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Dias Carneiro Advogados (DCA) is a full-service law firm based in S?o Paulo and one of the most respected corporate law firms in Brazil. Founded in 2002, DCA has carved out a solid reputation based on outstanding client service, business-oriented legal advice and sound technical skills.

The firm is particularly well known for advising clients in cross-border transactions and has a solid track record in regulated sectors such as energy and the financial markets.

The firm

The firm has long had a strong international flavor and historically, the majority of DCA's client base has consisted of foreign clients, particularly in Europe and Asia. Recently, the firm has significantly expanded its reach in the domestic market, becoming a strong full-service option in Brazil and adding a number of major local corporations to its client base.

Areas of practice

Banking and finance: DCA has a recognized market leading position in this area and works closely with financial institutions, multilateral and credit agencies, sponsors and developers in connection with local and cross-border (corporate, structured, project, trade and acquisition) financing deals and banking matters in general. The firm provides advice to local and international clients of several different industries and sectors, including infrastructure, energy, industrial, agribusiness and technology.

Capital markets: DCA advises local and international clients on the development, structuring and implementation of transactions involving funds, securities and financial instruments to be placed in Brazil and abroad (including high yield bonds, debentures, promissory notes, CDCAs, CDA/WAs, FIPs, FIDCs, etc).

Corporate and M&A: DCA has a strong track record in domestic and international M&A transactions, advising buyers and sellers from a variety of sectors on asset sales, mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs and other complex corporate reorganizations. DCA's corporate and M&A practice is also complemented by its renowned venture practice, with the firm representing a number of funds and technology companies.

Projects and infrastructure: DCA provides advice on public tenders, PPPs, negotiations with public authorities, the design of financing structures and the management of public contracts. The quality of the firm's work in this area has been recognized in recent years, having participated in several transactions awarded 'Deal of the Year' by international publications.

Bankruptcy and restructuring: DCA assists debtors, creditors and investors in negotiating restructuring deals. The firm also represents creditors in Brazilian insolvency proceedings.

Intellectual property: DCA's intellectual property team offers advice on the acquisition, enforcement and commercialization of intellectual property assets. Services include counseling, technology transfers, outsourcing and licensing agreements.

Franchising, distribution and commercial contracts: DCA is also well recognized for assisting franchisors, retailers and suppliers to expand their businesses in Brazil and internationally. The team advises clients on distribution law matters, franchise system and regulatory compliance.

Labor: DCA advises its clients on labor and employment issues, as well as immigration matters, comprising collective negotiations, hiring and dismissal of senior executives, expat employees, compliance investigations, lay-offs, HR issues and due diligences. The firm also represents its clients in strategic individual and collective labor claims and administrative proceedings.

Dispute resolution: the firm represents clients from a wide variety of sectors in in civil and commercial litigation proceedings, as well as domestic and international arbitration proceedings.

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  • Other fee-earners: 60
  • Total staff: 95

Above material supplied by Dias Carneiro Advogados.

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