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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
SÃO PAULO, SP, 01451-000

Banking and finance Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has one of the leading banking and finance practices in the country. Testament to its standing is the impressive roster of banking and financial services institutions, including insurers, which use the team for advice on transactional and regulatory matters. This includes major acquisition finance, project finance, structured finance, debt capital markets and export finance loans, covering a range of sectors, including agribusiness, energy and logistics, to name a few. Practice head Nei Schilling Zelmanovits remains a leading lawyer in the market, and clients benefit from the expertise of other key partners, including founding partner José Roberto Opice, Adriano Schnur, who handles project and structured finance, Raphael Zono, Rafael Carretero and Eduardo Avila de Castro.

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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 (Mercado Livre Group)

Scania Administradora de Consórcios Ltda.

Lombard Odier Private Bank

Banco Cetelem

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

Well-established firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados had another strong year for M&A in 2019. It is well versed in transactions that exceed the R$1bn mark. Recent examples include its advice to Petrobras on the oil and gas company's $8.6bn sale of 90% of its equity stake in TAG - Transportadora Associada de Gás; the deal represented Petrobras’ largest M&A transaction to date. Guilherme Bueno Malouf leads the department, which includes cross-border M&A expert Adriana Pallis, executive committee member Arthur Bardawil PenteadoMauro Cesar Leschziner and Luciana Costa Engelberg, who advises clients on corporate transactions and fund formation. While the practice is primarily based in São Paulo, the firm also has considerable geographic reach through its offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Belo Horizonte and New York.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Blackstone Tactical Group







Siemens Brasil


Julius Baer

Labour and employment Tier 1

The leading employment department at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados maintains a busy workload. The team, led by Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi, is regularly instructed on business-critical employment issues, including fighting accusations of modern slavery, as well as major collective bargaining negotiations and strategic labour lawsuits, including collective and individual claims. The firm has a strong advisory service that regularly helps with internal investigations, compliance issues and the structuring of employment policies and contracts. Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Caroline Marchi also have good reputations.

Key clients

Banco ABC Brasil

Verifone do Brasil

Accenture do Brasil

Deutsche Bank

Cognizant Serviços de Tecnologia e Software

99 Tecnologia Agência de Restaurantes Online

General Eletric do Brasil

Saipem do Brasil Serviços de Petróleo

Andritz Hydro Brasil

Litigation Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' Brasília-based litigation team is led by Cristiane Romano and has notable experience before the Supreme Federal Court and Superior Court of Justice. A healthy portion of its varied workload involves representing clients from highly regulated sectors - including oil and gas, energy and telecoms, among others - in a range of judicial and administrative disputes. In a recent victory, the team successfully represented Breitener Energetica, which is responsible for the supply and generation of energy to the state of Amazonas, in a contract dispute against Amazonas Energy. João Vitor Luke Reis has strong knowledge of private pension funds and labour litigation. Energy disputes expert Leandro Peliz and Janaína Castro, who specialises in analysing litigation at the higher courts, are key contacts at the associate level.

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Key clients

G4S Secure Solutions International

Bank of America Merril Lynch

Petrobras Distribuidora


SISTEL – Fundação Sistel de Seguridade Social

Banco Daycoval

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras

Postalis Instituto de Previdência Complementar

Viação Águia Branca

Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Fielding one of the biggest infrastructure and project finance teams in the market, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados covers the entire spectrum of legal services relating to projects. Mandates range from advising on public-private partnerships (PPPs), project finance and development to government concessions, bidding processes and M&A involving regulated sectors. The team receives instructions from significant domestic and international players operating in a variety of sectors, with particular emphasis in sanitation, oil and gas, transportation and energy. José Virgílio Lopes Enei, who excels in project financing and M&A in regulated sectors, leads the practice. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior has extensive experience in the energy, roads and mining sectors, while Mauro Bardawil Penteado is often retained to structure complex PPP arrangements. Project and structured finance transactions are areas of expertise for Adriano Schnur. Alberto Faro is another name to note for domestic and cross-border project financing.

Practice head(s):

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



Public law Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is able to handle the full range of public law issues; the practice has a strong track record in public bids, privatisations, concessions, complex public-private arrangements (PPPs) and administrative proceedings before federal regulatory bodies. Other notable areas of practice include judicial litigation and administrative improbity cases. Mauro Bardawil Penteado, who specialises in public law and projects, oversees the department with José Enei, whose areas of focus include PPPs and concessions. Lucas Sant’Anna is noted for his deep knowledge of regulatory matters, particularly involving the sanitation, airports, railways, highways and transport sectors. Rafael Vanzella is completely devoted to public law, and is proficient in public tenders, concessions and administrative agreements.


