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Thiago Sandim

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Demarest Advogados

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Corporate LawMergers and Acquisitions




Thiago Sandim specializes in M&A and worked on some of the most important Brazilian M&A and PE deals of the last decade, which includes, in 2015 and 2016, the advisory in GIC's BRL6 billion Rede D'Or acquisition, Generali's USD1.7 billion sale of BSI and Odebrecht's BRL17.2 billion JV with Mitsui. He regularly advises sovereign wealth funds, Brazilian and global financial institutions and companies (such as Vinci Concessions, GIC, OTPP, PSP, BTG Pactual, and Odebrecht) and sits on boards of directors. Partner since 2013. Former partner/associate at Linklaters (2002-13) and Pinheiro Neto (1997-2002).


English, Spanish, German


Graduated from Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC/SP) School of Law in 1997. Professor at Insper.


Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)

Within: Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)

‘A step ahead’, the ‘high-quality’ team at Demarest Advogados ‘works 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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Brazil: Mergers & Acquisitions

February 2018. By Thiago Barbosa Sandim, Partner

This country-specific Q&A gives an overview of mergers and acquisition law, the transaction environment and process as well as any special situations that may occur in Brazil . It also covers market sectors, regulatory authorities, due diligence, deal protection, public disclosure, governing law, director duties and key influencing factors influencing M&A activity over the next two years. This Q&A is part of the global guide to Mergers & Acquisitions. [Continue Reading]

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