TMT in Brazil
Azevedo Sette Advogados
Azevedo Sette Advogados' TMT group includes three lawyers since the departure of Paulo Brancher to Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados in July 2018. Ricardo Barretto Ferreira da Silva continues to lead the team, which remains particularly busy advising on technology transfer and software agreements.
Entertainment heavyweight Bitelli Advogados has a 'tight-knit, small but very efficient team that is able to give fast and tailor-made replies' leading to 'a value that greatly exceeds costs'. The speacilaised team assisted Simba Content with its investment in audiovisual content. Marcos Bitelli has a strong reputation and 'relationships that enable him to resolve a complex matter quickly and efficiently'.
According to clients, BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão's telecoms practice is 'nothing short of excellent', particularly because Eduardo Hayden Carvalhaes Neto 'sees solutions rather than obstacles'. Work spans assistance with submarine cables, telecoms towers and satellites for clients such as Samsung and Omnispace.
Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados
Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados assists players in various entertainment fields including audiovisual, music, games, live productions and visual arts with regulatory, IP and commercial matters. It covers the entire life cycle from creation, financing, and trade mark and copyright protection, to content production and distribution. Recent highlights include assisting Brazilian media group Novus Media with regulatory aspects of the incorporation of a new Brazilian pay tv channel; and advising Globosat on pay tv regulation. MGM Distribution, HBO Latin America, Rede Globo and CNN Brasil are also clients. ‘True leader’ Fábio de Sá Cesnik, the ‘excellent’ Rodrigo Kopke Salinas, Gilberto Toscano and Roberto Jucá are recommended.
The 'responsive' Inglez, Werneck, Ramos, Cury e Françolin Advogados (IWRCF) has a strong focus on advertising matters with plenty of experience dealing with regulator CONAR. For example, it handled an administrative proceeding brought by LG concerning an allegedly misleading advertisement campaign on behalf of Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia. Luiz Werneck is 'well prepared'.
KLA Advogados advises on license auctions, contracts and regulatory matters relating to telecoms work. Examples were assisting Smartmatic with applying for a telecoms authorisation; and acting for satellite communication and internet services provider EchoStar concerning the request for waiver of the satellite exploitation right in Brazil. Guilherme Ieno handles telecoms matters and Tania Liberman acts on data protection.
Levy & Salomão
The 'responsive and efficient' Levy & Salomão, under the lead of the 'very knowledgeable' Simone Lahorgue Nunes, acts on media, entertainment and telecoms matters. Recent work included advising Netflix on productions in Brazil and assisting the radio and television broadcaster association ABERT with regulatory issues regarding Brazil's analogue TV switch-off process.
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados assisted Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática with acquiring control of several companies and handled assesment of their compliance with telecom regulations. Marcos Paulo Veríssimo is recommended. Diego Gualda joined at the beginning of 2019 from ride-hail app 99 to grow the firm's technology, internet and digital media practice.
Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados' telecoms and technology group takes 'a pragmatic approach before national authorities'. It is particularly strong handling regulatory work before telecoms agency ANATEL, and regularly handles the implementation and maintenance of telecoms infrastructure. Eduardo Augusto de Oliveira Ramires has a 'good approach with local authorities and high moral standards'. Floriano de Azevedo Marques Neto is also recommended.
Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados has invested strongly in the technology and data privacy fields and its service offering now covering the full range of services. Fabio Ferreira Kujawski focuses on telecoms and Thiago Luís Sombra has a strong track record for internet and data privacy regulation. Paulo Brancher joined in July 2018, increasing the partner count to three.
Mundie e Advogados ‘works tirelessly’ to provide telecoms and media advice. The team recently assisted mobile operators with infrastructure sharing agreements, and handled applications and administrative procedures before telecoms agency ANATEL. Data privacy work included data processing, monetisation matters and the establishment of privacy policies, as well as handling data breach incidents and related investigations. Elinor Cotait ‘speaks a corporate language’ and co-leads the team with Ana Claudia Beppu. Beatriz Faustino França made partner and associate Tomás Schoeller Paiva is a rising star.
Murta Goyanes Advogados
Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio, Vainzof Advogados Associados
Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio, Vainzof Advogados Associados has been increasing its data privacy offering, and continues to assist clients with tech and cybersecurity matters. The group is particularly experienced in the removal of online content. Founding partners Renato Opice Blum, Juliana Abrusio and Rony Vainzof are stand-out practitioners.
Pereira Neto | Macedo
The eight-strong media, technology and IP group at Pereira Neto | Macedo stands out for its regulatory expertise. Clients include Telefônica, WhatsApp, Oi and Spotify. Ronaldo Lemos is a name to note for technology and data privacy matters and Caio Mario da Silva Pereira Neto is recommended for both technology and telecoms work.
A 'trustworthy adviser on key and challenging legal issues', Pinheiro Neto Advogados is one of the best firms in Brazil for TMT matters. Work includes both advisory and strategic litigation instructions: Raphael de Cunto advised telecoms company CenturyLink on regulatory matters; and Ciro Torres Freitas, who made partner in 2019, and André Zonaro Giacchetta represented Uber in a public civil investigation concerning a data breach. Larissa Galimberti is recognised as a next generation lawyer.
Rolim, Viotti & Leite Campos Advogados' telecoms-practice counsel Rodrigo Azevedo Greco excels at handling disputes in the sector. He is representing Telefônica Brasil in litigation against telecoms regulatory agency ANATEL concerning the amount paid for operation in the 700MHz radiofrequency. Other matters include assisting Claro with administrative procedures.
Schivartche Advogados is a media and entertainment boutique with 'fantastic knowledge of the Brazilian and US markets’. The experience was useful when assisting clients such as Sony Pictures, Paramount and Warner on investments in and the distribution of feature films produced in Brazil; and when advising Associação NEOTV on entering into affiliation agreements. André Schivartche is the name to note.
Led by Marcela Waksman Ejnisman, TozziniFreire Advogados' team provides assistance with legal questions relating to cutting-edge technology such as artificial intelligence and connected cars. In addition to handling transactions in the tech sector, the team assisted clients such as Facebook and Dufry with privacy matters. Carla do Couto Battilana made partner in February 2019.