Azevedo Sette Advogados remains one of the premier teams for corporate and commercial matters in the Minas Gerais market, typically handling a varied workload of M&A and private investment acquisitions, disposals and infrastructure projects, among other areas. Its stellar client list includes players from an array of industries covering banking, agribusiness, retail, mining, energy and healthcare. Practice head Fernando Azevedo Sette is an expert in complex mandates involving commercial and financial contracts. Heading the infrastructure team is Frederico Bopp Dieterich, a key contact alongside Bruna Bouissou for infrastructure projects, PPPs and project finance transactions. Also noted are Luis Ricardo Miraglia, Ana Paula Terra Caldeira and Roberto Ribas Wilson, who together combine extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions, foreign investment and other corporate law matters.
Commercial, corporate and M&A in Brazil
Fernando Azevedo Sette
‘Team with excellent technical quality and negotiation skills.’
‘Fernando Azevedo Sette has great commercial, negotiation and leadership skills.’
‘Roberto Ribas Wilson has technical qualities associated with the ability to efficiently negotiate with counterparties.’
‘Flexibility in negotiating fees to meet the client’s budget.’
Andrade Gutierrez Participações
Rede Mater Dei
FARMAX – Indústria de Cosméticos e Farmacêuticos
Log Bts Extrema Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Braz Logística International
Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Confins
Localiza Rent a Car
In Vitro Diagnóstica
Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio
Fialho Salles Advogados
Fialho Salles Advogados is particularly known for its strong expertise in the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Drawing on the firm’s cross-practice capabilities in tax, IP, antirust and public law, the team is frequently engaged in complex M&A, privatisations and corporate restructurings. Alice Dourado is especially sought after to represent local and foreign investors in M&A, joint ventures and private equity transactions. Patricia Alvarenga is well versed in the structuring of commercial agreements for the sale of equity interests, joint ventures and private equity investments as well as corporate restructurings. Anderson Novais, Érico Andrade, Gustavo Magalhães and Leonardo Canabrava are also key members of the department, and Thiago Vieira is a name to note at the associate level.
Alice Dourado; Anderson Novais; Erico Andrade; Gustavo Magalhães; Leonardo Canabrava; Lucas Spadano; Luciano Fialho; Patrícia Alvarenga
‘Competent, committed and high-level team.’
‘Gustavo Magalhães is extremely competent, with high capacity for delivery and commitment.’
‘Serious, personalised and trustworthy service. They also have a good cost/benefit ratio.’
‘Patricia Alvarenga demonstrates mastery of the matters and always seeks solutions that provide legal certainty.’
‘An experienced team, accessible and creative partners and above all, extremely competitive fees.’
‘In addition to his deep knowledge of substantive law, Leonardo Canabrava manages to add to the discussions focused on the economic analysis of law.’
‘Deep knowledge of the infrastructure market, including technical particularities related to it.’
COTRIN Construtora Trindade
Sadesul Projetos e Construções
Embaré Indústrias Alimentícias
Aperam Inox America do Sul
Rio Branco Alimentos
Sandvik Mining and Construction do Brasil
Aliança Geração de Energia
BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social
BMPI Infra (Barbosa Mello Participações Investimentos)
BH Iluminação Pública
Empresa Construtora Brasil
Mota Engil Engenharia e Construção
BRK Ambiental Participações (Brookfield Group)
AEGEA Saneamento e Participações
Uber do Brasil Tecnologia
OEngenharia (Vinci Group)
Domingos Costa Indústrias Alimentícias
BTG Pactual Gestora de Recursos
Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais – COPASA
CEI – Energética Integrada
ABC – Atacado Brasileiro da Construção
US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)
- Advised Méliuz on the due diligence, drafting and negotiation of three M&A deals in 2021.
- Advised ABC – Atacado Brasileiro da Construção on investments into the company, including the competition law aspects.
