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Trench Rossi Watanabe

SAF/S QUADRA 02, LOTE 04, SALA 203, EDIFICIO COMERCIAL VIA ESPLANADA, BRASÍLIA DF 70707-600, BRAZIL
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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 5

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe provides ‘very good technical and business-oriented advice’, and is consistently praised for its responsiveness. Helen Naves, who ‘understands a client’s business challenges’, recently advised Transmissora Sul Litorânea de Energia on the long-term project financing entered into with Brazilian development bank BNDES. Carolina Secches, Luís Alberto Laboissière Ambrósio and José Augusto Martins are also recommended.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 5

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Noted for its ‘very good technical advice’, Trench Rossi Watanabe fields a multidisciplinary team of banking, finance and litigation partners, with notable experience advising lenders and creditors in recovery proceedings and reorganisations. Gledson Marques de Campos acted for Export Development Canada in the judicial reorganisation of Península International. Litigation specialist Giuliana Bonanno Schunck and associate Mariana Fernandes Conrado are also recommended.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is particularly strong in company listings. A team led by Helen Naves assisted Natura Cosméticos with matters including an issuance of notes worth $750m and a public offering of debentures worth R$2.6bn.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Watanabe

The ‘excellent’ competition group at Trench Rossi Watanabe is split between São Paulo and Brasília. The internationally focused firm has a solid client base of multinational companies, including GE, Honeywell and Standard Chartered. In 2017, the team continued to attract engagements in major investigations into anti-competitive practices and complex mergers. It is representing Siemens in the high-profile subway cartel case, with Tulio Freitas do Egito Coelho and Heloísa Barroso Uelze leading a multidisciplinary team of competition, litigation and criminal law experts. Adriana Giannini and Francisco Ribeiro Todorovdemonstrate excellent business judgement and provide superb client service’. Key contacts at senior associate level include Lorena Leite Nisiyama and Denise Junqueira.

Next generation lawyers

Lorena Leite Nisiyama - Trench Rossi Watanabe

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

Trench Rossi Watanabe

The lawyers at Trench Rossi Watanabe are noted for their ‘good knowledge, quick responses and availability’. The corporate and M&A team is able to leverage the firm’s impressive office network to assist in global transactions; in addition to advising on foreign investment into Brazil, the group also assists Brazilian companies making outbound investments, which has become rarer in the market in recent years. In a transaction involving 19 jurisdictions, Mauricio Pacheco worked alongside colleagues in Washington DC in advising GCP Applied Technologies on the sale of Darex Packaging Technologies to Henkel. ‘Good negotiatorAlberto Moriknows how to make things happen in a meeting’, and co-heads the practice with Nazir Takieddine and Anna Tavares de Mello. Lara Schwartzmann is active in corporate, M&A and capital markets. Compliance specialist Esther Miriam Flesch left the firm in 2017.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Dispute resolution: Litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Clients of the ‘effective, creative, ethical and hardworking’ team at Trench Rossi Watanabe are ‘very pleased with the value provided for the cost of the service’. Marcio de Souza Polto leads the team, whose recent work includes representing Shell and Petrobras in litigation filed by the municipalities of Niterói and Maricá seeking advance payment of future oil and gas royalties to prevent a shutdown of public services. Ricardo Quass Duarte has ‘strong arguments to counter any problem’; Andrea Brick is ‘great at reporting progress’; and arbitration expert Joaquim Muniz has ‘a broad view of matters, allowing him to advise sharply’.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Providing ‘very good technical advice’, the ‘excellent’ and ‘business-oriented’ team at Trench Rossi Watanabe handles a wide range of matters including solid waste, forestry, crisis management and contaminated site matters. In the latter area, the team continues to defend Procter & Gamble and International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul against the São Paulo state district attorney’s office, in proceedings seeking compensation for environmental damage caused by the operation of plants in the Jurubatuba region. Other recent work includes defending Bunge Alimentos against eight infraction notices related to the alleged burning of sugarcane straw without the appropriate environmental licences. Hércules Celescuekci and Renata Amaral are both ‘professional’, and Giovani Bruno Tomasoni is another name to note.

Next generation lawyers

Giovani Bruno Tomasoni - Trench Rossi Watanabe

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Under the leadership of Anna Tavares de Mello, Trench Rossi Watanabe provides legal and regulatory advice to major international insurance companies. 2017 was another busy year for the practice; in one highlight, de Mello, senior associate Luciana Vianna Pereira and associate Victor Sigaud assisted Tokio Marine in its registration as an occasional reinsurer in Brazil, including acting in administrative and legal proceedings.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is well versed in high-profile IP matters, both contentious and non-contentious. With its extensive office network, the firm is a popular choice for multinational companies, many of which are leaders in their respective fields. Among its work highlights, Marcela Trigo de Souza acted for Pfizer in a patent infringement case against a Brazilian pharmaceutical company, while Flávia Vasconcelos assisted Unilever in securing "highly renowned" status for several of its trade marks. Flávia Rebello heads the department. Esther Miriam Flesch left the firm in 2017.

