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Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
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Brazil > Banking and finance Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Adriano Schnur

Testimonials

‘The team is composed of super technical lawyers with availability and proactivity.’

‘They are always up to date and aware of the latest developments, dividing this knowledge and allowing us to increase our operations. In addition, they always work efficiently and within the (tight) deadlines we need.’

Key clients

PayPal

Boku

EBanx

PagSeguro

Neon

Goldman Sachs

J.P. Morgan

Credit Suisse

Banco Inter

Mercado Pago/Mercado Crédito (Mercado Livre Group)

Visa

Febraban

IDB – Interamerican Development Bank

IFC – International Finance Corporation

NDB – New Development Bank

C6

CEF – Caixa Econômica Federal

Societe Generale

Fundo Garantidor de Crédito (FGC)

Banco Votorantim

Work highlights

  • Advising Banco J.P. Morgan and JPMorgan Chase Bank on a loan to finance Mubadala’s $4.6bn acquisition of an oil refinery from Petrobras.
  • Assisted Morgan Stanley Senior Funding and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as lenders, administrative agent, and collateral agent, on the Brazilian law aspects of two global syndicated $3.4bn loan transactions to Hyperion Insurance and Howden Group Holdings.
  • Advising Banco BTG Pactual, Citigroup Global Markets, and Morgan Stanley & Co. on the Brazilian law aspects of a $900m bond issue and associated guarantees by Oi and Oi Movel as part of Oi’s reorganisation plan.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 1

In Brasília, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a well-established reputation for its expertise in private pension funds and regulated industries, including oil and gas, energy and telecoms. In addition to its notable strength in complex litigation at the administrative and judicial superior courts, the group is also noted for its track record in tax disputes, in which it often assists clients with proceedings before the Brazilian Federal Revenue Department. Practice head Cristiane Romano has extensive experience in litigation, arbitration and mediation and is especially sought after to handle cases before the Supreme Federal Court (STF) and the Brazil Federal Administrative Tax Court (CARF). Other key practitioners in the department include Diana Piatti Lobo, a specialist in administrative and judicial tax claims, and litigator João Vitor Luke Reis.

Practice head(s):

Cristiane Romano

Key clients

Corporação Andina de Fomento (CAF)

Fundação Sistel de Seguridade Social (SISTEL)

Internacional Health Insurance Danmark

BUPA Insurance

Fundação de Previdência Privada Empregados da FINEP

Instituto Infraero de Seguridade Social

Breitener Tambaqui

Breitener Jaraqui

Work highlights

  • Represented the Brazilian Electrical and Electronics Industry Association and Bompreço Supermercados do Nordeste in a claim before the Superior Court of Justice regarding the legality of a law which revoked the zero-rate tax incentive on PIS/COFINS taxes levied on gross revenue from retail sales of electronic goods.
  • Assisted Associação Nacional de Empresas de Aluguel de Veículos with a claim before the STF related to the constitutionality of legislation enacted by the state of Santa Catarina to regulate the vehicles tax (IPVA).
  • Represented Instituto Aço Brasil in a claim before the STF involving the constitutionality of legislation that allows the discretionary manipulation of the percentage of refunded tax obtained via the REINTEGRA programme.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The ‘excellent M&A team‘ at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is well placed to handle many of the most complex, high-stakes transactions taking place in the market. With great geographical reach that stretches across the country, and an office in New York, the department is skilled at assisting publicly and privately held companies, investment funds, financial institutions, and governmental entities in both buy and sell-side cross-border transactions with ties to Brazil. Over the past year, the team has advised on several high-end deals across the financial services, oil and gas, retail, energy and mining sectors, ranging from M&A to joint ventures, asset divestments and privatisations. Innovative work is at the core of the practice, which also utilises technology and AI tools to improve efficiency in the provision of its services. The firm’s extensive D&I programme is structured in three pillars, covering gender equality (Elas Conectam), LGBTIQA+ (#1gualdade) and racial equality (ID.Afro). Its pro-bono work is also noteworthy; 2021 saw more than 189 practitioners, including partners and associates, advising numerous NGOs and reaching a total of 3,750 pro-bono hours. Leading the corporate group, Guilherme Bueno Malouf specialises in M&A and private equity investments in a multitude of economic sectors. Corporate law specialist Adriana Pallis is recommended for corporate governance issues and transactions involving listed companies. Private equity funds with investments in Brazil routinely turn to Mauro Cesar Leschziner, while Arthur Bardawil Penteado has been particularly active advising Petrobras in its $15bn divestment programme. Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior is a name to note for Spanish clients; he heads up the Iberian desk, a multidisciplinary group of Spanish lawyers. Elie Sherique undertakes domestic and cross-border work related to joint ventures, M&A, private equity and corporate reorganisations. Paulo Markossian Nunes, Mariana Meditsch and Paulo Henrique Carvalho Pinto were promoted to partner in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Guilherme Bueno Malouf

Testimonials

‘Long-term relationship with clients, trust and technical capacity.’

‘Machado Meyer has an excellent M&A group, which often collaborates with attorneys from different practices, such as labour, tax, and environmental law.’

‘They are fully committed to the clients. They have a very specific knowledge of the Latin American markets.’

‘Ivandro Maciel Sanchez and Adriana Pallis stand out.’

Key clients

Banco C6

Banco Pan

Sibanye Stillwater

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (GPA)

Magazine Luiza

Aldo Pereira Teixeira, founder, and his family members

Caixa Participações

BTG Pactual

Petrobras

Ímpar Serviços Hospitalares

Diagnósticos da América

Temasek Holdings

Prisma Capital

Shareholders of CCG Participações

CMPC Melhoramentos

Banco do Brasil

GIC

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banco C6 in the sale of 40% of its shares to JPMorgan Chase.
  • Assisted Banco Pan in negotiating and elaborating the merger agreement entered into with Mosaico Tecnologia ao Consumidor, which sets forth the potential merger of Mosaico’s shares by Banco Pan, subject to the fulfilment of certain conditions.
  • Advised Sibanye Stillwater on the acquisition of two pre-developed and cash flow generating open-pit nickel and copper mines.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados brings ‘excellent service, technical knowledge and commitment' to all areas of labour law, and can be relied upon for ‘solutions and strategies either in litigation or in advisory'. The firm has continued to assist clients in restructuring labour practices in the wake of Covid-19, as well as standalone issues such as collective bargaining agreements and redundancies. The team has significant experience in negotiating with labour unions and defending clients' interests against cases brought by the Public Labour Prosecutor’s Office. The versatile Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi leads the highly rated team, which includes Rodrigo Seizo Takano (‘a major reference in terms of content and respectability'), and Daniel Dias, who is praised for his ‘technical capacity, availability and agility'. Caroline Marchi and associate Murilo Caldeira Germiniani are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Giamondo Massei

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, technical knowledge and commitment.’

