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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

In 2016, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados was particularly busy advising both banks and concessionaires on infrastructure financings for the construction and maintenance of highways and toll roads. Other work saw the team advising Delta Air Lines on the renegotiation of a reimbursement agreement with Gol to reflect further guarantees granted for maintenance and operational agreements. The firm recently promoted Ana Paula Calil, Daniel Laudisio and Eduardo Abrantes, increasing the number of partners in the team to 12. Particularly notable are Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira, Ronald Herscovici and, in Rio de Janeiro, founding partner Maurício Teixeira dos Santos.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados strengthened its litigation and restructuring capabilities with the hire of Fábio Rosas from TozziniFreire Advogados in 2016. He and Tiago Schreiner Lopes acted for Bratel, Oi’s biggest shareholder, in relation to Oi’s judicial reorganisation and related litigation. In another significant matter, Rafael Baptista Baleroni represented Pacific Exploration and Production and its Brazilian subsidiary in its reorganisation and DIP financing following insolvency filings in Canada, the US and Colombia.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados specialises in fund formation and securitisation alongside its regulatory, equity and debt work. The group advised the selling shareholders, FIP Coliseu and CEMIG, on a restricted-effort placement of shares in energy transmission company Taesa, with a total value of R$1.29bn. Another highlight was assisting GJP Fundo de Investimento em Participações with a secondary offering of shares representing approximately 45% of the voting and total capital stock of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens, worth R$1.23bn. Following the promotion of Ana Paula Calil, Daniel Laudisio and Rio de Janeiro based Eduardo Abrantes, the team now includes ten partners, notably Daniel de Miranda Facó, Alexandre Gossn Barreto and Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira.

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 maintains a strong reputation for merger filings, although its competition practice encompasses a broader spread of behavioural work and antitrust compliance. It is currently acting for a number of clients – both companies and individuals – in administrative proceedings that form part of investigations into alleged anti-competitive conduct. Among its many merger instructions in 2016, it acted for several companies which were formerly part of the Fernandes Vieira Group in their acquisition by Rede D’or, which was approved without restrictions. Practice heads Joyce Midori Honda and Ricardo Lara Gaillard and associate Leonardo Mansur Lunardi Danesi are recognised for their ‘experience and professionalism’.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

The ‘really outstanding’ M&A department at Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is highlighted for its ‘professionalism and creativity’ and its ‘non-stop commitment to the client, regardless of what the legal matter is’. Under the leadership of Marcos Rafael Flesch and Maria Cristina Cescon – ‘one of the top M&A and corporate lawyers in the country’ – the team continues to attract a steady flow of work from domestic and international clients in the food and beverage, private equity, retail, and healthcare sectors, among others. Among its work for household-name companies, Roberto Pary acted for Coca-Cola on the acquisition of dairy company Laticínios Verde Campo. Elsewhere, Cescon worked alongside Fernanda Bastos Buhatem, Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Carlos Augusto Junqueira in advising Eneva on its merger with Cambuhy Investimentos and Parnaíba Gas Natural (PGN), through a private capital increase. The firm also advised The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of public corporation Tempo Participações, which was subsequently delisted. ‘Remarkable professional’ Cristina de Freitas Bueno is ‘trustworthy, committed and organised’. Tiago Bonatti Peres, Ana Carolina Passos and associate Fernanda Cirne Montorfano also attract strong praise.

Leading lawyers

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

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ dispute resolution group, which is co-led by Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga, achieves ‘incredible results’. ‘When facing a complex situation’, Braga ‘jumps into the confusion, devising new options, hunting for new paths of least resistance’; he recently represented Spring Televisão in litigation filed by the federal attorney’s office to annul the allegedly simulated transfer of the TV concession from Abril to the client. Also recommended are the ‘excellent’ Tiago Lopes, and the ‘well-prepared and professional’ Ana Carolina Beneti.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Benefiting from the firm’s signature corporate practice, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ environmental team regularly handles due diligence matters. In other work, it defended Bunge Fertilizantes against over 500 lawsuits filed by individuals claiming compensation for damage to their health allegedly caused by the ingestion of water contaminated by barium. Associate Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini is the name to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has an impressive roster of high-profile domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries. The group advised a shipping company in negotiations with a trade union relating to a collective dismissal. On the contentious side, it represented a Brazilian residential construction company in a class action filed by the public prosecutor’s office. Recently promoted partner Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto heads the department.

