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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 Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe’s advice, particularly on regulatory matters, is ‘concise and business-oriented’. The team advises domestic and international banks as well as borrowers, and has a growing practice in relation to new payment services.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 5

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Marcio de Souza Polto and Gledson Campos head the bankruptcy team at Trench Rossi Wanatabe, which includes associate and litigation specialist Mariana Fernandes Conrado. It regularly acts for creditors – including financial institutions and companies in diverse sectors – in both judicial and extra-judicial proceedings.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 4

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe was particularly active in the public offering of agribusiness and infrastructure receivables certificates. Helen Naves led advice to Transmissora Sul Litorânea de Energia on a public offering of infrastructure debentures, in the amount of R$150m; and assisted Fibria Celulose in a public offering of two agribusiness receivables certificates backed by credit rights derived from an export credit note, worth R$374m and R$326m.

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe takes an ‘informal, straightforward and clear approach, which makes the attorney-client relationship friendlier and more effective’. Its multinational clients turn to the team in cross-border M&A transactions and high-stakes cartel investigations by the Brazilian authorities. It recently acted for AT&T on its acquisition of Time Warner; practice head Francisco Ribeiro Todorov (who ‘takes a holistic approach, considering all practical implications of a given strategy and going beyond the legal boundaries of it’) and Adriana Giannini led the advice. Recent internal developments included several hires at associate level and the relocation of senior associate Lorena Leite Nisiyama from London to the Brasília office.

Next generation lawyers

Lorena Leite Nisiyama - Trench Rossi Wanatabe

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is particularly noted for its capabilities in cross-border deals, where it utilises its broad office network to assist domestic and international companies on inbound and outbound transactions. The team is praised for its ‘very good level of service’ and ‘strong involvement from highly specialised partners’. In 2016 it saw an uptick in transactional activity in numerous sectors, including healthcare, retail and infrastructure. A cross-office team, involving partners in the UK, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia as well as Brazil, advised longstanding client Unilever on the sale of its soy beverage business to Coca-Cola; Lara Schwartzmann led the Brazilian team. Other household-name clients include Procter & Gamble, which Nazir Takieddine advised on the sale of certain assets to Johnson & Johnson. Elsewhere, Alberto Mori worked alongside colleagues in the tax and IP teams in advising Enterprise Holdings on the purchase of a stake in Unidas. Anna Tavares de Mello co-heads the practice, which includes newly promoted partner Mauricio Pacheco. Esther Miriam Flesch is the name to note for compliance and anti-corruption matters.

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Dispute resolution
Dispute resolution: arbitration - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Dispute resolution: litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe’s 30-strong team ‘answers questions swiftly and clearly’, provides ‘excellent partner involvement in all cases’, and has a dedicated sub-group for dispute prevention. It is defending Plastivida against an environmental class action filed by the federal and state district attorneys’ offices against 26 industry associations challenging a waste take-back policy which allegedly violates national policy. Another highlight was representing Procter & Gamble in a $130m compensation claim brought by Confederação Brasileira de Futebol for damages concerning the termination of a sponsorship agreement between the two parties. New clients include Nestlé, JBS and Banco Itaú. Practice head Marcio de Souza Poltoprovides very pragmatic solutions’, and the team also includes Andrea Brick and ‘knowledgeable’ arbitration expert Joaquim Muniz.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe has ‘excellent technical skills, with deep knowledge in the area’. In the area of soil and groundwater contamination, the group is defending several companies including Procter & Gamble and International Indústria Automotiva da América do Sul against class actions brought by the São Paulo state district attorney’s office seeking compensation for environmental damage caused by the operation of plants in the Jurubatuba region. The team has also been acting in the areas of solid waste, the deforestation of native trees, and licensing. Hércules Celescuekci and the ‘very professionalRenata Amaral are recommended along with senior associate Giovani Bruno Tomasoni, who provides ‘assertive risk analyses’.

Next generation lawyers

Giovani Bruno Tomasoni - Trench Rossi Wanatabe

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Insurance
Insurance - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is regularly called upon for legal and regulatory advice in the insurance field, and is particularly active for international companies looking to enter or exit the Brazilian market. Practice head Anna Tavares de Mello has a varied practice that takes in M&A, banking and insurance. Clients include Allied World Assurance, Infrassure and Sirius International. Senior associate Luciana Vianna Pereira is another contact.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Benefiting from a strong international network, Trench Rossi Wanatabe assists clients such as AbbVie, Caterpillar, Elizabeth Arden, H&M, HSBC, Volvo and Votorantim in the management of their trade mark portfolios, and clients such as Gillette, Procter & Gamble and Wyeth in relation to their patent portfolios. Alongside its mainstream IP work, the group regularly acts on technology transfer and biotechnology matters. Esther Flesch, Flávia Rebello, Marcela Trigo de Souza and Flávia Vasconcelos are recommended.

