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Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch 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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is highly recommended for structured finance transactions, and has recently handled numerous debt restructurings. It advised ING Capital, BNP Paribas, Citibank and DNB Capital as mandated lead arrangers on a senior secured loan facility to finance the $475m acquisition of the Brava Star drillship; and advised Brookfield Infrastructure Group on a R$800m debtor-in-possession loan granted to OAS Group to fund its continuing operation during its debt restructuring, a matter led by Alexandre Gossn Barreto. Clients also recommend Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira, who instils ‘a sense of calm and confidence in stressful situations’, and ‘sharp negotiatorRonald Herscovici. In Rio de Janeiro, founding partner Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is a standout name.

Leading lawyers

Ronald Herscovici - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Leveraging the wider firm’s relationships with financial institutions, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados attracts instructions from creditors in judicial and extra-judicial restructuring proceedings, and also maintains a significant debtor-side practice. 2015 also saw the team act for a number of potential investors in distressed M&A transactions. Litigators Tiago Schreiner Lopes, Carlos David Albuquerque Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo head the practice. Fábio Rosas joined from TozziniFreire Advogados in 2016.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

An undisputed leader in the area, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados covers equity, debt and hybrid securities issuances, and regularly advises companies on regulatory and corporate governance matters. Another area of expertise is the project bond financing of offshore exploration and production assets. In a quiet equity market, FPC Par Corretora de Seguros’ public offering of R$603m common shares was a highlight instruction for the group, with Daniel de Miranda Facó the lead partner. Alexandre Gossn Barreto led advice to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in relation to a R$800m debtor-in-possession facility granted to the OAS Group, the first financing of its kind involving an investor which is not a creditor of the company undergoing a court-supervised debt restructuring. Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira, ‘energy industry expertMaurício Teixeira dos Santos and Ronald Herscovici also come recommended.

Leading lawyers

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

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

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has historically been known for its merger review work, but over time has broadened its practice to include cartel investigations and anti-competitive conduct, and is also building a private competition litigation practice. Highlights included acting for two individuals in an investigation into possible bid rigging in the rail and train market, and representing a former bank executive in an investigation into alleged foreign exchange rate manipulation. The ‘proactive and accurate’ team includes Joyce Midori Honda, Fabíola Cammarota de Abreu and Ricardo Lara Gaillard.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has a significant presence in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with additional offices across the country, and prides itself on its full-service offering and integrated, cross-practice approach to instructions. Among its recent highlights, Marcos Rafael Flesch and Marina Prado worked alongside the firm’s antitrust team to advise Bematech on its merger with Totvs, which was one of the largest mergers in the IT sector in Brazil in recent years. Many of the team’s most impressive deals are in the power, energy and infrastructure sectors, where the firm has well-known expertise; a multidisciplinary team which included Flesch and Roberto Pary on the corporate side recently advised Royal Dutch Shell on its acquisition of BG Group, valued at around £47bn. On the seller side, Ronald Herscovici acted for Brazilian infrastructure group Triunfo Participações e Investimentos on the sale of hydropower plants to China Three Gorges. Maria Cristina Cescon co-heads the practice along with Flesch, and is also recommended. Recent developments on the personnel front include the promotion of Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos to partner in 2016, and the departure of Gyedre Palma Carneiro de Oliveira to establish Carneiro de Oliveira Advogados.

Leading lawyers

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

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

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

The ‘timely and efficient’ team at Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados acts for a variety of major Brazilian companies, covering both litigaton and arbitration, where it has particular expertise in contractual disputes. Tiago Lopes, who has a ‘strong legal background and good business judgement’, represented Videolar-Innova in a claim filed against Inepar concerning the termination of a supply and services agreement for an industrial plant. The four-partner team also includes Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, Carlos Braga and Ana Carolina Beneti. Since research ended, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Helena Najjar Abdo from Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados, but Ana Carolina Beneti has left the firm.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Working in close co-operation with the firm’s corporate and M&A department, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ environmental practice is active in due dilgence matters. On the contentious side, it defended Sany Indústria do Brasil against a civil class action concerning the installation of an industrial plant allegedly located in a permanent preservation area. Associate Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini is the key name.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados provides ‘precise, objective and fair’ advice, and key lawyer and associate Luiz Felipe Di Sessaquickly understands a client’s needs and provides straight answers’. He manages Dama Comércio de Alimentos e Promoções’ entire IP portfolio, and also recently advised Whirlpool on the IP aspects of a joint venture with Ambev.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has been active in relation to internal investigations, collective dismissals, and class actions, ‘quickly assembling a multi-disciplinary team if necessary’. Recently appointed partner Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto took over as practice head following Dario Abrahão Rabay’s departure to Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in February 2016.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

