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TozziniFreire Advogados

R. BORGES LAGOA 1328, SAO PAULO, SP, CEP 04038-904, BRAZIL
Tel:
Work +55 11 5086 5000
Web:
www.tozzinifreire.com.br

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

Clients of TozziniFreire Advogados value its ‘high-quality work, quick responses and flexibility in tapping know-how in other offices’. The group regularly represents borrowers, including large Brazilian and multinational corporations, recently advising Tanac on $38m additional financing through an export prepayment agreement granted by Banco Bradesco and Itaú Unibanco (New York branches) for the construction of a wood pellet manufacturing facility; the ‘very attentive’ Rodrigo de Campos Vieira led the advice on this matter. Also recommended are Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra and Alexei Bonamin. Now five partners strong, the group grew with the addition of Fabíola Augusta de Oliveira Bello Cavalcanti from BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, and Kenneth Ferreira from Mattos Muriel Kestener Advogados.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a broad restructuring and insolvency practice, with recent highlights including several creditor-side mandates in judicial reorganisation proceedings. The team also advises investors looking to acquire assets of companies under judicial reorganisation. Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade and Luciana Faria Nogueira, who made partner in 2016, are key contacts. Fábio Rosas left for Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ team was boosted by the arrival of Fabíola Augusta de Oliveira Bello Cavalcanti from BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão in September 2015 and of Kenneth Ferreira from Mattos Muriel Kestener Advogados in January 2016; they join fellow partners Alexei Bonamin, Rodrigo de Campos Vieira and Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra. The group is particularly strong in structuring public offerings of agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate securities, recently advising Banco Bradesco BBI as underwriter on a public offering of $70.6m real estate securities backed by built-to-suit lease agreement receivables. Another highlight was advising Standard and Poor’s in relation to its rating of the creditworthiness of Latin America’s first aircraft-backed enhanced equipment trust certificates, in a two-tranche offering worth $1bn.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong track record in leniency negotiations, having advised in relation to numerous international agreements with CADE. It is also regularly instructed to handle the Brazilian competition components of large cross-border transactions, and recently acted for Holcim in the filing for its merger with Lafarge. Marcel Medon Santos acted for Crown Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia in its opposition to the proposed acquisition of Rexam by Ball Corporation. Elsewhere, Marcelo Calliari and Daniel Oliveira Andreoli are acting for UBS in CADE’s investigation into the alleged rigging of Brazil’s foreign currency markets, connected with Forex probes in various other jurisdictions. Other clients include Skanska, Caterpillar and Colgate-Palmolive. The team now has six partners following the promotion in 2015 of Tatiana Lins Cruz, and works closely with the firm’s compliance and white-collar criminal defence experts.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

Always outstanding’, the ‘excellent professionals’ at TozziniFreire Advogados were kept busy throughout 2015, with a steady stream of instructions from major domestic and international companies across a broad range of industries. With some 27 partners dedicating a significant portion of their time to corporate transactions, the firm ‘has the resources to conduct intensive work within a short period of time’. In a headline deal, Marcelo Calliari and Maria Beatriz Bueno Kowalewski acted for Holcim on the Brazilian aspects of its sale of global assets, as part of the conditions for its merger with Lafarge. In the private equity space, João Alfredo Busin Fernandes is advising Axxon Group and Investment Tech on an investment in America Net. Elsewhere, a sizeable team led by João Busin acted for Feira Hospitalar on its sale to UK-based events organiser UBM. The firm has carved out a leading position for corporate management and compliance, where Shin Jae Kim is a key contact; her broad practice also regularly sees her advising on M&A and foreign investment. Also recommended are Mauro Guizeline; the ‘business savvy’ Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri; and the ‘exceptional’ Marcio Mello Silva Baptista in the New York office, who ‘provides very practical advice and responds very punctually’.