‘Respectability, recognition by magistrates and prosecutors as distinguished lawyers. Extensive experience in the market and modern vision of the business and the provision of legal services.’

‘Rodrigo Takano is a major reference in terms of content and respectability. Daniel Dias provides total client service and is fast and careful.’

‘Good legal capacity and technological tools.’

‘Daniel Dias – technical capacity, availability and agility.’

‘Office with quality service and aligned with the business. They seek solutions and strategies either in litigation or in advisory.’

Work highlights

  • Advised Carrefour on employment issues linked to its acquisition of Grupo Big, including the avoidance of potential liabilities that could arise from claims arising from Grupo Big’s dismissal policy.
  • Advising Rumo Malha Sul and Rumo on a claim filed by the Public Labour Prosecutor’s Office to improve health and work safety measures for train drivers.
  • Advising LG Electronics do Brasil on contentious and non-contentious employment issues stemming from the company’s closure in Brazil and the subsequent transfer of its IT operations.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

With ‘unique knowledge of the industry, players, and transactions‘, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers nationwide services to clients operating in a wide range of sectors, notably transportation, sanitation, oil and gas, and energy. The firm fields a team of experts dedicated to the full spectrum of projects and infrastructure matters, who stand out for their strong experience and transactional track record in project finance and development, M&A in regulated sectors, public-private partnerships (PPPs) and government concessions. Jointly heading the department, José Virgílio Lopes Enei is a reference in the market given his wealth of experience in project finance and deals in the power, sanitation and social infrastructure spheres, while Antonio Corrêa Meyer is particularly noted for his involvement in arbitration cases relating to projects. Advising clients on the structuring of complex PPP arrangements is a notable area of expertise for Mauro Bardawil Penteado. José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior stands out for his project finance and biddings work in the energy, motorways and mining sectors. The ‘technically excellent’ Alberto Faro is a key contact for construction contracts and cross-border project financings, the latter of which is also a field of activity for Adriano Schnur. Raphael Zono and Bruno Racy are other names to note for project finance, capital markets and debt restructuring.

Practice head(s):

Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei; Antonio Meyer

Testimonials

‘Differentiated services and strong understanding of client needs.’

‘Machado Meyer’s level of knowledge is exceptional in all aspects. We have complete confidence in the team led by Alberto Faro.’

‘Team with unique knowledge of the industry, players, and transactions. Presence in almost all relevant transactions with close monitoring throughout the process.’

‘Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei and Alberto Faro stand out.’

‘Machado Meyer has extensive experience in infrastructure projects. In addition, matters are monitored directly by the responsible partner(s).’

‘Special mention goes to Alberto Faro. The client feels that the firm really is looking for the best solutions and structures to provide greater legal certainty for their transactions. Alberto Faro, in addition to being technically excellent, is very accessible and always available.’

‘Alberto Faro is one of the best in the market. Always solving complex legal matters in a calm, diligent, innovative and solid legal manner.’

‘Vitor Fernandes de Araújo is committed and highly professional.’

Key clients

E1 Energias Renováveis

ContourGlobal do Brasil Participações

Faro Energy Projetos Solares Holding

Banco BTG Pactual

Voltalia

Concessão Metroviária do Rio de Janeiro (MetroRio)

Banco Bradesco BBI

International Finance Corporation

Concessionária Auto Raposo Tavares (CART)

TVV – Terminal Vila Velha

Alfa Corretora

Atlas Casablanca

Ouro Preto Serviços de Saneamento – Saneouro

Proparco

CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

XP Investimentos Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Inpasa Agroindustrial

Banco Itaú BBA

Work highlights

  • Assisted CDPQ in the acquisition of a 50% equity stake in FiBrasil Infraestrutura e Fibra Ótica.
  • Advised Ecorodovias Concessões e Serviços throughout the entire bidding process for the Dutra highway system.
  • Assisted MetroRio in preparing and negotiating all transaction documents for the issuance of debentures, including those required for characterising the debentures as infrastructure debentures.

Brazil > Public law Tier 1

Singled out for its ‘high technical skills, understanding and mastery of public law matters’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields a sizeable team of public and administrative law specialists, who are routinely engaged in high-profile litigation cases before constitutional courts and public authorities, and in the negotiation of complex PPP structures. The full-service firm is at the forefront of the public law market in Brazil, showcasing a strong track record in high-stakes administrative proceedings, public bidding processes, significant privatisations and concessions across an array of sectors, including energy, transportation, water and sanitation, and oil and gas. Recent areas of growth include advising winning bidders in contentious matters involving relevant public bids held by the government. Leading the practice is José Virgílio Lopes Enei, whose experience in public law spans more than 25 years. Lucas Sant’Anna stands out for his wealth of experience in regulatory matters, public works and administrative contracts, which are also core areas of activity for Rafael Vanzella. Pedro Saullo is particularly focused on the structuring of infrastructure projects, and partnerships between public and private sector entities. Jessica Suruagy Amaral Borges is proficient in concession agreements and investigations carried out by audit courts at state and federal levels.

Practice head(s):

Jose Virgilio Enei

Testimonials

‘The firm stands out for its high technical skills, understanding and mastery of public law matters.’

‘Rafael Vanzella stands out due to his professionalism, understanding of our concerns, and technical knowledge.’

‘Pedro Saullo is an exceptional young lawyer, who manages to combine virtues such as dedication, kindness, tranquility with an outstanding technical ability.’

‘Machado Meyer’s public law team stands out for its proactivity, cooperation, knowledge of the subject and especially for its empathy in trying to understand the problem from the company’s point of view. They are very collaborative and always available to solve the case.’

‘Lucas Sant’Anna is always very helpful, fully knowledgeable on the subject and full of good ideas to solve challenging cases.’ 

