Basch & Rameh is highly rated for its advice to banks and financial institutions on contentious and non-contentious aviation matters. Carlos Rameh has a standout track record in transactional and insurance-related matters. Renata Duarte Iezzi advises on aircraft financing and leasing mandates, as well as aviation-related disputes.
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Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados
Bernardi & Schnapp Advogados is a leading aviation firm, which represents a broad mix of airline operators, aircraft manufacturers, lenders and insurers. This includes advice on litigious and advisory matters, such as airport concessions, domestic permits and commercial agreements. Ricardo Bernardi advises on a range of corporate, regulatory and contractual matters, while Carla Cristina Schnapp provides key support in insurance law, labour matters and disputes.
DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados
The multi-faceted aviation practice at DDSA - De Luca, Derenusson, Schuttoff e Azevedo Advogados commands considerable respect in the market. In addition to its excellent market knowledge, the team ‘sets itself apart in terms of always being timely to respond and thorough in following up’. The comprehensive service is used by airlines, banks, air taxi operators, leasing companies and manufacturers in a range of issues. The team regularly assists with high-value financings and aircraft acquisitions, as well as contentious and non-contentious regulatory matters before the National Civil Aviation Agency. Department head Ana Luisa Castro Cunha Derenusson is ‘one of the most experienced aviation attorneys in Brazil’, who ‘combines expertise with practical advice’. She is backed by a strong team of partners, including Rita de Cassia Fernandes de Godoy, an aviation specialist with notable credentials in aviation finance.
Ana Luisa Castro Cunha Derenusson
‘Responsiveness. While there are a few other firms with similar expertise in aviation matters in Brazil, DDSA sets itself apart in terms of always being timely to respond and thorough in following up.’
‘Ana Luisa Derenusson is one of the most experienced aviation attorneys in Brazil. She combines expertise with practical advice.’
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is one of the top full-service firms operating in the aviation sector, whose ‘infrastructure and aviation team is second to none, both for the technical knowledge of each team member, as well as for the interpersonal skills and soft skills with clients’. The firm is comfortable handling critical corporate finance issues, such as the LATAM Airlines Chapter 11, as well as more industry-specific mandates, including aircraft leases, financings and regulatory matters. Practice head Fabio Falkenburger is ‘one of the best and most complete lawyers in Brazil in the area’, and partner Eliane Cristina Carvalho is ‘serene and confident in the conduct of litigation’. The talented junior team includes associate Vitor Barbosa, ‘a young and super complete lawyer‘.
‘I have been working in the aviation sector for ten years, and there is no full service firm with the quality of Machado Meyer. Their infrastructure and aviation team is second to none, both for the technical knowledge of each team member, as well as for the interpersonal skills and soft skills with clients.’
‘Fabio Falkenburger is one of the best and most complete lawyers in Brazil in the area. Pedro Amim stands out in the area of airport concessions. Vitor Barbosa is a “rising star”, a young and super complete lawyer, with a lot of technical knowledge in aeronautical contracts and aircraft leasing/financing.’
‘Fabio Falkenburger – Experienced, creative and is always available. Eliane Cristina Carvalho – Serene and confident in the conduct of litigation. In addition to these partners, a team of very promising and well-prepared young lawyers.’
‘Depth of expertise in aviation, and ability to provide full service, including for ancillary areas of legal expertise. MMSO is presently the premier full service firm in Brazil with aviation expertise.’
Fabio Falkenburger – From years of practice working on cross-border transactions and including periods of working outside Brazil with an international lessor, Fabio is in my view the best licensed Brazilian attorney for cross-border international transactional matters. Pedro Amin is an up-and-coming associate. We found his work to be excellent.’
Uniaero – Cooperativa dos Usuários de Aeronaves em Regime de Propriedade Compartilhada
Wilmington Savings Funds Society FSB
GE Commercial Aviation Services
Wilmington Trust, National Association
JP Morgan Chase Bank
LATAM Airlines Group
TAM Linhas Aéreas
CAF – Companhia Aérea de Fretamento
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Partage Empreendimentos e Participações
Axioma Administração e Participações
Dédalus Administração e Participações
- Advising LATAM Airlines Group on its DIP financing as part of its Chapter 11 agreement.
- Advising LATAM Airlines Group on the restructuring of facilities and related lease agreements with Yeco Leasing Limited.
