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Demarest Advogados

AV PEDROSO DE MORAES 1201, SÃO PAULO, SP 05419-001, BRAZIL
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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Areas of focus for Demarest Advogados’ ‘well-prepared’ team include debt restructuring, and a recent highlight in this area was advising new client BNY Mellon on the restructuring of R$2bn debt related to the construction of a private terminal in the port of Santos. The group also regularly advises on syndicated loan structures, and has specialist expertise in the agribusiness and automotive sectors. Clients include Banco do Brasil, Banco Votorantim, Bradesco, ING Bank, Santander and Wells Fargo. António Manuel França Aires is ‘a reference in the market for banking matters’, and senior associate Marcelo Simon Ikeziri is able to ‘simplify complex matters’. They are recommended along with Antonio Giglio Neto and practice head Fabio de Almeida Braga.

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Marcelo Simon Ikeziri - Demarest Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

The ‘very responsive’ team at Demarest Advogados combines experts in judicial reorganisations, corporate reorganisations, corporate finance and M&A, and demonstrates ‘great business acumen’. The multidisciplinary nature of the group enables it to handle court and out-of-court proceedings and distressed M&A transactions. António Manuel França Aires has been representing Banco Caixa Geral and Votorantim Group as creditors in the high-profile judicial reorganisation of OAS Group. In other significant work, Fabio de Almeida Braga has been acting for Erwin Junker Maschinenfabrik in litigation to exclude its €1.46m credit from WHB Fundição’s judicial reorganisation. Celso Xavier co-heads the department alongside Aires. Guilherme Fontes Bechara, Maria Isabel Fontana and Matheus Azevedo Bastos de Oliveira are rising stars.

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Maria Isabel Fontana - Demarest Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados focuses on registered and exempted offerings, and has a leading securitisation practice. It advised Banco Honda, Honda Automóveis and Bradesco BBI on the incorporation of an open-ended FIDC and a public offering of FIDC quotas; and acted for Raízen Combustíveis on its public offering of agribusiness receivables certificates. Practice head Thiago Giantomassi Medeiros and senior associate Denise Okimura are recommended.

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Denise Okimura - Demarest Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados’ competition team handles a regular workload of merger filings, cartel investigations, abuse of dominance investigations, and compliance training. It also has experience in antitrust-related litigation. Recent highlights include acting as deal counsel to AkzoNobel and BASF in relation to the former’s acquisition of the latter’s industrial coatings business, which was approved by CADE without restrictions; Bruno Drago led the team, which included senior associate Milena Fernandes Mundim. The highly experienced Paola Pugliese co-heads the department alongside Drago, and acts for leading Brazilian and multinational companies in high-profile cases and mergers. Senior associate Paula Salles is another active member of the team. As we go to press, the firm has announced the hire of Daniel Andreoli; with over 17 years' experience, he is the current President of the Antitrust Section of the Brazilian Bar Association (CECORE/OAB-SP) and CADE’s non-governmental advisor regarding events of the International Competition Network (ICN).

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Milena Fernandes Mundim - Demarest Advogados

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

Demarest Advogados

A step ahead’, the ‘high-quality’ team at Demarest Advogadosworks in partnership with its clients’. It has established itself as a leading firm for high-end M&A in Brazil, and is home to a number of internationally experienced lawyers who can handle multi-jurisdictional transactions. The firm has several international desks; as part of its focus on German companies doing business in the country, a specialist German desk was set up in 2010 under the supervision of André Alarcon, and the firm also has a longstanding Korean desk and a Chinese desk, established in 2014. It has also been expanding its private equity work, attracting new instructions from several private equity firms during 2017. In compliance, the firm has established a multidisciplinary group which combines expertise in anti-corruption, criminal law, competition law, public law and infrastructure; Fabyola En Rodrigues and Bruno Drago are key contacts. Among its recent transactional highlights, Thiago Barbosa Sandim advised Deere & Company on the acquisition of German-headquartered company Wirtgen Group. In other global deals, the highly rated Luciana Cossermelli Tornovsky advised Dell EMC on the Brazilian aspects of the $1.62bn sale of its enterprise content division to Open Text Corporation. Lucas Tavares Bueno, Paulo Coelho da Rocha, Gonçalo Capela Godinho, Ana Carolina Botto Audi, Thiago Rodrigues Maia and the ‘very experienced and hands-on’ José Setti Diaz are other names to note. 2018 saw Joyl Gondim and Guilherme Vieira da Silva join from Azevedo Sette Advogados and Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown, respectively.

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Gonçalo Capela Godinho - Demarest Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogadosalways responds in time and with good quality’; ‘value for money is extremely favourable’. It has been active in numerous energy sector disputes, and also represented Unilever in a case against a former logistics partner claiming indemnification, achieving a reversal of the previous decision. Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna heads the team, which includes Celso Xavier, Rafael Gagliardi and Maria Helena Bragaglia. Marcelo Inglez de Souza is ‘greatly committed’, and ‘optimises the in-house counsel’s and executive’s decision-making processes’. Carlo Verona joined from Lefosse Advogados in December 2017, while Leonel Affonso Jr. left the firm.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Demarest Advogados

The ‘knowledgeable’ team at Demarest Advogados provides a ‘swift and high-quality’ service, advising on matters such as site contamination and the implementation of reverse logistics systems for polluting industries. In the latter area, a highlight was advising a coalition of five major industry associations on the settlement of a sectoral agreement with the federal government concerning packaging. Senior associate Marise Hosomi Spitzeck led advice to Santander on investments in agribusiness, while ‘competent and service-oriented’ practice head Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna advised Firmenich on compliance matters related to the regulation of genetic resources. Other clients include Unilever and Siemens.