Machado Meyer’s team is a fully dedicated team engaged in present to the company the best solutions for our problems. The vision of the team is not limited or made with just one point of view. Their concern in understand all the implications and consequences for our shareholders and stakeholders put the law firm in the top of the list, transforming their delivery not only in a legal product, but in a complete analysis of the situation.

Lucas Sant’Anna expertise is essencial for the company when considering work with Machado Meyer. His knowledge of the theory, and his experience with the sector is very important for the support that the company needs.’

Key clients



B3 (Bolsa, Balcão, Brasil)


–C6 Bank

Clear Channel

Caixa Econômica Federal – CEF

Governo do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul/BNDES

International Finance Corporation

Pátria Infraestrutura

Tax Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a top-notch practice packed with tax specialists covering almost every corner of the market. The team's transactional expertise includes support on domestic and cross-border M&A, IPOs and corporate restructurings, as well as advice on infrastructure projects and tax incentive schemes. It is also well stocked with litigators with experience of direct and indirect tax disputes at every level. Fernando Tonanni leads the well-respected team, which handles an even mix of contentious and non-contentious work. Key members include Celso Costa, Camila Galvão Anderi Silva, Raquel Novais, Bruna Marrara and litigators Daniella Zagari Gonçalves and Marco Antônio Gomes Behrndt.

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‘The team is very competent, committed to the work, very easy to talk to and very available to the client. With in-depth knowledge on the matter, their work results were of excellent quality and fulfilling all deadlines on time.’

‘Raquel Novais: very organized and competent. Coordinated the team to deliver all products within the deadlines set in the schedule. She cared for excellence in all products, paying close attention to the content of products and the organization of events, such as training course and seminar. Her experience and extensive knowledge contributed a lot to the elaboration of the products. Very kind person and very easy to talk to.’

‘Camila Galvão: very competent and attentive to details of the discussions. With her experience, extensive knowledge and a lot of professionalism, she contributed a lot to relevant points of the studies and objectivity in the meetings. She brought to discussion several questions and proposals. Her extensive knowledge in other areas also added positively to the results of the work, by identifying issues in these areas related to the sector in study.’

Key clients

Telefonica Group



Nissan Group

Bank of America Merrill Lynch


Exxon Group

JP Morgan

Equinor (Statoil)


Capital markets Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados enjoys a strong reputation in the market for debt and equity capital markets work, and its partners, including Eliana Helena de Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti are well regarded. The versatile team covers all the bases, with Belo Horizonte head Gustavo Rugani, who is very active on the equity side, and debt finance experts Nei Schilling Zelmanovits and Eduardo Avila de Castro among the key contacts. In 2019 the firm advised public and privately traded companies, including issuers and underwriters, on a number of deals, including over 50 debenture issues.

Key clients

Banco Bradesco


GLP Brasil Empreendimentos e Participações

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Banco Itaú BBA

Wiz Soluções e Corretagem de Seguros

Banco Inter

Eletrobrás – Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras


JHSF Participações

Grupo Pão de Açúcar

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados retains a large market share of merger filings before CADE, including in non-fast-track cases which call for the negotiation of remedies. The team, which has been expanding its antitrust-related litigation practice, is also instructed by clients in sizeable domestic and international cartel investigations. Practice head Maria Eugênia Novis has broad experience in competition matters, acting for multinational clients in a variety of sectors. Managing partner Tito Amaral de Andrade; competition, compliance and public law specialist Marcos Paulo Veríssimo; and next generation lawyer Érica Sumie Yamashita, are also key figures.

Key clients

BR Distribuidora

Bristol-Myers Squibb

Caixa Econômica Federal

CMPC Melhoramentos

Danaher Corporation

GS Inima


Positivo Educação

Seara Alimentos

Willis Tower Watson

Dispute resolution: Litigation Tier 2

The growing litigation department at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has substantial experience in assisting leading companies from a variety of industries, including telecoms, energy, aviation, infrastructure and financial services. Preventative matters, including pre-litigation conflict management and mediation, are key areas of activity for the team, which is also experienced handling cases throughout the entire justice system, including at the superior courts in Brasília. The department is jointly led by Eliane Cristina Carvalho, who focuses on civil litigation, and Gláucia Coelho, whose expertise covers judicial and administrative proceedings. Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros regularly advises on the settlement of disputes involving civil and contractual liability, as well as administrative improbity actions. Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino is another name to note for dispute resolution, while Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado is particularly noted for restructuring claims.


