Firm Profile > Lefosse Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil

Lefosse Advogados
SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014

Capital markets Tier 1

Lefosse Advogados brings to bear an enviably diverse record in capital markets, with its extensive experience spanning debt and equity offerings, for both underwriters and issuers. High-profile group head Carlos Mello remains one of the most sought-after specialists in this space, particularly on the equity side, where he has been involved in over 127 IPOs and follow-on offerings to date. Notably, during 2018, the firm had a role in four out of the eight equity offerings that came to market, which included advising Notre Dame Intermédica Participações, and its controlling shareholder Alkes II – Fundo de Investimento em Participações Multiestratégia, on its primary and secondary public offering, worth a combined R$2.4bn; Mello and Luiz Octavio Lopes led that work. Rodrigo Junqueira is also a key contact and acted as Brazilian special counsel to the underwriters on Arco Platform’s $194.4m IPO on the Nasdaq Global Select Market. On the debt side, Ricardo Prado paired up with Mello to advise JBS on the local aspects of a $500m notes offering by its subsidiary, JBS Investments II. Mauricio Paschoal is also recommended.

Tax Tier 1

The 'dedicated and committed' team at Lefosse Advogados is highlighted for its 'local and international tax skills'. Clients also praise the group for its 'quick and accurate answers'. The stand-alone department had another successful year in 2018, during which it also continued to grow; tax and wealth planning specialist Joana Liu was promoted to partner, and tax litigator Ana Carolina Utimati joined from Trench Rossi Watanabe. In a mandate that involved corporate income tax, social security and tax accounting issues, the team advised Kroton on the structuring of a new share-based compensation plan for its key executives. Transactional tax and tax litigation also feature among the team's busy workload. The 'reliable' Gustavo Haddad is noted for his 'outstanding tax knowledge'. He heads the department, which also includes recommended lawyers Marcos Carvalho, Gustavo Paes, and associates Izabela Vecchi and Luiz Alberto Santos. Bruno Carramaschi and Ricardo Bolan are additional contacts.

Corporate and M&A Tier 2

'Up-to-date with the latest lawsLefosse Advogados fields an experienced corporate and M&A team. It maintains a focus on high-end M&A, where it has an impressive market share, and also provides advice on corporate governance and day-to-day corporate issues to its major clients. In recent internal developments, the firm promoted Laura Affonso and André Mileski to partner in 2019, and Christiano Rehder in 2018. Rehder worked alongside Carlos Mello and Rodrigo Junqueira to advise Eletropaulo Metropolitana Eletricidade de São Paulo as target of a voluntary tender offer by Italian company Enel. Elsewhere, Mauricio Paschoal and Felipe Gibson acted as counsel to Ceará State in connection with the investment made by Port of Rotterdam in CIPP, which operates the Pecém port terminal. Christian Roschmann and Lilian Toscani receive praise. Luiz Octavio Lopes and Mirella Abe are also key contacts.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 3

The restructuring team at Lefosse Advogados combines dispute resolution, capital markets and corporate and M&A expertise, with an emphasis on creditor-side work. Among its areas of specialization are judicial and extrajudicial restructuring, debt renegotiation and distressed transactions. In recent work, Raphael Nehin Corrêa and Roberto Zarour acted for Itaú Unibanco as creditor in the reorganisation proceeding of Livraria Cultura and 3H Participações. The team expanded at the associate level in 2018 with the hires of Tatiana Flores Gaspar Serafim from Perlman Vidigal Godoy Advogados and Alexandre Paranhos Tacla Abbruzzini from Leite, Tosto e Barros Advogados Associados. Renata Cardoso co-heads the team alongside Corrêa and Zarour.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados' 'responsive and hard-working team' finds favour for its 'strong experience in the financial and capital markets', its 'pro-business and diligent handling of transactions' and its ‘great negotiation skills'. In particular, high-profile figure Renata Cardoso, who is equally adept in transactional and regulatory matters, is valued for her ability to 'always add insights and suggestions that prove useful and effective'. Other key contacts include Roberto Zarour ('a great problem-solver with a technical mind') and capital markets specialist Ricardo Prado. Among the group's recent transactions, it advised Banco do Brasil on the R$4bn debt restructuring of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional and its subsidiaries. Other key clients include Petrobras, Banco Máxima and Citibank.

