Corporate and M&A in Brazil

BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão

A 'reference in corporate law and M&A', BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão maintains its leading position in the market. The firm is regularly advised by Brazilian and international clients - including a significant number of listed companies - in high-value deals. The team saw further expansion in 2019 with the hire of internationally focused corporate and M&A specialist Maria da Paz Tierno Lopes from Cuatrecasas. In the telecoms space, highlights included Roberto Dias Carneiro and Paulo Cezar Aragão's advice to América Móvil and its subsidiary Claro Brazil on the acquisition of NII Brazil Holdings, the indirect owner of Nextel Telecomunicações, for $905m on a cash-free and debt-free basis; the firm advised on the Brazilian legal aspects of the deal, including corporate, tax and antitrust matters. Other key practitioners include public and private M&A expert Monique Mavignier, founding partners Francisco Müssnich and Plinio Simões Barbosa, managing partner Amir Bocayuva Cunha and associate Ana Paula Reis. Luciana Marsal is also noted. In its latest promotion round, the firm promoted Carlo Rocha, Felipe Paschoalini and Igor Lima to the partnership.


What makes the BMA team extraordinary is the ability to meet all the demands of the client with great agility and quality.

Individuals think outside the box and always come up with smart and creative solutions to the impasses presented.

The BMA office is a reference in corporate law, M&A and competitive issues. The partners Paulo Aragão, Monique Mavignier, Bárbara Rosenberg conduct all matters related to these areas in the interface with the company.

Service differentials are the readiness of the partners, the deep technical knowledge of the issues related to the areas to which they respond and the deep knowledge of the company, enabling adequate and efficient solutions to the matters entrusted.

The entire office team is well prepared, but my highlight is the lawyer Paulo Aragão.

Key clients

CPFL Energia


America Movil (Claro Brasil)

Hankoe Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia Investimento no Exterior


BRK Ambiental

BR Malls

Potiguar E&P

Fazenda Futuro

Rede D’Or São Luiz


Nadir Figueiredo Indústria e Comércio

B2W – Companhia Digital

Península Participações

Olympique Lyonnais Groupe

Carrefour Comércio e Indústria

Adtalem Global Education

Aliansce Shopping Center


Cimento Tupi

XP Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Aliansce Shopping Center on the merger of its business with Sonae Sierra Brasil. The new entity is called Aliansce Sonae Shopping Centers and has become – as per the merger – Brazil’s largest shopping centre manager.
  • Advising Adtalem Global Education on the sale of 100% of Adtalem Brasil Holding to the Sociedade de Ensino Superior Estácio de Sá.
  • Advising América Móvil (and its subsidiary Claro Brazil) on the acquisition of NII Brazil Holdings, indirect owner of 100% of Nextel Telecomunicações, from NII Holdings and AI Brazil Holdings.
  • Advised Hankoe Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia Investimento no Exterior on the sale of 100% of the shares issued by Dutch company New Steel Global (which has two subsidiaries in Brazil), to Vale.
  • Provided full legal assistance to SulAmérica on the sale of its auto and P&C insurance business to Allianz for R$3bn.

Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados

Under the leadership of founding partners Maria Cristina Cescon and Marcos Rafael FleschCescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' corporate and M&A practice continues to thrive, as evidenced by the promotions of former senior associates Fernanda Montorfano GibsonLuciana de Castro Mares Torres and Isabela Leal Coelho to partner in 2019. The department's client base - which includes a number of household name companies - has also seen recent growth, with several new clients in the manufacturing, chemicals and consumer goods sectors. The firm's capital markets expertise is another draw, and the firm stands out for its expertise in public M&A. Other partners regularly leading on the firm's key deals include Darkson Delmondes GalvãoFernanda Bastos BuhatemAna Carolina Castro Reis Passos and Ronald HerscoviciMarina da Silva Prado is also recommended. Since publication, the firm has announced it's opening of an office in Toronto (Canada), as of January 2021.


The cost/benefit ratio of engaging them is tough to beat. Very efficient, smooth and knowledgeble teams. Really like to work with them, even during challenging transactions and discussions.’

Ana Carolina Passos is recommended.

Key clients

The Coca-Cola Company

Enel Brasil



Suzano Papel e Celulose

Warburg Pincus


Saint Goban

EDP Energias do Brasil


Work highlights

  • Provided advice to Suzano Papel e Celulose on the business and shareholders’ base merger with Fibria Celulose, in order to establish the world’s largest wood pulp producer.
  • Advised Eletrobras on the auction sale of shares held in various special purpose vehicles (SPVs), selling eleven lots for an aggregate amount of approximately R$1.3bn.
  • Advised Brookfield Business Partners on the acquisition of a majority stake in Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço.
  • Provided advice to Whirlpool Brasil on the sale of compressors manufacturer Embraco to Nidec Corporation.
  • Advised CCPR on the acquisition of Itambé from Vigor.

Demarest Advogados

'On par with US top-tier firms in responsiveness, creativity and comprehensive thinking', Demarest Advogados' corporate and M&A team balances a busy workload, with a significant proportion of its deals involving high-end M&A. It particularly stands out in the technology and life sciences sectors, where it has recently been active, and has also expanded its private equity practice. In an illustration of its presence in technology-related deals, Paulo Coelho da Rocha and Ana Carolina Botto Audi acted for REIT Digital Realty in the acquisition of Ascenty from private equity firm Great Hill Partners, and later advised the client on the formation of a joint venture with Brookfield Infrastructure. Joyl Gondim has established a strong practice in middle market deals, particularly in the healthcare and, increasingly, the education sectors. Other names to note in the sizeable team include Luciana Cossermelli TornovskyThiago Barbosa SandimGabriel Ricardo Kuznietz and Thiago Rodrigues Maia. Maria Lúcia de Almeida Prado e Silva retired in 2020; in January 2021, Bruna Toledo Pacheco and Daniel Caramaschi were promoted to partner.


The M&A team at Demarest is fantastic and they are on par with US top-tier firms in responsiveness, creativity and comprehensive thinking.

All team members are fully engaged and committed to the success of the matters; there is a general sense of “ownership” with regard to client issues. I consider Demarest’s team as an extension of my own.

It is a very responsive team, with deep and thorough knowledge of regulations and creative ideas for planning and finding the best ways to implement any ideas. The team leadership is also remarkable, jumping in whenever it is needed.

Paulo Coelho da Rocha leads his team to act like him, always available, trying to reach the client’s objectives, finding different alternatives for the problems we face during a process of M&A. And also, he helped us negotiating best conditions to our deal. He was fantastic!

The team leader, Ricardo Kuznietz is a very reliable partner to work with. He has the special skill to get to know the client and the industry in which it develops, giving always an accurate advice, with great creativity.

Bruna Toledo Pacheco – star junior partner. Hands-on, always available, technical. Very knowledgeable in complex M&A deals. Bruna knows how to handle international clients and help them navigating through the complexities of Brazil.

Jose Diaz and Bruna Pacheco are a team of excellent attorneys who coordinate extremely well and get deals done.

Paulo Rocha and Celso Xavier stand out as partners who know their clients’ business, embrace problems as their own, and are proactive in providing creative solutions.

Key clients


7 Bridges



Banco Inter






Work highlights

  • Assisted GE Transportation on the Brazilian aspects of its acquisition by Wabtec as part of a wider, $11.1bn global transaction.
  • Advised REIT Digital Realty on the acquisition of Ascenty from Great Hill Partners for over $2bn.
  • Assisted SoftBank, a new client of the firm, with two recent investments in Brazil.
  • Advised Ashland International Holdings on the sale of its composites business in Brazil to Ineos Enterprises Group.
  • Assisted the Cimcorp Group on the acquisition of the totality of the share capital of Resource Holding, Resource IT Chile and Resource IT Colombia.

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Well-established firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados had another strong year for M&A in 2019. It is well versed in transactions that exceed the R$1bn mark. Recent examples include its advice to Petrobras on the oil and gas company's $8.6bn sale of 90% of its equity stake in TAG - Transportadora Associada de Gás; the deal represented Petrobras’ largest M&A transaction to date. Guilherme Bueno Malouf leads the department, which includes cross-border M&A expert Adriana Pallis, executive committee member Arthur Bardawil PenteadoMauro Cesar Leschziner and Luciana Costa Engelberg, who advises clients on corporate transactions and fund formation. While the practice is primarily based in São Paulo, the firm also has considerable geographic reach through its offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and New York.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Bueno Malouf

Key clients

Blackstone Tactical Group







Siemens Brasil


Julius Baer

Work highlights

  • Advised Petrobras on the sale of 90% of its equity stake in TAG – Transportadora Associada de Gás.
  • Acted for Chilean company CMPC and CMPC Melhoramentos in the acquisition of Sepac – Serrados e Pasta de Celulose.
  • Advised Ardagh Group on the merger of its food and specialty metal packaging business with a producer of aluminium containers.
  • Assisted BlackRock Global Energy&Power Infrastructure Funds with the first transaction ever undertaken by its Energy & Power Infrastructure division in Brazil.
  • Assisted Duratex and Cerâmica Urussanga on the acquisition of all shares representing the outstanding capital of Cecrisa Revestimentos Cerâmicos.

Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados

Noted for its ‘very solid experience in M&A‘, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has secured its position in the top echelons of the Brazilian legal market through its involvement in numerous high-profile corporate transactions over several years. Its private equity expertise is also of note, with clients including leading private equity and venture capital funds. Clients of the corporate department also benefit from the full-service firm’s strengths in antitrust, capital markets and tax, among other areas. A team led by Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado e Silva and Moacir Zilbovicius acted as Brazilian counsel to Avon on its all-share merger with Natura Cosméticos, advising on the corporate and tax structuring of the transaction, as well as the competition aspects. The firm stands out for its international reach, with corporate lawyers based in London and New York in addition to Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and, since July 2020, its new office in Campinas. Key names in the sizeable team include João Ricardo de Azevedo RibeiroPaula Vieira de Oliveira and Claudio Oksenberg. 2019 saw the promotions of Guilherme Woo Terra, Rodrigo Arthur Carvalho and Victor Gelli Cavalcanti to partner. Associate Rosane Carmona is recommended. Since publication, Tomás Neiva joined the firm.


The team has a very solid experience in M&A. They have worked for us in several deals and know our group very well. The M&A team is highly skilled and responsive.’

It is a great team with a lot of experience in M&A deals.

Mattos Filho is a legal company that has a very good team in all areas. Our company used tax, capital markets, civil, compliance, data protection and other areas, and all performed with excellence.

Since Mattos Filho has a big office and many important clients, the lawyers are very experienced since they are exposed to several important cases.

Maria Fernanda de Almeida Prado has significant experience in this area and transmits a sense of confidence and tranquility that is very reassuring.

Francisco Almeida Prado – deep knowledge and experience in stock option plans; very efficient and top quality work.

Key clients

Actis Group

Advent Group


Avon Group

Cosan Indústria e Comércio


Goldman Sachs (Private Equity)

Fiat Automóveis

General Atlantic

Grupo Ultra



Louis Dreyfus

The Carlyle Group


OLX (Bom Negócio)

Patria Investimentos Group

Raia Drogasil

Rede D’Or São Luiz


Work highlights

  • Represented Avon Group in an all-share merger transaction between Natura Cosméticos and Avon Products, which will result in the $4.1bn acquisition of Avon by Natura.
  • Advised Raia Drogasil in the acquisition of 100% of the capital stock of Drogaria Onofre.
  • Advised NII Holdings in the sale of Nextel Brasil’s equity interest to América Móvil (Claro).
  • Advised Actis on the sale of Atlantic Energias Renováveis and its 31 subsidiaries to SHLTR I Participações.
  • Acted as legal advisor to Allianz Group in the acquisition of certain auto and P&C insurance lines.

