With extensive experience in both buy and sell-side mandates, Felsberg Advogados handles an impressive volume of mid-market deals ranging from M&A to incorporations, restructurings and joint ventures. Rated for its strong presence in the technology sector, it is a go-to choice for investors, private equity firms, financial institutions, emerging growth businesses and venture capital funds. The group frequently works in close collaboration with the firm’s bankruptcy and restructuring practice, and is also well placed to handle distressed M&A and corporate reorganisations. Buyers, sellers and investors (most notably clients operating in the pharmaceutical segment), often turn to Claudia Maniaci for assistance in corporate transactions. Evy Marques, who leads the start-ups and venture capital group, is also noted for her longstanding experience in M&A, corporate matters and commercial contracts. The ‘extremely technical’ João Carlos Mendonça specialises in cryptocurrency and blockchain, and is often engaged in corporate matters involving the tech sector. Maria Carolina Guazzelli is a key contact for retail and luxury goods companies, while Anneliese Eger is often retained by French and German clients in relation to their business endeavours in Brazil. Focused on M&A, contracts and technology, Gleycon Jonathan Queiróz stands out at the associate level, as does Bárbara Nátali Santos, who works in M&A and private equity transactions.
Corporate and M&A: Mid-market in Brazil
Claudia Maniaci; Evy Marques; João Carlos Mendonça; Maria Carolina Guazzelli; Anneliese Eger
‘The team at Felsberg Advogados is complete and has strong expertise in deals in transport and technology sectors. Strong ability to think and structure solutions for the client’s business model in a solid and creative way.’
‘João Carlos Mendonça and Gleycon Queiróz are both very competent and always available. They go in search of a solution for a specific case, are very objective and fast.’
‘Excellent professionals, impeccable and fast technical service.’
‘João Carlos is excellent, helpful and extremely technical, focused exactly on what we need and always thinking about optimizing and growing our business.’
‘We are always assisted in any matter related to our company with greater respect and efficiency.’
‘Our contact since the beginning is Anneliese Eger, with whom we have a sensational professional relationship. She takes care of our needs quickly and efficiently, she proves her absolute competence in her field and always comes up with concrete suggestions.’
‘My experience with the team has always been positive; deadlines are always met.’
Preformed Line Products Company (PLP)
- Advised Rema Tip Top Serviços de Vulcanização on the acquisition of 100% of the corporate capital of Tecnolita Industrial.
- Assisted Blockchain Coinvestors Acquisition Corp I, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), with the acquisition of a minority stake in the financial technology company Qenta.
- Advised Paranapanema on the preparation of the necessary corporate acts related to the request of its judicial reorganisation.
The ‘technical and business-oriented’ team at KLA Advogados continues to advise middle-market clients on the full slate of corporate transactions and shareholder issues. Acquisitions, incorporations, joint ventures and private equity investments are key areas of activity for the group, which stands out for its broad industry coverage that spans the technology, food and beverages, telecoms, infrastructure, education, energy, real estate and media sectors. Singled out for her experience in the technology, telecoms and life sciences segments, Karin Alvo has strong credentials in strategic M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. Mariana Cortez, a go-to for clients from the worlds of education and real estate, is an ‘excellent negotiator’, while Melissa Kanô, who heads up the Asian Desk, is recurrently sought out by companies from the advertising and energy spaces. Other individuals to note for corporate matters and M&A transactions include Alessandra Höhne and Luiz Filipe Aranha. Praised by clients for her ‘proficiency, attention, agility, timeliness and client service’, Patrícia Braga leads on cross-border M&A, PE and VC deals for US and German clients. Mário Fioratti works on complex technology and real estate-related transactions, while associate André Maruch maintains a broad practice in corporate and securities law, investment funds and foreign investment.
Karin Alvo; Mariana Cortez; Melissa Kanô; Alessandra Hohne; Luiz Filipe Aranha
‘The technical security they pass on to their clients is a differentiator.’
‘Luiz Filipe Aranha is recommended.’
‘Karin Alvo stands out.’
‘The firm provides high quality services. In particular, I highlight the proficiency in M&A transactions, agility and care in meeting the needs of the client.’
‘Patricia Braga: the lawyer stands out in her proficiency, attention, agility, timeliness and client service.’
‘I worked with the KLA team on a few transactions over the last few years. It is a technical and business-oriented team. Lawyers manage to be quick in meeting demands and thorough in discussions and negotiations. They are proactive and available.’
‘Mariana Cortez is a great lawyer, navigates real estate and corporate matters well, in addition to being an excellent negotiator. Does not lose focus on minor issues and has a great feel for client priorities.’
‘Mario Fioratti is a young and brilliant lawyer, he manages to simplify the most complex issues, and has a great knowledge of the matters in which he works.’
Boston Scientific Corporation
QMC Towers Infrastructure
General Mills / Yoplait
Ecogen Brasil Soluções Energéticas (Mitsui Group)
Cerpo Group Eye Care
Capital Lab Ventures
Line Express Logistics
In the wake of its recent merger, the newly formed Madrona Fialho Advogados boasts a strong reputation in the mid-market M&A space. Fielding sizeable teams in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, the firm handles strategically significant deals for both publicly-traded and private companies present in all core economic sectors, and demonstrates particular strength in the technology, telecoms, infrastructure, agribusiness, healthcare and food and beverages spheres. Based in São Paulo, Ricardo Madrona provides support to an impressive client roster in the context of M&A, corporate restructuring and joint ventures, which are also core areas of activity for Milena Coimbra Mazzini. In the same office, Danilo Mininel’s fields of expertise include M&A, corporate law and contractual matters, with a special focus on the retail, education, technology and healthcare sectors. Nair Veras Saldanha acts for domestic and international companies, financial institutions and investors in corporate transactions. Also noted, Luciana Felisbino and Luciano Fialho advise on M&A, private equity and corporate governance, while José Senedesi offers expertise in corporate reorganisations. Sitting in the Belo Horizonte office, Alice Dourado stands out for her knowledge of sector consolidation proceedings and strategic alliances, and Patricia Alvarenga works on domestic and cross-border corporate transactions. Roberto Pary joined the São Paulo-based group from Marcelo Tostes Advogados in August 2022.
Ricardo Madrona; Milena Coimbra Mazzini; Danilo Mininel; Nair Veras Saldanha; Alice Dourado; José Senedesi; Luciana Felisbino; Luciano Fialho, Patrícia Alvarenga; Roberto Pary
‘Good technical knowledge, and personalised service.’
‘Luciano Fialho and Patrícia Alvarenga stand out.’
Banco BTG Pactual
Pearson Education Do Brasil
Oswaldo Cruz Química
Instituto Hermes Pardini
- Advised Heinz on the acquisition of a controlling stake in Companhia Hemmer Indústria e Comércio.
- Assisted Banco C6 on the sale of a 40% stake to JP Morgan.
- Assisted Vale, which signed a binding sales agreement with J&F Mineração (controlled by J&F Investimentos), for all shares issued by Mineração Corumbaense Reunida, Mineração Mato Grosso, International Iron Company and Transbarge Navegación.
Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados
Strategic buyers and sellers regularly turn to Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados for guidance on the negotiation of M&A involving regulated sectors, corporate reorganisations and restructurings. The firm’s client roster also features an array of investors, financial institutions, asset managers, and private equity and pension funds engaged in mid-market deals involving a range of industries – most notably energy, financial services, energy, technology and education. Rated for its ‘excellent client service’, the group is co-led by São Paulo-based Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira, who works on buy and sell-side instructions, and is a key contact for Brazilian pension funds, and Cláudio Guerreiro, who leads on corporate matters out of the Rio de Janeiro office. In São Paulo, Ricardo Ariani Filho handles M&A and private equity deals (chiefly in the education segment), while Alberto Weyland Vieira is a go-to lawyer for oil, gas and offshore clients engaged in cross-border transactions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Practitioners to note in Rio include Felipe Hanszmann, who handles an impressive transactional workload and is also well versed in related disputes; recently promoted partner Ricardo Villela Mafra Alves Da Silva, who specialises in M&A, reorganisations and foreign investment; and associate Maria Ramos Dias.
Paulo Albert Weyland Vieira; Cláudio Guerreiro
‘Excellent client service.’
‘Ricardo Mafra stands out.’
Sistema Brasileiro De Educação (SEB)
Maple Bear Global Schools
Instituto De Ensino E Pesquisa (Insper)
Ascensia Diabetes Care Holdings
Banco Nacional De Desenvolvimento Econômico E Social (BNDES)
Aliansce Sonae Shopping Centers
Fundação Vale Do Rio Doce De Seguridade Social (Valia)
Valora Gestão De Investimentos
Petrec Petróleo Tecnologia E Pesquisas
Parcelex Correspondente Bancário
Adecoagro Vale Do Ivinhema
Casa & Video Brasil
Aker Solutions Do Brasil
Bw Offshore Do Brasil
Cer – Companhia De Energias Renováveis
Jacuzzi Do Brasil Indústria E Comércio
Splenda Offshore Participações
Enel Green Power
- Assisted Companhia Siderúrgica de Pecém (CSP) with the sale of all its shares held by the current shareholders (Vale, Posco and Dongkuk) to Arcellor Mittal.
- Advised Granja Mantiqueira on the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of Fazenda da Toca Orgânicos and the grain production of Rizoma Agro.
- Advised DBO Energy on the business combination between DBO 2.0 and Maha Energy.
Abe Advogados fields a ‘diverse, multidisciplinary team‘ which is a key port of call for clients across the technology, financial services, retail, agribusiness, education and energy sectors. Middle-market domestic and cross-border M&A are a mainstay for the practice, which stands out for its ability to advise international players, including Japanese clients, on the establishing and winding up of local operations. Commended for its ‘high technical quality‘, the department is jointly led by the ‘sharp‘ Marcos Seiiti Abe, who is particularly experienced in M&A involving distressed assets, and Fernando Zanotti Schneider, a key adviser on corporate transactions, joint ventures and foreign investment. William Joji Nakasone, who was promoted to partner in December 2022, brings together experience in M&A, restructurings and corporate governance.
Marcos Seiiti Abe; Fernando Zanotti Schneider
‘Abe is a top firm that delivers high-end services to clients. They are always very assertive in terms of providing exactly what the clients need, while being very cost-efficient. This is especially relevant for international clients setting up shop in a difficult market like Brazil.’
‘Marcos Abe is a very sharp lawyer and extremely client-oriented. He rapidly understands the clients’ needs.’
‘Abe’s M&A and Corporate team is creative, innovative, available, flexible and caring. Partner Fernando Zanotti is especially creative, has a broad vision and brings interesting solutions to the cases presented.’
‘Team with good insights and experience. Fast, accurate and objective in the answers.’
‘Marco Seiiti Abe: bold and with great experience. Always available.’
‘It is excellent to work with Abe Advogados; they have a diverse, multidisciplinary team, with high technical quality and an excellent cost-benefit ratio. All deliveries were made on time, meeting the client’s needs – especially considering the client’s urgency factor, which demonstrates the firm’s commitment and partnership.’
‘Partners Fernando Zanotti Schneider and William Joji Nakasone deserve special mention, both for their technical competence and for their professional excellence with regard to client relations, agility, and other relationship factors.’
‘Fluency in the Japanese language and knowledge of Japanese law.’
Marubeni Corporation (Pequi Alegre Participações EIRELI)
Marubeni Corporation (Adubos Real)
Cajueiro Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos
- Advising Adubos Real on the acquisition of a 100% percent stake of Lemefertil Produtos Agrícola.
