Commercial, corporate and M&A in Brazil

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados is a popular destination for domestic and international clients looking to do business in the Minas Gerais region. Apart from assisting with the negotiation and closing of mergers and acquisitions, the department is also well equipped to advise on commercial and financial contracts and corporate governance. Fernando Azevedo Sette provides legal support to clients in the mining, construction and engineering sectors, and regularly handles succession planning matters and foreign investment mandates. Luís Ricardo Miraglia has more than 20 years' experience in the field of complex corporate transactions, while Frederico Bopp Dieterich is noted for his project development, banking and capital markets expertise.

Fialho Salles Advogados

In addition to handling complex corporate and commercial matters, Fialho Salles Advogados' multi-disciplinary team assists clients in mandates ranging from public law, tax and international trade to antitrust and intellectual property. Practice co-head Alice Dourado is proficient in cross-border M&A transactions, joint ventures, corporate governance as well as restructuring issues and fund incorporation. Corporate agreements and private equity investments are core areas of practice for Patricia Alvarenga. Leonardo Canabrava is the name to note for private and economic law, while public law-related matters are Gustavo Magalhães and Érico Andrade's particular areas of focus. Débora Resende regularly handles venture capital investments and is adept at advising on the issuance of securities as well as succession planning.


‘Fialho Salles’ high level counsel has given us an edge with customised and out-of-the-box business structures and solutions.’

‘The team has high credibility and reliability, solid knowledge, powerful teamwork capabilities, agility and a holistic vision. It is difficult to find all these attributes together in other firms. Patrícia Alvarenga, Lucas Spadano and Luiza Tangari are recommended.’

‘The team is organised by different legal matters and the professionals are very specialised in specific topics, which raises the level of discussions and increases the quality of services. However, despite the specialisation of associates, they all demonstrate a general understanding of the law, which helps to address situations in a holistic way.’

‘The team members are always available to help and have exceptional knowledge of clients’ needs. Moreover, the associates properly understand all the aspects of the project, even the most complex ones, but also are very committed to handle the small tasks that are fundamental to the project success.’

‘Débora Resende Castanheira is always available and has the capacity to understand what clients need, thinking outside the box.’

‘We have been working with individuals that have the necessary knowledge and experience, which means they can think on their feet – essential for navigating complex M&A negotiations.’

‘The team is used to working in a very challenging environment, that constantly changes, and they respond very rapidly and effectively to those challenges. They are all very professional and well prepared to address their clients’ needs, even if their solicitation is outside the scope of their contract.’

‘The professionals are all very well prepared, thoughtful, agile, informed, and they are always at their clients’ disposal.’ 

Key clients


COTRIN Construtora Trindade

Sadesul Projetos e Construções

Andrade Gutierrez Concessões

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

Aperam Inox America do Sul

Rio Branco Alimentos

Sandvik Mining and Construction do Brasil

Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil

Mineração Usiminas

RHI Magnesita

Banco Mercantil do Brasil

Patologia Clínica São Marcos

Aliança Geração de Energia

BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social

BMPI Infra

BH Iluminação Pública

Empresa Construtora Brasil  / Mota Engil Engenharia e Construção

Canopus Holding

BRK Ambiental Participações

Work highlights

  • Advising Construtora Quebec and Quebec Apiacás Engenharia on the acquisition by Terna Plus of a controlling stake in SPE Transmissora de Energia Linha Verde I and SPE Transmissora de Energia Linha Verde II.
  • Assisted BRK Ambiental – Goiás in procedures for economic and financial rebalancing of a sewage concession contract the client has with SANEAGO for services in four cities in Goiás state.
  • Provided legal advice to PPP Habitacional Lote 1 in relation to contractual administration involving a PPP contract for social housing and popular market building in São Paulo.

Cescon Barrieu

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados advises on high-value corporate and commercial matters, with particular strength in capital markets transactions, debt renegotiations, M&A and corporate restructurings. The department has an impressive track record in cross-border transactions. In addition, it attracts instructions from local state-owned companies and enterprises with significant activities in the Minas Gerais region. The 2018 merger with Mendo de Souza Advogados Associados strengthened the firm's offering in the field of corporate legal consulting and transaction advisory to mining companies. The group is under the joint leadership of Frederico Viana Rodrigues, whose expertise covers acquisition financing, asset sales and joint ventures, and Marcelo Mendo Gomes De Souza, who combines in-depth knowledge of the mining sector with a strong corporate practice. Alice Brandão regularly advises banks, private equity firms, public corporations and foreign companies.