Pinheiro Neto Advogados

With 'deep knowledge across all practices', Pinheiro Neto Advogados provides a 'one-stop shop solution to its clients', which include leading companies across the healthcare and life sciences, financial services, private equity, infrastructure and transport sectors, among others. It is regularly engaged by domestic and international companies to act as Brazilian counsel on the buyer and seller side of major corporate transactions; recent highlights include its advice to Natura Cosméticos in the high-profile acquisition of Avon, where Henrique Lang and Guilherme Sampaio Monteiro led an inter-departmental team. Managing partner Alexandre Bertoldi, corporate law and wealth planning expert Pythagoras Carvalho, Vânia Marques Ribeiro and Fernando Alves Meira are key contacts. João Marcelo Gonçalves Pacheco is also recommended. Associates making a mark in the team include Camila Carvalho Gomes and Priscila Gurgel Menezes.


The team provides practical and conservative advice based on full understanding on the business background. The team is very responsive to inquiries.

Partners are highly experienced and hands on on the execution of the M&A transaction. Deep knowledge across all practices providing a one-stop shop solution to its clients. Collaborative team across the practices. Usually seeking to find solutions without increasing the client risk.

Very hands on execution and complementary knowledge. Super quality with flawless execution across the firm.

Fernando Meira, Andre Vertullo Bernini and Carlos Lima are partners that stand-out and are clear market reference on their respective practices. The three partners are extremely competent and they usually seek for creative solutions.

Key clients


Saint-Gobain do Brasil Produtos Industria e para Construção

UnitedHealth Group


Bain Capital

Localiza Rent a Car

Pátria Investimentos



Macquarie Infrastructure

Work highlights

  • Advised Sonae Sierra Brasil on its combination with Aliansce Shopping Centers, where Aliansce merged into Sonae and the combined company is now controlled by the former controlling shareholders of both companies.
  • Acted for Natura Cosméticos in the acquisition of Avon by means of an all-share merger.
  • Advised Port of Pecém Participations (PoPP) on an investment that allows PoPP to become a shareholder of Companhia de Desenvolvimento do Complexo Industrial e Portuário do Pecém – CIPP, a mixed capital company controlled by the State of Ceará.
  • Advises CAIXA Seguridade Participações on a joint venture with CNP.
  • Advised several sellers on the sale of SEPAC, in the State of Paraná, to Melhoramentos CMPC.

TozziniFreire Advogados

TozziniFreire Advogados is often engaged by well-known Brazilian and international companies in large-scale corporate transactions, particularly those with cross-border aspects. In one recent multi-jurisdictional transaction, recommended partner Francisco Eumene Machado de Oliveira Neto advised Banco Crédit Agricole Brasil on a joint venture with Banco Santander for the combination of its custody and asset management operations. The corporate and M&A department is led by Maria Elisa Gualandi Verri and Marcela Waksman Ejnisman and saw organic growth with the promotions of Fernando Silveira Carvalho and Carla do Couto Hellu Battilana to partner in February 2019; the latter advised Whirlpool on the sale of its compressor business to Nidec Corporation. Martin Miralles Pose, Luiz Renato Okumura, Mauro Guizeline and Silvia Martins de Castro Cunha Zono - who made partner in 2020 - are also key figures in the team.


We worked with Tozzinifreire Advogados in relation to an M&A transaction which involved a subsidiary in Brazil. The firm was responsive and raised risk issues as was appropriate in a timely and diligent manner.

I worked with Luiz Renato Okumura who was responsive and provided practical and commercially appropriate advice.

Key clients

VF International


Hainan Airlines

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)


Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


The Blackstone Group

McCain Foods


Indigo Estacionamento


Amsted-Maxion Fundição e Equipamentos Ferroviários

Sumitomo Corporation of America


Elis (Europe Linge Service)


Laboratórios Pfizer

Colgate-Palmolive Indústria e Comércio

Work highlights

  • Advised UPL Corporation in connection with its acquisition of Arysta LifeScience from North American company Platform Specialty Products Corporation.
  • Advised Banco Crédit Agricole Brasil on a joint venture with Banco Santander for the combination of its custody and asset management operations.
  • Advised FEMSA Comercio in its agreement with Raízen Combustíveis to implement a joint venture to explore the gas station convenience store business.
  • Assisted Compagnie Française D`Assurance Pour Le Commerce Extérieur (COFACE) in its acquisition of Brazilian Export Credit Insurance Company (SBCE).
  • Provided assistance to SBA, an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure across North, Central and South America, in the acquisition of 100% of the quotas of São Paulo Três Locação de Torres.

Lefosse Advogados

A great partner for corporate and M&A‘, Lefosse Advogados continues to handle a significant number of large transactions, with experience spanning acquisitions and sales of publicly and privately held companies, mergers, joint ventures, corporate disputes and privatisations. Laura Affonso – who made partner in April 2019 – has led on a number of the department’s recent deals; in one highlight, she and Luiz Octavio Lopes advised healthcare company Notre Dame Intermédica Participações on the acquisition of Cliniplan Group, which marks the expansion of Notre Dame’s operations into the south of Brazil. Carlos MelloRodrigo Junqueira and Mirella Abe are also key members of the team. Since publication, Mauricio Paschoal left the firm in July 2021.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Mello


The Lefosse team is a great partner for corporate and M&A. They are highly engaged with the company’s needs, always learning the peculiarities of the related business.

Christian, Lilian and Fabiane are always available to us with prompt answers for our questions.

Key clients




Patria Investimentos

Angra Partners

Ouro Fino

Cogna (formerly known as Kroton)

Magazine Luiza





Barry Callebaut



Siguler Guff


Bracell/ Royal Golden Eagle (RGE)

Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional


Work highlights

  • Advised Notre Dame Intermédica Participações in connection with the acquisition of Cliniplan Group.
  • Acted as counsel for Bunge in connection with the formation of a joint venture with BP to combine the two companies’ sugar and ethanol operations in Brazil, resulting in the creation of BP Bunge Bioenergia.
  • Acted as counsel for Marfrig Global Foods in connection with the acquisition of 91.89% of the total capital of Quickfood, an Argentine subsidiary of BRF.
  • Acted as counsel to Novastar Investment, an affiliate of GIC Special Investments, in connection with a fourth investment round into Smarfit Escola de Ginástica e Dança.
  • Advised Brenntag Química Brasil on the acquisition of 100% of the shares issued by Quimisa, and indirectly, 100% of Quimilog Transportes e Logística.

Lobo de Rizzo Advogados

Highlighted for the 'constant presence of senior partners' on deals, Lobo de Rizzo Advogados has an active corporate and M&A practice, with notable experience in high-end and mid-market transactions. It particularly stands out for M&A in the education sector, where it has an 'unparalleled track record'. Founding partner Valdo Cestari de Rizzo draws on over 30 years of experience; Paula Magalhães focuses her practice on corporate law and regulation, with an emphasis on listed companies; and Ana Paula Miguel advises on infrastructure deals and corporate structuring, in addition to M&A. Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra and Otávio Lucas Solano Valério are also noted; and Guilherme Menegassi and Marcelo Droghetti were promoted to the partnership in May 2020.


The team is very seasoned and has an unparalleled track record in education M&A, having advised in most of the relevant deals in the sector. They bring different perspectives and come up with good solutions to mitigate problems.

‘A good track record in the sector and M&A. Their availability is quite unique among other legal counsels.

Professionals are concerned with getting to know the client’s business in depth and conduct more assertive discussions aimed at strategic interests in the projects.

The main differential of Lobo de Rizzo is the constant presence of senior partners. You feel well advised with firm and experienced opinions. Simplicity of solutions, clarity of communication and objectivity in conducting the work are also highlights. A special mention to Rodrigo Millar de Castro Guerra and Otávio Lucas Solano Valério.’

Key clients

Afya Educacional

Arco Educação

Estácio Participações (part of YDUQS group)

Klabin Celulose


Grupo Cataratas

Advent International

Innova Global Tec

Serasa Experian

International Meal Company

Work highlights

  • Assistance to Odebrecht Transport in the sale of part of its shares in Supervia to Mitsui in a R$3.4bn deal.
  • Advised educational group YDUQS on the acquisition of the Brazilian operations of Adtalem Global Education, in the largest education-sector M&A deal in Brazil in 2019.
  • Advised Biotoscana and its controlling shareholders (including Advent International and Essex Woodlands) on the sale of a 51.2% interest to Knight Therapeutics.
  • Provided assistance to Arco Educação in the acquisition of Sistema Positivo de Ensino in a R$1.6bn deal.
  • Advised Renova Energia on the sale to AES Tietê Energia in a R$1.5bn deal.

Pinheiro Guimarães

With extensive experience in the financial services sector, Pinheiro Guimarães – Advogados acts for major domestic and international banks in addition to corporations. Its private equity expertise is also of note, where the team advises on investments, financing and divestments. The firm's capital markets expertise also allows it to advise publicly held companies on M&A which involves capital markets transactions and regulatory matters. Highlights in 2019 included Sergio Ramos Yoshino's advice to Itaú Unibanco on its R$200m investment in Brazilian power transmission company Argo Energia Empreendimentos e Participações. René Mostardeiro Brunet, Francisco José Pinheiro GuimarãesPlinio Pinheiro Guimarães Neto  and Mariana Jost are all names to note.

Key clients

BTG Pactual




GP Investments

Itau Unibanco

Gávea Investimentos

International Finance Corporation – IFC

Organizações Globo

Brazil Hospitality Group

RHI AG / RHI Magnesita

Credit Suisse


Principia Capital Partners

Goldman Sachs

DNA Capital


GTIS Partners

Graal Participações


Participações Industriais do Nordeste

Cellera Farma

Air Bus / Helibrás

Arla Foods

Wilson Sons


Mafra Group


Partners Group

Grupo Soma

Macquarie Capital

Klabin S.A.

Rede D’Or

Rock World (Rock in Rio)

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

CBSM – Companhia de Soluções de Marketing (Dotz)

Work highlights

  • Acted as legal counsel to B3 (the Brazilian Stock Exchange) in connection with the purchase of 100% of the capital stock of Portal de Documentos, a company specialised in digital solutions for participants in the credit cycle.
  • Advised Itaú Unibanco on its investment in Argo Energia Empreendimentos e Participações.
  • Acted as legal counsel to the International Finance Corporation in its capacity as controlling shareholder of Austral Resseguradora and Terra Brasis Resseguros, in connection with the merger of the latter into Austral.
  • Represented EGP, as seller, in connection with the sale of solar and wind power plants held by nine of its SPVs to CGN Energy International Holdings.

Stocche Forbes Advogados

'M&A powerhouseStocche Forbes Advogados continues to be engaged in notable corporate transactions in the Brazilian market. Meanwhile, its dedicated publicly listed company desk provides capital markets and regulatory assistance to a number of companies on an ongoing basis, while the private company desk assists its clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. The firm also counts major Brazilian and international private equity firms among its clients. The corporate and M&A department saw considerable organic growth in its January 2020 round of promotions; Paola Carrara, Matheus Campos, Ricardo Peres Freoa and Rafael de Almeida Rosa Andrade are now partners. Established practitioners Flavio MeyerAndré Mestriner Stocche , Fabiano Milani and Fernanda Cardoso are also key members of the team.


Stocche Forbes is an M&A powerhouse. In my opinion, it is the best department of the firm and, for sure, one of the top notch service providers in the field.

From partners to associates, service is rendered in a great balance between timing and quality. Also, whenever it is needed, the team quickly reach out to other departments of the firm, which, in general, provide high level of services as well. I am really happy to be assisted by them.

Matheus Campos is a talented new partner who works around the clock, helping you navigate transactions from the most simple to the more complex tasks. He is my go-to guy in M&A.’

On the more experienced partners, Andre Stocche is one of the most respected lawyers in the field and Fabiano Milani stands out for his knowledge on listed companies.