‘Machado Meyer is one of the largest law firms in the country, but it manages to have a startup mindset when it comes to innovating. The flexibility to bet and approve different ideas, to take risks together and to invest in the formation of the market that the firm believes to be strategic are differentials.’

‘José Virgílio Lopes Enei is very personally involved in the work and this is very rare to see, especially considering the strategic position he occupies in the firm’s hierarchy.’

‘The firm has relevant experience in structuring infrastructure projects, which sets it apart.’

Key clients

M1 Transportes Sustentáveis (Tembici)

Vinci Partners

Kobra Consortium

Metrogreen Skyrail Concessionária da Bahia

Skyrail São Paulo Consortium

Municipality of Erechim

Monte Equity Partners

Ford Motor Company Brasil

iFood.Com Agência de Restaurantes Online

Air Products Brasil

Arteris

Work highlights

  • Assisted Air Products Brazil in dealing with the public law demands from the Parliamentary Inquiry Commission (CPI) to investigate the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis.
  • Acted for ABCON in a lawsuit filed by the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) before the Supreme Federal Court discussing the constitutionality of an Alagoas state law which structured the water and sewage public utilities in Maceio.
  • Advised on a a contract from the National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES) to privatise Correios, the Brazilian postal government-owned company.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados stands out for its ‘great combination of transactional and litigation lawyers’, who help the team ‘deliver excellent quality work in complex areas such as investments in distressed assets, restructuring with contentious aspects, and highly contentious judicial recoveries’. The firm’s familiarity with complex deals allows it to provide ‘out of the box solutions without ever compromising safety and accountability’. The practice is especially experienced on the creditor side, regularly representing banks and bondholders on restructurings, DIP financings and pre-packaging. The versatile Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio has a particular focus on the transactional side, but ‘handles litigation matters well, especially in the area of investments in distressed assets’. Litigation partner Renata Martins de Oliveira is an ‘excellent lawyer and extremely technical’. Adriano Schnur is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Renato Maggio; Renata Martins de Oliveira

Testimonials

‘All the professionals who work in the area of Judicial Recovery and Business are very qualified, attentive and responsible.’

‘The insolvency team participates in the main judicial recoveries, so it always has super updated knowledge of what is happening and trends.’

‘The individuals stand out for their empathy and willingness to cooperate with other practices’ teams. I can mention Renata Oliveira, Andre Ericsson, Camilo Gomes and Gabriela Abdalla, for their legal knowledge and collaboration.’

‘Machado Meyer historically had a lot of presence and still has in the financial market, mainly banking. I consider the great combination of transactional and litigation lawyers to be a strength of the restructuring area. With this, the team is able to deliver excellent quality work in complex areas such as investments in distressed assets, restructuring with contentious aspects and highly contentious judicial recoveries.’

‘Renato Maggio – experienced partner with strong transactional skills. Despite his corporate background, he handles litigation matters well, especially in the area of investments in distressed assets. Camilo Gerosa Gomes – young partner with impeccable technical quality. Extremely attentive to the details of the case and with deep knowledge and experience in highly complex transactions, notably extrajudicial restructurings. Renata Oliveira – focused on credit and insolvency litigation. Excellent lawyer and extremely technical and combative.’

‘Adriano Schnur: stands out for the good relationship he develops with the client and the other parties and advisors involved in the operation. In addition, he always seeks to present creative alternatives in order to accommodate the interest of those involved, in order to allow the conclusion of the operation. Camilo Gerosa: stands out for the serenity with which he handles negotiations, in addition to an excellent technical repertoire. Renata Oliveira: stands out for her availability and agility in resolving demands.’

‘Machado, Meyer, Sendacz e Opice Advogados is our first choice for highly complex financial transactions such as capital market transactions, M&A, debt restructuring, insolvency and legal disputes. This is done by a highly qualified, senior and hands-on team. In addition, lawyers (including partners) are extremely approachable and creative, bringing “out of the box” solutions without ever compromising safety and accountability.’

‘A highlight goes to Renata Oliveira and Camilo Gerosa Gomes. Both work very ethically and with extensive technical knowledge. In addition to having a much-needed aggregative approach to the area of restructuring and insolvency. Also noteworthy is Gabriela Abdalla, who stood out and handled several meetings and documents with several banks with a lot of maturity and technical knowledge.’

Key clients

Telefonica

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

  • Advised Samarco Mineração, which is controlled by Vale and BHP, on its R$50bn judicial restructuring plan.
  • Acted as counsel to Itaú Unibanco and Banco Bradesco as creditors in the judicial restructuring of Odebrecht Group.
  • Advised Itaú Unibanco, Banco Santander (Brasil) and other supporting creditors in the pre-packaged reorganisation proceeding of Restoque Comércio e Confecções de Roupas.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a versatile tax team with an extremely good reputation for judicial and administrative tax disputes. The ‘very fast’ team is ‘comprehensive in the scope and depth of its analyses, as well as in its tax procedural defences and strategies‘. Clients are reassured that partners such as practice head and litigator Daniella Zagari, Raquel Novais and Andre Menon provide ‘security in the analyses that demand greater complexity in the tax area‘. The firm is also highly experienced in strategic direct and indirect tax matters, including support in M&A, financings, projects and cross-border trade and investments. Direct tax issues are typically handled by Novais, Fernando Tonanni and Celso Costa, while indirect tax and customs advice is the domain of Camila Galvão Anderi Silva, Fernanda Sá Freire, Diogo Martins Teixeira and Menon. Maria Eugenia Vieira is also noted for her social security expertise.

Practice head(s):

Daniella Zagari

Testimonials

‘The Judicial and Administrative Tax Litigation Team is strongly active in all public judging bodies and judicial forums, thus being comprehensive in the scope and depth of its analyses, as well as in its tax procedural defences and strategies.’

‘Raquel Novais, Daniella Zagari and André Menon are exponents in the deep issues involving substantive and procedural tax law, providing security in the analyses that demand greater complexity in the tax area.’

‘The firm keeps up to date on major controversies. The service is always very fast and individualised.’

