, behavioural matters, compliance training and antitrust-related litigation. 2017 saw it handle a number of complex merger cases filed with CADE, with experienced partner Marcio Dias Soares often taking a lead role. In one highlight, the team assisted Safran in obtaining unconditional antitrust clearance for its acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace, in a global deal which created the third largest aerospace supplier in the world; Amadeu Ribeiro and Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella led on the Brazilian aspects. Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto is another key figure in the department, drawing on almost 30 years’ experience.

Next generation lawyers

Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 1

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is held in high esteem in the market. The sizeable team has the experience and resources to handle large, complex transactions, both domestic and multi-jurisdictional, and it has established a leading practice in private equity, regularly advising funds and large investors on strategic investments and regulatory matters. On the buy side, highlights included acting for Ultrapar on the acquisition, through its subsidiary Ultragaz, of Liquigás from Petrobras; a team of corporate and capital markets specialists including Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva led the advice. In a cross-border deal involving Mexico and Brazil, Moacir Zilbovicius and Rodrigo Figueiredo Nascimento acted for Grupo Lala, listed on the Mexico Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of Vigor Alimentos. Senior partner João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro has broad experience in M&A, corporate restructurings and corporate governance. Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias, Daniel Calhman de Miranda, Claudio Oksenberg and Paula Vieira de Oliveira are other key members of the practice, and compliance expert Thiago Jabor Pinheiro is also recommended. In a significant team development, Luciana Lorenzo joined from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados in 2017.

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 Advogados offers ‘high-quality legal services, come rain or shine’, with the disputes team regularly co-operating with colleagues in other departments. Recent highlights include working with oil and gas specialists in defending Total against an action aiming to annul asset sales to it by Petrobras as part of the latter’s divestment programme: the plaintiff alleges that the sales may cause damages to public property and that the lack of a bid procedure violates constitutional provisions; Flávio Spaccaquerche is leading the advice. He is recommended along with Flávio Pereira Lima, Eduardo Damião Gonçalves and Fabio Teixeira Ozi.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Flávio Pereira Lima - 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 specialism in brownfield sites and site contamination, and is also active in the areas of waste take-back, environmental licensing and litigation. A team led by Luiz Gustavo Bezerra is representing Vale in a notable civil action brought by the Ministério Público Federal concerning the bioinvasion of the sun coral species on the coast of Rio Grande do Sul. Lina Pimentel Garcia has ‘ample technical and practical knowledge’, and recently acted in a unique, culturally sensitive compensation claim concerning the spiritual damage caused to an indigenous community by a plane crash in the Amazon rainforest.

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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 covers the gamut of insurance and reinsurance work, and continues to be instructed by major insurance companies. The sizeable team has the resources to specialise in insurance transactions, regulation and claims; in the latter area, claims adjustment specialist Cassio Gama Amaral is the name to note. Recent work for regulatory expert Camila Leal Calais includes advising AIG Seguros on amendments to its environmental liability insurance. In a separate matter for the same client, Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup and the highly rated Marcelo Mansur Haddad assisted in the negotiations, drafting of contracts and regulatory filings concerning the transfer of an insurance portfolio from AIG Seguros to Assurant Seguradora. Luciana Dias Prado has strong experience in insurance and pensions regulation.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Fabio Kujawski has a strong IP and IT practice, and is well versed in transactional and contentious work. The IP team includes several experienced senior associates and counts Netflix, Twitter and SOMOS Educação among its clients.

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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 has an impressive roster of clients including Uber, J.P. Morgan, IBM and Goodyear, and regularly handles high-level strategic labour claims as well as non-contentious matters. A highlight in 2017 was defending Uber against two strategic cases filed by drivers concerning employment rights. Vilma Toshie Kutomi and Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto are recommended.

