Lefosse Advogados > Rio de Janeiro, Brazil > Firm Profile

Lefosse Advogados
AVENIDA PRESIDENTE WILSON, 231
OFFICE 2703
RIO DE JANEIRO, RJ 20030-905
Brazil

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 1

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 ‘proactive' Roberto 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'.

Practice head(s):

Rodrigo Junqueira

Testimonials

‘The in-depth knowledge of regulation and the business allows the service provided to be of excellence and personalised, always with close service from the partner.’

‘Ricardo Prado, in addition to being exceptional in his performance, knowledge and relationship with the client, is always very proactive and a partner, contributing with ideas and deep knowledge of the business.’

‘The Lefosse Advogados team advised us on several highly complex transactions in the Brazilian capital market. The dedication, commitment, speed in service and creativity in seeking solutions for the client, makes this office, in my view, unparalleled in Brazil.’

‘Our main contact at the office is with partner Jana Araújo. A unique professional, available, extremely intelligent and knowledgeable about the market, laws and specifics of the products we need, making the client feel confident that the decisions taken are the best possible.’

‘Roberto Zarour – super technician, proactive.’

‘Lefosse is a firm that we consider to have an excellent performance in the debt markets, with committed and competent professionals. Availability and willingness to seek solutions is one of the firm’s main strengths.’

‘Ricardo Prado and Roberto Zarour would be the two people I would highlight, for their knowledge, experience and level of delivery.’

‘Felipe Gibson and Marcelo Tourinho are sensational. Available at all times. Great knowledge of the capital markets.’

Key clients

Petrobras

Vibra

BR Advisory Partners

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco Morgan Stanley

Goldman Sachs do Brasil Banco Múltiplo

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Citigroup Global Markets Brasil, Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Banco de Investimentos Credit Suisse (Brasil)

UBS Brasil Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Rede D’Or São Luiz

Light

Magazine Luiza

Brisanet Participações

AES Brasil Energia

TOTVS

GPS Participações E Empreendimentos

Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional

MPM Corpóreos

Focus Energia Holding Participações

Mobly

Westwing Comércio Varejista

Oceanpact Serviços Marítimos

Alupar Investimento

Getninjas

GIC

VTEX

Banco Votorantim

JBS

Banco Bradesco BBI

Marfrig Global Foods

Unipar Carbocloro

Atakarejo Distribuidor de Alimentos e Bebidas

Rumo

Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica

Diagnósticos da América

Gol Linhas Aéreas

Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Equatorial Energia

Cogna Educação

Kora Saúde Participações

Norsa Refrigerantes (Solar Coca Cola)

Work highlights

  • Acted as Brazilian special counsel to Vibra and Petrobras in the R$11.4bn secondary follow-on offering of Vibra’s shares.
  • Acted as Brazilian special counsel to Merrill Lynch Brasil, Banco Bradesco, Banco BTG, Banco JP Morgan Brasil, Banco Itaú BBA, Banco Safra, Banco UBS BB, and XP Investimentos in the R$4.9bn primary and secondary follow-on offering of Rede D’Or.
  • Acted as Brazilian special counsel to JBS in connection with its $1bn sustainability-linked senior notes offering.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

The tax lawyers at Lefosse Advogados provide ‘excellent technical knowledge’ andtop-quality service’ in advisory and litigation matters. Clients appreciate the ‘extremely thorough‘ team’s ‘exceptional sense of urgency and level of professionalism‘, which helps elevate the practice to one of the best in the market. A strong flow of corporate, projects and capital markets work ensures the transactional team is up to speed on the full suite of direct and indirect tax issues. Coupled with this is an increasingly ‘deep knowledge of tax litigation in Brazil‘ at the municipal, state and federal levels, courtesy of partners Marcos Carvalho, Bruno Carramaschi and Ana Carolina Utimati (‘an excellent professional with a lot of technical expertise and availability to serve her clients‘). Practice head Gustavo Lian Haddad is considered ‘one of the greatest tax specialists in the country’, and he is backed by Ricardo Bolan and Gustavo Paes on the non-contentious front. Vinícius Jucá joined from TozziniFreire Advogados in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Lian Haddad; Ricardo Bolan

Testimonials

‘Lefosse is a high quality firm, whose professionals have excellent technical knowledge, as well as the ability/availability to understand the client’s business, making support/consulting personalised. Technical capacity of professionals, punctuality, collaboration, teamwork, are some of the elements that make Lefosse an office of excellence in the market in which it operates.’

‘Ana Carolina Utimati – Technical knowledge, ability to understand the client’s business and framing the rules / analysis to the practical case, availability, collaboration. Arthur Almeida – Technical knowledge, availability, collaboration. Gustavo Haddad – Technical knowledge, ability to understand the client’s business and framing the rules / analysis to the practical case.’

‘The tax team, under the leadership of Ana Carolina Utimati, has excellent technical expertise, having a deep knowledge of tax litigation in Brazil.’

‘Ana Carolina Utimati is an excellent professional, with a lot of technical expertise and availability to serve her clients. She is always attentive to tax news and has a deep knowledge of tax matters.’

‘In my experience, Lefosse Advogados is always available to give top-quality service on Tax advisory matters. Their team is extremely thorough and works with an exceptional sense of urgency and level of professionalism. During these ever changing times, we can rely on Lefosse Advogados for reliable, practical and timely Tax advice.’

‘The lawyers I have worked with, Gustavo Lian Haddad and Emmanuel Abrantes, are each exceptional and have always demonstrated the essential elements for reliable Tax advice: competent, current, forward-looking and holistic advice. I am always confident they have covered all relevant aspects in their recommendations and that the advice is also practical to the business. Gustavo knows our business very well and we rely on him as our trusted advisor on our most complex tax matters. Emmanuel is a rising star in the tax field in Brazil, he is efficient, user friendly, and quick to respond.’