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Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna - Demarest Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

The insurance and reinsurance department at Demarest Advogados is led by highly experienced partner Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira. She and senior associate Laura Pelegrini represented Chubb Seguros in litigation brought by an oil company claiming for the retrospective and prospective review of an insurance premium. The firm also stands out for its insurance-sector corporate and M&A practice, which is headed by André Alarcon. Senior associate Camila Affonso Prado is another key member of the team.

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Camila Affonso Prado - Demarest Advogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados provides a broad range of IP services to its clients, which include household-name international and Brazilian companies. ‘Incredible lawyerTatiana Campellothinks about all the factors that might affect a situation’ and ‘makes things happen by turning thoughts into action’; and the ‘very committedMarcelo Inglez de Souza provides ‘valuable insights’. Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha is active in IP litigation, and senior associate Julia Davet Pazos specialises in IP and data protection.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados’ five-partner international trade practice has the reputation and resources to handle a significant volume of work. In customs, the team is well versed in valuation matters, import licensing, special customs programmes and litigation. The highly regarded José Setti Diaz and senior associate Victor Bovarotti Lopes provided assistance to Dow (a new client) in a subsidies investigation carried out by the US concerning silicon metal exports from Brazil. Senior associate Lucas Queiroz Pires recently completed a six-month internship at the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO. Fernando Benjamin Bueno is another senior associate making a mark in the team.

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José Setti Diaz - Demarest Advogados

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Fernando Benjamin Bueno - Demarest Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Providing ‘top-notch’ advice and an ‘excellent cost benefit’, the six-partner group at Demarest Advogados has added Nike, Avon and Mercer to an already impressive client roster. In 2017 it was engaged by Santander to perform a review of its judicial defences regarding the most common labour claims brought against the bank. Another highlight was assisting Akzo Nobel in the discontinuation of its manufacturing activities at an establishment located in São Gonçalo. Cássia Pizzotti and Renato Canizares are the names to note.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados added a multitude of new clients to its roster in 2017, including Global Infrastructure Partners, Terminal Link and Terminal Investments. The group advised Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras on the formation of a joint venture with Correios to create an air cargo company focused on e-commerce. It also advised Cia de Ferro Ligas da Bahia - Ferbasa on its acquisition of BW Guirapá from Santander Investimentos and Brazil Wind. Renato Poltronieri is recommended. Port sector specialist André Luiz Freire joined from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados.

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André Luiz Freire - Demarest Advogados

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogadosoffers a high-quality service’ and ‘is prepared to handle complex issues’, with cross-border transactions a particular strength. The team received a boost with the hire of André Luiz Freire from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados. Practice head Renato Poltronieri is ‘very hands-on and knowledgeable’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados is noted for its ability to ‘work in partnership with the client’. Lucas Tavares Bueno is now the practice head, following the departure of Adriana Daiuto in 2017. The team handles a range of urban and rural real estate transactions, and has experience in agribusiness and forestry deals. Senior associate Henrique Anders advised Construdecor on the construction of a new store.

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Henrique Anders - Demarest Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

The ‘very effective’ team at Demarest Advogados is noted for its ‘excellent knowledge and negotiation skills’, and has a wide-ranging practice including indirect tax matters. Recent cross-border work includes acting for South Korea’s CJ CheilJedang on the acquisition of a 90% stake in Sementes Selecta from Chilean group Corpesca, with Carlos Eduardo Orsolon leading on the tax aspects. Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo advises private equity firms and financial institutions on international taxation and the structuring of investment funds; Marcelo Salles Annunziata heads the tax litigation department; and Rodrigo Ramos de Arruda Campos leads the social security tax practice. Other important partners are Pedro Miguel Ferreira Custódio, Eloisa de Almeida Rego Barros Curi and the ‘very experienced’ and ‘accurateDouglas Mota.

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Carlos Eduardo Orsolon - Demarest Advogados

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

Demarest Advogados

The ‘efficient and cost-effective’ team at Demarest Advogados covers disputes and corporate/finance work in the shipping and aviation sectors, and recently advised DSV on the $1.35bn acquisition of UTi Worldwide. Practice head Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz is recommended alongside Luciana Goulart Penteado and André Freire, who joined from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados in June 2017.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

The six-strong team at Demarest Advogados has ‘excellent knowledge’ and notable ‘negotiation skills’, with an excellent track record in disputes in the power sector. A recent highlight was advising Ferbasa on the acquisition of seven wind farms from Santander Investimentos, with a total capacity of 81MW and a value of R$811.7m. The team is also representing Energia Sustentável do Brasil in litigation brought by Agência Nacional de Águas regarding the mitigation measures of the Jirau hydroelectric power plant. Practice head Rafael Gagliardi is recommended along with ‘very helpful’ senior associate Raphael Gomes.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 4

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados provides ‘excellent service’, and gives ‘the right advice’. It has been particularly active in financial transactions in the oil and gas sector. Recent highlights include advising Qatar Petroleum, as part of a consortium, on a successful bid for the Alto de Cabo Frio Oeste block, located in the Santos Basin. João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida is ‘very skilled’.

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João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida - Demarest Advogados

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

Demarest Advogados

The mining team at Demarest Advogados has an impressive list of clients including Vale, Samarco and Votorantim, and is regularly instructed in complex matters in the industry, often involving collaboration with other departments in the firm. The firm recently advised Mitsui, as a shareholder, on the corporate restructuring and merger of Valepar into Vale. Gonçalo Godinho is recommended together with newly appointed partner Thiago Maia.

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