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 ‘very experienced’ team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines public sector and project finance expertise. It advised Petrobras on the sale of 90% of the outstanding shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste to Nova Infraestrutura FIP, for over $3.5bn. Another highlight was acting for Banco Itaú BBA, Banco ABC Brasil, Banco Société Generale Brasil and Inter-American Development Bank on the financing of the development of five photovoltaic power plants in the state of Minas Gerais. 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’ multidisciplinary team has notable experience in public procurement, administrative proceedings, administrative contracts and PPPs, and it also provides regulatory advice to infrastructure clients. Thiago Luís Sombra, Giovani Loss and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa acted for Total Gas & Power before the Court of Accounts in proceedings concerning a strategic alliance for a power plant. Bruno Dario Werneck is recommended for public law matters and infrastructure projects, and Thiago Jabor Pinheiro specialises in compliance and corporate ethics. Rosoléa Folgosi has retired from practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados acts for property developers, owners, investors and third sector, retail and hospitality clients. Recent work for Mariana Spoto Cobra includes advising Liga Solidária on the sale of property in São Paulo to a Brazilian real estate company. Founding partner Otávio Uchôa da Veiga Filho’s practice takes in real estate and family law. Rossana Fernandes Duarte, who draws on over 20 years of experience, has notable expertise in property finance transactions, and handles a host of other real estate matters involving urban and rural land.

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

With an excellent reputation in the telecoms sector, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is also establishing a strong technology practice. Team head Fabio Ferreira Kujawski advised Tata Communications on obtaining a telecoms licence to operate in Brazil. Having hired internet regulation, data protection and privacy expert Thiago Luís Sombra from the now-defunct Odon Sombra Advogados in June 2017, the firm has further strengthened the practice group with the incorporation of IT and TMT specialist Paulo Bracncher from Azevedo Sette Advogados in July 2018.

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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

The highly regarded tax practice at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is one of the largest in the country and is split across the firm’s São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília offices. Its full-service offering includes tax litigation at administrative and judicial levels, transactional tax and non-transactional tax consulting, and it is notable for its substantial expertise in private wealth. On the transactional side, the team had another busy year. Highlights included advising Cosan on the sale of a corporate interest in two companies to Mansilla Participações, a company controlled by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, with Flávio Mifano acting as part of a multidisciplinary team. Alessandro Amadeu da Fonseca advises companies and high-net-worth individuals on Brazilian tax law and international treaties. Renata Correia Cubas’ broad tax practice takes in VAT and customs matters, while key tax litigators include João Marcos Colussi, Alessandra Gomensoro, Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino and Paulo Camargo Tedesco. Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz and Marcel Alcades Theodoro are other leading figures in the department.

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

Highly regarded for its ship finance practice, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados counts Karoon, Elcano and Maersk Line among its clients. It assisted the latter in relation to regulatory issues involving the registration of foreign-flagged vessels in Brazil and related transfers of ownership. Giovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are recommended.

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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

Renowned for both its transactional and regulatory expertise in the power sector, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados also regularly handles disputes. The group advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its joint acquisition of two operational wind farms in northeastern Brazil; and advised AES Tietê Energia on its acquisition from Renova Energia of a 386MW wind farm located in the state of Bahia. Another highlight was advising Contour Global on the acquisition of all shares held by Neoenergia in six energy generation companies, with Pablo Sorj and Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito both acting. Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres was made up to partner in 2017. Thiago Luís Sombra joined from now-defunct firm Odon Sombra Advogados.

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

Regularly handling a variety of oil and gas work including financings, regulatory matters and project developments, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is ‘business-oriented and fast’. In 2017, the group assisted Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the BM-S-8 Oil Block from Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção. It also advised Petróleo Brasileiro on the sale of 90% of its outstanding shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste. The ‘well-connectedGiovani Loss is recommended alongside the ‘outstanding’ Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres.

