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Veirano Advogados

AV BRIGADEIRO FARIA LIMA ,3477, 16¬ļ ANDAR ‚Äď S√ÉO PAULO, SP 04538-133, BRAZIL
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Work +55 11 5505 4001
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www.veirano.com.br

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados' national banking and finance practice benefits from top-level firepower in both its Rio de Janiero and Sao Paulo offices. Notably, the former city is the base of department lead Marcelo Mattos, who enjoys a strong profile in the market for his specialist expertise in energy, shipping and mining-related transactions. Among his highlights, Mattos advised Equinox Gold on an $85m financing provided by Sprott Private Resource Lending (Collector) to Equinox Gold's subsidiary Aurizona Goldfields to support the development of its Aurizona Gold mining project. Indeed, project finance generally is a signature group strength. In another example of its prominent reputation in that area, Ana Carolina Barretto, who leads the firm's projects practice in Sao Paulo, paired up with Rio de Janeiro-based corporate finance specialist Pedro Freitas to advise concessionaire Fraport Brasil Aeroporto de Fortaleza on a R$692m financing granted by Banco do Nordeste do Brasil to fund the expansion and maintenance of Fortaleza International Airport. Outside the projects space, Sao Paulo's Daniela Anversa advised Sky Serviços de Banda Larga, as borrower, on the local aspects of its $1bn syndicated loan involving 16 banks, including Citibank and JP Morgan. Other names to note in Rio de Janeiro include Otávio Carneiro and Elisa Rezende, while Lior Pinsky is also a key contact in Sao Paulo. Rogério Campos recently made partner in Rio de Janeiro.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‚Äėvery committed‚Äô and ‚Äėhardworking‚Äô team at Veirano Advogados is split between S√£o Paulo and Rio de Janeiro and includes experts in litigation, M&A and banking. Its partners can often be found representing creditors in high-profile insolvency proceedings, and it is also adept in distressed M&A. Among C√°ssio Cavalli‚Äôs recent workload was his representation of Banco Santander (Brasil) in the judicial reorganisation of of Bom Jesus Agropecu√°ria; the transaction involved the restructuring of debt through debentures and the replacement of a security package. Sergio Bronstein, Gustavo Moraes Stolagli and Ricardo Gama are also leading figures in the team.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados¬†benefits from a¬†diverse client base in the capital markets area and it regularly advises issuers, underwriters, funds and investors in both debt and equity transactions. In line with the wider firm‚Äôs prominence in the energy space, the power industry is a significant source of mandates and the group recently advised¬†Engie Brasil Energia on its R$746m offering of non-convertible debentures. Telecoms is also an active area and it advised Claro on three recent debt offerings worth a combined¬†R$2.9bn. On the underwriter side, the team acted for Banco Santander (Brasil), Banco Ita√ļ BBA and Banco J. Safra on several placement offerings by Companhia Energ√©tica do Cear√° ‚Äď COELCE, a Brazilian energy company controlled by Enel.¬†Rio de Janeiro-based Carlos Alexandre Lobo¬†and Sao Paulo-based Lior Pinsky¬†co-lead a national group that also includes¬†Daniela Anversa.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados' competition team demonstrates an 'eagerness to understand the particularities of the client's needs'. From its offices in Brasília, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro offices, the firm's antitrust lawyers act for companies in high-profile merger filings; the practice has also developed notable experience representing companies challenging merger transactions. For example, the team recently acted for Sky and WarnerMedia in challenging the acquisition of of 21st Century Fox by The Walt Disney Company. Cartel and abuse of dominance cases also feature in the department's workload. The 'extremely helpful' Leonardo Maniglia Duarte 'has a holistic vision and an open mind'. Mariana Villela heads the department, which also counts a number of experienced associates.

Next Generation Partners

Leonardo Maniglia Duarte - Veirano Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The well-regarded corporate and M&A department at¬†Veirano Advogados¬†is highlighted for its 'deep knowledge of diverse areas of law'. The firm has partners based in Rio de Janeiro and S√£o Paulo as well as Porto Alegre, where it is increasing its presence. The busy practice also¬†made a number of recent hires at the associate level. It is well versed in large M&As, often with a cross-border element. Recently, this has included advising¬†Lwart Participa√ß√Ķes on the sale of 100% of Lwarcel Celulose to a Singaporean group; Gustavo Moraes Stolagli¬†and Sergio Bronstein¬†led the team. On the buy side,¬†Lior Pinsky represented Goldman Sachs in a large minority investment in¬†American Glass Products. Augusto Cesar Barbosa de Souza¬†and Carlos Alexandre Lobo¬†head the department, which also includes Guilherme Ohanian Monteiro,¬†Paula Surerus¬†and Ricardo Camargo Veirano. In a notable September-2019 development, the firm was also appointed as the sole Brazilian law-firm founder member of the newly established Brazil-Mexico Business Council.