Next generation lawyers

Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has long enjoyed an excellent reputation for project finance. It recently advised Caixa Econômica Federal on the long-term financing extended to the concessionaire of a toll road connecting the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás: the first of its kind under the government’s new logistics investment programme. On the concessionaire side, the team acted for Concessionária de Rodovia Sul-Matogrossense on the expansion and operation of a highway, and Companhia do Metrô da Bahia on the construction and operation of a subway system in the city of Salvador. The ‘proactive’ team includes Luis Semeghini de Souza, who is ‘one of the pioneers of project finance work in Brazil’, and also Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka.

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 invested in its real estate group through the promotion of Marcos Lopes Prado to partner in 2016. The team has particular strength in real estate related M&A transactions, although the practice also covers property regularisation, lease agreements and rural real estate developments, among other areas.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ ‘very efficient and committed’ team has a solid client base of household-name companies, including Whirlpool, Brookfield and Banco Bradesco. The firm’s renown in corporate and M&A ensures a flow of engagements for the tax department in large transactions, and judicial and administrative litigation is another strength. Roberto Barrieu and Sarah Mila Barbassa – who made partner in 2017 – are recommended. Hugo Leal, Ramon Castilho and Rafael Malheiro are the other partners in the team.

Next generation lawyers

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

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

With a focus on the financing of ships, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has seen an increase in ship mortgage instructions. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Mitsui on the acquisition of a multi-purpose offshore vessel.

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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 is notable for its financing expertise in the sector, regularly acting on the lender side, and is also active in transactional support. Recent highlights include advising Triunfo Participações e Investimentos on the sale of two hydropower plants to China Three Gorges, and assisting Golar GenPower in the development of a thermoelectric power plant. The ‘knowledgeable’ Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, based in Rio de Janeiro, is recommended.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

‘Swift and efficient’, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has ‘in-depth industry and practical knowledge’, combining its experience in the oil and gas sector with its banking and finance expertise. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Pacific Brasil on ceasing activities in Brazil, including farm-out negotiations of eight offshore blocks. In addition to further farm-out matters and financings, the group also assisted a number of clients in unitisation negotiations. Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are also recommended.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados stands out for its project finance expertise, and recently advised Brio Gold on its $51m acquisition of a mining project. On the contentious side, it is defending Bunge Fertilizantes in indemnification litigation filed by neighbours whose health was allegedly affected by mining activities through the intake of barium-contaminated water. Belo Horizonte based Frederico Viana Rodrigues is recommended.

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Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados ‘has great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyer’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves ‘has deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Fernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategic’ Mauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combative’ Adriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

In 2016, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados was particularly busy advising both banks and concessionaires on infrastructure financings for the construction and maintenance of highways and toll roads. Other work saw the team advising Delta Air Lines on the renegotiation of a reimbursement agreement with Gol to reflect further guarantees granted for maintenance and operational agreements. The firm recently promoted Ana Paula Calil, Daniel Laudisio and Eduardo Abrantes, increasing the number of partners in the team to 12. Particularly notable are Alexandre Gossn Barreto, Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira, Ronald Herscovici and, in Rio de Janeiro, founding partner Maurício Teixeira dos Santos.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados strengthened its litigation and restructuring capabilities with the hire of Fábio Rosas from TozziniFreire Advogados in 2016. He and Tiago Schreiner Lopes acted for Bratel, Oi’s biggest shareholder, in relation to Oi’s judicial reorganisation and related litigation. In another significant matter, Rafael Baptista Baleroni represented Pacific Exploration and Production and its Brazilian subsidiary in its reorganisation and DIP financing following insolvency filings in Canada, the US and Colombia.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados specialises in fund formation and securitisation alongside its regulatory, equity and debt work. The group advised the selling shareholders, FIP Coliseu and CEMIG, on a restricted-effort placement of shares in energy transmission company Taesa, with a total value of R$1.29bn. Another highlight was assisting GJP Fundo de Investimento em Participações with a secondary offering of shares representing approximately 45% of the voting and total capital stock of CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens, worth R$1.23bn. Following the promotion of Ana Paula Calil, Daniel Laudisio and Rio de Janeiro based Eduardo Abrantes, the team now includes ten partners, notably Daniel de Miranda Facó, Alexandre Gossn Barreto and Joaquim José Aceturi de Oliveira.