Working in close collaboration with the firm’s network of offices across Brazil and Canada, the corporate team at Cescon Barrieu offers clients strong domestic and cross-border commercial expertise in the Minas Gerais region. The group is frequently retained by mining, energy and automotive clients to advise on high-value IPOs, financial restructurings, M&A and corporate reorganisations. Practice head Frederico Viana Rodrigues is a key contact for debentures issuances and corporate governance matters, including cross-border mandates. Alice Brandão and Júlia Lobo are well versed in M&A and capital markets transactions. Associates Pedro Campos Vasconcellos and Marcelo Augusto Amim Correia are also noted.
Frederico Viana Rodrigues
Cooperative Agropecuária Centro Serrana
Rio Branco Alimentos
SA Usina Coruripe Açúcar e Álcool
Mineração Pirâmide Participações
Bravo Motor Company Brasil
Grupo Bamin – Bahia Mineração
Santa Casa da Bahia
Hospital Mater Dei
Grupo do Banco Mercantil
Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais
Laticínios Porto Alegre Indústria e Comércio
- Advised the financial institutions that acted as underwriters of Mater Dei’s IPO.
- Acted for Cemig Geração e Transmissão on its offer to purchase $500m of its outstanding 9.250% senior notes due in 2024.
- Advised Méliuz and certain selling shareholders on its follow-on offering.
Housing a growing corporate and M&A team in the Minas Gerais region, Freitas Ferraz Advogados is noted for the breadth of its practice, which is frequently involved in complex M&A, corporate restructurings and foreign investment transactions. It has recently handled a busy workload of large and mid-cap mandates in the energy, fintech, mining and technology segments. Heading the practice is duo Bernardo Freitas, who is a key contact for cross-border transactions and capital markets regulation, and Adriano Ferraz, who often advises energy and technology clients on private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures and M&A. Associate Juliana Marcincowski is also noted.
Bernardo Freitas; Adriano Ferraz
‘I believe that the main point that makes this firm unique is the practical experience they have in the M&A market. This experience, together with the dedication of the team, gave us complete peace of mind in our corporate review and M&A process.’
‘For me, what most distinguishes the firm is their ability to see what no one else sees, to come up with innovative solutions that deviate from general norms.’
‘Well-prepared team, good cost-benefit, senior partners with good negotiation skills and technical mastery. Dealmakers.’
‘Adriano Ferraz has strong negotiation skills and technical expertise. Juliana Marcincowski handles multiple M&A at the same time with great levels of diligence.’
‘Bernardo Freitas is very good technically and an expert in corporate law in Brazil. We have used and trusted his advice for many years now.’
‘Adriano Ferraz and his team at Freitas & Ferraz Advogados demonstrated remarkable commitment, professionalism and legal expertise during the period in which they provided us with legal advice.’
‘Exceptional client management and relationship with counterparties, always very constructive and promoting high engagement.’
‘Our contact was directly with Adriano Ferraz, who was supported by Juliana Marcincowski. Adriano demonstrates extensive experience in M&A, which gave me and my partners complete peace of mind in the process. Every difficulty we encountered he was able to quickly solve it. Adriano was super available and attentive. Juliana also demonstrates a lot of dedication and expertise in M&A.’
Energética Integrada (CEI)
MRV Engenharia e Participações
Casa Mineira Corretora de Imóveis
Tambasa Atacadista – Tecidos e Armarinhos Miguel Bartolomeu
Viasolo Engenharia Ambiental S
- Advised Horizonte Minerals on the negotiation of a proposed $633m package to fund the Araguaia project.
- Acted on a corporate restructuring involving more than 25 companies controlled by CEI in connection with a foreign investment and related acquisitions of three small hydropower plants.
- Assisted Afya with the acquisition of Medicinae Solutions, Medical Harbour, Shosp Tecnologia da Informação and RX-PRO Soluções de Tecnologia.