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

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is noted for its ‘high-quality’ service; the ‘knowledgeable’ and ‘technically well-prepared team’ is particularly experienced in customs matters, including compliance programmes. Paulo Rogério Sehn recently acted for Lexmark in a case concerning the tariff classification of its multi-functional printer. Alessandra Machado is a key contact.

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabefields a large team of excellent lawyers’, acting for clients including Emerson, Sony Pictures and new client American Airlines. The latter retained the group for representation in over 400 separate labour claims and assistance in improving the internal structure for handling labour debt. Tricia Maria Sá de Oliveira is ‘very experienced’, and Letícia Ribeiro Figueiredo is recommended for her ‘personal integrity’.

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Projects and infrastructure
Projects and infrastructure - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

José Roberto Martins’ group at Trench Rossi Wanatabe derives its strength in projects and infrastructure from the cooperation of different practice groups, with key figures including oil and gas expert Danielle Valois, public law specialist Heloísa Barroso Uelze, and Anna Tavares de Mello on the M&A side. A recent highlight was advising América Tecnologia on entering into a joint venture agreement with Integraciones Vyr to develop technology operations in Mexico.

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Public law
Public law - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe provides ‘an excellent level of service in terms of experience, business acumen and legal knowledge’. It regularly assists its clients in public civil lawsuits, regulatory matters and discussions with governmental authorities. Energy, mining and infrastructure specialist José Roberto Martins oversees the group, with Henrique Frizzo, Heloisa Barroso Uelze and Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois also key team members.

Next generation lawyers

Henrique Frizzo - Trench Rossi Wanatabe

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

The real estate practice at Trench Rossi Wanatabe has experience in M&A, leasing, procurement, property finance and construction litigation. Practice head Lúcia Veloso Aragão recently advised new client União Norte Brasileira de Educação e Cultura on the regularisation of over 20 properties prior to a sale.

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TMT
TMT - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe regularly acts on IT, e-commerce and outsourcing matters. On the media and entertainment side, it advised Universal Pictures on dubbing and promotion services. Esther Miriam Flesch and Flávia Rebello are the names to note.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 2

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Tax litigation - ranked: tier 3

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

The ‘dedicated and engaged’ team at Trench Rossi Wanatabe saw organic growth with the promotion to partner of two associates: Thales Stucky and Reinaldo Ravelli. The team has significant senior-level resource, including global head of tax Simone Dias Musa and tax litigation head Paulo Rogério Sehn, and is well served by a number of experienced associates. As part of a strong international office network, the team is particularly active in cross-border transactional work, and it also has a notable tax litigation practice. Tax planning expert Juliana Porchat de Assis is also recommended.

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

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

The team at Trench Rossi Wanatabe mainly advises offshore industry clients on matters of maritime and shipping law. Danielle Gomes de Almeida Valois is the name to note.

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Brazil: Energy and natural resources

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

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Trench Rossi Wanatabe is highly regarded for corporate and transactional work in the power sector, with José Roberto Martins recently leading advice to Casa dos Ventos on the sale of 16 wind farms. The group also successfully assisted Enel Green Power in a public auction for the concession of the operation of hydroelectric power plants, and in regulatory matters arising after the award.

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

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Working closely with an excellent corporate and M&A group, Trench Rossi Wanatabe’s oil and gas team was busy on transactional matters in 2016. Another area of focus is dispute resolution, with the team recently representing Petrobras, BP and Petrogal in an arbitration against oil agency ANP regarding the classification of the oil reservoirs of Lula as one or several fields for purposes of calculating royalties. Anna Tavares de Mello and Danielle Valois are the names to note.

Leading lawyers

Anna Tavares de Mello - Trench Rossi Wanatabe

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

Trench Rossi Wanatabe

Particularly recommended for transactional support in the mining sector, Trench Rossi Wanatabe counts Southeastern Asset Management, Weir Minerals and Constructora Meco among its clients. The group assisted the latter company in the negotiation of mineral sales agreements. Joaquim de Paiva Muniz heads the practice.

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