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 maintains a strong reputation for merger filings, although its competition practice encompasses a broader spread of behavioural work and antitrust compliance. It is currently acting for a number of clients – both companies and individuals – in administrative proceedings that form part of investigations into alleged anti-competitive conduct. Among its many merger instructions in 2016, it acted for several companies which were formerly part of the Fernandes Vieira Group in their acquisition by Rede D’or, which was approved without restrictions. Practice heads Joyce Midori Honda and Ricardo Lara Gaillard and associate Leonardo Mansur Lunardi Danesi are recognised for their ‘experience and professionalism’.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

The ‘really outstanding’ M&A department at Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados is highlighted for its ‘professionalism and creativity’ and its ‘non-stop commitment to the client, regardless of what the legal matter is’. Under the leadership of Marcos Rafael Flesch and Maria Cristina Cescon – ‘one of the top M&A and corporate lawyers in the country’ – the team continues to attract a steady flow of work from domestic and international clients in the food and beverage, private equity, retail, and healthcare sectors, among others. Among its work for household-name companies, Roberto Pary acted for Coca-Cola on the acquisition of dairy company Laticínios Verde Campo. Elsewhere, Cescon worked alongside Fernanda Bastos Buhatem, Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Carlos Augusto Junqueira in advising Eneva on its merger with Cambuhy Investimentos and Parnaíba Gas Natural (PGN), through a private capital increase. The firm also advised The Carlyle Group on the acquisition of public corporation Tempo Participações, which was subsequently delisted. ‘Remarkable professional’ Cristina de Freitas Bueno is ‘trustworthy, committed and organised’. Tiago Bonatti Peres, Ana Carolina Passos and associate Fernanda Cirne Montorfano also attract strong praise.

Leading lawyers

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

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

Next generation lawyers

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

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 4

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ dispute resolution group, which is co-led by Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo and Carlos Braga, achieves ‘incredible results’. ‘When facing a complex situation’, Braga ‘jumps into the confusion, devising new options, hunting for new paths of least resistance’; he recently represented Spring Televisão in litigation filed by the federal attorney’s office to annul the allegedly simulated transfer of the TV concession from Abril to the client. Also recommended are the ‘excellent’ Tiago Lopes, and the ‘well-prepared and professional’ Ana Carolina Beneti.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 5

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Benefiting from the firm’s signature corporate practice, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ environmental team regularly handles due diligence matters. In other work, it defended Bunge Fertilizantes against over 500 lawsuits filed by individuals claiming compensation for damage to their health allegedly caused by the ingestion of water contaminated by barium. Associate Rebeca Alves Corrêa de Lima Stefanini is the name to note.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has an impressive roster of high-profile domestic and international clients in a wide range of industries. The group advised a shipping company in negotiations with a trade union relating to a collective dismissal. On the contentious side, it represented a Brazilian residential construction company in a class action filed by the public prosecutor’s office. Recently promoted partner Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto heads the department.

Next generation lawyers

Aldo Augusto Martinez Neto - Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 1

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has long enjoyed an excellent reputation for project finance. It recently advised Caixa Econômica Federal on the long-term financing extended to the concessionaire of a toll road connecting the states of Minas Gerais and Goiás: the first of its kind under the government’s new logistics investment programme. On the concessionaire side, the team acted for Concessionária de Rodovia Sul-Matogrossense on the expansion and operation of a highway, and Companhia do Metrô da Bahia on the construction and operation of a subway system in the city of Salvador. The ‘proactive’ team includes Luis Semeghini de Souza, who is ‘one of the pioneers of project finance work in Brazil’, and also Maurício Teixeira dos Santos and Karin Yamauti Hatanaka.

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 invested in its real estate group through the promotion of Marcos Lopes Prado to partner in 2016. The team has particular strength in real estate related M&A transactions, although the practice also covers property regularisation, lease agreements and rural real estate developments, among other areas.

