Firms To Watch: Commercial, corporate and M&A

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Commercial, corporate and M&A in Brazil

Souto Correa Advogados

Souto Correa Advogados is one of the first ports of call in Porto Alegre for domestic and foreign clients seeking advice on the full array of corporate and transactional matters. The department balances a busy workload, with a significant proportion of its deals involving high-value M&A, financing, joint ventures and commercial agreements, especially those pertaining to construction projects and distribution contracts, as well as foreign investments. On the transactional side, the firm's practitioners have a proven track record in mergers and acquisitions involving the energy, automotive and agribusiness sectors. Jointly led by Rodrigo Tellechea - whose areas of expertise cover corporate law, restructuring and succession planning - and founding partner Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior, the corporate group often works in close collaboration with other firm-wide practices focused on bankruptcy, real estate and timberland investments. Fernanda Girardi Tavares is a key contact for infrastructure and construction contracts. Carlos Souto is also active in the team, notably in commercial deals.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Tellechea; Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm Souto Correa has a team of highly qualified professionals and specialists in the fields of activity.’

‘In addition to the competence of the professionals, who are very thorough on all the requested issues, there is a commitment to results.’

‘Technical team with multidisciplinary knowledge and market expertise that allows all clients to evaluate issues ranging from simple deals to the most complex transactions. Gilberto Deon Corrêa Junior has exceptional technical knowledge and demonstrates real interest in the client and its business.’

Well qualified team, immediate service provision, understanding the demand effectively in the result.’

Key clients

Oleoplan – Oleos Vegetais Planalto

SPAR Group International

CMPC Celulose Riograndense

Grupo Inbetta

The Walt Disney Company (Brasil)

Kaon do Brasil Industria Eletrônica

Honeywell do Brasil

Irani Papel e Embalagem

Work highlights

  • Advised Hotel Laje de Pedra on the negotiation of a memorandum of understanding regarding the sale of all its assets.
  • Assisted Oleoplan – Óleos Vegetais Planalto in an investment of R$475m related to the acquisition of 20% of the shares of FASA América Latina Participações Societárias.
  • Assisted Medabil Soluções Construtivas and Medabil Indústria em Sistemas Construtivos in all aspects of a private issuance of debentures to raise R$25m to the companies.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados has established a strong presence in the Porto Alegre corporate and M&A market, where it brings together a team of lawyers with specialist local knowledge and international backgrounds. The group, which stands out for its experience in corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions, receives instructions from a diverse client roster of Brazilian and foreign companies in the transport, agribusiness, healthcare, banking and chemical sectors involved in major deals in the southern region of Brazil. Contract and corporate law specialist Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva jointly leads the department with Maria Bofill, who is deeply involved in innovation matters concerning start-ups and venture capital. The practice heads receive support from a dedicated team of associates, including Bruna Braga Luz de Oliveira and Daniel Born Roman, both of whom are extremely active in transactional and contractual mandates.

Practice head(s):

Luis Renato Ferreira da Silva; Maria Bofill

Testimonials

‘TozziniFreire stands out for the quality of its work and the speed of response, in addition to the promptness of the partners and lawyers involved in matters. Maria Bofill has excellent business vision and technical knowledge. Daniel Born Roman is also recommended for his knowledge and availability.’

‘I believeTozziniFreire is one of the key players in real estate tax-related issues, with very active partners, deep legal knowledge and good relationships with local authorities. Their partners are always directly involved in the cases, and demonstrate full knowledge of the matter and its details. Very well structured approach and presentation of the work done, always very thorough in their analysis, very good case presentation skills, and really easy to work with.’

‘Maria Bofill is always available to hear and understand the client’s needs. Bruna Braga Luz Oliveira was crucial in doing all the heavy work during the process, providing up-to-date research and information, keeping up with local authorities and promptly giving feedback to the client.’

Key clients

Aiqfome

Lojas Renner

SLC Agrícola

United States of America

Polo Venture Participações

Sodexo do Brasil Comercial

Vulcabras Azaleia

Fras-Le

RVC Venture Capital Participações e Investimentos

KaVo Kerr

Work highlights

  • Assisting Fras-le in the acquisition of Nakata Automotive.
  • Advising Aiqfome, a pioneer in the food delivery app market for small and medium-size cities in Brazil, in its sale to the Magazine Luiza group.
  • Provided multidisciplinary legal assistance to KavoKerr in the shutdown of its plant in Joinville.

CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados

The corporate law, M&A and investment funds group at CMT – Carvalho, Machado e Timm Advogados handles a steady flow of mid-market M&A deals on behalf of domestic and foreign clients looking to invest in the south of Brazil. The department, which is under the leadership of corporate law and M&A expert Rafael Bicca Machado, has seen a recent increase in instructions pertaining to the technology and start-up sectors. Giordano Andrei dos Santos is another core member of the team; he handles transactional work and contractual matters.

