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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

Demarest Advogadoswill find a way to make the deal happen in the best way for the client’, provides ‘swift replies’, and is noted for its specialist expertise in the agribusiness and automotive sectors. ‘A reference in the market for banking matters’, António Manuel França Aires ‘delivers outstanding results’. He is recommended along with the ‘professional’ Antonio Giglio Neto, senior associate Marcelo Simon Ikeziri and Fabio de Almeida Braga. The last-mentioned led advice to Hyundai on setting up a joint venture with Aymoré and Santander Brasil, as intervening party, to constitute Banco Hyundai Capital Brasil for car financings, and an insurance brokerage company for consumers and Hyundai dealerships. Other work included financings, debt restructurings and hedging transactions.

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Marcelo Simon Ikeziri - Demarest Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

While Demarest Advogados has a strong track record with financial institutions, which turn to the team for representation in high-stake restructurings, its client base also extends to corporate clients – both debtors and creditors. In the widely reported restructuring of OAS Group, António Manuel França Aires and others are representing Banco Caixa Geral and Votorantim Cimentos as creditors owed over R$2bn. Celso Xavier has a strong focus on judicial restructuring, and is acting for Banco Credit Agricole in the judicial reorganisation of Abengoa. Senior associates Maria Isabel Fontana and Guilherme Fontes Bechara are also active members of the team, regularly taking key roles on major cases.

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Maria Isabel Fontana - Demarest Advogados

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Benefiting from strong demand for asset-backed agribusiness and real estate securitisations, Demarest Advogados was very active in 2016. It advised new client Ambev on a public offering of debentures worth R$1bn, and assisted Monsanto in the offering of an agribusiness receivables certificate worth BR$315m. The firm covers the full range of capital markets matters, including the structuring of funds, with recent examples including Votorantim Asset Management’s FIP Nova Raposo. Thiago Giantomassi Medeiros’ 11-strong team includes the ‘knowledgeable and business-savvyThiago Sandim and junior partner Denise Okimura.

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Denise Okimura - Demarest Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

The ‘very responsive’ team at Demarest Advogados demonstrates ‘sound understanding of the client’s business’. Its cartel practice is particularly buoyant, with the department attracting regular instructions in major investigations and related litigation. On the merger side, Paola Pugliese acted for Reckitt Benckiser in the notification to CADE of its acquisition of Hypermarcas’ condom and lubricant business. Elsewhere, Bruno Drago acted for Comgás in an abuse of dominance investigation filed by the company against a consortium between Petrobras and White Martins. Junior partners Paula Salles and Milena Fernandes Mundim are also recommended.

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Milena Fernandes Mundim - Demarest Advogados

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

Demarest Advogados

The ‘business-savvy’ and ‘highly skilled team’ at Demarest Advogados is a ‘step ahead’, demonstrating ‘great business acumen’ and providing ‘excellent legal advice’. Also highlighted by clients is the team’s ‘high level of commitment’ and ‘true engagement’ with the companies it represents. It has successfully carved out a space in the top echelon of firms for corporate transactions in Brazil, regularly attracting instructions in multimillion-dollar deals. In 2016, it was active in M&A in a number of sectors of the economy, including banking, infrastructure and agriculture. The firm’s regional desks also ensure a steady flow of instructions from clients in foreign jurisdictions, with the department’s Asian and Iberian desks being particularly active. Among its recent highlights, Thiago Barbosa Sandim acted for Vinci Group on the €1.5bn acquisition of Lamsac and Pex Perú, the largest toll road M&A in Brazil in 2016. Internal developments included the promotion to partner of Gonçalo Capela Godinho in January 2017, and the arrival of Thiago Rodrigues Maia from Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogados in October 2016 and Ana Carolina Botto Audi from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in May 2017. ‘Incredible lawyerLuciana Cossermelli Tornovsky is ‘committed to stable values such as honesty and loyalty’; Lucas Tavares Buenoadds fresh knowledge and a risk-oriented mind-set’; and Glaucia Ferreira is ‘very alert to details’. Maria Lucia Almeida Prado e Silva, João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida and Paulo Coelho da Rocha are also recommended.

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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 Advogados is noted for its ‘speedy customer service’ and ‘good value for money’. In one of many energy-related disputes, it is representing Comgás in litigation against ARSESP concerning the state regulator’s obligation to evaluate the price charged by the gas distributor. The ‘competent and knowledgeable’ Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna heads the 11-partner team, which includes the ‘client-orientedRafael Gagliardi; ‘excellent strategistMarcelo Inglez de Souza; and Celso Xavier, who is ‘extremely professional and very experienced in the nuances of law’. Newly promoted partner Maria Helena Bragaglia is appreciated for her ‘contagious enthusiasm’; ‘litigation becomes easy, as she takes control’.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados provides ‘swift and high-quality’ advice in areas including industrial contamination, the implementation of reverse logistic systems, and the handling of environmental accidents. A recent highlight was representing airline Iberia in discussions with the Municipality of Guarulhos, where São Paulo’s airport is located, concerning potential compensation for air emissions through the maintenance of green areas. Senior associate Marise Hosomi Spitzeck led the successful defence of Fronteca Agroflorestal in an administrative action concerning alleged infringement of the new code concerning deforestation. The ‘knowledgeable, competent and service-oriented’ Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna leads the six-strong team.