‘I think the LEFOSSE Tax team is without a doubt the best in the country today. Its highly qualified and differentiated team has been essential in helping the company to deliver its objectives and goals – and truly being part of our team. Its professionals are highly qualified and distinguished and stand out on the national scene. Lefosse is exceptional in all criteria – truly elevating the provision of tax legal services to a very differentiated and above average level.’

‘Gustavo Haddad is one of the greatest tax specialists in the country, who is assisted by an extremely talented team, such as Marcos Carvalho, responsible for Tax Litigation. We also have the senior lawyers of the team who stand out for their technical expertise and skill, such as Larissa Anklam, Dante Zanotti and Breno Sarpi.’

Key clients

Klabin

Coty

Enjoei.com.br

Ingram Micro

Cummins

Stone Pagamentos

Telefônica Group

New Fortress Energy

Bracell

Totvs

XP Investimentos

Grupo Seves

Serasa

Jus Capital

SPS Capital

Asa Bank

IBM

Ambev

Siguler Guff

Stora Enso

HSI Investimentos

Visa

Microsoft

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Kabum Comércio Eletrônico and its shareholders in connection with Kabum’s sale to Magazine Luiza.
  • Advised GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes on its corporate reorganisation, and related tax issues, involving the merger of Smiles Fidelidade and GLA shares.
  • Defending Visa against a tax assessment issued by the Brazilian federal tax authorities concerning the collection of PIS and COFINS and the status of marketing and advertisement as a taxable expense.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 1

Lefosse Advogados’ has ‘broad multidisciplinary knowledge’ in the wealth planning space. The department advises clients across complementary practice areas such as real estate, tax and corporate law. Andrea Caliento   spearheads the practice, providing ‘unique advice’ to clients, particularly family-controlled groups, HNWIs and families on matters of corporate governance, family disputes and expatriate wealth planning. The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ Gustavo Lian Haddad  is a go-to person in the firm for tax consulting and litigation, both domestic and cross-border. Senior associate Ricardo Santos   is also highly recommended, and supports the wealth planning practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Caliento; Gustavo Lian Haddad

Testimonials

‘On multiple occasions, Lefosse Advogados has shown competence in risk analysis, in broad multidisciplinary knowledge and in proposing innovative solutions.’

‘Gustavo Lian Haddad has extensive knowledge that gives a lot of confidence in the analyses, because he understands not only the transaction, but the business as a whole. Super available and up to date. Can synthesise complex cases in a simple way that allows everyone to understand.’

‘The team is very competent, transparent and very efficient.’

‘Gustavo Lian Haddad is extremely knowledgeable and has a great understanding of not only the Brazilian markets but also American. Ricardo Santos is also exceptional and very diligent.’

‘Team with unrivalled knowledge.’

‘Andrea Caliento and Gustavo Lian Haddad are top professionals. Both have the ability to simplify the legal world and provide unique advice.’

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Ricardo Prado; Renata Cardoso; Roberto Zarour Filho; Kenneth Antunes Ferreira

Key clients

PayPal Serviços de Pagamentos

Picpay

Commerzbank

Syngenta

Landesbank Baden-Wür

BP Bunge

Cargil

ING Bank

Bank of America

Payly

Marfrig

BMW Finance

Morgan Stanley

Banco Alfa

Quadra

Work highlights

  • Acted as Brazilian counsel to Mercuria Energy Trading on its $45m loan to Karavan SPE Cricaré, a joint venture formed by Karavan O&G Participações e Consultoria and Seacrest Capital Group to finance its acquisition of the Cricare Cluster of assets from Petrobras.
  • Advised Banco Volkswagen on its 9th issuance of financial notes worth R$750m.
  • Acted as special counsel in Brazil to Morgan Stanley & Co. in FS Luxembourg’s $80m senior note offering.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 2

An exceptional 12 months for Lefosse Advogados saw the firm advising on a series of market-shaping deals across the healthcare, oil and gas, retail and technology segments. Brazilian and international companies engaged in strategic transactions regularly turn to the team for assistance with the full range of M&A, private equity and venture capital deals. On the innovation front, the firm’s recent investment in technology and new software systems aims to streamline the provision of legal advice. The firm’s diversity and inclusion programme was established in 2017 to focus on four grounds: gender, race, LGBTQIA+ and people with disabilities. More recently, the firm has revised its internal policies concerning talent attraction and retention in order to place a larger emphasis on diversity during the recruitment process. Leading the corporate and M&A practice, Luiz Octavio Lopes brings to the table a wealth of experience in both corporate and capital market transactions at the domestic and international level. Carlos Mello is the trusted advisor to many of the firm’s most important corporate clients; corporate reorganisations and M&A are among his areas of expertise. André Calumby, who is a name to note for corporate governance, has recently handled deals on behalf of a multitude of entities, including private and public companies, private equity houses and venture capital funds. Typical instructions for Christiano Rehder range from corporate restructuring to foreign investments, private equity and joint ventures. Christian Roschmann left the firm in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Luiz Octavio Lopes

Testimonials

‘M&A projects focused on the agribusiness area done with mastery.’

