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Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados
Avenida Getúlio Vargas,
671, 12º andar, Funcionários
Belo Horizonte, MG

Brazil > Banking and finance

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for providing ‘excellent and high quality services’ to a wide range of clients, including major domestic and international banks, payment and financial institutions, fintech companies, and investment funds. The firm has developed an excellent reputation for high-value cross-border acquisition and project financings, and is well versed in sophisticated refinancings and structured products. Its fintech capabilities are also noteworthy; the group is seen with great regularity advising on strategic partnership agreements and product launches. Adriano Schnur leads the well-regarded team, which also includes Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, a veteran in transactional, regulatory and administrative matters involving the financial industry, and the recommended Eduardo Avila de Castro, who is deeply knowledgeable of banking and insurance regulations. Structured finance is a core area of activity for Rafael Carretero, while Bruno Racy primarily handles financings involving the infrastructure sector and regulated markets. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio is also singled out for his combined ‘knowledge of credit/civil code and banking regulation’.

Practice head(s):

Adriano Schnur Ferreira


‘Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados provides excellent and high quality services. The easy access to the firm’s partners and the agility in responding to queries, opinions and memorandums set them apart in the Brazilian market. The firm stands out for keeping up with the world’s technological development and advancement, always being up to date with the main trends and norms that define the subject.’

‘Eduardo Castro – I recommend him for excellence in service, intellectual quality, legal creativity and availability.’

‘Extremely senior partners with quick responses. Associates follow the same line. Always first on the list when we need help.’

‘Renato Maggio manages to unite knowledge of credit/civil code and banking regulations.’

‘Nei Zelmanovits, despite being extremely senior, responds with the speed of newly appointed partners. This speed and enormous knowledge of banking regulations makes us extremely confident in his work.’

Key clients

Mercado Pago / Mercado Crédito (Grupo Mercado Livre)

Banco do Brasil


C6 Bank

J.P. Morgan

BTG Pactual

Goldman Sachs


Travelex Bank / Travelex Confidence (Grupo Travelex)

IFood Benefícios


CEF – Caixa Econômica Federal

IFC – International Finance Corporation

NDB – New Development Bank

IDB – Interamerican Development Bank


Banco Inter

Banco Votorantim

Fundo Garantidor de Crédito (FGC)


Work highlights

  • Assisted J.P. Morgan, JPMorgan Chase Bank, Banco Citibank, and Citibank in a R$8.6bn loan to Cosan for the acquisition of shares issued by Vale.
  • Advised Bank J. Safra Sarasin on a multi-billion cross-border loan to Marfrig Global Foods in the context of its corporate reorganisation.
  • Advising Travelex Banco de Câmbio and Confidence Corretora de Câmbio on a debt restructuring.

City focus - Brasilia > Litigation Tier 1

The Brasília-based dispute resolution team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is routinely sought out by private pension funds and companies from regulated industries, including oil and gas, financial services, healthcare, and telecoms. Particularly known for securing wins for industry associations before the superior courts, the team is well equipped to act in administrative and judicial proceedings of national relevance. Practice head Cristiane Romano has a reputable litigation practice focusing on high-profile disputes before the Supreme Federal Court (STF), the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Administrative Court of Tax Appeals (CARF). João Vitor Luke Reis, a litigation and regulatory law expert, and Diana Piatti Lobo, an administrative and judicial tax dispute specialist, are other names to note in the capital. Associate Maia Alexia Martinovich is further recommended for civil procedural and tax litigation matters.

Practice head(s):

Cristiane Romano

Key clients

Breitener Tambaqui

Breitener Jaraqui

Eólica Cerro Chato IV

Eólica Cerro Chato V

Eólica Cerro Chato VI

Eólica Cerro dos Trindade

Banco de Desenvolvimento da América Latina (CAF)

POSTALIS – Instituto de Previdência Complementar

FIPECq – Fundação de Previdência Privada Empregados da FINEP, do IPEA, do CNPq, do INPE e do INPA

Petróleo Brasileiro – Petrobras

Gera Maranhão

Fundação Sistel de Seguridade Social

International Health Insurance Danmark e BUPA Insurance Limited

INFRAMERICA Concessionaria Do Aeroporto De Brasília

Work highlights

  • Assisted Banco de Desenvolvimento da América Latina (CAF) with a citizen suit to discuss the legality of a loan contract with the municipality of Canoas and the Attorney General’s Office for Federal Taxes to finance the “Canoas for All” programme.
  • Advised Breitener on four lawsuits against Amazonas Energia and Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras (Eletrobras) seeking the fulfilment of contracts and due payments.
  • Assisted FIPECq with a leading case in the private pension fund sector involving the management of public-funded pension plans.

Brazil > Corporate and M&A: High-end Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is seen with great regularity advising an enviable roster of clients – including private and publicly held companies, financial institutions, investment firms, pension funds and governmental entities – on industry-defining transactions. Besides its proficiency in high-value M&A across an array of sectors (ranging from energy to education and telecoms), the practice also undertakes transactional work pertaining to joint ventures, asset divestments, privatisations and corporate finance. A strong performer on both buy and sell-side mandates, the firm is singled out for its geographical reach across Brazil and international capabilities, which ensure it is particularly well positioned to handle cross-border deals. Practice head Arthur Bardawil Penteado is the name to note for public M&A and high-value private equity investments. The latter is also a core area of focus for Mauro Cesar Leschziner, who is also engaged by clients from the worlds of agribusiness, healthcare, technology, education and consumer goods in relation to M&A, corporate and contractual matters. In addition to his strong M&A capabilities, Guilherme Bueno Malouf has a wealth of experience in the structuring of investment funds, while Elie Sherique (who is a member of the firm’s Latin American and Iberian desks), is proficient in domestic and cross-border business transactions. Other key individuals include Luciana Costa Engelberg, Diana Henne and Luiz Mascaro, all of whom advise on private and public M&A. Bringing together expertise in corporate governance, securities regulation and cross-border M&A, Adriana Pallis is also noted. At associate level, senior João Guilherme Soggio is especially active in the real estate, agribusiness, tech and financial sectors.

Practice head(s):

Arthur Bardawil Penteado


‘Full-service firm with excellent partners.’

‘Guilherme Malouf and Arthur Penteado are the new generation of leaders. They stand out for their commitment and technical preparation.’

Key clients

Blackstone Tactical Group


Diagnósticos da América (DASA)




Banco Bradesco

Banco C6


Banco BTG Pactual

Engie Group

Itochu Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised UPL on the negotiation of the definitive M&A agreements with KKR, whereby KKR acquired a 13.33% stake in Advanta, a subsidiary of UPL.
  • Acted as legal advisor to Prisma Capital and DXT International in relation to the entry of Prisma Capital in the share capital of Matrix Energy Participações.
  • Assisted Engie Brasil Energias Complementares with the acquisition of the quotas and shares representing the total and voting capital stocks of Engie Solar Brasil Energia and SolaireDirect (SD) Holding Brasil, respectively.