Next Generation Partners

Paula Surerus - Veirano Advogados

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Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)
Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Veirano Advogados

Providing a 'world-class service', Veirano Advogados 'offers a high-performance team capable of handling any kind of complex dispute'. The litigation and arbitration lawyers are 'talented, knowledgeable, and take a very common sense approach'. Luiz Guilherme Migliora is 'one of the brightest commercial legal minds in the market'. Jose Carlos Wahle and Renata Cristina Rabelo Gomes are highlighted for their 'deep knowledge in commercial and civil litigation' and 'strategic thinking'. Lívia Miné specialises in tort, product liability and environmental litigation, and Priscila Sansone has vast knowledge of consumer litigation.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados recently acted on solid waste, protected area, remediation of contaminated areas and air pollution matters. It advised wood-based fiber and yarn producer Lenzing on the structuring of its forest and paper business in Brazil. On the contentious side, a highlight was defending Kawasaki Heavy Industries in litigation brought by the  public prosecutor's office in Bahia concerning the construction of a shipyard in an allegedly protected area without license. Ana Luci Grizzi is the name to note.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados distinguishes itself through its focus on policyholders rather than insurers and reinsurers. Insureds, including household name companies, turn to the team for contentious and non-contentious matters. In high-profile work, Felipe Bastos and Fábio Figueira are acting for Samarco Mineração in insurance matters arising out of the tragic dam collapse in the city of Mariana, Minas Gerais. Senior associate Andrea Piccolo Brandão is a key member of the team.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has a broad take on IP matters, covering copyright, domain names, patents and advertising, as well as IT and media and entertainment law matters. The group frequently oversees its clients' entire trade mark portfolios in Brazil; for example, it is retained by chemicals and biotechnology company Lonza Group, for which the team handle matters including trade mark infringement and unfair competition litigation. Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira are the key partners.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

'One of the first legal firms to invest in international trade in Brazil' Veirano Advogados has 'accrued a broad experience in trade matters and is recognised as a leading firm'. The team had another busy year in 2018, with highlights including its assistance to the Brazilian electrical and electronics industry association ABINEE in WTO cases DS472 and DS497, and its representation of a Brazilian producer and exporter BRF in a dumping investigation into exports of broiler products into China. 'One of the greatest minds in international trade law in Brazil', Ana Teresa Caetano heads the department and is noted for her 'ability to analyse problems from different perspectives'. The team includes a number of experienced associates, including Fernanda Kotzias.

Leading individuals

Ana Teresa Caetano - Veirano Advogados

Rising stars

Fernanda Kotzias - Veirano Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

The sizeable, standalone labour practice at Veirano Advogados maintains a focus on high-level disputes. Areas of strength include dismissals, compensation plans and class actions, and the team counts Philip Morris, Microsoft and Merck among its clients. LATAM is another of its household name clients; in recent work,  Luiz Antonio dos Santos Junior represented the company in a class action involving harassment and discrimination claims. Flávia Azevedo is well versed in labour law issues in the oil-and-gas sector and Jose Carlos Wahle has broad experience in employment litigation and internal investigations. Luiz Guilherme Migliora is another active member of the team.

Leading individuals

José Carlos Wahle - Veirano Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados handled numerous infrastructure, energy and aerospace projects in 2018. A highlight was assisting Fraport with the financing granted by Banco do Nordeste for the expansion and maintenance of the Fortaleza airport. The group also continued advising Move SP on the performance of the concession contract for the construction of São Paulo's sixth underground line. Ana Carolina Barretto and Pedro Freitas are recommended. In September 2019 the firm moved to deepen its bench-strength with the hires of Daniel Engel and João Paulo Severa from Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

The 'reputable experts' at Veirano Advogados  'are up to date on current regulatory developments' and 'can navigate complex concession and administrative issues'. Marcos Ludwig 'has a very personable approach and, despite having a visibly brilliant mind, is very easy to communicate with'. Filipe Scherer Oliveira and counsel Mauro Hiane de Moura are key contacts in Porto Alegre.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados' real estate team 'provides tailor-made and efficient solutions for complex cases'. Its hospitality-sector expertise is a stand-out feature; clients include Meliá Hotels International and Rosewood Hotels. Rodrigo de Castro has broad experience in rural and urban real estate, while 'top-notch lawyer' Raphael Moreira Espírito Santo 'really understand the theory and practice of real estate law and developments in Brazil'. Key associates include Bruno Aronne and Gisela Miranda, but the well-regarded Jonnys Lucena moved to Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados.