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

Recent work for the team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados includes advising Samarco Mineração on environmental matters, and it was also active in areas such as due diligence and financing. Other clients include Bahia Mineração, Gerald UK and Vale. Bruno Werneck is recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosEduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosEduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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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 has a broad banking and finance practice including regulatory matters and project finance. It recently advised Goldman Sachs and Fortress Investment Group on a cross-border, multi-currency transaction involving the increase of Nubank’s credit line to R$455m; Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo led the advice on this, and also assisted Visa in developing an internal regulatory framework concerning authorisation proceedings for payment schemes and card networks. Having ‘excellent negotiatorMarina Anselmo Schneider as an adviser ‘makes a difference in a complex finance deal’, and project finance expert Pablo Sorj is ‘particularly good’. Also recommended are Alex Hatanaka, who specialises in administrative proceedings, and José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados fields a sizeable multidisciplinary team with capabilities in debt restructuring, distressed M&A and bankruptcy-related litigation. It was further strengthened in 2017 by the promotion to partner of capital markets and restructuring specialist Frederico Kerr Bullamah. Its work highlights included representing Odebrecht Realizações Imobiliárias e Participações in the restructuring of debt with Itaú Unibanco and Banco Bradesco, with Bruno Mastriani Simões Tuca leading the advice. Marcelo Ricupero, Marina Anselmo Schneider and Alex Hatanaka are also key figures in the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ nine capital markets partners offer a particularly broad range of services, covering equity and debt offerings, securitisation, fund formation, derivatives and regulatory matters. Among the team’s highlights in 2017, it acting as special Brazilian counsel to JSL on an issuance of $325m worth of senior notes; and advised sugar and ethanol producer São Martinho on a public offering of agribusiness receivables, with the ‘committedBruno Mastriani Simões Tuca leading the advice on this. José Eduardo Carneiro Queiroz, Vanessa Fiusa and Renato Schermann Ximenes de Melo are recommended for securities matters, while Marina Anselmo Schneider and Jean Marcel Arakawa stand out for their work on structured finance transactions.

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 a broad and active antitrust practice, covering merger control, behavioural matters, compliance training and antitrust-related litigation. 2017 saw it handle a number of complex merger cases filed with CADE, with experienced partner Marcio Dias Soares often taking a lead role. In one highlight, the team assisted Safran in obtaining unconditional antitrust clearance for its acquisition of Zodiac Aerospace, in a global deal which created the third largest aerospace supplier in the world; Amadeu Ribeiro and Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella led on the Brazilian aspects. Lauro Celidonio Gomes dos Reis Neto is another key figure in the department, drawing on almost 30 years’ experience.

Next generation lawyers

Renata Fonseca Zuccolo Gianella - Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 1

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is held in high esteem in the market. The sizeable team has the experience and resources to handle large, complex transactions, both domestic and multi-jurisdictional, and it has established a leading practice in private equity, regularly advising funds and large investors on strategic investments and regulatory matters. On the buy side, highlights included acting for Ultrapar on the acquisition, through its subsidiary Ultragaz, of Liquigás from Petrobras; a team of corporate and capital markets specialists including Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva led the advice. In a cross-border deal involving Mexico and Brazil, Moacir Zilbovicius and Rodrigo Figueiredo Nascimento acted for Grupo Lala, listed on the Mexico Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of Vigor Alimentos. Senior partner João Ricardo de Azevedo Ribeiro has broad experience in M&A, corporate restructurings and corporate governance. Pedro Whitaker de Souza Dias, Daniel Calhman de Miranda, Claudio Oksenberg and Paula Vieira de Oliveira are other key members of the practice, and compliance expert Thiago Jabor Pinheiro is also recommended. In a significant team development, Luciana Lorenzo joined from Lobo de Rizzo Advogados in 2017.