Energy and natural resources > Electricity (and renewable energy)

With strong credentials in administrative, corporate and commercial law, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ power group combines robust transactional capabilities with extensive experience in project implementation and litigation. Typical instructions see the team advising on energy auctions, commercial contracts, including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreements, as well as financing and M&A deals in the traditional generation and renewable energy segments. The latter is a growing area of focus for the department, which is active in wind, solar and biomass, and has recently played a key role in the structuring and financing of self-production by equivalence projects with PPAs indexed to US dollars. Concessions, privatisations and project finance are all areas of expertise for Ana Karina Esteves de Souza, who jointly heads up the team with Laura Souza, who is knowledgeable of matters involving the generation, distribution, transmission and trading segments, and recently promoted partner Paulo Machado, who focuses on regulatory issues, project finance and development. Senior associate Heloisa Zerbinatti Sato specialises in administrative law in the electricity sector, which is also a core area of activity for Luisa Rodrigues, while Lair Loureiro is skilled in projects and M&A in this space.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Esteves Souza; Paulo Machado; Laura Souza

Key clients

Gezhouba Group (CGGC)

GD Sun

Acciona Energia

State Power Investment Corporation

China Three Gorges Brasil



State grid


Vinci Partners

Vale S.A.


Pec energia

Mitsui & Co.

Total Eren


Athon Energia

Essentia Energia

Rio Tinto

Arcelor Mital

Casa dos Ventos

Xp Investimentos

Banco Santander

Itaú BBA

BNP Paribas

AES Tiete


Servtec Energia

Comerc Renew

Work highlights

  • Advised TotalEnergies on the creation of a joint venture to develop, build and operate the renewable portfolio of Casa dos Ventos.
  • Acted as legal counsel to Global Infrastructure Partners in the acquisition of 100% of Actis’s energy stake in Atlas Renewable Energy.
  • Advising Green Investment Group —a Macquarie Group investment fund focused on creating green infrastructure — on the formation of a joint venture with Norsk Hydro for the construction and operation of power projects.

Brazil > Labour and employment Tier 1

At Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados, the labour group is noted for its 'strategic business vision' and 'ability to understand sensitive issues and propose practical solutions’ in the context of contentious and non-contentious employment matters. Domestic and multinational companies from the worlds of retail, consumer goods, banking, life sciences, technology, energy, construction and education regularly seek assistance in crisis management, employment contracts, union negotiations and collective bargaining. On the litigation front, the team is active in administrative and judicial proceedings, including cases concerning modern slavery, health and safety in the workplace, and class actions. Caroline Marchi takes the lead on the structuring of defence strategies in lawsuits and trade union matters. Litigation involving senior executives and compensation structures is a key area of expertise for Andrea Giamondo Massei Rossi. Rodrigo Seizo Takano and Daniel Alves dos Santos are active in negotiations with labour unions and Brazilian authorities, while Daniel Dias is often engaged in contentious matters involving executives, expatriates and trade unions. Key names to note at the associate level include Murilo Caldeira Germiniani, who focuses on hiring and termination mandates, litigation specialists Claudio Pieroni and Luiz Antonio Franco, and Marcella Cruz, who stands out for her experience in internal investigations and compliance.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Marchi


‘A full-service firm that has the ability to provide personalised services in the labour area as if it were a boutique, adapting to the client’s needs and maintaining the quality standard of a specialist in the subject.’

‘The team understands how our business works, our internal challenges and manages to deliver the best solutions.’

‘Trained and with all the technique and knowledge to provide the necessary support. Bring security and solutions to the problem presented.’

‘Aligned with the needs of the client; strategic business vision; ability to understand sensitive issues and propose practical solutions.’

‘Daniel Dias easy access partner, with spectacular service, always thinking about mitigating the risks.’

‘Murilo Germiniani- focused on minimising risks, always willing to think about possibilities.’

‘Andrea Massei provides friendly service and exposes all the risks involved in a very technical way.’

Key clients

Plugify Tecnologia

Certisign Certificadora Digital

Banco Bradesco

GG Educacional


Caixa Economica Federal

Chep do Brasil

Banco Inter



Accenture do Brasil

Cognizant Serviços de Tecnologia e Software

Yahoo Brasil


Bank of America Merill Lynch

Magazine Luiza

COFCO International Brasil

Aqua Capital Private Equity Funds

Work highlights

  • Assisted CEMIG throughout the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement and defended its interest in the collective lawsuit filed by the Intermunicipal Union of Workers from the energy industry in Minas Gerais.    
  • Representing AB Concessoes in an appeal filed before the Federal Supreme Court to prevent the client from becoming a defendant in labour claims that could potentially violate the right to a fair hearing.
  • Advising Azul on the negotiation of collective bargaining agreements with local unions to limit the effects of a class action filed against the client.

Brazil > Projects and infrastructure Tier 1

Bringing together ‘decades of experience‘ in project finance, corporate deals, administrative law and regulatory issues, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is one of the first ports of call for the most ‘innovative and challenging‘ transactions and projects in the transport, sanitation, oil and gas, power and social infrastructure sectors. Led by the highly regarded José Virgilio Lopes Enei, the team ‘provides high-quality services‘ to a varied client roster of clients that recurrently seek advice on project finance and development, public-private partnerships (PPPs), M&A in regulated sectors and government concessions. Mauro Bardawil Penteado, who stands out for his strong transactional background, is often retained by financial institutions, private equity funds and companies in mandates involving concessions, privatisations and the structuring of PPPs. With extensive experience in the transport, mining and logistics segments, Adriano Schnur is a key contact for financing deals, while José Ribeiro do Prado Júnior is active in M&A involving regulated assets and industries, regulatory law and project finance. The ‘excellentAlberto Faro showcases in-depth knowledge of construction and financing matters. The latter is also an area of expertise for Raphael Zono, who has advised on numerous debentures issuances, and Bruno Racy, a name to note for multilateral and export credit agencies, investment funds and borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Jose Virgilio Lopes Enei


‘The firm provides high-quality services.’

‘Availability and technical knowledge.’

‘Decades of experience, quality of work, availability of professionals (including partners). Participation in innovative and challenging transactions, which contributes to the firm’s baggage and expertise in several areas.’

‘Alberto Faro – excellent lawyer, transmits tranquility and security to his clients, participative in discussions and easy to access in case of any doubt or last minute problem.’

