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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

TozziniFreire Advogados’ five-partner team is highly rated for advising borrowers, including large Brazilian and multinational corporations, on loan and derivatives agreements. It advised TAM Linhas Aéreas on obtaining a $200m loan from Citibank, and assisted F&S Agri Solutions in obtaining a $50m loan for the construction of Brazil’s first corn ethanol plant. Showcasing its cross-border capabilities, the group also advised French development bank Proparco on extending a $60m loan to Biosev. Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra is recommended along with the ‘very attentiveRodrigo de Campos Vieira and the ‘skilledAlexei Bonamin.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

The sizeable team at TozziniFreire Advogados has experience acting for creditors and investors looking to purchase assets of companies subject to restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade and Luciana Faria Nogueira are among the key figures in the department.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is experienced in the structuring of public offerings of agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate securities, and has been particularly active in the aviation sector, including representing JP Morgan Securities as deal manager in relation to Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes’ $175m debt restructuring through a landmark exchange offer using the airline’s spare parts as collateral. In other work, it advised Votorantim Cimentos on launching a tender offer, buying back €122m worth of notes in the process; and assisted Octante Securitizadora as issuer and Banco Santander as lead underwriter in an issuance of agribusiness receivables certificates worth R$216m. Alexei Bonamin and Kenneth Ferreira are recommended.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

Particularly good in cartel cases’, TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong reputation in negotiating leniency agreements with CADE, and is also active in major cross-border merger filings. The team’s close cooperation with the firm’s highly regarded compliance and white-collar department is another draw. Among a host of standout instructions in 2016, Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno acted for Dell in the $62bn acquisition of EMC, which was approved without restrictions by CADE; and Marcelo Calliari and Daniel Oliveira Andreoli represented NEC TOKIN in the settlement negotiation with CADE regarding the alleged capacitors cartel. The team continues to see strong organic growth, most recently in the form of the promotion of Vivian Anne Fraga do Nascimento Arruda to the partnership. Joana Temudo Cianfarani is another key member of the team.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo Calliari - TozziniFreire Advogados

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados maintains a leading position in the corporate and M&A market in Brazil, regularly playing a key role on major, high-value transactions. Multi-jurisdictional deals are another area of strength, with recent examples including acting for Coca-Cola on the purchase of Unilever’s soy-based beverages business, which has operations in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, among other jurisdictions; Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri led the advice. After a busy year in 2016, the team also attracted instructions on several large deals in the first quarter of 2017; among them, João Alfredo Busin Fernandes advised the Brazilian subsidiary of French company Elis on its US$403m acquisition of local company Lavebras, and Marcela Waksman Ejnisman advised Italian company Luxottica on its US$117m purchase of Brazilian opticians Óticas Carol. The firm also stands out for its corporate management and compliance capabilities, a burgeoning area in the Brazilian market in which Shin Jae Kim has established herself as a leading figure. Marcio Mello Silva Baptista, who heads the firm’s New York office, is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

José Luis de Salles Freire - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ ‘outstanding’ team has a strong reputation for disputes in the automotive, energy and agriculture sectors. It is representing Ford in litigation with a former dealer concerning statutes of limitation regarding damages arising from contractual default. In other work, the group is representing Oliveira Trust, as fiduciary agent, in litigation regarding the foreclosure of a fiduciary assignment of shares. Arbitration clients include International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul, Renova Energia and Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte. ‘Knowledgeable professionalFernando Eduardo Serec, Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto and Luíz Virgílio Penteado Manente are recommended. Rafael Mimica and Julio Andrade Neves have been promoted to the partnership.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Benefiting from the firm’s strong M&A department, TozziniFreire Advogados’ environmental group regularly handles pre-acquisition due diligence, recently acting for Coca-Cola FEMSA on the acquisition of Unilever’s soy-based beverage business. Another 2016 highlight was assisting China Three Gorges in the environmental due diligence of Duke Energy projects in Brazil. The practice also covers permitting matters, the management of contaminated sites, and disputes. Bianca Signorini Antacli has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge, and acts as a client’s partner’, and the ‘outstandingAdriana Mathias Baptista is ‘practical, objective, and a great communicator’.

Leading lawyers

Adriana Mathias Baptista - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados excels in transactional and regulatory insurance matters, with the firm’s highly regarded corporate and M&A department contributing to a steady flow of work. A team led by Marta Viegas recently advised Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe on reinsurance regulation, licensing and reinsurance contracts. Other clients include Amtrust Insurance, Travelers Inc, and Tokio Marine Seguros. Since research concluded, Viegas has departed the firm to move in house as lead officer for Corporate Governance at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC).