Professionals are competent, driven and well prepared. There is constant and substantial contact with clients and on a proactive manner. They are ethical and objective.

Gláucia Coelho is a fierce litigator, she has a deep knowledge of Civil Procedure Law and an in-depth understanding of the inside aspects of litigation. She is a good speaker, well prepared and professional.’

Renata Oliveira is very engaged in the matters under her attention, with a comprehensive view of the facts and applicable laws and an acute understanding of the relevant events surrounding litigation. She is experienced in “pure” litigation as well as in insolvency litigation, to which she has dedicated a substantial amount of her time. Very good in strategic thinking, she captures the attention of clients and judges alike.’

Key clients

Rumo S/A and its subsidiaries

Samarco Mineração


Aerovias del Continente Americano


Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras


Accenture do Brasil

Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Samsung Eletrônica da Amazônia



Entrevias Concessionária de Rodovias


GECAS – GE Capital Aviation Services

Electricity Tier 2

Covering electricity generation, transmission, distribution, power commercialisation and trading, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados stands out for the transactional work it undertakes in the power sector. Apart from advising domestic and foreign clients on M&A, project finance and energy auctions, the department also provides legal assistance in the drafting and negotiation of commercial contracts pertaining to project development, as well as administrative and judicial issues. The team is proficient in traditional and renewable power generation and self-production regime projects. Practice head Ana Karina Esteves de Souza advises on private investments in regulated industries, with a particular emphasis on the electricity sector. Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and project finance are some of José Virgílio Lopes Enei's areas of expertise, while recently promoted Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza specialises in energy law. Paulo Machado is also recommended.

Practice head(s):


The team is really available, very responsible and commercial. The team is very competent and able to understand the needs of a foreign company to invest in Brazil. They are able to have deep exchanges and explanations regarding regulatory matters and to seek creative, safe and compliant solutions.

Very knowledgeable team, with the perfect right balance on energy sector, business and legal expertise.

Machado Meyer has been providing a very good legal service in assisting us with renewable matters, with a very good knowledge of the market, players and regulatory aspects.

Ana Karina de Souza is a senior partner that is always available for the clients, with a lot of experience and a good sense of the transaction. Paulo Machado is a senior associate with a lot of energy and the whole transaction he is working in his head. A very good asset to the firm.

Ana Karina de Souza is our contact partner for renewables. Her experience is remarkable, always providing prompt support to us and business-oriented advice.

The practice has some great lawyers with a strong background on renewables, including Ana Karina, Laura and Paulo. This guarantees that a client is provided with a full team focused on the sector, instead of a person, ensuring a high-quality work through the whole cycle of the service.

Ana Karina de Souza is an outstanding energy sector lawyer. In addition of having a deep knowledge of the sector itself, she also brings knowledge of business allied to other areas of law, which facilitate and foster an efficient discussion and excellent output. Her proactive attitude and good interpersonal relationship balanced with assertiveness needs to be commended.’

Laura is an excellent lawyer with a deep understanding of the renewables sector. She was able to anticipate commercial strategies and fully understand them. She was also really flexible and was able to easily deal with changes in such strategy.’

Key clients

EDF – Electricité de France

Total Gas & Power


Sterlite Power Grid Ventures Limited

EDP Renováveis Brasil




Siemens Energy

Banco Itaú BBA

Vinci Partners

Próton Energy

Environment Tier 2

Covering the gamut of environmental matters, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados advises on the environmental aspects of project development, M&A, financing and capital markets transactions. The team is particularly noted for its strong track record in crisis management cases, but is also well versed in complex environmental litigation, handling cases concerning biodiversity, climate change, agribusiness and forestry issues. Roberta Danelon Leonhardt leads the practice and stands out for her experience in environmental disputes. Judicial and administrative proceedings are a key area of activity for Eduardo de Campos Ferreira, who joined the team from Pinheiro Neto Advogados. Daniela Stump recently left the firm.

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Machado Meyer is one of the big firms in Brazil with very talented professionals in environmental area. They have a lot of experience and are very dedicated for the clients.