Key clients



PSP Investments (Public Sector Pension Investment)

Lightsource bp

Vinci Partners

Radar PPP

Caixa Econômica Federal

Allen & Overy

Oxe Energia



FONPLATA – Plata Basin Financial Development Fund

New Development Bank – NDB

Echoenergia Participações


CDPQ – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec

Compass Gás e Energia


LD Celulose

CCI Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising the coordinating banks in AES Cajuína AB1 Holdings’ first issuance of simple debentures, not convertible into shares, unsecured, with additional fiduciary guarantee, in a single series, for public distribution with restricted efforts.
  • Assisted Corporación Andina de Fomento – CAF in its first transaction, acting as guarantor, in a project in Brazil.
  • Advised the issuer on a deal that consisted of Portonave – Terminais Portuários de Navegantes’s fifth issuance of simple debentures, non-convertible into shares, in two tranches.

Brazil > Public law Tier 1

Full-service law firm Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has a premier public and administrative law practice, which is often retained to advise on some of the most significant infrastructure projects in the market. Particularly active in the transport, logistics, sanitation and energy segments, the group of ‘highly qualified professionals‘ handles major PPPs, concession agreements, bidding processes and privatisations. On the contentious front, the team demonstrates notable strength in administrative proceedings, the negotiation of leniency programmes, and high-profile litigation before constitutional courts. A strong performer in project finance, M&A and concessions in regulated sectors, José Virgilio Enei oversees the practice. Public and regulatory law specialist Lucas Sant’Anna is frequently sought after for his expertise in PPPs, administrative improbity matters and public tenders. Rafael Vanzella is trusted by financial institutions, government bodies and contractors in financing transactions and project development matters. Pedro Saullo is another core member of the team with a strong background in PPPs, economic and financial rebalance claims, and the enforcement of administrative contracts.

Practice head(s):

Jose Virgilio Enei


‘The team has excellent dedication to the subjects. They are very accessible (at any time and through different channels) and have in-depth knowledge of public law issues.’

‘The differential, without a doubt, is the ability to understand the peculiarities of our company’s businesses.’

‘The team always seeks innovative solutions, balancing legal certainty with business innovation.’

‘Great expertise in public and regulatory law. Highly qualified professionals, with several courses even outside the country. Quick turnaround on issues of great complexity. Diverse and up-to-date team.’

‘Rafael Vanzella is a professional of excellence. Highly qualified to resolve regulatory and public law issues regarding the most recent innovations in current legislation.’

‘Great experience and knowledge of the legal framework and the market in several infrastructure projects, able to pedagogically advise its clients and propose pragmatic solutions.

‘Jose Virgílio Enei has a huge knowledge and experience in PPP projects and advises his clients with extreme ease.’

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

Navegações Unidas Tapajos

Air Products Brasil


Work highlights

  • Assisted Corporação Andina de Fomento and Programa de Parcerias de Investimento in the structuring of the rebidding of Malha Oeste, a railway network essential for the movement of freight from west to east across southern Brazil.
  • Advised Ecorodovias on the execution of a leniency agreement that its concessionaires, Ecovia Caminho do Mar and EcoCataratas, entered into with the Federal Prosecution Office.
  • Acted for a consortium led by GRT Partners in the public and administrative law issues related to the post-bidding for the development of Fiocruz’s health biotechnology industrial complex.

Brazil > Restructuring and insolvency Tier 1

The team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is 'a one-stop shop' for restructuring and insolvency advice, 'as it combines excellence, within the same team, in litigation and transactional matters’. Practitioners possess a solid track record in creditor-side work, regularly acting for banks and bondholders in restructurings and DIP financings. A prime destination for distressed investors, the team is also recognised for its debtor-side experience, as its recent advice to Samarco Mineração on its judicial reorganisation demonstrates. Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio, who handles transactional and contentious matters, and disputes partner Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado, noted for providing ‘extensive experience in the restructuring area’, are at the helm of the practice. Camilo Torres Gerosa Gomes, who brings ‘deep technical knowledge’ and ‘a lot of sophistication and experience in cross-border insolvency matters’, and corporate finance partner Adriano Schnur are other key individuals.

Practice head(s):

Renato Gomes Ribeiro Maggio; Renata Martins de Oliveira Amado


‘The restructuring team has legal knowledge in several areas, which allows the identification of complete and innovative solutions to the issues that arise.’

‘Camilo Gerosa has deep technical knowledge and great ability to handle negotiations constructively. Renata Oliveira has extensive experience in the restructuring area.’

‘Machado Meyer’s restructuring team is one of the few that is truly a one-stop shop in terms of insolvency and restructuring, as it combines excellence, within the same team, in litigation and transactional matters. There is considerable synergy between the partners Renato Maggio, Renata Oliveira and Camilo Gerosa in this regard, with Renato and Camilo leading the transactional aspects (financing for companies in crisis, acquisitions of stressed assets, etc.) and Renata the judicial litigation.’

‘Renato Maggio stands out for his experience in transactional matters. He has in-depth knowledge of reorganisations and bankruptcy law. Camilo Gerosa – partner with a lot of sophistication and experience in cross-border insolvency matters.’

‘The team is highly qualified and always available. They always have unique ideas and strategies with differentiated service.’

Key clients

Quadra Capital

Pirelli Comercial de Pneus Brasil

Lumina Capital

Konsberg Maritime

Protor & Gamble Industrial e Comercial

Ecorodovias Infraestrutura e Logística

Farallon Capital Management

Mizuho Bank

Caixa Econômica Federal

Internacional Finance Corporation

Work highlights

  • Assisted Rocha and Cattalini in the potential acquisition of 64,16% of the shares issued by CPA Holding held by Santa Terezinha.
  • Assisting Bradesco in the court restructuring of Calçada Empreendimentos Imobiliários Group.
  • Advising Samarco on its judicial reorganisation proceeding, particularly in relation to the Mariana dam disaster that took place in 2015.

Tax > Tax advisory Tier 1

The highly rated team at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘extremely attentive, helpful, available and very knowledgeable of tax matters’. Cross-border and domestic tax advice is a core part of the workload, which predominantly features mandates concerning direct and indirect tax, as well as customs. The team’s advisory arm is complemented by an equally strong litigation offering that is active in a wide range of administrative and judicial claims at the municipal, state and federal levels. Litigator Daniella Zagari Gonçalves, who often represents clients from the TMT, pharmaceutical, industrial and financial services, oversees the practice, where Raquel Novais and Fernando Tonanni are names to note for consulting matters involving local and international tax. Indirect tax and foreign trade specialist Fernanda Sá Freire Figlioulo and Marco Antonio Gomes Behrndt are also noted. Non-contentious partner Fernando Colucci is highlighted for his ‘promptness and business knowledge’. The ‘super proactive’ disputes partner Camila Galvão Anderi Silva is skilled in administrative proceedings.

Practice head(s):

Daniella Zagari Gonçalves


‘Extremely attentive, helpful, available and very knowledgeable of tax matters.’ 

‘The team always seeks and is willing to provide better client assistance. It is proactive and focused on innovation.’

‘ Camila Galvão – Dedication and greater interactivity with the client. Super proactive, values personal meetings to better understand the company’s operation and apply it according to the clients needs.’