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 Advogados offers ‘high-quality legal services, come rain or shine’, with the disputes team regularly co-operating with colleagues in other departments. Recent highlights include working with oil and gas specialists in defending Total against an action aiming to annul asset sales to it by Petrobras as part of the latter’s divestment programme: the plaintiff alleges that the sales may cause damages to public property and that the lack of a bid procedure violates constitutional provisions; Flávio Spaccaquerche is leading the advice. He is recommended along with Flávio Pereira Lima, Eduardo Damião Gonçalves and Fabio Teixeira Ozi.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

Flávio Pereira Lima - 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 specialism in brownfield sites and site contamination, and is also active in the areas of waste take-back, environmental licensing and litigation. A team led by Luiz Gustavo Bezerra is representing Vale in a notable civil action brought by the Ministério Público Federal concerning the bioinvasion of the sun coral species on the coast of Rio Grande do Sul. Lina Pimentel Garcia has ‘ample technical and practical knowledge’, and recently acted in a unique, culturally sensitive compensation claim concerning the spiritual damage caused to an indigenous community by a plane crash in the Amazon rainforest.

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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 covers the gamut of insurance and reinsurance work, and continues to be instructed by major insurance companies. The sizeable team has the resources to specialise in insurance transactions, regulation and claims; in the latter area, claims adjustment specialist Cassio Gama Amaral is the name to note. Recent work for regulatory expert Camila Leal Calais includes advising AIG Seguros on amendments to its environmental liability insurance. In a separate matter for the same client, Thomaz del Castillo Barroso Kastrup and the highly rated Marcelo Mansur Haddad assisted in the negotiations, drafting of contracts and regulatory filings concerning the transfer of an insurance portfolio from AIG Seguros to Assurant Seguradora. Luciana Dias Prado has strong experience in insurance and pensions regulation.

Leading lawyers

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

Next generation lawyers

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados’ Fabio Kujawski has a strong IP and IT practice, and is well versed in transactional and contentious work. The IP team includes several experienced senior associates and counts Netflix, Twitter and SOMOS Educação among its clients.

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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 has an impressive roster of clients including Uber, J.P. Morgan, IBM and Goodyear, and regularly handles high-level strategic labour claims as well as non-contentious matters. A highlight in 2017 was defending Uber against two strategic cases filed by drivers concerning employment rights. Vilma Toshie Kutomi and Domingos Antonio Fortunato Netto are recommended.

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 ‘very experienced’ team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados combines public sector and project finance expertise. It advised Petrobras on the sale of 90% of the outstanding shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste to Nova Infraestrutura FIP, for over $3.5bn. Another highlight was acting for Banco Itaú BBA, Banco ABC Brasil, Banco Société Generale Brasil and Inter-American Development Bank on the financing of the development of five photovoltaic power plants in the state of Minas Gerais. 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’ multidisciplinary team has notable experience in public procurement, administrative proceedings, administrative contracts and PPPs, and it also provides regulatory advice to infrastructure clients. Thiago Luís Sombra, Giovani Loss and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa acted for Total Gas & Power before the Court of Accounts in proceedings concerning a strategic alliance for a power plant. Bruno Dario Werneck is recommended for public law matters and infrastructure projects, and Thiago Jabor Pinheiro specialises in compliance and corporate ethics. Rosoléa Folgosi has retired from practice.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

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

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados acts for property developers, owners, investors and third sector, retail and hospitality clients. Recent work for Mariana Spoto Cobra includes advising Liga Solidária on the sale of property in São Paulo to a Brazilian real estate company. Founding partner Otávio Uchôa da Veiga Filho’s practice takes in real estate and family law. Rossana Fernandes Duarte, who draws on over 20 years of experience, has notable expertise in property finance transactions, and handles a host of other real estate matters involving urban and rural land.

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

With an excellent reputation in the telecoms sector, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is also establishing a strong technology practice. Team head Fabio Ferreira Kujawski advised Tata Communications on obtaining a telecoms licence to operate in Brazil. Having hired internet regulation, data protection and privacy expert Thiago Luís Sombra from the now-defunct Odon Sombra Advogados in June 2017, the firm has further strengthened the practice group with the incorporation of IT and TMT specialist Paulo Bracncher from Azevedo Sette Advogados in July 2018.