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TMT
TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

TMT: Telecoms and media - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is recommended for tech and media work, with Valdir Rocha strong at advertising law and corporate lawyer Robson Barreto is experienced at handling IT matters. Clients include Dell, Fox Channels, HBO, Nokia and TIM.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Tax Litigation - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

The 'always extremely professional' lawyers in Veirano Advogados' tax department 'are open to work as a team' and are also praised for their 'rapid responses to client demands' and 'excellent litigation skills'. The team is split between four offices, and handles a range of transactional tax and standalone tax matters. Litigation highlights included João Agripino Maia's defence of Claro in a case involving the deduction of amortisation expenses of the goodwill paid for an acquisition. Practice head Marcelo Reinecken is 'an exceptional lawyer for complex tax litigation and consultation'. Abel Amaro is well versed in indirect tax and customs. Also receiving praise are Ian Muniz, Marco Antonio Monteiro, the 'highly committed' Ari Job Junior and 'young and talented lawyer' Filipe Richter.

Next Generation Partners

Filipe Richter - Veirano Advogados

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Offering 'top-notch solutions', full service firm Veirano Advogados has a strong maritime law group. While mainly known for financing work, it also handles regulatory work such as assisting Heerema Marine Contractors with chartering and employment of foreign-flagged vessels in maritime support activities, the licencing and import of vessels, and charter and operation agreements. Marcelo Mattos is 'efficient and knowledgeable'. Otávio Carneiro and senior associate Rebeca Arruda Gomes are also recommended.

Rising stars

Rebeca Arruda Gomes - Veirano Advogados

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Electricity - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‚Äėclient-oriented‚Äô group at¬†Veirano Advogados¬†scores highly for its ‚Äėdeep experience in the sector‚Äô, which sources say ‚Äėprovides extra security on legal opinions‚Äô. The practice spans the full life-cycle of power work, demonstrates expertise in generation, transmission, distribution and commercialisation, and is routinely engaged by multinational names such as State Grid Corporation of China and Engie.¬†Tiago Figueir√≥¬†is¬†noted for his ‚Äėstrong industry knowledge and problem-solving approach‚Äô; he acted alongside¬†Ana Carolina Barretto¬†to advise Shanghai Electric Group Company in, ultimately terminated, negotiations with Eletrosul Centrais El√©tricas for the acquisition, financing, development and operation of a transmission line project.

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Hydrocarbons
Hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados‚Äô ‚Äėpragmatic and responsive‚Äô approach strikes the right note with sources, who commend its lawyers as ‚Äėreceptive to suggestions‚Äô and able to provide ‚Äėpractical guidance and solutions to meet the client‚Äôs objectives‚Äô. The group, which routinely acts for companies in the downstream, midstream and upstream sectors, is equally adept in transactional and regulatory matters. Highlights included advising BP Gas Marketing on its joint venture with Prumo Logistica to build an LNG terminal, gas pipeline, gas trading company and two power plants in the Port of A√ß√ļ.¬†Ali El Hage Filho, Andre Carvalho¬†and the ‚Äėknowledgeable, practical and commercial‚Äô Rog√©rio Campos¬†co-lead the department.

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Mining
Mining - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ mining team leverages the wider firm’s expertise in project finance and real estate to pack a punch in project development. The group also handles a varied mix of corporate finance, regulatory and environmental matters, including litigation. In a highlight example of its strength in cross-border deals, Pedro Garcia acted as Brazilian counsel for Leagold on its headline multi-jurisdictional acquisition of Brio Gold. On the contentious side, Garcia advised AngloGold Ashanti on various expansion issues related to its gold mining operations, including representing it before the Mining Agency. Carlos Americo Castro and Pedro Freitas are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carlos Americo Castro - Veirano Advogados

Pedro Garcia - Veirano Advogados

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