- Advising Atonit on the negotiation with Salesforce (ExactTarget), an American cloud-based software company, for the acquisition of all shares.
- Ongoing advice to Agrícola Famosa related to the initial acquisition of 39% stake in Agrícola Famosa, by Citri&Co, with the financial backing of Miura Private Equity.
Araújo e Policastro Advogados‘ corporate department helps clients of all sizes navigate complex issues in the context of domestic and cross-border transactions, encompassing M&A, joint ventures, restructurings and incorporations. A member of Nextlaw Global referral network, the firm is seen with great regularity advising on the Brazilian law aspects of global deals. In addition to its strong transactional capabilities, the group is also routinely engaged in corporate law matters, related disputes and succession planning issues. Founding partner Theodoro Araújo has a strong track record in corporate deals involving multiple jurisdictions; he oversees the practice alongside Camila Araújo, who is skilled in M&A and joint ventures involving the infrastructure and energy segments. Clients from the automotive sector turn to Tania Mara Ferreira for advice on M&A and contractual matters. Other key individuals include Fernanda Pereira Leite, a reference for foreign clients doing business in Brazil, and Bárbara Dos Santos Moreira, who focuses on non-transactional matters.
Theodoro Araújo; Camila Araújo
‘Quality service and strategic vision. Theodoro Araújo and Camila Araújo are recommended.’
Alcoa Corporation / Alcoa Alumínio
GS Global Corporation
A trusted adviser to many buyers and sellers in the entire lifecycle of corporate transactions, ASBZ Advogados attracts instructions from a strong domestic client base operating in an array of sectors, including technology, energy, financial services, food and beverages, healthcare and real estate. The ‘technical‘ group is adept at handling middle and lower-middle market M&A, and is also skilled in corporate governance issues, strategic alliances and commercial agreements. Gabriela Claro is regularly sought out by investment funds, financial advisers, major corporations and family offices. Clients from the aviation, energy, healthcare, insurance and technology sectors turn to Ricardo Melaré for advice on M&A, private equity and venture capital deals, while Gustavo Rached Taiar is counsel of choice for several investment funds. Gustavo Abud Navacchia stands out at the associate level for his involvement in M&A in the technology and real estate spheres.
Gabriela Claro; Ricardo Melaré; Gustavo Rached Taiar
‘The firm’s service is unique and personalised. It has an extremely technical team. All professionals were very technical.’
‘Gustavo Rached Taiar provided the necessary support so that the best paths were adopted in the negotiation.’
Louis Dreyfus Company
Tarpon Gestora de Recursos
Scholl Wellness Company
HiPartners Participações e Investimentos
Liderança Serviços Especializados em Cobranças
Arteon Z Energia e Participações
Korean Air Lines
Mercer Human Resource Consulting
Sotran Logística e Transporte
Symrise Aromas e Fragrâncias
Newave Geração de Energia
Ecotec Brasil Tratamentos Fitossanitarios
Etiqueta Única Tecnologia
Piwi Corretora de Seguros
Impacto Sistemas de Serviços Integrados
APS Componentes Elétricos
Quasar Asset Management
- Advised the shareholders of Etiqueta Única Tecnologia on the sale of part of their equity interest.
- Assisted the partners of Ecotec Brasil Tratamentos Fitossanitarios in the sale of 100% of their equity interest to Rentokil Initial Group.
- Advised Piwi Corretora de Seguros on a private equity investment in the health insurance sector by DNA Capital USA.
With a strong footprint in São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, Azevedo Sette Advogados demonstrates strength advising buyers and sellers – ranging from privately held companies to multinationals, and family offices – on middle-market M&A and smaller deals of national significance. Typical mandates for the team, which is well versed in cross-border matters, also include corporate reorganisations and commercial agreements. The group is spearheaded by Fernando Azevedo Sette in Belo Horizonte, a name to note for mining, construction and engineering clients who possesses over two decades’ experience in M&A, commercial contracts and succession planning, and Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette in São Paulo, who is singled out for his knowledge of the TMT sector. Luis Ricardo Miraglia, who is particularly active in energy and mining-related transactions, Roberto Ribas Wilson, and recently promoted partner Eduardo Monteiro Moreira César are other key individuals in Belo Horizonte. Natasha Midori Hinata, who sits in the São Paulo office, was promoted to the partnership in January 2023.
Fernando Azevedo Sette; Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette
‘The team is very dedicated to its clients.’
Cloudwalk inst de Pag e Serviços
Laboratorio Geraldo Lustosa
Ferrero do Brasil
Andrade Gutierrez Participações
Rede Mater Dei
Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Confins
Localiza Rent a Car
- Advised Escola Crescimento and stakeholders on the sale of 100% of the equity interest of Jardim Escola Crescimento, Bacelar Educação Infantil Pré-Escola e Fundamental, and Castro Material Escolar e Uniformes to Inspira Mudança Participações.
- Assisted Marquise Serviços Ambientais in the acquisition of a landfill operation related to the public services provided to Natal Municipality, through the acquisition of 100% of both Sereco and Braseco’s stock equity.
- Advised the sellers on the disposal of 100% of Labtest and its subsidiaries (CDICT – Centro De Desenvolvimento, Inovação, Ciência E Tecnologia and AUDLAB – Automação Para Diagnostico Laboratorial) to Virtue Diagnostics.
B/Luz handles a steady flow of mid-market deals for a domestic and international clientele that includes a number of private equity firms, venture capital funds, emerging and mid-size companies in an array of sectors, most notably technology. Besides its solid track record in tech-related M&A, the group is also experienced in joint ventures and corporate matters involving the retail, media and consumer goods industries. Managing partner Luis Felipe Baptista Luz leverages his strong background in tax, accounting and finance to advise high-net-worth individuals, family offices and multinationals on M&A transactions. Combining expertise in capital markets, M&A, corporate law and contracts, Jessica Bernstein Heumann is also active in corporate deals. Technology, healthcare and marketing are key sectors of focus for Érico Lopes Tonussi and senior associate Ana Carolina Chaves de Oliveira. Alexandre José De Pauli Santana, who is based in Londrina, and Rafael Peixoto Abal in Santa Catarina are also noted.
Luis Felipe Baptista Luz; Érico Lopes Tonussi; Jessica Bernstein Heumann; Alexandre José de Pauli Santana; Rafael Peixoto Abal
Grupo Pão de Açúcar
Oral Sin Franchising
Conductor Tecnologia em Meios de Pagamento
- Assisted One7 on the sale of a 14,29% stake to XP O17 Fund, managed by XP Vista Asset Management.
- Assisted Viajanet with the sale of all its shares to Decolar.com.
- Advised Grupo O Boticário on the acquisition of 100% of the equity interest in a startup which sells its own brand of beauty products through its e-commerce platform.
BRZ - Barbosa, Raimundo, Gontijo, Câmara e Zanotta Advogados
At BRZ - Barbosa, Raimundo, Gontijo, Câmara e Zanotta Advogados, the ‘very focused and specialised M&A team’ is routinely sought out by companies operating in a variety of industries, including healthcare, IT, telecoms and pharmaceuticals. Its impressive recent caseload includes various inbound investments, corporate restructurings, and private equity and venture capital deals. Managing partner Pedro Raimundo has handled several high-profile M&A in the healthcare sector; his areas of expertise encompass domestic and cross-border business transactions, and corporate and contractual matters. Praised for his ‘pro-deal vision’ and ‘dedication’, Rodrigo Câmara specialises in M&A and corporate reorganisations. Julio Barbosa and Alexandre Zanotta (the latter of whom combines extensive experience in M&A with in-depth knowledge of regulations), jointly head up the team with Raimundo and Câmara. Alessandra Salgado is often engaged by venture capital funds and VC-backed companies in relation to transactions and governance issues, while Ana Paula Deppe Leme demonstrates particular strength advising healthcare companies in M&A, private equity and corporate matters.
Pedro Raimundo; Rodrigo Câmara; Julio Barbosa; Alexandre Zanotta
‘BRZ Advogados has extensive expertise, advising us on complex matters and day-to-day issues. It has a very focused and specialised M&A team. The team is very dedicated and proactive.’
‘Rodrigo Câmara, one of its founding partners, is an exemplary professional, technical and with complete dedication and specialisation in several different subjects. Rodrigo has a very pro-deal vision, is attentive to risks but has a strong business vision.’
Grupo Notredame Intermedica (GNDI)
United Health Group (UHG)
Logistica Intermodal (Log-in)
Brazil Hospitality Group (BHG)
Mercuria Energy Group
Grupo Santa Lucia
Bioderma (Laboratorios Naos Do Brasil)
Oncorp – Aruanã Energia
Silimed Industria e Comercio
Associação Civil Do Movimento De Equidade Racial (MOVER)
Centro Oncologico de Niteroi (CON)
Extel Contact Center (Grupo Abai)
Escola Canadense De Educação
- Advised Grupo Notre Dame Intermédica on the acquisition of CCG Participações.
- Assisted Log-in-Logística with the acquisition of Tecmar.
- Advised Notre Dame Intermédica Participações on the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of Hospital do Coração de Duque de Caxias (HSCOR), and Gralha Azul Administração e Participação, through its subsidiary Notre Dame Intermédica Saúde.
Candido Martins Advogados has considerable experience in middle-market and - increasingly - big-ticket M&A, acting on behalf of buyers and sellers across a multitude of industries. Demonstrating particular strength in the agribusiness, healthcare, energy, education and technology sectors, the firm – which recently opened an office in Madrid – is routinely retained by private equity firms on buy-side mandates, as well as on sales by family-owned businesses and acquisitions for large corporations. Founding partner Henrique Martins has a wealth of experience in the private equity space. He receives key support from a pair of capable young partners: Daniel Rodrigues Alves, who handles domestic and cross-border M&A involving several segments (with a special emphasis on agribusiness, energy, services and healthcare); and Mateus Lopes da Silva Leite, who brings together expertise in M&A, corporate and contractual matters, private equity and venture capital. Associate Raphael Pereira Arantes Pires is also active in transactional work, drawing on his experience in tax, accounting and wealth planning.
‘Agility in service. Creative and technically irreparable solutions.’
‘Henrique de Faria Martins is recommended.‘
‘Henrique Martins and Daniel Rodrigues Alves stand out.’
Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN)
Multiasistencia SAU (Allianz Group)
ENC Energy Participações
GEF Capital Partners
- Assisted FIP Vocatus Multiestrategia with the acquisition by Oncoclinicas of the oncology group Unity Participaçōes.
- Acted for CSN regarding the acquisition of Metalgráfica Iguaçú.
- Advised Castelatto on its sale to Dexco Revestimentos Cerâmicos.
CGM Advogados ‘provides legal services of the highest quality’ to a diverse roster of international and domestic clients – including large corporations and emerging companies from the worlds of banking, chemicals, technology, life sciences, real estate and retail – on a variety of corporate work, ranging from corporate governance to reorganisations. Mid-market M&A is a key pillar of the practice, which is under the joint leadership of a capable trio: Adriano Chaves, who is rated for his ‘great technical and market knowledge’, is recommended for tech-related deals; René Gelman , who has recently advised on strategic alliances, corporate reorganisations, and investments; and the ‘business-focused’ Martim Machado, whose standing in the Brazilian M&A market spans three decades. The ‘pragmatic’ Marcia Mandelbaum is a ‘deal-maker’ for foreign companies investing in Brazil. Recently promoted partner Camila Cardinale focuses on M&A, corporate law and contractual matters.