Labour and employment Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados obtains 'great results in difficult and complex labour cases'. The 'very committed' team is led by Aloizio Lima and is 'always available to discuss cases with local and global management'. Lima and senior associate Paulo Antonio Peressin have been advising a financial institution in a large number of labour lawsuits following an acquisition.

Real estate Tier 4

Lefosse Advogados is 'focused on customer needs' and has a 'great overall view of cases'. It is often involved in corporate transactions involving real estate assets, and also advises on construction, leasing and architect contracts, among other areas. Andrea Caliento receives praise.

Competition and antitrust Tier 5

The competition and regulation department at Lefosse Advogados is 'very creative, responsive and business-oriented'. It balances a varied workload, from competition compliance training to representation in cartel proceedings, and benefits from its collaboration with the firm's public law and commercial law specialists. José Carlos da Matta Berardo and Marcela Junqueira Cesar Pirola are recommended. The team also includes counsel Paulo Lilla and senior associate Juliana Daniel.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 5

The 'sophisticated dispute resolution practice' at Lefosse Advogados has 'deep knowledge of procedures and systems, including litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution'. Areas of focus include corporate, banking, product liability and environmental litigation. 'A super star in the Brazilian arbitration market', Pedro Maciel is 'very sharp, persuasive and has outstanding client handling skills'. Raphael Nehin Corrêa is noted for his 'expert knowledge of dispute resolution'. Senior associate Roberta dos Reis Matheus Coelho Lobo 'has excellent writing and communication skills' and is 'a top-notch lawyer'; associates Marina de Mesquita Freire Martins and Elis Wendpap also receive strong praise.  In a further strengthening of the team, in July 2018 the firm hired Ludmila Leite Groch from TozziniFreire Advogados as a partner of the white-collar crime and investigations practice.

Latin America: International firms > International arbitration > Local practitioners of note (by country)

Pinheiro Neto Advogados handles a steady stream of multimillion-dollar ICC arbitration. Gilberto Giusti and Renato Stephan Grion are highly recommended; the latter is the co-chair of the Arbitration and Mediation Committee of CESA. Ferro, Castro Neves, Daltro & Gomide AdvogadosMarcelo Roberto Ferro regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions. L.O. Baptista AdvogadosAdriana BraghettaRafael Francisco Alves and Maurício Almeida Prado are 'highly specialised lawyers with high capacity to bring solutions to resolve high complexity disputes'. Fernando Marcondes regularly acts as an arbitrator in construction and real estate-related matters. Recent caseload features a range of construction and infrastructure disputes as well as M&A-related matters in the oil and gas sector. Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice AdvogadosEliane Cristina Carvalho recently handled a series of disputes arising from M&A transactions and is representing Air Products Brasil in arbitration proceedings initiated by Air Liquide. Eduardo Damião Gonçalves at Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. e Quiroga Advogados is singled out for his 'outstanding technical skills and deep understanding of the corporate world', and his ability to 'simplify complex problems gives clients great confidence and comfort'. Gonçalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and Flávio Spaccaquerche Barbosa is 'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'. At TozziniFreire AdvogadosFernando Eduardo Serec assists clients from a diverse range of sectors and has experience acting as both party counsel and arbitrator. Huck, Otranto, Camargo Advogados' 'brilliant' team handles both commercial and investor-state arbitration proceedings, and is active in the construction, pharmaceutical and energy sectors. Fabio Peixinho Gomes Corrêa is 'an absolute joy to work with', while Hermes Marcelo Huck  and Rogério Carmona Bianco are 'very focused on details of the case without losing sight of the big picture'. Marcelo Muriel at Muriel Medici Franco Advogados is 'certainly one of the standout Brazilian practitioners, with a healthy portfolio of disputes and great ICC arbitration experience'. Stocche Forbes AdvogadosRafael Passaro is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner AdvogadosJosé Antonio Fichtner acts as arbitrator and counsel in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes. André Abbud at BMA - Barbosa, Müssnich, Aragão is 'an excellent expert in arbitration' and 'knows his clients' business well'. Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados' team has 'a creative mind to think out of the box, suggesting solutions that may seem different but are perfectly aligned with the needs of the company'; co-heads Carlos David Albuquerque Braga and Gabriel Seijo Leal de Figueiredo are recommended. Other names to note include Lefosse AdvogadosPedro Maciel who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and Lobo de Rizzo AdvogadosLuis Fernando Guerrero who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.

