Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil > Firm Profile

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
1052 – SÃO PAULO
SP 04534004

Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a multidisciplinary banking and finance practice with a strong following among the main domestic and international banks and financial institutions. On the transactional side, the firm's lawyers comfortably advise on complex banking instruments and products. The firm's wider standing in M&A and infrastructure also ensures a strong flow of acquisition and project financings, both for borrowers and lenders. The team is also strong on the regulatory side, and is increasingly active in the fintech and payments space. Nei Schilling Zelmanovits leads the team, which includes Adriano Schnur, who handles project and structured finance transactions, and Eduardo Avila de Castro, who is especially active on the regulatory front. Newer partners such as Rafael Carretero and Bruno Racy area also making strong names for themselves.

Practice head(s):

Nei Schilling Zelmanovits


‘Machado Meyer stands out for its ability to deliver the required works within the required deadlines and with technical  quality. In addition, the experience of the firm in various types of operations and the fact that they are accustomed to serving diverse clients contribute to the fact that the partners and lawyers offer opinions and alternatives that add value to the service provided.’

‘Adriano Schnur and Raphael Zono show rigorous technical performance and great negotiating capacity. They are also always available to find solutions that meet the interests of the parties.’

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco Bradesco

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo

Goldman Sachs do Brasil Banco Múltiplo

Banco J.P. Morgan

Mercado Pago

Mercado Crédito

Scania Administradora de Consórcios

Lombard Odier Private Bank

Banco Cetelem

Banco do Brasil

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco BV

Travelex Banco de Câmbio

Concessionária Aeroporto Rio de Janeiro

Cemig Distribuição

Banco Mizuho do Brasil

BB Bando de Investimentos

Associação Brasileira de Bancos Internacionais

Banco BNP Paribas Brasil

Brazilian American Merchant Bank – BAMB

Banco Latinoamericano de Comércio Exterior

Banco Bradesco Europa

Cargill Financial Services International Inc

China Construction Bank (Brasil) Banco Múltiplo

ING Bank

Scotiabank Brasil, Banco Múltiplo

Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised Banco do Brasil, Bradesco and Itaú Unibanco on the debt restructuring of the InterCement Group.
  • Advised the underwriters on the issuance, by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional, through its subsidiary CSN Islands XI, of 6.75% senior unsecured notes due 2028, in the aggregate principal amount of $1bn.
  • Assisted BNP Paribas in connection with five different cross-border Uncommitted Term Loan Facility Agreements, in the aggregate amount of R$1.6bn.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 'all-star team' at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is 'attentive to the client's needs, and extremely agile'. The firm is adept in high-value deals that exceed R$1bn, in addition to mid-market transactions, where it works on the buy and sell side for well-known companies. With a sizeable team at both partner and associate level, the firm fields teams of experts in public M&A, private equity, healthcare and technology, among other sectors. Besides its offices in major states in Brazil, the firm also stands out for its presence in New York, which puts it closer to US-based investors and is also of benefit in outbound deals. The firm utilises technology and AI to improve efficiency, and has trained its staff through an Operational Excellence Programme that uses Lean Six Sigma, a methodology based on statistical methods to analyse data. In terms of D&I, the firm established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee in 2011, and today has affinity groups focusing on Gender Equality (Elas Conectam), LGBTIQA+ (#1gualdade) and Racial Equality (ID.Afro). Its work in these areas include lectures, meetings, mentoring and pro bono support. Guilherme Bueno Malouf leads the firm's business law department and is an expert in M&A and private equity investments. With him in the team are highly regarded corporate M&A and governance specialist Adriana Pallis and Arthur Bardawil Penteado, who acts for major Brazilian and international companies and private equity funds and is a member of the firm's executive committee. Diana Henne acts for international companies in their operations in Brazil, including in M&A and joint ventures, and Mauro Cesar Leschziner advises on M&A and private equity operations involving a broad range of sectors. Luciana Costa Engelberg, Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior and Manuela Lisboa Gentil Monteiro also receive praise.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Bueno Malouf


Organized team, attentive to the client’s needs, extremely agile and always available.’

Technical knowledge, assertiveness in dealings with the board of companies involved in M&A and Venture Capital processes and flexibility and availability of unconventional schedules.’

They have a great team. The team built by Ivandro Sanchez and Adriana Pallis, with the support of specialists of different fields is an all-star team.’

Luciana Costa Engelberg – very high availability, meeting deadlines, commitment.’

Manuela Lisboa Gentil Monteiro, Tatiana Machado Soares and Rafaela Gomes Ehl Barbosa are recommended.’

Ivandro Sanchez and Adriana Pallis lead an excellent team. Andrea Fialho is a young associate that works as a partner with lots of experience.’

I had a very positive experience with the office. The Corporate and M&A team, and specifically partner Adriana Pallis, conducted the negotiations satisfactorily, accommodating the interests of all parties.’

Especially the partner Adriana Pallis had a very conciliatory performance and understanding of the business and the wishes of the parties, adequately addressing the needs of the operation and satisfactorily meeting the expectations.’

Key clients

Blackstone Tactical Group






XP Inc.

Julius Baer


Siemens Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Unidas on the merger with Localiza.
  • Advised Telefonica on the potential acquisition by Telefonica Brasil, TIM and Claro of the totality of the mobile business assets currently held by Oi Móvel – in judicial reorganisation.
  • Advised Dasa/Impar on its acquisition of Grupo Leforte.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a first-class choice for labour advice in Brazil. 2020 saw the firm help many longstanding clients restructure their employment practices in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, including providing advice on health and safety issues, home-working policies, collective negotiations for salary reductions, and the temporary closure of operations in Brazil. In addition to consulting advice, the firm regularly supports clients in internal investigations, collective lawsuits, strike management, class actions, and administrative and judicial labour disputes. The highly experienced Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi leads the specialised team, which also includes Caroline Marchi, Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Daniel Dias. Clients also rate senior associate Murilo Caldeira Germiniani.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi


‘The legal opinions we receive are high-level, always quite grounded and  professional, including when dealing with technical and operational teams.’

‘Rodrigo Takano understood our structure and the kind of response that we need very quickly.’

‘Murilo Caldeira Germiniani has a lot of experience and contributes very technically, including issues of enormous complexity and contributed strongly to my company to remain regular during the pandemic, in the face of so many legislative novelties and uncertainties about how to deal with all the challenges of the moment.’

Key clients

Bank of America Merill Lynch

Compass Minerals

Accenture do Brasil Ltda.


