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Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

RUA FUNCHAL, 418, 11º ANDAR, 04551-060 SAO PAULO, SP, BRAZIL
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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ wide-ranging practice ‘commands respect and credibility in the market’. It advised BNP Paribas, as initial lender of record, on the R$2.9bn financing granted to the State of Rio de Janeiro: a complex transaction involving a local financing, a cross-border financing and a local securitisation. The team also acted for Porto Sudeste do Brasil on its R$1.8bn debt restructuring, and assisted Neoenergia in relation to a term-loan facility financing provided to subsidiaries. Notable practitioners within the 14-partner group include Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Ronald Herscovici, Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, Ana Paula Calil and Eduardo Abrantes. Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira has ‘strong negotiating and client skills’, and Daniel Laudisio has ‘an eye for detail’.

Leading lawyers

Ronald Herscovici - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has strong experience in judicial and extra-judicial restructurings and distressed M&A transactions, and is well placed to put together multidisciplinary teams drawing on its corporate, finance and capital markets practices. It also stands out for the level of integration between its restructuring and oil and gas practices, making it particularly well suited to handle complex bankruptcy-related proceedings in the sector. Fábio Rosas has continued to represent Bratel in the Oi Group’s reorganisation and in related litigation.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ capital markets team has specialist expertise in fund formation and securitisation, while also covering regulatory, equity and debt matters, and the level of service it provides is ‘very high’. It advised the underwriters, including Banco Itaú BBA, BB-Banco de Investimento and Banco Bradesco BBI, on a fifth issuance of unsecured non-convertible debentures for public distribution by Arteris. Daniel de Miranda Facó has ‘not only technical skills and knowledge but also business acumen’; he is a ‘skilled negotiator’ and a ‘dealmaker who provides solutions that mitigate risks’. Also recommended are Alexandre Gossn Barreto and Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira.

Leading lawyers

Daniel de Miranda Facó - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is particularly renowned for its strength in the area of merger reviews, handling numerous complex cases and fast-track proceedings. The antitrust team is also active in administrative proceedings and investigations, and is notable for its successful negotiation of leniency applications with CADE. Among its recent highlights, Ricardo Lara Gaillard advised Vale on the sale of its fertiliser business to Mosaic, which was unconditionally cleared in 2017; and also – together with Joyce Midori Honda – represented BNP Paribas in the cartel investigation into the national onshore exchange rate market.

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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados enjoys a consistent position at the top of the Brazilian M&A market; it regularly has a hand in high-profile domestic deals, and its strong capital markets offering makes it a popular choice for public M&A. With notable international experience at both partner and associate level, the team is also well equipped to handle complex, cross-border transactions. In one example, a team led by Ronald Herscovici and Daniel de Miranda Facó acted for Vale on the sale of its fertiliser business to Mosaic: an approximately R$8bn deal that involved the US, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Canada. Elsewhere, Marcos Rafael Flesch and Ana Carolina Passos advised Hypermarcas on the sale of its personal hygiene business to Ontex Group. The team is co-led by Flesch and Maria Cristina Cescon, who draws on over 25 years of experience in advising leading financial institutions, private equity funds and corporations. Other key names in the department are Fernanda Bastos Buhatem, Roberto Pary and Carlos Augusto Junqueira. Senior associates making a mark in the team include Fernanda Cirne Montorfano and Juliana Lacreta Gobbi. Tiago Bonatti Peres left for Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados in June 2018.

Leading lawyers

Marcos Rafael Flesch - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Maria Cristina Cescon - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernanda Cirne Montorfano - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

‘With great dedication and excellence’, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is noted for its ‘high level of accountability, and excellent results’. The team defended Instituto BioChimico Indústria Farmacêutica against a claim filed by ABL – Antibióticos do Brasil following the termination of a medicine supply agreement. ‘Incredible litigator’ Carlos Braga ‘manages all variables when faced with a complex situation, and jumps into the confusion devising new options, hunting for the paths of least resistance’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo has ‘ample legal knowledge’, and Helena Abdo is also recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

The ‘excellent’ team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados regularly handles due diligence processes, and represents clients from a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, mining and energy. It is defending Terminal Marítimo do Guarujá and Fertimport in an action regarding emissions released when a cargo of sulphur was unloaded. Another client is Bunge Fertilizantes. The ‘experienced and committed’ Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini offers ‘the full package of engagement and knowledge’.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ labour group gives ‘excellent’ advice, and acts for an impressive roster of clients including Intel and Nike. It recently defended Verzani & Sandrini in a class action filed by the labour public attorney’s office seeking payment of indemnification for alleged collective and moral damages. The ‘very responsive’ Gisela da Silva Freire heads the team, which saw the departure of Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto to Santos Neto Advogados in May 2017.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

With an excellent reputation in project finance, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ ‘proactive’ and ‘excellent’ team was busy in 2017. Among its highlights, it advised BNDES on the privatisation of MS Gas and the restructuring of the gas regulatory framework in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka are highly rated members of the team. The firm changed its name after the departure in January 2018 of Luis Semeghini de Souza, who is now a sole practitioner. Alecia Bicalho joined from now-defunct firm Motta & Bicalho.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Highlighted for its ‘timely responses’ and ‘exceptional work’, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados acts for developers, investors and corporate clients in urban and rural real estate matters. Marcos Lopes Prado ‘has excellent negotiation skills when acting in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate’. He is noted for his business knowledge and technical expertise.