Lefosse Advogados is a full-service law firm that offers specialized advice and superior technical quality on a variety of legal areas.

Every day, our firm handles complex cases for clients that demand efficiency and broad expertise and that allow them to compete in today’s fast-paced business environment. We offer a careful approach to our clients’ decisions with timeliness and precision in developing our assignments. Our long-term partnership with our clients affords us a better understanding of their business and allows us to offer tailor-made, elegant and simple solutions to complex problems. We have an unmatched organization with unique processes, an efficient structure and exceptional standards for extraordinary cases.

Corporate and M&A: a highly qualified team with expertise in mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations, private equity, business organization, corporate and commercial law, projects and venture capital.

Capital markets: as a leader in capital markets and securities law, the team assists clients with debt and equity transactions, derivatives and structured products, securitizations and structured finance, IPOs and rights offerings, convertible and exchangeable bonds, MTN programs and DIPs, high-yield offerings, structured products and derivatives.

Tax: as trusted advisor of major companies in Brazil, the team advices on all aspects of direct and indirect taxation, tax aspects in connection with M&A, joint ventures, capital markets, including cross-border transactions. Expertise includes value-added tax issues, international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and litigation.

Public law and regulation: with a team having extensive experience in privatization projects in the most diverse sectors – but with prominence in telecommunications, airports, highways and public services – the team is able to assist Brazilian and foreign clients from the beginning of due diligence, going through the privatization process and post-privatization measures to implement the project. Our work includes not only transactional aspects, but measures of a litigious nature. Our team is also qualified to assist clients operating in regulated markets – aviation, telecommunications, oil and gas, energy, media, logistics, ports, highways, railways, airports, public service concessions and PPPs, health surveillance, medicines and hospital products, food and beverages, defense market, gaming & betting, mining – representing clients’ interests before federal, district, state and municipal regulators.

Technology, data protection and intellectual property: through a customized, sophisticated and fully adapted service to the client’s demands, we advise on matters relating to technology, data protection and intellectual property, such as: Analysis and structuring of new digital business models; Consultancy in matters related to the Internet, digital platforms and applications; Advice on Projects to Adapt to the new Brazilian General Law on Protection of Personal Data (LGPD), among others tech related issues.

Banking and finance: with solid reputation in the market, the team acts for arranging banks, lenders, credit enhancers and borrowers, in a wide range of industrial and financial sectors.

Infrastructure and greenfield projects: beyond the solid legal specialization, the team is familiar with the practices, standards of highly complex projects, and provide objective and agile guidance, advising financial institutions, government entities, multilateral agencies, suppliers, infrastructure developers and foreign investors.

Investment funds: the team represents local and international administrators, managers, financial institutions and investors in the structuring and formation of investment funds and other vehicles as well as regulatory matters pertaining to investment funds and asset management. Expertise includes public and private distributions of quotas, purchase and sales of assets and financing structures.

Restructuring and insolvency: the team acts for creditors, insolvency practitioners, corporate debtors and directors and officers in relation to debt rescheduling; debt and equity restructuring, judicial and extra-judicial restructuring and insolvency proceedings, banking litigation, incorporation of non-standardized credit rights investment funds (FIDC-NP).

Litigation and dispute resolution: the team is trial-ready, but the work includes advising clients on how to avoid lengthy and costly disputes.The team has expertise in alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, banking litigation, collection/enforcement, commercial litigation, due diligence, environmental/energy litigation, product liability litigation, regulatory investigations and restructuring and insolvency litigation.

Competition and regulation: the practice is recognized for being objective, straightforward and focused on real world useful business. The team advises clients on cross-border and domestic mergers, investigations of anti-competitive practices, due diligences and compliance programs. The experience includes handling economic, competition and consumer protection disputes before judicial courts.

Labor: the team delivers personalized work to each client, exploring the strategy for each case to find the best solution to the client and offer secure guidance on daily employment practices, including hiring and termination of high-level executives, transfer of employees, review of employment aspects of M&A transactions and draft of agreements and incentive plans. They defends the client’s interests in judicial and administrative labor proceedings within the Brazilian jurisdiction in all court levels.

Environmental: our practice focuses on consolidating its position as trusted advisors, enabling the representation of the clients’ interests in a holistic manner and on a wide variety of environmental work, such as legal due diligence, environment litigation, environment advice, ethical investment, climate change and renewables.

