Firm Profile > Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados > Brasilia, Brazil

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
BRASILIA DF, 70712-900

Banking and finance Tier 1

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.

Corporate and M&A Tier 1

The 'motivated and focused' team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is regularly instructed in high-end M&A transactions. Its clients include major domestic and international companies, both private and public, as well as financial institutions, investment funds and pension funds. The full-service firm is able to provide comprehensive advice on any given transaction, covering tax, finance and labour, among other areas. In 2018, a team led by Arthur Bardawil Penteado, Daniel Szyfman and Gabriela Falcão Vieira advised Petrobras on a strategic alliance with Norwegian company Equinor; the project included the execution of several instruments, including an agreement for the transfer of assets in the Netherlands. In other work, Adriana Pallis and a team advised three companies on the establishment of a new entity to promote and manage a loyalty reward programme. Guilherme Bueno Malouf heads the business law department, and Ivandro Maciel Sanchez Junior heads the Iberian and Latin American desk. Luciana Costa Engelberg has experience in numerous sectors, including private equity, education and technology.

Labour and employment Tier 1

'Always up to date with market news', Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados 'understands the specific needs of the client and adds solutions with a business vision'. Rodrigo Seizo Takano heads the department; in 2018, he and João Batista Pereira Neto advised Umicore Brasil on site closure negotiations and mass terminations. In other work, the pair and associate Gastão Pazinatto Junior successfully represented Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras in an appeal before the Regional Labor Court, which dismissed union complaints. Caroline Marchi, Claudio Pieroni are also strongly recommended. Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi provides labour law consultancy to national and multinational clients.

Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has an 'organised and multidisciplinary group' that is 'always looking for a way to make the deal happen in a safe and creative way'. The group is a leader when it comes to project financings, as evidenced by its assistance to the financing entities on a R$5bn investment in the Porto de Sergipe thermoelectric complex. In addition to ports, the team is also regularly involved with air, rail, road, water and energy projects. Several partners stand out: Mauro Bardawil Penteado is 'smart and creative', Adriano Schnur is a 'great advisor' and Alberto Faro is 'able to evaluate situations swiftly and adapt accordingly'. In addition, José Virgílio Lopes Enei and José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior are considered leaders in the field. Paloma Valéria Lima left to join Demarest Advogados in July 2018.

Public law Tier 1

The 'incredibly hardworking and creative' public law group at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados 'works around the clock to come up with the best possible solutions to complex problems'. Areas of strength include public-private partnerships (PPPs), privatisations, concessions and administrative litigation. 'Terrific lawyer' Lucas Sant’Anna 'has tremendous experience with the Federal Audit Court (TCU) and other government auditing and litigation bodies'. José Virgílio Lopes Enei, Mauro Bardawil Penteado and Rafael Vanzella also receive praise.

Tax Tier 1

The highly regarded tax department at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is regularly involved in complex tax litigation and high-profile transactions. The already sizeable team saw organic growth with the partner promotions of Diana Piatti Lobo and Maria Eugênia Doin Vieira in 2018 and Bruna Marrara in 2019. In another move in 2018, tax litigator Leonardo Alfradique Martins joined the firm from Trench Rossi Watanabe. In a recent transactional tax highlight, a team led by Fernando Colucci advised PSP Investments on the tax aspects of its investment in Grupo Montesanto Tavares. The firm stands out for its Brasília office, where Cristiane Romano is a key contact. A cross-office team led by Romano and São Paulo-based Daniella Zagari Gonçalves has been representing Elektro in a lawsuit before the Superior Court of Justice concerning ICMS credits. The 'outstanding' Fernando Tonanni is 'knowledgeable, business-oriented, and hand-on'. Other key figures include Celso Costa and Raquel Novais.

Bankruptcy and restructuring Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has established a strong restructuring team, drawing particularly on the expertise and experience of key partners Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado and Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio. It covers the gamut of in- and out-of-court restructurings and distressed deals, and the firm’s multidisciplinary capabilities allow it to staff cases with restructuring, corporate, banking and other sector specialists. In significant work, Gomes Ribeiro Maggio and Camilo Torres Gerosa Gomes acted for creditors Itaú Unibanco, Banco Santander (Brasil) and Banco Bradesco in the pre-packaged reorganisation plan of Máquina de Vendas.

Capital markets Tier 2

Among the most capable and experienced teams in Brazil’, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ group distinguishes itself through its ‘strong expertise, dedication and commitment to deadlines’, according to sources. The group, which handles an array of transactional and regulatory matters for both issuers and underwriters, is particularly valued for its ‘outstanding knowledge on the client’s company and the market generally’. Among the names to note, Eliana Ambrósio Chimenti is ‘very knowledgeable and client-focused’ and recently advised Banco Itaú BBA and Banco Santander (Brazil), as underwriters, on the local aspects of Brasil PCH’s R$900m offering of debentures. On the equity front, Gustavo Rugani and the ‘solution-orientedEduardo Avila de Castro advised Banco Inter on its primary and secondary offering of preferred shares. Other key contacts include the ‘exceptionalAdriano Schnur Gabriel Ferreira and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits.

Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' antitrust partners 'see beyond the problems to find innovative solutions and make business possible'. They also receive praise for their 'deep understanding of international transactions' and 'remarkable and responsible work'. In one multi-jurisdictional matter, the team represented United Technologies before CADE in the filing of its acquisition of Rockwell Collins; the deal was cleared unconditionally by CADE in 2018. Maria Eugênia Novis heads the department, which is also well versed in cartel investigations. Antitrust litigation is another strength, and clients also turn to the team for compliance training and advice on antitrust issues in commercial practices. Managing partner Tito Amaral de Andrade and Érica Sumie Yamashita are recommended. Marcos Paulo Veríssimo, whose practice spans competition, compliance and public law, is also noted.

Dispute resolution (including White-collar crime) Tier 2

The 'very talented' dispute resolution team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a 'great structure' and is 'prepared to assist large companies in a range of proceedings'. It is also praised for its 'transparency' and 'strategic view of disputes'. The team is often retained by well-known companies in high-stakes litigation. A case in point was its counsel to Petrobras regarding an administrative dispute concerning an oil-and-gas concession agreement and an increase in attendant royalties subsequent to the unification of various oilfields; the team was led by Eliane Cristina Carvalho, Gláucia Coelho, Cristiane Romano and energy partner Daniel Szyfman. In internal developments, Eduardo Perazza de Medeiros and Paulo Eduardo Leite Marino were promoted to partner; both are recommended. Environmental law expert Roberta Danelon Leonhardt also receives praise.

Electricity Tier 2

The ‘knowledgeable and pro-business’ Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados impresses with its transactional prowess in power matters - it also provides capable regulatory and judicial support. Among the names to note, infrastructure and energy specialist Ana Karina Esteves de Souza and project-finance expert José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior are highlighted together as ‘very responsive and commercial’; they paired up to advise Sterlite Power Grid Ventures on its successful participation in a transmission auction held by the Brazilian government, and in the subsequent implementation of six transmission lines granted to Sterlite, worth R$3.6bn.

Environment Tier 2

The 'committed' and 'swift' environment team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is highly recommended for crisis management. It continues defending Samarco in litigation concerning the Bento Rodrigues dam disaster. Another highlight was assisting Coalizão Embalagens, a group of industry associations, with waste take-back matters. Practice head Roberta Danelon Leonhardt is 'client-focused' and Daniela Stump is recognised as a next-generation lawyer.

Compliance Tier 3

With 'deep knowledge of Brazilian anti-corruption law', Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its 'commitment' and 'discretion to deal with sensitive matters'. The compliance and corporate integrity team has broad experience in internal and government investigations, crisis management and risk assessments. The firm was retained by a multinational company to review its internal compliance program and provide comprehensive anti-corruption training to employees in several locations throughout Brazil. Marcos Paulo Veríssimo heads the department, which includes recommended senior associates Gabriela Viana and Raphael Soré.

Hydrocarbons Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados’ ‘high-quality practice’ attracts praise from sources for its ‘international outlook’ and ‘good matter management’. The team, which is best known for complex multifaceted transactional mandates, counts Petrobras as a key client and it has advised the Brazilian oil-and-gas giant on several matters over the past year; most notably, it handled the $370m sale of three shallow-water oil fields in the Campos Basin to Perenco. Oil-and-gas lead Daniel Szyfman and projects specialist José Virgílio Lopes Enei are highlighted together as ‘first-class experts in the energy and infrastructure fields’.

Insurance Tier 3

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.

Real estate Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its 'experience with complex structures involving large scale enterprises', and 'the size and organisational skills of its real estate team makes a difference when dealing with a high volume of documents and information'. It is particularly strong in real estate acquisitions; recent highlights include advising Alamo Group on the acquisition, through one of the group's companies, of property in São João da Boa Vista. The team also counts banks and real estate companies among its clients. Practice head Maria Flávia Seabra 'thinks outside the box'. Recently promoted partner Ivana Bomfim is also recommended and the firm recently strengthened its bench with the hire of well-regarded associate Jonnys Lucena from Veirano Advogados.


Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados assisted Vogel Soluções em Telecomunicações e Informática with acquiring control of several companies and handled assesment of their compliance with telecom regulations. Marcos Paulo Veríssimo is recommended. Diego Gualda joined at the beginning of 2019 from ride-hail app 99 to grow the firm's technology, internet and digital media practice.

Transport and shipping

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados acts for airlines such as LATAM, air taxi companies such as Icon Táxi Aéreo and leasing companies such as GE Capital Aviation Services. The latter client instructed the team to handle the sale and leaseback of five Boeing 737-800 aircraft to GOL Linhas Aéreas. Fabio Falkenburger 'sets the tone for an excellent team of associates' and handles both financing and regulatory work.

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
Mrs Diana Lobo  photo Mrs Diana Lobo Partner
Mr João Reis  photo Mr João Reis Partner
Mrs Cristiane Romano  photo Mrs Cristiane Romano Partner
Number of partners : 81
Number of lawyers : 380
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