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International trade and customs
International trade and customs - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe’s Alessandra Machado has a strong practice in trade and international customs. Tax partner Paulo Rogério Sehn also has expertise in these fields, and Marcia Assis Calafate is another contact.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Fielding a ‘large team of excellent lawyers’, Trench Rossi Watanabe acts for clients including Sony Pictures, The Walt Disney Company and Emerson. The group continues to represent American Airlines in over 400 labour claims as well as assisting in improving the client’s internal structure for handling labour debt. The team also acts for Sysmex Brasil in all labour matters, with a focus on improving the company’s labour practices. The ‘very experiencedTricia Maria Sá de Oliveira is recommended along with Letícia Ribeiro Figueiredo.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe has a team of experts in multiple areas including M&A (Anna Tavares de Mello), oil and gas (Danielle Valois), and public law (Heloísa Barroso Uelze). As well as handling numerous M&A transactions in the energy sector, the group advised airport Riogaleão on the structuring of various commercial contracts. José Roberto Martins leads the team.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

The public law team at Trench Rossi Watanabe attracts praise for its ‘very good business acumen’ and ‘timely responses’. Its clients are active in numerous sectors, though the team is particularly known for its work in the oil and gas, mining and infrastructure industries. Henrique Frizzo is ‘extremely business-oriented’ and ‘thorough in his advice’, and Heloisa Barroso Uelze, Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois and José Roberto Martins are also key figures.

Next generation lawyers

Henrique Frizzo - Trench Rossi Watanabe

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is active in real estate and infrastructure projects and is noted for its ‘excellent’ service. In addition, it regularly assists its corporate clients – many of them household-name multinational companies – on the sale, purchase and leasing of property in Brazil. Lúcia Veloso Aragão heads the team and is recommended.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 5

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Flávia Rebello leads the TMT group at Trench Rossi Watanabe. It advised radio base stations infrastructure provider Centennial Brasil Torres de Telecomunicações in public class actions and criminal and administrative proceedings concerning the lack of environmental licences for such stations. Esther Miriam Flesch left the firm in September 2017.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is recommended for high-end, complex tax matters and is noted for its ‘sound, practical advice’ and ‘technical mastery’. It had another busy year both in tax litigation and transactional tax matters. Thanks to its international expertise, the team has also attracted a number of instructions following the US tax reform in 2017. Global tax leader Simone Dias Musa is ‘outstanding for planning large transactions with multinational consequences’. ‘Great communicator’ Ana Carolina Utimati, Paulo Rogério Sehn, Maria Fernanda Furtado and Leonardo Alfradique Martins are also recommended. Transfer pricing is another area of focus, with Clarissa Giannetti Machado and Juliana Porchat de Assis key names in the field. Marcos Vinicius Neder de Lima heads the tax litigation practice.

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Transport and shipping
Transport and shipping: Shipping - ranked: tier 4

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe advises various offshore industry clients on maritime and shipping matters. Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois is recommended.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

Electricity
Energy and natural resources: electricity - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is highly regarded for its corporate and transactional work in the sector. A highlight for the team was assisting two Chinese companies, ZN Energy and State Power Investment Corporation, in their joint venture to acquire the São Simão hydroelectric plant, located in the state of Minas Gerais. The group also advised Casa dos Ventos on the sale of the Araripe III wind power complex. José Roberto Martins is recommended.

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Hydrocarbons
Energy and natural resources: hydrocarbons - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe is notable for the close working relationship between its oil and gas and corporate/M&A groups. A highlight was assisting Petrobras Biocombustível in negotiations concerning the potential sale of its investment in Açucar Guarani. The team also advises Shell on all of its upstream activities in Brazil. Anna Tavares de Mello and Danielle Valois are the names to note.

Leading lawyers

Anna Tavares de Mello - Trench Rossi Watanabe

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Mining
Energy and natural resources: mining - ranked: tier 4

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Trench Rossi Watanabe has expertise in transactional support in the mining sector. It advised Anglo Pacific on an agreement entered into with a company from the APG Group regarding the acquisition of a gross-revenue royalty interest. Joaquim de Paiva Muniz is recommended.

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