Adriano Chaves; René Gelman; Martim Machado
‘CGM provides legal services of the highest quality, with speed and consistency. The firm’s main differential is the involvement of partners in all stages of transactions; they actively participate in conference calls, meetings, preparation and review of documents, which gives us great comfort.’
‘Adriano Chaves – founding partner of the firm- has great technical and market knowledge. He actively participates in all matters. He has a fantastic reputation in the market and is recognised for the high standard of services provided and attention to detail. Marcia Mandelbaum – partner focused on corporate law and M&A- is extremely committed, attentive, and technical. Marcia conducts all her deals with extreme agility and efficiency. Marcia is very pragmatic and a deal-maker.’
‘Adriano Chaves and Marcia Mandelbaum are results-oriented and pragmatic.They also take the time to explain complex local issues.’’
‘The CGM team was practical, efficient and available at any time needed.’
‘Martim Machado was very practical in his approach and business-focused in providing advice. He spent time with my tax and finance team to help them understand the various rules/regulations related to our particular transaction.’
‘The individuals are available, competent, reactive with a broad knowledge while having a precise and specialised expertise.’
‘Cordiality, punctuality and high technicality.’
‘Adriano Chaves, Camila Magami and Marcelo Rosa are highly committed to the client, cordial, punctual.’
Sony Music Entertainment
Volkswagen Financial Services
Sony Music Publishing
Brainvest Wealth Management
Cognita Brasil Participações
Kalpataru Power Transmission
- Assisted Volkswagen Financial Services with the corporate reorganisation of LM Frotas group, involving the merger of Fleetzil Locações Serviços and LM Transportes Interestaduais Serviços e Comércio.
- Assisted Sony Music Entertainment with the incorporation of Comercial Fonográfica RGE and Zende Serviços de Entretenimento into Sony Music Entertainment Brasil.
- Assisted Sony Music Publishing with the incorporation of Editora Musical Som Livre into Sony Music Publishing (Brazil) Edições Musicais.
GVBG - Gentil Monteiro, Vicentini, Beringhs e Gil Advogados
M&A transactions, corporate reorganisations and strategic partnerships are key areas of focus for the group at GVBG - Gentil Monteiro, Vicentini, Beringhs e Gil Advogados, which is also well positioned to advise foreign clients on the setting up of operations in the country. Buyers and sellers – including private equity funds at all stages of the investment cycle – retain the team on various mid-market transactions concerning a host of industries, from agribusiness to technology. Devoted to corporate law, founding partner Fernando Gentil Monteiro handles M&A deals and corporate governance issues. Besides his solid track record in corporate transactions, Terence Beringhs is also adept in restructurings, joint ventures and foreign investments.
Fernando Gentil Monteiro; Terence Beringhs
‘Agility and quality in the dealings, as well as the technical knowledge of the area.’
‘The response time, the quality of the response and presentation of the risks to the client are points that this team takes seriously. They are close to the client and seek to understand whether the defined paths are being implemented, and/or what changes are necessary to achieve the objective.’
GLP Brasil Gestão de Recursos
Green Super Food
Taiyo Kogyo Corporation
Virgo Companhia de Securitização
- Advised MDS Insurance Group on the acquisitions of Credrisk Corretora de Seguros and Brokers Corretora de Seguros.
- Assisted ZAAZ Telecom on the acquisition of the infrastructure and operating assets of Fibratech.
- Advised the selling shareholders of Vita IT on the sale of the company to Telefônica Brasil.
Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados
Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados is adept at handling both domestic and cross-border mid-cap transactions on behalf of buyers and sellers operating in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, real estate, energy, technology, chemicals and insurance. Joint ventures, private equity investments and corporate restructurings also feature in the team’s caseload, which has seen an increase in mandates from foreign clients looking to establishing operations in Brazil of late. The firm – which experienced a major loss with the departure of a team of 24 lawyers in early 2022 – has since sought to reposition itself in the corporate and M&A segment. Diego Billi Falcão, who has notable experience in transactions involving the banking sector, and Fernanda Annenberg, a reference for cross-border matters and strategic negotiations, are now the main points of contact at the firm for this type of work.
Diego Billi Falcão; Fernanda Annenberg
‘Extremely qualified team, with great legal knowledge. Diego Bili Falcão is recommended.’
Associação Brasileira de Designers de Interiores (ABD)
Erick Menezes de Azevedo
Heloysa Agropecuária e Empreendimentos
Acerto Cobrança e Informações Cadastrais
Aussel Comércio de Urnas Funerárias e Serviços
Banco de Eventos
Haut Incorporadora & Design
Hospital Santa Lúcia
Maxplural Desenvolvimento Imobiliário
- Advising Porto Seguro on the structuring, negotiation and implemention of an investment agreement to constitute a new company to own 100% of the capital stock of Porto Seguro Assistência e Serviços and CDF Assistência e Suporte Digital.
- Assisting Porto Seguro Companhia de Seguros Gerais with the spin-off process of its insurance and service-providing businesses.
- Assisted OM Soluções Imobiliárias with all aspects of the acquisition of the totality of the equity capital of Nido Informática.
Mello Torres fields a team of specialist M&A practitioners who are the trusted advisers to a variety of longstanding and new clients operating in a range of sectors, notably agribusiness, life sciences, TMT, private equity, oil and gas, logistics and education. Specialising in M&A, corporate governance and private equity, Carlos Jose Rolim De Mello has recently led on big-ticket acquisitions, sales and business combinations. He heads up the group with Alexandre Simões Pinto, who is often retained by large multinationals from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, and chemicals segments, and Natália Teixeira Rabaça, who undertakes M&A, capital markets and corporate governance work. Vinícius Alvarez acts for both Brazilian and international players – including established companies and start-ups – regarding investments and regulatory issues.
Carlos José Rolim de Mello; Alexandre Simões; Natália Teixeira Rabaça
‘The firm is characterised by the accessibility of the partners and, above all, by its ability to meet deadlines. The partners are personally involved in the services requested.’
‘I would like to highlight partner Alexandre Simões Pinto, who follows our transactions closely, and partner Vinícius Alvarez.’
Group Casino (controller of Grupo Pão de Açúcar)
Casa dos Ventos Holding
MSC / Sas Shipping Agencies Services
Finsol, Independência Participações
IHS Brasil Cessão de Infraestruturas
Stratus SCP III Brasil FIP
Fenix Soluções Ambientais
Mova Sociedade De Emprestimo Entre Pessoas
Gemar, Laboratório Canonne
- Advised Notre Dame Intermédica on its merger with Hapvida.
- Advised Casa dos Ventos Energias Renováveis on the sale of a stake to TotalEnergies.
- Advised Makro and its parent company SHV on the sale of real estate and certain assets relating to 16 stores and 11 gas stations to Grupo Muffato.
Benetti & Giammarino Advogados
At Benetti & Giammarino Advogados, the corporate and M&A team is well placed to advise Brazilian and international clients on the purchase and sale of assets and equity interests in companies operating in a range of sectors, including food and beverages, telecoms, media, infrastructure and technology. The practice, whose service offering covers all steps of the M&A process, is also adept at assisting with corporate restructurings, joint ventures and venture capital investments. With over 25 years’ experience in corporate and contractual law, Eduardo Benetti is frequently sought out by publicly held companies in relation to small and mid-cap M&A deals and related disputes. He oversees the practice with Pedro Giammarino, who excels in M&A, private equity matters and corporate restructurings.
Eduardo Benetti; Pedro Giammarino
MEC3 do Brasil (Casa Optima Group)
Bonduelle do Brasil
Frango Gonzalez Group
Ada Tech (former Let’s Code)
Noz Group (Mamma Jamma Pizzaria)
Habitat Capital Partners
Marcomar (Auxiliar Group)
Albert Sabin Hospital and Maternity
- Advised the Brazilian companies belonging to Italy’s Optima Group – Casa Optima on its corporate reorganisation.
- Assisted AlmavivA do Brasil with the acquisition of the totality of the corporate stake of CRC Group, composed of Central de Recuperação de Créditos (CRC Cobranças) and CRC Digital.
- Advised IHM-Engenharia e Sistemas de Automação on the acquisition of 80% of Triunfo Holding.
Showcasing particular strength in the renewable energy, telecoms, technology, education, life sciences and real estate sectors, Dias Carneiro Advogados is skilled in domestic and cross-border M&A, including deals with ties to the US, China, Japan, Spain and various Latin American countries. On the non-transactional front, the group, which is praised for its ‘deep legal and industry knowledge’, also provides legal assistance in corporate governance issues. Focused on corporate, M&A and venture capital matters, Artur Fernandes Andrezo often acts for investors and start-ups in the purchase and sale of equity interests and assets. He jointly heads up the team with the ‘highly responsive’ Paula Seabra Carvalho Reis, who offers expertise in corporate restructuring and M&A, with a special emphasis on the infrastructure, real estate and energy segments. Débora Trovões Cabral and Max Ide Hasimoto, who were promoted to counsel and senior associate, respectively, in January 2022, are also active in transactional work.
Artur Fernandes Andrezo; Paula Seabra Carvalho Reis
‘DCA is a responsive team with the ability to recognise practical aspects of legal issues while paying attention to the specificities of the transaction. They deliver quality advice on complex matters with adequate timing.’
‘Artur Fernandes Andrezo: high technical quality and attention to specifications in legal documents. Paula Seabra Carvalho Reis: highly responsive, efficient and excellent client care skills.’
‘Strong experience interacting with attorneys in common law jurisdictions (like the United States).’
‘Artur Andrezo and Débora Trovões Cabral are, in my view, two standout attorneys at Dias. What makes them different from their competitors is their “get it done” attitude. I’ve worked with many lawyers and firms in LATAM, and Artur and Debora stand out for how proactive they are.’’
‘Extremely approachable and sociable team, with deep legal and industry knowledge.’
‘Paula Seabra is a lawyer with deep legal knowledge who manages to politely and efficiently conduct all projects.’
Agro Industrial Tabu
Dental Cremer Produtos Odontológicos
- Advised Softplan Planejamento e Sistemas on the acquisition of the totality of the capital stock of Justto Inovações Tecnológicas para Resolução de Conflitos.
- Assisted Albioma Participações do Brasil with the acquisition of six operational companies held by GreenYellow.
- Acted as counsel to Banco BTG Pactual on the acquisition of a relevant stake of the capital stock and voting shares of Ali Crédito e Pagamentos.
Commended by clients for its ‘pro-deal stance’, FM/Derraik is reputed for its strength in the tech and start-up segments, and often advises acquirers and growth companies as targets in mid-market M&A. Foreign and domestic clients - including private equity firms, development banks, accelerators and start-ups - regularly turn to the team for advice on strategic investments. With a wealth of experience in M&A, venture capital and private equity transactions, Fabiana Fagundes has a solid background acting for companies from the technology, healthcare, retail and agribusiness sectors. Domestic and cross-border M&A are key areas of activity for Rodrigo Menezes, who is also skilled in the structuring of funds. Both practitioners, who are based in São Paulo, lead the practice alongside Carlos Derraik in Rio de Janeiro. Other individuals to note in the São Paulo office include: Pedro Ferreira, who is ‘extremely technical and knowledgeable of the start-up industry’; Juliene Piniano, a contact for private equity and venture capital investments; Marina Bittar, who handles M&A, joint ventures and restructurings; and corporate law specialist Gustavo Dalcolmo.
Fabiana Fagundes; Rodrigo Menezes; Carlos Derraik
‘Derraik has a pro-deal stance, and strongly defends its clients. The firm has extensive experience in the start-up segment.’
‘Pedro Ferreira is extremely technical and knowledgeable of the start-up industry.’