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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

The highly regarded tax practice at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is one of the largest in the country and is split across the firm’s São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasília offices. Its full-service offering includes tax litigation at administrative and judicial levels, transactional tax and non-transactional tax consulting, and it is notable for its substantial expertise in private wealth. On the transactional side, the team had another busy year. Highlights included advising Cosan on the sale of a corporate interest in two companies to Mansilla Participações, a company controlled by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America, with Flávio Mifano acting as part of a multidisciplinary team. Alessandro Amadeu da Fonseca advises companies and high-net-worth individuals on Brazilian tax law and international treaties. Renata Correia Cubas’ broad tax practice takes in VAT and customs matters, while key tax litigators include João Marcos Colussi, Alessandra Gomensoro, Glaucia Maria Lauletta Frascino and Paulo Camargo Tedesco. Luiz Felipe Centeno Ferraz and Marcel Alcades Theodoro are other leading figures in the department.

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

Highly regarded for its ship finance practice, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados counts Karoon, Elcano and Maersk Line among its clients. It assisted the latter in relation to regulatory issues involving the registration of foreign-flagged vessels in Brazil and related transfers of ownership. Giovani Loss and Pablo Sorj are recommended.

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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

Renowned for both its transactional and regulatory expertise in the power sector, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados also regularly handles disputes. The group advised Canada Pension Plan Investment Board on its joint acquisition of two operational wind farms in northeastern Brazil; and advised AES Tietê Energia on its acquisition from Renova Energia of a 386MW wind farm located in the state of Bahia. Another highlight was advising Contour Global on the acquisition of all shares held by Neoenergia in six energy generation companies, with Pablo Sorj and Fabiano Ricardo Luz de Brito both acting. Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres was made up to partner in 2017. Thiago Luís Sombra joined from now-defunct firm Odon Sombra Advogados.

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

Regularly handling a variety of oil and gas work including financings, regulatory matters and project developments, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is ‘business-oriented and fast’. In 2017, the group assisted Statoil Brasil Óleo e Gás on its acquisition of a 10% stake in the BM-S-8 Oil Block from Queiroz Galvão Exploração e Produção. It also advised Petróleo Brasileiro on the sale of 90% of its outstanding shares in Nova Transportadora do Sudeste. The ‘well-connectedGiovani Loss is recommended alongside the ‘outstanding’ Felipe Rodrigues Caldas Feres.

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

Recent work for the team at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados includes advising Samarco Mineração on environmental matters, and it was also active in areas such as due diligence and financing. Other clients include Bahia Mineração, Gerald UK and Vale. Bruno Werneck is recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosEduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogadosknows the ICC procedure very well, as well as the particularities of the Brazilian market’, and is noted alongside practice head Gilberto Giusti, who recently handled a series of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitrations. Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is ‘an excellent arbitrator’ and is particularly experienced in handling disputes with Brazilian interests. Ferro recently handled a number of high-stakes construction and commercial disputes. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’s 24-lawyer team regularly represents clients in arbitrations in the energy and construction sectors: Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are highly regarded. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho regularly handle contractual disputes and count Michelin, Concessionária do Centro Administrativo Do Distrito Federal and Air Products Brasil as active clients, among others. Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga AdvogadosEduardo Damião Gonçalves acts as counsel and arbitrator in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes. TozziniFreire Advogados’ practice head Fernando Eduardo Serec represents clients from a wide range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. L.O. Baptista Advogados handles a steady stream of commercial and construction disputes; Mauricio Almeida Prado, Adriana Braghetta and Fernando Marcondes are the key names to note. At Stocche Forbes Advogados, Rafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes as well as disputes involving administrative proceedings. José Antonio Fichtner at Andrade & Fichtner Advogados has notable experience of handing international arbitration in the energy and infrastructure sectors. André Cavalcanti Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is ‘a master of Brazilian corporate and civil law’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados are noted. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados and Pedro Soares Maciel at Lefosse Advogados are also key figures in the arbitration sphere. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’s Luis Fernando Guerrero, and Luiz Olavo Baptista at Atelier Jurídico are noted arbitrators.

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