Practice head(s):

Rafael Bicca Machado

Testimonials

‘The CMT team has an above average dedication and involvement and, together with their professionalism and intellectual capacity, they create a lot of value for their client. The level of knowledge of the subjects covered is exceptional.’

‘Rafael Bicca Machado and Giordano Andrei dos Santos have a level of involvement with the issues above the market average. All matters are conducted with excellent diligence.’

Key clients

Empresas Randon

Grupo Dimed

Triider

Code:Nation

Work highlights

  • Assisted Empresas Randon in Castertech’s acquisition of CNCS Indústria Metalúrgica, from Caxias do Sul (RS), for the price of R$21.5m, subject to adjustments after the closing of the transaction.
  • Advised Grupo Dimed on the acquisition of eight pharmacies in the Tacchimed chain, belonging to Dr. Bartholomeu Tacchini Association.
  • Assisted Triider, a start-up from the construction sector, in the sale of the company to Juntos Somos Mais.

Silveiro Advogados

With strong credentials in corporate and business law, Silveiro Advogados has a well-established practice, which is adept at handling a mix of M&A transactions, corporate and debt restructuring, real estate matters and estate planning. The team also demonstrates specialist knowledge of venture capital and private equity funds in Brazil. Practice head Pedro Chagas is experienced in corporate and commercial mandates, often advising clients on foreign investments. André Silveiro focuses on corporate governance and succession planning, while Daniel Báril devotes a large proportion of his time to bankruptcy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Chagas

Testimonials

Its professionals demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the issues, have great ability to handle situations and convey a lot of confidence.’

Our company is totally satisfied with the Silvero team. It is a professional team and helping the company a lot with experienced legal skills and knowledge, which provides the right legal opinions and finding the most efficient and faster solutions for the company.’

André Silveiro and Pedro Chagas are excellent professionals, with deep knowledge, a lot of experience and competence. They convey a lot of security and confidence in the way they handle the most diverse situations.’

Mr. Pedro Chagas is sincere and a perfect legal advisor for the company.’

Key clients

Cortel Controlling Shareholders

HT Micron Semicondutores

Frusapar

Imdepa

Math Marketing da Informação

Fleming Empreendimentos Imobilários

SBQ Assessoria Didática e Pedagógica

Cuore Platform

FACAMP group of shareholders

Lagro Industrial Corp.

Construtora LF

Fundação Iberê Camargo

Work highlights

  • Advised the controlling shareholders of Cortel in the negotiation and signing of a new shareholders’ agreement with the investing partners to allow the filing for the company’s IPO request.
  • Advising HT Micron Semicondutores on the negotiation and formalisation of a new capitalisation by a Korean partner.
  • Assisting the controlling families of IMDEPA in drafting a shareholders’ agreement to restructure the company’s corporate governance.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados' Porto Alegre-based corporate group routinely handles negotiations related to domestic and international commercial contracts for clients in the retail, private equity, agribusiness and construction sectors. Dual-qualified partner Fernando Verzoni oversees the practice, which is also seasoned in M&A deals and financing matters. The department head primarily focuses on commercial contracts and M&A, which are also notable areas of practice for Diego Fraga Lerner, a key contact for cross-border deals and real estate matters. The highly regarded Fernanda Fossati is also part of the core team.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Verzoni

Testimonials

‘What makes this firm unique is the way in which the professionals work, and how they assist their clients in a professional, capable and attentive manner, always providing the best strategies to solve issues.’

‘I would recommend Diego Fraga Lerner, who always advises us with great care and professionalism.’

‘Fernanda Fossati has a great knowledge and understanding of our business.’

‘Quality of service above average.’

‘The team responds quickly to contact and demands. Diego Fraga Lerner stands out for his knowledge of international contracts and the Asian market.’

‘Attention and competence in dealing with clients.’

Key clients

Península Participações

APROBIO – Associação dos Produtores de Biocombustíveis do Brasil

Grupo Tiradentes

ABRAPA – Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Algodão

Ybitu Empreendimentos de Energia Renovável

Borrachas Vipal

BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil

Braskem

Aguia Group

IMA Schelling Brazil Manutenção de Máquinas

Work highlights

  • Advising R.P. Participações em Biocombustíveis on the acquisition of a 50% equity stake in BSBios Indústria e Comércio de Biodiesel Sul Brasil.
  • Advising ECB Group on the structuring and development of the Omega Green project, a $800m plant that will produce renewable diesel and synthetic paraffinic kerosene.
  • Advised Grupo Tiradentes on an investment in the inaugural UK-based fund of edtech-focused venture firm Emerge Education.