Cabify Agência de Serviços de Transporte


Louis Dreyfus Company Brasil

General Eletric do Brasil

Grupo LVMH

The Boston Consulting Group

Work highlights

  • Conducted an internal investigation for Telefonica Brasil concerning alleged confidentiality breaches by an employee.
  • Successfully advised Buser, a group bus ticket purchase service, throughout an investigation by the Public Labor Prosecutors’ Office concerning the working conditions of bus drivers.
  • Advised the restaurant chain Habib’s in a labour lawsuit filed by the Public Labor Prosecutors’ Office.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

With significant presence throughout Brazil, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has one of the leading projects and infrastructure practices in the market. Testament to its standing is the impressive track record in innovative transactions in the project finance space. The team has been particularly active advising on financing matters for the development of energy projects, with a special emphasis on renewables. In addition, the group also demonstrates strength in matters pertaining to PPPs, bidding processes and M&A deals. Alberto Faro has a wealth of experience in domestic and cross-border project finance, most notably in the power, mining, oil and gas, sanitation and transport segments. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior is another noteworthy practitioner for financing transactions, and also demonstrates proficiency in PPPs and regulatory matters. Mauro Bardawil Penteado, who has significant experience in the ports, power and oil and gas sectors, advises clients on an array of infrastructure and energy matters. Other key individuals include José Virgílio Lopes Enei and Adriano Schnur. Since publication, the team has been further strengthened with the February-2022 hire of Marcelo Lucon as a partner; Lucon has a lengthy in house legal trajectory in the construction and infrastructure sector, most notably some seven years as CLO at Grupo Ecorodovidas.

Practice head(s):

José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior; Mauro Bardawil Penteado; Alberto Faro


‘The team is highly experienced and understands the connectors between the legal and commercial topics relevant to the client, such as supplier agreements, financing framework and corporate structure. The integration of the Machado team with our project team is outstanding and includes a direct cooperation with colleagues of various disciplines.’

‘In addition to their experience in the industry and knowledge of Brazilian law, they have a thorough understanding of our project and our organisational challenges. They are proactive in implementing and voicing topics they consider relevant to the client.’

‘Business view. Proper and pragmatic language. Clear and objective recommendations.’

‘Mauro Bardawil Penteado is a standout partner in the team – he is always available and very attentive.’

‘The firm stands out for its knowledge of the market and the opportunities that appear for business. I recommend José Virgílio Lopes Enei and Alberto Faro.’

‘I worked with few firms in project finance and corporate transactions, but none comes close to meeting the MMSO service, in terms of quality, knowledge, experience, availability and partnership! They have a very deep knowledge of the details and intricacies of structured operations of corporate organisation and fundraising in the market. They have the answers at their fingertips and, when the topic is more complex, they go beyond simply following market practice, seeking to solve the problem and overcome obstacles.’

‘The partners are effectively involved in the projects and the team is competent and available, formed by professionals of the highest level.’

Key clients

SPIC China

Inter-American Development Bank

Goldman Sachs


International Finance Corporation

Corporacion Andina de Fomento – CAF

International Terminal Container Services – ICTSI

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)

Mubadala Investment Company


EIG Partners


Itaú BBA


L.D. Celulose

Itochu Corporation

New Development Bank

BTG Pactual




Work highlights

  • Acted as legal advisor to CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista, as issuer for the ninth issuance of debentures by CTEEP in two tranches, in the total amount of R$1.6bn.
  • Acted for LD Celulose as borrower in relation to $1.15bn financing from IDB Invest, IFC and financial institutions guaranteed by Finnvera for the implementation of a dissolving wood plant.
  • Advised Atlas Juazeiro Comercializadora de Energia on the international financing of the first solar power complex in Brazil under a long-term power purchase agreement indexed to USD.

Brazil > Public law Tier 1

The well-established practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, which combines impressive administrative law and regulatory knowledge with transactional expertise, provides advisory services in relation to the entire spectrum of public law matters. The team is particularly sought after for its experience in public procurement, complex PPP agreements and high-stakes litigation before federal regulatory agencies and the superior courts of Brazil. Other typical mandates include privatisations, concessions and administrative improbity claims. In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the team was engaged by clients across a range of sectors, such as transport, energy and sanitation, in relation to the extension of existing concession agreements, rebalancing requests of contracts, and litigation. Department head José Virgílio Lopes Enei is a name to note for PPPs and concessions of urban and social infrastructure. Lucas Sant’Anna is recommended by peers and clients alike for his strong background in public tenders, administrative law and PPPs. Rafael Vanzella, who specialises in public law and regulatory matters pertaining to the transport and sanitation sectors, and Pedro Saullo, whose areas of activity include concessions and PPP projects, are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

José Virgílio Lopes Enei


‘Rafael Vanzella’s team is sensational! They are always available and accept to negotiate different conditions taking on the risk together with the client.’

‘The firm’s structure is exceptional, the experienced and diligent professionals have in-depth technical knowledge on the topics, the services provided are of the highest standard, always adequate to the proposed deadlines. Lucas Sant’Anna is recommended.’

‘The practice has very capable professionals and an important track record of relevant matters. José Virgílio Lopes Enei is great.’ 

‘Full availability to meet our request, even when the schedule and workload were challenging.’

‘Lucas Sant’anna and Pedro Saullo stand out.’

Key clients

BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social

EixoSP Concessionária de Rodovias

Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias

Concessionária Rodovias do Tietê

International Finance Corporation – IFC

Maersk Supply Services

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão



BRK Ambiental Participações


Mercado Pago

Fonte Nova Participações

Andritz Hydro

Estre Ambiental

Work highlights

  • Assists BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social with the studies for the liberalisation of the Brazilian postal sector and the privatisation of Correios.
  • Assisting Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias and EixoSP Concessionária de Rodovias in discussing liabilities for repairing road infrastructure and determining the allocation of the corresponding obligations either to the previous concessionaires or to Entrevias and Eixo.
  • Acting for Concessionária Rodovias do Tietê before the regulatory agency for the economic rebalance of its concession contract due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

'Extremely proactive and effective', Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a top destination for major creditors, and its role on the market's largest restructurings illustrates its expertise in this area. Notable highlights in this regard included its advice to Itaú Unibanco and Banco Bradesco on the restructuring of Odebrecht Group (Brazil's largest restructuring to date), and its sugarcane and alcohol division, Atvos Group. Coupled with this is the firm's track record in debtor-in-possession (DIP) financings, and its advice to distressed debt investors. Key members of the team include Renato Maggio on the debt restructuring side, and Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado for related contentious proceedings. Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira, Rafael Carretero and Camilo Torres Gerosa Gomes are also highly active in this area.

