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Veirano Advogados

AV PRESIDENTE WILSON, 231, 25º ANDAR – RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ 20030-021, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 21 3824 4747
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Fax +55 21 2262 4247
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Web:
www.veirano.com.br
Brasilia, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has particular expertise in project finance, with São Paulo based Ana Carolina Barretto regularly handling multibillion-dollar projects. In other work, she and Lior Pinsky advised development finance institution DEG on entering into a loan agreement with Waelzholz Brasmetal Laminação. Rio de Janeiro based practice head Marcelo Mattos, who provides ‘excellent and timely advice’, is experienced in cross-border matters and recently advised JPMorgan Chase, as administrative agent, on the amendment and restatement of a revolving credit agreement provided to companies in the Alcoa group. Rogério Campos made partner in January 2018.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‘very proactive and diligent’ team at Veirano Advogados combines transactional and litigation expertise, such that it is well equipped to handle judicial and out-of-court recoveries. Highlights included representing Banco Santander in the negotiation of the pre-pack reorganisation plan submitted by Colombo, which marked the country’s largest extra-judicial reorganisation; Sérgio Bronstein, Cássio Cavalli (who made partner in 2017) and Daniela Anversa took key roles. Gustavo Moraes Stolagli and Ricardo Gama are other names to note in the team, which has expanded at associate level through several recent hires, including Priscila Riccetto Bertolucci Pereira from Soares Bumachar Chagas Barros Advogados. Eduardo Guimarães Wanderley left for BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ client portfolio includes numerous banks, including Banco Citibank, Banco J. Safra and Banco Alfa de Investimento. The team acted for Banco Itaú BBA and Banco Santander on a second issuance of non-convertible debentures by Sonae Sierra, worth R$250m. On the company side, Claro is an active client, instructing the team in relation to the issuance of non-convertible debentures and commercial paper. Carlos Lobo and Lior Pinsky head the eight-partner group, in which Daniela Anversa is a standout practitioner.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The ‘very professional’ competition department at Veirano Advogados provides ‘excellent service’ and ‘adds value to the client’s business’. 2017 was another busy year for the team, which is equipped to handle the gamut of antitrust issues. It successfully represented Claro in the investigation into leading telecoms companies in Brazil and alleged abuse of dominant position with regard to zero-rating policies. On the merger review side, highlights included advising Hertz on the acquisition of its Brazilian business by Localiza Rent a Car and Localiza Fleet; the transaction was cleared without restrictions in 2017. Leonardo Maniglia Duarte, who has been a partner since 2016, attracts strong praise. Mariana Villela is another key contact.

Next generation lawyers

Leonardo Maniglia Duarte - Veirano Advogados

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Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’)
Corporate and M&A (including ‘compliance’) - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados provides ‘an excellent service’ to its clients, which include leading companies in the automotive, TMT and pharmaceutical sectors. Among its work highlights in 2017, Paula Surerus and Valdir Rocha advised Hertz on the sale of its Brazil operations to Localiza Rent a Car and its subsidiary Localiza Fleet. Private equity is another focal area, with Renata Fialho de Oliveira a key contact in this space. The ‘committed, available and competent’ Carlos Lobo ‘always comes up with creative solutions’. Lior Pinsky and Sérgio Bronstein are other leading practitioners in the team, often taking a lead role in the department’s major transactions. Augusto Cesar Barbosa de Souza and associate Vanessa Felício are also recommended. Fábio Figueira co-heads the team with de Souza.

Next generation lawyers

Paula Surerus - Veirano Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 5

Veirano Advogados

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados provides ‘a top-level service with a great deal of enthusiasm’, with specialisms including product liability and consumer litigation. In a widely publicised case, the group obtained an injunction against public authorities in Rio de Janeiro on behalf of urban mobility app 99, maintaining and safeguarding the client’s activities. Rosângela Delgado, Luiz Guilherme Migliora, the ‘experienced’ José Carlos Wahle and the ‘excellent’ Mateus Carreteiro are recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is highly rated for its solid waste practice, and also regularly handles protected area, post-consumption liability and contamination matters. The ‘very competent’ Ana Luci Grizzi is assisting Sandvik do Brasil in a case filed by the public attorney’s office concerning the full remediation of a contaminated area. Other mandates include assisting Vale Fertilizantes in seeking the cancellation of a R$10m fine imposed by the state environmental agency for alleged air and odour pollution. Senior associate Bibiana Carvalho Azambuja da Silva has left the firm.

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ insurance practice was bolstered by the arrival of Felipe Bastos, who re-joined the firm from PVS Advogados. It stands out for its focus on policyholders, which it assists in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Also noted is Fábio Figueira, who has a broad corporate and insurance practice. However, senior associate Fernanda Tostes Malta has left the firm.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ Valdir de Oliveira Rocha Filho and Fábio Pereira have notable expertise in IP, with complementary experience in IT, media and entertainment law and access to the full-service capabilities of the firm. The team, which includes a number of experienced associates, acts for Brazilian and international companies in areas such as copyright, domain names, patents and advertising.