Key clients

DASA

HIG

GNDI (Grupo Notredame Intermédica)

GOL

Petrobras

Vinci Partners

Elfa Medicamentos

Vivo

Magazine Luiza

Totvs

Perfin

CIP

AES Group

Pague Menos

Vale

DASA

HIG

GNDI (Grupo Notredame Intermédica)

Work highlights

  • Advised Notre Dame Intermédica Participações on the business combination between GNDI and Hapvida Participações and Investimentos II.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Petrobras in connection with the sale of Refinaria Landulpho Alves and its associated logistics assets to Mubadala Capital.
  • Assisted Hortigil Hortifruti, FIP Semillon and the other shareholders in connection with the sale of shares representative of 100% of the corporate capital of Hortigil Hortifruti and its subsidiaries.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Singled out for its ability ‘to deal with issues of the highest complexity, such as unprecedented transnational and regulatory aspects’, Lefosse Advogados‘ energy team is adept at handling the entire spectrum of mandates concerning power-sector clients. Its practitioners are skilled at guiding clients through the negotiation of major M&A transactions involving conventional and renewable power assets, and in the structuring of distributed generation and self-production projects. Regulatory matters, including regulatory advice in the context of privatisation processes in this industry, also feature in the team’s busy workload, which is further populated by administrative cases before ANEEL and judicial proceedings. Raphael Gomes, who has a relevant background at the Chamber of Commercialisation of Electric Energy (CCEE) and in-house experience in a major energy company, leads the department. Focused on power regulatory matters, Pedro Dante ‘stands out for his technical and practical knowledge’. Counsel Bruno Crispim is fully devoted to the energy sector, and is a go-to attorney for project development, M&A and litigation in the electricity space. Renato Edelstein is a name to note at the associate level.

Practice head(s):

Raphael Gomes

Testimonials

‘The two factors that, in my opinion, distinguish Lefosse Advogados in the energy sector are the competence to deal with complex issues and the capacity for innovation. They have consistently demonstrated the ability to find innovative solutions, especially in the face of new technologies that are being applied in the electricity sector, and the expertise to deal with issues of the highest complexity, such as unprecedented transnational and regulatory aspects.’

‘Two professionals in particular proved to be invaluable in the transactions in which we worked with Lefosse Advogados: Raphael Gomes, partner in the energy sector, and Renato Edelstein. In the case of Raphael, he was always available for any topic in which we needed support, something rare in professionals of his seniority, and willing to defend our interests tirelessly. As for Renato, he has demonstrated on several occasions his deep knowledge of regulatory issues, and an unparalleled level of commitment to the client, going far beyond what would normally be expected.’

‘Lefosse’s energy team has extensive experience and practical knowledge of the sector’s issues, with deep theoretical knowledge and access to people from the institutions involved, such as CCEE, ANEEL, ONS and MME. Its lawyers are agile and always return quickly, seeking to offer solutions to the issues raised. As a full-service firm they also tend to interact with other areas of law, such as insolvency and tax, to provide complete and comprehensive advice to the client.’

‘Raphael Gomes and Renato Edelstein stand out for their expertise and speed of return, always in an accurate manner and with practical solutions.’

‘Very knowledgeable about the area and excellent service.’

‘What makes them different in the market is the technical and practical combination of the subject and experience in the development of relevant and impactful projects for companies and society.’

‘Pedro Dante stands out for his technical and practical knowledge of the subject, communication skills, and the way in which he transmits knowledge, making complex topics simple.’

‘Renato Edelstein is always available.’

Key clients

Engie Brasil Energia

Norte Energia

Focus

Vivo

Ferbasa

Unipar Carbocloro

Aliança

Celse

New Fortress

Banco Genial

Cymimasa

Czarnicow

BTG Pactual

Quantum Energia

EDF Renováveis

Statkraft

Itaú

Ipiranga

Sykué

Work highlights

  • Advised BNDES and Banco Genial on the privatisation process of Eletrobras and conducted the entire due diligence process of Eletrobras and its subsidiaries.
  • Assisted Norte Energia in filing a lawsuit against ANEEL for the recognition of exclusion of liability due to the delay of implementation of Belo Monte hydroelectric plant.
  • Advised Unipar Carbocloro on a relevant negotiation with Atlas Renewable Energy for the construction of a solar plant.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Roberto Zarour

Testimonials

‘Lefosse Advogados has a differentiated restructuring and insolvency team, whose professionals have high professional qualifications and are always willing to help.’

‘Roberto Zarour Filho and Raphael Nehin Correa form an unprecedented team.’

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Cemig Geração e Transmissão

Banco Cargill

New Island Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Banco Santander (Brasil), one of the biggest creditors in the judicial reorganisation proceeding of Odebrecht Group.
  • Advised Itaú Unibanco on the attempt filed by Oi to change its previously approved judicial recovery plan.
  • Advising Banco Santander (Brasil) in enforcement proceedings against manganese ore producer Buritirama Mineração and its controlling shareholder.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados combines its knowledge of competition, compliance, white-collar criminal law and public law to provide ‘multi-disciplinary and thoughtful responses‘. Praised by a client as an ‘excellent team in all aspects‘, the antitrust group has continued to grow, recently expanding at the associate level with the hires of Maria Luiza de Miranda Giraldi from Mattos Filho in August 2021, and Stephanie Peneireiro  from CADE in September 2021. Highly regarded competition law experts José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel jointly lead the team, which has recently seen an uptick in merger control mandates, and is also regularly engaged in conduct investigations. Marília Avila is also noted.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Berardo; Juliana Daniel

Testimonials

‘All its members speak the client’s language. They understand the business in depth and seek solutions that go beyond what was expected. There isn’t a meeting or a case where I’m not completely impressed by the team’s ability. It has a team made up of amazing human beings. José Carlos Berardo manages to demonstrate that it is possible to have a team of high human, sensitive and attentive performance.’

‘The team manages to move very well between the other areas of law, being able to deliver multi-disciplinary and thoughtful responses to the client.’

