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Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4CGM Advogados ‘combines a technical profile, with enough accessibility to the partners and with reasonable prices’. The versatile team advises on a range of litigation and consultancy matters including increasingly prominent areas such as employee privacy and data protection, stock options and restrictive covenants. The firm has an especially strong client base in the retail, luxury brands, healthcare and manufacturing. Practice head Patricia Medeiros Barboza handles contentious and non-contentious issues. Poliana César left the firm in July 2022.
‘The firm combines a technical profile, with enough accessibility to the partners and with reasonable prices.’
‘Poliana Caparrós is excellent. Very competent and attentive to us. Strongly recommended.’
Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 5The ‘extremely capable team‘ at CGM Advogados is ‘very focused on solving client problems, delivering results efficiently‘. Acting for companies in a broad range of sectors, including life sciences, technology and entertainment, the competition team has an active role on major CADE investigations, in addition to its work in merger control matters before the authority. Practice head André Gilberto has built longstanding client relationships with several major domestic and international companies; he and associate Natali Santos receive praise from clients.
‘The firm has an extremely capable team, intellectually and academically, knowledgeable of changes in legislation and market trends. It has a strong performance with CADE and knowledge about the development of decisions. In addition, they are very focused on solving client problems, delivering results efficiently.’
‘André Gilberto is an available, intelligent, market-oriented lawyer focused on solving problems and challenges. He is the person I call when I have a difficult situation to resolve or need guidance on a topic, and he is always available and has good ideas to share.’
‘André Gilberto and Natali Santos have given us easy-to-understand explanations. In particular, explanations of the expected subsequent movements of CADE have been very helpful.’
Johnson & Johnson do Brasil
Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil
DHL Logistics do Brasil
Volkswagen Financial Services
- Representing Sony Music Entertainment in the acquisition, from Globo Comunicação e Participações, of all assets and rights related to recorded music, music publishing and live music events under the “Som Livre” business.
- Representing Johnson & Johnson in an administrative proceeding launched by CADE regarding allegations of possible anti-competitive practices against the healthcare job market.
- Acting for Fleetzil as an intervening third party in the ongoing merger filing before CADE involving the merger between Unidas and Localiza.
Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 5CGM Advogados regularly advises numerous established and fast-growing companies on a range of M&A and commercial transactions, including joint ventures, reorganisations and corporate governance projects. The team, which is ‘formed by professionals of the highest technical quality‘, is instructed by a strong and diverse mix of domestic and international clients, most notably in the automotive, technology, retail, life sciences and real estate areas. Adriano Chaves oversees the corporate and M&A, data protection and privacy groups, and is particularly skilled in assisting technology clients and international start-ups looking to enter the Brazilian market. Fellow co-head René Gelman is often engaged in mandates pertaining to strategic alliances, corporate restructurings and joint ventures. Marcia Mandelbaum and Camila Magami Cardinale were recently promoted to the partnership.
Adriano Chaves; René Gelman
‘Team formed by professionals of the highest technical quality. In-depth analysis of strategic topics and rapid response.’
‘Understanding of client needs and agility in service, proposals for innovative solutions.’
‘Provides the highest quality advice. All of the partners are very accessible and collaborative and meet all of the demands of multinational clients.’
‘René Gelman has a wonderful range of knowledge and experience in corporate transactions. He is completely committed to the client. He works tirelessly and is completely accessible.’
Sony Music Entertainment
ITW – Illinois Tool Works
K B Foods
Volkswagen Financial Services
Kalpataru Power Transmission
- Advised Volkswagen Financial Services on the formation of a joint venture with fleet and mobility provider LM Frotas.
- Assisted Sony Music Entertainment in the acquisition of record label Som Livre from Globo.
- Assisted Kalpataru Power Transmission in the acquisition of 51% of the capital stock of Fasttel Engenharia.
Brazil > Public law Tier 5CGM Advogados fields a team of ‘subject matter experts’ focused on public law and antitrust matters, who act for a diverse client roster in administrative proceedings, court cases and internal investigations involving interactions with public entities. Representing companies in public hearings launched by Brazil’s National Agency for Waterway Transportation is a core strength for the department, which has also been active advising on Covid-19 related matters involving the Ministry of Health. Players from the healthcare, transportation, pharmaceutical, payment solutions, software and logistics sectors seek André Gilberto‘s support in public law disputes and investigations regarding public contracts. Renato Vianna and Maria Luisa Lopes are key associates who specialise in public law.
‘Excels in the preparation of administrative appeals and counter-arguments to appeals. They are subject matter experts and are always willing to help.’
‘André Marques Gilberto has extensive knowledge in this field and is always available.’
Johnson & Johnson
Abbott Laboratórios do Brasil
Nuvasive Brasil Comercial
Thales Dis Brasil Cartões e Soluções de Tecnologia
Centronave – Centro Nacional de Navegação Transatlântica
CVC Brasil Operadora e Agência de Viagens
- Assisted CVC Corp in contracting with public entities.