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados
Working in conjunction with the firm’s energy, mining and tax departments, the corporate team at Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados frequently assists clients in regulated sectors with complex construction projects, privatisations and M&A. Industries of particular focus for the practice include energy, automotive, telecom, metal and steel, and mining. The group’s leadership is shared between Fabio Appendino, who is frequently engaged in M&A and corporate restructurings, and Luis Gustavo Miranda, an expert in compliance matters and infrastructure and real estate projects. At the associate level, Alessandra Rezende Torres is noted for her expertise in corporate structures and M&A, and Paulo Teixeira Fernandes has more than 20 years of experience in compliance, infrastructure projects and contracts.
Fabio Appendino; Luis Gustavo Miranda
‘We have been working with Rolim for some time due to the quality of the service, since it has qualified professionals in the corporate, tax and regulatory areas of the electricity sector.’
‘They produce very complete analysis and reports that suit our needs. Reliability, quality of service and delivery time are its main qualities.’
‘Consolidated and renowned office in the market. It has professionals of high technical level and with vast expertise in the firm’s areas of activity.’
‘Strategic vision with experienced professionals. Recommended professionals are Fábio Appendino and Alessandra Torres.’
Companhia Celg de Participações (CELGPAR)
BNDES (Brazilian Development Bank)
Eletrobras Participações (Eletropar)
- Assisted the Goiás state-owned CelgPar with the sale of 100% of the shares of Celg Transmissão (Celg-T), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CelgPar.
- Advised CNH on the corporate restructuring carried out in Brazil, following the structure defined in its global model.
- Acted for ArcelorMittal on the sale of the assets that make up the Madame Denise Small Hydroelectric Power Plant (PCH Madame Denise) to SZO Empreendimentos.
Coimbra & Chaves
Coimbra & Chaves stands out for its sectoral expertise in healthcare, where it advises hospitals and laboratories on M&A and joint ventures. Handling both domestic and cross-border mandates, the group is also active in the construction, education, sports and services sectors. Paula Andrade Ribeiro Chaves, who is well versed in M&A and venture capital transactions as well as mining projects, leads the practice. Also noted are corporate law experts Francisco Camilo Gruppioni Côrtes Júnior and Loni Melillo Cardoso, and Rafael Costa Zimmer Prados, whose expertise spans succession planning, foreign investment and corporate governance matters.
Paula Andrade Ribeiro Chaves
‘Always committed to their clients.’
‘The office responds with quality and speed. Always kind and attentive. The work is always delivered on time.’
‘We highlight Paula Chaves, Paulo Coimbra and Loni Melillo Cardoso. Always competent and available.’
Grupo Super Nosso
Neuman & Esser América do Sul
Takraf do Brasil Equipamentos de Mineração e Manuseio
Gerencianet Pagamentos do Brasil
Clínicas Expressas do Brasil
CBPF – Companhia Brasileira de Planos Funerários (Grupo Zelo)
Centro Oftalmológico de Minas Gerais
Resale Tecnologia e Serviços
Zona da Mata Mineração
Compass Diagnóstico, Planejamento e Prototipagem Odontológica
Instituto Hermes Pardini
- Assisted Instituto Hermes Pardini with the acquisition of 100% of Laboratório de Patologia Clínica Dr. Paulo Cordeiro de Azevedo, a laboratory with a strong presence in the State of Pará.
- Advised Instituto Hermes Pardini on the acquisition of 100% of APC – Laboratório de Anatomia Patológica e Citologia, a laboratory based in the state of São Paulo.
- Acted for Instituto Hermes Pardini on the acquisition of 100% of Moscogliato – Serviço de Ultra-Som, a laboratory based in the state of São Paulo.
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers assistance to large and medium-size companies from a variety of sectors such as energy, mining, food, education, healthcare and financial services. With a strong focus on capital markets transactions and M&A, the group is often sought to advise on high-value and complex acquisition financings, cross-border public offerings and general corporate matters. Working on an integrated basis with the firm’s wider network, the Belo Horizonte team is equipped to offer clients a full service. Practice head Gustavo Rugani is a key contact for capital markets deals, M&A and regulatory matters involving public companies. Also recommended is securitisation and project finance expert Guilherme Azevedo, and Bruno Costa, who has vast experience in real estate matters.