‘José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel are both excellent.’

‘Excellent team in all aspects. They stand out for their expertise and easy communication. Nothing disappoints.’

‘José Carlos Berardo is the star of the team, an extremely complete lawyer, capable of thinking of complex solutions, but transforming his ideas into simple and easy to understand messages. José Carlos Berardo gives up formalities and titles, which brings him closer to clients and makes him a great solver of complex problems.’

‘Juliana Daniel is a great working partner. When approaching the client and their problems, she delivers simply perfect solutions. Marilia Avila impresses with the technical quality with which she treats her clients. Stephanie Penereiro is an up-and-coming talent.’

Key clients

Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes

Magazine Luiza

Itaú Unibanco

Bunge Alimentos

Telefônica Brasil

Elfa Distribuidora de Medicamentos

Syngenta Proteção de Cultivos

PayPal do Brasil Serviços de Pagamento

Marfrig Global Foods

Vibra Energia (Pretrobrás Distribuidora)

Vitru

EMS (NC Group)

Serasa

Suez

AES Tietê Energia

Work highlights

  • Advised Vitru on the merger review of a transaction that consists in a business combination involving 100% of the total share capital of CESUMAR.
  • Advised Gol Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes on the competition aspects of the acquisition of MAP Transportes Aéreos.
  • Advised Suez on the legal challenge related to Veolia’s proposed acquisition, including assistance on the merger review by CADE.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Adopting an integrated approach, Lefosse Advogados is able to assist clients in a range of matters involving anti-corruption, compliance, white-collar criminal law, antitrust and regulation. In addition, the firm’s well-established reputation in M&A makes it well placed to advise on the compliance aspects of large corporate transactions, and it has recently been busy assisting clients in internal fraud and embezzlement investigations. The team is also equipped to advise clients on crisis management, including following data breaches. Highly regarded partners José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel lead the practice; Berardo’s broad expertise covers competition, compliance and investigations, and Daniel is a specialist in administrative and judicial proceedings, internal investigations and compliance counselling. Astrid Lima Rocha is a key senior associate in the team. The arrival of Adriana Dantas and three other lawyers, including Marina Nicolosi, from Adriana Dantas Advogados in August 2022, strengthened the team’s compliance, anti-corruption and international trade capabilities. Since publication, the team was reinforced by the arrival of Marcelo Ribeiro from the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in January 2023.

Practice head(s):

José Carlos Berardo; Juliana Daniel

Testimonials

‘High quality of teams and excellent dialogue.’

‘I’d highlight José Carlos Berardo and Juliana Daniel.’

‘In addition to always having a highly specialised team with proven experience in the sector in which my company operates, we always had the active and effective participation of the partner who served us.’

‘Gonçalo Godinho and Juliana Daniel: always active and present at every step of the matters.’

Key clients

Experian Brazil – Serasa

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento (BNDES)

Mann+Hummel Brasil

China Three Gorges Brasil Energia

Brookfield Incorporadora

Croplife Brasil

Credit Suisse

EDF Norte Fluminense

Angra Partners Gestora de Recursos

Emccamp Residencial

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Elfa Medicamentos

Work highlights

  • Advised BNDES, as a part of a consortium formed by Banco Genial, BDO and Thymos, on compliance aspects of the privatisation of state-controlled energy company Eletrobrás.
  • Assisted Emccamp in structuring its compliance policies and procedures.
  • Assisted Mercado Bitcoin in the structuring of its compliance programme.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

Standing out for its experience in international proceedings, Lefosse Advogados is well positioned to handle a wide range of corporate and commercial arbitration matters. In terms of its sector-specific offering, the team benefits from the ever-growing interest of its client base in sectors such as construction and utilities; disputes arising from M&A, investments, shareholder agreements and concessions are particular areas of expertise. Practice head Pedro Maciel is instructed in domestic and international cases on behalf of clients operating in the banking, energy, mining, oil and gas and telecoms sectors. Contractual, commercial and corporate disputes are among Márcio Opromolla‘s key legal specialisms. Raphael Nehin Corrêa splits his time between dispute resolution and insolvency matters, while the recently promoted Bernardo Pires specialises in post-M&A and corporate arbitration. Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro recently joined from Bichara Advogados, bringing significant experience in complex arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel

Testimonials

‘Lefosse has an excellent arbitration team. We are currently acting together in a very complex dispute in Brazil and the quality of the team is amazing in all respects (client management, strategy, drafting, advocacy, etc.)’

‘The whole team is great, but Bernardo Pires in particular is a star.’

‘The Lefosse arbitration team formed by Pedro Maciel, Rafael Soares, Caio Lima and Juliana Marçal are extremely technical, but without losing their common sense and practical bias in their legal guidelines and theses. They put themselves in the client’s position and support the entire decision-making process.’

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados ‘fields a group of lawyers that, in addition to the quality and knowledge of the work, directly supports all client needs'. The team is well positioned to guide international clients throughout complex litigation proceedings in Brazil, and to act for domestic clients in an array of claims, including class actions, commercial and corporate disputes. Department head Pedro Maciel specialises in litigation and arbitration, providing assistance to clients from the energy, construction, banking, telecoms and mining segments. He receives key support from Raphael Nehin Corrêa, who is particularly proficient in bankruptcy and insolvency-related cases, and Márcio Opromolla, whose experience in contractual, commercial and corporate litigation spans twenty years. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Diogo Ciuffo Carneiro from Bichara Advogados in May 2021; he brings a wealth of experience as a litigation attorney.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Maciel

Testimonials

‘Lefosse Advogados fields a group of lawyers that, in addition to the quality and knowledge of their work, directly support all client needs.’