Sequoia Logística e Transportes
Mercado Livre and Mercado Libre Fund
The New Butchers
- Assisted Conta Simples with the acquisition of Hackr Ads.
- Advised Stilingue on its sale to Take Blip.
- Advised Omie on the acquisition of Conpass.
With a strong following among investment funds, banks, private equity firms, publicly traded companies and family offices, FreitasLeite Advogados is well equipped to support clients across the full spectrum of M&A and corporate matters. Rio de Janeiro-based co-head Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad relies on his strong tax and accounting capabilities to structure small to mid-cap M&A and private equity investments. Fellow co-leader Claudio Fabricio Lima, who sits in the São Paulo office, is proficient in M&A involving the financial services, technology and services sectors, and also advises on restructurings and corporate governance issues. In addition to his transactional track record, Joaquim Chacur Mano stands out at the associate level for his involvement in mandates concerning shareholders’ activism and corporate disputes.
Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad; Claudio Fabricio Lima
‘Promptness and quality of care.’
‘Pedro Afonso Avvad thinks like an entrepreneur. He provides solid advice.’
Companhias Elétricas Brasileiras (Eletrobras)
BRQ Digital Solutions
Even Construtora e Incorporadora
Melnick Desenvolvimento Imobiliário
- Assisted Avenue Securities and all the subsidiaries of Avenue Securities Group with the sale of an initial stake of Avenue Holding to Itaú Unibanco.
- Advised the founders of Igah Ventures on the sale of the quotas of Igah to Patria Investments.
- Advised 3G Radar, SPX Capital, Vinci Partners and Navi Capital on the election of Eletrobras’ new board of directors, a 10-strong group that will set the firm’s post-privatisation strategy.
Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados
The ‘highly qualified [and] dedicated team’ at Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados oversees a diverse M&A caseload – including asset deals, the acquisition of equity interests, buyouts and share swaps – on behalf of domestic and foreign clients, from start-ups to publicly and closely-held corporations. Alberto Mori, who is based in São Paulo, has been at the helm of numerous M&A deals and corporate restructurings. Tax and M&A specialist Gerson Stocco de Siqueira leads the Rio de Janeiro office, while Antonio Carlos Pacheco, who handles tax, contractual and transactional matters, oversees the team in Curitiba. Names no note in Rio include Rejane Espósito, who regularly advises clients on day-to-day corporate matters, asset restructuring and joint ventures; and Guilherme Roxo, a key contact for the drafting and negotiation of shareholder agreements. Succession planning, corporate restructuring and foreign investments are key areas of expertise for Juliana Joppert Lopes in Curitiba, while Marcelo Teixeira Bernardini is an associate in São Paulo dedicated to corporate and contractual law.
Alberto Mori; Gerson Stocco de Siqueira; Antonio Pacheco
‘Highly qualified, dedicated team that provides services in a very personalised way.’
‘Alberto Mori and Marcelo Bernardini are always present in our M&A and corporate matters. They are highly qualified, versatile and legally creative professionals in pursuit of the best scenario for the company. They give us unique and unquestionable confidence in all the matters we present to them.’
AME Digital Brasil
Sinergas GNV do Brasil
Unimed-Rio Cooperativa de Trabalho
Médico do Rio de Janeiro
Mane do Brasil Indústria e Comércio
Oncomed Centro de Prevenção e Tratamento de Doenças Neoplasicas
Sendas Empreendimentos e Participações
- Acted for Entre Investimentos on the purchase of 100% of the shares of a holding company owning 90% of Global Payments Serviços de Pagamentos.
- Advised Hispamar Satélites on the acquisition, for treasury stock purposes, of the total equity capital held by Oi in Hispamar Satélites, thereby terminating the joint venture between the two.
- Assisting Swedish hydraulics company CEJN that intends to acquire PCL Acoplamentos Hidráulicos e Pneumáticos.
Mid-size companies from the manufacturing, agribusiness, retail, services, education and IT sectors regularly seek out Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados’ assistance in the context of domestic and multijurisdictional business transactions. Its workload primarily consists of an array of M&A deals, commercial contracts and corporate restructurings; corporate governance is another area of expertise for the ‘helpful and professional team’. Skilled in M&A, corporate law, contracts and estate planning, Marcus Phelipe Barbosa de Souza is well versed in the structuring of inbound and outbound investments. He heads up the practice with Felipe Mavignier and Paula Taira Horiuti, both of whom have a wealth of experience in transactional and consulting matters.
Marcus Phelipe Barbosa de Souza; Felipe Mavignier; Paula Taira Horiuti
‘Helpful and professional team.’
‘Felipe Mavignier stands out.’
Stafford Capital Partners and Rateca Reflorestamento
Stafford Capital Partners
Veolia Serviços Ambientais Brasil
Jorge Procópio de Araújo Carvalho, minority shareholder of Health Connection Corretora de Seguros (HealthCo)
Move Concerts Brazil and Livepass
Shareholders of Ignis Contábil Group
Shareholders of CRM Educacional
- Advised Stafford Capital Partners and Rateca Reflorestamento with the purchase and sale of teak assets in Mato Grosso.
- Advised LabVantage Solutions on the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of the individual shareholders of Interfusão Serviços de Tecnologia.
- Assisted Safic-Alcan with the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of the individual shareholders of Sarfam Indústria, Comércio e Importação.
Melcheds - Mello e Rached Advogados
Melcheds - Mello e Rached Advogados is home to seasoned corporate law attorneys, who often work with closely-held businesses and mid-market companies as buyers and sellers in M&A transactions. Investment funds and foreign corporations also turn to the company – which has been increasingly active in the technology and renewable energy sectors – for assistance in the acquisition of Brazilian targets. Rodrigo Mello possesses a strong transactional track record, covering sectors as diverse as telecoms, technology, construction and banking; he co-leads the department with Fernanda Passos, who often advises companies from a wide range of industries on daily corporate issues and commercial contracts, and Isabela Xavier, who is singled out for her international experience.
Rodrigo Mello; Fernanda Passos; Isabela Xavier
‘Knowledge and experience in the negotiation of M&A transactions; excellent financial administrative structure; ability to meet client demand.’
‘In my view, the main differential is the involvement of the partners and the quality of the service. All professionals are extremely committed and creative. Rodrigo Mello stands out.’
Phenom Capital Group
Comau do Brasil Automação e Serviços Industriais
Brand Loyalty Brasil Marketing de Promoções
ABC Financial Services
Prometeon Tyre Group Brazil
Grupo JSL / SIMPAR
Rio Bravo Investimentos
- Advised Original, a subsidiary of Simpar, on the acquisition of Sagamar.
- Assisted Simpar, the holding company that controls JSL, Vamos and Movida, with the acquisition of Truckvan.
- Advised Grupo Safra on the drafting, review and negotiation of the sale/purchase agreement for the acquisition of shares representing 100% of the capital stock of Saurus Software.
Peixoto e Cury Advogados attracts regular instructions from closely-held businesses, middle-market companies and private equity funds in relation to domestic and cross-border acquisitions, sales and corporate restructurings. The team is engaged by clients operating in a variety of sectors, ranging from marketing and advertising to consumer goods and chemicals. Singled out for his international experience, founding partner Pedro Cury leads on M&A, restructurings and asset management matters. Claudia Soares Garcia brings to bear her expertise in compliance, regulatory issues and corporate law to M&A mandates, including deals with multijurisdictional implications. Associate Bernardo Coelho Rezende Vieira excels in foreign investments and commercial contracts. Rafael Villac Vicente de Carvalho left the firm in March 2023.
Pedro Cury; Claudia Soares Garcia
‘They know our history, as they have served us since our foundation.’
‘Excellent professional qualification.’
‘The quality of the services, the detailed analysis and the turnaround time sets the firm apart.’
The Interpublic Group of Companies
Owens-Illinois do Brasil
Thyssenkrupp Metalúrgica Campo Limpo
Mccann Erickson Publicidade
You & Mr Jones
Hy Cite Enterprises
The Brazilian Association of Advertising Companies (ABAP)
BTG Gestora de Recursos
Cebrace Cristal Plano
- Assisting Arkema Química with its corporate restructuring.
- Advising Pride Global, which is aiming to acquire a majority ownership interest in a Brazilian company operating in the digital solutions market.
Singled out for its cross-office collaboration, Souto Correa Advogados is a strong performer in the middle-market M&A space, where it supports companies of all sizes present in a range of industries, including energy, agribusiness, technology, infrastructure and manufacturing. Led from Porto Alegre by M&A, corporate and commercial specialist Carlos Fernando Souto and Rodrigo Tellechea, the group is proficient in the full array of corporate matters, from investment agreements to corporate restructuring and commercial contracts. M&A, joint ventures and corporate restructurings are key areas of focus for associate Martha Giugno Termignoni. Mauricio Negri Paschoal, Clarissa Yokomizo and Giedre Brajato left the firm in September 2023.
Carlos Fernando Souto; Rodrigo Tellechea
Fibrasil Infraestrutura e Fibra Ótica
Diagnósticos da América (Dasa)
Oncoclínicas do Brasil Serviços Médico
Log Commercial Properties
- Advised LOG Commercial Properties on the sale and divestment of two logistics assets to a real estate investment fund managed by Credit Suisse.
- Provided legal assistance to AEGEA on the corporate, regulatory, environmental and real estate-related aspects of a bid that allowed the consortium in which AEGEA took part to successfully take control of Companhia Riograndense de Saneamento (CORSAN), Rio Grande do Sul’s state-owned sanitation business.
- Advised Oleoplan on the sale of shares representing 20% of the capital stock of FASA América Latina Participações Societárias (FASA Group) to Darling Ingredients (Darling).
Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados
With a strong presence in the technology space, Bronstein, Zilberberg, Chueiri & Potenza Advogados ‘provides excellent services’ in sector-related transactions, including M&A, private equity deals and venture capital investments. Rated for being ‘highly experienced, attentive and efficient in the negotiation process’, the group is under the joint leadership of a seasoned quartet: Sergio Bronstein, whose ‘vast background in the technology sector allows him to provide innovative solutions’ in the context of complex M&A; Pedro Chueiri, who has a solid track record in cross-border transactions; Eduardo Zilberberg, a reference for venture capital matters; and Guilherme Potenza, who is often retained by investors, start-ups and innovative businesses. Showcasing extensive experience in M&A, venture capital and banking, André Neves regularly acts for investment funds and emerging growth companies (notably fintechs) in transactional work.
Sergio Bronstein; Pedro Chueiri; Eduardo Zilberberg; Guilherme Potenza
‘Very competent team with excellent training and experience. BZCP helped us with negotiations and business terms that were more aligned with the world of venture capital, given their experience in this segment.’
‘The firm provides excellent services; partners are extremely involved in transactions. A team of lawyers with enormous technical capacity.’
‘Sergio Bronstein – enormous technical capacity, good negotiating skills and availability.’
Rei do Pitaco
- Advised Zenvia on the acquisition of Movidesk.
- Assisted SVN Investimentos with the acquisition of Bravus.
- Advised Uello on the sale of all shares issued by its subsidiary Rlog Investimentos to Lojas Renner.
BVA – Barreto Veiga Advogados
Led by Felipe Barreto Veiga, the ‘qualified team’ at BVA – Barreto Veiga Advogados assists domestic and foreign clients – as buyers and sellers – with tech-related transactions such as acquisitions, mergers, sales, incorporations and spin-offs. Veiga, who represents public and private companies, banks and investment funds in M&A, private equity and venture capital matters, receives key support from a strong team of lawyers who are rated for their ‘deep technical knowledge’. Tania Lehmann Ribeiro dos Santos frequently advises foreign clients on their business pursuits in Brazil, while Rafael Ferrão Teixeira and associate Lethycia Sant’Anna de Florencio are also recommended for corporate matters and M&A transactions.