Roberta Danelon and Paula Araujo are exceptional professionals with a special attention for the clients issues and concerns.

Key clients



Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais

Votorantim Cimentos

Samarco Mineração

Latam Airlines Group

BrasilAgro – Companhia Brasileira de Propriedades Agrícolas

FOSNOR – Fosfatados do Norte-Nordeste

Cargill Agrícola

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras


Hidrovias do Brasil

Embotelladora Andina

BR Properties

Restructuring and insolvency Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is a popular choice among major banks, creditors and investors in high-profile judicial reorganisations and debt restructurings. The firm's involvement on market-defining cases such as the Odebrecht reorganisation is testament to the team's strong standing in the market. Clients can also receive strong support in related areas, including distressed M&A and litigation. The firm fields a strong selection of specialised partners, including corporate finance experts Renato Maggio and Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira, banking partner Rafael Carretero, and highly rated disputes partner Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado.

Key clients

Itaú Unibanco

Banco do Brasil

Banco Bradesco

Farallon Capital Management

Banco BTG Pactual

Gordon Brothers

Jive Investments

Banco Santander (Brasil)

Aerovias del Continente Americano Avianca

IFC – International Finance Corporation

Compliance Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados counts leading domestic and international companies among clients it assists with investigations, compliance due diligence processes and leniency agreement negotiations. Key practitioner Marcos Paulo Veríssimo has strong knowledge of anti-corruption, crisis management, compliance and competition law. The firm also bolstered its white-collar criminal defence offering with the June-2019 hire of Juliana Sá de Miranda from Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper. Associate Gabriela Silveira Viana is another key member of the practice group.


Gabriela Viana is a very talented attorney with great client support skills and does seem to have above average capability to put herself in client’s shoes.’

Key clients

Telefonica Brasil

Scania do Brasil

Kroll Associates



Ouro Verde

Brunswick Corporation (Mercury Marine)




Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has particular strength in the gas sector, having had a central role assisting Petrobras with its divestment effort and the opening up of the market to private players. M&A is at the core of the oil and gas practice, which advises on fuels, gas distribution and service providers in addition to exploration and production. Project development is another area of activity for the department, which has been handling what is to be the first greenfield refinery project. José Virgílio Lopes Enei oversees the global infrastructure team, regularly assisting international clients with matters pertaining to hydrocarbons. Daniel Szyfman heads the oil and gas team, and has a strong background in M&A and structured finance. Ana Karina Esteves de Souza is a name to note for project finance. Maria Fernanda Soares is another key practitioner in the team.


As a full service law firm they are able to promptly put together a big team with different competence to work in a very tight schedule for different projects.

Daniel Szyfman has a good knowledge of the industry and peers being able to provide practical and business-oriented advice which is really important for Projects.

Daniel Szyfman stands out, very good and reasonable negotiator. His M&A partner Arthur Penteado is also excellent. They have a great team.

Key clients

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras





Gas Natural Açu (GNA)



Castleton Commodities International

SeaOne Holdings LLC

Insurance Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados excels in non-contentious insurance matters, and regularly advises clients on related corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. This includes policy drafting, regulatory authorisations, M&A and product launches. The firm has several partners with good expertise in this area, including practice heads Eduardo Avila de Castro and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits. While the focus is more on the advisory side, the team also has experience in contentious insurance claims. Thais de Gobbi left to join PagSeguro in 2020.

Key clients

Wiz Soluções e Corretagem de Seguros

Care Plus Medicina Assistencial

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros // Zurich Santander Seguros

AXA XL Brasil Resseguros

Caixa Seguradora

Crédito y Caución Seguradora de Crédito e Garantias

Export Development Canada – EDC

Metropolitan Life Seguros e Previdência Privada

Allianz Seguros Brasil // Allianz Global Corporate Specialty Brasil

Life sciences Tier 3

The multi-disciplinary team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados draws on the firm's traditional strengths in M&A and litigation to assist investors and life sciences companies with a range of matters, including regulation, M&A, dispute resolution, labour law, tax, licensing and technology transfers. Ana Karina Esteves de Souza and Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza are names to note.