Next generation lawyers

Marcos Lopes Prado - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados counts several household-name companies among its longstanding clients. The team is well versed in sensitive tax litigation, and regularly advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. In tax consulting, the group has extensive knowledge of direct and indirect tax. In one highlight, Sarah Mila Barbassa advised Kellogg on the acquisition of a stake in Parati. In litigation, Hugo Leal achieved a favourable second instance decision for EDP Brasil concerning goodwill-related deductions generated by the acquisition of shares in a special purpose company. Roberto Barrieu, Ramon Castilho and Rafael Malheiro are names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Mila Barbassa - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados provides ‘clear communications on complex legal issues’. Its recent work includes advising Seadrill on the debt restructuring of a $1.45bn secured credit facility intended to ringfence other entities in the group. Rafael Baleroni is recommended for ship finance.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

The ‘excellent’ team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is focused on transactional support, but is also experienced in financial and regulatory matters. It is advising Eletrobras on regulatory and corporate aspects of its divestment plan. Another highlight was advising Enel Green Power Brasil on the financing and development of two solar power plants with a combined capacity of 546MW. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is recommended. Alecia Bicalho joined from now-defunct firm Motta & Bicalho.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Combining expertise in banking and finance and oil and gas matters, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has ‘great knowledge of the industry’ and a ‘swift and efficient’ practice. The group advised GeoPark on all regulatory and corporate matters related to the transfer of the company’s 30% stake in two blocks in the Potiguar Basin to Geopar Geosol Participações, as well as advising the company on contractual matters related to its drilling campaign. The ‘expert’ Rafael Baleroni and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are recommended. The firm changed its name following the departure of former name partner Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza.

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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados stands out for its expertise in project finance. Its recent work includes advising Vale on the sale of its fertilizer company, Vale Fertilizantes, to Mosaic; and, on the contentious side, defending Bunge Fertilizantes in more than 500 separate cases filed by neighbours allegedly affected by the company’s mining activities in Araxá. Frederico Viana Rodrigues is the name to note.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows 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 Advogados’ Eduardo 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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ wide-ranging practice ‘commands respect and credibility in the market’. It advised BNP Paribas, as initial lender of record, on the R$2.9bn financing granted to the State of Rio de Janeiro: a complex transaction involving a local financing, a cross-border financing and a local securitisation. The team also acted for Porto Sudeste do Brasil on its R$1.8bn debt restructuring, and assisted Neoenergia in relation to a term-loan facility financing provided to subsidiaries. Notable practitioners within the 14-partner group include Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Ronald Herscovici, Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, Ana Paula Calil and Eduardo Abrantes. Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira has ‘strong negotiating and client skills’, and Daniel Laudisio has ‘an eye for detail’.

Leading lawyers

Ronald Herscovici - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has strong experience in judicial and extra-judicial restructurings and distressed M&A transactions, and is well placed to put together multidisciplinary teams drawing on its corporate, finance and capital markets practices. It also stands out for the level of integration between its restructuring and oil and gas practices, making it particularly well suited to handle complex bankruptcy-related proceedings in the sector. Fábio Rosas has continued to represent Bratel in the Oi Group’s reorganisation and in related litigation.

[back to top]

Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ capital markets team has specialist expertise in fund formation and securitisation, while also covering regulatory, equity and debt matters, and the level of service it provides is ‘very high’. It advised the underwriters, including Banco Itaú BBA, BB-Banco de Investimento and Banco Bradesco BBI, on a fifth issuance of unsecured non-convertible debentures for public distribution by Arteris. Daniel de Miranda Facó has ‘not only technical skills and knowledge but also business acumen’; he is a ‘skilled negotiator’ and a ‘dealmaker who provides solutions that mitigate risks’. Also recommended are Alexandre Gossn Barreto and Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira.

Leading lawyers

Daniel de Miranda Facó - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is particularly renowned for its strength in the area of merger reviews, handling numerous complex cases and fast-track proceedings. The antitrust team is also active in administrative proceedings and investigations, and is notable for its successful negotiation of leniency applications with CADE. Among its recent highlights, Ricardo Lara Gaillard advised Vale on the sale of its fertiliser business to Mosaic, which was unconditionally cleared in 2017; and also – together with Joyce Midori Honda – represented BNP Paribas in the cartel investigation into the national onshore exchange rate market.