‘Fernando Colucci – promptness, business knowledge, and application of legislation to practice.’

Key clients

Acciona Energia Chile Spa



Estrella Gallicia

Ouro Fino





Mercado Livre

Work highlights

  • Advised TotalEnergies on the tax aspects of a joint venture (JV) with Casa dos Ventos (CDV) to develop, build, and operate a renewable portfolio of products.
  • Assisted IG4 Capital in the analysis of the alternatives for the acquisition structure and the reorganisation that will be implemented to enable the tax amortisation of the goodwill paid upon its acquisition of EPSA .
  • Advised Lojas Le Biscuit on the tax structure of a corporate transaction involving a large retail store.

Tax > Tax litigation Tier 1

Brazil > Transport: Aviation Tier 1

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is home to ‘a seasoned team that provides responsive, well-reasoned advice‘ on the gamut of aviation matters, most notably M&A, restructurings, and industry consolidation deals. Besides its solid transactional credentials, the team is able to draw on the firm’s first-class banking and finance and public law practices to assist lessors, financial institutions, airlines and aircraft manufacturers with aircraft leasing and financing structures, as well as airport concessions and regulatory matters. The highly recommended Fabio Falkenburger maintains a broad infrastructure and arbitration practice, advising on the structuring of asset deals, leasing and financing transactions, and regulatory issues concerning airports. He is at the helm of the team, which also features aviation and project finance specialist Vitor Barbosa, and Marina Estrella, a noteworthy associate for matters pertaining to the financing and leasing of aircraft, incorporation of air taxi companies, and airport concession projects.

Practice head(s):

Fabio Falkenburger


‘The aviation team at Machado Meyer is, in my opinion, the best in Brazil. They are extremely dedicated to each client, always available and with an efficient and quality delivery. The technical quality of the partners is unquestionable.’

‘I highlight the work of Fabio Falkenburger. Fabio and his team are always up-to-date and engaged with industry activities, which makes them even more complete professionals. I also highlight the work of Vitor Barbosa and Marina Estrella.’

‘Its deep technical knowledge, teamwork and balance/willingness to seek a solution in difficult and complex discussions are perhaps the most important aspects that differentiate Machado Meyer from other firms.’

‘Fabio Falkenburger clearly stands out for being a leader who stimulates and gives opportunities for his team to grow.’

‘The firm has a very homogeneous and solid team. Team members are used to working in many different types of operations and have gained a lot of experience along the way.’

‘Fabio is an experienced and qualified professional and very pleasant to deal with. Vitor also stands out.’

‘Machado Meyer’s aviation practice in best-in-class. The firm has a seasoned team that provides responsive, well-reasoned advice, based on years of expertise. The firm appropriately staffs transactions and anticipates client needs as well as timing concerns.’

‘Fabio Falkenburger and Vitor Barbosa are stand-outs at the firm. As a client, we appreciate their expertise, accessibility, timely responses on leasing transaction and restructuring matters’

Key clients


Nordic Aviation Capital

CDB Leasing

Abelo Aviation



TAM Linhas Aéreas



Mercado Livre


Societe Generale


PK Airfinance



Bank of America




Rolls Royce

Brazil > Capital markets Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is home to a capital markets team composed of ‘extremely qualified professionals, with very high delivery, both in volume and quality’. Clients, including issuers and underwriters, particularly appreciate the ‘close, individualised and deeply specialised service’ which covers debt and equity products. The firm’s strong banking relationships ensures that it is particularly adept at navigating regulatory complexities. In addition to its capabilities in the banking sector, the group is also present in the infrastructure, healthcare, energy, real estate, telecoms and technology spaces. Key partners include the versatile Eliana Helena de Gregório Ambrósio Chimenti, and Gustavo Secaf Rebello, who is well versed in capital markets deals and M&A involving publicly traded companies. Raphael Zono, Guilherme Azevedo and Bruno Racy, all of whom are highly active on the debt side, are singled out for their ‘technical capacity’ and ‘differentiated analytical outlook’. Belo Horizonte-based partner Gustavo Rugani is considered an ‘exceptional professional’.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Rugani; Renato Maggio; Adriano Schnur; Gabriel Ferreira


‘Extremely qualified teams, up-to-date with capital market regulations, available for assistance, excellent communication skills and very organised. The team is 100% ready to serve any bank or company in a capital market deal.’

‘Out-of-the-curve relationship and interlocution capacity, technical capacity and a differentiated analytical outlook. Guilherme Azevedo, Raphael Zono and Bruno Racy are recommended.’

‘One of the best firms we work with in public offerings. Guilherme Alves always responds in an exemplary manner.’

‘Extremely qualified professionals, with very high delivery, both in volume and quality. I understand that the biggest highlight is the partnership and availability.’

‘I particularly recommend Guilherme Azevedo and Gustavo Rugani. Their great distinction in relation to competitors is the complete partnership, throughout all the moments of the transaction, added to the high technical quality. The combination of both qualities is still rare in the market.’

‘The firm has a team with great seniority and complete control over its performance in the capital markets. With a close, individualised and deeply specialised service, they stand out from others in this area.’

‘I highlight the partner Gustavo Rugani, an exceptional professional.’

Key clients

Banco J.P. Morgan

JP Morgan Chase Bank


Banco BTG Pactual

Citigroup Global Markets Brasil, Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo

Banco Santander

UBS Brasil Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Imobiliários

Banco Bradesco BBA

Banco Itaú BBA

Banco Bradesco BBI

Sendas Distribuidora

Géant International BV

Helicco Participações

Wilkes Participações

Inspirali Educação

Ânima Holding

Banco Safra

XP Investimentos

Companhia de Locação das Américas

Caixa Econômica Federal

Banco Inter

Unifique Telecomunicações

Localiza Rent a Car




BRK Ambiental


Vamos Locação de Caminhões, Máquinas e Equipamentos






Work highlights

  • Advised Banco Itaú BBA, Banco Bradesco, and Banco Santander on the 5th issuance of two-series unsecured simple debentures (bonds), non-convertible into shares, for public distribution with restricted efforts.
  • Assisted ASTM—a global company involved in the infrastructure sector and motorway concessions—in the issuance of unsecured bonds offered exclusively to professional investors.
  • Assisted the underwriters (Banco BTG Pactual; Banco Itaú BBA; Banco Bradesco BBA; UBS Brasil Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Imobiliários; Banco Santander Banco J.P. Morgan; Bank of America Merrill Lynch Banco Múltiplo; Citigroup Global Markets Brasil, Corretora de Câmbio, Títulos e Valores Mobiliários)in a public share offering by Eneva.