Felipe Barreto Veiga
‘Qualified team, deep technical knowledge, availability and accessibility for contact, high agility and innovation. Robust background brings confidence and credibility.’
‘Felipe Barreto and Rafael Teixeira are recommended.’
TRMF Consultoria (Suno)
Singu Serviços de Beleza e Tecnologia
Goldman Sachs do Brasil Banco Múltiplo
Belliz Industria Comercio Importação e Exportação Eireli
Mazal Importação e Exportação De Alimentos
Bridgestone do Brasil Indústria e Comércio
Cervejaria Petrópolis (Itaipava)
Sitael Intermediação de Negócios, Pagamentos E Participações
Netza – Promoções e Eventos
Gol Linhas Aéreas
BM Varejo Empreendimentos (Cidade Matarazzo)
- Assisted Nuvini and Smart NX Tecnologia on the acquisition of 55% of Smart NX Tecnologia’s capital stock.
- Advised Routeasy and its founders on the sale of an equity interest to Nstech and its subsidiary, BGMRODOTEC Tecnologia e Informática.
- Acted for Alper on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Me Sinto Seguro through its wholly-owned subsidiary Alper Tech.
Castro Barros Advogados
Castro Barros Advogados handles a varied mix of business transactions for clients in the healthcare, insurance, retail, transport, defence, financial services and agribusiness sectors. Its practitioners are adept at handling corporate reorganisations, restructurings and mid-market M&A transactions for both buyers and sellers, including deals involving distressed assets. Corporate and M&A specialist Anna Cecilia Buff, who is knowledgeable regarding competition, antitrust and regulatory matters, has worked on several acquisitions, joint ventures, and shareholder and contractual issues. Helen Gaudio Valente Figurelli and Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez, who bring together expertise in M&A, commercial contracts and finance, are also part of the core team.
Anna Cecilia Buff; Helen Gaudio Valente Figurelli; Guilherme Tepedino Hernandez
‘Castro Barros Advogados is a firm that stands out from the rest in terms of speed and quality in client service; lawyers are always ready and available, and take great care of the client.’
‘Helen Valente Figurelli stands out for their attention and quality of advice.’
Mercer, Marsh & McLennan Companies
Atual Serviços de Recuperação de Créditos e Meios Digitais
The Pearl Hotel
Praia Ipanema Hotel
Pestana Hotel Group – Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos
Brasturinvest Investimentos Turisticos
- Advised Seedcorp on the sale of a stake to Bunge and UPL.
- Assisted Mercer Marsh & McLennan Companies with the sale of its pension administration business in Brazil to Sinqia.
- Advised Praia Ipanema Hotel on the sale of a 100% equity participation in Hotéis Chami.
A go-to destination for clients from the technology, education and healthcare sectors, FAS Advogados, in cooperation with CMS’ primary focus is small to mid-cap M&A transactions. With a significant presence in both buy and sell-side deals, the group is also active advising on non-transactional corporate matters. Practice co-head Renata Homem De Melo stands out for her solid track record in M&A involving education and healthcare players. Fellow co-leader Carla Anastácio combines extensive experience in contractual and real estate matters with comprehensive knowledge of corporate law and capital markets. The firm, which has recently signed a cooperation agreement with international outfit CMS, is now better positioned to advise on cross-border matters.
Renata Homem de Melo; Carla Anastácio
Isa Lab Participações
- Advised the founding quotaholders of Laser Ocular on preparing and negotiating the transaction documents related to the sale of 100% of their corporate interests in Central Laser Ocular to Centro Brasileiro da Visão (CBV).
- Advised Merisa on the merger of the shares of Metalgráfica Iguaçu with Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN).
- Assisted the founding quotaholders of Vizir Software Studio Comércio e Serviços de Informática with the sale of 100% of the company’s quotas to the Canadian group Questrade.
L.O. Baptista Advogados
Able to call upon a network of tax and employment experts, L.O. Baptista Advogados offers legal support to companies of all sizes operating in diverse sectors, notably energy, real estate, mining and technology. Typical instructions for the ‘excellent' team range from structuring strategic acquisitions and exits to investment rounds and corporate reorganisations; day-to-day corporate issues and commercial agreements are also among recent mandates. Standout practitioners include Daniela Zaitz, who excels in corporate restructurings and M&A deals, Cássia Monteiro, and Renata Castro Veloso, whose areas of expertise encompass M&A, joint ventures, succession planning and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues. Marta Rodrigues, Esther Jerussalmy Cunha, Marcelo Trussardi Paolini and Maria Beatriz Grella Vieira (the latter warmly recommended by clients), are also noted.
Daniela Zaitz; Marta Rodrigues; Cássia Monteiro; Esther Jerussalmy Cunha; Renata Castro Veloso; Marcelo Trussardi Paolini; Maria Beatriz Grella Vieira
‘Firm that strives for excellence in technique and client service. Excellent professionals.’
‘Close contact with the partner who was very available to clients.’
‘Maria Beatriz Grella Vieira – very helpful with clients.’
Companhia Brasileira De Tecnologia Para E-Commerce (Vtex)
Grupo Vallourec (Vallourec Tubos Do Brasil E Vallourec Tubes)
Grupo Usina Da Pedra
Copart Do Brasil
Usina Batatais Açúcar e Álcool
PPE Fios Esmaltados
EDP Energias do Brasil
EDP Renováveis Brasil
- Advised PPE Fios Esmaltados on the negotiation of the quota purchase agreement for the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of São Marco Indústria e Comércio, held by Viakable and Xignux Corporativo.
- Assisted Bioflex Agroindustrial on the sale of the totality of the shares held in Companhia Energética de São Miguel dos Campos (CESM) to Usina Caeté.
- Advised MOV Investimentos (FIP MOV I) and others on the negotiation of the quota purchase agreement for the sale of all their quotas in the capital stock of Audsat to SCCON.
Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados handles a varied middle-market M&A caseload, featuring deals in the technology, life sciences, food and beverage, education, energy and financial services industries. In addition to its solid credentials in domestic and cross-border M&A, the firm is also often engaged in corporate restructuring, shareholder agreements and post-closing issues. Department head Fabiana Rodrigues da Fonseca, whose ‘technical knowledge and practical sense’ are rated by clients, has recently been especially active in partnership negotiations and restructuring matters. She receives key support from a strong team of attorneys: senior associate Ludmila Passos Holtz, who works on corporate, contractual and capital markets matters; fellow senior associate Fernando Abel Evangelista, who is experienced in inbound investments involving the agribusiness, healthcare and entertainment segments; and associate Leonardo Noveti, who possesses a ‘great knowledge of the corporate area’, and advises on joint venture agreements and M&A transactions.
‘The participation of Rayes and Fagundes in international networks allows them to be at the forefront of many legal trends, especially with regard to M&A transactions. Its presence on social networks also supports this strategy and makes clients feel that the lawyers are experts in the matter and are always close by and available to answer questions and queries.’
‘Special mention should be made to Fabiana Fonseca, leading partner in the M&A area, for her work and dedication to client and partner service.’
‘Provision of services in an objective and clear manner. Solving corporate problems with practicality and objectivity.’
‘Leonardo Oliveira Noveti has great knowledge of the corporate area and knows how to address issues, always quickly, clearly and objectively.’
‘The team is very qualified and has a unique vision. I feel like they really get involved in the problem from the client’s perspective.’
‘Fabiana Fonseca stands out for her calmness, technical knowledge and practical sense.’
York Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Plásticos
RFS (Radio Frequency Systems)
Alphaland Real Estate Administração de Bens /SABIS Serviços Educacionais (SABIS Group)
IBM Brasil – Indústria, Máquinas e Serviços (IBM Group)
Leão Alimentos e Bebidas (Coca-Cola Group)
Banco Indusval & Partners (currently Voiter)
DSM Produtos Nutricionais
- Advised American Axle on the acquisition of Tekfor Group’s subsidiary in Brazil, Neumayer Tekfor Automotive Brasil, as part of a cross-border transaction involving five other jurisdictions.
- Assisted regional ophthalmology group, Opty, with the acquisition of an eye clinic in Pernambuco called Iris Oftalmo.
Sperling Advogados is a key port of call for a range of mid-size companies seeking advice on the full range of corporate transactions, including the setting up of business operations in Brazil. Day-to-day corporate matters, M&A transactions and contracts are core areas of activity for the team, which works in close collaboration with the firm’s tax, labour, competition, compliance and environmental practices. With over two decades’ experience in this space, Marcio Sperling is counsel of choice for international clients. He spearheads the team with Felipe Garcia De Souza, who is routinely instructed by private companies in M&A, joint ventures and restructurings, and Thomas Brink, a corporate, commercial and M&A specialist.
Marcio Sperling; Felipe Garcia de Souza; Thomas Brink
‘Fantastic work, enviable assertiveness, up-to-date knowledge. A team of lawyers ready to collaborate and help, always available and collaborative.’
American Vanguard Corporation
Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems Brasil
Schenck Process FCP Equipamentos Industriais
Dräger do Brasil
Ziemann Holvrieka Tank and Process do Brasil
Borgwarner Indústria e Comércio Brasil
Helm AG Group
Bequisa Indústria Química do Brasil
Enza Zaden Beheer
Norgren – IMI Precision
Rittal – Sistemas Eletromecânicos
Jack Links / Meat Snack Partners
Pecplan ABS / Genus
Toyota Material Handling Mercosul
Gaming Labs Intl
In Vitro Brasil
Deutz do Brasil
Edag do Brasil
Centurion Air Cargo
Anhui Guangxin Agrochemical
Planmeca OY / Kavo Dental
Draiver Brasil Tecnologia
Hailir Brasil Defensivos Agrícolas
CW Bearing do Brasil
Hitachi High Technologies
Alice Serviços Médicos
Pacific Industrial Development
- Assisted the individual controlling shareholders of Metracal Serviços em Equipamentos Eletrônicos e Comercial in connection with the sale of their 100% stake to Trescal Brasil Participações.
- Assisted Draiver on the setting up of its business operations in Brazil.
- Advised Enza Zaden Beheer on the acquisition of the remaining 40% share in its Brazil-based joint-venture, Enza Zaden Importação e Exportação de Sementes, from its partner Agristar do Brasil.
Themudo Lessa Advogados
Themudo Lessa Advogados demonstrates strength advising buyers and sellers on middle and lower-middle market M&A, corporate restructurings and joint venture agreements. The team, which offers additional expertise in succession planning and corporate disputes, is under the joint leadership of three practitioners: Rogério Themudo Lessa, Marcos Lessa and Fernanda Mattar Mesquita, the latter of whom has a wealth of experience advising players from a multitude of economic sectors on contractual matters, corporate governance and M&A transactions. Daniela Mineko Noda assists financial institutions, publicly held companies and asset managers with financings and corporate deals.
Rogério Themudo Lessa; Marcos Lessa; Fernanda Mesquita
‘Deep technical knowledge, negotiation skills, ease in structuring legal tools best suited to the transaction, and promptness. Tailor-made solutions, high dedication and involvement of the senior team.’
‘Fernanda Mesquita: exceptional technical knowledge of M&A and corporate. Ability to elaborate solutions and legal structures that perfectly meet the client’s needs. Impeccable elaboration of corporate documentation, covering the most relevant future situations that may arise, and already foreseeing their resolutions between the parties. Extensive networking among the main lawyers of the main firms, facilitating transactional negotiation.’