Key clients

GPA (Grupo Pão de Açúcar)

iFood

BenQ

Investimentos e Participações em Infraestrutura  – INVEPAR

Cia. Hering

Associação Brasileira da Indústria Elétrica e Eletrônica – ABINEE

Aegea Saneamento e Participações

Faena Group

Polimport – Comércio e Exportação (Polishop)

Novamed Fabricação de Produtos Farmacêuticos

Dovac Indústria e Comércio (Luxcolor)

Votorantim Asset Management Distribuidora de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Banco Agibank

Siemens Infraestrutura e Indústria

NFE Power Brasil Participações  (New Fortress Energy)

G Solar Steel

Arauco do Brasil

Fibrasa

Croplife Brasil

TAESA – Transmissora Aliança de Energia Elétrica

Vale do São Francisco Sistemas de Transmissão SPE

Companhia Estadual de Energia Elétrica Participações – CEEE-PAR

NFX Combustíveis Marítimos

Bamaq Bandeirantes Máquinas e Equipamentos

Soldering Comércio e Indústria

CMPC Celulose RioGrandense

Soubhia & Cia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Magazine Luiza on its acquisition, and related tax issues, of Kabum Comércio Eletrônico.
  • Assisting ABINEE and Bompreço Supermercados do Nordeste in a judicial tax claim before the Superior Court of Justice related to the termination of tax incentives.
  • Successfully representing Instituto Aço Brasil in a judicial claim before the Supreme Federal Court involving the constitutionality of tax norms.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is one of the top full-service firms operating in the aviation sector, whose ‘infrastructure and aviation team is second to none, both for the technical knowledge of each team member, as well as for the interpersonal skills and soft skills with clients’. The firm is comfortable handling critical corporate finance issues, such as the LATAM Airlines Chapter 11, as well as more industry-specific mandates, including aircraft leases, financings and regulatory matters. Practice head Fabio Falkenburger is ‘one of the best and most complete lawyers in Brazil in the area’, and partner Eliane Cristina Carvalho is ‘serene and confident in the conduct of litigation’. The talented junior team includes associate Vitor Barbosa, ‘a young and super complete lawyer‘.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Falkenburger

Testimonials

‘I have been working in the aviation sector for ten years, and there is no full service firm with the quality of Machado Meyer. Their infrastructure and aviation team is second to none, both for the technical knowledge of each team member, as well as for the interpersonal skills and soft skills with clients.’

‘Fabio Falkenburger is one of the best and most complete lawyers in Brazil in the area. Pedro Amim stands out in the area of ​​airport concessions. Vitor Barbosa is a “rising star”, a young and super complete lawyer, with a lot of technical knowledge in aeronautical contracts and aircraft leasing/financing.’

‘Fabio Falkenburger – Experienced, creative and is always available. Eliane Cristina Carvalho – Serene and confident in the conduct of litigation. In addition to these partners, a team of very promising and well-prepared young lawyers.’

‘Depth of expertise in aviation, and ability to provide full service, including for ancillary areas of legal expertise. MMSO is presently the premier full service firm in Brazil with aviation expertise.’

Fabio Falkenburger – From years of practice working on cross-border transactions and including periods of working outside Brazil with an international lessor, Fabio is in my view the best licensed Brazilian attorney for cross-border international transactional matters. Pedro Amin is an up-and-coming associate. We found his work to be excellent.’

Key clients

Uniaero – Cooperativa dos Usuários de Aeronaves em Regime de Propriedade Compartilhada

Wilmington Savings Funds Society FSB

Vale

Fly JJJ

AerCap

Pinehurst

GE Commercial Aviation Services

HSBC Bank

Wilmington Trust, National Association

JP Morgan Chase Bank

LATAM Airlines Group

TAM Linhas Aéreas

CAF – Companhia Aérea de Fretamento

Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

Ventura Holding

Partage Empreendimentos e Participações

Axioma Administração e Participações

Itaú Unibanco

Dédalus Administração e Participações

Elix Aviation

Work highlights

  • Advising LATAM Airlines Group on its DIP financing as part of its Chapter 11 agreement.
  • Advising LATAM Airlines Group on the restructuring of facilities and related lease agreements with Yeco Leasing Limited.
  • Advising ICON Táxi Aéreo on its takeover by a major Brazilian air taxi company.

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti; Adriano Schnur; Gustavo Rugani; Eduardo Avila de Castro

Testimonials

‘It takes the relationship and history with the client seriously (and perhaps this is the main highlight of this firm – conflict checking, knowledge of clients, proximity to partners). It has done a good job in its modernization and has great diversity initiatives.’

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 (Primav)

Patrimar Engenharia

Direcional Engenharia

Simpar Group

Harmonia Urbanismo

JBS

Eletrobrás – Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras

GPA- Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição

Work highlights

  • Advising Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (GPA) and Sendas Distribuidora on its corporate reorganisation and the capital markets aspect of the subsequent spinoff.
  • Advised Hering with all regulatory and capital markets approvals related to the joint venture agreement with Soma Group and the related share unification.
  • Assisted Banco Inter with its R$5.5bn public offering, with restricted placement efforts, of common shares, preferred shares and units  – the bank’s third follow-on and fourth equity offering since its IPO.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ highly regarded competition department has recently been particularly active in complex domestic merger filings, and also stands out for its capabilities in cross-border merger notifications. Household name companies also seek the firm’s representation in cartel and abuse of dominance investigations before CADE, and it is also establishing a practice in antitrust litigation, challenging the decisions of the competition authority. The team has considerable experience in cases involving the healthcare and energy sectors, and also attracts instructions from companies operating in the financial services, real estate and automotive industries, among others. Experienced competition law expert Maria Eugênia Novis advises on merger cases and investigations, as well as antitrust compliance and the competition aspects of commercial practices. She leads the department, which includes managing partner Tito Amaral de Andrade; public law, competition and compliance partner Marcos Paulo Veríssimo, and several active senior associates, including Ana Bátia Glenk and Érica Sumie Yamashita.

Practice head(s):

Maria Eugênia Novis

Testimonials

‘Technical knowledge and rigour, market knowledge and quality of work.’

‘I’d highlight Maria Eugênia Novis and Ana Bátia Glenk.’

‘In my opinion, it is one of the best competition departments in Brazil.’

‘To the point advice; well structured; good communicators.’

‘Maria Eugênia Novis is always responsive, has a vast knowledge of antitrust law and puts the client first.’

‘I would recommend Tito Amaral de Andrade and Maria Eugênia Novis.’