Key clients

Pátria Investimentos


L Catterton

Farallon Capital Management

One Equity Partners

GTIS Partners

ACON Investments

HIS Hemisfério Sul Investimentos

XP Investimentos


Tarpon Investimentos

Darby Franklin Templeton

Harvard Management Company

Grupo Verzani & Sandrini



Omega Energia




CCCC – China Communications Construction Company


Dow Dupont

News Corp



Votorantim Cimentos

Votorantim Energia

Nexa Resources


Work highlights

  • Advised Engie on the acquisition by Engie and CDPQ of a 90% stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás – TAG.
  • Advised Pátria Investimentos on the sale of 100% the capital stock of Agrichem do Brasil to Utilfertil – Indústria e Comércio de Fertilizantes.
  • Advised Omega Geração, one of the leading renewable energy companies in Brazil, on the acquisition of Centrais Elétricas Assuruá.
  • Advised FTV Capital in an additional follow-on investment in Ebanx.

Veirano Advogados

Veirano Advogados is noted for its 'good communication, tranquility, professionalism and accessibility'. With a significant presence in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre, the team has the size and resources to handle a large volume of transactions, including high-value M&A. In one highlight, a Rio-based team worked alongside an international firm to advise Canadian base metals company Lundin Mining Corporation on the acquisition of Mineração Maracá, Yamana Gold’s Brazilian copper and gold mining subsidiary. Augusto Cesar Barbosa de Souza and Carlos Alexandre Lobo lead the team, which includes corporate, banking and M&A expert Lior PinskyPaula Surerus, who leads on domestic and cross-border M&A transactions; and the 'very hands-on' Alberto Bragança. Diego Lerner was promoted to partner in January 2020, and Vitor Rozenthal made partner in January 2021. Since publication, Sergio Bronstein and Guilherme Potenza left the firm in April 2021.


The dedication and experience make a difference in delivering results.

Strong and broad knowledge of legislation and good contractual and M&A practices.

Good communication, tranquility, professionalism and accessibility.

Extensive knowledge on the issues that international companies face while doing business and transactions in Brazil. Veirano is a great partner to have by your side while doing an M&A.

Guilherme Monteiro and Carlos Alexandre Lobo – experience, dedication and availability distinguish them from the competition.

Partner Alberto Bragança is very hands on and has a lot of experience in corporate/M&A.

Tiago Figueiró has outstanding knowledge of the energy/electricity sector.

Associates Thaís Limani, Vitor Rozenthal and Fernao Pio were great in conducting a complex M&A.

Key clients

Telecom Itália / TIM Participações


State Grid International Development



Light Street Capital





Work highlights

  • Advised Lundin Mining Corporation on its $1bn acquisition of a Brazilian subsidiary of Yamana Gold.
  • Advised Australian crop protection company Nufarm on the sale of its subsidiary in Brazil, Nufarm Indústria Química e Farmacêutica, to Sumitomo Chemical.
  • Advised Borrachas Vipal on the acquisition of a 51% stake in Marangoni Tread North America.
  • Acted as counsel to Laureate Education in the acquisition of Manaus-headquartered SODECAM – Sociedade de Desenvolvimento Cultural do Amazonas, from Grupo Ser Educacional, through its subsidiary CENESUP – Centro Nacional de Ensino Superior.

Azevedo Sette Advogados

Azevedo Sette Advogados' corporate and M&A department continues to receive instructions in significant transactions from clients across a broad range of sectors. The team has seen growth at the partner level with the promotions of Rafael Tavares Bassoli and Thiago Assumpção Henriques in 2019 and Alessandra Martins de Souza in 2020. Senior partners Luiz Augusto Azevedo Sette and Fernando Azevedo Sette each draw on over 25 years of legal experience. Ana Paula Terra Caldeira is another key member of the team.

Key clients

Andrade Gutierrez (Holding)

Habib’s Group

CGN Group

Localiza Rent a Car

Mapfre Group



Anglo American

Falconi Consultores de Resultados

Fundepar (Fundep Participações)

Grupo Votorantim

Butiá Investimentos

Natura / The BodyShop

Komatsu Brasil

Vita Participações

Overseas Logística

Shiseido do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Legal advisor to Vita Participações in the acquisition of 100% of the capital stock of Hemolad Serviços de Hemoterapia e Hematologia.
  • Provided legal advice to Laticínios Lactojara on the sale of 30% of the capital stock for Leprino Foods.
  • Advised Car Rental Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Localiza Rent a Car, on the acquisition of 100% of the shares held by individual investors in Localiza RP Aluguel de Carros.

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper

Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper has strong experience in cross-border transactions, where it benefits from its association with DLA Piper. It also stands out for its expertise in private equity deals; a recent highlight was Marcus Vinicius Bitencourt's advice to Brazilian private equity and advisory company Starboard Asset Management on the acquisition (in partnership with Apollo Global Management) of 72.5% of the shares in retail company Maquina de Vendas. The department expanded at the associate level with several hires in 2019, including the August-arrival of senior associate Taciana Furlan from an in-house role. Fabiano Gallo, Carolina Sant’Angelo and Luiz Augusto Osorio are key names at the partner level. In a recent development, the firm added competition and antitrust capability to its service offering with the Luciana Martorano hire as of counsel in March 2020.

Key clients






Solar Coca-Cola




BlackHawk Network

3R Petróleo

Máquina de Vendas

ADM Promotions

Wipro Tecnologies




Work highlights

  • Advised Starboard Asset Management on the acquisition of 72.5% of the shares of Maquina de Vendas.
  • Advised Statkraft Energias Renováveis on an M&A in the energy sector and with its first successful participation in an energy auction in Brazil.
  • Assisted China Navigation Company with a strategic M&A transaction that assisted the client expand into larger segments of the shipping business.

Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados

Noted for its 'good business sense' and 'very pragmatic attitude', Cascione Pulino Boulos Advogados' corporate and M&A department continues to be active in the market, advising on M&A (including distressed M&A), joint ventures and corporate governance. The team also has experience in corporate disputes. Key names in the department include 'natural leader' Eduardo Taleb Boulos; 'skilled professionalMilana Antoniolli MartinsEduardo Juaçaba, whose broad expertise includes private equity and venture capital deals; and Augusto César Rodrigues, who is 'calm and considered in negotiations'. Guilherme Bertolini Fernandes dos Santos - who was promoted to partner in 2021 - also receives praise. In other internal developments, Luiz Eduardo Malta Corradini made partner in December 2019.


Cascione has a legal M&A team with outstanding problem solving and negotiation skills. The team is always available to discuss any issue, this sometimes makes a huge differentiation to other firms.

I would like to highlight Cascione Pulino Boulos’ ability and capacity to bring original and feasible solutions to complex topics in all transactions we worked on together. In addition, Cascione excelled in taking a pragmatic approach to all M&As we participated in.

Good response time from the team. They stay focused. Some excellent drafting.

Augusto Rodrigues is very experienced, and calm and considered in negotiations. A strong relationship has grown and drawing up documentation has been a pleasure.

Definitely I like to highlight the skill and performance of Eduardo Boulos (senior partner) and Guilherme Bertolini. They were key individuals that collaborated in making the deal possible. I would also like to take the opportunity to highlight the work performed by Milana Martins (senior partner).

Highly qualified team which gathers a deep legal knowledge and a good business sense. The team has a very pragmatic attitude, providing well-founded recommendations allied with the real world limitation.

Eduardo Boulos is natural leader, conducts his internal team and the client’s team demonstrating high level of confidence. Guilherme Bertolini is the associate involved in the project, he has deep legal knowledge and is a reliable professional. Milana Martins is a skilled professional, she is able to manage hard situations that involves mix of business and family matters.

Key clients



Korber AG




Swiss Re


Abril Comunicações


Work highlights

  • Provided assistance to the shareholders of Abril Group in the sale of their equity interest in the company in a private bid that involved several potential buyers and simultaneous negotiations.
  • Advised Swiss Re Direct Investments in several corporate and capital markets matters related to the sale of its 14.9% stake in Sul América.
  • Advised Carrefour Group on the acquisition of a 49% stake in fintech Ewally Tecnologia e Serviços.

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados

Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados maintains a broad M&A practice, handling a range of high-end and mid-market deals. Its recent caseload encompasses M&A in a variety of industries, where the team acts for both Brazilian and international companies. Highlights included Carol Saposnic's advice to venture capital company Joa Investimentos in its investment in Green People; the deal represented a strategic step in the client's expansion into the food and beverage market. Luis Gustavo Haddad leads the team, which includes key contacts Bruno RobertHermes Marcelo Huck and Ana Carolina Barbuio Affonso,

Practice head(s):

Luis Gustavo Haddad

Key clients

Comfrio Soluções Logísticas

Blau Farmacêutica

Sengés Papel e Celulose

Waison Group Limited / Waison Power Company Limited

Mercado Bitcoin

Holding Clube

Porto Seguro

Assupero (Grupo Unip)

Tembici Participações

Ciatc Participações

Grupo Proibida

Grupo Brasil Norte

Laboratório Cristália

Joa Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Joa Investimentos on an investment in Green People to acquire a minority interest in the company.
  • Advised Wasion Group on a sizeable M&A deal that was essential for its entry into the Brazilian market.
  • Advised Movile Internet Móvel on the sale of its shares in Truckpad, a management and hiring platform for truck drivers.

KLA Advogados

2020 marked KLA Advogados' 18th year; during which time the firm has established a well-known brand for corporate and M&A and secured an enviable client roster. In one of the largest telecoms deals of 2019, Karin Alvo and a team advised Hughes on its joint venture with Yahsat; the new joint venture will offer internet access directly to consumers and through community Wi-Fi hotspots. Leading practitioners in the team include Tania LibermanLuiz Filipe AranhaMelissa Kanô and Mariana Cortez. Key names at the associate level include Patrícia Braga , Marina Bittar and Mário Fioratti.


I think they have a lot of expertise. Partners are accessible and really involved in the deals. You can truly form a partnership with them in order to develop a long lasting relationship that benefits both companies.

The team has a great holistic understanding of a transaction and they utilize every corner of their broad range of expertise to get things done, yet somehow doing so in a cost effective manner.

Tania Liberman is an outstanding partner. She brings a combination of clear, practical advice and vast experience, and couples it with great communication skills.

Karin Alvo is really good, accessible and makes you feel your deal is the most important one for her.

Associate Mario Fioratti is amazing, always available to assist, actually understands our business and worries.

Marina Bittar is a star associate. She provides excellent advice and is always confident and clear, but knows when to marshall other resources within the firm. I never worry that I need to check with a partner if I’m talking to Marina.

Key clients


Boston Scientific

QMC Towers Infrastructure

General Mills / Yoplait

Hughes/EchoStar satellite

Lear Corporation

Ecogen Brasil Soluções Energéticas (Mitsui Group)

Bain Company

Omnicom Group


Publicis Group


Ânima Educação

Accor Hotels

Nordic Power Partners

Orange Business Telecom

Kaszek Ventures

Monashees Investments


Peninsula Fund



Dentsu Aegis Network

Work highlights

  • Assisted Hughes with its joint venture with Yahsat, focused on offering broadband services in Brazil.
  • Assisted Ânima with several acquisition processes, including deals involving major education players in Brazil.
  • Assisted Suzano in the negotiations of the post-closing issues relating to the acquisition of various real estate properties from Duratex.

Tauil & Chequer Advogados

Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown saw organic growth with the promotions of Débora Yanasse and Guilherme Tranquillini to partner, and the arrival of energy, infrastructure and M&A specialists Bruno Salzano and Bruno Werneck from Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados during the course of 2019. The firm has established a strong reputation in the energy and oil and gas sectors, where it has an active transactional profile. Carlos Motta and Daniel Gunzburger have recently taken a lead in a number of the department's major deals. Victor Galante and Alexandre Chequer are names to note in the Rio de Janeiro office.


Excellent technical and negotiation skills and very proactive communication with client.’