Essencis Soluções Ambientais
Cosan Indústria e Comércio
Jive Investments Consultoria
Corr Plastik Industrial
Orizon Valorização de Resíduos
Ascenty Data Centers e Telecomunicações
Sonda Supermercados Exportação e Importação
Promédica Proteção Médica a Empresas
BG Malls Fazendas Urbanas em Shopping Centers
- Advised Cosan on its sale of Payly Instituição de Pagamentos’ shares to Raízen.
- Assisted Jive on an initial investment in Localize – Investigação e Recuperação de Ativos.
- Advised Solví on the formation of a joint venture with MDC
VBSO Advogados’ M&A offering is especially concentrated on clients in the financial services, banking and asset management sectors, where the team is adept at handling middle-market M&A – on the buyer and seller sides – as well as joint ventures and corporate reorganisations. The ‘dynamic and competent team’ is particularly noted for its capabilities in multiparty corporate negotiations, and transactions with regulatory implications or requiring regulatory clearance. Founding partner Erik Oioli, who specialises in corporate law and governance issues, is seen with great regularity advising on the structuring of strategic alliances, joint ventures and business combinations. With extensive experience in M&A and other corporate transactions, Amanda Visentini Rodrigues also advises on private equity investments and corporate governance. Renata Simon, who joined from Candido Martins Advogados in January 2023, boosted the firm’s M&A offering. The group was further strengthened by the arrival of Rodrigo Felli Paes Barros from Lefosse Advogados in June 2022; Barros and Beatriz Soares Locoselli are both highlighted for their ‘very sharp business vision and profound knowledge of the complex Brazilian legal environment’.
Erik Oioli; Amanda Visentini Rodrigues; Renata Simon
‘The VBSO team has a knowledge of the Brazilian legal environment that no other law firm offers us. The team provides high availability, and quick responses. In addition, even for very complex issues, such as multiparty corporate negotiations and regulatory restrictions, they are able to find and develop efficient and viable solutions.’
‘Rodrigo Felli Paes de Barros and Beatriz Soares Locoselli – extremely capable, dedicated, with high delivery capacity, very sharp business vision and profound knowledge of the complex Brazilian legal environment.’
‘VBSO’s corporate and M&A Team has technical quality and a sense of urgency, having been chosen to advise us on the main M&A transactions of 2022. The arrival of lawyer Rodrigo Felli Paes de Barros brought even more dynamism and objectivity to the team.’
Liqi Digital Assets
WNT Gestora de Recursos
Rabbot Serviços de Tecnologia
Blockbr Serviços Digitais
Oliveira Trust Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários
Mirae Asset Wealth Management (Brazil) Corretora de Câmbio, Titulos e Valores Mobiliarios
- Advised the Partners of Acura Technologies on the sale of 100% of the quotas to Papaiz-Udinese Indústria e Comércio.
- Advised WNT Gestora de Recursos on the hostile takeover of Restoque Comércio e Confecções de Roupas.
- Assisted Banco BMG with the acquisition of 60% of the shares of MG Seguros.
Drawing on the firm’s capabilities in antitrust, finance, environmental, IP and tax law, Almeida Advogados is able to provide multidisciplinary services to clients engaged in M&A transactions, joint ventures and restructurings. With an impressive footprint across the country, the firm – which has been especially active in the energy and agribusiness sectors – stands out for its experience in representing minority shareholders in corporate disputes. Demonstrating in-depth knowledge of corporate, commercial, transactional and compliance matters, Andre De Almeida jointly heads up the practice with Pedro Tinoco, who leads on contractual and day-to-day corporate advisory matters, and Guilherme Doval, a name to note for corporate, mining and real estate mandates.
André de Almeida
Citeluz Serviços de Iluminação
Interamerican Development Bank
- Assisted SCIH Salt Holdings with the review of a proposed corporate group restructuring plan that included the merger and demerger of the parent company to a Brazilian subsidiary.
- Advised Arien Energy on the sale of five photovoltaic power plants.
- Advised Grupo Ferroeste on several acquisitions of farms and biological assets for mineral coal production to be used in green steel production.
Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados fields a team of specialist corporate law practitioners who are the trusted partners of a variety of longstanding and new clients operating in a range of sectors – notably energy, financial services, mining and technology. The group is engaged by mid-market companies and private equity funds in relation to joint venture agreements, incorporations and non-transactional corporate matters. On the advisory front, the team is particularly active representing companies and shareholders in administrative proceedings and regulatory matters before the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission (CVM). Francisco da Costa e Silva draws on his previous experience at a development bank and as CVM’s Commissioner and Chairman to advise on complex M&A transactions. He co-leads the team with João Laudo De Camargo. Other key individuals include Maria Isabel do Prado Bocater and Bernardo Costa e Silva, the latter of whom is rated for his ‘strategic vision and deep knowledge of the law’.
Francisco da Costa e Silva; João Laudo De Camargo
‘The corporate team is extremely capable and diligent.’
‘Special attention to Bernardo Costa e Silva. One of the most competent and committed partners in the corporate area.’
‘Firm with great expertise in the field in which they work and with a lot of focus on business strategy. Commitment, dedication and care with the treatment under analysis distinguish the firm’s lawyers, notably Bernardo Costa e Silva.’
‘Bernardo Costa e Silva has a strategic vision and deep knowledge of law.’
Embraer and Embraer FIP
Terra Santa Agro
Banco Fator and Fator Corretora
Ático Investimentos e Participações
Siner Engenharia e Comércio
Socopa Sociedade Corretora Paulista
Visiona Tecnologia Espacial
- Assisted PetroRio with corporate matters, including examination and advice on potential M&A transactions, shareholders meetings, compliance with rules and regulations of publicly held companies, representation before CVM and the Brazilian Stock Exchange (B3), shareholders and independent auditors.
- Assisting Eletrobras with all corporate issues involved in its privatisation.
- Advised FIP Aeroespacial on two recent transactions.
In addition to its credentials in M&A, joint ventures, corporate reorganisations and governance issues, DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados is well positioned to advise domestic and international clients operating in a diversity of sectors on the full-array of day-to-day corporate matters. Leading the practice, João Claudio De Luca Junior acts for financial institutions and companies – most notably players from the industrial and services sectors – in M&A and cross-border investments, while Guilherme Filardi stands out for his knowledge of corporate law and contractual matters. Associate Isabela Marques is active in the negotiation of commercial and corporate agreements.
João Claudio De Luca Junior; Guilherme Filardi
Idemia do Brasil Soluções de Serviços de Tecnologia
FedEx Trade Networks
TGM Indústria e Comércio de Turbinas e Transmissões
DPZ Partners (Holding of Loxam Group)
G+D Mobile Security
Fleury, Coimbra & Rhomberg Advogados
Advising clients on the sale and acquisition of companies and assets is a core focus for the ‘very dilligent and efficient’ Fleury, Coimbra & Rhomberg Advogados, which is also adept at structuring and negotiating private equity deals, joint ventures and foreign direct investments. The group acts for a strong corporate client base, which operates in a variety of sectors – notably technology, healthcare, logistics, construction and banking. Eduardo Fleury is experienced in both domestic and cross-border M&A, the latter of which is also a strength for Lukas Rhomberg, a key contact for foreign investors. Marcelo Coimbra has led on several M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations, while Renata Camilo de Oliveira is especially active assisting international clients in their Brazil market entry. Renata Armonia is an additional name to note for M&A and corporate mandates.
Eduardo Fleury; Lukas Rhomberg; Marcelo Coimbra; Renata Camilo de Oliveira; Renata Armonia
‘The team is very dilligent and efficient. Thanks to their reactivity, we have solved complex issues relatively easily and timely.’
Era Serviços de Inteligência em Software
Ascential Serviços de Informação
Bella Aurora Labs
B4A Comércio de Cosméticos e Serviços
Rankmyapp Software e Serviços de Internet
Care Club Medicina Esportiva e Administração
Bremer Lloyd Brazil Logistics / Bremer Lloyd Logistics Beteiligungs
Herkules Latin America / HerkulesGroup Holding
OBO Bettermann do Brasil
Workally Consultoria em Bem-Estar
Fronius do Brasil Comércio, Indústria e Serviços
Awin Veiculação de Publicidade na Internet (Awin)
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit
Tag Mensageria Transportes e Serviços
Ani med brasil
Voith Paper Máquinas e Equipamentos
The Ocean Ranch
Copenhagen Merchants (CM São Paulo)
Mediterránea y Soluciones Informáticas Financieras
- Advised Rankmyapp Software e Serviços de Internet on a joint venture with a start-up company operating in the gaming sector.
- Assisted Care Club Medicina Esportiva e Administração with the sale of the majority of shares held in another company of the group.
- Assisted Tornos with its entry into the Brazilian market.
Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados
With significant experience in corporate law, M&A, private equity and venture capital mandates, Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados provides legal support to buyers and sellers in an array of transactional work, ranging from the incorporation of subsidiaries to the negotiation of strategic partnerships. Technology, sports, retail, pharmaceuticals and healthcare are all focus sectors for the group, which is well versed in acting for domestic and international clients – particularly those from the US, China, Spain, Canada and France – in regulatory issues involving listed corporations and the CVM. Natalie Sequerra, who works in local and cross-border M&A, private equity deals and investment rounds, oversees the practice group in which João Gustavo Santiago is an associate to note for corporate transactions and reorganisations involving a variety of industries and jurisdictions.
‘The team possesses a remarkable combination of expertise, experience, and a client-centric approach.’
‘Natalie is an outstanding professional who consistently demonstrates her expertise and dedication. Her analytical mindset and strategic thinking enable her to tackle complex challenges with precision and efficiency.’
‘João Gustavo Santiago exhibits a high level of professionalism, integrity, and a strong work ethic that is evident in his interactions with clients and colleagues.’
Rothschild & Co.
EDGE Global Supply
- Advised Dorel Sports on the sale of its global operations to Pon Group.
- Assisted Valtech in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Wings IT Informação e Tecnologia.
- Advised the shareholders of Mobi2Buy on the sale of 100% of the company’s equity interest to Fligoo.
i2a Advogados regularly handles a strong mix of mid-market deals for investment funds, start-ups, banking and financial services clients, and real estate players. With equally strong credentials in domestic and cross-border transactions, the group is also frequently engaged in non-transactional corporate law matters. Department head Marcos Sader steers the team in an array of M&A deals on behalf of real estate, banking and private equity clients. At associate level, Sader receives support from Alexis Borowik Rosa.
- Acting as counsel to HSI Malls FII fund in the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Rec 2017 Empreendimentos e Participações.
- Advising Stone Pagamentos on the acquisition of several start-ups in different sectors.
- Advised Vórtx on the acquisition of all quotas issued by Simplific Pavarini Distribuidora deTítulos e Valores Mobiliários, Pavarini Serviços Especializados and Simplific Participações.
Loeser e Hadad Advogados attracts mandates from mid-market buyers and sellers active in a range of industries, most notably banking, food and beverage, retail, life sciences, energy and real estate. Domestic and international clients routinely seek the team’s advice on a variety of transactional matters, from corporate restructurings to M&A and divestments. Leading the practice, Enrique Tello Hadad handles business reorganisations, joint ventures, spin-offs and governance issues. Daniel Domenech Varga is proficient in both local and cross-border deals, and brings together expertise in M&A, commercial agreements and corporate governance. Raphael Valentim also excels in corporate restructuring and compliance matters. Senior associate Angelica Leite, whose expertise covers corporate governance and compliance, joined from Aprigliano Advogados in January 2022.