Practice head(s):

Renato Maggio; Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado


‘Machado Meyer is highly qualified from a technical point of view in processes of restructuring and judicial recovery in Brazil and abroad. Ultra organised staff and quick service at any time, with solutions appropriate to the customer’s need.’

‘It is a multidisciplinary firm with top professionals in every subject. They are up to date and see the spread of information and knowledge among the most experienced lawyers with the younger ones.  They are extremely proactive and effective.’

‘Renata Oliveira, Adriano Schunur, Camilo Gerosa Gomes, Andre Ericsson and Pedro Jardim: They have an excellent technical capacity for deals with large banks and companies. An excellent team.’

‘Adriano Schnur has great professional experience, technical knowledge and negotiating qualities.’

Key clients


Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Bradesco

Farallon Capital Management

Banco do Brasil

Itaú Unibanco

Jive Investments

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Work highlights

  • Acted as counsel to Itaú Unibanco  and Banco Bradesco as creditors in the judicial restructuring of Odebrecht Group.
  • Acted as counsel to Itaú Unibanco and Banco Bradesco in the restructuring of Atvos Group (sugarcane and alcohol division of Odebrecht).
  • Advised Itaú Unibanco, Banco Santander (Brasil) and other supporting creditors in the pre-packaged reorganisation proceeding of Restoque Comércio e Confecções de Roupas, a publicly traded company.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a top-notch tax practice led by highly rated tax litigator Daniella Zagari. She is backed by a number of seasoned judicial litigators, including Marco Antônio Gomes Behrndt and Marcelo Fortes, who has a strong relationship with Vale. The firm is also extremely active on the transactional, strategic and tax structuring front, with a number of leading advisers for direct tax, such as Fernando Tonanni, Raquel Novais and Celso Costa, who also have good administrative litigation expertise. On the indirect tax and customs front, Camila Galvão Anderi Silva, Fernanda Sá Freire and the recently promoted Diogo Martins Teixeira and Andre Menon are among the main contacts. Bruna Marrara is also strong on the transactional side.

Practice head(s):

Daniella Zagari


‘The services provided are of great quality, always in the time expected by our customers.’

‘Fernando Tonanni is an excellent professional, and a super partner in all our tax matters. He is very knowledgeable, transparent, professional. Additionally,  very easy to work with, and the response time is great. We have adopted him and his team as a long-term partner.’

‘They go deeper into the topics and bring all elements to the best decision-making for the client.’

‘Daniel Peixoto: impeccably attentive service, excellent technical quality, understanding of business, attentive to changes that can impact the client.’

‘Andre Menon has extensive knowledge in the area of indirect tax incentives.’

‘Daniel Monteiro Peixoto, Fernando Munhoz and Marcelo Cerqueira Fortes are professional advisors in the market in the tax field. They have notable knowledge and exemplary dedication to the client.’

I worked with Machado Meyer’s team on a specific project and what most caught my attention was the teamwork between the different areas of the office, technical knowledge and proactivity in the search for solutions.’

The office has a cross-functional team that, in addition to legal knowledge, has knowledge and tools to assess financial impacts and number updates.’

Key clients

Telefonica Group



Nissan Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Exxon Group

JP Morgan


BR Distribuidora

BP Bunge

Gas Natural AÇU – GNA









Magazine Luiza


Chevron O&G



GE Aviation

Grupo Big

Bristol Myers Squibb Farmacêutica

Grupo Pão De Açúcar

Ingram Group

Anglo American


Latam Airlines


Total E&P Do Brasil



Rio De Janeiro Refrescos



Grupo Edenred

TicketFord Do Brasil


International Paper



Stakraft Energias Renováveis


Air Products

Mercado Livre

Work highlights

  • Advised food retailer Grupo Pão de Açúcar on tax issues linked to its restructuring and IPO.
  • Advised Petrobras on developing a tax framework to allow the access of third parties to its processing units.
  • Advised Telefonica do Brasil on the acquisition of the mobile business from Oi Móvel within the context of the judicial recovery plan.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados represents issuers and underwriters on the gamut of debt and equity capital markets issues. The firm was involved in over 60 deals in 2020, advising on R$17.7bn in equity offerings and R$28.4bn worth of debt issuances. This is coupled with its strong track record in regulatory matters, as well as in cross-border mandates. The experienced team includes versatile partners such as Eliana Helena de Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti, who advises on both debt and equity listings, and finance partner Nei Schilling Zelmanovits who specialises in debt capital markets. Belo Horizonte-based partner Gustavo Rugani also has a good track record in IPOs and follow-on equity transactions, and all types of bond issues.

Practice head(s):

Nei Schilling Zelmanovits; Eliana Helena de Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti


‘Eliana Chimenti – extremely experienced and practical with complex subjects,’

Key clients

Banco Votorantim

Banco Itaú BBA

Irani Papel e Embalagem

Anima Holding

Banco Inter

Granbio Investimentos

Madero Industria e Comercio

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logistica

Patrimar Engenharia

Direcional Engenharia

Simpar Group

Work highlights

  • Advised the syndicate of banks on the R$5.6bn primary equity offering of Natura &Co Holding, with restricted selling efforts in Brazil and registered in the US with the SEC.
  • Advised the underwriters on the R$3.55bn debentures issue by B3.
  • Advised the underwriters on a R$2.65bn primary public offer, with restricted placement efforts, for the distribution of units, common shares and preferred shares of Banco BTG Pactual.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is well recognised for its strength in litigation, and its Brasília-based team forms an important part of the firm's overall dispute resolution offering. Cristiane Romano leads the practice in Brasília, and is noted for her experience before the Supreme Federal Court and Superior Court of Justice, as well as regulatory agencies. João Vitor Luke Reis is another key contact.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

The 'top-flight antitrust team' at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a 'recognised history of success in representing clients before CADE'. Maria Eugênia Novis leads the stable team, which - in addition to generating its own steady flow of cases - has strong synergies with other practices in the firm, including corporate and M&A, and also enjoys good relationships with leading international law firms. As a result, the team continues to handle a large proportion of mergers, including complex filings, before CADE, and is also regularly involved in the most high-profile antitrust investigations taking place in the country. In litigation, the firm is equipped to represent clients in challenges against CADE decisions. Managing partner Tito Amaral de Andrade and compliance, competition and public law specialist Marcos Paulo Veríssimo are also key contacts, and Érica Sumie Yamashita is a name to note at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Maria Eugênia Novis


This is a top-flight antitrust team that is extremely well connected with the Brazilian agency and very practical in the advice it provides.’

