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Souza Araujo Butzer Zanchim Advogados – SABZ Advogados

Brazil > Insurance Tier 4

Souza Araujo Butzer Zanchim Advogados – SABZ Advogados is noted for its ‘extensive knowledge of insurance topics' and its experience advising policyholders on high-value claims and policy agreements. The firm’s client base also features several major domestic and international insurance companies, which it advises on D&O and E&O claims. The team is also active on the strategic consulting front, and regularly assists insurers on policy drafts and loss adjustment procedures. Non-contentious advice to policyholders includes risk exposure analysis, policy negotiations and related compliance plans. Practice head Pedro Guilherme Gonçalves De Souza handles contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Guilherme Gonçalves de Souza


‘Extensive knowledge of insurance topics.’


Key clients

Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços

PDG Realty Empreendimentos e Participações

Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos  – GRU Airport

XP Vista Asset Management

SPIC Brasil Energia e Participações

SEI Incorporação e Participações

MChecon Produções

Starr International Brasil Seguradora

Tokio Marine Seguradora

AIG Brasil Seguros

Liberty Seguros

RB Capital

Berkley International do Brasil Seguros

Calcenter – Calçados Centro Oeste

Promon Engenharia

VBI Real Estate

Radar Propriedades Agrícolas

Brisanet Participações

Work highlights

  • Advised GRU Airport on assessing the risks related to accepting policies issued by foreign insurers.
  • Advised RB Capital during the adjustment of a surety bond claim related to a GMP Contract.
  • Assisted PDG Realty in renewing its D&O insurance following a corporate ownership change.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 5

Souza Araujo Butzer Zanchim Advogados – SABZ Advogados provides a combination of administrative, commercial, banking and litigation support to debtors and creditors. The firm is particularly noted for its real estate, construction and infrastructure experience, where it represents a mix of banks, private and public operators, and investment funds. This includes support on high-value out-of-court debt and asset restructurings, and advice to clients handling outstanding tax liabilities. Kleber Luiz Zanchim is the main contact for transactional matters, while Paulo Doron Rehder Araujo heads the litigation and insolvency side.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Doron Rehder de Araujo; Kleber Luiz Zanchim

Key clients

Newen Group – New Energies


Thomas Case Associados

Banco Itaú Unibanco and Banco Itaú BBA

Banco BTG Pactual


PDG Realty


Work highlights

  • Representing Banco BTG Pactual in Renova group’s judicial reorganisation proceeding.
  • Assisting Viver and its subsidiaries in a R$210m debenture debt restructuring.
  • Advising PDG Realty on the restructuring of R$1.5bn in assets and R$2.5bn in liabilities within estates managed by its subsidiaries.

Founded in 2006, SABZ Advogados has always focused in understanding the clients’ daily needs, creating solid links with legal departments and corporate executives. Our team of more than 40 professionals is trained in a multidisciplinary fashion. Such approach is responsible for a unique way of working based on offering intelligent and business oriented legal solutions, including in litigation. We always place our clients’ business first .

We represent Brazilian and international clients in several areas of practice. We offer complete and innovative legal solutions with a strategic approach to problems and focus on solutions in line with the clients’ business goals.

We are recognized in the highest tier of national and international rankings.

SABZ Advogados has a team focused on the development and implementation of social projects. We also invest in partnerships with relevant entities that contribute to the process of building citizenship and improving society.

Main areas of practice
Arbitration and litigation: The team handles commercial disputes involving all business-related issues as well as domestic and international arbitrations.

Agribusiness: Work includes M&A, issues of securities, advice on the acquisition of rural land and advice related to structuring projects, especially those in the infrastructure sector. Corporate structuring and tax planning for strategic operations, licensing and registration compliance, legal advice for foreign investors, analysis of commercial contracts and advice on administrative processes for environmental permits. Administrative (CVM/Bacen) and judicial lawsuits, arbitration, strategic negotiations, judicial reorganisation and recovery of agribusiness credits.