- Advising ICON Táxi Aéreo on its takeover by a major Brazilian air taxi company.
ASBZ Advogados has a ‘dedicated‘ aviation practice, which is equipped to handle a wide mix of strategic and volume mandates for its airline clients, which include several major international operators. This includes a heavy focus on regulatory matters, from ongoing licensing and operational issues through to administrative proceedings before the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency. Strategic disputes and passenger, cargo and labour claims also feature prominently on its agenda, as does advice on related tax, corporate and environmental issues. Guilherme Amaral leads the well-regarded practice, with key support from fellow partner Thiago Carvalho. Since publication, Priscilla Zanetti has been promoted to partner.
‘The team is a partner from beginning to end of the process. It has good people and tools to manage the service provided.’
‘They are dedicated, quickly return to questions/contacts in a clear and assertive way.’
Société Air France
Iberia Lineas Aereas de España
Trasportes Aéreos Portugueses – TAP
Alitalia Compagnia Aerea Italiana
Gol Linhas Aéreas
El Al Israel
JURCAIB (Organization of Representatives of Foreign Airlines in Brazil)
KLM – Koninklijke Luchtvaart Maatschapij
Taca Peru – Avianca
ABRAPAC – Brazilian Association of Civil Pilots
- Advising JURCAIB (the Organization of Representatives of Foreign Airlines in Brazil) in an official communication to aeronautical and airport authorities concerning the acceptance of new tests for Covid-19.
- Defending United Airlines against an action brought by AIG Brasil Seguros for a lost cargo containing aircraft turbine blades.
- Advising Iberia Lineas Aereas de España on its response to an infraction notice from the aeronautical authorities concerning flight planning and the use of airways.
Costa, Albino & Rocha Sociedade de Advogados (CAR)
CAL – Costa & Albino Advogados in Cooperation with HFW‘s aviation team is particularly active in insurance and reinsurance matters, and is acknowledged for its ‘perfect understanding of customer operations and associated risks‘. Its practice encompasses the full suite of liability claims, including accidents, cargo disputes and passenger lawsuits, as well as non-contentious advice on policy documentation. The team, which is led by highly experienced managing partner Julio Costa, also offers substantial expertise in regulatory and finance issues. In addition to lead insurers and reinsurers, the firm also represents major airlines, airport companies and private aircraft operators. Fernando Albino handles high-profile liability claims, and the firm’s cooperation agreement with HFW makes it a popular choice for cross-border issues. Senior associate Eduardo Penna is also singled out for praise.
Julio Costa; Fernando Albino
‘Experience and knowledge of the subject associated with an effective and dedicated service provision. Perfect understanding of customer operations and associated risks.’
‘Julio Costa – knowledge and direct involvement in matters related to aviation. Eduardo Penna – knowledge and dedication to processes facilitating the relationship with clients.’
‘Firm with experienced lawyers in the sector in which they operate, committed not only to the best results for clients, but also to the well-being of the team. Impeccable service in all aspects, from the conduct of the legal service itself, to billing.’
GOL Linhas Aéreas
Azul Linhas Aéreas
PEC Táxi Aéreo
Helisul Táxi Aéreo
Blue Sky Táxi Aéreo
Passaredo Linhas Aéreas
Fairfax Seguros Corporativos
Mapfre Seguros Gerais
- Advising the insurers and reinsurers of GOL Linhas Aereas on all liability claims notified by the airline on its aviation insurance policy.
- Advising the insurers and reinsurers of Azul Linhas Aereas on its aviation insurance policy, including the management and auditing of various passenger, baggage and cargo suits.
- Advising Mapfre Seguros Gerais on all insurance and liability issues arising from the crash of a King Air in the countryside of Minas Gerais killing all five occupants.
Mattos Filho has a good track record in corporate, finance and regulatory matters in the aviation sector, where it advises an impressive roster of major airlines, banks, air taxi companies, manufacturers, maintenance providers and drone operators. The firm’s size and broad scope also makes it well placed to assist in judicial and administrative disputes, and in key areas such as restructuring and insolvency law. Since publication, former practice head Adriana Simões has left the firm, effective as of May 2023.
‘Mattos Filho provides excellent services in numerous areas of law, including aviation. What differentiates Mattos Filho from other full service offices in Brazil is the ability to collaborate between areas (I don’t see competition between partners by client, for example), the fact that they are always innovating and show genuine concern with matters of diversity and inclusion.’