‘The team is one of the most technically skilled in the country, able to deliver prompt responses to clients and provide solid and accurate advice. Moreover, the team is commercially-wise, very well organised and works well with foreign law firms when required.’

‘The team understands clients’ needs and delivers the final product with high quality. Frederico Viana and Alice Brandão stand out for their technical quality, availability and friendly relationship, which make them different from competitors for sure.’

‘Personalised assistance from lawyers. Maurício Pellegrino and Paula Azevedo have great knowledge.’

‘Alice Brandão (Associada) e Frederico Vianna (Sócio) are always available and demonstrate in-depth knowledge of legal issues.’

‘The team has great expertise in mining and environmental law. Marcelo Mendo, Paula Azevedo and Mauricio Pellegrino are noteworthy.’

Key clients

Banco Mercantil do Brasil and Banco Mercantil de Investimentos

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Samarco Mineração

Afya Participações

Localiza Rent a Car

Localiza Fleet

Alesat Combustíveis


Companhia de Locação das Américas and Unidas

Banco Inter


Work highlights

  • Acted as Brazilian legal counsel to the underwriters and international placement agents on all legal aspects of the public offering of common shares issued by Localiza Rent a Car.
  • Advised CEMIG- Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais on the merger of its subsidiary Cemig Telecomunicações and the subsequent sale, in a public competitive bidding process, of the telecom assets merged by CEMIG.
  • Assisted Société Générale in the funding granted to Leagold Mining Corporation; the funds were destined for the repayment of a pre-existing financing granted by Orion Mine Finance.
  • Acted as Brazilian legal counsel to SABESP regarding all legal aspects of two public offerings of local bonds in the amounts of R$866 million and R$400 million.

Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados

Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados leads advice to a diverse client base, covering sectors from energy, mining and construction to private equity, real estate and telecoms, among others. The department undertakes work pertaining to commercial contracts, M&A transactions, capital markets issues and foreign investment. Fábio Appendino has a strong background in corporate restructuring matters and M&A, which are also areas of expertise for Luis Gustavo Miranda, who stands out for his in-depth knowledge of corporate governance. Alessandra Rezende Torres is another name to note in the Belo Horizonte office.

Coimbra & Chaves

Specialised in corporate law, Coimbra & Chaves's broad service offering covers domestic and cross-border transactions, commercial agreements, mining projects, venture capital deals and technology and engineering contracts. Practice head Paula Andrade Ribeiro Chaves stands out in the field of international corporate law. Eugênia Aguiar Siqueira has broad private law expertise, particularly in M&A, corporate governance and the drafting of contracts. Loni Mellilo Cardoso, who predominantly undertakes transactional work, is also part of the core team.


‘The firm is very focused and experienced in M&A transactions. The team has the ability to find solutions and alternatives for all cases. They are also very pro-active’.

‘Paula Chaves is an outstanding lawyer. She is very capable to assist companies in any M&A and corporate transactions. She is also fast, flexible and objective.’ 

‘They have an extensive theoretical framework and professionals in which you can trust.’

‘Since the beginning I was very well impressed by the professionalism, the seniority and the technical expertise of the lawyers. I received great service, the deadlines were met and the price was very competitive.’

‘Paula Andrade Ribeiro Chaves and Loni Melillo Cardoso stood out for showing: time and availability for meetings and discussions; technical expertise on 360 degree approach; meeting the scheduled dates for producing and revising documents; flexibility on the changes that the project suffered from our side.’

‘Coimbra & Chaves stands out for its experience in our kind of business for its availability, flexibility and deep involvement in the problems we faced throughout the project.’

‘Loni Melillo Cardoso’s support and orientation along the contract execution were essential. Eugenia Aguiar Siqueira demonstrates great commitment and dedication to clients.’