‘Raphael Nehin Correa stands out.’

‘Large litigation team.’

‘Pedro Salarini is a great lawyer.’

Key clients

Fundo Garantidor de Créditos – FGC

Neo Capital Mezanino Fundo de Investimento em Participações

Elfa Medicamentos

Eurofarma Laboratórios

Westwing Comércio Varejista

Construtora Queiroz Galvão

Klabin

Necton Investimentos Corretora de Valores Mobiliários e Commodities

Statkraft Energias Renováveis

Eletronet

Cummins Brasil

Procter & Gamble Industrial e Comercial

Magazine Luiza

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Trelleborg Santana do Paranaíba Soluções em Polímeros

Work highlights

  • Represented Fundo Garantidor de Créditos – FGC in a lawsuit involving the sale of shares of a defunct bank.
  • Assisted Neo Capital Mezanino Fundo de Investimento em Participações with a series of lawsuits following certain debtors’ default in debentures originally held by the client.
  • Represented Elfa Medicamentos in a class action involving pharmaceutical drug supply issues.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 3

With deep experience in all stages of greenfield infrastructure projects, Lefosse Advogados is seen with great regularity advising on project finance and development, bidding procedures, and M&A in regulated industries, including transportation, power, and oil and gas. Raphael Gomes chiefly focuses on energy and infrastructure matters, an area in which Pedro Dante and Bruno Crispim are also key contacts. Renato Edelstein possesses significant experience in the areas of energy law and civil litigation. Miriam Signor, who is highly regarded in the fields of project finance and implementation, joined from Stocche Forbes Advogados in April 2022. Paloma Valéria Lima left the firm in June 2022.

Practice head(s):

Paloma Lima

Testimonials

‘Excellent knowledge of the area and great professionals.’

‘Pedro Dante and Paloma Lima stand out.’

Key clients

Bradesco BBI

XP Investimentos

United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)

Credit Suisse

New Fortress Energy

Goldman Sachs

BTG Pactual

CIP – Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners

CIC – China Investment Corporation

NBT AS

BP

GTIS Partners

Pontoon

DFC

Work highlights

  • Advising Goldman Sachs and United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) on the cross-border structured limited recourse project financing of Smart Luz.
  • Assisted Pontoon in the development of a partnership with BRF for the construction of a 320MWp solar farm for the purpose of self-production of energy by BRF by means of a 15-year Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).
  • Advising BNDES and Banco Genial on the privatisation of Eletrobras.

Brazil > Public law Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados is well positioned to assist private and public sector clients in the full range of public law matters, including privatisations, public procurement and PPPs. Recently, the team has been particularly active in the renegotiation of public concessions and new contract approvals, and has helped potential investors navigate the legislation applicable to public contracting in Brazil and the current opportunities available to them. Eduardo Carvalhaes ‘leads an excellent team of lawyers‘, who are trusted by domestic and foreign players in the acquisition of equity stakes in companies that provide services to the public sector. Beatriz Ghosn is skilled in advising private companies on their interactions with Brazilian governmental entities, which is also an area of particular focus for Karen Coutinho.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Carvalhaes

Testimonials

‘The interaction between the teams with different specialisations is very good. Very efficient internal communication and this is visible to the client.’

‘Eduardo Carvalhaes is brilliant and leads an excellent team of lawyers in this practice.’

‘Eduardo Carvalhaes is a guarantee of high quality advice.’

Key clients

Winity II Telecom

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – BNDES

Estado do Rio Grande do Sul

Companhia de Transmissão Centro-Oeste de Minas – CEMIG

Arrow ECS Brasil Distribuidora

Cymi Construções e Participações

KfW Bankengruppe

Work highlights

  • Assisted Winity II Telecom, backed by private equity firm Patria Investimentos, in its participation in the first auction for the grant of use of radiofrequencies dedicated to 5G wireless technology in Brazil.
  • Part of a consortium hired by BNDES to support the bank on the structuring and implementation of the privatisation of Companhia de Gás do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (Sulgás).
  • Hired by CEMIG to support the privatisation of GASMIG, the natural gas distribution company of state of Minas Gerais.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

The ‘extremely attentive‘ team at Lefosse Advogados is ‘highly diligent in analysing a wide range of assets and projects’. Clients note its ‘deep knowledge in the due diligence of agricultural and rural assets‘, alongside a strong flow of commercial, industrial and residential transactions. Practice head Andrea Caliento   has developed an extremely good reputation and is ‘always readily available, highly personable and very competent in her role in addition to managing a successful team’. Senior associate Marcela Brasileiro  is also praised for being ‘a highly competent lawyer’. The firm is a popular choice for major banks and investment funds.

Practice head(s):

Andréa Caliento

Testimonials

‘Extremely attentive, technical and acting with a lot of harmony.’

‘I especially highlight the work of Marcela Brasileiro, who acted in a unique and balanced way, enabling the intended results to be achieved, even in complex situations.’

‘Andrea Caliento: deep technical knowledge and availability to serve the client. Henrique Miguel: great availability to serve clients. Mariana Bittar: great availability to serve clients.’

‘Integrated team with extensive knowledge of the topics. Always up to date, they provide the security that our clients need. The focus is on resolving the issue in a balanced way for the parties involved. Everyone is always aware of the matter.’

‘Their team is always attentive and highly diligent in analysing the wide range of assets and projects that we engage them on. I have been impressed with their constant strives to promote diversity within their team and the wider industry whilst still rewarding on merit.’

