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Thiago Sandim

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Mergers 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.


Capital markets

Within: Capital markets

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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Corporate and M&A

Within: Corporate and M&A

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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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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