Vast experience and knowledge in different areas.’

Victor Galante has great expertise, coordinates the teams well in a transaction and knows the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec – CDPQ

Barra Energia

BTG Pactual

Corteva Agrisciences

Quotaholders of Instituto de Ensino Superior do Piauí

Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo)

Mineração Espírito Santo

Locaweb Serviços de Internet

Movida Participações

Work highlights

  • Advised CDPQ on its joint acquisition with Engie of a 90% shareholding stake in Transportadora Associada de Gás – TAG, formerly a wholly-owned subsidiary of Petrobras.
  • Represented Banco BTG Pactual in the acquisition of several shopping malls.
  • Advised Corteva Agrisciences on the sale of its participation in a joint venture focused on the manufacturing of seeds.

Trench Rossi Watanabe

Split between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the team at Trench Rossi Watanabe has seen a number of recent team changes. These include the June-2019 promotion of Felipe Calil to partner and the departure of Alberto Mori for Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados in December. Meanwhile, Daniel Facó has successfully transferred his strong M&A practice to the firm since his arrival in early 2019; and Anna Tavares de Mello continues to handle notable transactions, particularly in the energy, oil and gas, infrastructure and insurance sectors. Other names to note include Monica Castro Pereira Cavalcanti and, at the associate level, Paula Alonso. Mauricio Pacheco is also highlighted.


Paula Alonso is an outstanding lawyer concerning M&A.’

Key clients




Procter & Gamble









Transamerica Aegon Group

Petrobras Logística de Gás

Grupo SBF


Work highlights

  • Represented Centauro in the acquisition of Nike do Brasil Comércio e Participações by its subsidiary for approximately R$900m.
  • In the context of the merger agreement between Magazine Luiza and Netshoes, the firm advised Centauro on an unprecedented competing bid to attempt to acquire all shares of Netshoes and prevent the completion of the announced transaction.
  • Provided legal assistance to Canadian Solar Group in a corporate reorganisation and subsequent sale of its 80% interest in a 482.6 MWp portfolio of contracted solar projects in Brazil.

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados

Vella Pugliese Buosi e Guidoni Advogados is well versed in corporate transactions across the healthcare, energy and retail sectors, among others, and is noted for its 'senior partner engagement'. The firm also stands out in the private equity space; recent work includes Rodrigo Vella's advice to Bain Capital portfolio-company Notredame Intermédica on the acquisition of hospitals, clinical centres and health insurance groups. Other key figures at the firm, which is associated with Dentons, include Bruna GobbiGabriella Maranesi NajjarFrederico Buosi  and Denise Chachamovitz Leão de Salles, who is highlighted for her 'profound knowledge in corporate law'.


High expertise in corporate matters.

Senior partner engagement in the negotiation.

Denise Salles has a very good team in order to support the legal problems of the company.

Partner Denise Salles – profound knowledge in corporate law; super available and engaged.

Key clients

Notredame Intermédica / Bain Capital

Total Group

Fresenius Medical Care

Pátria Investimentos

Blackstone Capital


CGG Veritas Group


Naturgy Group (Naturgy Distribucíon Latinoamérica and controlled entities)

KKR (and controlled entities)

Som.Us do Brasil Corretora de Resseguros




NVA Representações e Participações (Eireli and Partec Tecnologia)

Westermann Groupe

Work highlights

  • Represented Calsonic Kansei in the €6.2bn global acquisition of Magnetti Marelli.
  • Provided legal advice to Notredame Intermédica on the acquisition of hospitals, clinical centres and health insurance groups located in the State of São Paulo.
  • Advised major Brazilian private equity fund Patria Investimentos  (and several of its portfolio companies) on their roll-up processes, including various in the life sciences sector.

Araújo e Policastro Advogados

Well-established firm Araújo e Policastro Advogados has strong relationships with many clients, several of which have been working with the firm for decades. Among its recent areas of growth are M&A, cross-border disputes and succession planning. Camila da Motta Pacheco Alves de Araújo excels in M&A, general business law, infrastructure and regulatory matters; she co-heads the department alongside founding partner José Theodoro Alves de Araújo and senior partner José Paulo Bueno. Names to note at the associate level include Marina Pacheco de Araújo Paciullo, Júlio Cesar Domingues and Bárbara dos Santos Moreira.


Very good services. High quality expertise.

Key clients

Alcoa Corporation / Alcoa Alumínio

Amphenol Corporation

Cabot Corporation


Hospital Ana Costa

Lindsay Corporation



Rentokil Initial España

Telefonica on the Spot Soluções Digitais do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Provided assistance to Rentokil Initial Group (UK) on the acquisition of Ecovec Comércio e Licenciamento de Tecnologias.

ASBZ Advogados

ASBZ Advogados has seen significant growth since its establishment in 2011, and has cemented a solid reputation in the corporate sphere. It has recently won a number of new clients operating in the agribusiness, energy and food sectors, among others, and it also stands out for its aviation-sector expertise. Key partners Ricardo Melaré and Gabriela Claro can draw on in-house and private practice experience, including at international firms. Gustavo Rached Taiar and associate Thiago Takuno receive praise.


The main difference between ASBZ team and other law firms is that they are all business oriented, they behave like entrepreneurs all the time. They are fast to understand the details of the negotiation, and always translate the legal terms, especially in M&A practice, to business language, so we can decide and proceed very fast in the negotiation causing no unnecessary noise to the other part of the negotiation.

It is also important to mention that the ASBZ office is completely different from other law firms; it looks like a start-up company, which makes them very agile. Lastly, all of the staff, not only the lawyers, make you feel like you are in your own company.

Gustavo Taiar is an exceptional lawyer, not only very knowledgeable but also very humble and always available.

The office is very well located in the heart of the commercial area of Sao Paulo. Very cool interior design. Doesn’t look like a law firm at all, and that is a good thing. The team is very friendly and accessible, there is no formality and they are very honest.

Gustavo Rached Taiar – very patient, he stands out bringing the most important things in the negotiation to our attention. He is very focused in our meetings, so we just need to explain one time our demands and situation. Another great thing is that the feedbacks is very fast.

Thiago Takuno – very focused, every demand that we or the deal needs, he was ready to do it, and every time it was done very well. The communication was also a great factor, highly available, by WhatsApp, e-mail or phone. Last, his technical knowledge was a huge difference to make the deal done fast.

Key clients

United Airlines



El Al

Carteira Online


BTG Pactual

Arteon Z


Digital Smile Desing


Caixa Econômica Federal


Fortezza Partners

J Macedo

Louis Dreyfus Company


Tarpon Investimentos



Regina Festas

Sagmo Capital



Terra Santa Agro

Work highlights

  • Advised DSD on a strategic partnership with Align Technology.
  • Advised Mutant on the acquisition of technology and customer services global solutions provider,  Interaxa, a significant player in the Latin America market.

Dias Carneiro Advogados

The 'commercially astute' team at Dias Carneiro Advogados has 'one of the best' venture capital practices in Brazil. Among the department's recent work was its advice to venture capital fund Monashees Capital on the acquisition of a minority stake in Fazenda Futuro Produtos Alimentícios, a Brazilian plant-based 'meat' startup. Artur Fernandes Andrezo heads the M&A practice and is noted for his business sense. Paula Seabra Carvalho Reis joined from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in May 2020; her experience spans M&A, corporate restructurings and general corporate law. Associates Vivian Tito Rudge and Luiz Fernando Silva Ramos Filho are also key contacts. Since publication, Eduardo Zilberberg left the firm in April 2021.

Practice head(s):

Artur Fernandes Andrezo


Their venture capital practice is one the best in Brazil. Eduardo’s Zilberberg team have shown deep knowledge of VC funding best practices and contractual arrangements for the sector. They were able to quickly formulate effective strategies for each case, exceeding our expectations time and again.

Eduardo Zilberberg stands out as one the most admirable, knowledgeable and dedicated venture capital lawyers we have ever worked with, setting the highest standards of work in his team. He is very personable and easily gains the trust of everybody on the negotiation table.

Vivian Tito Rudge is a brilliant lawyer, an amazing problem-solving machine. She has superior analytical skills and can process large volumes of information, devising practical and clever solutions to move the deal forward. I cannot recommend her enough.

I would highlight Artur’s knowledge of accounting aspects and commercial conditions of business conducted by my company. His team also is fully committed and I can totally rely on them.

DCA’s corporate and M&A practice is strong. They regularly handle the local Brazilian aspects of cross border M&A and financing transactions and are also proficient when required to take the “lead counsel” role. Very responsive and commercially astute.

Very available, efficient and client aligned.

Eduardo Zilberberg and Vivian Tito Rudge are standout attorneys. They are commercially astute and highly responsive and manage transactions efficiently.

Great service, they are quick to return and are attentive.

Key clients

Vox Capital

CITIC Agri Fund Management

e.Bricks Ventures

Voltalia Energia do Brasil


Parparticipadas, SGPS

Gerdau Aços Longos

Monashees Capital

Servizi Italia

Kaszek Ventures

DOMO Invest

Lótus Logística Integrada

GTIS Partners

Single Home

BTG Pactual

Brasil Plural

Otinga Investimentos

KSM Realty

Ribbit Capital

Dechra Pharmaceuticals

RAGT Semences

EDP Renováveis Brasil

Gate Gourmet

Oba Hortifruti

Clinica Médica e Odontológica Saúde Inclusão Medicina

Provence Capital

EDK Mineração

Robert Bosch


Dental Cremer Produtos Odontológicos

Siguler Guff & Company





Work highlights

  • Represented Brasil Plural in the merger of its subsidiary Terra Brasis with Austral Re, creating the second largest reinsurer in Brazil with combined annual premiums of approximately R$1.6bn.
  • Assisted Monashees Capital with the acquisition of a minority stake in Fazenda Futuro Produtos Alimentícios.

Felsberg Advogados

The 'client-friendly, sophisticated and efficient' team at Felsberg Advogados balances a busy corporate advisory and transactional workload and is particularly active in deals involving disruptive and innovative technologies. João Carlos Mendonça has key experience in the technology, healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors; Maria Carolina Guazzelli advises leading fashion brands, among other clients. Miriam Machado, Renato Brandão and Evy Marques each receive praise, and the team also benefits from the input of several experienced associates, including Mirella Kaufman and Paula Sozzi.


The Felsberg team is multidisciplinary and extremely committed to the outcome. They are very available to our demands and deliver results very efficiently.

Renato Brandão is an experienced, multidisciplinary lawyer who takes great care of addressing our demands.

Miriam Machado is very knowledgeable about our industry in Brazil, always with a focus of reaching a practical solution. She has earned the respect and confidence of many people at our headquarters.

Also to mention the solid performance rendered by associate Paula Sozzi, who responds very efficiently and promptly to the many inquiries.

Felsberg is my go-to law firm in Brazil. Felsberg is client-friendly, sophisticated and efficient. I would highly recommend them to any other tech company working in Brazil.

Evy Marques is our primary partner and she both brings substantive expertise to bear and prioritizes our relationship. I trust Evy and go to her with a wide range of Brazilian issues.

Key clients


Grupo JCA

Grupo Guanabara



WPP Group

Spar Group

Rappi Brasil

CCCC South America Regional Company

Associação Brasileira de Reciclagem de Eletroeletrônicos e Eletrodomésticos (ABREE)

IPS Worldwide

Work highlights

  • Advised the founders of the brewery Caravan Beer in three investment rounds with private investors.
  • Advising Avis Group on a strategic partnership with major Brazilian car renatal company Movida Participações.

Machado Associados

Machado Associados impresses with its 'strong expertise' in international M&A transactions. The practice advises on a range of corporate transactions and non-transactional matters, including commercial contracts, corporate governance and disputes, and also benefits from the firm's well-established tax practice. Key names in the experienced team include Mauro Takahashi MoriRochelle Ricci, and Mirella da Costa Andreola de Almeida.


