Mr Nei Schilling Zelmanovits > Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados > São Paulo, Brazil > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Banking, Insurance and Finance / Pension Funds / Esg and Impact Business




Specialist in the financial industry, with works on the transactional area (loans, debt capital markets, structured finance, derivatives), regulatory field as well as on administrative matters. Also works on merger and acquisition operations concerning financial institutions, insurers and investment funds.


Portuguese and English.


Admitted to the Brazilian Bar Association. Member of São Paulo Lawyers’ Association (AASP) and International Bar Association.


Received his LL.B from Universidade de São Paulo.

Lawyer Rankings

Brazil > Banking and finance

(Hall of Fame)

Nei Schilling ZelmanovitsMachado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is commended for the ‘availability and proactivity‘ of its ‘super technical lawyers‘, who have established trusted relationships with some of the largest domestic and international banks operating in Brazil. The multi-faceted practice handles a broad range of transactional and regulatory mandates, including cross-border bond offerings, acquisition and project financings, and support on structured products and refinancings. Coupled with this is an increasing amount of advice to fintech and payments companies. Adriano Schnur has taken over leadership of the practice from the highly experienced Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, who remains a key contact for complex financings. Other lead partners include Eduardo Avila de Castro for regulatory matters and Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio for debt restructuring and special situations. The versatile Rafael Carretero has also developed a good name in the field of banking and finance.

Brazil > Capital markets

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a notably active transactional team and comes highly recommended for its ability to take ‘the relationship and history with the client seriously‘. The multi-faceted practice handles debt and equity issuances for issuers and underwriters, and its good relationships with banks and aptitude for regulatory issues ensures a steady flow of complex and high-profile mandates. Overall, in 2021 the firm was respectively involved in R$17.7bn and R$28.4bn of equity and debt offerings. Key partners include Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti and Gustavo Secaf Rebello, who handle debt and equity listings, and finance partner Nei Schilling Zelmanovits. The versatile Gustavo Rugani is a name to note in Belo Horizonte.

Brazil > Insurance

The experienced and multidisciplinary team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is well equipped to advise insurance clients on a wide range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. This includes support on major bancassurance agreements, M&A, policy wording and product launches. Its lawyers work closely with the finance department to also advise on related financings and derivatives transactions. Key partners include Eduardo Avila de Castro for banking and insurance regulatory matters, and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits for transactional and regulatory advice. Associate Pedro Henrique Ricco Verzemiassi is noted for his strong insurance focus.