Assets planning and protection: This practice area covers asset structuring/restructuring, the incorporation of family holding companies and corporate operations. It also assists in estate and succession planning, tax analysis and planning of the operations, incorporation of companies, drafting of shareholders and quotaholders agreements, corporate routines management. Analysis of tax demand in progress, risk analysis involving civil/environmental demands in progress, support in lawsuits involving family, succession and business matters.

Financial market: This team acts in judicial proceedings and domestic and international arbitration proceedings. Lawyers have great experience in arbitration chambers, credit recovery and in class action lawsuits. Work includes corporate planning and tax analysis in strategic operations, incorporation of companies, commercial agreements analysis. Bankruptcy and judicial reorganisation support including creditor representation, priority credits, receivership, risk assessment, preparation of memoranda and due diligence and asset acquisition from companies in financial difficulties.

Corporate and M&A: This practice area covers operations in M&A, issuance of securities, assistance in project financing, structuring of new businesses in various economic segments, corporate transactions/reorganization and structuring of investment operations (including private equity, venture capital and angel investments). Legal advice in corporate planning and tax analysis of strategic operations, incorporation of companies, drafting of corporate documents, advising for foreign investors, analysis and negotiation of commercial agreements and regulatory advice for public and private companies. Litigation in administrative (CVM/BACEN) and judicial lawsuits, arbitral proceedings and strategic negotiations.

Infrastructure: Lawyers assist in legal advisory in request for proposals (RfP), project finance transactions, public bids and contracts, concessions, public-private partnerships (PPPs), public lease, regulatory matters, companies consortium format and other associations between public and private companies. The team also handles claims of economic-financial contracts equilibrium, arbitration and judicial litigation cases regarding public and private contracts in several areas such as construction, projects, equipment acquisitions, sanitation, transport, logistic, energy etc. M&A and financial transactions through financial and capital markets.

Insurance: The insurance area covers claims management, structuring and restructuring of insurance plans, drafting and revision of contractual instruments and designing of new insurance product’s wordings. Memos and legal opinions on norms and regulation, modelling of contractual and corporate structures, operations with financial agents and structuring of collective plans. Defence in strategical civil and consumer law suits, defence in administrative procedures on SUSEP, legal opinions and notifications regarding claims management.

Latin America office
São Paulo: Avenida Brasil, 842, SP Post Code: 01430-000
Tel: +55 11 3111 2233

Managing Partner Renato 11 3111 2233
Alberto Barbosa Jr photo Alberto Barbosa JrAssociate Attorney
Renato Butzer photo Renato ButzerSABZ Advogados’ Managing Partner.
Paulo Doron R. de Araujo photo Paulo Doron R. de AraujoPartner, head of litigation and arbitration
Camila Leiko Nakamura photo Camila Leiko NakamuraAssociate Attorney
Emanoel Lima da Silva Filho photo Emanoel Lima da Silva FilhoPartner
Kleber Luiz Zanchim photo Kleber Luiz ZanchimPartner
Rodolfo Mazzini Silveira photo Rodolfo Mazzini SilveiraAssociate Attorney
Larissa Pereira Chaguri photo Larissa Pereira ChaguriAssociate Attorney
Vinicius Reis de Almeida Gomes da Silva photo Vinicius Reis de Almeida Gomes da SilvaAssociate Attorney
Thais Santoro Di Carlo photo Thais Santoro Di CarloAssociate Attorney
Pedro Silva Mingotti photo Pedro Silva MingottiAssociate Attorney
Renan Soares photo Renan SoaresAttorney specialized in debt restructuring, out-of-court workout, judicial reorganization, bankruptcy, arbitration, dispute…
Pedro Souza photo Pedro SouzaPartner
Anna Sylvia Vitorino de Albuquerque photo Anna Sylvia Vitorino de AlbuquerqueAssociate Attorney. Specialist in complex litigations.
Bárbara Veltri Filgueiras Teixeira photo Bárbara Veltri Filgueiras TeixeiraAssociate Attorney
Camila Yuri Almeida Watanabe photo Camila Yuri Almeida WatanabeAssociate Attorney
Raiza da Costa Garcia photo Raiza da Costa GarciaAssociate Attorney
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