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GOL Linhas Aéreas
Aero Rio Táxi Aéreo
Air Jet Táxi Aéreo
Omni Táxi Aéreo
- Assisted United Airlines with the regulatory and antitrust analysis of a potential investment into Avianca Airlines as part of Avianca’s corporate reorganisation plan.
- Assisted iFood with the negotiation and regulatory analysis for the execution of a drone show project with Visual Farm Produções.
- Advised Air Jet Táxi Aéreo on the regulatory analysis and its participation in the bidding process, led by Infraero, for a hangar area in an airport in São Paulo.
Demarest Advogados has an experienced multidisciplinary team, which is particularly strong on the corporate finance side, as demonstrated by its role advising LATAM Airlines on its Chapter 11 process and subsequent DIP financing. It also has significant expertise in infrastructure projects and airport concessions, as well as related M&A, antitrust, insurance, environmental and tax law. Versatile practice head Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz is a ‘technically excellent professional' with good credentials in corporate and regulatory matters. Former partner Luciana Goulart Penteado left in 2021.
Gabriel Ricardo Kuznietz
‘Demarest Advogados is a firm with a long history and recognized in the national legal market. The service delivered has always been beyond our expectations. They have always presented technically solid solutions, with a lot of added value for our business. The team is multidisciplinary, attentive, ethical, committed, efficient and proactive.’
‘Gabriel Kuznietz – a technically excellent professional, contributed a lot to the project.’
‘High technical qualification and knowledge of the market in general.’
‘Gabriel Kuznietz – a professional with deep technical knowledge, availability and commitment to the client. He has great capacity to act in several areas of law.’
LATAM Airlines Group
Gol Linhas Aéreas
Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações
Iberia Líneas Aéreas
Air France KLM
Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras
- Representing LATAM Airlines Group, including the Brazilian entities TAM and TAM Linhas Aéreas, as the company filed for Chapter 11.
- Advised Aerolíneas and Austral in the merger of Austral’s Brazilian branch into Aerolíneas’ Brazilian branch.
- Advised Consórcio Central Airport, led by Socicam Administração, Projetos e Representações, on a bid carried out by ANAC involving the concession of 22 federal airports.
Di Ciero Advogados
Di Ciero Advogados handles the full range of aviation matters, including advice on new airline launches, related licensing and regulatory issues, insurance, employment and passenger complaints. Simone Di Ciero leads the highly specialised boutique.
Montgomery & Associados
Montgomery & Associados has an impressive track record in advising international airlines on the full spread of contentious and non-contentious matters. Clients comment that the firm is ‘knowledgeable in aviation and consumer law and understands a great deal around uncontrollable and controllable disruptions and schedule changes in the airline industry'. The Covid-19 pandemic saw the team providing a significant amount of advice on disruptive issues, and the firm advised South African Airways on the closure of its air route to Brazil. Versatile managing partner Neil Montgomery has experience across a range of issues, including corporate, labour and regulatory matters.
Neil Montgomery; Larissa Paganelli
‘Knowledgeable in aviation/consumer law and understands a great deal around uncontrollable and controllable disruptions and schedule changes in the airline industry.’
South African Airways
Air New Zealand
Heavyweight Air Express
FB Líneas Aereas (Flybondi)
Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Assisting South African Airways in a wide range of Brazilian legal matters, including the cessation of its air route with Brazil.
- Assists Air New Zealand with all of its Brazilian legal matters, including the defence of passenger claims nationwide, tax litigation, and in day-to-day corporate and contractual matters.
- Advising Aerolíneas Argentinas on a wide range of Brazilian law matters, including labour disputes, litigation and day-to-day corporate and regulatory matters.
Pinheiro Neto Advogados
Pinheiro Neto Advogados has a ‘very specialised, efficient team with technical knowledge about aircraft financing and leasing’. The firm has well-established relationships with several major banks, export credit agencies, lessors and airlines, which instruct the firm on a variety of related transactions, often involving complex corporate or structured components. Key finance partners Adolpho Julio de Carvalho and Fernando Ruiz de Almeida Prado have a combined almost 60 years of experience. The recently promoted Caroline Guazzelli Queiroz Gomes is highly regarded.
‘Very specialized, efficient team with technical knowledge about aircraft financing and leasing.’