Key clients

Tenova do Brasil Equipamentos para Mineração e Manuseio de Materiais

Neuman & Esser America do Sul

Grupo Super Nosso e Apoio Mineiro

Fundo AvanTI – Fundo de Investimento em Participações

Zona da Mata Mineração

Herculano Mineração

VetBR Saúde Animal


Construtora Aterpa

MRL Engenharia e Empreendimentos

Prime Incorporações e Construções

EasyFood do Brasil

Gerencianet Pagamentos do Brasil

Starline Tecnologia

Engeform Engenharia

Clínicas Expressas do Brasil

Stantec Consulting

Hospital Belo Horizonte

Resale Tecnologia e Serviços

CRM Educacional

Contrei – Engenharia de Segurança e Medicina do Trabalho

Companhia Brasileira de Planos Funerários

Compass Diagnóstico, Planejamento e Prototipagem Odontológica

Fundep Participações

Centro Oftalmológico de Minas Gerais

Reev Soluções Tecnológicas

Town Participações

Work highlights

  • Legal advisers to the Zelo Group in the analysis and acquisition of several funeral services companies, two cemeteries, a crematorium and funeral plan companies.
  • Advised Multiformato Distribuidora on a strategic partnership between the client – one of the largest supermarket groups in Minas Gerais – and Carrefour Indústria e Comércio, a Brazilian subsidiary of the French Carrefour Group.
  • Assisted Fundo de Investimento em Participações AvanTI Multiestratégia in the venture capital investment in Zetra Participações/SalaryFits.

Freitas Ferraz Capuruço Braichi Riccio Advogados

Freitas Ferraz Capuruço Braichi Riccio Advogados demonstrates particular strength in commercial, corporate and M&A matters in the energy, technology, real estate and financial services sectors. Areas of expertise include private equity and venture capital investments, corporate restructurings and commercial agreements. Corporate law expert Bernardo Freitas, who has been active in technology and real estate-related M&A, oversees the department with Adriano Ferraz, who stands out for his track record in corporate transactions involving energy companies.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Freitas; Adriano Ferraz


‘The Freitas Ferraz office provides a unique service, especially by focusing, not only in a technical answer, but also in a macro-view of our issues. The office also provide us an outstanding availability and transparency, which make us consider them as our partners in different businesses.’

‘Deep knowledge of corporate law and M&A practice, ensuring the safety for the client during the transaction without harming the negotiation with the other party.’

‘Adriano Ferraz demonstrates an outstanding availability, communication and commercial knowledge. He specially stands out on his “deal maker” capabilities. I would also like to highlight João Cesconi, who is always available for a call or a meeting.’

‘Freitas Ferraz team think out-of-the-box with unique solutions for complex problems.’

‘Bernardo Freitas is a very outstanding professional in the corporate and M&A practice with a lot of experience in the ground.’

‘All lawyers at Freitas Ferraz are consistent in their work, available and very precise. Bernardo Freitas and Priscila Teixeira are outstanding lawyers. With a thorough analysis, they can understand the stakeholders side/view and make the best legal strategy. Available at all times, they are good negotiators and also very technical.’   

Key clients

Aliança Geração de Energia

Horizonte Minerals PLC

CEI – Companhia Energética Integrada

Torc Terraplenagem Obras Rodoviárias e Construções Ltda controlling shareholders

TAMBASA Atacadista – Tecidos e Armarinhos Miguel Bartolomeu shareholders

Curem Brasil Participações

Afya Participações

Hy Brazil

Empresa Construtora Brasil

MEBR Construções, Consultoria e Participações

BII BTS Contagem 1 Participações and BII BTS Contagem 2 Participações

Monetizze Participações

Casa Mineira Corretora de Imóveis

Globalbev Bebidas e Alimentos

Urbaville Urbanismo

BTS Properties Empreendimentos Imobiliários

AF BTS II Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Kinase Participações

Bambui Bioenergia

DLM Invista Gestao de Recursos

FCTY Participações  and SPE Fashion City Brasil

Zahpee Tecnologias de Gestão de Dados na Internet

Noverde Tecnologia e Pagamentos

CM Tecnologia

BAMAQ Bandeirantes Máquinas e EquipamentosAmérica Energia

Thaís Imobiliária e Administração EIRELI

Rise Administradora de Carteiras de Valores Mobiliários

Gameleiras Energias Renováveis S/A and its shareholders

Work highlights

  • Advised Hekima in an acqui-hiring process, through which iFood acquired 100% of Hekima’s equity, and recruited Hekima’s most strategic employees to integrate iFood’s technology team.
  • Represented the shareholders of Matriz Participações on the B$49m investment made by Banco Inter in Matriz, a holding company which owns 99% of DLM Invista Gestão de Recursos’ capital interest.
  • Represented Horizonte Minerals in specific corporate and real estate matters in relation to the raising of $25m in funds to commence the early works programme and to advance Brazil’s next major ferronickel project.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The core strength of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' Belo Horizonte office resides in capital market deals, including equity and debt transactions. Beyond this area, the group is adept at advising on M&A transactions, commercial agreements and general corporate matters. Gustavo Rugani is responsible for the Belo Horizonte team and has extensive experience in M&A, public offerings, debentures and bond-related transactions. Guilherme Azevedo's notable areas of practice include M&A and private debt transactions, while Paulo Miranda has a broad specialism in corporate law.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Rugani


‘Notable availability of lawyers, in-depth knowledge of sectors and extensive experience in the market.’