The ‘proactive’ team at Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has a very strong reputation for project finance work, with experience spanning power, oil and gas, transportation and logistics, and water and sewage projects. A highlight was advising Bradesco, Santander and ING Bank on a guarantee agreement for the issuance of credit letters to secure a R$1.7bn loan granted by BNDES and extended to Logum for the financing of an ethanol logistics network. Clients recommend Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka, who has ‘great industry knowledge and project finance expertise’.

Leading lawyers

Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados handles the full spread of real estate work, with experience in urban and rural property matters. Senior associate Marcos Lopes Prado heads the team and is recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is well regarded for its transactional support work, but also has a steadily growing tax litigation practice, with experience in sensitive contentious matters in administrative and judicial courts. On the transactional side, Roberto Barrieu and Ramon Castilho recently advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners on the acquisition of a renewable energy portfolio. Rafael Malheiro and litigator Hugo Barreto Sodré Leal are the other partners in the team.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados delivers ‘a fantastic service’, with a focus on project finance involving ships and offshore oil assets. It recently advised ING Bank and Atradius on the $780m financing of three pipe-laying support vessels. Rafael Baleroniis willing to go the extra mile’.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados leverages its strength in corporate and finance matters to advise on transactions in the energy sector, recently advising Banco Itaú on the project financing of a 180MW wind complex. Other clients include CEMIG, Enel Green Power and Santo Antônio Energia. One of six partners in the team, Rio de Janeiro-based Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is ‘always available and very knowledgeable’.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Clients value Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ ‘dedication, commitment, and in-depth industry and practical knowledge’, a ‘mindset which is instilled into the more junior lawyers on the team’. The oil-and-gas group is led by Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza, the ‘extremely knowledgeableMaurício Teixeira dos Santos and ‘regulatory expertRafael Baleroni. The latter advised Petrobras on having its E&P activities in pre-salt areas assigned as a priority project by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, such that the local bonds could be classified as an infrastructure project and used to finance the project with tax benefits. Other clients include Alvopetro, Shell and Pacific Rubiales Energy, as well as various financial institutions.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados regularly advises on project financing, and also handles regulatory and contractual matters in the sector. Belo Horizonte-based Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a key partner in the team, which acts for clients such as LGA Mineração e Siderurgia, Mineração Serra Verde and Sandvik.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitionerEduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is highly recommended for structured finance transactions, and has recently handled numerous debt restructurings. It advised ING Capital, BNP Paribas, Citibank and DNB Capital as mandated lead arrangers on a senior secured loan facility to finance the $475m acquisition of the Brava Star drillship; and advised Brookfield Infrastructure Group on a R$800m debtor-in-possession loan granted to OAS Group to fund its continuing operation during its debt restructuring, a matter led by Alexandre Gossn Barreto. Clients also recommend Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira, who instils ‘a sense of calm and confidence in stressful situations’, and ‘sharp negotiatorRonald Herscovici. In Rio de Janeiro, founding partner Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is a standout name.