Strong expertise regarding international M&A transactions. Exceptional availability. Strong tax team to support M&A transactions.

The team is extremely cautious, meets the requested deadlines and has a lot of security in their work.

Most of the people with whom I interact in the office delve into the issues, pass on security and comfort to the client and always look for a way to make business really happen.

Mauro Takahashi Mori: truly available, straightforward approach, great mix of technical skills.

Key clients

CCR Group

Columbia Group

Buzzi Unicem

Líder Táxi Aéreo

AR Metallizing

Santista Group

Grupo Boticário

Listo Tecnologia

Promon Logicalis

dōTERRA Brasil


Work highlights

  • Acted for Tok Take Alimentação in its sale to Gran Coffee, controlled by Patria Investment Funds.
  • Advised the shareholders of Exceda on the sale of the group companies in Brazil and their assets in Argentina, Chile, Mexico and the USA, to Akamai.

Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados

The M&A team at Ulhôa Canto, Rezende e Guerra Advogados is equipped to handle a broad range of transactions across numerous sectors, including real estate, energy and financial services. Key practitioners include Marcelo Maria SantosAloysio Meirelles de Miranda Filho and Guilherme Rocha Murgel de Rezende.

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados

Vieira, Rezende, Barbosa e Guerreiro Advogados continues to receive instructions on a range of significant corporate transactions. The firm also stands out for its strength in capital markets and matters connected to the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM). Recent highlights include Helena Guimarães and Cláudio Guerreiro's advice to Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros, regarding the sale of its equity stakes in seven investment funds. Camila Borba Lefèvre and Ricardo Ariani Filho are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Vieira; Cláudio Guerreiro


They have a senior capacity in comparison with others. So, we could talk with a partner every time if it was necessary.

Ricardo Ariani is the partner that we are aligned with. He has a good time response and he is very specialised in commercial issues.

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco


Brasil Plural



Rio Energy




Eleva Educação

Work highlights

  • Advised Fundação Petrobras de Seguridade Social – Petros on the sale of all quotas held by the client in seven investment funds.
  • Advised Akangatu in connection with the acquisition of a 16.97% equity stake in Casa & Video, which resulted in the control of 100% of Casa & Video.

Abe Giovanini Advogados

Abe Giovanini Advogados is active in mid-market domestic and cross-border M&A, where it is particularly strong on the sell-side of transactions; it is also equipped to advise clients on corporate restructuring, corporate governance and disputes. Senior partner Marcos Seiiti Abe has broad experience in the market, often representing Japanese and Brazilian companies. Fernando Zanotti Schneider also takes a lead role in the department's mandates.


A cohesive team, working together and always presenting results with everyone coordinated, with the person directly responsible for the proposed subject, always serving us very efficiently.’

Lots of coherence and transparency, with information and guidelines always aimed at the best possible result, always highlighting the strengths and weaknesses to be addressed with their consequences clearly exposed.’

Key clients

Real Time


G5 Partners

Cheftime Comércio de Refeições

Verity Consultoria em Tecnologia

Refrex Group

Hikari Industria e Comércio

Geominas Minerações

Ornatus Group

A W Faber-Castell

Work highlights

  • Advised Real Time on the negotiation and signing of a joint venture agreement pertaining to the licensing, research and development of alternative energy sources.

Almeida Advogados

Brazilian and international companies turn to Almeida Advogados for assistance in sales, acquisitions, joint ventures and corporate restructurings. The firm has also developed a significant practice advising minority shareholders. André de Almeida heads the department, which also includes corporate, commercial, IP and internet law expert Pedro Tinoco. However, since publication Leonardo Palhares has moved to international firm Kobre & Kim.

Practice head(s):

André de Almeida


A very good team that can think out-of-the-box, keeping a steady grip on the technical side of each case.

Key clients

Cargo Systems

Citeluz Serviços de Iluminação

Energ Power

Mistui Japan

Fis Group


H Homoterapia Brasil

Mahle Metal Leve

Mina do Gama

Reachlocal Brasil Serviços de Tecnologia da Informação em Marketing


Work highlights

  • Assisting Drive Cargo with the incorporation of Cargo Brazil and with setting up its business all over the country.

Baptista Luz Advogados

Baptista Luz Advogados covers corporate, tax, labour, data protection and IP law, and is equipped to advise on venture capital and M&A deals, often working on behalf of technology companies and venture capital and private equity funds. Managing partner Luis Felipe Baptista Luz and Jessica Bernstein Heumann are names to note at the partner level, and Diogo Perroni Carvalho and Diego Nabarro are key associates.


Team is very rounded in terms of legal skill sets. They have strong know-how in the technology industry which helps a lot in dealing with strategic decisions both on the M&A side and corporate law.

Felipe is a seasoned lawyer with very practical approach while still keeping the bar high in terms of legal accountability and risks.

Key clients

A5 Investimentos



Blue Interactive



Credit Vista

Darwin Startups

Dr Hato



Estee Lauder Companies



FK Partners

Genesis Group

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Grupo One7


Hi Plataform

Inseed Investimentos




MJ et Cie

Oral Sin

MightyHive / Progmedia


Rede Tendência


Startup Farm




Tail Target


Vai Tecnologia


VR Benefícios


W3 Haus

Work highlights

  • Advised Yellow Soluções de Mobilidade on its merger with Grin, a Mexican-based electric scooter startup.

Candido Martins Advogados

Candido Martins Advogados excels in mid-market M&A, where it acts for buyers and seller across a broad spectrum of sectors, and is particularly prominent in the agribusiness industry. The department was further boosted in August 2019 with the promotion of Daniel Rodrigues Alves to partner; he acts in domestic and international private equity and M&A deals. The experienced team is led by Henrique Martin and also includes Renata Simon.

Practice head(s):

Henrique Martins

Key clients

Saint Gobain


Nexa Resources

GEF Capital Partners

Intercement Participações

Aqua Capital


G5 Partners

Bip Holding do Brasil


Work highlights

  • Advised Aqua Capital on the purchase and subscription of shares equivalent to 60% of Grão de Ouro Agronegócios.

Castro Barros Advogados

Castro Barros Advogados' corporate team operates from the firm's Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo offices; in M&A, the team commonly represents buyers, though it has also grown its seller-side caseload. Anna Cecilia Rostworowski da Costa Buff's practice spans corporate, competition and regulation; Helen Gaudio Valente advises on M&A, project finance and contracts; and Fernanda Alves Wolf has knowledge of corporate, contracts, judicial recovery and capital markets law.

Key clients

Seedcorp HO Produção e Comercialização de Sementes

Brasbunker Participações

Marsh Corretora de Seguros

Brasilor Comércio de Produtos Ópticos e Participações (EssilorLuxxotica)

Eurofins do Brasil Análise de Alimentos (Eurofins Group)

SA O Estado de S Paulo

Pestana Hotel Group – Brasturinvest Investimentos Turísticos

União de Lojas Leader

Casa & Vídeo Rio de Janeiro

SOS Global Express

Domino’s Pizza – RP1 Restaurantes

Ibereólica Renováveis do Brasil

CVRJ Participações (Legion Group)

Cavalry Investimentos EIRELI

Abril Comunicações (em recuperação judicial)

Reed Exhibitions Alcântara Machado (RELX Group)

Work highlights

  • Assistance to RP1 (Domino’s Pizza), a Vinci Partners controlled company, in a series of franchise acquisitions in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

CGM Advogados

'A unique firm with uniquely talented practitioners', CGM Advogados maintains a key focus on M&A, and also advises on compliance, contractual, corporate governance and general corporate matters. Its clients include household name companies operating in a range of sectors, notably automotive, life sciences and retail. Key practitioners include Adriano ChavesRené Gelman, Martim Machado and Camila Magami Cardinale.

Practice head(s):

Adriano Chaves; René Gelman


CGM is a unique firm with uniquely talented practitioners. The named partners and several of the others are exceptionally bright and responsive. Their performance level is up to the best of the largest firms, with even greater attention to the individual needs of clients. They work hard and produce the same results (or better) as their peers at firms that are reputed to be the best in Brazil.

I find Rene Gelman and Martim Machado both exceptionally bright, and I value their judgment on complicated matters. Both are able to zero in on the issues, put them in the appropriate perspective, and deliver answers that can be relied upon. And they are always responsive, and clients can always count on them. And their rates, staffing levels and efficiency are exceptional.

Excellent professionals, assertive, objective, in-depth technical knowledge and quick responses.

Adriano Chaves and Camila Magami are recommended.

Personal attention and great service.

Key clients


Advanced Potash Technologies

ITW – Illinois Tool Works


Sonova – Phonak


H J Baker


Thermo Fisher

KB Foods


Work highlights

  • Assisted Mitsui with legal and compliance due diligence and the acquisition of an equity stake in  Brazilian chemical company Ouro Fino Química.

FreitasLeite Advogados

The sizeable and highly regarded corporate department at FreitasLeite Advogados is often instructed in significant M&A, including transactions involving listed companies, drawing on the firm's capital markets, tax and real estate teams for support where necessary. João Pedro Barroso do NascimentoClaudio Fabricio Lima and Pedro Afonso Gutierrez Avvad are names to note at the partner level. Associates Amanda Peres and Júlia Rodrigues Costa de Serpa Brandão also receive praise.


The refinement in the work delivered and the understanding of the context of the company show the office’s capacity and seriousness for the work requested.’

The structure and procedures followed by the office demonstrate the serious and precise line with which they work.’

Freitas Leite M&A is led by Joao Pedro Nascimento who has a great team behind him. The team can work directly with clients and deal with key figures independently and that is a great value of the firm.’

The deal team my company works with is Joao Pedro Nascimento, Amanda Peres and Julia Serpa. All of them are very diligent, organised and detail-oriented. Joao and Amanda lead meetings and negotiations individually.

Key clients

Absolute Gestão de Investimentos

Avenue Securities

Axxon Group Private Equity

Banco Andbank (Brasil)

Banco Bonsucesso

Banco Modal

BR Malls

BR Marinas

BRQ Digital Solutions

CCX Carvão da Colombia / OSX Brasil / and MMX Mineração e MMX Mineração e


Engeform Contruções e Comércio


Fabrimar Indústria e

General Water

Globo Comunicação e Participações

HUB Participações


Klefer Producoes e Promocoes

Lazard Asset Management

LGT Impact

Live Nation

Markel Seguradora

Matera Systems

Maua Investimentos


Perfin Administração de Recursos


Praia Rasa Empreendimentos

Quest Investimentos

Raiz Educação


Rock in Rio

SGGC Participações

Triar Investimentos


VBI Real Estate

XP Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised BR Malls and other buyers on the acquisition of a 29.5% stake of Shopping Iguatemi Caxias from Iguatemi, Maiojama and others.

Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados

Gaia Silva Gaede Advogados, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2020, was further bolstered by the January arrival of experienced partner Alberto Mori from Trench Rossi Watanabe. The firm stands out for its geographic coverage: Vanessa Cristina Santiago and Fernando Antonio Cavanha Gaia are based in São Paulo; Gerson Stocco de Siqueira and Mauro da Cruz Jacob work from the Rio de Janeiro office; and Antônio Carlos Pacheco Júnior is the name to note in Curitiba. The team advises healthcare, energy, oil and gas and automotive companies on a range of transactional and non-transactional matters.


The whole team is very well prepared for any situation and they are always ready to assist.’

Ivan Hasse, Antonio Pacheco and Ludmila Albuquerque are recommended.

Key clients

Unimed-Rio Cooperativa

Negresco Administração e Participações

Plenovale Florestal

Companhia de Energias Renováveis (CER)

Soifer Participações Societárias

Schreiber Foods

Parati Indústria e Comércio de Alimentos

NGC do Brasil

Laguna Incorporações


Work highlights

  • Advised Unimed-Rio Cooperativa de Trabalho Médico on: (i) the purchase of 50% of the equity interests of a JV Co: and (ii) on the acquisition by the JV Co of Hospital do Fundação do Câncer.