Brazil > Competition and antitrust Tier 2

Standing out for its efficiency and experience in domestic merger filings and cross-border merger notifications, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is also well versed in antitrust investigations and litigation. Clients from the healthcare, energy, financial services, real estate and automotive sectors regularly turn to 'the extremely talented and responsive' team for advice on cartel and abuse of dominance cases before CADE. Department head Maria Eugênia Novis assists with the analysis of antitrust risks and drafting of specific M&A contractual provisions. Merger filings and antitrust investigations are core areas of focus for Tito Amaral de Andrade. Other noteworthy practitioners include Érica Sumie Yamashita, who is engaged by companies and individuals in domestic and international cartel matters, and Ana Bátia Glenk, who 'stands out for her excellent technical knowledge' of competition-related compliance matters.

Practice head(s):

Maria Eugênia Novis


‘Extremely talented and responsive.’

‘Maria Eugênia Novis and Érica Sumie Yamashita are outstanding antitrust attorneys, assisting us in swiftly obtaining merger control clearances.’

‘I was assisted by the partner Ana Bátia Glenk in a large M&A operation and then in some day-to-day consultations, and she and the team were essential for everything to happen efficiently. She stands out for her excellent technical knowledge and total focus on the client’s needs.’

Key clients

Acciona Energía Global

Ambar Energia




Hospital do Coração (HCor)





Work highlights

  • Assisted Vista and Elliott in all merger filing work before CADE in relation to the acquisition of indirect joint control of Citrix Systems and TIBCO Software.
  • Assisted Parker in all merger filing work before CADE in relation to the acquisition of Meggitt.
  • Assisted Softys in all merger filing work before CADE in relation to the acquisition of Carta Fabril and Carta Goiás.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Litigation Tier 2

Standing out for its strong track record in bet-the-company cases, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is ‘a reference‘ in the litigation market given its notable credentials in complex proceedings at all judicial and administrative levels. Recent highlights have seen the group advising on high-value disputes in the mining, technology, pharmaceutical, banking, aviation and automotive sectors. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of the department, which is under the leadership of duo Eliane Cristina Carvalho and Gláucia Mara Coelho: Carvalho particularly excels in the resolution of civil disputes, and Coelho is proficient in both judicial and administrative litigation, including strategic disputes, class actions, consumer law and product liability cases. Technology and digital law are key specialisms for Eduardo Perazza De Medeiros, while the recently promoted Marcos Costa has in-depth knowledge of the aviation, telecoms, banking and retail sectors. Vinicius Pereira, who recently joined from Campos Mello Advogados in cooperation with DLA Piper, ‘has a great presence in the courts‘, and is skilled in civil, contractual, corporate and construction claims. Associate Débora Chaves Martines Fernandes defends domestic and foreign clients from the banking, chemicals, energy, life sciences and retail segments in an array of disputes.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho; Gláucia Mara Coelho


‘Machado Meyer is certainly one of the top three law firms in Brazil, a reference and leader in all areas of law. It is a firm that is concerned with having the best professionals in the market. It is no coincidence that several professionals who are references in the market are at Machado Meyer. In addition, the firm has a well-known inclusion and diversity policy, which is yet another differentiating factor in relation to the competition. An example of this occurs in the litigation area, which is led by two female partners, Gláucia Coelho and Eliane Cristina Carvalho.’

‘In the area of litigation and arbitration, partners Vinicius Pereira and Gláucia Mara Coelho are outstanding and always our first hiring options. Vinicius Pereira has a great presence in the Courts and his manifestations are always assertive and convincing. He’s the type of lawyer you like to have on your side in a lawsuit. Gláucia Coelho is extremely technical and didactic, in addition to being a great definer of strategies. Both Gláucia and Vinicius enjoy a good reputation with peers and magistrates, which gives them greater respectability.’

Key clients

Canopus Engenharia

Odata Brasil

MASA Comércio e Serviços de Terraplenagem

Starboard Restructuring Partners

Mag Sac Embalagens

Grupo Alliar

Banco Bradesco

Fertilizantes Heringer

Siemens Healthnieers


Mitsui & Co (Brasil)


Química Amparo

Gemini Energia


Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais – Usiminas

Rio de Janeiro Refrescos

Hospital Care

Cia Importadora e Exportadora Coimex

Lojas Quero-Quero

Work highlights

  • Assisting Quero-Quero Group in a lawsuit filed by one of its former shareholders seeking a multimillion payment due to alleged harm he suffered when he sold his shares.
  • Acting for Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais (Usiminas) in two class actions regarding contractual changes to the supplementary health system provided by the client to its employees and former employees.
  • Defending Cia Importadora e Exportadora Coimex in a collection lawsuit involving the enforceability of exchange contracts signed by the client.

Energy and natural resources > Hydrocarbons Tier 2

Under the leadership of Daniel Szyfman, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has played a key role in the recent opening up of the Brazilian gas and refinery markets through its involvement in Petrobras’s major divestment plan. M&A in the upstream segment remains a core area of focus for the team, which has been increasingly engaged in energy transition mandates. Practice head Szyfman stands out for his involvement in decarbonisation projects – including carbon capture and storage (CCS), hydrogen and biofuels – and complex transactional and regulatory matters. A key contact for natural gas clients, Maria Fernanda Soares has been instrumental in discussions related to the reshaping of the domestic gas market; her broad practice covers transactions, projects and regulatory matters. With over 15 years of experience in the oil, natural gas and biofuels sector, Fernando Xavier takes the lead on E&P and downstream mandates, including deals and administrative proceedings. At the associate level, Mariele Milhorance focuses on natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and energy transition, while Raphael Barboza Correia is particularly active in the onshore, shallow-water and mature fields sectors.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Szyfman

Brazil > Environment Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados houses a ‘highly skilled, accessible, up-to-date‘ environmental law team, which supports domestic and international clients in a host of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Singled out for its experience in the structuring of complex M&A transactions, the team boasts a strong reputation for its expertise in identifying and managing environmental risks and liabilities on behalf of companies from the mining, steel, energy, agribusiness and forestry sectors. Climate change, biodiversity issues, green finance and crisis management are other specialisms for the team, which is under the leadership of environmental law specialist Roberta Danelon Leonhardt. Leonhardt is recommended for matters related to the implementation of projects and transactions, as well as complex litigation. Eduardo de Campos Ferreira excels in judicial and administrative proceedings, including claims before public bodies, environmental authorities and the Public Prosecutor’s Office. Senior associates Camila Argentino Silva Ribeiro Scopel, who is active in the infrastructure, chemicals, real estate, agribusiness and pharmaceuticals segments, and Thais Ferreira Moreno, who is particularly noted for her knowledge of ESG issues and climate change, offer key support in both advisory and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Roberta Danelon Leonhardt


‘The professionals have great technical knowledge, experience and commitment. Always available for assistance and problem-solving in the best possible way. Proactive team that meets deadlines.’

‘Roberta Danelon Leonhardt and Camila Argentino Silva Ribeiro Scopel are excellent professionals, with incredible technical knowledge, attitude and commitment.’

‘Highly skilled, accessible, up-to-date team focused on problem solving.’

‘Eduardo Ferreira is accessible and very good technically.’