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

At TozziniFreire Advogados, Marcela Waksman Ejnisman assisted McCain do Brasil in the registration of trade marks and the filing of figurative trade mark applications for emoticons. Andreia de Andrade Gomes, who has specialist expertise in fashion and design law, advises Aurobindo Pharma, fashion brand Nannacay and Hyundai.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for Brazilian and international companies in a range of customs and trade matters; its workload in 2016 spanned trade compliance advice, anti-dumping investigations and public interest proceedings, among other matters. The highly experienced Vera Kanas is a key contact, often taking a lead role in the department’s major engagements. She recently worked alongside a team of corporate and tax law specialists in advising BMW on the Brazilian automotive regime, including import and export permit issues and tariff classification.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

With nine partners covering labour and employment matters, TozziniFreire Advogados acts in relation to employment claims, mass terminations, strikes and negotiations with unions, as well as corporate governance structures. The firm recently represented Daiwa do Brasil in several cases filed by a labour union challenging the termination agreement for all employment contracts in Brazil. Marcelo Pereira Gômara handled a range of matters for BMW, while other key clients of the team include GE Brasil and Colgate-Palmolive. Mihoko Sirley Kimura is ‘fast in emergency situations’; Roberto Pierri Bersch, in Porto Alegre, is ‘technical and efficient’; and Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is also 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 covers projects and infrastructure work from concession contract bidding procedures through to project finance, and recently acted for Voltalia Energia on contractual matters concerning the construction of a thermoelectric power plant and a small hydroelectric power plant. Heloísa Scaramucci is ‘always available and ready to help’. Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra is recommended for project finance.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Claudia Elena Bonelli heads the administrative law department at TozziniFreire Advogados, which is active in public procurement, government contracts, infrastructure projects, and regulatory matters. The firm stands out in compliance, anti-corruption and crisis management, with Shin Jae Kim a key name in this burgeoning field. Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho is another active member of the team, with experience in the aerospace, water, transportation and life sciences sectors.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Noted for its ‘commitment to the client’ and its ‘fast answers’, TozziniFreire Advogados combines real estate, corporate and capital markets expertise to handle the gamut of issues in property transactions, with experience in both rural and urban projects. Among its varied workload in 2016, it assisted The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc on the expansion of certain brands through the negotiation of new leases and the renewal of previous leases in several shopping centres, with Pablo Meira Queiroz leading the advice. A multi-disciplinary team including Paulo Augusto Furtado Mendonça and senior associate Ben Hur Belmonte Neto advised Jaguar Land Rover on the purchase from Xerox of an industrial site that included commercial buildings and warehouses.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

TozziniFreire Advogados

The ‘knowledgeableMarcela Waksman Ejnisman leads TozziniFreire Advogados’ TMT group, following Fernando Cinci Avelino Silva’s departure for an in-house position. The team has strong corporate expertise, and recently advised BMW on regulatory matters relating to the provision of ConnectedDrive services.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

Highlighted for its ‘technical knowledge of civil, labour and tax law’, TozziniFreire Advogados acts for clients ranging from major multinationals to high-net-worth individuals and families. Among its transactional highlights, Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi took a lead role acting for Femsa Group on its acquisition of Atlas Transporte e Logística. Elsewhere, Vinicius Jucá Alves acted for Genomma Lab in a high-profile case concerning the classification of certain products and applicable taxes. Litigator Camila Abrunhosa Tapias is another leading figure in the group.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

Noted for its ‘exellent client service’, TozziniFreire Advogados covers a broad range of power matters, and has excellent renewable energy credentials. It advised private electricity transmission group TAESA on the negotiation of a joint venture with CTEEP for the joint participation in a transmission auction. China Three Gorges engaged the group to assist in its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s Brazilian business, consisting of a portfolio of ten hydropower plants. On the contentious side, Norte Energia is a client. Heloísa Scaramucci ‘always finds the best solutions for her clients’.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ work in the sector in 2016 included due diligence exercises and financing matters. The six-strong group, which is led by Luiz Fernando Visconti, also advised Brasil Kirin on the assignment of a mineral water production facility to a third party, and assisted Vonpar in an assignment of mining rights to Femsa.