Key clients

Banco C6

BTG

BTP – Brasil Terminal Portuário

Ferrari Zagatto

Framatome

Hering

Hines

ISA CTEEP

Jive Asset Gestão de Recursos

Kinea

Localiza

Magazine Luiza

Neoenergia

Otis

Scala Data Centers

Souza Cruz (BAT)

Telefónica Espanha

Unidas

Volkswagen

Ford

Work highlights

  • Advised Localiza and Unidas on the antitrust filing for its merger; as a result of the merger, Localiza will hold the entire share capital of Unidas.
  • Advised the seller on the merger filing of the acquisition by ATI of 100% of the capital stock of Telxius Torres Latam.
  • Advised Telefônica Brasil on the competition aspects of the the acquisition by Claro, Telefônica and TIM of all mobile operations assets held by the Oi Group.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 2

The ‘highly specialised team’ at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has the capacity to act for a range of Brazilian and international clients across sectors such as telecoms, energy, infrastructure, banking and retail. The practice is sought after for its expertise in handling high-stakes cases before all courts in the country, including the superior courts in Brasília. Its recent workload showcases the group’s strength in representing corporations from the energy, technology, pharmaceuticals and automotive sectors in high-value domestic and cross-border litigation proceedings. The dispute resolution team is deeply involved in the firm’s pro bono practice, having handled more than 140 cases in 2021. Specialised in the prevention and resolution of civil disputes, Eliane Cristina Carvalho is seasoned in litigation and arbitration proceedings. She oversees the department with Gláucia Mara Coelho, who represents clients before judicial and administrative courts. Eduardo Perazza De Medeiros, who is an expert in technology and digital law, has worked in an array of contentious matters, ranging from corporate disputes to public civil actions and tort liability. These are also core areas of activity for Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino. Gisela Ferreira Mation excels in cross-border mandates; Thais Cordeiro, who focuses on consumer issues, joined the firm from Siqueira Castro – Advogados.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Gláucia Mara Coelho

Testimonials

‘Highly specialised team.’

‘Its lawyers have great technical skills and possess excellent professional qualifications.’

Key clients

ANCORD – Associação Nacional das Corretoras e Distribuidoras de Títulos e Valores Mobiliários, Câmbio e Mercadorias Terra Nova

ABECIP – Associação Brasileira das Entidades de Crédito Imobiliário e Poupança

Motorola Mobility

Banco Caterpillar

Mirakl do Brasil

OSI Foods

Construtora Ferreira Guedes

E-vino Comércio de Vinhos

Linhas de Macapá Transmissora de Energia

Executive Corretora de Câmbio

Agropecuária e Reflorestadora São Luiz

B&T Corretora de Câmbio

Gama Investimentos

Amba Participações

Prointec & PBLM

Rodobens Incorporadora Imobiliária

OD Empreendimentos e Participações

Rumo

Banco Bradesco

Work highlights

  • Representing Samarco Mineração in a case related to an accident involving the Fundão dam.
  • 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.
  • Defended Vale in claims filed by individuals and legal entities seeking to annul, modify or enforce the indemnification agreements executed within the indemnification programme concerning a tailings dam accident.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados fields a ‘well-integrated and highly experienced team‘, which is particularly noted for its strength in M&A transactions in the E&P segment. Regulatory work, greenfield projects and contractual issues are other areas of focus for the practice, which has been particularly busy advising on numerous transactions on behalf of client Petrobras that have been reshaping the hydrocarbons market in Brazil. The firm is in the process of combining its oil and gas and power teams into a single group to address clients’ needs in the intersection of these segments and emerging areas, such as greenfield hydrogen projects. With more than two decades of experience in the industry and ‘vast knowledge of the oil and gas market’, Daniel Szyfman steers the team in a range of transactions, notably M&A and structured finance. Maria Fernanda Soares is a name to note for natural gas clients, an area which is seeing increased activity as the domestic market opens up. Demonstrating a deep understanding of oil, natural gas and biofuels, Fernando Xavier is singled out for his experience in E&P projects and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Szyfman

Testimonials

‘Full-service firm with a well-integrated and highly experienced team. When we get in touch about a topic, they immediately mobilise the most appropriate professionals to handle the matter.’

‘Legal know-how aligned with market and commercial knowledge.’

‘Fernando Xavier and Daniel Szyfman stand out.’

‘Daniel Szyfman – always available and has vast knowledge of the oil and gas market. Always seeks to work efficiently and collaboratively.’

‘Maria Fernanda Soares – extremely technically competent professional, always willing to address the most complex issues in a practical and objective way. Her experience as an in-house lawyer allows her to quickly understand the client and deliver the final product according to expectations.’

‘Fernando Xavier and his team are highly qualified professionals, which makes it feel like they are part of the business.’

‘The team, particularly partner Fernando Xavier, offered to us way more than legal support. They developed a successful strategy for mediation of a potential dispute that involved knowledge of oil and gas regulation, maritime operations, and in-depth negotiation skills. We also noted with satisfaction the team’s diversity and gender equality.’

‘Fernando’s reputation (in addition to his legal skills) was a game-changing aspect in the negotiations, which opened the doors for a negotiated solution with the counterparty.’

Key clients

Petrobras

NoNova Transportadora do Sudeste

Petrovictory

Work highlights

  • Assisted Petrobras in the negotiation of 16 different projects involving the sale of 28 offshore and 108 onshore mature oil and gas fields.
  • Assisting Petrobras with the sale of a 51% stake in Gaspetro to Compass.
  • Assisting Nova Transportadora do Sudeste in designing its new contractual model, revising the existing gas transportation agreement (GTA), and drafting the new entry-exit GTAs.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados combines finance, M&A and contractual expertise with comprehensive power sector market knowledge. The group – which is also adept at handling regulatory matters – offers support to traditional generation and renewable energy players seeking assistance with energy auctions, acquisitions and dispositions of power assets, and the development and financing of electricity projects. The team is under the joint leadership of two partners: Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, whose areas of expertise include private investment in regulated sectors, administrative law and privatisations; and Brasília-based Cristiane Romano, who is recommended for judicial and administrative disputes involving the energy sector. Laura Souza, who is proficient in transactional and regulatory matters pertaining to the power segment, is another key contact. Regulatory issues, project finance and transactions taking place in the infrastructure space are among Paulo Machado‘s key areas of practice.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Souza; Cristiane Romano

Testimonials

‘Team with comprehensive knowledge of the market, always up-to-date and looking to find innovative solutions.’