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Luiz Fernando Henry Sant’Anna - Demarest Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

With ‘a strong reputation in the Brazilian and international markets’, Demarest Advogados has the capabilities to assist its clients throughout the life cycle of insurance matters, from licensing and regulatory issues to administrative proceedings. The ‘very specialised’ team is particularly highlighted for its non-contentious advisory work, and the firm’s ability to ‘provide assistance in virtually every area of law’ is another draw. The practice has gone from strength to strength since the firm’s incorporation of boutique firm JBO Advocacia. Marcia Cicarelli Barbosa de Oliveira is highly recommended, with junior partner Camila Affonso Prado and associate Laura Pelegrini also drawing praise. André Alarcon specialises in corporate transactions in the insurance and reinsurance sector.

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Camila Affonso Prado - Demarest Advogados

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados is ‘a true business partner’, and is regularly sought by international clients such as Snap-on and Diebold Nixdorf. It handles all patent and trade mark licensing for Pirelli as well as the licensing of IP rights and the prosecution of trade marks for Harley-Davidson. The ‘highly professionalTatiana Campellomakes ideas happen’, and is recommended along with litigation expert Marcelo Inglez de Souza and newly promoted partner Camila Biral Vieira da Cunha.

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

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados has a ‘very well-regarded’ international trade practice. With five partners with experience in the area, the team is one of the largest in Brazil, and it retains a substantial market share in the area of trade remedies investigations. Among a string of major engagements in 2016, the firm represented Arcelor Mittal, Gerdau and CSN in a dumping investigation regarding imports of hot-rolled steel flat products originating from Russia and China. The team also has a strong track record representing the Brazilian government in WTO cases. José Setti Diaz is ‘very dedicated and motivated’, and Milena da Fonseca Azevedo and Fernando Benjamin Bueno are also highly recommended.

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José Setti Diaz - Demarest Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados gives ‘top-notch’ advice. The six-partner group recently acted for Sanofi in a labour claim filed by an expatriate against the company in Brazil. In another highlight, the firm represented Volkswagen in two collective actions brought by the metalworkers’ union in Sorocaba, following a mass layoff of workers. Cássia Pizzotti and Renato Canizares are the key contacts for advisory work.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados advised a bank on the project financing for the construction of a large factory, and assisted Vinci in the €1.5bn acquisition from Invepar of LAMSAC, the concessionaire of the Linea Amarilla highway in Lima, Peru. Renato Poltronieri is recommended along with André Luiz Freire, who joined from Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados in June 2017. The team is noted for its ‘prompt replies’.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Demarest Advogados

Demarest Advogados’ public law team is ‘a step ahead’, and is highlighted for its ‘accuracy’, ‘focus’ and ‘very good response times’. The firm’s strength in M&A, projects and infrastructure ensures a steady flow of work for the group, which also maintains an impressive standalone practice, advising on regulatory and administrative matters. Renato Poltronierican quickly spot the relevant patterns and issues in any given situation’.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

The real estate department at Demarest Advogados counts household-name retailers and chains, logistics companies, hospitals and financial institutions among its clients. Its full-service offering is a draw, allowing it to handle a broad range of transactions, and it works in close cooperation with the firm’s capital markets group to assist clients on public offerings of real estate receivables certificates (CRIs). A multi-disciplinary team including senior associate Henrique Anders advised Rede D’Or São Luiz and RB Capital on the acquisition of Clínica Salus and, separately, on the issuance of R$184m and R$132m of CRIs. Adriana Daiuto heads the department.

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Henrique Anders - Demarest Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Demarest Advogados

The comprehensive tax department at ‘well-recognised law firmDemarest Advogados covers direct and indirect tax, customs, and a range of administrative and judicial litigation. The ‘very experienced team’ expanded in October 2016 with the hire of Christiano Chagas Monteiro de Melo and senior associate Roberto Pinatti Casarini from Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogados and in May 2017 with the arrival of Pedro Miguel Ferreira Custódio. Further investment was made in the form of several internal promotions: notably Carlos Eduardo Orsolon, who made partner in January 2016. In a recent highlight, he assisted Volkswagen – a longstanding client of the firm – in 30 cases concerning the offsetting of federal taxes. Eloisa de Almeida Rego Barros Curi and Douglas Mota are also recommended.

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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

Demarest Advogados covers corporate and finance work in the shipping and aviation sectors, as well as disputes. Practice head Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz and aviation specialist Luciana Goulart Penteado are recommended.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Demarest Advogados

With an excellent track record in disputes in the power sector, Demarest Advogados represented electricity trading chamber CCEE in litigation filed by agents unable to generate the expected amount of energy, concerning the hydrological risks faced by hydropower generators. Practice head Rafael Gagliardi and senior associate Raphael Gomes also assisted Norte Energia in the preparation of contracts for the envisaged sale of energy from the Belo Monte hydropower dam.

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

Demarest Advogados

Led by João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida, Demarest Advogados has been particularly active in financing transactions in the oil and gas sector. Its recent contentious work includes defending Comgás in class actions filed by industry associations Abrace and Abividro seeking to lower the client’s remuneration for the distribution of gas.

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João Luis Ribeiro de Almeida - Demarest Advogados

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