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.


Lefosse Advogados is an independent law firm that offers specialized advice and superior technical quality in all legal areas it covers. It has a singular combination of transactional and stand-alone practices offering tailor-made, elegant and simple solutions to complex problems. The team combine deep knowledge of clients’ businesses with outstanding insight and the highest level of quality, sophistication and rigor in seeking the best solutions, both in domestic and multijurisdictional transactions.

Main areas of practice

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: debt and equity; derivatives and structured products; and securitization and structured finance: IPOs and rights offerings, convertible and exchangeable bonds, MTN programs and DIPs, high-yield offerings, structured products and derivatives.

Tax: the firm gives advice on all aspects of direct and indirect taxation, in particular on tax aspects in connection with M&A, joint ventures, capital market and cross-border transactions. Expertise includes value-added tax issues, international taxation, transfer pricing, tax planning and litigation.

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

Infrastructure and greenfield projects: Lefosse advises financial institutions, government entities, multilateral agencies, suppliers, infrastructure builders and foreign investors, allowing clients to develop their projects in all infrastructure segments, such as generation, transmission and distribution of electric power.

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

Litigation and dispute resolution: Lefosse 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 firm advises on cross-border and domestic mergers, investigations of anti-competitive practices, due diligences and compliance programs. Experienced in handling economic, competition and consumer protection disputes before judicial courts.

Labor: the team offers secure guidance on daily employment practices, including hiring and termination of high-level executives, transfer of employees, M&A transactions and drafting of agreements and incentive plans. Defends the client’s interests in judicial and administrative labor proceedings within the Brazilian jurisdiction in all levels of Labor Justice.

Environmental: Lefosse advises 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 firm 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 evolving real estate, and due diligences in support of corporate and capital markets transactions that feature real estate assets.

Wealth planning: Lefosse has an asset reorganization plan, with multidisciplinary involvement to families, family offices, private clients of financial institutions and people changing residence from one country to another.

White-collar crime, Anti-corruption, Compliance and Regulatory investigations: the multidisciplinary team offers dependable, proactive and sophisticated solutions for all whitecollar crime, compliance and anticorruption matters, helping Brazilian and international companies meeting all corporate governance needs. Expertise includes clients in a variety of sectors.

Oil & Gas: the team has experience in M&A transactions in the O&G industry and acts in the preparation and negotiation of all contracts typically used by the industry. The regulatory expertise enables to assist companies in a variety of issues, including bid round processes, arbitrations and representation in administrative proceedings before the ANP.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Carlos Barbosa Mello +55 11 3024 6126
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Mrs Mirella Abe  photo Mrs Mirella Abe
Ms Laura Affonso  photo Ms Laura Affonso
Mr José Carlos Berardo  photo Mr José Carlos Berardo
Mr Ricardo Bolan  photo Mr Ricardo Bolan
Mrs Andrea Caliento  photo Mrs Andrea Caliento
Mr André Calumby  photo Mr André Calumby
Mrs Renata Cardoso  photo Mrs Renata Cardoso
Mr Bruno Carramaschi  photo Mr Bruno Carramaschi
Mr Marcos Carvalho  photo Mr Marcos Carvalho
Mrs Ludmila Groch  photo Mrs Ludmila Groch
Mr Gustavo Haddad  photo Mr Gustavo Haddad
Mr Rodrigo Junqueira  photo Mr Rodrigo Junqueira
Mr Geraldo Lefosse  photo Mr Geraldo Lefosse
Mr Aloizio Lima  photo Mr Aloizio Lima
Mrs Joana Liu  photo Mrs Joana Liu
Mr Luiz Octavio Lopes  photo Mr Luiz Octavio Lopes
Mr Sérgio Machado  photo Mr Sérgio Machado
Mr Pedro Maciel  photo Mr Pedro Maciel
Mr Carlos Mello  photo Mr Carlos Mello
Mr André Mileski  photo Mr André Mileski
Mr Guilherme Mota  photo Mr Guilherme Mota
Mr Raphael Nehin Corrêa  photo Mr Raphael Nehin Corrêa
Mr Márcio Opromolla  photo Mr Márcio Opromolla
Mr Gustavo Paes  photo Mr Gustavo Paes
Mr Mauricio Paschoal  photo Mr Mauricio Paschoal
Mr Ricardo Prado  photo Mr Ricardo Prado
Mr Christiano Rehder  photo Mr Christiano Rehder
Mr Christian Roschmann  photo Mr Christian Roschmann
Mr Eduardo Soares  photo Mr Eduardo Soares
Mrs Ana Carolina Utimati  photo Mrs Ana Carolina Utimati
Mr Roberto Zarour  photo Mr Roberto Zarour
Partners : 33
Other fee-earners : 135
Total staff : 319