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

Work Department

Banking, Insurance and finance/ Financial services/ Life sciences/ Technology




Gobbi specializes in banking and insurance law, and provides legal assistance to national and international institutions. Her practice encompasses regulatory matters, and a range of transactions involving insurance companies and financial institutions, as well as the advisory to these entities in connection with the establishment of activities in Brazil, both through the incorporation of a new company and through the acquisition of interests in existing companies. She acts in financing and debts restructuring transactions, mostly representing creditors. In the regulatory sphere, she deals with matters related to the payments industry and assists financial institutions and insurance companies with the structuring of new products and review of agreements used in their activities. In the insurance area, Gobbi’s practice includes the incorporation of insurance companies, health insurance plans, and brokerage companies, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), drafting and reviewing of reinsurance contracts, and providing legal assistance in connection with the approval of new products by the respective regulatory agencies.


Portuguese and English


Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association.


Received her LL.B from Universidade de São Paulo and her LL.M from Columbia Law School, United States. Also a post-graduation degree in Insurance and Reinsurance Law from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Next Generation Partners)

Thais de GobbiMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

The ‘excellent team‘ at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is valued for its ‘real strength-in-depth‘ and its ‘great partner-led service’. The comprehensive practice is widely recognised for both its premier client list -which includes domestic and multinational banks, financial institutions and insurers- and its top-level firepower in both transactional and regulatory matters. Among its headline deals, Adriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira advised RIOgaleão Airport on a R$1.6bn long-term financing from BNDES, Banco do Brasil, Banco Bradesco, Caixa Econômica Federal and Banco Santander (Brasil) to support its expansion. On the restructuring side, the firm advised Vogel Telecom on a new credit line with Banco do Brasil of up to R$150m to repay existing debt and fund working capital – José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior and newly made-up partner Bruno Racy led that work. On the regulatory front, Eduardo Avila de Castro advised PayPal do Brasil Serviços de Pagamentos on the local regulatory aspects of the global payments giant’s acquisition of iZettle. In addition, Nei Schilling Zelmanovits , who co-leads the department alongside de Castro, represented Banco Daycoval in high-profile administrative proceedings stemming from allegations of irregular practices in the collection of registration fees. The group also benefits from the senior experience of structured-finance specialist Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio (‘a great choice for complex financing agreements’), excellent‘ project finance expert José Virgílio Lopes Enei and name partner José Roberto Opice. In 2018, the group also saw the partner promotions of Pedro Henrique Jardim, Raphael Zono and next generation lawyer Thais de Gobbi.

Brazil > Insurance

(Next Generation Partners)

Thais De GobbiMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados receives plaudits for its ‘proximity to the client‘ and ‘business-oriented‘ approach. Several partners have a hand in insurance-related matters, giving clients access to a range of expertise, including in banking, corporate and capital markets. The multidisciplinary team is particularly strong in advising insurance-sector clients on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters. In an illustration of the firm’s investment in this area, it promoted banking and insurance law expert Thais De Gobbi to partner in 2018. Eduardo Avila de Castro and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits co-head the department, which also includes Pedro Henrique Ricco Verzemiassi.