‘Caroline Guazzelli, Antonio Siqueira Filho and Mariana Grande stand out for their efficiency and technical quality of work.’
Export and Import Bank of the United States
Vmo Aircraft Leasing
Wilmington Trust Company
Lombard North Central
Amazon Serviços de Varejo do Brasil
Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank
- Advised EXIM and Société Générale on the restructuring of the financing of four Boeing 777 aircraft operated by LATAM Brasil.
- Acted as local deal counsel to Wilmington Trust Company and Vmo Aircraft Leasing in the transfer of title to three Airbus A321 aircraft currently leased to LATAM Brasil to Vmo Aircraft Leasing.
- Acted as local counsel to Citibank in connection with the return of two Airbus A320 aircraft from Germany, which had been subleased by LATAM Airlines Group to Sundair.
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados
Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados is experienced in aviation-related transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. The team has a good track record advising on aircraft acquisitions, leases and financings, where it represents manufacturers, lessors and air taxi companies. The practice’s ‘quality and knowledge of the subject’ extends to representation before the regulators, and strong support on tax-related issues. Practice head Ricardo Alvarenga is commended for his ‘efficiency, technical knowledge, availability and agility’, with senior associates Bianca Delgado Pinheiro and Henrique Nogueira Pieroni also highlighted by clients.
‘The firm’s experience through Ricardo Alvarenga and João Dácio Rolim, in addition to Henrique Pieroni and Bianca Delgado Pinheiro makes us fully trust in the excellence of the work that has been carried out for many years.’
‘Rolim’s team of lawyers, in addition to being specialized in the Aviation area, is able to meet us in various demands, always demonstrating a broad knowledge of the different branches of Law, being a differential of great value for the office and for the clients.’
‘Among the lawyers who serve us at Rolim, Viotti, Goulart, Cardoso Advogados, we always highlight the efficiency, technical knowledge, availability and agility of Ricardo Alvarenga and Henrique Pieroni, who always value excellence in carrying out their work.’
Airbus Group Brasil Representações
Construtora Norberto Odebrecht
Líder Táxi Aéreo
Airbus Brasil Negócios Aeroespaciais
EAO Empreendimentos Agropecuários e Obras
Helicópteros do Brasil – HELIBRAS (Airbus Group)
Pacific Coast Group
Fly and Fun Táxi Aéreo
Conserva de Estradas
Aero Consulting – Consultores Associados
Helivia Aero Táxi (Greenwich Aero Group)
Composite Technology do Brasil Serviços de Reparos em Pás de Helicópteros
Sindicato Nacional das Empresas de Taxi Aéreo
- Advising a Brazilian aviation company on a R$265m aircraft acquisition.
- Represented Helicópteros do Brasil – HELIBRAS (Airbus Group) in a federal and income tax-related dispute with the authorities.
- Advising Fly and Fun Taxi Aéreo on strategic planning for customs clearance in the import of a Bombardier aircraft.
Veirano Advogados has a ‘very dedicated, responsive' aviation team, which handles a broad range of cross-border transactional and regulatory matters. Practice head João Paulo Servera has strong credentials in aircraft and engine financing and leasing negotiations, and also has a notable track record for contentious issues, including repossessions and insolvency procedures. Tax advice and regulatory challenges before the Aviation Authority also feature prominently in the department's workload. Clients include major domestic and international manufacturers, lessors and banks.
João Paulo Servera
‘The Veirano team has a group of very professional lawyers with experience and capability to work in the field of international transactions of aircraft including helicopters; such expertise also includes experience with difficult cases including repossessions in Brasil, Tax and Customs issues.’
‘The individuals are very dedicated, responsive (good in English language) and create practical solutions, including approaches outside and parallel to formal avenues. They also manage the cases in a professional manner.’
CHC Helicopters Group
CHC do Brasil Táxi Aéreo
Macquarie Rotorcraft Leasing
Capital Aviation Services
SMBC Aero Engine Lease
Airbus Financial Services
Bocomm Aviation Leasing Ireland
World Star Aviation
Export Development Canada – EDC
Aero Rio Taxi Aéreo
Fly Caribbean Direct
Shannon Engine Support
Associação Brasileira das Empresas de Transporte Aéreo – ABEAR
Professional Aircraft Services
Bank of Utah
TVPX Aircraft Solutions
Embravision Trading Comercio Importação e Exportação