‘Andrea Caliento is always readily available, highly personable and very competent in her role in addition to managing a successful team. Marcela Brasileiro has grown substantially within the firm over the years I have worked with them. She is a highly competent lawyer who has developed a deep understanding of our business.’

‘Highly specialized team with deep knowledge in the due diligence of agricultural / rural assets.’

‘Henrique Miguel and Andrea Caliente are very helpful professionals, fast and attentive to details.’

Key clients

Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Brasil Varejo – FII

Moura Dubeux Engenharia

Braskem

Banco BTG Pactual

Marfrig

Cruzeiro do Sul Educacional

Bracell

Alianza Investimentos Imobiliários

BlueMacaw

Bunge

Total BR

XP Asset Management

Riza Capital Asset Management

VBI Real Estate

BR Properties

Work highlights

  • Advised Riza Asset Management in ten sale and lease-back transactions of its REIT Riza Arctium Real Estate Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário.
  • Advised XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio and UBS Brasil Corretora de Câmbio on the 2nd R$600m public offering by Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Riza Terrax.
  • Advised Alianza Negócios Imobiliários on the acquisition of real estate from Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição, a GPA Group company.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados’ data protection team sits within the firm’s wider technology and IP practice, and advises clients on a day-to-day basis regarding their LGPD and cybersecurity needs. The team works in close proximity with other groups within the firm, including M&A and litigation, pooling expertise where needed by clients. The team is led by Paulo Lilla, who has extensive experience in internet law, digital platforms, IT and technology agreements. Senior associate Carla Segala is another key figure in the practice, also advising on matters related to AI, software, privacy and data protection, and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Paulo Lilla

Testimonials

‘We were promptly attended to in unusual/emergency situations and the office’s main concern was to meet the client’s urgency before adding to the “time sheet”. We felt totally taken care of since the biggest concern was with the client and not with the value they could receive with the service.’

‘Paulo Lilla and Carla Segala are always available to talk to the client, despite having a very competent team that serves us with mastery.’

Key clients

CVC

CISS

WTorre (Grupo WTorre)

Panasonic Brasil

Puig

Care Plus

Julius Baer Family Office

Westwing

Porto Seguro

Argo Energia

GIC

DASA

bp Brasil

Viatris Brazil

Atradius Credito y Caución

Work highlights

  • Advising CISS – a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) provider of IT solutions for retailers – in technology, data protection and cybersecurity matters.
  • Assisting bp Brasil in the implementation of measures to reach compliance with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law.
  • Assisted Panasonic Brasil in the implementation of measures to reach compliance with the Brazilian General Data Protection Law.

Brazil > TMT: Telecoms Tier 3

Lefosse Advogados acts for incumbent and new entrants into the Brazilian telecoms market in the entire spectrum of commercial, regulatory, and transactional matters. The team, which covers all major sub-sectors, including telephony, internet, supporting infrastructure, satellite, and submarine cables, was one of the firms advising industry leaders on the 5G auction promoted by regulatory agency ANATEL. Telecom-related M&A and emerging technologies are other areas of expertise for the practice, which is under the leadership of Eduardo Carvalhaes. Carvalhaes is highly regarded for his expertise and tenure, particularly in the administrative law and public procurement spheres.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Carvalhaes

Testimonials

‘Lefosse has in Eduardo Carvalhaes an experienced and well-connected practitioner who is able to deliver quality work and market insights, particularly with respect to telecom regulation and ANATEL politics.’

‘The firm has consistently positioned itself on regulatory and public law issues. In the telecommunications area, the team has experience and an excellent track record of sectoral regulation, which makes the debates fluid and constructive.’

‘Partner Eduardo Carvalhaes has a long history in the telecommunications industry and is very fluent in wholesale contractual matters between telecommunications companies involving regulatory issues, making him a recognised partner in the industry.’

Key clients

Winity II Telecom

Telefônica Brasil

Farallon Latin America Investimentos

Prisma Capital

Brookfield

Omnispace

QMC

Vero

BrisaNet

Emnify

Work highlights

  • Advised Winity II Telecoms participation on the first auction for the grant of use of radio frequencies dedicated to 5G wireless technology in Brazil.
  • Assisted Telefônica Brasil in the request to obtain ANATEL’s prior approval for the closing of the transaction regarding the change of control of FiBrasil Infraestrutura e Fibra Óptica, co-controlled by Telefônica Brasil, Telefónica Infra, and Caisse de dépot et placement du Québec.
  • Assisting Bordeaux Fundo de Investimento in the acquisition by Bordeaux Fundo de Investimento em Participação Multistrategia of Copel Telecomunicações; Horizons Telecomunicações e Tecnologia ; and Sercomtel – Telecomunicações.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 4

The oil and gas team at Lefosse Advogados has the breadth of knowledge to handle a range of transactional matters for a variety of stakeholders throughout the value chain. Clients benefit not only from core transactional expertise, but also the team’s ability to handle complex regulatory issues across the downstream, midstream, gas-to-power and upstream segments. Bringing together attorneys with extensive in-house and private practice experience, the team is frequently seen acting in cross-border deals and contentious matters. Primarily focused on transactional work, the highly regarded Felipe Boechem has recently been engaged by clients in relation to Petrobras’s divestments, including in the acquisition of refineries and biofuels, and the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas businesses. Felipe Gibson is seasoned in M&A, private equity and capital markets deals, while senior associate André Lemos is devoted to asset deals, contractual matters and project development in the hydrocarbons sector. In a significant move, project finance and development expert Miriam Signor joined the firm from Stocche Forbes Advogados in April 2022.

Practice head(s):

Felipe Boechem

Testimonials

‘Availability of a multidisciplinary team to support us.’

‘Felipe Boechem is always available and ready to support clients.’