Key clients

LVMH Parfums Et Cosmetiques do Brasil

United Health Group

Kinea Private Equity Investimentos

EQT Fund Management

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

CMPC and CMPC Melhoramentos (Softys Brasil)





Real estate Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a multifaceted team with a strong grounding in complex real estate issues. The firm represents a mix of banks, including Banco Breadesco, and investors. Advice ranges from corporate-structured acquisitions and restructurings to regularisations and development projects in the retail, residential, industrial and agricultural sectors. Maria Flávia Seabra leads the experienced team, which includes partners Ivana Bomfim and Fatima Tadea Rombola Fonseca. Bruno Costa joined the team in 2020.

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Key clients

Hines do Brasil

Banco Bradesco

Banco Votorantim

OR Empreendimentos e Participações

Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliários


Rhodia Brasil

Iberica Construções e Incorporações

Autonomy Investimentos

Wealth and succession planning Tier 3

Wealthy individuals and family offices turn to Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, which is particularly strong in tax and corporate matters. Well regarded head of tax, Fernando Tonanni, leads the sub-practice. Other key practitioners include tax specialist Raquel NovaisFernando Colucci, whose broad practice encompasses succession planning and asset restructuring, transaction-related tax and tax disputes; and associate Carolina Mascarenhas, who advises on civil and family matters, both contentious and non-contentious.

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Key clients


Lombard Odier

Julius Baer


Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 4

The core strength of Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' Belo Horizonte office resides in capital market deals, including equity and debt transactions. Beyond this area, the group is adept at advising on M&A transactions, commercial agreements and general corporate matters. Gustavo Rugani is responsible for the Belo Horizonte team and has extensive experience in M&A, public offerings, debentures and bond-related transactions. Guilherme Azevedo's notable areas of practice include M&A and private debt transactions, while Paulo Miranda has a broad specialism in corporate law.

Practice head(s):


‘Notable availability of lawyers, in-depth knowledge of sectors and extensive experience in the market.’

‘The team understands clients’ needs, the dynamism with which it must be done and delivers the final product with high quality.’

‘Guilherme Azevedo is recommended for his availability and delivery of service.’

‘Gustavo Rugani, Guilherme Azevedo, Clarissa Freitas and Paulo Miranda for their technical quality, availability and friendly relationship, which make them different from competitors for sure.’ 

Key clients

Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras – ELETROBRAS

ArcelorMittal Brasil


Direcional Engenharia

Banco Inter


Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Localiza Rent a Car


Dispute resolution: arbitration Tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados provides the entire range of arbitration services, often assisting clients with pre-arbitration issues and drafting contracts that cover potential arbitrations in the future. The department, which has been particularly busy handling post-M&A disputes, combines cross-sectoral expertise in industries such as oil and gas, energy, banking, aviation, real estate and telecoms. The practice is jointly led by litigation specialist Gláucia Coelho and Eliane Cristina Carvalho, who has a proven track record in arbitration proceedings before some of the largest domestic and international arbitral institutions. Gisela Ferreira Mation is a key practitioner in the prevention and resolution of corporate disputes before arbitral tribunals.


‘Good knowledge and creativity to find solutions.’

‘Business-oriented profile.’

Key clients

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras

Tuscany Rig Leasing

Great Oil Perfurações Brasil

Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos

Mining Tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados advises mining companies and investors on the structuring of projects, corporate transactions and financing matters. Apart from handling the purchase and sale of mineral rights, contractual agreements and strategic transactions, the team is also well versed in litigation. The department is jointly led by Pedro Henrique Jardim, whose areas of expertise include infrastructure projects and natural resources, and Liliam Fernanda Yoshikawa, who specialises in infrastructure and projects.


Good experience of legal and political aspects of mining. Large team that can deal with all legal aspects of corporates needs, eg legislative contract, litigation, HR etc.

Key clients


Itochu Corporation/Itochu Brasil

China Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Corporation

Grupo Buritipar

Gerdau Açominas

Dolomita Industria e Comercio de Calcário

Mineração Usiminas

Mineração Samarco

CEFAR – Companhia de Mineração Serra da Farofa

TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados bolstered its technology practice with the hire of Diego Gualda, who has a wealth of experience acting for major companies in the internet sector and digital sphere. He is now leading the team, which routinely handles matters involving IoT, video on demand and data protection issues. Of particular note is the department’s support to fintech, proptech and insurtech companies on licensing rights, M&A, contractual agreements and litigation. Since publication, the department was strengthened by the arrival of Juliana Abrusio as head of the firm's digital law practice.

