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Lefosse Advogados

RUA TABAPUÃ, 1227, 14TH FLOOR, SÃO PAULO SP 04533-014, BRAZIL
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Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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 ‚Äėgreat 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 Sider√ļrgica Nacional and its subsidiaries. Other key clients include Petrobras, Banco M√°xima and Citibank.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Lefosse Advogados

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 Corr√™a and¬†Roberto Zarour acted for Ita√ļ Unibanco as creditor in the reorganisation proceeding of Livraria Cultura and 3H Participa√ß√Ķes. 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 Corr√™a and Zarour.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

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 Interm√©dica Participa√ß√Ķes, and its controlling shareholder Alkes II ‚Äď Fundo de Investimento em Participa√ß√Ķes Multiestrat√©gia, 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‚Äôs $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.

Leading individuals

Carlos Mello - Lefosse Advogados

Rodrigo Junqueira - Lefosse Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

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.

Rising stars

Marcela Junqueira Cesar Pirola - Lefosse Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

'Up-to-date with the latest laws' Lefosse 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.

Next Generation Partners

Mirella Abe - Lefosse Advogados

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Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)
Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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.

Rising stars

Elis Wendpap - Lefosse Advogados

Roberta dos Reis Matheus Coelho Lobo - Lefosse Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

Tax Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

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 standalone department had another successful year in 2018, during which it also continues 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.

Leading individuals

Gustavo Lian Haddad - Lefosse Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Gustavo Paes - Lefosse Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

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 Advogados'¬†Marcelo Roberto Ferro¬†regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions.¬†L.O. Baptista Advogados'¬†Adriana Braghetta,¬†Rafael Francisco Alves¬†and¬†Maur√≠cio 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 Advogados'¬†Eliane 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 Dami√£o Gon√ßalves¬†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'.¬†Gon√ßalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and¬†Fl√°vio Spaccaquerche Barbosa¬†is¬†'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'.¬†At¬†TozziniFreire Advogados,¬†Fernando 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 Corr√™a¬†is 'an absolute joy to work with', while¬†Hermes Marcelo Huck¬†¬†and¬†Rog√©rio 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 Advogados'¬†Rafael Passaro¬†is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados'¬†Jos√© Antonio Fichtner¬†acts as arbitrator and counsel¬†in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes.¬†Andr√© Abbud¬†at¬†BMA - Barbosa, M√ľssnich, Arag√£o¬†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 Advogados'¬†Pedro Maciel¬†who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and¬†Lobo de Rizzo Advogados'¬†Luis Fernando Guerrero¬†who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.

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Brazil

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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 ‚Äėgreat 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 Sider√ļrgica Nacional and its subsidiaries. Other key clients include Petrobras, Banco M√°xima and Citibank.

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Bankruptcy and restructuring
Bankruptcy and restructuring - ranked: tier 3

Lefosse Advogados

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 Corr√™a and¬†Roberto Zarour acted for Ita√ļ Unibanco as creditor in the reorganisation proceeding of Livraria Cultura and 3H Participa√ß√Ķes. 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 Corr√™a and Zarour.

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Capital markets
Capital markets - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

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 Interm√©dica Participa√ß√Ķes, and its controlling shareholder Alkes II ‚Äď Fundo de Investimento em Participa√ß√Ķes Multiestrat√©gia, 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‚Äôs $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.

Leading individuals

Carlos Mello - Lefosse Advogados

Rodrigo Junqueira - Lefosse Advogados

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Competition and antitrust
Competition and antitrust - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

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.

Rising stars

Marcela Junqueira Cesar Pirola - Lefosse Advogados

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Corporate and M&A
Corporate and M&A - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

'Up-to-date with the latest laws' Lefosse 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.

Next Generation Partners

Mirella Abe - Lefosse Advogados

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Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime)
Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) - ranked: tier 5

Lefosse Advogados

Dispute Resolution: Arbitration - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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.

Rising stars

Elis Wendpap - Lefosse Advogados

Roberta dos Reis Matheus Coelho Lobo - Lefosse Advogados

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Labour and employment
Labour and employment - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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.

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Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 4

Lefosse Advogados

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.

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Tax
Tax - ranked: tier 1

Lefosse Advogados

Tax Litigation - ranked: tier 2

Lefosse Advogados

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 standalone department had another successful year in 2018, during which it also continues 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.

Leading individuals

Gustavo Lian Haddad - Lefosse Advogados

Next Generation Partners

Gustavo Paes - Lefosse Advogados

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Latin America: International firms

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 Advogados'¬†Marcelo Roberto Ferro¬†regularly acts as arbitrator and counsel, and is particularly experience in handling disputes arising from corporate transactions.¬†L.O. Baptista Advogados'¬†Adriana Braghetta,¬†Rafael Francisco Alves¬†and¬†Maur√≠cio 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 Advogados'¬†Eliane 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 Dami√£o Gon√ßalves¬†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'.¬†Gon√ßalves regularly acts as counsel and arbitrator in a range of domestic and international disputes, and¬†Fl√°vio Spaccaquerche Barbosa¬†is¬†'a well experienced lawyer with solid technical background'.¬†At¬†TozziniFreire Advogados,¬†Fernando 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 Corr√™a¬†is 'an absolute joy to work with', while¬†Hermes Marcelo Huck¬†¬†and¬†Rog√©rio 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 Advogados'¬†Rafael Passaro¬†is recommended for contractual disputes and disputes involving administrative proceedings. Andrade & Fichtner Advogados'¬†Jos√© Antonio Fichtner¬†acts as arbitrator and counsel¬†in corporate and contractual arbitral and judicial disputes.¬†Andr√© Abbud¬†at¬†BMA - Barbosa, M√ľssnich, Arag√£o¬†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 Advogados'¬†Pedro Maciel¬†who is 'a superstar in the Brazilian arbitration market' and¬†Lobo de Rizzo Advogados'¬†Luis Fernando Guerrero¬†who is singled out for his 'client-oriented' approach.

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