- Assisted Messer Gases in several meetings and negotiations with public authorities during the oxygen crisis that occurred in the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Representing Thales in administrative claims filed by NEC Latin America regarding a tender bid launched by the Federal Police for the acquisition of an Automated Biometric Identification System.
Tax > Tax advisory Tier 6CGM Advogados has a well-regarded and versatile tax team that is making an increasingly strong impression on the market. The firm’s offering was significantly enhanced following the lateral hire of the highly rated Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira from Machado Associados, adding weight in key areas including indirect tax, M&A structuring and litigation. He joins José Antonio Martho, who has a strong focus on foreign investments, indirect tax and customs law, and Angélica Santos, whose main focus is on direct taxes, double taxation, planning and transfer pricing.
José Antonio Martho; Angélica Santos; Ricardo Marletti Debatin da Silveira
‘Good depth in the analysis of tax issues and discussion of alternatives for their management. Strong partnership in meeting a critical deadline situation.’
Grupo Saint Marché
St. Jude Medical
- Advising Saint Marche Group on a complex and ongoing tax litigation involving all companies of the group.
- Assisting SNF Group in a significant VAT (ICMS) litigation.
- Assisted Prada in evaluating the risks of changing its import procedures.
Brazil > Environment
CGM Advogados > Firm Profile
CGM was founded by an experienced group of partners who have been working together for more than two decades, and were joined by other partners coming from reputable law firms.
CGM enjoys strong client and market recognition as acknowledged in important international publications and rankings. The firm’s service model focuses on solving its clients’ issues in a responsive, efficient and business-oriented manner, combining technical expertise and creativity.
With a team of professionals graduated from reputable Brazilian law schools, many of the firm’s lawyers have also obtained Master’s degrees and other qualifications abroad, and have worked outside of Brazil.
CGM has a tight-knit network of partnerships, which allows it to provide services throughout Brazil and coordinate multijurisdictional projects in Latin America. The team works at a very fast pace and has in-depth knowledge of the law and business environment of the region.
CGM positions itself as a “client-service firm”, which means it is prepared to assist its clients from the most sophisticated transactions to the management of their daily legal routine. CGM is keen on spotting issues but equally committed to addressing them. The firm’s team eagerly pursues solutions to help clients do business and achieve their goals. In addition, the firm’s professionals’ long-term experience working with international clients results in the ability to explain the Brazilian legal system to foreigners in a very practical way and in being sensitive to the cultural differences of doing business in Brazil and elsewhere.
CGM assists domestic and foreign clients from various industries, with strong expertise in agribusiness, automotive, banking, chemicals, construction, defence, e-commerce, energy, healthcare, heavy industry, hospitality and leisure, information technology, infrastructure, real estate, insurance, logistics, pharmaceutical, medical, professional and regulated services, retail, wholesale and transportation.
The firm and its partners are recognised by the main legal rankings, such as: Chambers Brazil, Chambers Latin America, Chambers Global, Legal 500, LACCA Approved, LACCA Thought Leader, Euromoney Women in Business Law Expert Guide, Euromoney Tax Expert Guide, Latin Lawyer 250, Top Ranked Legal, Best Lawyers, Análise Advocacia and Análise Advocacia Mulher.
Main areas of practice
Corporate and M&A: CGM provides full assistance to clients’ business in Brazil, handling all the work involved both in their day-to-day needs as well as in complex transactions, such as cross-border joint-ventures, mergers and acquisitions. The firm’s professionals have been involved in several M&A deals for high-profile clients in the last years, thus earning domestic and international recognition in this area.
Labour and employment: CGM represents clients in all aspects of labour and employment laws in Brazil. The services include, among others, advice and planning on the hiring of employees (including foreigners who will work in Brazil and Brazilians who will work abroad), incentive plans (such as stock options, restricted stock units and phantom shares), diversity at work, drafting and negotiation of labour and services agreements, preparation and negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, assistance in union reclassification matters and negotiations with unions in general, and representation of companies in labour litigation of various levels of complexity.
Tax: The firm’s services involve tax and estate planning, tax structuring for corporate and M&A operations, tax consultancy (covering the several Brazilian taxes, double taxation treaties, transfer pricing, ancillary obligations, special customs regimes), obtaining and management of tax benefits and special tax regimes, and assistance in tax assessments and administrative and judicial litigation.
Antitrust: CGM assists clients vis-à-vis the Brazilian antitrust authorities, including merger filings before the Brazilian Competition Commission (CADE), representing companies and individuals in investigations on anticompetitive conducts, and structuring and negotiation of leniency agreements with CADE, general consultancy on competition laws and assistance to clients as interested parties in notices to third parties (challenges and other interventions).
Administrative and regulatory: The administrative and regulatory group has been assisting clients from various highly regulated industries, including healthcare, banking, insurance, defence, chemicals, telecom, ports and logistics in connection with regulatory matters in Brazil. The firm represents clients in public bids carried in all spheres of government and agencies using all procurement methods (competition, invitation, price taking and reverse auctions), and also provides assistance in bidding procedures involving public-private partnerships (PPPs), administrative concessions and differential government procurement regime (RDCs).