Leading lawyers

José Luis de Salles Freire - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is praised for its ‘quick response times’ and ‘excellent client service’, and has a team of arbitrators with strong cross-border experience, based in Brasília, Campinas, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. On the litigation side, it is particularly active in the energy and agriculture sectors. It recently defended Caterpillar against a R$25m indemnification action filed by thermoelectric power plant Xavantes concerning the sale of allegedly defective generators; and Coteminas against three farmers claiming the return of farms worth approximately R$150m which had previously been transferred to the client as payment of a debt. Other clients include Claro, Facebook and Ford. Flavia Andrade, Fernando Eduardo Serec and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto are recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados manages to ‘juggle tight deadlines and high work standards’, advising in relation to contaminated sites, groundwater contamination, waste matters and environmental accidents. It regularly handles administrative and judicial litigation, and is experienced in criminal proceedings. On the M&A side, the group advised Beraca on the acquisition of 30% of its shares by Clariant. The ‘intelligent’ Bianca Signorini Antacli and ‘customer-focused’ Adriana Mathias Baptista co-lead the team.

Leading lawyers

Adriana Mathias Baptista - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong client base that includes leading domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies. Corporate transactions in the sector are one area of strength, with the team leveraging the firm’s well-known expertise in the corporate and M&A space. The team is also well versed in insurance regulation; recent mandates include advising Travelers on regulatory aspects of its purchase of J Malucelli Seguros, and advising Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe on compliance with reinsurance regulations and other commercial matters. Marta Viegas is the key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for numerous cosmetics companies, and recently advised a subsidiary of Estée Lauder on registering trade mark licence agreements. Other clients include Hyundai, Mitsubishi Motors and Sumitomo Metals. The four-partner team includes Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and Andreia de Andrade Gomes, who has niche experience in fashion and design law.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

The sizeable team at TozziniFreire Advogados is made up of experts in economic law and competition, international trade and foreign investment. Its client base includes prominent names in the automotive industry, including BMW, which Vera Kanas and Shin Jae Kim recently advised on import and export permit matters and tariff classification. Other clients include McCain and Dufry. Former commissioner of CADE Marcelo Calliari is another active member of the team.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

The ‘very strategic’ team at TozziniFreire Advogados covers employment claims, corporate governance structures, mass terminations, strikes and negotiations with unions. It is regularly instructed by large national and international companies, including BMW, Colgate-Palmolive, GE Brasil, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, and MasterCard Brazil. Marcelo Pereira Gômara and Mihoko Sirley Kimura are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo Pereira Gômara - TozziniFreire Advogados

Mihoko Sirley Kimura - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is experienced in public concessions and project finance, particularly in the energy and construction sectors. It is providing ongoing assistance to Norte Energia regarding the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower plant, while other clients include Comgas, Holcim and Saab. Within the eight-partner team, Heloísa Scaramucci is particularly recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados covers the full spectrum of public law matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Practice head Claudia Elena Bonelli is currently acting for a client in the energy sector in relation to several government contracts and also in multiple administrative proceedings. Also recommended is Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho, who has been promoted to partner. The firm’s well-established compliance practice is active across crisis management, internal investigations, and anti-corruption matters, with Shin Jae Kim the name to note in this space.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

The ‘committed’ team at TozziniFreire Advogados maintains a diverse real estate practice, with expertise in urban and rural acquisitions and developments. The hotels and hospitality sector is an area of strength, with recent work in this space including advising a major international hotels group on a potential purchase in Brazil. In another highlight, the group assisted Jaguar Land Rover in the negotiation of the construction and development agreement for a vehicle manufacturing plant. Paulo Augusto Furtado Mendonça, Vladimir Miranda Abreu and Pablo Meira Queiroz are the three partners in the team.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is particularly recommended for corporate and contractual advice in the IT and telecoms sectors. Fernando Cinci Avelino Silva has recently advised SBA Communications on acquisitions of telecoms sites and towers valued at over R$2bn.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

Experienced, responsive and reliable’, TozziniFreire Advogados covers contentious and non-contentious tax matters from its offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. In a headline deal, it advised Holcim on the divestment of assets related to its merger with Lafarge, with Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi leading on the tax side. Vinicius Jucá Alves is another active member of the ten-partner group, and has a particular focus on value-added taxes. Litigation specialist Camila Abrunhosa Tapias is also recommended.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