Gasparini, Nogueira de Lima e Barbosa Advogados

Gasparini, De Cresci e Nogueira de Lima Advogados is specialised in mid-market M&A and corporate restructurings, and also assists clients with general corporate and commercial matters. Its client base comprises new and longstanding clients operating in the agribusiness, retail, IT and education sectors, among others. The main partners - Marcus Phelipe Barbosa de SouzaFelipe Mavignier and Paula Taira Horiuti - each draw on significant experience in corporate and contract law.


The service provided by this law firm is different, as they provide all the assistance from the beginning of the operation until its conclusion, with a service provided directly by partners and seniors who assist with doubts and any questions that arise at any time, always in favor of the operation.

They assist us at any time and are always ready to help, demonstrating great knowledge over the issues demanded and very quick to resolve issues that arise suddenly.

Key clients

Iron Mountain

Comparex Group

MDM Pharma Group

Giorgio Armani

Jato Dynamics

Farmina Pet Foods

Hyper Island

Greenwood Resources Capital Management

Eucateca Florestal

Ardex Americas

Paris Pharma Group


Move Concerts

GTT Brasil Telecomunicações

Mata Mineira Investimentos Florestais

Vale do Jequitinhonha Participações e Silvicultura

Work highlights

  • Advised Greenwood Resources as buyer in the acquisition of a 45% stake in Mamoneira Agropastoril from AGFA Fundo de Investimento em Participações for R$72m.

Gentil Monteiro, Vicentini, Beringhs e Gil Advogados

Gentil Monteiro, Vicentini, Beringhs e Gil Advogados stands out for its strong client base, which includes major international and Brazilian companies; the firm has also recently won a number of new clients in the mining, gaming and food and beverage sectors. Fernando Gentil Monteiro, Terence Beringhs and associate Victor Daldegan De Rossi are key names in the busy corporate and M&A department, which was further bolstered by the arrival of Apoena Joels from Tauil & Chequer Advogados in association with Mayer Brown in May 2020.


Proactivity, agility and availability.

They always try to be part of the solution and not of the problem. I would highlight Terence and Victor.

Key clients


MDS Group



Cooke Aquaculture

Taiyo Kogyo Corporation

SA Paulista

C6 Bank

Skylight Consulting

Poch International Enterprise

Simulcasting Brasil Som e Imagem

Work highlights

  • Represented MDS Group in the acquisition of 100% of the capital stock of the insurance broker company Bens.

L.O. Baptista Advogados

L.O. Baptista Advogados has the size and resources to handle complex and large-scale M&A; in a recent highlight, Daniela Zaitz and a team advised Rolls-Royce on the Brazilian aspects of the global sale of its commercial maritime division to Kongsberg Group. Marta Rodrigues and Esther Jerussalmy Cunha are also key practitioners in the department.

Key clients


Grupo Vallourec

Grupo Orbis

São Martinho

Grupo Usina da Pedra

Usina Batatais Açúcar e Álcool

Andritz Group

Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia para E-Commerce

Grupo Imagina

Guala Closures

Work highlights

  • Advised Tessarema Resources on the formation of a joint venture among Tessarema Resources, North Extração de Minério and Pan Brazilian.

Levy & Salomão

Levy & Salomão covers a range of contentious and non-contentious corporate and commercial matters, with an emphasis on heavily regulated sectors in which the firm has long had particular strength. Jorge Prada Levy, Daniel Tardelli Pessoa and Ana Cecília Giorgi Manente are the key names.

Madrona Advogados

M&A is a core focus at Madrona Advogados, which counts a number of household name companies among its clients and is active in domestic and cross-border transactions. Name partner Ricardo Madrona has broad experience in sales, acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures. Other key contacts include corporate and contract law expert Milena Coimbra Mazzini and José Luis Camargo.

Key clients

Merck Sharp & Dohme Farmacêutica



CI&T Software





Nazca Needish


Work highlights

  • Advised Hapvida on the acquisition of 100% of the shares issued by GSFRP Participações, holding of Grupo São Francisco Saúde.

Mattos Engelberg Advogados

Mattos Engelberg Advogados advises Brazilian and international companies on mid-market M&A, joint ventures and reorganisations. In a notable development, the firm signed a cooperation agreement with international firm Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP in August 2019. Key names include Fernando Engelberg de Moraes, who draws on 35 years' experience both in-house and in private practice; Cristiane Borges da Costa, who has strong experience in M&A, contracts and corporate governance; and André de Godoy Fernandes, who receives strong praise.


My company works with Mattos Engelberg since the beginning in 2016 and we are really happy and confortable with them. They are able to answer all our corporate’s issues, otherwise they always advise us as to the best professional. The team is strong on M&A process and also on taxes issues.

Andre de Godoy Fernandes is really professional and highly responsive and always advised me perfectly. Andre worked with us on three complex acquisitions and in all the post acquisition processes.

The team is really good at conducting negotiations.

André de Godoy Fernandes, the M&A partner, is a valued partner for the company.

Key clients

Groupe UP (ex-Chèque Déjeuner)

Ferrero do Brasil

Bunge do Brasil

State Grid Brazil Power Participações

Specialized Bicycles

Torrent do Brasil

Chiesi Farmaceutica

Knoell Germany

Glenmark Farmaceutica

Telefonica Digital

Annex Consultoria / BIT4B – Soluções em Tecnologia da Informação e Consultoria Empresarial

Premier Pet

China Unicom

Work highlights

  • Advised Bunge Alimentos on the acquisition of a minority stake in Agrofel.

Mundie e Advogados

Mundie e Advogados stands out for its corporate expertise in highly regulated sectors, drawing on the firm's well-known strength in administrative law and regulatory matters. Eduardo Zobaran and Rodolpho Protasio co-head the practice, which includes Ana Cristina Moraes and Patricia Nakahara, whose expertise spans corporate, civil and IP law.

Key clients


Fleetcor Technologies and affiliates (including CTF Technologies do Brasil)

Fidelity National Services


Kinea Private Equity Investimentos

Cervejarias Kaiser Brasil (Heineken)

Altra Motion



Tim Celular

BTG Pactual


Tradegar Corporation

Gávea Investimentos

Aegea Saneamento e Participações

Vibra Agroindustrial

Work highlights

  • Advised Vibra Agroindustrial on the investment by Tyson Foods in the food business of Vibra Agroindustrial after the segregation of Vibra’s genetic segment by means of a spin-off.

Peixoto e Cury Advogados

The 'committed' team at Peixoto e Cury Advogados is 'focused on fast and practical solutions'. Its lawyers draw on previous experience in international law firms and advise a mixed client base of multinational and local companies, including family-owned businesses, in mid-market deals. Key names include Renato de Oliveira Valença, 'fast thinkerRafael Villac Vicente de Carvalho and José Ricardo de Bastos Martins, who 'stands out for his large experience'.


Peixoto e Cury have been extremely professional. They have a very good competence in supporting M&A process both in negotiation and contracts matters, as for fiscal and taxes issues.

Peixoto e Cury is a traditional law firm in Brazil, with several decades of experience. They are extremely reliable and competent. The comparison with other firms relies on the availability they have to work for us on weekends, holidays, nights, just because they know our pain and needs. They are legal team’s outside partners.

Rafael Villac was excellent on negotiation and contracts matters.

José Ricardo stands out for his extensive experience, deep understanding of the advertising market and due to the fact that he clearly feels anguished with clients’ problems.

Renato Valença stands out for his deep understanding of the advertising market. Rafael Villac stands out for his capacity to understand deeply clients’ needs beyond legal practice, but also commercial matters, accounting matters and even personal matters involved in some issues or situations.

Individuals are well aware of their areas of action and each one is also prepared to take on great negotiations and produce excellent results for their clients. I would like to highlight the partner Dr José Alcides Montes Filho as tireless and brilliant at the service of his partners and customers.

Committed, focused on fast and practical solutions, available.

Rafael Villac Vicente de Carvalho – a fast thinker, his broad legal knowledge and industry understanding helps to safeguard the best interests of the stakeholders of our company.

Key clients

AEL Sistemas

Allfood Importação, Indústria e Comércio

American Air Filter Brasil

Arkema Química


Bbrands Holding Participações

Cebrace Cristal Plano  (NSG Group)

Cecil – Laminação de Metais

China Three Gorges Corp – ‎CTG Brasil

Cosin Consulting

CServices Processamento de Dados

Cine Cinematógrafica

Elbit Systems

FCB Brasil Publicidade

HY Cite

Kelly Services

Knauf Do Brasil

Multicel Pigmentos

McCann Erickson Publicidade  (IPG Group)


Momentum Comunicação (IPG Group)

Mullen Lowe Publicidade (IPG Group)

MSA do Brasil Equipamentos e Instrumentos Segurança

Owens-Illinois do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Pilkington Brasil

Sparkinc Mídia de Influência

The Interpublic Group of Companies

thyssenkrupp Brasil


Vleaf Energia e Engenharia

Work highlights

  • Advised Motus Serviços and the majority shareholders in the acquisition of the shares of a minority shareholder.

Pereira Neto | Macedo

Pereira Neto | Macedo's corporate department works with energy, tech and agribusiness companies as well as private equity funds and asset management firms. The firm's competition and antitrust expertise is a particular draw. In internal developments, Vinícius Mancini Guedes was promoted to partner in August 2019; other partners to note include Ricardo Ferreira de Macedo and Mônica Figueiredo de Camargo Arruda.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Ferreira de Macedo

Key clients


Usina de Açúcar Santa Terezinha

Central Paranaense de Logística (CPL)

Ara Vartanian Jewelry

Arcos Dourados Comércio De Alimentos Ltda. (Mcdonald’s)

CPA Trading

Paraná Operações Portuárias

Álcool do Paraná Terminal Portuário

Jus Capital Gestão de Recursos


Work highlights

  • Assisted Telecom with an investment made by Brasil Digital Telecomunicações, by which it became holder of 50% of the company’s share capital.

Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados

The corporate department at Rayes & Fagundes Advogados Associados acts for companies which are leaders in their respective fields, including pharma and technology, advising on corporate restructurings, M&A and joint ventures. It is notable for its experience in cross-border deals, including those involving the US, UK, Germany, Italy and China. Fabiana Rodriques da Fonseca and Paulo Talarico lead the team. Associate Isadora de Araujo Frade is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Fabiana Fonseca; Paulo Talarico


Wonderful work regionally and globally.

Trust in the way they deliver the information. Quick responses and a full team dedicated to the project.

They are extremely professional and provide good advice in a very efficient manner.

Paulo Talarico is always available and will assist you to get the job done. He understands the needs of in-house counsel, and is always seeking to do better.

Isadora Frade, senior associate, is very talented and extremely professional.’

Key clients

IBM Brasil

Nokia Solutions and Networks do Brasil Telecomunicações

Alphaland Real Estate Administração de Bens (Sabis Group)

Invaio Sciences

SPIC Brasil Energia Participações

Leão Alimentos e Bebidas (Coca-Cola Group)

Hendrix Genetics

Banco Indusval & Partners

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil

MSX International

Work highlights

  • Assisted De Saint Seigne Desenvolvimento de Negócios with an extensive spin-off process involving one of its former joint ventures.

Siqueira Castro – Advogados

Carlos Fernando Siqueira Castro and Guilherme Dantas head the team at Siqueira Castro – Advogados, which operates from a broad network of offices across Brazil. It advises companies from a wide range of industries on due diligence, M&A processes and restructurings. Leonardo Cotta Pereira and Sérgio Ricardo Fogolin often take lead roles on the department's key transactions. In January 2021, consumer law specialist Flávia da Conceição Gomes was promoted to partner.

Key clients


Fraport (Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide)

Taj, société d’avocats (Deloitte Legal)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Duratex with the acquisition of 100% of the shares of the companies Cecrisa Revestimentos Cerâmicos and Cerâmica Portinari.