‘I’d highlight Ana Karina Souza and Paulo Machado.’

‘Large team with lots of experience in the electricity sector.’

Key clients

Banco Santander

CTEEP – Companhia Paulista de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica

Mercury Renew Participações

Lightsource Brasil Energia Renovável

Raízen Energia

TAESA

Atiaia Energia

PowerTree

Contour Global do Brasil Participações

Asa Branca Holding

Atlas Casablanca Comercializadora de Energia

ISA CTEEP – Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Work highlights

  • Assisted BNDES and the state of Rio Grande do Sul in structuring the privatisation of state-owned CEEE-D (State Electric Power Company).
  • Assisted Santander in the structuring of the green financing of 22 photovoltaic power stations for distributed generation in the states of Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Ceará, Tocantins, Paraíba, Piauí, and Brasília.
  • Assisted PowerTree in acquiring five solar power plant projects held by Usina Fotovoltaica Belo Horizonte, whose capital stock was 100% held by CAMAR – Administração e Participações.

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

With longstanding experience in the field of environmental law, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados advises on cutting-edge environmental matters, including concerning climate change, green finance and biodiversity. The team is particularly recognised for its impressive track record in environmental crisis management, but is also singled out for its wide-ranging experience in contentious matters, project structuring, licensing, compliance and regulatory matters. The bulk of its work comes from the mining, energy, agribusiness and forestry sectors, and its largely international client base often turns to the team for assistance with the assessment of environmental risks and liabilities in the context of strategic business transactions. Department head Roberta Danelon Leonhardt has a wealth of experience in environmental crisis management cases, and also advises clients on disputes and non-contentious matters. Environmental law specialist Eduardo De Campos Ferreira‘s practice encompasses administrative and judicial proceedings related to environmental liabilities and claims, as well as the environmental aspects of M&A and other corporate deals. Carolina De Almeida Castelo Branco and Camila Argentino Silva Ribeiro Scopel are other key individuals in the team; they provide advisory and litigation services to clients operating in a range of industries, including infrastructure, chemicals, mining and energy.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt

Testimonials

‘Roberta Danelon Leonhardt plays a fundamental role as a manager and legal consultant, with high technical and practical knowledge, which makes the client / law firm relationship as profitable and efficient as possible.’

‘Available and solid advice.’

‘Roberta Leonhardt is recommended.’

Key clients

Jive Investments

Great Wall Motor Company

Câmara de Comercialização de Energia Elétrica – CCEE

Bayer

Bompreço do Brasil Participações (Grupo BIG)

Samarco Mineração

Braskem

LATAM Airlines Brasil

Amata

Embu II do Brasil Projetos Imobiliários

Fertilizantes Heringer

Work highlights

  • Assisting Samarco in complying with the agreements signed with the authorities after the Mariana accident in 2015.
  • Defending Embu II in a class action filed by the State of São Paulo Prosecutor’s Office (MPSP), arguing that its project is environmentally harmful.
  • Advising Jive on the potential acquisition of sanitary landfills by Jive and Orizon in the context of Estre’s judicial restructuring.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados ‘provides an excellent service‘, which is ‘performed with quality, commitment and with a lot of involvement and supervision of the partner‘. The team has good credentials across a range of transaction types, including acquisitions and leases, build-to-suit agreements, and sale and leasebacks, and has recently been involved in several high-profile port redevelopments. Corporate investors come from key sectors such as infrastructure, energy, manufacturing and retail, while the firm also assists several high-profile investment funds. Practice head Maria Flávia Seabra ‘has deep knowledge of the area, in addition to excellent leadership of her team‘. Fatima Tadea Rombola Fonseca is a ‘complete professional with a lot of experience in the real estate industry‘. Fellow partner Ivana Bomfim is ‘intelligent and always in favour of the client‘.

Practice head(s):

Maria Flavia Seabra

Testimonials

‘The firm is recognised for the excellence of the results achieved in several areas of law, acting with extreme rigor in the various procedures and processes in its charge, through competent, selected and trained professionals. The professionals who make up the firm are what makes it different from the rest.’

‘Maria Flávia Seabra and Fátima Tadea are real estate professionals who deserve to be highlighted for their professionalism and handling of matters related to clients under their responsibility.’

‘The Machado Meyer office provides an excellent service, focused on solving problems, ensuring legal certainty in the actions necessary for the progress of cases. It is an office that knew well how to make its transition from face-to-face to remote during times of pandemic, never losing direct contact with clients and always meeting demands as requested. The firm offers a diverse team, which is able to bring solutions with a complete look at the situation in relation to several different fronts of law.’

‘Partner Fátima Fonseca, along with lawyers Andréa Soubihe and Marina Cavalli form a spectacular team, which always assists us quickly, without ever losing legal excellence. They are complete professionals, with a lot of experience in the real estate industry and who are able to look at cases objectively to present the best solution with the necessary security so that we can proceed with the most complex cases.’

‘The fact that the office is multidisciplinary where the various departments provide high quality service is a differential of Machado Meyer. There is a homogeneity in the quality of the team’s lawyers, and no matter who is responsible for the service, it is performed with quality, commitment and with a lot of involvement and supervision of the partner Maria Flavia. I also highlight the punctuality of delivery of the work and the availability of the entire team. Another very important factor in choosing Machado Meyer is its diversity and inclusion policy, which is ahead of its competitors.’

‘Undoubtedly, the highlight of the real estate team is partner Maria Flavia Seabra, who has deep knowledge of the area, in addition to excellent leadership of her team. Maria Flavia is always involved and has control over the services provided by the real estate team, bringing objective solutions to complex situations. Her availability is a positive differential, as it always gives us the security that we can count on her in any and all situations. It is also worth mentioning the activities of the lawyers Caio Fernandes and Bruno Costa.’

‘Marcos Veríssimo: super professional, abundant knowledge. Gives a lot of security to the client. Ivana Bomfim: firm, intelligent, and always in favour of the client. Larissa Moraes: Very helpful and attentive.’