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

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados covers the gamut of international trade, with vast experience representing diverse parties in trade and customs proceedings, including representing Brazilian interests in trade remedy proceedings in foreign jurisdictions. The team also stands out for the strength of its WTO practice. In recent work, practice head Ana Caetano represented Pirelli in a public interest proceeding concerning anti-dumping duties on imports of emulsion-styrene butadiene rubber (E-SBR) from the EU. Supported by associate Fernanda Kotzias, she also assisted the Brazilian electrical and electronics industry association ABINEE in disputes brought by Japan and the EU. Gustavo Boni dos Santos left for Machado Associados in 2017 and senior associate Ana Luiza Sanches moved to Mattos Engelberg Advogados in July 2018.

Leading lawyers

Ana Teresa Caetano - Veirano Advogados

Next generation lawyers

Fernanda Kotzias - Veirano Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Providing a ‘high-quality legal service’ and with ‘strong knowledge of the market’, the team at Veirano Advogados is regarded highly for its work in the areas of collective dismissals, contract negotiations and compliance investigations. It is defending Philip Morris against litigation filed by employees seeking indemnification in light of developing diseases allegedly caused by their work environment. Luiz Guilherme Migliora ‘combines deep academic knowledge with a pragmatic approach’, and Luiz Antonio dos Santos Jr., Flávia Martins Azevedo and José Carlos Wahle are also recommended. Luiz Afrânio Araújo and Silvia Araújo made partner in January 2018.

Leading lawyers

José Carlos Wahle - Veirano Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados regularly acts in large infrastructure projects. In 2017 it advised Move SP as concession holder for São Paulo’s sixth subway line on the implementation of the project. Ana Carolina Barretto and Pedro Freitas are standout names in the team, which saw the promotion to partner of Rogerio Campos in January 2018.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

Transactional partner Marcos Ludwig heads the practice at Veirano Advogados, which advises on regulatory and administrative law matters, public bids and government relations. In internal developments, counsel Mauro Hiane de Moura re-joined the team and Renata Gomes made partner.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has a buoyant practice, regularly advising new and longstanding clients on significant commercial and residential developments. Its extensive experience in the hospitality sector is a distinguishing feature; clients in this space include Hyatt Hotels, Hotelaria ACCOR and Hotep Hotéis e Empreendimentos Turísticos Perequê. Rodrigo de Castro acted as counsel to the latter in the development of a multi-purpose project in Rio de Janeiro state. Property litigation is another strength. Raphael Moreira Espírito Santo attracts praise and Gisela Alves de Melo Miranda is also a key contact; however, Ana Beatriz de Almeida Lobo has moved to SV Law.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados has a broad TMT practice, and covers disputes as well as regulatory advice. Clients include Dell, Fox Channels, HBO, Nokia and TIM. Valdir Rocha, Fábio Pereira and Robson Barreto lead the team.

Next generation lawyers

Fábio Pereira - Veirano Advogados

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 4

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados attracts praise for its ‘deep knowledge’ in taxation. Its team is split between the firm’s offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasília and Porto Alegre. Practice head Marcelo Reinecken and highly recommended partner Marco Monteiro acted for Microsoft Mobile in a lawsuit to suspend and annul a confiscation penalty regarding past imports; after challenging the case at the administrative level, the team was retained to represent the client in judicial proceedings and successfully obtained an injunction to suspend the penalty. Abel Amaro’s expertise includes indirect tax and customs, and Filipe Richter, Flávio Paranhos and associate Fabio Barichello have notable experience in tax litigation. Fabiana Macedo made partner in January 2018.

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

The team at Veirano Advogados is ‘very responsive’, and provides ‘timely advice at reasonable fees’. It is particularly recommended for ship finance, but also covers rail and maritime matters. The ‘efficient and knowledgeable’ Marcelo Mattos and Otavio Carneiro are the names to note.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 2

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is recommended for its work on transactional and financial matters, and also in regulatory litigation. It advised Statoil on its investment in a 162MW solar project which aims to provide around 160,000 households with electricity. The team also advised development banks CAF and DIE on the debt financing of a two-stage 84MW hydroelectric power plant and a 63km transmission line in Peru. Ana Carolina Barretto and Tiago Figueiró are recommended.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 3

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is active in M&A transactions, tax matters and environmental consultancy. It also has experience in tender procedures for the procurement of products and services, as well as in auctions for exploration blocks. Leading lawyer Luis Fernando Pacheco left for Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados in May 2018, while Ali El Hage Filho joined from BG Group in July 2017.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 1

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados’ mining group is one of the most renowned in Brazil, and has specialist experience in M&A and private equity transactions. It advised BMO Nesbitt Burns and Scotia Capital on Ero Copper’s IPO, and acted for Trek Mining in a cross-border transaction. Another highlight was advising Copelmi on the granting of security over mining assets to the Brazilian Development Bank. Pedro Garcia, Carlos Americo Castro and the ‘strategic and precise’ Pedro Freitas are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Carlos Americo Castro - Veirano Advogados

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