‘Full-service firm with qualified professionals.’

‘Professionals with great legal expertise, helping the client make the most assertive decision for the business.’

‘Roberta Danelon and Eduardo Ferreira are recommended.’

Key clients

CAPE Igarassu Indústria e Comércio de Produtos Químicos


Anglo American

Florespar Florespar


Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos

Bompreço do Brasil Participações (Grupo BIG)


WMB Comércio Eletrônico

FOSNOR – Fosfatados do Norte-Nordeste

Casa dos Ventos Energias Renováveis

Anda Associação Nacional para Difusão de Adubos

Votorantim Cimentos

Ferrero do Brasil Industria Doceira e Alimentar

ATVOS Agroindustrial Participações

Bollhoff Service Center

Huawei do Brasil Telecomunicações

SEW Eurodrive Brasil

Melitta do Brasil Indústria e Comércio

Aqua Capital Consultoria

Wacker Quimica do Brasil

Itaú Unibanco

Johnson Matthey

BVM Agropecuária

CMC Materials

Pirelli Pneus

Quatro Estações Investimentos & Incorporações


JP Morgan

Casa Bahia

CBMM – Companhia Brasileira de Metalurgia e Mineração

Terminal Portuário Novo Remanso

Work highlights

  • Participating in the Laboratory of Financial Innovation, a multisectoral forum created by the Brazilian Development Association, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Securities and Exchange Commission of Brazil, aiming to promote sustainable finance in Brazil.
  • Advising BR Properties on environmental matters related to an enterprise in Cajamar embargoed due to alleged unauthorised suppression of vegetation and springs.
  • Defending MASA in a class action filed by the Attorney General’s Office of the State of São Paulo (MPSP) involving an environmental license.

Brazil > Insurance Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has made a strong push into the insurance and reinsurance market in the past year with the recruitment of two partners from Mattos Filho. New practice head Cassio Gama Amaral, who ‘lends the firm solid credibility in advising insurers and reinsurers’ on contentious and non-contentious matters, and Thomaz Kastrup, ‘an excellent lawyer with many years of experience in the (re)insurance market’ who is especially strong on the corporate and regulatory fronts, joined the firm in December 2022. The team now has ‘some of the best professionals in the market’ with a comprehensive offering that benefits from a strong overlap with the firm’s corporate and finance practices. Other key partners include Eduardo Avila de Castro, who stands out for his experience in banking regulatory matters, and Nei Schilling Zelmanovits, who excels in transactional work. Associate Pedro Henrique Ricco Verzemiassi is active in regulatory and corporate matters pertaining to the insurance and reinsurance sectors.

Practice head(s):

Cassio Gama Amaral; Thomaz Kastrup; Eduardo Avila de Castro; Nei Schilling Zelmanovits


‘Personalised service and specific understanding of regulatory demands.’

‘The firm’s insurance practice, headed up by Cassio Amaral, has some of the best professionals in this market. Cassio lends the firm solid credibility in advising insurers and reinsurers, having acted in relevant adjustment claims and M&A.’

‘Cassio Amaral – reference professional in insurance and reinsurance in Brazil. Outstanding performance in the guarantee insurance market, having actively participated in discussions of legislative/regulatory changes. He has outstanding performance on the litigation front, whether in the defence of the interests of his clients, or in achieving a settlement between the conflicting parties.’

‘The expertise of the partners and the team in regulatory and transactional issues in the insurance sector sets the firm apart.’

‘Thomaz Kastrup is an excellent lawyer with many years of experience in the (re)insurance market. In addition to his excellence in regulatory matters, his experience in M&A transactions makes him stand out as a point of reference in the sector.’

Key clients

HDI Seguros

IRB Brasil Resseguros

Zurich Minas Brasil Seguros

Caixa Seguridade

Metropolitan Life Seguros e Previdência Privada

Prudential do Brasil Seguros de Vida

Cardif do Brasil Vida e Previdência

Allianz Seguros

Berkley Seguros

Pottencial Seguros

IBM do Brasil

Axa Seguros

BMG Seguros

Junto Seguros

Generali Brasil Seguros

180 Corretora de Seguros

Banco C6

Mercado Pago


Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição – GPA

Work highlights

  • Assisting Caixa Seguridade Participações in the R$667m sale to CNP Assurances of its equity interests in various  joint ventures.

Brazil > Real estate Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados has established a strong foothold in the real estate market, with overlapping expertise in key areas such as tax, finance, M&A, litigation and infrastructure. The firm advises on the full range of domestic and cross-border deals involving urban and rural property assets. Typical mandates include acquisitions, leasing issues, sale and leasebacks, and built-to-suit agreements involving the industrial, logistics, commercial, and energy segments. The calibre of the team is reflected by its impressive client base, which includes major institutional investors, corporates and banks. Practice head Maria Flavia Seabra regularly handles real estate M&A, developments and financings. Fatima Tadea Rombola Fonseca is particularly active in the agribusiness, energy and mining sectors, while Bruno Costa is singled out for his expertise in real estate investment funds, due diligence processes and construction contracts. Ivana Bomfim left the firm in October 2023.

Practice head(s):

Maria Flavia Seabra

Key clients

EBES Sistema de Energia (Órigo)

Banco Votorantim



Banco C6

Norton Rose Fulbright



Rhodia Brasil


BNDES – Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento e Econômico Social

GS1 Brasil – Associação Brasileira de Automação

Hines do Brasil Empreendimentos Imobiliários

BR Malls Participações

Work highlights

  • Advising BrMalls, a Brazilian shopping centre management company, on the sale of notional fractions of real estate properties to Vitacon, an up-and-coming real estate developer.
  • Assisted GPA in coordinating the sale of 17 properties, where their Extra Hiper hypermarkets are located, to Barzel Retail.
  • Advised Iguasport, the Brazilian arm of Decathlon, on a sale and leaseback of a property located in the city of Campinas.

Brazil > Wealth and succession planning Tier 2

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados leverages its strong tax, corporate and litigation expertise to act for wealthy individuals and family groups in the gamut of wealth management and succession matters. The practice’s main areas of strength include estate and succession planning, corporate restructurings, asset reorganisations and cross-border wealth structuring. Its deep knowledge of banking regulation and investment vehicles makes the group a popular destination for foreign investors and banks. Noted for his experience advising on transfer pricing, M&A and cross-border transactions, Celso Costa oversees the team, which features the highly endorsed tax expert Fernando Colucci and Clarissa Freitas, who is well versed in corporate matters. Tax specialist Carlos Pacheco Fernandes and succession planning expert Rafael Stuppiello stand out at the senior associate level.

Practice head(s):

Celso Costa


‘Personalised client service.’

‘Excellent technical skills and high adaptability to the client.’

‘The services provided are of the highest quality and attention from members. Fernando Colucci and his team are excellent.’

‘High quality services provided and highly trained professionals.’