Practice head(s):


‘This specific team at Machado Meyer (Tech, innovation and digital business) is led by Diego Gualda, who has a lot of knowledge of the industry itself. Diego understands my mindset because of his previous in-house experience, his personality and our long term partnership. Our professional relationship surpasses merely assessments and I feel like they are someone I can trust when asking for advice.’

Transport and shipping

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a good reputation in the market for financing and regulatory work. Regular advice to airlines such as LATAM is testament to the team's standing. Well-regarded practice head Fabio Falkenburger also has good experience advising on airport-related concessions, financings and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):


‘The firm has a cadre of professionals dedicated to transportation matters that leaves nothing to be desired. In Aviation specifically, they are knowledgeable about the issues that matter; have international experience; are very proactive and well respected in the marketplace.’

‘Fabio Falkenburger is at the top of any list of aviation lawyers. Having spent time inside client companies, experiencing their day-to-day concerns and problems, he developed into a well-rounded, seasoned professional, with in-depth knowledge of his field of activity.’

Machado Meyer has been building its history for more than 48 years, inspired by sound ethical principles, the technical skills of its professionals, and a close relationship with its clients. The firm is ranked as one of the major law firms in Brazil, with over 700 professionals.

The Firm’s Focus:

Machado Meyer provides innovative legal solutions, anticipate scenarios and make business possible. Combining expertise in various areas of law, broad knowledge of legislation and a thorough understanding of the matter, our professionals go beyond simple problem- solving to create and preserve value for companies. Because of the significant flow of today’s existing investment, the firm has organised professionals specialised in advising clients abroad, creating multidisciplinary groups, especially in Germany, Latin America, Iberia, and Asia, which have special desks.

Main Areas of Practice:

Banking, Insurance & 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 & 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 & Integrity:

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


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.


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 & Employment:

The firm provides guidance on all aspects of the legislation for companies and organisations. It seeks to keep clients al- ways 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 & 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 & 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 & 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.


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.