Key clients

BrMalls

Scala Data Center

Cyrela

Syn Prop & Tech Guima

WTorre

Grupo Victor Malzoni Investimentos

Associação Pinacoteca Arte e Cultura

Parque Shopping Maceió

Projeto Orla Participações Societária

Odata Brasil

Decatlhon

GPA

GFP

V3rso

Comgás

Hines

Br Properties

Voltalia

Mineração Caraíba

Work highlights

  • Advising BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento e Econômico Social in preparing the legal development plan for the revitalisation of the port area of the city of Porto Alegre.
  • Advised Grupo Victor Malzoni Investimentos on the sale of a commercial real estate special-purpose entity (SPV) to Even Construtora e Incorporadora.
  • Advising Autonomy Investimentos on the sale of two logistic sheds and17 storage facilities to XP LOG FII.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados assists wealthy families and financial institutions, combining the firm’s expertise across tax, corporate, litigation and civil law matters. Asset organisation and protection, wealth and asset planning, criminal law and philanthropy are all within the purview of the department, which also acts for individuals seeking counsel. The firm has longstanding relationships with several foreign banks operating in Brazil, working with them to develop new products and investment structures. Celso Costa   spearheads the team, advising clients on international wealth, tax and succession planning. Tax specialist Fernando Tonanni   is also a key member of the team. The two are supported by Fernando Colucci   and associate Rafael Stuppiello , who are both highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Celso Costa

Testimonials

‘A team of excellence in terms of technical quality, seniority and availability to serve our clients.’

‘Fernando Colucci and Rafael Stuppiello are excellent and always available to serve clients. They explain things in an easy to understand way, and clearly present the different scenarios for estate, tax and succession planning for the families of our clients.’

‘What makes this firm unique is the level of knowledge and professionalism of its lawyers. What distinguishes them is the depth of knowledge of their professionals in technical aspects of the applicable legislation.’

‘Rafael Stuppiello conveyed a lot of confidence throughout the process, as well as unparalleled knowledge about patrimonial succession and the practical and tax aspects of the whole thing. I was very happy with the result!’

‘Technical expertise aligned with soft skills to assist families and their property complexities, especially with tax, corporate, family law and succession issues.’

Key clients

Credit Suisse

BBC

Rede Mix

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers assistance to large and medium-size companies from a variety of sectors such as energy, mining, food, education, healthcare and financial services. With a strong focus on capital markets transactions and M&A, the group is often sought to advise on high-value and complex acquisition financings, cross-border public offerings and general corporate matters. Working on an integrated basis with the firm’s wider network, the Belo Horizonte team is equipped to offer clients a full service. Practice head Gustavo Rugani is a key contact for capital markets deals, M&A and regulatory matters involving public companies. Also recommended is securitisation and project finance expert Guilherme Azevedo, and Bruno Costa, who has vast experience in real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Rugani

Testimonials

‘Professionalism and competence. Use of technology to facilitate access to technical content and interaction with the office.’

‘Gustavo Rugani is an excellent professional, with vast knowledge and experience in the services provided.’

‘One of the references in the corporate and M&A area, having already participated in numerous complex transactions and with flexibility in negotiating fees, availability and market knowledge.’

‘Gustavo Rugani provides exceptional work in the areas of corporate law and M&A, not only because of his technical and market knowledge, but also because of his availability, knowledge of the company’s business, and focus on secure solutions for the client.’

Key clients

Banco do Brasil

Localiza Rent a Car

CTEEP- Companhia de Transmissão de Energia Elétrica Paulista

Aço Verde do Brasil

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio – CBA

Direcional Engenharia

Tigre SA Tubos e Conexões

Companhia de Locação das Américas

Anima Holding

Sequoia Logística e Transportes

Banco Inter

Aliança Geração de Energia

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Banco BS2

Patrimar Engenharia

Armac Locação, Logística e Serviços

Hospital Mater Dei

Bild Desenvolvimento Imobiliário

Companhia Brasileira de Planos Funerários

Vix Logística

Rio Branco Alimentos

Companhia SAntanense de Tecidos

Seculus Amazônia Indústria e Comércio

Ouro Verde Locação e Serviço

Líder Aviação

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banco Inter with the public offering with restricted placement efforts of common shares, preferred shares and units.
  • Advised Tigre on its registration as a category “B” public-held company before the Brazilian Securities Commission (Comissão de Valores Mobiliários – CVM).
  • Advised Ânima Holding on the acquisition finance of Rede International de Universidades Laureate (Rede Laureate).

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

The combined compliance and white-collar crime practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is highlighted for its ‘experience, credibility, engagement and organisation‘. Its vast experience in corporate investigations sees it representing clients in sensitive investigations into allegations of fraud, unfair competition, cartels and environmental law breaches, among other matters. The full-service firm has a loyal client base, including in the banking and financial services sector, and the compliance practice’s strength sees it continuing to attract instructions from new clients across the technology, real estate, chemicals and mining industries. Juliana Sá de Miranda brought her white-collar and compliance practice to the firm in 2019, combining her expertise with that of anti-corruption, antitrust and crisis management partner Marcos Paulo Veríssimo, who also benefits from his previous experience at the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) and competition regulator (CADE). Gisela Ferreira Mation and associate Gabriela Silveira Viana are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Marcos Paulo Veríssimo; Juliana Sá de Miranda

Testimonials

‘Experience, credibility, engagement and organisation.’

‘It is worth highlighting the performance and competence of Juliana Sá de Miranda, who is extremely committed, available, and skilled in providing legal advice with the depth and agility that the corporate world demands.’

‘I would recommend Marcos Paulo Veríssimo.’

‘I’d highlight Juliana Sá de Miranda.’

Key clients

Patria Infraestrutura III

Ouro Verde

Braskem

Banco Votorantim

Instituto Tomie Ohtake

Lexis Nexis

Pacto Global

Brambles

Atlas Schindler

Scania do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Assisted Companhia de Locação das Américas in the investigation of a target company for a proposed M&A transaction.
  • Acted for Ecorodovias in an internal investigation into possible violations connected with Operação Lava Jato.
  • Assisted Telefônica in an investigation of anti-corruption legislation violations.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

Fielding a sizeable team of practitioners dedicated to arbitration, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is rated by clients for its ‘deep knowledge of the legislation relevant to arbitration procedures‘. Institutional and ad hoc proceedings before various national and international arbitral bodies, including the ICC and CAM-CCBC, feature heavily in the team’s busy caseload. Corporate, commercial and post-M&A disputes are key areas of focus for the department, which has recently witnessed an uptick in demand from clients operating in the construction, energy, oil and gas, and financial services sectors. Eliane Cristina Carvalho is recognised as ‘one of the best arbitration professionals in the market‘; she has represented major companies in several national and international arbitration proceedings. Gisela Ferreira Mation focuses on the resolution of disputes through arbitration, and is singled out for her experience in cross-border matters involving Brazil and the US. Multi-jurisdictional proceedings are also a field of particular activity for associate Leandro Felix, who has gained legal international experience in the US.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho

Testimonials

‘The law firm is dynamic, diversified and values the excellence of its lawyers. The team is qualified, prepared to deal with different problems and easy to deal with.’