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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 Advogadoshas 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 lawyerEduardo Damião Gonçalveshas 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 AdvogadosFernando 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 ‘strategicMauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combativeAdriana 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 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ five-partner team is highly rated for advising borrowers, including large Brazilian and multinational corporations, on loan and derivatives agreements. It advised TAM Linhas Aéreas on obtaining a $200m loan from Citibank, and assisted F&S Agri Solutions in obtaining a $50m loan for the construction of Brazil’s first corn ethanol plant. Showcasing its cross-border capabilities, the group also advised French development bank Proparco on extending a $60m loan to Biosev. Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra is recommended along with the ‘very attentiveRodrigo de Campos Vieira and the ‘skilledAlexei Bonamin.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

The sizeable team at TozziniFreire Advogados has experience acting for creditors and investors looking to purchase assets of companies subject to restructuring and insolvency proceedings. Flávia Cristina Moreira de Campos Andrade and Luciana Faria Nogueira are among the key figures in the department.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is experienced in the structuring of public offerings of agribusiness, infrastructure and real estate securities, and has been particularly active in the aviation sector, including representing JP Morgan Securities as deal manager in relation to Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes’ $175m debt restructuring through a landmark exchange offer using the airline’s spare parts as collateral. In other work, it advised Votorantim Cimentos on launching a tender offer, buying back €122m worth of notes in the process; and assisted Octante Securitizadora as issuer and Banco Santander as lead underwriter in an issuance of agribusiness receivables certificates worth R$216m. Alexei Bonamin and Kenneth Ferreira are recommended.

[back to top]

Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

Particularly good in cartel cases’, TozziniFreire Advogados has a strong reputation in negotiating leniency agreements with CADE, and is also active in major cross-border merger filings. The team’s close cooperation with the firm’s highly regarded compliance and white-collar department is another draw. Among a host of standout instructions in 2016, Marcio de Carvalho Silveira Bueno acted for Dell in the $62bn acquisition of EMC, which was approved without restrictions by CADE; and Marcelo Calliari and Daniel Oliveira Andreoli represented NEC TOKIN in the settlement negotiation with CADE regarding the alleged capacitors cartel. The team continues to see strong organic growth, most recently in the form of the promotion of Vivian Anne Fraga do Nascimento Arruda to the partnership. Joana Temudo Cianfarani is another key member of the team.

Leading lawyers

Marcelo Calliari - TozziniFreire Advogados

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados maintains a leading position in the corporate and M&A market in Brazil, regularly playing a key role on major, high-value transactions. Multi-jurisdictional deals are another area of strength, with recent examples including acting for Coca-Cola on the purchase of Unilever’s soy-based beverages business, which has operations in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, among other jurisdictions; Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri led the advice. After a busy year in 2016, the team also attracted instructions on several large deals in the first quarter of 2017; among them, João Alfredo Busin Fernandes advised the Brazilian subsidiary of French company Elis on its US$403m acquisition of local company Lavebras, and Marcela Waksman Ejnisman advised Italian company Luxottica on its US$117m purchase of Brazilian opticians Óticas Carol. The firm also stands out for its corporate management and compliance capabilities, a burgeoning area in the Brazilian market in which Shin Jae Kim has established herself as a leading figure. Marcio Mello Silva Baptista, who heads the firm’s New York office, is another key contact.

Leading lawyers

José Luis de Salles Freire - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ ‘outstanding’ team has a strong reputation for disputes in the automotive, energy and agriculture sectors. It is representing Ford in litigation with a former dealer concerning statutes of limitation regarding damages arising from contractual default. In other work, the group is representing Oliveira Trust, as fiduciary agent, in litigation regarding the foreclosure of a fiduciary assignment of shares. Arbitration clients include International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul, Renova Energia and Alstom Brasil Energia e Transporte. ‘Knowledgeable professionalFernando Eduardo Serec, Antonio Marzagão Barbuto Neto and Luíz Virgílio Penteado Manente are recommended. Rafael Mimica and Julio Andrade Neves have been promoted to the partnership.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Benefiting from the firm’s strong M&A department, TozziniFreire Advogados’ environmental group regularly handles pre-acquisition due diligence, recently acting for Coca-Cola FEMSA on the acquisition of Unilever’s soy-based beverage business. Another 2016 highlight was assisting China Three Gorges in the environmental due diligence of Duke Energy projects in Brazil. The practice also covers permitting matters, the management of contaminated sites, and disputes. Bianca Signorini Antacli has ‘excellent regulatory knowledge, and acts as a client’s partner’, and the ‘outstandingAdriana Mathias Baptista is ‘practical, objective, and a great communicator’.

Leading lawyers

Adriana Mathias Baptista - TozziniFreire Advogados

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados excels in transactional and regulatory insurance matters, with the firm’s highly regarded corporate and M&A department contributing to a steady flow of work. A team led by Marta Viegas recently advised Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe on reinsurance regulation, licensing and reinsurance contracts. Other clients include Amtrust Insurance, Travelers Inc, and Tokio Marine Seguros. Since research concluded, Viegas has departed the firm to move in house as lead officer for Corporate Governance at the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC).