‘People qualified to carry out the work in addition to the personalised service provided by Fernando Colucci.’

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

With a strong following of banks and companies from a range of sectors, including agribusiness and real estate, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ Belo Horizonte-based team has notable strength in capital markets transactions. The ‘dedicated and committed’ group is also well versed in M&A transactions and provides regulatory and general corporate advice to public companies. Singled out for his ‘deep technical knowledge‘, co-head Gustavo Rugani specialises in capital markets and M&A transactions. Fellow co-leader Bruno Costa takes the lead on real estate-related matters. Capital markets deals and related compliance issues are key areas of activity for associate Wagner Duarte.

Practice head(s):

Gustavo Rugani do Couto e Silva; Bruno Costa


‘The firm has professionals who display deep knowledge in their areas of expertise and exceptional dedication.’

‘Gustavo Rugani has deep technical knowledge and always works very closely with the client.’

‘The team is made up of high-quality professionals who provide an excellent service. They are dedicated and committed, have expertise in critical matters such as mining and crisis management, and have diverse skills.’

Key clients

Tex Courier

Armac Locação, Logística e Serviços

Araújo Fontes Participações


Companhia Brasileira de Serviços Funerários – Grupo Zelo

Iguasport (Decathlon)

GFP Global Forest Partners

Biotrop Participações

Sylvamo do Brasil

AMBAPAR – Amba Participações

Ômega Geração

Atlantic Forest


Banco Santander (Brasil)

Banco BTG Pactual

Banco Bradesco BBI

Banco Itaú BBA

Xp Investimentos CCTVM

Viação Águia Branca

Banco Votorantim

Banco J.P Morgan

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Anima Holding


ArcelorMittal Brasil

Banco de Desenvolvimento de Minas Gerais – BDMG

Companhia Brasileira de Alumínio – CBA

Vix Logística

Aço Verde do Brasil

Instituto Hermes Pardini

Hospital Mater Dei

Patrimar Engenharia

Rio Branco Alimentos

Starwood Capital Group

Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição (GPA)


Construtora Canopus

Ferroeste Industrial

EBES Sistema de Energia

Sequoia Fundos de Investimentos

Work highlights

  • Assisted Itaú Unibanco Asset Management with structuring and publicly distributing some quotas of the first issuance of Itaú Asset Rural FIAGRO-Imobiliário (Fund).
  • Advised a syndicate of banks on the 77th issuance of agribusiness receivables certificates (CRAs), in a single series, of VERT Companhia Securitizadora, backed by agribusiness credits owed by Klabin.
  • Assisted a consortium of banks and financial institutions in the 98th issuance of agribusiness receivables certificates (CRAs) by Virgo Companhia de Securitização.

Brazil > Compliance Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is noted for its ‘assertiveness, experience and broad knowledge of legal issues’, including compliance and white-collar crime. The team often advises on compliance programmes and crisis management, and stands out for its experience in internal investigations and government enforcement. Clients from the financial, technology, real estate, chemicals and mining sectors, among others, regularly instruct the team in the assessment of anti-corruption risks in the context of high-profile capital markets and M&A deals. Juliana Sá de Miranda has a ‘deep understanding of compliance‘, covering non-contentious and litigation matters. Associates Gabriela Silveira Viana and Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales often advise on integrity due diligence and risk assessments. Former co-head Marcos Paulo Veríssimo left the firm in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda


‘Differentiated technical quality, focused on client demands.’

‘Juliana Miranda has a deep understanding of compliance and is very sensitive to dealing with such a complex subject.’

‘Gabriela Paredes Arcentales is always very attentive and helpful. Juliana Sa de Miranda is objective and didactic.’

‘The firm is a market reference with an excellent reputation and important work for several organisations.’

‘Assertiveness, experience and broad knowledge of legal issues. We have great confidence in the work provided by the team.’

‘Juliana Sá de Miranda and Gabriela Paredes Arcentales provide services with excellence, manage to meet deadlines well and have extensive knowledge of their areas of expertise.’

Key clients

Caixa Econômica Federal



Gran Cursos Online

Instituto Amazilia

Work highlights

  • Assisted Lotus Cidade with the structuring of its integrity program.
  • Hired by QMC Telecom to conduct a preliminary risk mapping and review of the client’s code of ethics and conduct.
  • Assisted Caixa Econômica Federal in an internal investigation triggered by a sexual harassment complaint.

Brazil > Dispute Resolution: Arbitration Tier 3

Showcasing significant experience in ad hoc and institutional proceedings before arbitration tribunals in Brazil and abroad, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados draws on its full-service capabilities to advise an impressive client roster on a host of arbitral matters, ranging from corporate, commercial and post-M&A disputes to claims involving contractual issues and the construction sector. The department’s sector-specific expertise is highly varied, covering energy, transport, banking, real estate, TMT and pharmaceuticals. Eliane Cristina Carvalho advises clients on all stages of disputes, and particularly stands out for her substantial experience of acting as counsel in commercial arbitration proceedings of national and international significance. Gisela Ferreira Mation is a key point of contact for players from the oil and gas, energy and construction segments. Associates Leandro Felix and Antonia Quintella de Azambuja, the latter of whom is a name to note for complex construction disputes, have participated in several proceedings before the main Brazilian and international arbitral bodies.

Practice head(s):

Eliane Cristina Carvalho


‘Gisela Ferreria Mation stands out.’

‘The value of the firm’s focus on anticipating problems and risks that a case could potentially bring to the client is invaluable, allowing us to organise ourselves in advance, moving the necessary resources to react appropriately.’

‘Gisela Mation, Antonia Azambuja and everyone else in the team are exceptional. Their care and technical competence are remarkable. In addition, it is worth mentioning the ability and sensitivity to adjust the language and explanations according to the level of legal knowledge of the participants of certain discussions.’

Energy and natural resources > Mining Tier 3

Notes for ‘its ability to advise on all fronts of a mining project‘, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ core strengths cut across regulatory, contractual, financing and M&A matters. The firm – which benefits from a strong network of offices based in key financial hubs (São Paulo and New York), mining hotspots (Belo Horizonte and Rio de Janeiro), and the Brazilian legislative centre (Brasília) – acts for a varied client roster, including major mining companies, investors and financiers, which also seek advice on strategic litigation cases involving mining regulations. Focused on infrastructure projects and natural resources, Pedro Henrique Jardim frequently handles financing deals and regulatory issues. He jointly heads up the team with finance, tax and foreign trade specialist Liliam Fernanda Yoshikawa, a key contact for clients operating in regulated sectors.

Practice head(s):

Pedro Henrique Jardim; Liliam Fernanda Yoshikawa


‘Machado Meyer stands out among Brazilian full-service firms for its ability to advise on all fronts of a mining project.’

‘In particular, I highlight the performance of Liliam Yoshikawa, both in project finance and in leading the Machado Meyer team. There is great internal communication and and a tailor-made service, and no unnecessary emails or discussions.’