‘One of the best Brazilian law firms.’

‘The lawyers I work with are excellent, tough, committed, cultured and with remarkable social skills.’

‘A team with a deep knowledge of the legislation relevant to arbitration procedures. I would like to point out that the firm’s lawyers are always available and accessible to resolve any issues.’

‘I consider the MMSO arbitration team one of the best in the market.’

‘Eliane Carvalho is one of the best arbitration professionals in the market: she is technically impeccable, is deeply involved in cases and excels at hearings.’

‘Gisela Mation is also worth mentioning: despite being young, she is very well prepared and I’m sure she will soon become a reference in the area.’

Key clients

Ambiental Transportes Urbanos

International Finance Corporation

Eixo SP Concessionária de Rodovias

Work highlights

  • Representing Ambiental Transportes Urbanos in an arbitration involving the early termination of a concession agreement.
  • Acting for International Finance Corporation in an arbitration related to the counterparty’s non-payment of a bid success fee.
  • Assisted Eixo SP Concessionária de Rodovias in the production of evidence for an arbitration and, simultaneously, entered into settlement negotiations with counterparty.

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is experienced in a broad range of M&A and financing work on behalf of mining and metals clients in Brazil. The team has notable strength acting for mining companies and investors in the structuring in projects, business and financing transactions, as well as regulatory matters. Strategic litigation cases involving mining regulations also feature in the team’s recent workload. The team is under the joint leadership of Pedro Henrique Jardim, who focuses on infrastructure projects and natural resources and is counsel of choice for the firm’s core mining clientele, and Liliam Yoshikawa, whose expertise includes contractual matters and cross-border deals in the mining sector.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Henrique Jardim; Liliam Yoshikawa

Testimonials

‘Machado Meyer’s mining practice has lots of expertise in a wide variety of subjects, including M&A, project development, project financing and litigation. It also has a lot of experience in very complex and large projects.’

‘Individuals have shown a wide variety of knowledge in the subject matter, and seem to know a lot about the commercial side of mining,, which has proven to be extremely useful.’

Key clients

Vale

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

Sibanye Stillwater Limited

Mineração Geral do Brasil

Vale

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

Sibanye Stillwater

Mineração Geral do Brasil

Work highlights

  • Advised Sibanye Stillwater on the acquisition of the Santa Rita and Serrote mines.
  • Assisted the underwriters and minority shareholders (Itochu, POSCO and China Steel Company) in the primary and secondary public offer for distribution of common shares of CSN Mineração.
  • Assisted Banco BTG Pactual in the first issuance of debentures of Aura Almas Mineração.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Eduardo Avila de Castro; Nei Schilling Zelmanovits

Testimonials

‘Personalised attention and commercial approach to complex legal issues.’

‘I’d highlight Eduardo Castro, Pedro Ricco and Leonardo Vasconcelos.’

Key clients

Caixa Seguridade

Cardif Do Brasil

AXA XL

Zurich Minas Brasil

Atradius Credito Y Caución

Export Development Canada

Metropolitan Life Seguros E Previdência Privada

Grupo Ultra

Work highlights

  • Assisting AXA XL’s reinsurance companies with their admitted reinsurer application before SUSEP.
  • Assisting Cardif do Brasil Seguros e Garantias, Cardif do Brasil Vida e Previdência and Luizaseg Seguros in drafting templates for insurance distribution agreements.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 4

The life sciences department at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados takes a multidisciplinary approach to advise and support its clients in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, and also excels in advising companies in the tobacco, cannabis, and food and beverage sectors. Clients trust the firm to assist in navigating the Brazilian regulatory framework in the aforementioned sectors, as well as technology transfer agreements, clinical trials and research. The team is co-led by regulated market specialists Laura Garcia De Freitas Souza and Ana Karina Esteves de Souza. Gláucia Mara Coelho is also of note in the team, particularly in relation to regulatory agency disputes and strategic claims in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Esteves de Souza; Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza

Key clients

Química Amparo

Herbert Smith Freehills

Grupo Big

McKinsey

Norton Rose Fulbright

Química Amparo

Work highlights

  • Representing Química Amparo in an administrative proceeding before ANVISA arising from an infraction notice.
  • Assisting Herbert Smith Freehills in advising an international client in relation to the use of messages on cigarette packages.
  • Assisting an international tobacco company in providing legal and regulatory advice regarding the possibility of using, in Brazil, additives in the fermentation process of tobacco leaves.

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

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ technology practice specialises in advising clients on the development of new business models. Major technology and internet companies also turn to the practice, which is led by Juliana Abrusio, in relation to public law, tax, labour, IP and contentious matters. Abrusio is experienced in all areas of digital law and personal data protection, including advising on new business models, data breaches, e-contracts and digital fraud. Daniel Guariento is also a digital law specialist, and a key contact for corporate restructuring and conflict prevention. Luanna Peporini is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Abrusio

Key clients

Verizon Media Internet

Amazon.Com

Twitter

Linkedin Representações Do Brasil

Zoom Videocommunications

Swap Meio De Pagamentos

Warburg Pincus

Work highlights

  • Assisting BNDES to privatise two state-owned companies: the Federal Data Processing Service (SERPRO) and the Social Security Technology and Information Company (DATAPREV).
  • Assisting Clever Devices in obtaining a certificate from the São Paulo transport authority to provide technology services to the São Paulo bus fleet public concession company.

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

With wide-ranging expertise in administrative and judicial proceedings, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers an integrated white-collar crime and compliance practice, which also benefits from the firm’s strength in tax and antitrust departments, with which the group frequently collaborates. Highly regarded anti-corruption and business criminal law expert Juliana Sá de Miranda is a key reason for the firm’s success in this field; with over 20 years' experience, she is regularly sought by clients in the financial services, energy, logistics and life sciences sectors for assistance with complex cases. Associate Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda


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.