‘Professionalism and competence. Use of technology to facilitate access to technical content and interaction with the office.’
‘Gustavo Rugani is an excellent professional, with vast knowledge and experience in the services provided.’
‘One of the references in the corporate and M&A area, having already participated in numerous complex transactions and with flexibility in negotiating fees, availability and market knowledge.’
‘Gustavo Rugani provides exceptional work in the areas of corporate law and M&A, not only because of his technical and market knowledge, but also because of his availability, knowledge of the company’s business, and focus on secure solutions for the client.’
Banco do Brasil
Localiza Rent a Car
CTEEP- Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista
Aço Verde do Brasil
Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio – CBA
Tigre SA Tubos e Conexões
Companhia de Locação das Américas
Sequoia Logística e Transportes
Aliança Geração de Energia
Instituto Hermes Pardini
Armac Locação, Logística e Serviços
Hospital Mater Dei
Bild Desenvolvimento Imobiliário
Companhia Brasileira de Planos Funerários
Rio Branco Alimentos
Companhia SAntanense de Tecidos
Seculus Amazônia Indústria e Comércio
Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço
- Assisted Banco Inter with the public offering with restricted placement efforts of common shares, preferred shares and units.
- Advised Tigre on its registration as a category “B” public-held company before the Brazilian Securities Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários – CVM).
- Advised Ânima Holding on the acquisition finance of Rede International de Universidades Laureate (Rede Laureate).
Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados
Vilas Boas, Lopes e Frattari Advogados is noted for its broad sectorial expertise ,which spans energy, mining, real estate, financial services, telecoms and technology. The group is well versed in M&A, commercial arbitration and equity investments, among other mandates. The practice is directed by the trio of Christian Lopes, who has 20 years of experience in corporate law and arbitration; senior associate and M&A specialist Pedro Ernesto Rocha; and Fernanda Galvão, who often assists domestic and international clients in the negotiation of contracts and claims.
Christian Lopes; Pedro Ernesto Rocha; Fernanda Galvão
‘Partners are deeply involved in the client’s problems.’
‘A highlight goes to the partners Christian Lopes and Leonardo Wykrota, who have great technical skills and depth-in knowledge of the problems we present them.’
‘Pedro Ernesto stands out with his great dedication to clients.’
‘Excellence in the service provided, very competent professionals, met deadlines and follow up of demands.’
FCA Fiat Chrysler Automóveis Brasil
USIMINAS – Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais
Aperam Inox América do Sul
CMU Energia Ltda
Solatio Energia Gestão de Projetos
CORI – Colégio Registral Imobiliário de Minas Gerais
Focusing on corporate, M&A, tax, intellectual property, antitrust and strategic litigation, Gotlib Massara Rocha Advogados is noted for its broad offering, often advising clients on venture capital and private equity transactions, corporate restructurings, capital markets products and M&A. Its sectorial expertise is equally extensive, with the team’s recent mandates involving transactions in the energy, construction, education, healthcare and agribusiness industries. The group is jointly led by Renzo Brandão Gotlib, whose expertise includes succession planning, corporate law, capital markets and M&A; David Massara Joanes, who has vast experience in IT, digital services and software businesses; and litigator and tax expert Pedro Figueiredo Rocha.
Renzo Brandão Gotlib; David Massara Rocha; Pedro Figueiredo Rocha
‘Gotlib Massara Rocha Advogados is a law firm focused on strategic issues and a commitment to innovation. Specialised in M&A and corporate consulting, they are indeed a prominent firm. Safety and trust are outstanding features in each work performed.’
‘The team is extremely competent and has extensive experience in large business groups. A highlight goes to the partner Renzo Gotlib, who is a highly qualified professional, with a 360º vision and attentive to his clients.’