‘I think Lefosse has one of the best energy and natural resources practices in the country. The practical experience, technical knowledge and commercial mindset offered by the team are unparalleled in the local market and rarely found in the international arena.’

‘Felipe Boechem has extensive practical experience and solid technical knowledge, always combined with excellent client service. Felipe is always our first choice for transactional and advisory matters.’

‘Team works with extreme efficiency, agility and dedication. They are excellent in negotiations.’

‘Felipe Boechem – extremely available, capable and attentive to the client’s needs. André Lemos – very agile.’

Key clients

Petrobras

Transpetro

New Fortress Energy

Eneva

Shell

Petrogal Brasil – Galp

Companhia de Gás do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul – SulGÁs

BR Distribuidora

Enauta Participações

OCYAN

BP Energy do Brasil

Marlim Azil

BW Offshore do Brasil

IBP – Brazilian Petroleum and Gas Institute

Total Brasil Distribuidora

CEMIG

Great Holding Group

Nova Transportadora do Sudeste – NTS

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio

ADM do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Acted for Petrobras and Transpetro in connection with the sale of Refinaria Landulpho Alves and associated logistic assets to Mubadala Capital.
  • Assisted New Fortress Energy in the acquisition of Hygo Energy Transition and its assets in Brazil.
  • Advised Petrobras in connection with the sale of 100% of the total and voting capital of Liquigás Distribuidora to Copagaz Distribuidora de Gás and Nacional Gás Butano Distribuidora.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 4

The ‘very competent and efficient' team at Lefosse Advogados has several ‘recognised professionals in the labour market'. Among them, highly rated practice head Aloizio Lima is ‘innovative in topics related to social inclusion and diversity' and praised for ‘the good relationship he maintains with clients'. Experienced counsel Paulo Antonio Peressin is ‘very good technically in litigation matters', including both judicial and administrative labour disputes. The firm has recently advised clients on high-profile union negotiations, internal procedures, and individual and collective disputes with former employees.

Practice head(s):

Aloizio Lima

Testimonials

‘It is a lean team, very competent and efficient. Aloizio Lima and Paulo Peressin are recognised professionals in the labour market. Aloizio is innovative in topics related to social inclusion/diversity.’

‘Lefosse have a qualified team. It focuses a lot on the concept of diversity.’

‘Paulo Peressin is very good technically in litigation matters, gives the client peace of mind, has a very good service. Aloizio Lima is someone who stands out for the good relationship he maintains with clients.’

Key clients

MSX International do Brasil

CISS Consultoria em Informática, Serviços e Software

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Mann+Hummel Brasil

AMcom Sistemas de Informação

Infosys Consulting

Steris Brasil Serviços Administrativos

Bracell SP Celulose

Cymi Construções e Participações

Companhia Brasileira de Tecnologia para Ecommerce

Work highlights

  • Assisted MSX International do Brasil in ending a collective action filed by a labor union.
  • Defended Mann+Hummel Brasil against a lawsuit filed by the former CEO of the company in Brazil.
  • Advised Bracell in a study related to a working hours schedule that could be adopted in its Brazilian factories.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 4

Rubens Granja leads the recently established life sciences offering at Lefosse Advogados following his departure from Kestener & Vieira Advogados. Granja has over 15 years of experience in the field, with specific expertise in regulatory matters, public procurement, administrative and civil law related to the pharmaceutical, food, cosmetics and medical devices industries. Working alongside him are several associates, including Natássia Misae Ueno and Júlia de Castro Kesselring, both of whom are adept at advising on matters involving highly regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Rubens Granja

Key clients

Laboratórios Pfizer

AbbVie Farmacêutica

Allergan Produtos Farmacêuticos

Boehringer Ingelheim do Brasil Química e Farmacêutica

Baxter Hospitalar

Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical

Diagnósticos da América – DASA

UHG – UnitedHealth Group

Steris Solutions do Brasil Importação e Comercialização de Produtos da Saúde

Daus Indústria de Alimentos

Work highlights

  • Advised Abbvie Farmacêutica on strategies to participate in the bidding promoted by the Ministry of Health for the purchase of a drug to supply the public health system.
  • Assisted Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical client in the negotiation of an exclusive rare disease drug to supply the Health Secretary of Paraná.
  • Advised Diagnósticos da América on the acquisition of several local health groups.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

Focused and very agile in meeting demands’, Lefosse Advogados is ‘a full-service firm that feels like a boutique office’. It has successfully established an active white-collar criminal law practice that is broad in scope and well integrated into a multidisciplinary team that is able to cover the compliance, antitrust and criminal aspects of its clients’ complex matters. The team has been particularly active in crisis-management matters, recently, and is also equipped to assist with high-profile investigations and litigation involving allegations of fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, tax offences and environmental crimes, among other areas. Ludmila Groch stands out for her ‘high capacity in crisis management, knowledge of investigations and litigation and pragmatic view’; she co-leads the practice alongside compliance and government enforcement expert Juliana Daniel. Since publication, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Marcelo Ribeiro from the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in early 2023; he brings a wealth of experience in complex cases covering various aspects of corporate criminal law, such as corruption, money laundering, environmental crimes, and asset recovery.

Practice head(s):

Ludmila Groch; Juliana Daniel

Testimonials

The team is focused and very agile in meeting demands. Accurate technical performance.

Ludmila Groch is a very dedicated and attentive professional in dealing with clients. Lucas Baptista is very technical and attentive in dealing with clients.

A full-service firm that feels like a boutique office, that’s how I see Lefosse. Individualised service, with highly specialised professionals.