Claudia Elena Bonelli is recommended at TozziniFreire Advogados, which handles port, airport, rail and road matters.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados specialises in the areas of wind power, biomass, small hydroelectric plants, and bioenergy. It recently assisted CEMIG as shareholder of Renova, in relation to an agreement with SunEdison for the purchase of 11 wind power developments. The ‘very attentive’ Heloísa Scaramucci led advice to Voltalia concerning the selection of wind turbine generator suppliers, and the negotiation of supply agreements; and acted for Norte Energia in relation to claims and negotiations concerning the Belo Monte hydropower plant construction.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is assisting three mining associations with the establishment of Comissão Brasileira de Recursos e Reservas (CBRR), which will act as the Brazilian representative before the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards. In another matter, the ‘responsive’ Luiz Fernando Visconti advised Holcim on the transfer of mining rights through a spin-off transaction in preparation for its merger with Lafarge. Other clients include Brasil Manganês Corporation, Sumitomo and Brasil Kirin.

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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 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

Clients of TozziniFreire Advogados value its ‘high-quality work, quick responses and flexibility in tapping know-how in other offices’. The group regularly represents borrowers, including large Brazilian and multinational corporations, recently advising Tanac on $38m additional financing through an export prepayment agreement granted by Banco Bradesco and Itaú Unibanco (New York branches) for the construction of a wood pellet manufacturing facility; the ‘very attentive’ Rodrigo de Campos Vieira led the advice on this matter. Also recommended are Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra and Alexei Bonamin. Now five partners strong, the group grew with the addition of Fabíola Augusta de Oliveira Bello Cavalcanti from BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão, and Kenneth Ferreira from Mattos Muriel Kestener Advogados.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a broad restructuring and insolvency practice, with recent highlights including several creditor-side mandates in judicial reorganisation proceedings. The team also advises investors looking to acquire assets of companies under judicial reorganisation. Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade and Luciana Faria Nogueira, who made partner in 2016, are key contacts. Fábio Rosas left for Souza, Cescon, Barrieu & Flesch Advogados.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ team was boosted by the arrival of Fabíola Augusta de Oliveira Bello Cavalcanti from BMA – Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão in September 2015 and of Kenneth Ferreira from Mattos Muriel Kestener Advogados in January 2016; they join fellow partners Alexei Bonamin, Rodrigo de Campos Vieira and Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra. The group is particularly strong in structuring public offerings of agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate securities, recently advising Banco Bradesco BBI as underwriter on a public offering of $70.6m real estate securities backed by built-to-suit lease agreement receivables. Another highlight was advising Standard and Poor’s in relation to its rating of the creditworthiness of Latin America’s first aircraft-backed enhanced equipment trust certificates, in a two-tranche offering worth $1bn.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong track record in leniency negotiations, having advised in relation to numerous international agreements with CADE. It is also regularly instructed to handle the Brazilian competition components of large cross-border transactions, and recently acted for Holcim in the filing for its merger with Lafarge. Marcel Medon Santos acted for Crown Embalagens Metálicas da Amazônia in its opposition to the proposed acquisition of Rexam by Ball Corporation. Elsewhere, Marcelo Calliari and Daniel Oliveira Andreoli are acting for UBS in CADE’s investigation into the alleged rigging of Brazil’s foreign currency markets, connected with Forex probes in various other jurisdictions. Other clients include Skanska, Caterpillar and Colgate-Palmolive. The team now has six partners following the promotion in 2015 of Tatiana Lins Cruz, and works closely with the firm’s compliance and white-collar criminal defence experts.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

Always outstanding’, the ‘excellent professionals’ at TozziniFreire Advogados were kept busy throughout 2015, with a steady stream of instructions from major domestic and international companies across a broad range of industries. With some 27 partners dedicating a significant portion of their time to corporate transactions, the firm ‘has the resources to conduct intensive work within a short period of time’. In a headline deal, Marcelo Calliari and Maria Beatriz Bueno Kowalewski acted for Holcim on the Brazilian aspects of its sale of global assets, as part of the conditions for its merger with Lafarge. In the private equity space, João Alfredo Busin Fernandes is advising Axxon Group and Investment Tech on an investment in America Net. Elsewhere, a sizeable team led by João Busin acted for Feira Hospitalar on its sale to UK-based events organiser UBM. The firm has carved out a leading position for corporate management and compliance, where Shin Jae Kim is a key contact; her broad practice also regularly sees her advising on M&A and foreign investment. Also recommended are Mauro Guizeline; the ‘business savvy’ Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri; and the ‘exceptional’ Marcio Mello Silva Baptista in the New York office, who ‘provides very practical advice and responds very punctually’.