Maria Novis is just fabulous – responsive, knowledgeable, and pragmatic. She can go broad and deep on any question of the law and has terrific experience across a range of industries. Tito Andrade is very strong as well. Erica Sumie Yamashita is up-and-coming.’

Complete office, full service. Great professionals and quality service.’

Guilherme Malouf and Paulo Henrique are excellent. 100% committed and dedicated.’

The office has a recognised history of success in representing clients before CADE, having worked in large, highly concentrated processes, mainly in regulated markets, which require coordination and coordination between the action of CADE and other regulatory agencies involved.’

Key clients

ADM – Archer Daniels Midland



Atlas Schindler




Sequoia Logistica



Work highlights

  • Represented Diagnósticos da América (Dasa) in the merger review of its acquisition of 100% of the capital stock of São Marcos Saúde e Medicina Diagnóstica.
  • Acted for Caledonia Saude in the merger filing of the acquisition of 55% of the capital stock of Austa Participações, a company active in the private healthcare industry.
  • Advised Caixa Seguridade on the merger filing of the establishment of a 50/50 joint venture between it and Tokio Marine Seguradora to operate the distribution, promotion, supply, sale and after-sale of home and residential insurance products.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 2

The sizeable dispute resolution team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a solid performer in litigation at all levels in Brazil, including proceedings before the superior courts in Brasília. Recently, the team has been particularly active in cases involving clients from the mining, technology, start-up, pharmaceutical, banking and aviation sectors; bankruptcy and judicial reorganisations are also areas of strength for the department. Eliane Cristina Carvalho, whose fields of expertise include civil litigation, crisis management and preventive measures, heads up the practice with Gláucia Mara Coelho, who stands out for her impressive track record in high-stakes judicial and administrative proceedings. Corporate disputes are notable areas of practice for Ariana Anfe and Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino. Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros is another key contact, especially for contractual disputes, environmental class actions and administrative improbity claims.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Gláucia Mara Coelho


‘The firm has a unique position in the market regarding the implementation of collective programs for the resolution of conflicts.’

‘Glaucia Coelho is a professional who stands out for being extremely didactic, technical and extremely brilliant in their work.’

‘Broad and deep knowledge, speed and availability to find the best strategy.’

‘Paulo Eduardo Marino and Ariana Anfe stand out for their technical competence, professionalism and dedication to the client.’

‘Team with excellent knowledge in the field. The ability to respond immediately to urgent and critical demands is impressive. All are excellent professionals, but I would highlight Eliane Carvalho.’

Key clients


Samarco Mineração



Sequoia Logística e Transporte

Gumi Brasil Participações

Oracle do Brasil Sistemas

Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia


Banco Bradesco

Quimica Amparo

CEEE – Companhia Estadual de Energia Elétrica

GRU – Concessionária do Aeroporto Internacional de Guarulhos

Work highlights

  • Representing Samarco Mineração in a case related to an accident involving its dam Fundão, causing a massive spill of 32 million cubic metres of mud tailings beyond the property limits.
  • Assisted Kirton Bank in a judicial claim filed by the counterparty to discuss cashbacks on the transaction price of an M&A deal.
  • Acted for Braskem, which decided to close its activities in Maceió (Alagoas) due to a report that mentioned the occurrence of geological events that affected the region.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 2

With an impressive track record in M&A transactions in the exploration and production segment, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for strategic clients in an array of transactional, contractual and regulatory matters. The team, which has recently experienced growth in E&P, gas and refining-related work, is particularly recognised for its role as the main advisor of Petrobras in relation to its divestment programme. Daniel Szyfman, who sits in the São Paulo office, leads the nationwide group, and is regularly sought by clients engaged in M&A and financing matters. He receives support from a talented team of associates based in Rio de Janeiro, which includes natural gas projects specialist Maria Fernanda Soares and Fernando Xavier, the latter of whom focuses on E&P projects and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Szyfman


Machado Meyer is fully aware of the company’s drivers and values and always provides legal support straight to the point and with a commercial oriented mindset.

‘The team has extensive experience in the natural gas sector, supporting government and key stakeholders in the gas sector. Maria Fernanda Soares stands out for her regulatory knowledge of the sector. She follows the legal developments related to the Brazilian Gas Market opening closely.’

‘ Harmony, dedication, respect and discipline. Fernando Xavier is great.’

Daniel Szyfman and Fernando Xavier are excellent lawyers, business oriented and straight to the point, always adding value to our legal discussions and issues.’

Key clients










Engie Soluções




Gera Maranhão




Acu Petroleo

Work highlights

  • Hired by Petrobras to create the contractual and tax structure (in compliance with the changing regulatory framework) to grant non-discriminatory and negotiated access to its natural gas processing units (UPGNs).
  • Advised Petrobras on the sale of 19 offshore fields and 85 onshore fields for an aggregate consideration of $3.87bn, as part of the company’s ambitious divestment plan for mature and onshore fields.
  • Assisting Oil Group in the creation of a project for a modular refinery with a processing capacity of up to 50MMb/d in the Açu Port.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has longstanding experience in traditional generation and renewable energy projects, acting as legal counsel to foreign and domestic companies in the power sector. The group is well equipped to assist with the full array of transactional mandates, ranging from project finance to M&A, energy auctions and commercial contracts. Regulatory issues and administrative proceedings also feature in the team’s caseload. Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, who is recommended for project finance, transactions and concessions involving the electricity sector, oversees the department, which also has notable strength in power commercialisation, trading and self-generation. Energy law specialist Laura Souza is regularly retained by international clients looking to operate in the Brazilian market. Paulo Machado - who made partner in January 2022 - is a noteworthy practitioner in project development, while the Brasília-based Cristiane Romano focuses on judicial and administrative disputes.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Esteves de Souza; Cristiane Romano


‘Large experience in the energy sectors. Availability at any time of the day, knowledgeable of the legal framework related to the energy emerging markets.’

‘Extremely well prepared team, up-to-date with the main developments in the sector and with high technical knowledge. Ana Karina Souza is a professional with the highest technical level and significant experience.’