‘Liliam Yoshikawa excels in all legal fronts of a project and delivers a high quality product.’

Key clients

Dolomita Industria e Comercio de Calcario

J&F Mineração

Gerdau Açominas


Itochu Corporation/Itochu Brasil

China Steel Corporation

JFE Steel Corporation

Buritirama Manganês / Grupo Buritipar

CSN Mineração

Sumitomo Corporation do Brasil

Japão Brasil Minério de Ferro Participações – JBMF

Samarco Mineração

Work highlights

  • Assisted Dolomita Industria e Comercio de Calcario in a lawsuit against the National Mining Agency (ANM) and one of its competitors, Britacal.
  • Advised J&F Mineração on the closing and post-closing matters of the acquisition of 100% of the shares issued by three companies from their direct and indirect controller Vale.
  • Assisting Samarco Mineração in managing the environmental and humanitarian crisis created by the collapse of its Fundão dam.

Brazil > TMT: Tech, innovation and digital business Tier 3

Under the leadership of Juliana Abrusio, the technology practice at Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is often instructed by international companies seeking advice on Brazil’s legal environment and on the development of new business models involving marketplaces, blockchain and crypo assets. Clients ranging from start-ups to well-established technology, media, banking and pharmaceutical companies turn to the team for assistance with a host of sector-related mandates, namely tax, IP, litigation, regulations and data protection. Associate Mauricio Antonia Tame often handles litigation involving technology issues, while Marcelo de Castro Cunha Filho specialises in crypto assets, blockchain and fintech issues.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Abrusio

Key clients






Magazine Luiza


Noc Noc

OLX – Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet

Porto Seguro


Scala Data Centers




Yuca Comunidade e Tecnologia

Orelo Produção de Mídia

Quinto Andar Serviços Imobiliários

Banco Inter

Gomoney Serviços Digitais

Brazil > Venture capital Tier 3

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados offers support to a diverse client roster comprised of venture capital funds, strategic investors, start-ups, entrepreneurs and listed companies in relation to fundraisings, investment rounds and exit strategies. A specialist in domestic and cross-border M&A, private equity and corporate restructurings, Manuela Lisboa Gentil Monteiro is a key contact for clients from the banking and technology sectors, among others. She oversees the practice, which also features Paulo Henrique Carvalho Pinto and Guilherme Bueno Malouf, the latter of whom is proficient in investment fund-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Manuela Lisboa Gentil Monteiro

Key clients


Hypera Pharma

Lojas Renner


Sequoia Logística e Transportes

GIC Special Investments

Magazine Luiza

TREECORP Fundo de Investimento em Participações III Multiestratégia

Eyemoblie Tecnologia

Warburg Pincus

Treecorp Saúde Animal Participações

Plugify Tecnologia

Sankhya Jiva Investimentos e Participações

Banco C6

Minuto Corretora de Seguros

Crescera Capital


Aliansce Sonae Shopping Centers

Bom Negócio Atividades de Internet (OLX)

Loggi Tecnologia

Work highlights

  • Advised the Razor Group on the Brazilian law aspects of the acquisition of Valoreo.
  • Assisted Warburg Pincus in making a million-dollar investment through a Series B round in Sólides Technologia.
  • Assisted GIC Special Investments in the acquisition and subscription of 35% of new shares issued by the holding company QI Participações.

Brazil > Life sciences Tier 4

Domestic and international clients, including companies from the pharmaceutical, cosmetics, tobacco, cannabis, food and beverage sectors, regularly turn to Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados' life sciences team for advice on issues related to Brazil’s complex regulatory framework, clinical trials, licensing of products and technology transfer agreements. The group is under the joint leadership of Ana Karina Esteves de Souza and Laura Garcia De Freitas Souza, both of whom specialise in infrastructure and regulatory matters. Gláucia Mara Coelho acts in litigation, while associate Nicole Borges de Carvalho Ura specialises in regulatory issues. The firm was strengthened by the arrival of life sciences, digital health and healthcare partner Renata Rothbarth in June 2023 from Mattos Filho.

Practice head(s):

Ana Karina Esteves de Souza; Laura Garcia de Freitas Souza

Brazil > White-collar crime and investigations Tier 4

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados is well placed to advise on compliance matters and litigation at both the judicial and administrative levels involving white-collar crime. On the non-contentious front, the team is regularly called upon by companies – most notably those operating in the oil and gas, banking, logistics, pharmaceutical and technology sectors – to provide legal opinions on criminal mandates, leniency agreements and internal corporate investigations, among other issues. Criminal investigations involving potential violations of anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, tax and environmental law are key areas of activity for the group, which is led by Juliana Sá de Miranda, a well-known compliance specialist with a strong white-collar crime background. Gabriela Estefania Paredes Arcentales, a key contact for clients from the automotive, banking, energy, construction and retail segments, ‘is committed to clients and has a strong knowledge of criminal banking’.

Practice head(s):

Juliana Sá de Miranda


‘The team knows the company’s business model and, therefore, is able to offer solutions and propose strategies that please shareholders.’

‘Juliana Sá de Miranda and Gabriela Paredes Arcentales – promptness, assistance in urgent situations, quick resolution of problems, extensive knowledge of the subjects.’

‘Gabriela Arcentales is committed to clients and has a strong knowledge of criminal banking.’

‘Gabriela Paredes Arcentales is always very attentive and helpful. Juliana Sa de Miranda is objective and didactic.’

‘Expertise in multiple areas of law, relationship of trust and great reputation in the market.’

Key clients





Brazil > TMT: Telecoms

Former Manesco, Ramires, Perez, Azevedo Marques Sociedade de Advogados co-head Milene Louise Renée Coscione joined Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados in September 2023 as partner to reinforce its infrastructure offering in the telecoms sector. She brings a wealth of experience in the TMT segment, showcasing particular strength in regulatory, licensing and administrative issues.

City focus - Brasilia > Tax

With a strong following of clients from the aviation, energy, retail and consumer goods sectors, Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ Brasília-based tax team is adept at acting for clients in tax disputes, including matters before the superior courts. Litigation specialist Cristiane Romano and Diana Piatti Lobo, who focuses on contentious tax, are the key contacts.

Brazil > TMT: Cybersecurity and data privacy

Machado Meyer Sendacz e Opice Advogados‘ investment in the technology and data protection practice is evidenced by a number of significant partner and associate-level arrivals over the past two years. Digital law, privacy and tech regulatory specialist Juliana Abrusio joined in September 2021 to oversee the team, which is now prepared to work on the structuring of data compliance programmes, data protection due diligence of M&A processes, data breaches and leaks.
Photo Name Position Profile
Guilherme Azevedo photo Mr Guilherme Azevedo Partner
Bruno Costa photo Bruno Costa Partner
Gustavo Rugani photo Mr Gustavo Rugani Partner