‘The advice on the M&A transactions provided by Gotlib Massara Rocha Advogados was excellent. In addition to the technical capacity, the team is very available and always meets the agreed deadlines.’
‘The partners are always available and are directly involved with all the demands presented by us. The service is always immediate, with quick and efficient mobilisation of the team to solve our demands.’
‘Renzo Gotlib stands out for his technical knowledge, availability, efficiency and knowledge of the business aspects of our demands.’
‘Service, legal knowledge, agility, competence.’
‘Ethical team focused on the operation.’
‘I highlight Renzo Brandão Gotlib. Excellent professional, with strong technical background and high commitment.’
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- Advised Grupo Vision and some of its shareholders on the sale process of R$261m in assets related to solar power generation to Alsol, a company of the Energisa Group.
- Assisted a client with the issuance of R$200m Certificados de Recebíveis Imobiliários (CRI) to raise funds for the construction of a real estate project.
- Acted for Fundepar and some investors on raising funds for Fundepar’s investment fund focused on technology companies.
Goulart & Colepicolo Advogados
Goulart & Colepicolo Advogados is particularly known for its sectorial expertise in real estate and shopping centres, making the firm a key port of call in the Minas Gerais region for corporate matters involving these sectors. The group has also been increasingly active assisting venture capital and investment funds, shareholders and founders with the purchase and sale of equity stakes in technology companies. Leading the group is a trio comprised of tax and real estate specialist Cristiano Silva Colepicolo; João Gilberto Freire Goulart, who has vast experience in M&A, investment funds and litigation; and Pedro Paulo Moreira Rodrigues, an expert in venture capital operations and capital markets transactions.
João Gilberto Freire Goulart; Cristiano Silva Colepicolo; Pedro Paulo Moreira Rodrigues
‘A team that is thorough in its execution and always solve its clients’ problems.
‘João Goulart is always available and Fernanda Duarte is a key contact for urgent demands.’
‘They are always at the forefront of innovative processes, providing the legal support we need to implement our work.’
‘Fees and invoices are always negotiated in advance and questions are always answered objectively.’
4YOUSEE (F6 Sistemas de Informática)
AG Consultoria Empresarial
Bahia Mall Empreendimentos
DIN (Groupe CCPA)
Edifica Empreendimentos e Engenharia
Federação da Agricultura e Pecuária do Estado de Minas Gerais
Greenpass Tecnologia em Pagamentos
Dorival Regini de Andrade (Grupo Landis)
Antera Gestão de Recursos
Agro V Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestrategia
Fundo de Investimento em Participações Criatec Semente
MGPX Empreendimentos e Participações
CASPER Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário FII
Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Renato Perón Coelho
Serviço Nacional de Aprendizagem Rural Minas Gerais
SVA Tecnologia e Sistemas
- Advised Quartz Mineração in connection with the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a loan agreement of R$10m for the exploration of mining rights owned by the company in Minas Gerais.
- Acted for Nanovetores Tecnologia on the sale of stocks (47.84%) to Givaudan, a Swiss company.
- Advised Indústria de Medicamentos Veterinários (IMEVE) in relation to the sale of stocks (33.33%) to the founding partners, who exercised their pre-emptive rights.
Guimarães & Vieira De Mello Advogados
Guimarães & Vieira De Mello Advogados is a popular choice for company directors and executive officers seeking assistance with corporate governance matters. Clients from the mining, gambling, technology and financial services sectors turn to the group for advice on investment agreements, corporate reorganisations and joint ventures. Another pillar of the practice is corporate finance, with the team frequently handling debentures, commercial papers, mezzanine financings and other forms of debt. Founding partner Leonardo Guimarães leads the corporate and M&A team alongside São Paulo-based partner Helder Fonseca.