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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados enjoys a consistent position at the top of the Brazilian M&A market; it regularly has a hand in high-profile domestic deals, and its strong capital markets offering makes it a popular choice for public M&A. With notable international experience at both partner and associate level, the team is also well equipped to handle complex, cross-border transactions. In one example, a team led by Ronald Herscovici and Daniel de Miranda Facó acted for Vale on the sale of its fertiliser business to Mosaic: an approximately R$8bn deal that involved the US, Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Canada. Elsewhere, Marcos Rafael Flesch and Ana Carolina Passos advised Hypermarcas on the sale of its personal hygiene business to Ontex Group. The team is co-led by Flesch and Maria Cristina Cescon, who draws on over 25 years of experience in advising leading financial institutions, private equity funds and corporations. Other key names in the department are Fernanda Bastos Buhatem, Roberto Pary and Carlos Augusto Junqueira. Senior associates making a mark in the team include Fernanda Cirne Montorfano and Juliana Lacreta Gobbi. Tiago Bonatti Peres left for Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados in June 2018.

Leading lawyers

Marcos Rafael Flesch - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Maria Cristina Cescon - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernanda Cirne Montorfano - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

‘With great dedication and excellence’, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is noted for its ‘high level of accountability, and excellent results’. The team defended Instituto BioChimico Indústria Farmacêutica against a claim filed by ABL – Antibióticos do Brasil following the termination of a medicine supply agreement. ‘Incredible litigator’ Carlos Braga ‘manages all variables when faced with a complex situation, and jumps into the confusion devising new options, hunting for the paths of least resistance’. Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo has ‘ample legal knowledge’, and Helena Abdo is also recommended.

[back to top]

Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

The ‘excellent’ team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados regularly handles due diligence processes, and represents clients from a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, mining and energy. It is defending Terminal Marítimo do Guarujá and Fertimport in an action regarding emissions released when a cargo of sulphur was unloaded. Another client is Bunge Fertilizantes. The ‘experienced and committed’ Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini offers ‘the full package of engagement and knowledge’.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ labour group gives ‘excellent’ advice, and acts for an impressive roster of clients including Intel and Nike. It recently defended Verzani & Sandrini in a class action filed by the labour public attorney’s office seeking payment of indemnification for alleged collective and moral damages. The ‘very responsive’ Gisela da Silva Freire heads the team, which saw the departure of Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto to Santos Neto Advogados in May 2017.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

With an excellent reputation in project finance, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados’ ‘proactive’ and ‘excellent’ team was busy in 2017. Among its highlights, it advised BNDES on the privatisation of MS Gas and the restructuring of the gas regulatory framework in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka are highly rated members of the team. The firm changed its name after the departure in January 2018 of Luis Semeghini de Souza, who is now a sole practitioner. Alecia Bicalho joined from now-defunct firm Motta & Bicalho.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Highlighted for its ‘timely responses’ and ‘exceptional work’, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados acts for developers, investors and corporate clients in urban and rural real estate matters. Marcos Lopes Prado ‘has excellent negotiation skills when acting in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate’. He is noted for his business knowledge and technical expertise.

Next generation lawyers

Marcos Lopes Prado - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados counts several household-name companies among its longstanding clients. The team is well versed in sensitive tax litigation, and regularly advises on the tax aspects of corporate transactions. In tax consulting, the group has extensive knowledge of direct and indirect tax. In one highlight, Sarah Mila Barbassa advised Kellogg on the acquisition of a stake in Parati. In litigation, Hugo Leal achieved a favourable second instance decision for EDP Brasil concerning goodwill-related deductions generated by the acquisition of shares in a special purpose company. Roberto Barrieu, Ramon Castilho and Rafael Malheiro are names to note.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Mila Barbassa - Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados provides ‘clear communications on complex legal issues’. Its recent work includes advising Seadrill on the debt restructuring of a $1.45bn secured credit facility intended to ringfence other entities in the group. Rafael Baleroni is recommended for ship finance.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

The ‘excellent’ team at Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados is focused on transactional support, but is also experienced in financial and regulatory matters. It is advising Eletrobras on regulatory and corporate aspects of its divestment plan. Another highlight was advising Enel Green Power Brasil on the financing and development of two solar power plants with a combined capacity of 546MW. Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is recommended. Alecia Bicalho joined from now-defunct firm Motta & Bicalho.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 2

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Combining expertise in banking and finance and oil and gas matters, Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados has ‘great knowledge of the industry’ and a ‘swift and efficient’ practice. The group advised GeoPark on all regulatory and corporate matters related to the transfer of the company’s 30% stake in two blocks in the Potiguar Basin to Geopar Geosol Participações, as well as advising the company on contractual matters related to its drilling campaign. The ‘expert’ Rafael Baleroni and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are recommended. The firm changed its name following the departure of former name partner Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza.

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

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados stands out for its expertise in project finance. Its recent work includes advising Vale on the sale of its fertilizer company, Vale Fertilizantes, to Mosaic; and, on the contentious side, defending Bunge Fertilizantes in more than 500 separate cases filed by neighbours allegedly affected by the company’s mining activities in Araxá. Frederico Viana Rodrigues is the name to note.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Renato Stephan Grion at Pinheiro Neto Advogados ‘knows 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 Advogados’ Eduardo 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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