Leading lawyers

Ronald Herscovici - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Leveraging the wider firm’s relationships with financial institutions, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados attracts instructions from creditors in judicial and extra-judicial restructuring proceedings, and also maintains a significant debtor-side practice. 2015 also saw the team act for a number of potential investors in distressed M&A transactions. Litigators Tiago Schreiner Lopes, Carlos David Albuquerque Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo head the practice. Fábio Rosas joined from TozziniFreire Advogados in 2016.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

An undisputed leader in the area, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados covers equity, debt and hybrid securities issuances, and regularly advises companies on regulatory and corporate governance matters. Another area of expertise is the project bond financing of offshore exploration and production assets. In a quiet equity market, FPC Par Corretora de Seguros’ public offering of R$603m common shares was a highlight instruction for the group, with Daniel de Miranda Facó the lead partner. Alexandre Gossn Barreto led advice to Brookfield Infrastructure Partners in relation to a R$800m debtor-in-possession facility granted to the OAS Group, the first financing of its kind involving an investor which is not a creditor of the company undergoing a court-supervised debt restructuring. Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira, ‘energy industry expertMaurício Teixeira dos Santos and Ronald Herscovici also come recommended.

Leading lawyers

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

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

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has historically been known for its merger review work, but over time has broadened its practice to include cartel investigations and anti-competitive conduct, and is also building a private competition litigation practice. Highlights included acting for two individuals in an investigation into possible bid rigging in the rail and train market, and representing a former bank executive in an investigation into alleged foreign exchange rate manipulation. The ‘proactive and accurate’ team includes Joyce Midori Honda, Fabíola Cammarota de Abreu and Ricardo Lara Gaillard.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has a significant presence in both São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with additional offices across the country, and prides itself on its full-service offering and integrated, cross-practice approach to instructions. Among its recent highlights, Marcos Rafael Flesch and Marina Prado worked alongside the firm’s antitrust team to advise Bematech on its merger with Totvs, which was one of the largest mergers in the IT sector in Brazil in recent years. Many of the team’s most impressive deals are in the power, energy and infrastructure sectors, where the firm has well-known expertise; a multidisciplinary team which included Flesch and Roberto Pary on the corporate side recently advised Royal Dutch Shell on its acquisition of BG Group, valued at around £47bn. On the seller side, Ronald Herscovici acted for Brazilian infrastructure group Triunfo Participações e Investimentos on the sale of hydropower plants to China Three Gorges. Maria Cristina Cescon co-heads the practice along with Flesch, and is also recommended. Recent developments on the personnel front include the promotion of Ana Carolina Castro Reis Passos to partner in 2016, and the departure of Gyedre Palma Carneiro de Oliveira to establish Carneiro de Oliveira Advogados.

Leading lawyers

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

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

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

The ‘timely and efficient’ team at Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados acts for a variety of major Brazilian companies, covering both litigaton and arbitration, where it has particular expertise in contractual disputes. Tiago Lopes, who has a ‘strong legal background and good business judgement’, represented Videolar-Innova in a claim filed against Inepar concerning the termination of a supply and services agreement for an industrial plant. The four-partner team also includes Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo, Carlos Braga and Ana Carolina Beneti. Since research ended, the team has been further strengthened with the hire of Helena Najjar Abdo from Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados, but Ana Carolina Beneti has left the firm.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Working in close co-operation with the firm’s corporate and M&A department, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ environmental practice is active in due dilgence matters. On the contentious side, it defended Sany Indústria do Brasil against a civil class action concerning the installation of an industrial plant allegedly located in a permanent preservation area. Associate Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini is the key name.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados provides ‘precise, objective and fair’ advice, and key lawyer and associate Luiz Felipe Di Sessaquickly understands a client’s needs and provides straight answers’. He manages Dama Comércio de Alimentos e Promoções’ entire IP portfolio, and also recently advised Whirlpool on the IP aspects of a joint venture with Ambev.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has been active in relation to internal investigations, collective dismissals, and class actions, ‘quickly assembling a multi-disciplinary team if necessary’. Recently appointed partner Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto took over as practice head following Dario Abrahão Rabay’s departure to Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in February 2016.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

The ‘proactive’ team at Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has a very strong reputation for project finance work, with experience spanning power, oil and gas, transportation and logistics, and water and sewage projects. A highlight was advising Bradesco, Santander and ING Bank on a guarantee agreement for the issuance of credit letters to secure a R$1.7bn loan granted by BNDES and extended to Logum for the financing of an ethanol logistics network. Clients recommend Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka, who has ‘great industry knowledge and project finance expertise’.