Gerson Branco Advogados

Gerson Branco Advogados' corporate department 'stands out for its agility and creativity'. The team has a strong track record in M&A deals involving domestic companies, and is also equipped to advise on corporate governance, environmental law, tax and real estate matters. Also of notes is the firm's work involving risk assessment and contractual liabilities in the context of corporate transactions. Gerson Luiz Carlos Branco - whose corporate and litigation experience spans almost three decades - spearheads the practice with contractual and corporate law specialists Flaviana Rampazzo Soares and Diogo Merten Cruz.

Practice head(s):

Gerson Luiz Carlos Branco; Diogo Merten Cruz; Flaviana Rampazzo Soares

Testimonials

‘Gerson Branco provides great legal services.’

‘Flaviana Rampazzo Soares is the lawyer who assists me, always demonstrating excellent legal knowledge.’

‘Gerson Branco Advogados stands out for its agility and creativity in solving our company’s corporate problems. The team produces very well-designed documents and memos and, in terms of communication, excels in providing accurate answers in a short period of time. Their strength lies in combining practical capacity with academic experience.’

‘Gerson Luiz Carlos Branco perfectly combines legal practice with innovative solutions in the scope of Corporate Law. His negotiation skills are spectacular.’

‘Lawyers are exceptional, active and fully committed to serving the matters on behalf of clients.’

‘A multidisciplinary view, with different skills, is a feature I have always found in the service. Legally, they always performed very well and were fundamental in the implementation and development of our business.’

Key clients

Tornak Holding

Dakota Group

Agropecuária Maragogipe

Bronze Administração e Participações

Granjas 4 Irmãos

Participações

Cerealle Tecnologia em Alimentos

Indústria de Alimentos Estrela

AGM Operadora Portuária

Geyer Medicamentos

Encorp Engenharia e Construções

Kaefe Engenharia e Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Grupo Soma

Work highlights

  • Advising Tornak Holding on a joint venture with Rede Globo de Comunicação.
  • Assisting Grupo Soma with the issuance of debentures in the amount of R$46m in favour of a company that once was part of the group.
  • Advising Agropecuária Maragogipe throughout the entire process of the companies’ share segmentation.

Ilarraz Advogados

Founded in 2017, specialist corporate law firm Ilarraz Advogados is sought by clients operating in the agribusiness, construction, infrastructure, automotive and fintech sectors. M&A transactions and corporate issues are mainstays for the firm, which regularly assists with the structuring of investments, acquisitions and sales of businesses, corporate governance and investment fund matters. Noteworthy practitioners include department head Lucas Martins Dias, José Gabriel Boschi and Rafael Falcetta Corrêa, who stands out for his ability to lead venture capital and equity crowdfunding transactions. Since publication, in December 2021, the firm (previously called LMDias Advocacia Empresarial) announced its merger with Ilarraz Advogados; the firm now operates under the latter name.

Practice head(s):

Lucas Martins Dias

Testimonials

The strengths of the LMDias team are extensive knowledge of Brazilian corporate law (which has very important complexities) and is always very available to help our company in whatever way is necessary.’

LMDias has a service that meets the needs of its clients, with a lot of pro-activity and the team’s technical excellence. The elegant, sincere and assertive manner of Dr. Lucas stands out, who commands the team like no one else and always has many success stories to share.’

Dr. Lucas Martins Dias is a brilliant person. With an enormous capacity for leadership, he has a strategic business vision, having gone through several cases, knows different structures of business models, not limited to expressing only opinions on the themes he dominates (which incidentally he has technical excellence), because he has a lot of experience and is able to advise his clients to solve their problems, pointing out great ways to solve conflicts.’

Modern, proactive and up-to-date law firm with legislation and best practices in the national and international market. Young team, with experience and committed to the end result for the client. We realize that LMDias Advocacia’s success lies in simple and objective communication and agile execution of activities.’

We see as a highlight in the office the partner Lucas Dias who, despite his young age, has an enviable background and technical knowledge, in addition to a vast academic curriculum. Its highlight is the ability to perceive and understand the client’s problem, and agility in implementing the solution.’

The firm unites the best of a more focused Corporate and M&A law firm with a very experienced team, delivering in record time solutions for the most complex demands. The personalized way they treat each client makes them unique. Quick answers, easy way of communication and business oriented.’

The obsession for delivering more than expected is their main strength. LMDias is always trying to exceed clients’ expectations with a very ‘easy’ language, making the complexity of law / M&A etc much lower than it in fact is.’

The service provided by the partner is the office’s differential. It has a multidisciplinary vision that involves not only the client’s corporate issues, but the understanding of the business itself, combined with the personal demands of the partners, with a long-term strategic vision.’

Key clients

Cooperativa Languiru

Fueltech

Pay Capital

Engecampo

ATF.Credit

Koblitz Energia

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on the legal restructuring of the group, including the investment funds that were a part of the operation.
  • Provided assistance on the legal structure (in Brazil) of a fintech company which facilitates cross-border payment transactions in relation to sports betting.
  • Provided legal assistance to a client on the restructuring of its operation in Brazil.