Enrique Tello Hadad
‘Technical expertise and fast service. In addition, it has a strong governance seal.’
‘Enrique Tello Haddad is recommended.’
Delta Electronics Brasil
APTIV Manufatura e Servicos de Distribuicao
Pepsico do Brasil
Plastek do Brasil Industria e Comercio
Cosmocel do Brasil Nutricao Vegetal
Apoio/Ecolimp Sistemas de Servicos
Tsubaki Brasil Equipamentos Industriais
Liebherr Brasil Indus. e Com. de Maq. e Equipamentos
- Advised Indigo on the merger of its Brazilian subsidiary with another Brazilian parking company, Parebem, controlled by Patria Group.
- Advised Assaí on the acquisition of over 70 commercial premises from Grupo Pão de Açúcar.
- Advised PwC Brazil on the acquisition of AgTech Garage.
Machado Associados utilises its solid tax capabilities to act for both buyers and sellers in lower mid-market transactions, including inbound and outbound investments. Corporate restructurings, commercial agreements and corporate disputes are other areas of activity for the practice, which demonstrates notable strength in matters involving the infrastructure, cosmetics, real estate and education sectors. With combined experience in M&A, contracts, corporate restructuring and succession planning, Mauro Takahashi Mori acts for mid-size companies and family-owned businesses in a host of corporate mandates. Caio Fink Fernandes, who possesses in-depth knowledge of contractual issues, spin-offs and amalgamations, is also part of the core team.
Mauro Takahashi Mori
- Advised Subway on the sale of shares to SouthRock Capital.
- Assisted Agro-Pecuária CFM with the tax, contractual, and corporate analysis and identification of the best alternatives to implement all the corporate steps of its corporate restructure.
- Advised Boticário Group on the corporate and tax restructuring required to create a new holding company.
Moreau Valverde Advogados
Besides assisting clients throughout all stages of M&A deals, the ‘highly qualified’ Moreau Valverde Advogados also focuses on corporate restructuring, non-transactional corporate advice and commercial contracts. Clients from the worlds of agribusiness, technology, healthcare, consumer goods, real estate and financial services regularly turn to the team for assistance with private equity deals, shareholder issues and succession planning. Mariana Valverde (who specialises in corporate and fashion law), and Pierre Moreau (who has ‘deep legal knowledge’ and a ‘broad view of business’), jointly oversee the department. Jean Pierre Moreau leads on the firm’s most significant corporate and contractual matters. Associate Juliana Zanotto is a name to note for corporate, real estate and contractual mandates.
Mariana Valverde; Pierre Moreau
‘Very personal attention.’
‘Excellent reactivity to our problems.’
‘The group is agile and easy to access. Efficient and solved old and complicated issues.’
Art RIO, Art Fair
Real Deal Ventures and Davi Braga (Forbes Under 30)
Best known for its strength in regulated sectors, Mundie e Advogados’ corporate and M&A group is a strong force in nationally significant business transactions in the telecoms, media, technology, energy, mining and infrastructure segments. Private equity mandates also feature on the team’s deal list. The practice is co-managed by Rodolpho Protasio, a reference for landmark transactions involving regulated assets, and corporate and finance specialist Eduardo Zobaran. Cesar Augusto Rodrigues De Carvalho, who was raised to the partnership in February 2023, is singled out for his experience in the technology and digital business spaces.
Rodolpho Protasio; Eduardo Zobaran
Fidelity National Services
Banco BTG Pactual
Cervejarias Kaiser Brasil
AEGEA Saneamento e Participações
MCAM Brasil Indústria e Comércio de Plásticos
Sky Serviços de Banda Larga
Tredegar Corporation and Terphane
Desktop-Sigmanet Comunicação Multimídia
Molex Electronic Solutions
- Advised Equifax do Brasil on the sale of Neurotech to B3.
- Assisted FIP Vulcan and BTG Patcual on the acquisition of Gera Maranhão’s capital stock.
- Assisted Fidelity with the design and implementation of a new corporate structure for the Fidelity group in Brazil, which included corporate restructuring in the Netherlands, Luxembourg, USA and Brazil.
Orizzo Marques Advogados concentrates on small and mid-cap transactions on behalf of domestic and international companies operating in a multitude of sectors, including retail, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and construction. Its broad service offering not only includes M&A, corporate restructuring and strategic contracts, but also covers succession planning, shareholder disputes and regulatory matters before the CVM. Alessandro Orizzo is entirely devoted to corporate and M&A mandates, while Fábio Marques, who has a notable background in accounting and tax planning, works primarily in investment rounds and restructurings. Other key practitioners include Guilherme Coltro and Débora Torres Paulo Ribeiro. Luiz Gustavo Mesquita is no longer at the firm.
Alessandro Orizzo; Fabio Marques; Guilherme Coltro; Débora Torres Paulo Ribeiro
‘The Orizzo Marques team is highly qualified, always willing to support its clients in a deep and personalised way.’
‘Fabio Marques, Alessandro Orizzo and Débora Ribeiro are professionals with extensive knowledge in several areas of law and have always provided very good service.’
Cury Construtora e Incorporadora
Ribeira Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Internal Coaching Federation
Rodovias Santa Cruz
VBI Real Estate
Terlogs Terminal Marítimo
BD: Becton e Dickinson
Habitram Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Santa Marcelina Saúde
Santa Marcelina Cultura
- Advised MSN Pharma on the setting up of operations in Brazil and on the acquisition of a QC lab company named Milimpex.
- Assisted IntNet with the sale of an equity stake to Gaucha Tecpar.
- Advised Group GPS on the acquisition of Sulzer.
With a diverse sector focus that includes agribusiness, chemicals, manufacturing and technology, PGLaw is well positioned to handle a multitude of corporate transactional matters, from early-stage investments to incorporations, post-closing obligations and compliance issues. Founding partner Carlos Portugal Gouvêa is often retained by clients in relation to sophisticated M&A deals, governance and contractual matters. He oversees the corporate practice, which also features associates Caio Henrique Yoshikawa, who is knowledgeable of corporate law, commercial contracts and finance; Rodrigo Fialho Borges, a key contact for emerging growth companies; and João Paulo Braune Guerra, whose areas of expertise include M&A, corporate restructuring, governance issues and administrative proceedings before the CVM.
Carlos Portugal Gouvêa
Cerdia Brasil Indústria e Comércio
Neofield Tecnologia e Agricultura de Precisão
Orion Engineered Carbons
AOVS Sistemas de Informática (Alura)
Associação Brasileira dos Importadores de Combustíveis (ABICOM)
AMERRA Capital Management
Unlimint Brasil Serviços de Internet (formerly: Cardpay Holding)
Cypher International Holdings (CY)
Letrus (Centro de Autoria e Cultura)
Reserva Serra Bonita
Agroflorestal Camacan Preservação Ambiental
Recuperi Tecnologia e Gestão de Crédito
Siqueira Castro – Advogados
Boasting a substantial national presence, Siqueira Castro – Advogados fields a team of specialised practitioners who are well versed in M&A, commercial contracting, corporate restructuring and non-transactional corporate matters. The group is led by Heitor Faro De Castro, who leverages his expertise in competition and tax law to handle domestic and cross-border deals. With over two decades’ experience in commercial and corporate matters, Sérgio Ricardo Fogolin is particularly experienced in the telecoms and automotive segments. Rodrigo de Macedo Soares e Silva is also proficient in contractual and commercial agreements.
Heitor Faro de Castro
Vidigal Neto Advogados
Vidigal Neto Advogados’ caseload is populated by a number of smaller deals and middle-market M&A across various industries, including agribusiness, healthcare, mining, technology and financial services. In addition to its transactional skills, the group is also strong on corporate restructurings and distressed deals. The ‘young, dynamic and available’ Claudio Gomez leads the department, which is also regularly sought out by private equity firms, asset managers and investment banks.
‘High quality of services!’
‘Claudio Gomez – excellent, objective and technical lawyer.’
‘Vidigal Neto became a firm specialising in capital market consulting, financial regulation and strategic M&A.’
Even Construtora e Incorporadora
Nova Milano Investimentos
Singulare Corretora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários
WNT Gestora de Recursos
R2C Gestora de Investimentos
Farallon Capital Europe
Coru (Digital Coaching)
Boost Payment Solutions
M S Kuroda & Cia
- Advised Nova Milano on an investment in RZK Group.
- Advised Even Construtura e Incorporadora on the execution of an investment agreement with RFM Incorporadora to establish a corporate joint venture.
Focused on assisting mid-market companies operating in a range of sectors with their transactional matters, Viseu Advogados offers Brazilian and foreign entities partner-led advice on mergers, consolidations, spin-offs and daily corporate matters. Its sectoral coverage is broad; clients operate in an array of industries, including insurance, oil and gas, cosmetics, technology, retail, financial services and healthcare. American and European companies looking to establish or expand their operations in Brazil also recurrently turn to the department, which is under the leadership of Manoel Ignácio Torres Monteiro, a corporate, contracts and M&A specialist.
Manoel Ignácio Torres Monteiro
Ampacet South America
Highlighted for its ‘high technical capacity’, Elias, Matias Advogados assists Brazilian and international clients – including established corporates and emerging growth businesses – with M&A deals, day-to-day corporate issues and commercial matters. Leading the practice, Eduardo Felipe Matias acts for corporations, start-ups and entrepreneurs in an array of transactional mandates. Names to note at the associate level include Evelyn Tamy Macedo, Thaís Gomes da Silva and Marina Bozzola.
Eduardo Felipe Matias
‘I would like to highlight three qualities that I believe are essential for a law firm: high technical capacity and creativity in the proposed solutions; correct attention to understanding the client’s needs; speed of response.’
We Pulse Comércio e Serviços
Ruevino E.commerce de Vinhos
Wise Offices Gestão de Pessoas e Espaço
Crane Worldwide Logística do Brasil
Hyper Island Treinamento e Educação Executiva do Brasil
- Acted for Crane Worldwide Logística do Brasil on several legal issues related to corporate and contractual law.
- Assisted Ruevino E.commerce de Vinhos with the structuring of its e-commerce and import businesses.
- Hired by EFG Saúde to provide legal advice on the client’s corporate transformation, among other day-to-day corporate demands.
Farroco Abreu Advogados
Rated for its ability to ‘identify and address the main issues and opportunities’ in the context of corporate transactions, Farroco Abreu Advogados is adept at assisting clients –both buyers and sellers– in M&A, corporate restructuring, investments and joint ventures. Bruno Guarnieri, who is widely recommended by clients, steers the team in a multitude of domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity deals involving the manufacturing, services, retail, technology and energy sectors, among others. Bruna Pelegrini, whose specialisms include mergers, spin-offs and restructurings, and Priscila Guidi, who is recommended for her ‘great command of the legal issues under discussion’, offer key support at the associate level.
‘Competent firm with specialists who can provide adequate assistance.’
‘Bruno Guarnieri has an unusual ability to understand me in my business decisions, with availability on all matters.’
‘The firm has great knowledge of our segment and understands our needs when advising on M&A and corporate projects. It is prepared to identify and address the main issues and opportunities in our transactions.’
IP Cleaning Indústria e Comércio
Genco Química Industrial
Linea Alimentos Indústria e Comércio
Nilit Americana Fibras de Poliamida
Pall do Brasil
Pentair Water do Brasil
Rubaiyat Comercial (Restaurante Rubaiyat)
SPX Flow Technology do Brasil Comércio e Participações
Tempur Seally Internationl (UK)
Albany International Tecidos Técnicos
- Assisted Lincoln Electric with the acquisition of the totality of capital stock of Kestra.