Leading lawyers

Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados handles the full spread of real estate work, with experience in urban and rural property matters. Senior associate Marcos Lopes Prado heads the team and is recommended.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is well regarded for its transactional support work, but also has a steadily growing tax litigation practice, with experience in sensitive contentious matters in administrative and judicial courts. On the transactional side, Roberto Barrieu and Ramon Castilho recently advised Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners on the acquisition of a renewable energy portfolio. Rafael Malheiro and litigator Hugo Barreto Sodré Leal are the other partners in the team.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados delivers ‘a fantastic service’, with a focus on project finance involving ships and offshore oil assets. It recently advised ING Bank and Atradius on the $780m financing of three pipe-laying support vessels. Rafael Baleroniis willing to go the extra mile’.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados leverages its strength in corporate and finance matters to advise on transactions in the energy sector, recently advising Banco Itaú on the project financing of a 180MW wind complex. Other clients include CEMIG, Enel Green Power and Santo Antônio Energia. One of six partners in the team, Rio de Janeiro-based Maurício Teixeira dos Santos is ‘always available and very knowledgeable’.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Clients value Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ ‘dedication, commitment, and in-depth industry and practical knowledge’, a ‘mindset which is instilled into the more junior lawyers on the team’. The oil-and-gas group is led by Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza, the ‘extremely knowledgeableMaurício Teixeira dos Santos and ‘regulatory expertRafael Baleroni. The latter advised Petrobras on having its E&P activities in pre-salt areas assigned as a priority project by the Ministry of Mines and Energy, such that the local bonds could be classified as an infrastructure project and used to finance the project with tax benefits. Other clients include Alvopetro, Shell and Pacific Rubiales Energy, as well as various financial institutions.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados regularly advises on project financing, and also handles regulatory and contractual matters in the sector. Belo Horizonte-based Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a key partner in the team, which acts for clients such as LGA Mineração e Siderurgia, Mineração Serra Verde and Sandvik.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados’ arbitration practice head Gilberto Giusti is a highly regarded and experienced practitioner; he is a longstanding member of the Latin American Group of the ICC and also a member of the Latin American Arbitration Association (ALARB). His colleague Renato Stephan Grion is another name to note. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados’ José Antonio Fichtner regularly handles high-value arbitrations, and is currently defending Porto Sudeste do Brasil in a R$1.1bn contractual dispute with Mineração Usiminas seated in the Centre for Arbitration of the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. At Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados, arbitration group co-head Carlos Braga has an impressive track record in domestic and international commercial arbitration cases, with recent matters taking him to, among other forums, the ICC and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados’ dispute resolution team is particularly active in energy and construction related arbitrations, although recent clients also include Kimberly Clark and Somos Educação. The key contacts at the firm include senior founding partner Hermes Marcelo Huck and Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa. Sergio Bermudes Advogados’ Fabiano Robalinho Cavalcanti, a member of the ICC and director of the Brazilian Committee of Arbitration, comes recommended. The ‘truly excellent’ Marcelo Roberto Ferro at Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados is president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean Users’ Council and also chairs the ICC Brazil’s Arbitration and Mediation Committee, reflecting his standing in the international commercial arbitration community. Practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho is a key contact in Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ very active team; she is a member of the IBA and is very experienced in contractual disputes, particularly in the aviation sector. ‘Notable practitionerEduardo Damião Gonçalves is at the heart of many of the high-profile arbitrations handled by Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados. His recent highlights, which include ICC cases, span the real estate, construction and food and beverage sectors. At TozziniFreire Advogados, Fernando Eduardo Serec is advising a mix of domestic and international clients in ongoing ICC cases. Two new arbitration boutique firms were founded in 2015, with the renowned Luiz Olavo Baptista setting up Atelier Jurídico; and Eleonora Coelho, formerly of Castro, Barros, Sobral, Gomes Advogados, establishing Eleonora Coelho Advogados.

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