Litigation and arbitration: The firm’s litigation and arbitration practice accumulates successful cases in judicial proceedings in state and federal courts, in arbitration and mediation involving clients from a wide variety of sectors. CGM’s professionals are experienced in the enforcement of foreign decisions in Brazil, and in restructuring and bankruptcy proceedings.
Real estate: The real estate team provides full assistance to clients in the area, including structuring and development of real estate ventures, such as shopping malls, hotels, commercial and residential buildings and distribution centres, drafting and negotiation of lease agreements (commercial, residential, shopping malls), built to suit agreements, deeds of purchase and sale of real estate properties, construction, turn-key and other agreements, and structuring of rem guarantees (fiduciary transfers, mortgages).
Intellectual property: The firm’s intellectual property practice provides assistance with respect to the protection of IP rights, including software, trademarks, copyrights, licensing agreements, trade secrets, transfer of technology and specialised services, including due diligence of IP rights.
Life sciences: CGM has developed a solid client portfolio in the life sciences industry. Companies’ sectors cover pharmaceutical, medical devices, food, health services and software, cosmetics and animal health. The firm handles complex transactions, strategic and operational matters with an interdisciplinary approach, considering all legal and business perspectives in services such as contracts, regulatory, corporate and compliance matters.
Privacy and data protection: The firm provides advice on Brazilian privacy and data protection regulations, and assists clients with respect to the preparation and review of privacy policies, data protection agreements and statements, and consent forms.
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|Corporate and M&A||René Gelmanemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8980|
|Corporate and M&A||Martim Machadofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8960|
|Corporate and M&A||Bernadete Diasemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8930|
|Labour and Employment||Patricia Barbozafirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8970|
|Labour and Employment||Maury Loboemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8971|
|Tax||José Antonio Marthofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8950|
|Tax||Angélica Santosemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8946|
|Antitrust||André Gilbertofirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8920|
|Administrative and Regulatory||André Gilbertoemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8920|
|Litigation and Arbitration||João Guilherme Petronifirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8940|
|Real Estate||Carolina Galvãoemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8990|
|Intellectual Property||René Gelmanfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8980|
|Life Sciences||Bernadete Diasemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8930|
|Privacy and Data Protection||Adriano Chavesfirstname.lastname@example.org||+55 11 2394 8910|
|Tax||Ricardo da Silveiraemail@example.com||+55 11 2394 8988|
|Mrs Patricia Barboza||Partner. Specialized in Labour and Employment Consulting and Litigation, including cross-border issues.…||View Profile|
|Mrs Camila Cardinale||Counsel. Specialized in Commercial Contracts, Corporate Governance, Corporate and Foreign Investments, Mergers…||View Profile|
|Mrs Paula Chaccur de Cresci||Partner. Specialized in Environmental Law and Sustainability.||View Profile|
|Mr Adriano Chaves||Partner. Specialized in M&A, Corporate Law, Foreign Investments, Technology, Data Protection and…||View Profile|
|Mrs Bernadete Dias||Partner, specialized in Life Sciensce, Corporate Law, Commercial Contracts, Corporate Leases and…||View Profile|
|Mrs Carolina Galvão||Partner. Specialized in Real Estate Matters (Real Estate law, Land Use and…||View Profile|
|Mr René Gelman||Partner. Specialized in Corporate Law, M&A, Contracts and Foreign Investments.||View Profile|
|Mr André Gilberto||Partner. Specialized in Competition, Public Law, Administrative Law and Government Agencies.||View Profile|
|Mr Maury Lobo||Partner specialized in Labour & Employment and Social Security matters.||View Profile|
|Mr Martim Machado||Partner. Specialized in Corporate Law, Commercial Contracts, Foreign Direct Investments, Corporate Finance…||View Profile|
|Mrs Marcia Mandelbaum||Partner. Specialized in M&A, Corporate Law, Foreign Investments, Technology, Data Protection and…||View Profile|
|Mr José Antonio Martho||Partner. Specialized in Tax Litigation, M&A, Tax and Customs Market and Cross…||View Profile|
|Mr João Guilherme Petroni||Partner. Specialized in Litigation and Arbitration, with special emphasis in civil, commercial…||View Profile|
|Ms Eliana Rozenkwit||Counsel. Specialized in Brazilian Civil and Intellectual Property Law, with emphasis in…||View Profile|
|Mrs Angélica Santos||Partner. Specialized in Tax Consultancy and Tax Litigation, with emphasis in corporate…||View Profile|
|Mrs Natali Santos||Counsel. Specialized in Administrative Law and Public Contracts, Competition, Compliance and Corporate…||View Profile|
|Mrs Valéria Schramm||Counsel. Specialized in Corporate and Contractual Matters, Corporate Transactions and Governance, M&A,…||View Profile|
|Mr Ricardo da Silveira||Partner specialized in Tax.||View Profile|