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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Competition and antitrust Maria Eugênia Novis + 55 11 3150-7469
Compliance and integrity Marcos Paulo Veríssimo + 55 11 3150-7461
Banking, insurance and finance Guilherme Bueno Malouf + 55 11 3150-7639
Banking, insurance and finance Nei Zelmanovits + 55 11 3150-7084
Restructuring/insolvency Renato Maggio + 55 11 3150-7027
Restructuring/insolvency Renata Oliveira + 55 11 3150-7056
Capital markets Eliana Chimenti + 55 11 3150-7035
Corporate Guilherme Bueno Malouf + 55 11 3150-7639
Corporate Adriana Pallis +55 11 3150-7064
M&A and private equity Guilherme Bueno Malouf + 55 11 3150-7639
M&A and private equity Arthur B. Penteado + 55 11 3150-7405
Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution Eliane Carvalho + 55 11 3150-7673
Financing/infrastructure Mauro Bardawil Penteado + 55 11 3150-7465
Tax Fernando Tonanni + 55 11 3150-7441
Environmental Roberta Danelon Leonhardt + 55 11 3150-7009
Labor and employment Andrea Giamondo Massei + 55 11 3150-7779
Real estate Maria Flávia Seabra + 55 11 3150-7428
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Tito Amaral de Andrade  photo Mr Tito Amaral de Andrade Managing partner
Mr Vitor Araujo  photo Mr Vitor Araujo Partner
Mr Eduardo Avila de Castro  photo Mr Eduardo Avila de Castro Partner
Mr Mauro Bardawil Penteado  photo Mr Mauro Bardawil Penteado Partner
Mr Arthur Bardawil Penteado  photo Mr Arthur Bardawil Penteado Partner
Mr Guilherme Bueno Malouf  photo Mr Guilherme Bueno Malouf Partner
Mr Rafael Carretero  photo Mr Rafael Carretero Partner
Mrs Eliane Cristina Carvalho  photo Mrs Eliane Cristina Carvalho Partner
 Gláucia Mara Coelho  photo Gláucia Mara Coelho Partner
Mr Fernando Colucci  photo Mr Fernando Colucci Partner
Mr Rafael Contin  photo Mr Rafael Contin Partner
 Antonio Corrêa Meyer  photo Antonio Corrêa Meyer Founding partner
Mr Celso Costa  photo Mr Celso Costa Partner
Mrs Luciana Costa Engelberg  photo Mrs Luciana Costa Engelberg Partner
Mrs Roberta Danelon Leonhardt  photo Mrs Roberta Danelon Leonhardt Partner
Mrs Ana Karina Esteves de Souza  photo Mrs Ana Karina Esteves de Souza Partner
Mr Fabio Falkenburger  photo Mr Fabio Falkenburger Partner
Mr Alberto Faro  photo Mr Alberto Faro Partner
Mr Eduardo Ferreira  photo Mr Eduardo Ferreira Partner
Mrs Fatima Fonseca  photo Mrs Fatima Fonseca Partner
Mr Marcelo Fortes  photo Mr Marcelo Fortes Partner
Mrs Clarissa Freitas  photo Mrs Clarissa Freitas Partner
 Camila Galvão Anderi Silva  photo Camila Galvão Anderi Silva Partner
Mrs Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi  photo Mrs Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi Partner
Mr Bruno Gomes  photo Mr Bruno Gomes Partner
 Marco Antônio Gomes Behrndt  photo Marco Antônio Gomes Behrndt Partner
Mr Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio  photo Mr Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio Partner
Mr Diego Gualda  photo Mr Diego Gualda Partner
Mr Daniel Guariento  photo Mr Daniel Guariento Partner
Mrs Diana Henne  photo Mrs Diana Henne Partner
Mr Pedro Henrique Jardim  photo Mr Pedro Henrique Jardim Partner
Mr Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino  photo Mr Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino Partner
Mr Mauro Cesar Leschziner  photo Mr Mauro Cesar Leschziner Partner
Mrs Manuela Lisboa  photo Mrs Manuela Lisboa Partner
 José Virgílio Lopes Enei  photo José Virgílio Lopes Enei Partner
Mr Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior  photo Mr Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior Partner
Mrs Caroline Marchi  photo Mrs Caroline Marchi Partner
Mrs Bruna Marrara  photo Mrs Bruna Marrara Partner
Mrs Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado  photo Mrs Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado Partner
Mr Luiz Mascaro  photo Mr Luiz Mascaro Partner
Mrs Gisela Mation  photo Mrs Gisela Mation Partner
Mr Andre Luiz Menon Augusto  photo Mr Andre Luiz Menon Augusto Partner
Mr Elton Minasse  photo Mr Elton Minasse Partner
 Raquel Novais photo Raquel Novais Partner
 Maria Eugênia Novis  photo Maria Eugênia Novis Partner
 José Roberto Opice  photo José Roberto Opice Name partner
Mrs Adriana Pallis  photo Mrs Adriana Pallis Partner
Mr Daniel Peixoto  photo Mr Daniel Peixoto Partner
Mr Eduardo Perazza  photo Mr Eduardo Perazza Partner
Mr Bruno Racy  photo Mr Bruno Racy Partner
 José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior  photo José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior Partner
 Fernanda Sá Freire  photo Fernanda Sá Freire Partner
 Juliana Sá de Miranda  photo Juliana Sá de Miranda Partner
Mr Thales Saito  photo Mr Thales Saito Partner
Mr Nei Schilling Zelmanovits  photo Mr Nei Schilling Zelmanovits Partner
Mr Adriano Schnur  photo Mr Adriano Schnur Partner
 Maria Flávia Seabra  photo Maria Flávia Seabra Partner
Mr Gustavo Secaf Rebello  photo Mr Gustavo Secaf Rebello Partner
Mr Rodrigo Seizo Takano  photo Mr Rodrigo Seizo Takano Partner
Mr Moshe Sendacz  photo Mr Moshe Sendacz Founding partner
Mr Elie Sherique  photo Mr Elie Sherique Partner
Mrs Laura Souza  photo Mrs Laura Souza Partner
Mr Thiago Spercel  photo Mr Thiago Spercel Partner
Mr Fernando Tonanni  photo Mr Fernando Tonanni Partner
Mr Rafael Vanzella  photo Mr Rafael Vanzella Partner
 Marcos Paulo Veríssimo  photo Marcos Paulo Veríssimo Partner
Mrs Maria Eugenia Vieira  photo Mrs Maria Eugenia Vieira Partner
Mrs Liliam Yoshikawa  photo Mrs Liliam Yoshikawa Partner
 Daniella Zagari Gonçalves  photo Daniella Zagari Gonçalves Partner
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'Anna Partner
Number of partners : 81
Number of lawyers : 380
ABA (American Bar Association)
AIDA International Insurance Law Association
American Chamber of Commerce (ACC)
Spanish Bar Association
International Bar Association