Key clients

EDF – Electricité de France

Macquarie Capital


Sterlite Power Grid Ventures

EDP Renováveis Brasil


BlackRock Global Energy & Power Infrastructure Funds

CTEEP – Companhia Paulista de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica

Siemens Energy

Total Gas & Power

Work highlights

  • Advised Atlas Juazeiro, an energy trading company of Atlas Group, on all stages of the structuring of a USD indexed power purchase agreement (USD PPA) and on photovoltaic power plants that will supply energy under the USD PPA.
  • Provided Macquarie with a full analysis of the Brazilian energy sector, including analysis of photovoltaic and wind projects that will potentially be acquired by the client from a major energy project developer in the Brazilian market.
  • Advised Omega Energia on the regulatory measures related to an incident that occurred involving the overflow of a reservoir and dam failure of a small hydroelectric plant.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is engaged by clients from the infrastructure, logistics, chemicals, real estate, agribusiness, steel, mining and pharmaceutical industries (among others) in the entire spectrum of environmental mandates. The department regularly assists with risk assessment and management of environmental liabilities in the context of corporate, finance and capital markets transactions, project development and compliance matters. Crisis management is another key area of practice, and is a core specialism for Roberta Danelon Leonhardt, who leads the team and handles a range of environmental law matters, including climate change, green finance and ESG issues. On the contentious front, the practice also showcases strength in environmental litigation both at the administrative and judicial levels. Eduardo de Campos Ferreira is a name to note for environmental claims. Carolina de Almeida Castelo Branco is well versed in compliance issues, transactions and litigation.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt


‘They combine the client’s interests and priorities with a love for the environment. Focused on ESG. Roberta Leonhardt and Carolina de Almeida Castelo Branco both have technical knowledge and are attentive to the client’s needs and priorities.’

‘The firm has unquestionable expertise in negotiating relevant environmental agreements. Roberta Leonhardt, Eduardo Ferreira and Carolina de Almeida Castelo Branco provide impeccable service especially with regard to customer service.’

‘A team with an excellent knowledge base in the field and with different behavioural profiles, necessary for clients’ diverse needs. The ability to respond immediately to urgent and critical demands is impressive. All are excellent professionals, but I would highlight Roberta Leonhardt, Carolina de Almeida Castelo Branco and Eduardo Ferreira.’

Key clients



Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais – Usiminas

Samarco Mineração

CMPC Tissue

BrasilAgro – Companhia Brasileira de Propriedades Agrícolas

Cargill Agrícola

Companhia Auxiliar de Armazéns Gerais – Copersucar

Hidrovias do Brasil

NTS – Nova Transportadora do Sudeste

Itochu Corporation

Huawei do Brasil Telecomunicações

Wacker Química do Brasil

GTIS Partners

Itaú Unibanco

Gerdau Açominas

Work highlights

  • Assisting Samarco Mineração with crisis management in relation to the dam collapse incident in Mariana.
  • Represents VCNNE in a public civil action filed against the client and others to suspend activities of the Pedra do Cavalo Hydroelectric power plant due to alleged environmental damages deriving from construction and operational issues.
  • Representing AMATA in a public civil action related to the second stage of Operation Arquimedes, by means of which 60 companies are being investigated due to alleged irregularities in exploring and exporting wood from the Amazon.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 2

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has established a strong reputation in the aviation market. The firm's clients range from major airlines like LATAM, through to leading banks and leasing companies. The firm regularly advises on aircraft leases and financings, and is also strong in regulatory and M&A. In addition, the team has a strong litigation arm, where Eliane Cristina Carvalho is especially active. Practice head Fabio Falkenburger and Marina Estrella are the main contacts for acquisitions, financings and regulatory advice. The firm also provides strong support to clients in the airport sector, assisting with airport concessions and related public law matters.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Falkenburger; Eliane Carvalho


The team is very punctual and defends the client in a very committed and faithful way. I’d highlight Fabio Falkenburger and Pedro Amim, who have always been very punctual and helpful.

Extremely competent team, specialist in aviation and with excellent flexibility of schedules and deadlines. Added to this is the knowledge of the partners and international law.’

‘This is the premiere aviation transactional practice group in Brazil. While there are excellent aviation attorneys at smaller firms, Machado Meyer stands out as being a full service firm with expertise in aviation transaction matters, with complementary depth for any ancillary issues that may come up in the life of a deal.’

‘Fabio Falkenburger has extensive experience in aviation matters, and offers practical and prompt advice. He is one of two attorneys in Brazil who I am fully comfortable in using for larger aviation matters, not only for his expertise, but also for having the support of a team that can handle all aspects of a deal, and follow up on the details. Lucas Scaff, Pedro Amim are rising stars, with each of them having the added professional experience of an LLM in the US and stints as international attorneys for aviation practices in the US.’

The team’s knowledge of Aviation, added to the legal background, make Machado Meyer a differentiated firm. We took to Fabio Falkenburger and his team various issues in the aviation world that are always resolved in the best way, leaving us in no doubt that it was the best decision to be made. Fabio Falkenburger and Marina Estrella both have an exemplary service with technical content.’

Fábio Falkenburger – undisputed technical knowledge, partnership with clients and a reference in the sector not only in Brazil but in the world. Pedro Amim – dedication and customer care, undeniable technical knowledge, is one of the most promising lawyers in the sector.’

Excellent office, especially the aviation and infrastructure projects team and the banking and financing team, which have served us for over 10 years, offering an extremely high-quality service and commitment to the delivery deadlines.’

Key clients

GE Commercial Aviation Services

CAF – Companhia Aérea de Fretamento, Taxi Aéreo

Fulwood Investimentos E Participações

Banco Votorantim

ICON Táxi Aéreo

Bank of America


Rolls Royce Financing

TAM Linhas Aéreas

Elix Leasing

JP Morgan Bank

Arys Tecnologia Aeroespacial

Neo Taxi Aéreo

Jetsmart Airlines

TMF Brasil Administração e Gestão de Ativos

LATAM Airlines (Chile)

Work highlights

  • Assisted ICON Taxi Aéreo in drafting and negotiating the aircraft sale and purchase agreement with a buyer headquartered in the US.
  • Assisted GECAS in the negotiation of various agreements, including lease extensions, lease deferrals, reduction of monthly payments and maintenance requirements.
  • Advising GECAS on its lease agreements with GOL as part of GOL’s restructuring plan under the Covid-19 pandemic crisis.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados brings a strong combination of tax, corporate, litigation and civil law expertise to its private wealth group. High-net-worth families and individuals often seek advice from the team on the cross-over between their commercial and private interests, including the companies they control. This includes support on inheritance, asset planning and protection, real estate, criminal law and philanthropy. The firm also works with several high-profile domestic and international private banks on the development of their products. Well-regarded tax specialist Fernando Tonanni heads the team, with strong support from partners Celso Costa and Fernando Colucci on related tax, corporate and asset structuring.

Practice head(s):

Fernando Tonanni


‘The partners and lawyers of the team are extremely competent and easy to communicate with.’

‘Strong technical service adapted to the needs of each client.’

‘Their attention, competence, language and communication really make them stand out from the competition. Here I should mention Fernando Colucci, Carlos and Rafael.’