Next generation lawyers

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

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ ‘very efficient and committed’ team has a solid client base of household-name companies, including Whirlpool, Brookfield and Banco Bradesco. The firm’s renown in corporate and M&A ensures a flow of engagements for the tax department in large transactions, and judicial and administrative litigation is another strength. Roberto Barrieu and Sarah Mila Barbassa – who made partner in 2017 – are recommended. Hugo Leal, Ramon Castilho and Rafael Malheiro are the other partners in the team.

Next generation lawyers

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

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

With a focus on the financing of ships, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has seen an increase in ship mortgage instructions. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Mitsui on the acquisition of a multi-purpose offshore vessel.

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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 is notable for its financing expertise in the sector, regularly acting on the lender side, and is also active in transactional support. Recent highlights include advising Triunfo Participações e Investimentos on the sale of two hydropower plants to China Three Gorges, and assisting Golar GenPower in the development of a thermoelectric power plant. The ‘knowledgeable’ Maurício Teixeira dos Santos, based in Rio de Janeiro, is recommended.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

‘Swift and efficient’, Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados has ‘in-depth industry and practical knowledge’, combining its experience in the oil and gas sector with its banking and finance expertise. Rafael Baleroni led advice to Pacific Brasil on ceasing activities in Brazil, including farm-out negotiations of eight offshore blocks. In addition to further farm-out matters and financings, the group also assisted a number of clients in unitisation negotiations. Luis Antonio Semeghini de Souza and Maurício Teixeira dos Santos are also recommended.

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

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados

Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados stands out for its project finance expertise, and recently advised Brio Gold on its $51m acquisition of a mining project. On the contentious side, it is defending Bunge Fertilizantes in indemnification litigation filed by neighbours whose health was allegedly affected by mining activities through the intake of barium-contaminated water. Belo Horizonte based Frederico Viana Rodrigues is recommended.

[back to top]

Latin America: International firms

Local practitioners of note (by country)

Recommended lawyers at Pinheiro Neto Advogados include American Arbitration Association (AAA) advisory council member Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion; both are highly regarded for their expertise, with the practice having recently handled several ICC disputes. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados ‘has great knowledge of infrastructure and energy’, and José Antonio Fichtner is currently handling several international arbitrations related to those two sectors. Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados’ department co-heads Carlos Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo have recently acted together in ICC arbitrations relating to the retail and agrochemical industries, among others. The practice was further strengthened by the arrival of Ana Carolina Beneti in 2015. The sizeable team at Lilla, Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados acts for multinationals such as Portuguese construction company Efacec and US-based manufacturer ITT Group, and domestic companies including agribusiness giant Rezende Barbosa. The very experienced Hermes Marcelo Huck, Fábio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa and Rogério Carmona Bianco are the names to note. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide Advogados founding partner Marcelo Roberto Ferro is very active in the arbitral community, serving as president of the LCIA’s Latin American and Caribbean users’ council and also chairing the ICC’s Brazil arbitration and mediation committee. At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, practice co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho continues to handle several contractual disputes, including representing Michelin in arbitral proceedings arising from the acquisition of an asset tracking and driver monitoring company. At Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados, ‘excellent lawyer’ Eduardo Damião Gonçalves ‘has deep knowledge and gets to the point quickly’. In one of many highlights, he is acting in a construction dispute heard under ICC rules. TozziniFreire Advogados’ Fernando Eduardo Serec is handling several six-figure ICC cases, representing high-profile international as well as domestic clients. Eleonora Coelho, who founded boutique firm Eleonora Coelho Advogados in 2015, is a member of the ICC’s Latin America committee and also sits on the ICDR’s Latin America advisory council. Key figures at L.O. Baptista Advogados include the ‘strategic’ Mauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combative’ Adriana Braghetta; and Fernando Marcodes, who ‘is technical and gets involved’. Stocche Forbes Advogados’ recent clients include Cargill Agrícola, CVS and Odebrecht. Rafael Passaro, who has ‘a very accurate view of the economic aspects of arbitration’, and Luis Guilherme Aidar Bondioli are the names to note. Lobo de Rizzo Advogados’ Luis Fernando Guerrero is increasingly active as an arbitrator. Luiz Olavo Baptista, who founded Atelier Jurídico in 2015, is a widely respected arbitrator.

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