Real estate: the breadth of the practice work is sophisticated, which has been strengthening with the representation of important clients in the market. The team advises on direct investment, corporate structures, real estate development, sale and lease back transactions, negotiations for the acquisition of large amounts of land. It also provides support in connection with investment funds, bond offerings, securitization involving real estate, and due diligences, in support of corporate and capital markets transactions that feature real estate assets.

Wealth planning: the competitive edge of our team is being a one-stop-shop practice area with partners and lawyers with expertise in succession, tax and corporate matters. The work includes asset reorganization plans, preparation of prenuptial agreements, cohabitation contracts, wills and other testamentary instruments, and changes in property regimes, explanation, to the family, of the effects of death and the rules applicable to each regime for marital assets, including by reason of succession.

White-collar crime, anti-corruption, compliance and regulatory investigations: the multidisciplinary team offers reliable, proactive and sophisticated solutions to all white-collar crimes, compliance and anti-corruption matters, assisting Brazilian and international companies in meeting all corporate governance needs. Expertise includes clients in a variety of sectors.

Oil and gas: in harnessing customized service to precision and efficiency, our Oil & Gas practice has been carefully crafted to provide the best legal advice to our clients. The team has experience in M&A transactions in the O&G industry and acts in the preparation and negotiation of all contracts typical to the industry. The regulatory expertise enables them to assist companies in a variety of issues, including bid round processes, arbitrations and representation in administrative proceedings before the ANP.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Carlos Barbosa Mello +55 11 3024 6126
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Mrs Mirella Abe  photo Mrs Mirella Abe Partner  
Ms Laura Affonso  photo Ms Laura Affonso Partner
Mrs Jana Araujo  photo Mrs Jana Araujo Partner
Mr José Carlos Berardo  photo Mr José Carlos Berardo Partner
Mr Ricardo Bolan  photo Mr Ricardo Bolan Partner
Mrs Andrea Caliento  photo Mrs Andrea Caliento Partner
Mr André Calumby  photo Mr André Calumby Partner
Mrs Renata Cardoso  photo Mrs Renata Cardoso Partner
Mr Bruno Carramaschi  photo Mr Bruno Carramaschi Partner
Mr Eduardo Carvalhaes  photo Mr Eduardo Carvalhaes Partner
Mr Marcos Carvalho  photo Mr Marcos Carvalho Partner
 Juliana Daniel photo Juliana Daniel Partner
Mr Gonçalo Godinho  photo Mr Gonçalo Godinho Partner
Mrs Ludmila Groch  photo Mrs Ludmila Groch Partner
Mr Gustavo Haddad  photo Mr Gustavo Haddad Partner
Mr Rodrigo Junqueira  photo Mr Rodrigo Junqueira Partner
Mr Geraldo Lefosse  photo Mr Geraldo Lefosse Partner
Mrs Paloma Lima  photo Mrs Paloma Lima Partner
Mr Aloizio Lima  photo Mr Aloizio Lima Partner
Mr Luiz Octavio Lopes  photo Mr Luiz Octavio Lopes Partner
Mr Sérgio Machado  photo Mr Sérgio Machado Partner
Mr Pedro Maciel  photo Mr Pedro Maciel Partner
Mr Bruno Massis  photo Mr Bruno Massis Partner
Mr Carlos Mello  photo Mr Carlos Mello Partner
Mr André Mileski  photo Mr André Mileski Partner
Mr Guilherme Mota  photo Mr Guilherme Mota Partner
Mr Raphael Nehin Corrêa  photo Mr Raphael Nehin Corrêa Partner
Mr Márcio Opromolla  photo Mr Márcio Opromolla Partner
Mr Gustavo Paes  photo Mr Gustavo Paes Partner
Mr Mauricio Paschoal  photo Mr Mauricio Paschoal Partner
Mr Ricardo Prado  photo Mr Ricardo Prado Partner
Mr Christiano Rehder  photo Mr Christiano Rehder Partner
Mr Christian Roschmann  photo Mr Christian Roschmann Partner
Mrs Ana Carolina Utimati  photo Mrs Ana Carolina Utimati Partner
Mr Roberto Zarour  photo Mr Roberto Zarour Partner
Partners : 38
Other fee-earners : 223
Total staff : 115