‘Fernando Colucci acts in a very technical way, leading to the clients always receiving relevant solutions.’

Key clients


Lombard Odier

Julius Baer

Edmond de Rothschild

Credit Suisse

City focus - Belo Horizonte > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

Working in close collaboration with the firm’s network of offices across Brazil, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ Belo Horizonte practice excels in capital market deals. In addition to assisting clients from a variety of sectors, notably energy and financial services, with equity and debt transactions, the team is also experienced in M&A, financial agreements, commercial issues and regulatory matters involving public companies. Gustavo Rugani oversees the local corporate finances department, which also includes Guilherme Azevedo, who made partner in January 2022 and has a relevant background in cross-border transactions.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Rugani


‘Quality service, timely, proactive in anticipating problems and presenting solutions.’

‘Gustavo Rugani is present and proactive. He quickly understands the points and presents simple solutions to solve them.’

‘They are extremely competent and helpful lawyers. They are helpful and timely in solving legal problems.’

‘Gustavo Rugani  is a lawyer with unique technical/legal knowledge, which makes him stand out in the market.’

‘Differentiated performance in complex operations, with personality, deep and practical knowledge in corporate and M&A matters and a pro-deal vision.’

‘Gustavo Rugani stands out for his legal knowledge, practicality, agility, availability, and reputation.’

Key clients


Arcelormittal Brasil

Sequoia Logística e Transportes

Direcional Engenharia

Banco Inter


Patrimar Engenharia

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Localiza Rent a Car

Hospital Mater Dei

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banco Inter in a public offering with restricted placement efforts, of common shares, preferred shares and units.
  • Assisted in the IPO of shares issued by Sequoia Logística e Transportes.
  • Acts as deal counsel for the third issuance of debentures by BHF Holding Financeira.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

One of the best-known law firms in the Brazilian legal market, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for leading companies across various sectors, and its compliance department has recently expanded its client base with new clients in the shipping, automotive and arts sectors, among others. With broad coverage in the field of compliance, the team provides assistance in corporate investigations involving corruption, fraud, unfair competition and environmental law violations, government investigations, risk assessments and other corporate compliance and integrity-related matters. Juliana Sá de Miranda's expertise takes in both compliance and white-collar criminal law. The highly regarded Marcos Paulo Veríssimo co-leads the team, which also includes key associate Gabriela Silveira e Viana.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Paulo Verissimo; Juliana Sá de Miranda


Extremely careful service. They knew how to search for and address the issues of compliance concern.’

The office manages to transmit the positions with a lot of strategy and technique.’

Marcos Verissimo and Gabriela Viana are recommended.’

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Scania do Brasil

Kroll Associates



Instituto Tomie Ohtake

Brunswick Corporation




Work highlights

  • Assisted Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço with the negotiation of a leniency agreement with the competent authorities.
  • Advised a client on the integrity due diligence for the potential acquisition of several energy stations.
  • Assisting Ecorodovias in the context of internal investigations and agreement negotiations with state authorities.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Offering multidisciplinary expertise that cuts across financing, tax, environmental law, contractual and regulatory issues, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados routinely receives instructions from mining companies and investors in relation to project development and transactions. Greenfield mining projects and M&A involving mining assets are strong points for the department, which is jointly led by Liliam Fernanda Yoshikawa and Pedro Henrique Jardim. The practice heads combine several years of experience in domestic and cross-border natural resources and infrastructure projects.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Henrique Jardim; Liliam Fernanda Yoshikawa

Key clients

Grupo Buritipar


Itochu Corporation

Itochu Brasil

Gerdau Açominas

Grupo Jafet

Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração (CBMM)

Mineração Samarco

JFE Steel Corporation

Dolomita Indústria e Comércio de Calcário

Vantage Brasil Mineração

Brazil Iron

Andina – Rio de Janeiro Refrescos

Anglo American Group

Votorantim Cimentos

Mineração Usiminas

Nexa Resources

Work highlights

  • Advised Vale on the structuring and negotiation of the sale of assets related to the exploration of copper in the Circular Project to Oz Minerals.
  • Advised Vale on the renegotiation of the terms pursuant to which Avanco Resources acquired certain assets from Vale, namely, the Pantera Project (a copper project in Carajás, Pará).
  • Assisted CEFAR in relation to a mining project, with a special emphasis on the new rules on tailing dam control and safety.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 3

In the field of insurance, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its non-contentious advice; it regularly supports clients in policy wording reviews, contractual negotiations, joint ventures and M&A. The team also has good expertise in claim adjustment processes, and often assists clients with insurance product distribution agreements. Key partners include Eduardo Avila de Castro, who has a particular specialism in financial services regulation, and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, who is active on the transactional side. Associate Pedro Henrique Ricco Verzemiassi also receives praise.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Avila de Castro; Nei Schilling Zelmanovits


‘Machado Meyer’s lawyers, in the insurance area, are technically excellent and deliver the work within the agreed time. In addition, most of the time I am served by senior lawyers.’

‘Eduardo Castro is a very experienced lawyer who has the aptitude for negotiation.’

Machado Meyer’s lawyers in the insurance area are technically excellent and deliver the work within the agreed deadline (sometimes even before the deadline).’

Pedro Henrique Ricco is super thoughtful and technically flawless. The documents are submitted on time and without the need for changes.’

Key clients

Caixa Seguridade

Cardif do Brasil

Travelers Seguros


Zurich Minas Brasil

Atradius Crédito y Caución

Export Development Canada – EDC

Metropolitan Life Seguros e Previdência Privada

Grupo Ultra

ADM do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisting Caixa Seguridade and Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF) on the sale  of insurance, capitalisation products, open private pension plans, consortium management, healthcare and private dental-care plans and assistance services through a distribution agreement.
  • Acted as Brazilian legal advisors to Arch Capital Group in its filing with the Brazilian Insurance Authority (Superintendência de Seguros Privados) regarding the purchase of 29.50% of the share capital and voting rights of Coface.
  • Provided advice to Samsung in the negotiation of a distribution agreement with Assurant Seguradora concerning the insurance of its products.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 3

The ‘very experienced and dedicated professionals‘ at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados are called on to advise clients on high-end real estate matters, including deals with a strong corporate element. In addition to retail, healthcare, hospitality, commercial and residential transactions, the practice is also experienced in transport and energy infrastructure projects. Practice head Maria Flávia Seabra has significant experience in urban and rural investments. Other key partners include Ivana Bomfim and Fatima Tadea Rombola Fonseca. The department was further strengthened by the arrival of real estate specialist Bruno Costa from Azevedo Sette Advogados. Since publication, Costa was promoted to partner, in January 2022.