Sperling Advogados

Mid-sized multinational companies turn to Sperling Advogados for advice and assistance in M&A, non-transactional corporate matters and corporate disputes. The team, which provides 'exceptional legal services', is led by 'top-notch attorney' Marcio Sperling, and Felipe Garcia de Souza, who 'can always be counted on to advise on a good way forward and to diligently work to implement the plan'.


Sperling proactively looks after our corporate needs and we can always count on them to do what they say, when they say they will do it, and to follow up to make sure all of the loose threads get attended to.’

High international business experience. Always reachable. High standards.’

Marcio Sperling gives you a clear legal view and answers. Which do work in the practice as well.’

Felipe Garcia de Souza can always be counted on to advise on a good way forward and to diligently work to implement the plan. Work is seamlessly delegated to the correct level.’

‘I have worked with a number of law firms in Brazil over the years and Sperling Advogados by far stands out as an exceptional law firm. The law firm really partners with our company, not only providing the appropriate level of exceptional legal services, but also by really acting as a business and strategic partner. I know that when I have an issue, Sperling is going to be very responsive and give me practical advice.’

I work closely with Marcio Sperling, a top-notch attorney and among the best that I have worked with not only in Brazil, but globally. He really is client focused and partners well with me as well as our business team in Brazil.

Key clients

American VanguardCorporation

Henniges Automotive Sealing Systems Brasil

Schenck Process Equipamentos Industriais


Fundação Voith

Delphi Technologies



Bequisa Indústria Química do Brasil


Work highlights

  • Advised Osram on the termination of its Brazilian joint venture with Philips Lighting Holding.

Andrade, Foz, Hypolito e Medicis Advogados

Denise Hypolito Passaro heads the corporate department at Andrade, Foz, Hypolito e Medicis Advogados, with other key names including Carolina Moura Foz and Lira Padovan. The team provides day-to-day corporate support to its clients, which include Brazilian and international companies, as well as advising on corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Denise Hypolito Passaro

Key clients

4×4 Capital

Alper Seguros

Avenues: The World School

Bahema Educação

BR Partners

Brazil Senior Living

Camino Education

Closure Systems International

Cofco Group


Keller Tecnogeo Fundações

Kemira Chemicals

Lactalis do Brasil


Logbras Participações e Desenvolvimento Logístico

Lucite International

Movida Participações

Noble Group

Regina Festas

Sequoia Logística e Transportes

Solvi Group

Sonaca Group

Tishman Speyer Group

VR Group


BK&Partners was established by former lawyers at Benetti, Gentile, Ruivo, Advogados in 2020. The team's strong experience and active involvement in M&A belies its small size; work handled at the previous firm included advising MEC3 do Brasil on the acquisition of Blending Indústria e Comércio, a Brazilian family business which owns the Blend Coberturas brand. Eduardo Benetti and associate Pedro Giammarino are the key contacts.

Key clients

QMS Capital


AlmavivA Group

Frango Gonzalez Group


Optima Group (Casa Optima)

Stefanini Group

Bonduelle do Brasil

Let’s Code


Work highlights

  • Advised MEC3 do Brasil on the acquisition of the totality of the corporate stake of Blend Coberturas, a key player in its market.

Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados

Noted for its 'considerable practical experience in dealing with corporate matters', Bocater, Camargo, Costa e Silva, Rodrigues Advogados fields a sizeable team and is equipped to advise on M&A as well as non-transactional corporate matters. The sizeable team is based primarily in Rio de Janeiro, although the firm has also been growing its presence in São Paulo. Founding partners Maria Isabel Bocater and Francisco da Costa e Silva have significant experience in corporate and capital markets deals.


A qualified team with good experience in due diligence and in the preparation of agreements and contracts. They demonstrate a constructive stance in the face of problems but are very diligent in showing risks and taking firm positions in the face of risks that they judge too many.

The notable specialisation of the BCCS office comes from its considerable practical experience in dealing with corporate matters and from its performance in important transactions in the Brazilian market.

Regarding its technical staff, BCCS has a team of lawyers trained in different areas and with extensive experience and knowledge in their field.

Key clients



BR Distribuidora



Banco Fator

Fator Corretora de Valores

BTG Pactual



Globonet Cabos Submarinos

Work highlights

  • Advised Betafarma on the acquisition of all the quotas of a cosmetics company.

DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados

In the field of corporate and commercial law and M&A, DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados balances a varied workload, with recent work spanning sales, acquisitions, mergers, restructurings, licensing and contractual matters. João Claudio De Luca Junior and Guilherme Filardi are the practice heads.


Excellent team, agreeable to work and interact with. Both the positive dynamics and the complementarity throughout the vertical and horizontal dimensions of the DDSA team are clearly perceptible which results in an all encompassing competence which their clients, including myself, fully benefit from.

Their extensive experience from the field of helping foreign investors in tailoring legal structures to their needs for their future operations is highly appreciated and adds value to their clients’ businesses.’

I wish to mention in particular the following DDSA professionals as deserving of very high notes in their respective field of expertise: João Claudio De Luca Junior, Flavia Bailoni Marcilio Barbosa, Guilherme Filardi.’

Key clients



Idemia do Brasil Soluções de Serviços de Tecnologia

Evertec Group


TGM Indústria e Comércio de Turbinas e Transmissões

Manaus Taxi Aereo

DPZ Partners

Trescal Group

G+D Mobile Security

Work highlights

  • Advised the owners of  MAP Linhas Aereas on the sale of MAP to Passaredo Linhas Aereas.


FM/Derraik is well known in venture capital, where it has established a strong reputation and handles a high volume of work, acting for Brazilian and international venture capital and private equity firms. Founding partner Rodrigo Menezes has experience in transactions across a broad range of industries, including e-commerce, cosmetics, healthcare, technology and telecoms. Juliene Piniano and Pedro Ferreira were promoted to partner in December 2019.

Key clients

Abanzai Representações (Sapore)


Astella Investimentos, Assessoria, Gestão e Participações

BC2 Construtora e Infraestrutura


DNA Capital

Dengo do Brasil

Domo Invest

Edge Performance Ltd. (Potencia Ventures)


Gesto Saúde

Hotmart Technology

Lightstone Fund (LGT)

Magazine Luiza

Nobli Tecnologia e Serviços Financeiros (Nobli)

Qualcomm Ventures

RD Gestão de Sistemas (ResultadosDigitais)

Solides Tecnologia

SP Ventures

Vox Capital Consultoria e Assessoria

Wayra (Telefonica)

Work highlights

  • Represented Lightstone Fund in its $80m investment in International Logistics Holding (CargoX).

Fialho Salles Advogados

Fialho Salles Advogados has traditional strength in Belo Horizonte but has also significantly increased its presence in São Paulo, where Luciano Fialho is based. Cross-border work is a regular feature for the corporate and M&A team, which acts for buyers, sellers and investors. Active associates in the São Paulo office include Bárbara Monduzzi and Renzo Lima.


The Fialho Salles team is proactive and knowledgeable in corporate services.

It has been a pleasure to work with the professionals of the Fialho Salles office. The lawyers André, Alice, Débora and Fernanda have well known competence to conduct the necessary work in the corporate and litigation areas.

Key clients

Inspira Mudança Participações

Rio Branco Alimentos

CEI – Companhia Energética

Magnesita Refratários

Construtora Quebec


Patologia Clínica São Marcos

Canopus Holding

Snef Brasil

Phosfaz Mineração

Vinci Energies do Brasil

Aliança Geração de Energia

Barbosa Mello Participações e Investimentos

Pharma e-connection

Rio Claro Mineração

Sunew Filmes Fotovoltaicos Impressos

Axxiom Solucoes Tecnologicas

BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social

Embaré Indústrias Alimentícias

Work highlights

  • Advised Fengro Industries on its acquisition of Dusolo Mineração.

Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados

The 'committed, knowledgeable and experienced' team at Graça Couto, Sequerra, Levitinas, Bicudo, Leal & Abby Advogados has experience in M&A across numerous industries; its recent caseload includes pharma, technology and real estate-sector transactions. Much of its work is cross-border in nature, involving the US, China and Europe. Practice head Natalie Alberdi Sequerra and senior associate Renato Ferreira dos Santos are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Natalie Alberdi Sequerra


Extremely available and high level of knowledge. Good alignment in terms of deal flow. Almost complete firm in terms of M&A support capabilities.’

Graça Couto and Sequerra’s reputations, academic background and network gives me confidence on decision making and execution.

Natalie Sequerra: very senior, knowledgeable and exceptional availability, Renato Ferreira: outstanding team player and high understanding of Brazilian law.

Committed, knowledgeable and experienced, the team’s complementary skills provide solutions to complex structures.’

Key clients

Asterion Industrial Partners (Digital Data Centre Bidco)

Capgemini Brasil

Dorel Industries

Canopy Latam Corporation

Rothschild & Co Brazil

Blanver Farmoquímica e Farmacêutica

Anastacio Empreendimentos Imobiliários e Participações

VPower Group

Grupo Jardim da Saudade

China-Africa Development Fund (CAD Fund)

Work highlights

  • Assisted Asterion Industrial Partners in the acquisition of 11 data centres from Teléfonica for €550m.

Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados

Founding partner Fabio Alonso Vieira heads the corporate, M&A and contracts department at Kestener, Granja & Vieira Advogados, which is frequently sought out for assistance in corporate restructurings and regarding joint ventures. The team also has a regular stable of clients - including healthcare, life sciences and technology companies - which it advises on day-to-day corporate matters.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Alonso Vieira


A very good team that works hard and for a fair fee, considering their very good knowledge of commercial matters and M&A.

For me, the availability and transparency of the partner Fabio Vieira is a differential. He also has a huge experience in M&A matters in the industry sector which is very important for me.

The team provide very good support and explanation regarding the subject. In order to make easy the comprehension of the facts and circumstances regarding the contract, they always provide an analogy and stressed the point with many examples until everyone was comfortable. In the negotiations, they led us to make a good agreement mitigating the common risks of this situation.’

Fabio, the senior partner, demonstrated a strong knowledge of the subject and great ability to conduce the negotiation helping to adjust the conflicts.

Key clients

Perrigo Goup

Produtos Roche Químicos e Farmacéuticos

Kellogg Brasil

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals



Zodias Produtos Farmacéuticos

Colfax Corporation

CBRE Group

Graphisoft Group

Work highlights

  • Assisting the shareholders of marketing agency Score Group on the implementation of a joint venture with BFerraz.

Loeser e Hadad Advogados

Founded in 1989, business law firm Loeser e Hadad Advogados has a particular focus on corporate law and transactions, acting for a range of domestic and international companies. Name partner Enrique Tello Hadad coordinates the firm’s international transactions group and has experience in deals in a broad range of sectors; managing partner Richard Blanchet leads the M&A and corporate governance group. At the associate level, Fernanda Nakada focuses on corporate governance, compliance and corporate law.

Key clients




Lincoln Eletric

Grupo GPS





Farma Service

Work highlights

  • Advised Bayer on a major acquisition in the agribusiness sector, which vastly increased its market share globally in this segment.

Melcheds - Mello e Rached Advogados

Melcheds - Mello e Rached Advogados has established an impressive corporate and M&A practice, with an emphasis on family businesses and the middle market. It frequently represents sellers in corporate transactions, though it has also recently expanded its buy-side practice. Fernanda Passos and founding partner Rodrigo Mello are the practice heads.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Mello; Fernanda Passos

Key clients

Laureate International Universities

New Energies Investimentos e Participações / Steelcons Empreiteira Construção Civil

UBS Bank

Eurofarma Laboratórios

Sungrow do Brasil Representação comercial, Instalação e Manutenção de Equipamentos

Phenom Capital Group

Metso Brasil Indústrias e Comércios

Fundo de Investimento em Participações Felix Multiestratégia

Fadel | Fadel Transportes

EVO W12 Brasil

Seguritech Privada

Timbro Group

Khyron Life Sciences

Work highlights

  • Advised Sandin Desenvolvimento Imobiliário on the acquisition of a real estate company in the state of São Paulo.