Ludmila Groch certainly stands out. High capacity in crisis management, knowledge of investigations and litigation and a pragmatic view, focused on consequences.

Key clients

Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento (BNDES)

2TM Participações

Instituto Nacional de Processamento de Embalagens Vazias (InPEV)

Work highlights

  • Retained by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) to assess Eletrobras’ involvement in corruption cases and any potential risks associated with it, in the context of the latter’s potential privatisation.
  • Assisting 2TM Participações in reviewing and drafting its policies and advising on the structure of corporate governance.
  • Acted for WestWing as a victim of a ransomware attack.

Brazil > Environment Tier 5

Lefosse Advogados is regularly called on by clients for assistance with contentious and non-contentious environmental matters. The environmental team works in close collaboration with other practices in the firm, and therefore is well positioned to advise on the prevention of environmental liabilities and mitigation of risks in M&A, capital markets, project finance and real estate deals. Besides its focus on transactional work, the practice is also sought after for its expertise in ESG matters. Practice leader Guilherme d’Almeida Mota ‘stands out for his experience, technical excellence and availability’; environmental crisis management, including dam failure and large fires, solid waste and climate change are among his core areas of specialism.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme d’Almeida Mota

Testimonials

‘Guilherme Mota stands out for his experience, technical excellence and availability.’

Key clients

The Nature Conservancy – TNC

ADM Do Brasil

Bunge Alimentos

Banco Nacional De Desenvolvimento (BNDES)

Riza Arctium Real Estate Investment Fund

Focus Energia

Globenet

Work highlights

  • Assisting TNC – The Nature Conservancy, a global initiative dedicated to environmental preservation, in an array of environmental pro bono cases.
  • Representa ADM’s Brazilian subsidiaries in a range of administrative and judicial environmental procedures.
  • Assisted Bunge in the creation and implementation of a new environmental policy.

Brazil > Transport: Aviation

Lefosse Advogados has good relationships with several airlines and airport operators, with Eduardo Carvalhaes particularly strong on the public law and regulatory side.

Lefosse 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 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 white-collar crime, compliance and anti-corruption matters, helping Brazilian and international companies meeting all corporate governance needs. Expertise includes clients in a variety of sectors.

Oil and 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Rodrigo Junqueirarodrigo.junqueira@lefosse.com+55 11 3024 6129
Partners : 59
Other fee-earners : 310
Total staff : 650

As a full-service law firm, we offer a complete range of services in all areas of law to national and international clients. The advice we provide stems from our partnership with our clients and deep knowledge of their business.

As our clients’ trusted advisors, we offer creative, innovative and simple solutions to complex matters. The firm has approximately 350 legal professionals, many of whom have practical experience in our client’s sectors. The team works on transactions that impact the economy and have a sophisticated nature. In 2021, we registered records in mergers and acquisitions transactions that exceed BRL 100 billion. We also led IPOs, and follow-ons that total BRL 55,8 billion, and private equity transactions of BRL 15,4 billion.

We have invested in diversity as a way to boost creative thinking and encourage entrepreneurship. Our organization focuses on professional development, building lasting and trusting relationships.

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

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

Competition and Antitrust:
The practice is recognised for being objective, straightforward and focused on real world useful business advise. The team advises clients on crossborder and domestic mergers, investigations of anticompetitive practices, due diligences and compliance programs. The experience includes handling economic, competition and consumer protection disputes before judicial courts.

Compliance, Investigations and White-Collar:
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.

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

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 resolutions, arbitration, banking litigation, collection/enforcement, commercial litigation, due diligence, environmental/energy litigation, product liability litigation, regulatory investigations and restructuring and insolvency litigation.

Energy:
Theoretical knowledge combined with operational expertise. This allows the team to meet fully the needs of players in the Electricity Sector ranging from generators, traders, transmitters, distributors, funds and banks operating in the sector, or electro-intensive products that have energy as an essential input in their production chain.

Environmental:
The practice represents 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.

Infrastructure:
Beyond the solid legal specialisation, 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.

Labour:
The team explores 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 defend the client’s interests in judicial and administrative labor proceedings within the Brazilian jurisdiction in all court levels.

Life Sciences & Healthcare:
The practice is focused on a segment with high growth potential but we anticipate many regulatory challenges. The sector encompasses a wide scope of operations such as healthcare services, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food and beverages, biodiversity and biotechnology, cosmetics, fertilizers, healthtechs, and telemedicine.

Oil & Gas:
The oil and gas practice 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 the team to assist companies in a variety of issues, including bid round processes, arbitrations and representation in administrative proceedings before the ANP.

Public Law & Regulation:
A team with solid experience in privatisation projects in the most diverse sectors who is well equipped to assist Brazilian and foreign clients from the beginning of due diligence through the privatisation process and post-privatisation measures to implement the project. The experts in the practice are also qualified to assist clients operating in regulated markets and represent their interests with federal, district, state and municipal regulators.

Real Estate:
The breadth of the practice work is sophisticated. 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, securitisation involving real estate, and due diligence, in support of corporate and capital markets transactions that feature real estate assets.

Restructuring & 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-standardised credit rights investment funds (FIDC-NP).

Tax:
As trusted advisor of major domestic and international 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.

Technology, Data Protection & Intellectual Property:
Through a customised, sophisticated and a service fully adapted to the client’s demands, the firm advises on matters relating to technology, data protection and intellectual property, such as: analysis and structuring of new digital business models; counsel on 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).

Wealth Planning:
The competitive edge ofthe 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 reorganisation 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.

DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
Managing partner Rodrigo Junqueirarodrigo.junqueira@lefosse.com+ 55 11 3024-6100
Partners : 57
Other fee-earners : 350
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