Practice head(s):

Maria Flávia Seabra


‘MMSO’s team of specialist lawyers is composed of very experienced and dedicated professionals, who cover all matters of industry with mastery.’

‘First, I would highlight the capacity, knowledge, agility and availability of the head of the real estate area, Maria Flavia Seabra. One of the best lawyers we’ve had the opportunity to work with.’

Ivana Bonfim and Larissa Vandjal are recommended.’

Key clients


Autonomy Investimentos

Banco Bradesco


Banco Votorantim

Concessionária de Rodovias do Interior Paulista

EIG Management Company

GIC Private Limited

Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Ibérica Construções e Incorporações

LD Celulose

Mineração Caraíba

Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários

Aliansce Sonae Shopping Center

OR Empreendimentos Imobiliários e Participações


Rhodia Brasil

Ulbrex Asset Management


Voltalia Energia do Brasil

WestRock, Celulose, Papel e Embalagens

WMB Supermercados do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisting Braskem in the implementation of a compensation and relocation programme for  families affected by the geological damage that occurred to approximately 10,000 properties located in the city of Maceió.
  • Assisting LD Celulose on the $1.15bn financing from IDB Invest, IFC and financial institutions guaranteed by Finnvera (Finnish export credit agency)  for the implementation of a dissolving wood plant in the state of Minas Gerais.
  • Assistance on the sale and leaseback of Arteris’ operation centre, located in the city of Ribeirão Preto.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields a team of lawyers specialised in ad hoc and institutional arbitration, which stands out for its significant experience in international proceedings involving a range of jurisdictions, including the US, the Netherlands, Uruguay and Ireland. Its client base comprises new and longstanding clients operating in the oil and gas, banking, construction, real estate, telecoms, mining and pharmaceutical industries. The department is particularly skilled in corporate, commercial and M&A-related disputes. Co-head Eliane Cristina Carvalho has recently been nominated as one of the Brazilian representatives of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC. Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros is not only engaged in arbitrations concerning banking, corporate and insurance disputes, but is also retained to lead advice on matters involving sports contracts. Recently promoted partner Gisela Ferreira Mation is a key contact for cross-border mandates.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros; Gisela Ferreira Mation


‘Responsiveness and experience with representing similar clients to us, so this team can anticipate and meet our needs.’

Key clients

Hyundai Motor Company

Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos

Ambiental Transportes Urbanos

Work highlights

  • Retained by Hyundai Motor Company to provide a legal opinion to be presented in an arbitration regarding the analysis of the applicability of Brazilian law in relation to a distributorship agreement.
  • Representing Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos and Xerém Projetos Imobiliários in an arbitration regarding a construction agreement.
  • Acted for Ambiental Transportes Urbanos in an arbitration procedure to discuss the existence and extension of the right to indemnification for the early termination of a concession agreement.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields a multi-disciplinary group of lawyers to assist life sciences companies on regulation, litigation and corporate and commercial transactions. In other work, the team has also been providing advice to clients on the development of cannabis and tobacco products. Regulatory and administrative law experts Ana Karina Esteves de Souza and Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza jointly lead the team, which includes dispute resolution, consumer law and product liability specialist Gláucia Coelho.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Esteves de Souza; Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza

Key clients

LVMH Parfums Et Cosmetiques do Brasil

Hospital Care

Koch Companies Public Sector

EQT Fund Management

Aditum Services





Work highlights

  • Provided legal advice to Aditum Services on Anvisa’s regulatory requirements in relation to the production of food supplements.
  • Advised Chiesi Farmacêutica on the due diligence of certain assets owned by Boehringer Ingelheim.
  • Acted as legal adviser to Alliance One, drafting a memorandum in respect of the legal framework applicable to the industrial cannabis sector in Brazil.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4

Covering public law, tax, labour, IP and litigation, the technology practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers assistance to start-ups and well-established companies in traditional sectors in relation to digital law. Leading the department is Diego Gualda, who draws on his former experience as in-house counsel at major internet and technology companies. He has a wealth of experience in both non-contentious and litigation mandates, advising on the structuring of new business models, internet regulation, data protection and contractual issues. In September 2021, the department was significantly bolstered by the arrival of data and digital law expert Juliana Abrusio.

Practice head(s):

Diego Gualda


‘Well-prepared team, able to understand the details of the client’s business, and that is why it is able to provide quality and tailored services.’

‘Diego Gualda has the ability to understand clients’ needs and provide adequate solutions, indicating the risks of decision-making.

Key clients

Verizon Media Internet


Zoom Video Communications

Buser Brasil Tecnologia

BRMalls Participações

GPBR Participações

Alice Tecnologia

Clever Devices

Câmara Brasileira de Comércio Eletrônico

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

As befits the firm's national reputation, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' white-collar crime department is retained by major Brazilian companies operating in various industries for assistance in complex cases and for legal opinions. In addition to its broad knowledge of financial and environmental crimes, the team also benefits from the input of the firm's experts in tax, labour and corporate law. Practice head Juliana Sá de Miranda and key associate Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales 'have deep criminal law knowledge and a very high ethical sense of compliance'.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda


The office is formed by great professionals in the national market. They tend to be agile and precise in their opinions and performance.’

Juliana Sá de Miranda is a lawyer with great legal knowledge in her area of expertise.’

Juliana and Gabriela have deep criminal law knowledge and a very high ethical sense of compliance, which gives a powerful and effective combination in solving complex problems of this nature.

Work highlights

  • On behalf of a client in the life sciences sector, drafted a preventive habeas corpus so as to avoid any criminal exposure arising from the non-compliance with a court decision concerning supplies of flu vaccines.
  • Provided a legal opinion on an insurance company’s exposure under banking, consumer and criminal legislation.
  • Retained by a financial institution to analyse the existence of a crime concerning a financial loan by the company, and to notify the criminal authorities to start a criminal investigation.

We work to offer intelligent legal solutions that drive business that can transform the reality of our clients and society.

We have reached 50 years of history believing that we don’t need to do what everyone else is doing. We are different. We are sure that thinking ahead, anticipating trends, and exercising foresight provide us with the necessary background to confidently explore increasingly innovative horizons for the future.

We grew following the fast pace of Brazil’s expansion and we continue to do so today. Attracted by challenges, our attitude has always been to invest in people’s growth, develop new practices, and explore new sectors, with the purpose of providing legal intelligence to make our clients’ strategies viable.

We are a team of creative people who are resolute obstinate in the search for possible legal solutions. Together, we learn and build knowledge all the time, with hard work, dedication, and commitment.

