Mr Roberto Zarour > Lefosse Advogados > Sao Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

Lefosse Advogados
RUA TABAPUÃ, 1227
14TH FLOOR
SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014
Brazil

Work Department

Banking & Finance; Restructuring & Insolvency

Position

Partner

Career

Roberto is an expert in capital markets transactions, structured financial transactions, securitization and debt restructurings. Throughout his career, Roberto has represented clients in several local and foreign capital markets transactions (debentures, promissory notes, CRIs, CRAs, FIIs, FIDC and bonds, being considered the best In House Counsel in Latin America in the category: “Financial Institutions“ in the Latin America Counsel Awards. He obtained his Bachelors in Law degree from the Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC-RJ) and a specialization degree in Tax Law from Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Capital markets

Lefosse Advogados provides an ‘excellent and personalised‘ service for transactional and regulatory capital markets work. The firm is especially strong in equity capital markets, where it represents issuers and underwriters on a broad range of cross-border and domestic initial and secondary offerings. Clients also note the ‘excellent performance in the debt markets, with committed and competent professionals’, who represent banks and issuers. Managing partner Rodrigo Junqueira leads the team, with key support from corporate partners such as Carlos Mello. On the debt side, Ricardo Prado is ‘exceptional in his performance, knowledge and relationship with the client’. The ‘proactiveRoberto Zarour is a ‘superb technician‘, and Jana Araujo is ‘extremely intelligent and knowledgeable about the market‘. Clients also praise Felipe Gibson and Marcelo Tourinho for their ‘great knowledge of the capital markets‘.

Brazil > Banking and finance

Lefosse Advogados has placed a significant emphasis on its banking practice, which has seen considerable growth in recent years. The transactional side is particularly strong, with partners highly experienced in debt capital markets, securitisations, and structured, asset and project finance. This includes advice on cross-border financings and restructurings. The firm also has a notable track record in the payments and fintech space, supported by a solid grounding in financial services regulation. The deep bench of partners includes Roberto Zarour for structured finance, and Kenneth Antunes FerreiraRenata Cardoso and Ricardo Prado for a variety of finance products and regulatory issues. The recruitment of Miriam Signor from Stocche Forbes Advogados added further experience to the team, particularly in real estate and project finance.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency

Lefosse Advogados is noted for the ‘high professional qualifications’ of its lawyers, who are ‘always willing to help’. The versatile practice serves a broad range of clients on contentious and non-contentious matters in the field of restructuring. The firm is especially strong on the banking side, backed by highly experienced transactional lawyers such as Renata Cardoso, but is also seeing an increasing amount of work from corporate debtors and creditors, as well as investment funds. Clients also rate practice head Roberto Zarour and disputes partner Raphael Nehin Corrêa, who together form an ‘unprecedented team’. The group was also boosted by the hire of the experienced Felipe Camara from E. Munhoz Advogados, and subsequent arrivals of Fábio Rosas and José Luis de Rosa from Cescon, Barrieu, Flesch & Barreto Advogados, and Bernardo Carneiro from Chamon Santana Sociedade de Advogados in October 2022.