‘The team understands clients’ needs, the dynamism with which it must be done and delivers the final product with high quality.’

‘Guilherme Azevedo is recommended for his availability and delivery of service.’

‘Gustavo Rugani, Guilherme Azevedo, Clarissa Freitas and Paulo Miranda for their technical quality, availability and friendly relationship, which make them different from competitors for sure.’ 

Key clients

Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras – ELETROBRAS

ArcelorMittal Brasil


Direcional Engenharia

Banco Inter


Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Localiza Rent a Car


Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders on the sale of all shares of Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço to Cedar Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia.
  • Advising XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio Títulos e Valores Mobiliários on the public offering of certificates of real estate receivables of the 175th series of the first issuance of Ápice Securitizadora.

Manucci Advogados

Manucci Advogados offers advice to domestic and foreign clients in relation to M&A transactions, foreign investments, joint ventures and commercial agreements. Managing partner Daniel Manucci is proficient in cross-border corporate deals, particularly transactions involving China, and oversees the department alongside Guilherme Poggiali, who leads on commercial and contractual work. International matters are a core area of activity for Délber Lage.

Key clients

Oxis Energy




Banco Inter

Boart Longyear

Aliança Energia Tenda

Direcional Engenharia

Vilma Alimentos


Balt International

TotalAperam Inox América do Sul

Tenda Construtora

Banco Mercantil




Work highlights

  • Advised Oxis Energy in a private-public partnership with CODEMIG (Minas Gerais Developing Company) to build a battery cell plant for the aerospace and automotive industry.
  • Assisted Confrapar Administração e Gestão de Recursos in the acquisition of a stake in a Brazilian technology company called Xmobots.

Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados

Clients operating in a range of industries, from energy, construction and mining to consumer products, seek Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados' assistance in relation to commercial operations and M&A transactions. The practice is jointly led by three practitioners: Christian Lopes, who has solid experience in corporate law and contractual issues; Fernanda Galvão, who oversees the contracts and compliance group; and Pedro Ernesto Rocha.

Gotlib Massara Rocha Advogados

Founded in 2018, Gotlib Massara Rocha Advogados has experience across corporate law, capital markets, M&A, commercial contracts and infrastructure matters. The team is often retained by key players in the fields of energy, education, real estate and IT. The firm’s three founding partners jointly lead the practice: Renzo Gotlib, who has expertise in the construction and logistics sectors, among others; David Massara Joanes, who brings to the table experience in M&A, data privacy and IP; and Pedro Figueiredo Rocha, who advises a number of domestic clients.

Key clients

Eleva Educação


Engecom Construtora

Grupo Serpa

Bla Bla Car

Betim Química


Grupo Nutrição



Laboratório Analys


Work highlights

  • Advised Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica – TAESA in its acquisition of Brasnorte Transmissora de Energia.

Guimarães & Vieira De Mello Advogados

Corporate governance is a key specialism for Guimarães & Vieira De Mello Advogados, which also provides support in relation to corporate deals, commercial agreements, joint ventures, investments, reorganisations and financing. Founding partner Leonardo Guimarães co-ordinates the corporate and M&A practice.

Practice head(s):

Leonardo Guimarães

Key clients

Intralot Group

Ale Participações Societárias

Grupo Parque da Colina

Stradigi AI Brazilmamoneira Agropastoril

Khaya Woods Investimentos Florestais

Holt Accelerator Brazil

Grupo Canopus

Brink’s – Segurança e Transporte de Valores

Codeme Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance to Intralot Group subsidiaries in Brazil in relation to asset reorganisation through the merger of Intralot Minas Gerais and Intralot do Brasil subsidiaries.

Sion Advogados

With particular strength in asset acquisitions and investments, Sion Advogados specialises in the mining, infrastructure, energy and oil and gas sectors. Department head Bernardo Pessoa handles work related to commercial, contractual and real estate matters; he is also proficient in regulatory compliance. Alexandre Sion is a name to note for commercial arrangements, M&A and licensing agreements in relation to energy projects.

Practice head(s):

Bernardo Pessoa

Key clients

BHP Billiton Brasil

Grupo Aperam

Grupo Votorantim

Grupo Equatorial



Mineração Jundu

Sibelco do Brasil

Argo Energia

Brasil PCH