In this new phase, we want to expand the concepts of commitment, empathy, and innovation. Amplify our actions in the perspective of the future, following the demands of the world and in favor of society’s development.

It is this spirit that we want to celebrate, because we believe that transformation is possible.

Main areas of practice
Banking, insurance and finance:
Legal advice on structuring complex financial transactions, creating and implementing various types of sector-related products and services, and support to the relationship of its clients with regulators.

Capital markets: Machado Meyer participates in public offerings of shares and other securities, initial public offerings (IPOs), issuance of debt securities abroad, corporate restructuring, M&A transactions involving public companies, as well as going public, listing and de-listing procedures.

Competition and antitrust: Conducting mergers related to transactions between large Brazilian companies, cross-border transactions notified simultaneously in several countries and transactions involving regulated markets that require articulation and coordination with CADE and other regulatory agencies involved.

Compliance and integrity: Consulting on corporate governance, risk management and compliance, due diligence focusing on M&A projects, and corporate investigations and crisis management.

Corporate: Assistance in all procedures related to business law and strengthening of corporate governance systems to reduce exposure to risks, ensure legal compliance and help boost business.

Crisis management: Experience in complex cases and a multidisciplinary approach are Machado Meyer’s greatest assets to help businesses through any given tribulation as quickly and as safely as possible. The focus is to deter the crises’ impacts, preserve the company’s reputation, minimise losses, and safeguard and accelerate the client’s business.

Environmental: The firm provides legal advice to clients throughout the implementation, environmental licensing process and state supervision of business ventures and projects, establishing a strong dialogue with investors, decision-makers, and stakeholders in order to negotiate terms, mitigate potential risks and develop business-oriented solutions.

Projects and project financing: The firm assists investors with public bidding processes and the development of regulated activities through public-private partnerships, concessions, permissions, or authorisations, as well as risk-assessment and structuring of complex projects, always aiming at maximising the clients’ return on investment and implementing innovative solutions in relation to project financing, derivatives, investment funds, securitisations, issuance of debt and other securities.

Labour and employment: The firm provides guidance on all aspects of the legislation for companies and organisations. It seeks to keep clients always up to date on changes in labour laws and rules that may affect labour relations, so that they may have the necessary elements to make the best decisions possible. The firm also has strong transactional and litigation teams in this field of law, often assisting clients with the labour aspects of major M&A transactions and strategic litigation.

Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution: Advises on litigation and preventive matters in several forms of business disputes, such as acting before the courts, administrative authorities, and regulatory agencies, participating in arbitration and assisting clients in preliminary discussions to prevent or reduce the use and impact of litigation.

M&A and private equity: Machado Meyer advises domestic and international companies of all sizes in strategic M&A transactions for the expansion, development or sale of their business, presenting innovative solutions in relation to deal-structuring and providing advice to ensure legal certainty over the transactions.

Real estate: The firm advises clients on the development of real estate projects, preparing for any acquisition, financing, construction, partnerships and joint ventures, as well as on the structuring real estate collateral, leases, ‘built to- suit’ contracts, leasing, regularisation of rural and urban property, among other transactions, including deals that involve international partners and sophisticated financial mechanisms.

Restructuring and insolvency: As one of the most traditional debt restructuring and insolvency practices in Brazil, Machado Meyer mainly represents the interests of creditors and investors, exploring alternative agreements and maximising opportunities.

Tax: The firm provides advice on the interpretation and application of tax rules and regulations stemming from all spheres of the public administration. It supports clients in structuring new projects and in financial operations, customs regulations, transfer pricing, direct and indirect taxes, interpretation of international treaties, obtaining of tax incentives, and taxation of expatriates.

Technology: Legal advice to tech companies with disruptive business models to help them understand the Brazilian legal framework, assess and mitigate risks, and allow their business to thrive. The firm provides support in analysing the business models proposed by clients and in finding a legal framework that is safe and effective from a contractual, tax, and regulatory perspective.

White-collar crime: Consulting services in criminal matters in order to assist clients in complying with the strict legal requirements related to environmental, tax, consumer, commercial, labour, and issues of any other kind that may result in criminal consequences that could affect the clients’ business.

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Restructuring/insolvency Renata 55 11 3150-7056
Capital markets Eliana 55 11 3150-7035
Corporate Guilherme Bueno 55 11 3150-7639
Corporate Adriana 11 3150-7064
M&A and private equity Guilherme Bueno 55 11 3150-7639
M&A and private equity Arthur B. 55 11 3150-7405
Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution Eliane 55 11 3150-7673
Financing/infrastructure Mauro Bardawil 55 11 3150-7465
Tax Fernando 55 11 3150-7441
Environmental Roberta Danelon 55 11 3150-7009
Labor and employment Andrea Giamondo 55 11 3150-7779
Real estate Maria Flávia 55 11 3150-7428
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Liliam Fernanda Yoshikawa photo Liliam Fernanda YoshikawaPartner
Daniella Zagari photo Daniella ZagariPartner
Mr Raphael Zono  photo Mr Raphael Zono Partner
Eliana Helena de Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti  photo Eliana Helena de Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti Partner
Mr Lucas de Moraes Cassiano Sant'Anna photo Mr Lucas de Moraes Cassiano Sant'AnnaPartner
Mrs Alessandra de Souza Pinto  photo Mrs Alessandra de Souza Pinto Partner
Number of partners : 97
Number of lawyers : 470
ABA (American Bar Association)
AIDA International Insurance Law Association
American Chamber of Commerce (ACC)
Spanish Bar Association
International Bar Association

Machado Meyer has a team of highly qualified lawyers specially dedicated to advising clients from other countries. We call these multidisciplinary groups our special desks. They assist clients in Germany, Spain, Portugal and all the Asia countries with demands related to the development of new businesses or the daily operation of their projects.

Our work involves M&A transactions, structured operations, financing of infrastructure projects, technology innovations, investment funds, real estate projects and environmental issues, among other topics.

Besides being fluent in different foreign languages, our partners and lawyers have a good understanding of the cultural richness of each country. They can help companies and investors with business perspectives in Brazil overcome the complexity of our legislation and achieve their strategic goals.

We provide legal support to ensure the viability of new foreign investments in Brazil and broaden the horizons of multinational groups already established in the country.

To keep our lawyers up to date, we maintain exchange programs between professionals at Machado Meyer and clients and law firms in the countries that we serve. The main goal is to expand the knowledge and experiences of both our lawyers and the foreign professionals working in our firm.

With our background and expertise, we help eliminate any specific cultural barriers that could hinder the completion of new businesses, thus generating a competitive advantage for our clients from different countries and adding value to their projects.