Leonardo Guimarães; Helder Fonseca
ASM Participações Societárias
Stradigi AI Brazil
AGFA Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia
Brink’s – Segurança e Transporte de Valores
EMCASH serviço Financeiros Sociedade de Empréstimos Entre Partes
Estuda.com Tecnologia Educacionais
Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais (CODEMGE)
Holt Accelerador Brasil
SAGA Consultoria Empresarial
- Assisted Intralot Group subsidiaries in Brazil with its corporate reorganisation and the merger between Intralot Minas Gerais and Intralot do Brasil subsidiaries.
- Advised Companhia de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais on its disinvestment process from several investment funds and projects.
- Assisted ASM Participações Societárias with corporate reorganisations and negotiations.
Praised for its ‘strong expertise in M&A and fast and responsive team’, Lacerda, Diniz e Sena Advogados is a popular choice for clients operating in the retail, technology, education, agribusiness and healthcare sectors. The group has recently been busy handling corporate restructurings, corporate governance matters and conducting commercial negotiations. Another area of expertise for the practice is commercial contracts, with the team frequently advising on shareholder agreements, NDAs, and purchase and sales agreements. Founding partner Rafael De Lacerda Campos, whose expertise spans M&A, tax, and succession and estate planning, leads the practice.
Rafael de Lacerda Campos
‘Professionals that perform a thorough due diligence in M&A.’
‘Multidisciplinary team that analyse the various sensitive points involved in a due diligence.’
‘Strong expertise in M&A and fast and responsive team.’
‘Erik Nahum and Rafael Lacerda have extensive expertise in M&A, specially in the healthcare sector.’
Lacticínios Porto Alegre Indústria e Comércio
Rede Dom Pedro de Postos
Unimed Vale do Aço
N. Minas Transportes e Locações
Dl Comércio e Indústria de Produtos Eletrônicos
Rúmina Tecnologias para Pecuaria
- Assisted VidaVeg with the investment by X8 fund in the company.
- Advised Loja Elétrica on the restructuring of its real estate assets.
- Advised JAC Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos (Jeito Caseiro) on its transactions with investors, negotiations with competitors and reorganisation of its assets.
Manucci Advogados offers complex consultancy services in corporate, commercial, M&A and data protection, and is often retained by companies from a variety of sectors such as technology, healthcare, real estate and mining. On the international front, the group is able to leverage the firm’s association with UGGC Avocats and membership of Interlaw to assist clients with cross-border issues. Managing partner Daniel Diniz Manucci is especially sought after to handle foreign investment transactions, M&A and joint ventures. Also recommended are arbitration and corporate law expert Guilherme Poggiali, Edson Martins, and London-based partner Délber Andrade Gribel Lage. New additions include associate Luciana Rossa, who joined in December 2021 from Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados.
Daniel Manucci; Edson Martins; Guilherme Poggiali; Délber Lage
- Advised Metropax, a funeral plan company in Brazil, on the merger with Grupo Cortel.
- Assisted Nitrosul’s partners with the sale of a majority stake to Austin Powder, a manufacturer of industrial explosives.
- Represented Oktagon’s partners in the sale of the company to a US company based in Las Vegas.
Tavernard Advogados frequently assists clients from a broad range of industries, including energy, healthcare, construction and food, with capital markets transactions and the structuring of real estate investment trusts. The group is well versed in M&A, venture capital and private equity investment, and data protection matters. Heading the practice is Mário Tavernard, a key contact for succession planning, capital markets products and private equity deals. Also noted is head of disputes resolution Guilherme Martins, who combines expertise in civil litigation and corporate law.
Centrais Eletricas do Norte do Brasil
WayCarbon Soluções Ambientais e Projetos de Carbono
Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Votorantim BII BTS
Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais
Hermes Pardini Shareholders
Fernandes Administradora de Bens e Negocios
- Assisted STAR7 with the due diligence of its Brazilian subsidiaries for its IPO on Euronext Growth Milan.
- Advised the controlling shareholders and the investment committee of Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Votorantim BII BTS on the selling of its built-to-suit distribution centre to Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário SDI Rio Bravo Renda Logistica.