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

At TozziniFreire Advogados, Marcela Waksman Ejnisman assisted McCain do Brasil in the registration of trade marks and the filing of figurative trade mark applications for emoticons. Andreia de Andrade Gomes, who has specialist expertise in fashion and design law, advises Aurobindo Pharma, fashion brand Nannacay and Hyundai.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados acts for Brazilian and international companies in a range of customs and trade matters; its workload in 2016 spanned trade compliance advice, anti-dumping investigations and public interest proceedings, among other matters. The highly experienced Vera Kanas is a key contact, often taking a lead role in the department’s major engagements. She recently worked alongside a team of corporate and tax law specialists in advising BMW on the Brazilian automotive regime, including import and export permit issues and tariff classification.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

With nine partners covering labour and employment matters, TozziniFreire Advogados acts in relation to employment claims, mass terminations, strikes and negotiations with unions, as well as corporate governance structures. The firm recently represented Daiwa do Brasil in several cases filed by a labour union challenging the termination agreement for all employment contracts in Brazil. Marcelo Pereira Gômara handled a range of matters for BMW, while other key clients of the team include GE Brasil and Colgate-Palmolive. Mihoko Sirley Kimura is ‘fast in emergency situations’; Roberto Pierri Bersch, in Porto Alegre, is ‘technical and efficient’; and Alexandre de Almeida Cardoso is also 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 covers projects and infrastructure work from concession contract bidding procedures through to project finance, and recently acted for Voltalia Energia on contractual matters concerning the construction of a thermoelectric power plant and a small hydroelectric power plant. Heloísa Scaramucci is ‘always available and ready to help’. Antonio Felix de Araujo Cintra is recommended for project finance.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Claudia Elena Bonelli heads the administrative law department at TozziniFreire Advogados, which is active in public procurement, government contracts, infrastructure projects, and regulatory matters. The firm stands out in compliance, anti-corruption and crisis management, with Shin Jae Kim a key name in this burgeoning field. Ana Cândida de Mello Carvalho is another active member of the team, with experience in the aerospace, water, transportation and life sciences sectors.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 2

TozziniFreire Advogados

Noted for its ‘commitment to the client’ and its ‘fast answers’, TozziniFreire Advogados combines real estate, corporate and capital markets expertise to handle the gamut of issues in property transactions, with experience in both rural and urban projects. Among its varied workload in 2016, it assisted The Estée Lauder Companies, Inc on the expansion of certain brands through the negotiation of new leases and the renewal of previous leases in several shopping centres, with Pablo Meira Queiroz leading the advice. A multi-disciplinary team including Paulo Augusto Furtado Mendonça and senior associate Ben Hur Belmonte Neto advised Jaguar Land Rover on the purchase from Xerox of an industrial site that included commercial buildings and warehouses.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 4

TozziniFreire Advogados

The ‘knowledgeableMarcela Waksman Ejnisman leads TozziniFreire Advogados’ TMT group, following Fernando Cinci Avelino Silva’s departure for an in-house position. The team has strong corporate expertise, and recently advised BMW on regulatory matters relating to the provision of ConnectedDrive services.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 3

TozziniFreire Advogados

Highlighted for its ‘technical knowledge of civil, labour and tax law’, TozziniFreire Advogados acts for clients ranging from major multinationals to high-net-worth individuals and families. Among its transactional highlights, Ana Cláudia Akie Utumi took a lead role acting for Femsa Group on its acquisition of Atlas Transporte e Logística. Elsewhere, Vinicius Jucá Alves acted for Genomma Lab in a high-profile case concerning the classification of certain products and applicable taxes. Litigator Camila Abrunhosa Tapias is another leading figure in the group.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 1

TozziniFreire Advogados

Noted for its ‘exellent client service’, TozziniFreire Advogados covers a broad range of power matters, and has excellent renewable energy credentials. It advised private electricity transmission group TAESA on the negotiation of a joint venture with CTEEP for the joint participation in a transmission auction. China Three Gorges engaged the group to assist in its $1.2bn acquisition of Duke Energy’s Brazilian business, consisting of a portfolio of ten hydropower plants. On the contentious side, Norte Energia is a client. Heloísa Scaramucci ‘always finds the best solutions for her clients’.

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

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados’ work in the sector in 2016 included due diligence exercises and financing matters. The six-strong group, which is led by Luiz Fernando Visconti, also advised Brasil Kirin on the assignment of a mineral water production facility to a third party, and assisted Vonpar in an assignment of mining rights to Femsa.

[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 Advogadoshas 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 lawyerEduardo Damião Gonçalveshas 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 AdvogadosFernando 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 ‘strategicMauricio Almeida Prado, who is ‘always extremely well prepared’; the ‘articulate and combativeAdriana 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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