Leading lawyers

José Luis de Salles Freire - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is praised for its ‘quick response times’ and ‘excellent client service’, and has a team of arbitrators with strong cross-border experience, based in Brasília, Campinas, Porto Alegre, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. On the litigation side, it is particularly active in the energy and agriculture sectors. It recently defended Caterpillar against a R$25m indemnification action filed by thermoelectric power plant Xavantes concerning the sale of allegedly defective generators; and Coteminas against three farmers claiming the return of farms worth approximately R$150m which had previously been transferred to the client as payment of a debt. Other clients include Claro, Facebook and Ford. Flavia Andrade, Fernando Eduardo Serec and Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto are recommended.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados manages to ‘juggle tight deadlines and high work standards’, advising in relation to contaminated sites, groundwater contamination, waste matters and environmental accidents. It regularly handles administrative and judicial litigation, and is experienced in criminal proceedings. On the M&A side, the group advised Beraca on the acquisition of 30% of its shares by Clariant. The ‘intelligent’ Bianca Signorini Antacli and ‘customer-focused’ Adriana Mathias Baptista co-lead the team.

Leading lawyers

Adriana Mathias Baptista - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong client base that includes leading domestic and international insurance and reinsurance companies. Corporate transactions in the sector are one area of strength, with the team leveraging the firm’s well-known expertise in the corporate and M&A space. The team is also well versed in insurance regulation; recent mandates include advising Travelers on regulatory aspects of its purchase of J Malucelli Seguros, and advising Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe on compliance with reinsurance regulations and other commercial matters. Marta Viegas is the key contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for numerous cosmetics companies, and recently advised a subsidiary of Estée Lauder on registering trade mark licence agreements. Other clients include Hyundai, Mitsubishi Motors and Sumitomo Metals. The four-partner team includes Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and Andreia de Andrade Gomes, who has niche experience in fashion and design law.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

The sizeable team at TozziniFreire Advogados is made up of experts in economic law and competition, international trade and foreign investment. Its client base includes prominent names in the automotive industry, including BMW, which Vera Kanas and Shin Jae Kim recently advised on import and export permit matters and tariff classification. Other clients include McCain and Dufry. Former commissioner of CADE Marcelo Calliari is another active member of the team.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

The ‘very strategic’ team at TozziniFreire Advogados covers employment claims, corporate governance structures, mass terminations, strikes and negotiations with unions. It is regularly instructed by large national and international companies, including BMW, Colgate-Palmolive, GE Brasil, Grupo Pão de Açúcar, and MasterCard Brazil. Marcelo Pereira Gômara and Mihoko Sirley Kimura are recommended.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo Pereira Gômara - TozziniFreire Advogados

Mihoko Sirley Kimura - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is experienced in public concessions and project finance, particularly in the energy and construction sectors. It is providing ongoing assistance to Norte Energia regarding the construction of the Belo Monte hydropower plant, while other clients include Comgas, Holcim and Saab. Within the eight-partner team, Heloísa Scaramucci is particularly recommended.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados covers the full spectrum of public law matters, both contentious and non-contentious. Practice head Claudia Elena Bonelli is currently acting for a client in the energy sector in relation to several government contracts and also in multiple administrative proceedings. Also recommended is Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho, who has been promoted to partner. The firm’s well-established compliance practice is active across crisis management, internal investigations, and anti-corruption matters, with Shin Jae Kim the name to note in this space.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