Montgomery & Associados

Montgomery & Associados fields a multi-disciplinary team and acts for international companies in the corporate and commercial sphere. In addition to its work with established clients, the team was recently instructed by several new clients in the telecoms, financial services and aviation sectors. Practice head Neil Montgomery and experienced corporate and contract law partner Helena Penteado Moraes Calderano are the key names.

Practice head(s):

Neil Montgomery

Key clients

Iris Wordwide

Lockton Brasil Consultoria e Corretora de Seguros

Bookwire Brazil Distribuição de Livros Digitais

WH Smith Travel

Aerolineas Argentinas


DHR International

Arrow ECS Brasil Distribuidora


South African Airways

Ashley Industrial Moulding

GT Technologies


FB Líneas Aéreas

Virgin Atlantic Airways


Neusoft Medical Systems (Brazil)

Citric Systems

ASG do Brasil Tecnologia da Informação

Kaneka South America Representações

Oil Spill Response

Fonyou Telecom

Bank of America

Work highlights

  • Assisting HKW in winding down its Brazilian subsidiary, which has included the review of its outstanding liabilities and how to resolve them.

Navarro Advogados

Large, mid-sized and family businesses turn to Navarro Advogados for assistance in corporate transactions and general corporate matters. Elvis Camargo de Brong Mattar is the name to note.

Neiva Barros & Figueiró, Sociedade de Advogados

Benefiting from its association with international firm Garrigues, Neiva Barros & Figueiró, Sociedade de Advogados is regularly instructed in cross-border corporate transactions, particularly deals involving Brazil and Portugal / Spain. Marcela Figueiró‘s practice spans corporate, infrastructure, projects and finance. Since publication, Tomás Neiva has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Marcela Figueiró

Key clients


Grupo Energía Bogotá

EDP Energias do Brasil Group

El Ciruelo

One Peak Partners

Hierros Añon

ProA Capital

Work highlights

  • Advised Spain-based company El Ciruelo as buyer of grape producer Labrunier and its trading company Bravis (including subsidiaries in Brazil and the Netherlands), from Grupo JD.

Elias, Matias Advogados

Nogueira, Elias, Laskowski & Matias AdvogadosEduardo Felipe Matias has established a strong name in the field of social impact and sustainability, and often advises environmental and social impact businesses. Matias also leads the firm's corporate department, which handles a broad range of corporate, commercial and finance matters.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Felipe Matias

Work highlights

  • Advises a client in the healthcare sector on a joint venture.


PGLaw is 'great on the differences of Brazilian and foreign corporate law in order to help the executives and shareholders navigate between them'. The firm acts for a number of foreign and Brazilian clients in domestic and multi-jurisdictional deals, often working alongside well-known international law firms. Carlos Portugal Gouvêa is the practice head.

Practice head(s):

Carlos Portugal Gouvêa


PGLaw perform great services on the articles of incorporation and M&A agreements.’

They have very good expertise in corporate law, they are great on the differences of Brazilian and foreign corporate law in order to help the executives and shareholders navigate between them. They help with international contracts and the requirements so as to be effective in Brazil – such as before the Brazilian Central Bank, Brazilian Federal Revenue Department.

All the PGLaw lawyers have good command of the professional legal English language which is scarce in Brazil at the level of international business, international contracts, and foreign documentation. They take good care of the details to suggest the best clauses and rules to reach the legal requirements on both sides of the contracts.

Key clients

Quest Software

SonicWall Software

Orion Engineered Carbons

Cardpay Holding

Iguá Saneamento

Cerdia Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Centro de Autoria e Cultura (Letrus)

Brandileone & Lombardi Participações

Agroflorestal Camacan Preservação Ambiental

Reserva Serra Bonita


Best Berry Alimentos Naturais

Berry Plastics

Work highlights

  • Acted for Quest Software on its sale to a San Francisco-based private equity fund and New York-based hedge fund.

RZ Advogados

RZ Advogados is equipped to advise on sell-side and buy-side M&A, joint ventures, corporate restructurings and reorganisations. The firm is particularly active in the agribusiness, ports and automotive industries, though its client base extends beyond these sectors. Mauricio Jun Higashino leads the corporate and M&A team, which also includes Christian de Lima Ramos.

Practice head(s):

Mauricio Jun Higashino

Key clients

S3B Fundo de Investimento em Participações

PAF Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia – Investimento no Exterior

LOTS Latin America Logística e Transportes

Scania Latin America

J Demito Administração e Participações


Kanematsu Corporation

Fundo de Investimento em Participações em Infraestrutura – Anessa

Latin America Logística e Transportes

DTA Engenharia

SMRC Fabricação e Comércio de Produtos Automotivos do Brasil

Grupo Sion Brasil

Humberg Agribrasil Comércio e Exportação de Grãos

Instituto Presbiteriano Mackenzie

Mega-Logística Serviços Portuários e Transportes


Work highlights

  • Provided advice to S3B Fundo de Investimento em Participações in the negotiation of an M&A transaction involving a new investor in Sinagro Produtos Agropecuários.

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados

Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel Advogados' oil and gas expertise is a distinguishing feature, and the team is often engaged in corporate transactions involving energy and oil and gas companies and their assets. Fittingly, the team is based in Rio de Janeiro, with key practitioners including Paulo Valois PiresRogério Sobral de Miranda and 'experienced lawyerEduardo Cirne Lima, who is noted for his 'high ethical standards'.


Schmidt, Valois, Miranda, Ferreira & Agel (‘SVMFA’) is recognized for its creativity in examining legal issues and for the ethics and quality in providing its services. Corporate and M&A, as all the other practice areas in the firm is fully dedicate to understand the client’s needs considering all aspects of the client’s core business and the particularity of each deal.

Eduardo Cirne-Lima, partner of SVMFA, is an experienced lawyer in Corporate Law and in M&A transactions. Eduardo is someone with high ethical standards and is always available and concerned to understand the client’s needs.

Key clients

BHP Petroleum

BCH Energy

Lankhorst Euronete



ME Elecmetal


Repsol Sinopec

Petronas Group

IBV Petróleo do Brasil

Grupo TideWater






Chariot Brasil Petróleo e Gás

Enerflex Energia

Alcatel Submarine Networks Brazil

BP Global Investment


Total Safety


Brunel Energy Serviços

Coloplast do Brasil

IFF Essências e Fragrâncias


Work highlights

  • Provided legal assistance to Enerflex Energia in the acquisition of 65% of the quotas of VAG-FLEX Gás, a special purpose company created to develop a gas processing project in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

Souto Correa Advogados

Many of Souto Correa Advogados‘ corporate law experts are based in Porto Alegre, although the firm also has M&A lawyers in the São Paulo office; names to note include Clarissa Yokomizo and Vinícius Fadanelli. The sizeable cross-office team handles a broad range of corporate work, from M&A to day-to-day corporate and governance matters. Fernanda Girardi Tavares and Gilberto Deon Corrêa Júnior are the practice heads. Since publication, in a significant move in July 2021 the firm hired Mauricio Paschoal from Lefosse Advogados.


Souto Correa’s team is able to provide a pragmatic approach on complex business matters. Their ability to handle those matters across several fields of law make them unique.’

Raquel Stein and Alice Kessler. Both of them provide an outstanding service. Their readiness to reply to the business needs make them stand out of the crowd.’

Clarissa Yokomizo has been precise and quick to answer my queries and the due diligence has been efficient. She is sophisticated in proposing legal solutions and preparing the definitive documents.’

Key clients


Grings Participações


GV Energy



Grupo GKN




Work highlights

  • Advised SLC Participações on the acquisition of 100% of the shares held by Erasmo Carlos Barristella in Lavoro Máquinas Agrícolas.

Themudo Lessa Advogados

Transactional boutique Themudo Lessa Advogados has a busy M&A practice, where it is regularly instructed by buyers and sellers, and also advises clients on joint ventures, commercial agreements and corporate governance. The already sizeable team is led by Rogério Cruz Themudo Lessa and Marcos Themudo Lessa and was further bolstered by the arrival of Fernanda Mattar Mesquita from Lembi Advogados in September 2019.

Practice head(s):

Rogério Lessa; Marcos Lessa

Key clients

Via Varejo



Starboard Restructuring Partners

Geo Energética

Banco Bradesco BBI


CPFL Renováveis

GOL Linhas Aéreas


Azul Linhas Aéreas

Work highlights

  • Advised Geo Energética on the formation of a joint venture with Raízen for the development of greenfield biogas projects and energy production.

VBSO Advogados

VBSO Advogados assists clients in all stages of M&A transactions and joint ventures, and has experience in insurance, agribusiness, energy and banking-sector deals, among others. Amanda Rosa Visentini focuses on corporate transactions and corporate governance, while founding partner Erik Oioli‘s practice encompasses capital markets, banking, corporate law and M&A.

Key clients

Banco BMG

BMG Participações

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco BMG on the acquisition of 65% of a company specialised in e-payment solutions.

Vidigal Neto Advogados

Under the leadership of Claudio GomezVidigal Neto Advogados acts for buyers, sellers and investors in domestic and cross-border transactions, including deals involving distressed assets. The team has seen some significant changes, including the departure of former name partner Marcelo Perlman, who left to establish Perlman Mediation and Legal Strategies. Rafael Setoguti Julio Pereira and Vinícius Azambuja de Oliveira are key associates in the team.

Practice head(s):

Claudio Gomez

Key clients

R2C Gestora de Investimentos

Notre Dame Intemérdica Saúde

Banco Paulista

Mover Participações

Vetorial Mineração

Construtora Norberto Odebrecht

Buser Brasil Tecnologia

Canary Management

Kawa Capital Management


Sul Brasil Securitizadora

Fundação Carlos Chagas

S&P Dow Jones Indices

Adtalem Educacional do Brasil

Treecorp Partners Gestora

Aura Minerals

Work highlights

  • Advising Notre Dame Intermédica Saúde on the acquisition of a 100% equity interest in Mediplan.

Viseu Advogados

From its offices in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Viseu Advogados assists clients in mid-market deals in the oil and gas, financial services, technology and cosmetics sectors. Paulo Bardella Caparelli and Manoel Ignácio Torres Monteiro head the department, which also dedicates a significant amount of time to non-transactional corporate and commercial consultancy.

Key clients

Colégio Catamarã

Elevate Hong Kong Holding

Awa Minerações



Flight Tour

Panasonic do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advises Coty business group on various corporate matters.

Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados

Mid-market M&A is a mainstay at Wongtschowski & Zanotta Advogados, which has recently advised on transactions in the ports, education and agribusiness sectors, among others. Names to note include founding partner Alexandre ZanottaTiago Bonatti Peres, who has significant experience in domestic and cross-border M&A and private equity deals; and senior associates Luiza Ozores Igel and Carolina de Mattos Pacheco.

Key clients

Atlântica Hotels

Cargill Agrícola

Deicmar Armazenagem e Distribuição

Embu Engenharia e Comércio


Falcon Distribuição, Armazenamento e Transportes


GP Investimentos

Grupo Guararapes

Grupo Libra


IdenGene Agência de Restaurantes Online

Iron Mountain

Libercon Engenharia

Libra Terminal Rio (in judicial recovery)

Odebrecht Realizações Imobiliárias

PB Construções

Polo Films Indústria e Comércio

Distribuidora de Autopeças Rondobras

Sadenco Sul-Americana de Engenharia

Solaris Equipamentos e Serviços

TAG Investimentos

T-Grão Cargo Terminal de Graneis

Voice Script International

4Bio Medicamentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Deicmar Armazenagem e Distribuição on the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Deicmar by Bandeirantes.