- Assisted Grupo Marbor with the sale of the totality of the capital stock of Marbor Locadora and Marbor Frotas Corporativas businesses to Movida Participações.
- Advised Vix Logística on the acquisition of Servicarga.
Ferraz de Camargo e Matsunaga Advogados
Domestic and international clients regularly turn to the practice at Ferraz de Camargo e Matsunaga Advogados for assistance with M&A transactions, joint ventures, shareholder issues and matters before the CVM. The team possesses demonstrable strength in the banking, construction, real estate, technology and agribusiness sectors. Luciana Godoi Lorenti is well versed in foreign investments and on the incorporation of subsidiaries in Brazil; corporate restructuring is also among her areas of expertise. The ‘exceptional’ Rodrigo De Mello Motta is regularly engaged by buyers and sellers from the retail, real estate, technology and pharmaceutical sectors. Singled out for ‘his knowledge and ease in dealing with clients and counterparts’, Daniel Tardelli Pessoa is experienced in M&A, private equity and venture capital matters.
Luciana Godoi Lorenti; Rodrigo De Mello Motta; Daniel Tardelli Pessoa
‘Personalised service, speed and effectiveness in dealing with demands.’
‘Daniel Tadeli stands out for his knowledge and ease in dealing with clients and counterparts.’
‘Skill in the process of negotiating and convincing the lawyers who advised the other party.’
Cia Brasileira De Fertilizantes (Cibrafetil)
Usina São Luiz
Carlos Alberto Polato & Cia
Agropecuária Irmãos Paro
T-Systems do Brasil
- Assisted Colornet Comércio Exterior with the sale of 100% of its quotas to Vinmar Holding.
- Advised O9Solutions on the incorporation of a legal entity in Brazil fully controlled by O9 solutions.
Fraga, Bekierman & Cristiano Advogados
The corporate and M&A team at Fraga, Bekierman & Cristiano Advogados is a solid choice for companies across a wide range of sectors, including energy, mining, real estate, construction and technology, among others. The Rio de Janeiro-based team regularly assists domestic and international entities with corporate law and governance issues, as well as private equity investments, reorganisations and due diligence. These are all core areas of activity for Marcelo Cristiano, who manages the group with Lycia Moreira, a seasoned practitioner in tax law, commercial contracts and M&A; and Helena Marques de Souza Fernandes, a key contact for transactional and corporate matters involving the energy, mining and infrastructure segments.
Marcelo Cristiano; Lycia Moreira; Helena Marques de Souza Fernandes
‘FB&C assists us in a very competent manner, making our queries and legal proceedings expeditious and efficient. We are very satisfied with the work carried out.’
Calçada Empreendimentos Imobiliários
Gameloft do Brasil
TomTom Brasil Mapas e Serviços
Real Estate Development Company (TGB)
GTV Brasil Comércio, Importação e Exportação Eireli
Parceiros da Educação
- Assisting TomTom Brasil Mapas e Serviços with its corporate matters in Brazil.
- Assisting Calçada Empreendimentos Imobiliários with the legal and financial aspects of an M&A deal executed with Gafisa.
- Advising GTV Brasil Comércio, Importação e Exportação Eireli on the liquidation of its corporate structure.
Kestener e Vieira Advogados
Singled out for its experience in the life sciences and healthcare sectors, Kestener e Vieira Advogados provides legal support to domestic and international players in the negotiation of M&A transactions, spin-offs, and transfer of assets. On the non-transactional front, the department also advises on corporate reorganisations, shareholder agreements and commercial contracts. Fabio Alonso Vieira is the main point of contact in the team; he specialises in the sale and purchase of companies and assets in the healthcare and technology spaces.
Fabio Alonso Vieira
‘The firm provides the service in a serious and reliable manner.’
‘Fábio Vieira is a lawyer with a high reputation in the market, who serves us in a responsible and reliable manner.’
‘Fábio is always the person who assists us directly.’
Continental Indústria e Comércio de Peças de Reposição Automotivas
Continental Indústria e Comércio Automotivos
Continental Automotive do Brasil, Continental do Brasil Produtos Automotivos
Contitech do Brasil Produtos Automotivos e Industriais
Continental Serviços, Veyance Distribuidora de Produtos de Engenharia and Continental Advanced Antenna Automotiva
Boehringer Ingelheim Group
Quifa Farmacêutica do Brasil
Japan Tobacco International
Global Reward Solutions do Brasil – Planos de Incentivo
Graphisoft Brasil Serviços de Tecnologia da Informação
Dunnhumby Brasil Consultoria
Cengage Learning Edições
Intercos do Brasil Industria e Comércio de Produtos Cosméticos
Roche Produtos Farmacêuticos
- Assisted Perrigo Group with the Brazilian aspects of the sale of the shares of Perrigo Company and Perrigo do Brasil Farmacêutica to Advent International.
- Assisted JTIP with the review and filing of the corporate acts connected to the incorporation of Tribac by JTIP
- Assisted Family Endo and Morro BrancoIncorporação Imobiliária SPE with the preliminary aspects of a potential joint venture and partnership agreement with Sanepav Saneamento Ambiental.
Praised for its ‘high level of expertise, availability, [and] speed of advice’, LRI Advogados’ corporate practice draws on the firm’s dispute resolution, labour and tax capabilities to advise on transactions, investment contracts and joint ventures. With significant experience in the retail, manufacturing and technology sectors, the group is retained by Brazilian and international clients – most notably entities from Italy, Germany, China and the US – on both the buy and sell-sides of M&A deals. Department leader Nilson Lautenschlager Jr. handles an array of contractual issues, corporate law matters and transactions, which are also notable areas of practice for fellow co-head Victor Costa Toledo.
Nilson Lautenschlager Jr.; Victor Costa Toledo
‘High level of expertise, availability, speed of advice.’
‘I recommend Nilson Lautenschlager Jr and Victor Toledo.’
Based in Rio de Janeiro, corporate and capital markets boutique Moreira Menezes Martins Advogados is home to a ‘technically impeccable team’, which is mandated by securities brokers, financial institutions, private equity funds, companies and shareholders on a host of transactional matters. Typical instructions range from mid-market M&A, to divestments, corporate restructuring and contractual matters. With combined experience in M&A, capital markets and corporate restructuring, Carlos Martins Neto is recurrently retained by private equity firms and companies operating in the energy, education and healthcare sectors. He jointly leads the practice with Mauricio Moreira Menezes, who specialises in M&A and private equity matters, including cross-border deals. The ‘always very concise and reasoned’ associate Nicholas Furlan Di Biase is active in corporate transactions and contractual matters involving the infrastructure and real estate segments.
Carlos Martins Neto; Mauricio Moreira Menezes
‘Technically impeccable team, I have been working with them for many years and I continue to recommend them.’
‘Carlos Martins and Nicholas Furlan di Biase are exceptional.’
‘The firm offers disruptive solutions for any type of problem presented.‘
‘Nicholas Furlan Di Biase stands out for the speed and efficiency with which he presents solutions. The material presented by Nicholas is always very concise and reasoned.’
Ocean 14 Capital
Empresa Brasileira de Mídia, Tecnologia e Varejo (aka: “RankMe”)
Bluefit Academias de Ginástica e Participações
Arconvert-Ritrama do Brasil
Vinci Capital Gestora de Recursos
Planner Corretora de Valores
Waterloo Empreendimentos e Participações
Leste Private Equity
Arion Otimização em Energia
Mongeral Aegon Seguros e Previdência
Bain Capital Private Equity Europe
Grupo Luxor Investimentos
Centro de Reumatologia e Ortopedia Botafogo (CREB)
Novotny Advogados ‘has a legal team with great experience and knowledge’ of corporate law, M&A, private equity and venture capital. The group, which is particularly skilled in smaller and middle-market deals, attracts regular instructions from start-ups looking to expand as well as companies from across a wide range of sectors, such as retail, real estate and healthcare. Corporate law expert Paulo Eduardo Penna coordinates cross-border and domestic M&A transactions, private equity deals and regulatory matters, primarily acting on behalf of public and privately held businesses, entrepreneurs and investors. He co-leads the department with Gabriel Rios Corrêa, who focuses on the purchase and sale of companies and assets, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. Associate Bárbara Gentile De Senna Santos frequently assists with due diligence in the context of M&A, and advises clients on commercial contracts and administrative proceedings before the CVM.
Paulo Eduardo Penna; Gabriel Rios Corrêa
‘The firm has a legal team with great experience and knowledge in the area; it stands out for its service, collaboration and ability to adapt to the particularities of its clients.’
‘Paulo Penna is recommended.’
Ancar Ivanhoe / Ivanhoe Cambridge
Estaleiro da Amazônia (EASA)
Navi Capital – Administradora e Gestora de Recursos
DXA Gestão de Investimentos
Windsor Administração de Hotéis e Serviços
Supervia Concessionária de Transporte Ferroviário
Full Nine Digital Consultoria (Conecta-Lá)
Milênio Capital Gestão de Investimentos
Zerezes Design, Produção e Comércio de Artesanatos
Hep do Brasil Serviços
Mamba Fabricação de Comércio de Bebidas
Life is Now Comércio de Bebidas
Pipo Capital Gestão de Investimentos
AVEOX Solutions – FZCO
- Advised DXA Investimentos on the negotiations with Flapper regarding its acquisition of an equity stake in Flapper.
- Advised Zerezes on negotiations with Shift Capital and Order VC regarding their acquisition of an equity stake in Zerezes.
- Advised DXA Investimentos on the negotiations with B4A Group.
VBD Advogados ‘provides an extremely high quality service’ to medium-sized companies in relation to strategic alliances, joint ventures, investment arrangements and M&A. The firm is also instructed by companies operating in a range of industries on a recurrent basis in day-to-day corporate matters, including commercial agreements, governance issues, compliance and, more recently, ESG. Founding partner Rafael Bicalho leads on private equity investments and M&A, while recently promoted partner Thalita De Marco Vani advises multinational corporations on the expansion of their activities in Brazil.
Rafael Bicalho; Thalita De Marco Vani
‘The firm provides an extremely high quality service, with easy access to its members, always attentive to innovations, and chnages in the market.’
‘Thalita is extremely competent and approachable.’
Bioenergética Vale Do Paracatu
CAP Administração e Participações
Cartellone do Brasil
Concourse Telecomunicações Brasil
Conglomerado Alfa Não Financeiro
Construtora São José Desenvolvimento Imobiliário
Cyrela Realty Brasil Empreendimentos E Participações
Efficient Administração De Negócios E Participações
Elétrica Danúbio Indústria e Comércio de Materiais Elétricos (Sil Cabos)
Even Construtora e Incorporadora
GRM Realty Incorporadora
Jacarandá Capital e Gestão
JCR Construção Civil
Magnum Incorporadora Comercial e Construtora
Meta Administradora de Bens
Omni Crédito Financeiro e Investimento
Perplan Empreendimentos E Urbanização
São Bento Incorporadora
Tenerife Empreendimentos Imobiliários
T Group Participações
Viagens Promo Turismo
Winebrands Comercial e Importadora De Bebidas
You Inc Incorporadora E Participações
- Assisted Decolar with the acquisition of 51% of the shares of an IT corporation.
- Advised Even Construtora e Incorporadora on the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of a special-purpose company from another real estate developer.
- Assisted Jacarandá Capital with the purchase of 100% of the quotas of one special-purpose company from Grupo Pernambucanas.