The ‘committed’ team at TozziniFreire Advogados maintains a diverse real estate practice, with expertise in urban and rural acquisitions and developments. The hotels and hospitality sector is an area of strength, with recent work in this space including advising a major international hotels group on a potential purchase in Brazil. In another highlight, the group assisted Jaguar Land Rover in the negotiation of the construction and development agreement for a vehicle manufacturing plant. Paulo Augusto Furtado Mendonça, Vladimir Miranda Abreu and Pablo Meira Queiroz are the three partners in the team.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is particularly recommended for corporate and contractual advice in the IT and telecoms sectors. Fernando Cinci Avelino Silva has recently advised SBA Communications on acquisitions of telecoms sites and towers valued at over R$2bn.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

Experienced, responsive and reliable’, TozziniFreire Advogados covers contentious and non-contentious tax matters from its offices in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre. In a headline deal, it advised Holcim on the divestment of assets related to its merger with Lafarge, with Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi leading on the tax side. Vinicius Jucá Alves is another active member of the ten-partner group, and has a particular focus on value-added taxes. Litigation specialist Camila Abrunhosa Tapias is also recommended.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

Claudia Elena Bonelli is recommended at TozziniFreire Advogados, which handles port, airport, rail and road matters.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados specialises in the areas of wind power, biomass, small hydroelectric plants, and bioenergy. It recently assisted CEMIG as shareholder of Renova, in relation to an agreement with SunEdison for the purchase of 11 wind power developments. The ‘very attentive’ Heloísa Scaramucci led advice to Voltalia concerning the selection of wind turbine generator suppliers, and the negotiation of supply agreements; and acted for Norte Energia in relation to claims and negotiations concerning the Belo Monte hydropower plant construction.

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is assisting three mining associations with the establishment of Comissão Brasileira de Recursos e Reservas (CBRR), which will act as the Brazilian representative before the Committee for Mineral Reserves International Reporting Standards. In another matter, the ‘responsive’ Luiz Fernando Visconti advised Holcim on the transfer of mining rights through a spin-off transaction in preparation for its merger with Lafarge. Other clients include Brasil Manganês Corporation, Sumitomo and Brasil Kirin.

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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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    The partners of Arendt & Medernach are pleased to announce that their firm has been awarded once again the prestigious “Luxembourg Tax Firm of the Year” title during the International Tax Review’s European Tax Awards ceremony held at the Savoy Hotel in London on 18 May.
  • Signature of the Multilateral instrument – reservations made by Luxembourg

    On 7 June 2017, the official ceremony for the signing of the multilateral instrument (“MLI”) took place bringing to a close a process initiated last year when a consensus was reached on the wording of the MLI on 24 November 2016 (see also our newsflash dated 2 December 2016, available on our website www.arendt.com section Publications/Newsflash).
  • Arendt & Medernach: Luxembourg Law Firm of the Year

    Luxembourg, May 2017 – Arendt & Medernach is proud to have been named “Luxembourg Law firm of the year” both by Chambers & Partners and IFLR (International Financial Law Review). The prestigious trophies were both received in April in London at the respective ceremonies of the Chambers Europe Awards 2017 and the IFLR European Awards 2017.
  • First VAT EU case law on the cost-sharing VAT exemption

    The question of the scope of the cost-sharing VAT exemption, also referred to in the Council Directive 2006/112/EC of 28 November 2006 as amended ("EU VAT Directive") as “Independent Groups of Persons” or “IGPs”, is currently being debated at the Court of Justice of the EU (“CJEU”) in several cases. Last Thursday marked the first milestone regarding this specific VAT exemption since the CJEU released its judgment in the case Commission v Luxembourg (C-274/15).
  • An Introduction to Corporate Guarantee

    In the UAE, the risk management activities inherent in running a corporate or investment banking business remain of crucial importance, not least because of the strong local characteristic of “name lending”, by which is meant lending or providing other banking facilities to family or other private businesses, primarily on the strength of the “name” or “names” of the proprietors standing behind the business, rather than on the strength of the asset quality and underlying credit of the particular business. Of course, in practice, there is commercial overlap between the proprietors and the companies which they own, but the credit analyses can break down where poor banking practices and procedures result in poorly constructed legal documentation and gaps in guarantee and security support documents.